Dude, if I kept the other color scheme, somebody was gonna get hurt. And it was probably gonna be me.
Protein Widsom is back for the moment. Dude, Hostway has never given me a moment's trouble. 'cept for the time I ran out of space, and your site is probably larger and gets more traffic, so. . . ok, I got nothing.
Here's the discussion of race mentioned yesterday in dismissive fashion, which ain't no way I could properly encapsulate by quoting, and as I'd feared there is no explicit mention of affirmative action. The closest is:
I agree with [Steve Sailer, founder of the Human Biodiversity Institute], and I've said as much in my comments, which is precisely why I take the position that "race" (as we conceive of it in the U.S.) is problematic, and that government-sponsered social programs that rely on faulty ideas of "race" are divisive and counterproductive; whereas forging a national identity (which is "real" in the sense that citizenship is a legal category -- not so slippery as "race") is a more socially beneficial identity goal -- provided we continue as a society to find workable ways to account for the most unfortunate of our citizens.
I'm guessing "unfortunate" in this context means "likely can't get a cab, likely can get a beatdown or worse from the cops." Could be wrong about that too, though. And, I don't know, "unfortunate" makes it sound as if there were no decisions involved by anyone, and this is merely the regrettable state of the world. "Less fortunate" and "disadvantaged" sound even more euphemistic, though, not to mention carrying the implication that other folks are "more fortunate" or "advantaged", and we probably don't want to go there.
Oh, and Laura? Trula?
(my great great great Grandmother on my Mother's side was Native American -- at least, that's how the story goes)
There's also a comment from Steve Skubinna, who write:
Most people in the US use the term race in a cultural sense, which is nonsensical. That's why people like Ward Connerly, Clarence Thomas, Condi Rice, Colin Powell, and Thomas Sowell can be excoriated as "inauthentic." They express opinions different from those deemed appropriate for their "race" by self selected arbiters. Under the dead hand of PC doctrine, people are not permitted to be individuals, but are only valid when made undifferentiated bits of a large group identity. Anyone not accepting this is suffering from "false consciousness." Interesting how such enlightened, "liberal" thought discards any concept of individual worth in favor of group affiliation
No, I ain't cut him off, there's no period at the end of that.
And you people hear that? You're not permitted to be individuals. No wonder the guy at the comics shop gave me a weird look yesterday. I wasn't buying properly black books. Or maybe it's the combination of non-black books that was the problem; wasn't until I left that I realized I'd picked up TRANSMETROPOLITAN and The
Whoopass Powerpuff Girls.
Don't worry, I'll be purging the comics, book and record collections of anything which deviates from my assigned gender/racial norms. Was thinking of selling the Disappear Fear cds anyway.
Or I suppose I could move beyond the narrow confines of politically correct categories in the only way permitted, which appears to be becoming a neocon (or, if I really want to have no effect on the system, libertarian). Which, um, actually looks even more restricted and narrow, to be honest, and I think I'd have to lose the dreads, so fuck that noise. . .
That and them folks seem to have no culture whatsoever. That seems to be the draw of this site for some of them, in fact.