Thursday, September 17, 2009

Round Up

I'll get to the round up in a bit. I just need to whine and carry on a bit first.

First of all I love President Carter, absolutely love him. Do I agree with what he said? You bet your boots I do. Do I think he should have said it? Yes and no. With all of the other problems that the current President hs to deal with this comment is just another annoying distration. I know that people don't like to admit it, but this country is all about racism, covert or overt. It's rampant and it always has been. It's changing, but it has light years to go. That awful person who yelled out during President Obama's speech has a record that speaks for what he is. All anyone has to do is look it up.

Yes, I am more sensitive to it because I am a light-skinned black woman (and I could right a book about that), but people need to get their heads out of the sand. There are slights and blatant insensitivites portrayed in the media all of the time. They happen all of the time by the enormous amount of racially retarded people there are in this country.

For example, I watched Venus and Serena win the Doubles competition at the U.S. Open, and their two white opponents that lost made the statement that Venue and Serena are bigger and I believe they added stronger to that as well. That's why they won. And it was the way in which it was stated. You know like the Williams sisters are plow animals. That sort of insensitivity is racism folks. Venus and Serena were nothing but gracious in their remarks about their opponents, but these sorts of "remarks" are made all of the time. (Yes, I know Serena is in big trouble over her behavior in her match with Kim Clijsters). I know you are probably saying, "They didn't mean anything by what they said." That's just it. They did mean something by it.

Just like a certain home magazine that never features anyone other than white families in their pages. In the September issue they feature a biracial family-a white father, 3 daughters and a black mother. Suspiciously absent is a photograph of the black mother. I have been emailing and sending letters to this magazine for a couple of years asking them why they never have any Black, Latino, Asian, GLBT families between their pages. I guess to them this is a start. And yes, I am questioning them on why they don't have a photograph of the mother.

I have been my own one-woman anti-defamation league for years. I am always contacting the media, and complaining about their lack of diversity or their insensitivity in their portrayal of minorities, women, there awful homophobic attitudes and there persistent ageism. I can only do so much though. I am just one person.

I am also sick and tired of people saying that President Obama is black. He is BIRACIAL, BIRACIAL. He has a white mother and a black father. Got it!! If he were black he would not have won the election. It annoys me to hear so-called intelligent people saying that he's black. If we lived in a world where it didn't matter; well then it wouldn't matter. But we aren't living in that world.

Also, President Obama has been in office 9 months. Another thing that folks seem to forget is that he inherited the great,big freakin' mess that 8 years of Republican thugism left us.

And lastly, this is not political, but I am so tired of reading that graphic novels are a genre. They are not a genre, I repeat NOT A GENRE. It's a format. Grrrrrrr!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, I am finished. Now to the round up.

I just found out the other day that Sheila Lukins died. She wrote some of my absolute favorite cookbooks, The Silver Palate series. I'm sure that everyone has heard that Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary passed away. Really could anyone rock a pair of bangs better than she could. I am a sucker for 3-part harmony and Peter, Paul and Mary were amazing.

These cool Teslar watches are very interesting.

Look at these storybook houses. They look like Hansel and Gretel should come skipping out of the front doors. at any moment.

Smith Magazine-Home of the 6 word memoir.

Top 10 Agatha Christie novels

Bing vs. Google

Looking for a conference for business or pleasure. Let conferencehound assist you.

OneLook-dictionary search

That's really all I have for this week.

Have a good weekend.

It's a nice cool, rainy day (my favorite) so I leave you with Gene Kelly and Singin' in the Rain. What an amazing talent.

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present incaccessible ." Maya Angelou


Rhea said...

I agree with you! The miracle is that Obama was elected. But now racist folks are coming out of the woodwork. It's horrible.

Jane said...

I wish you'd have posted the quote that the other players said about Venus and Serena Williams. I'm afraid I still don't get the racist implication that you heard in their statements. The truth is the Williams' sisters ARE very strong. Their serve is the most dangerous weapon they have in their game, and that is due to the advantage they have with their strength.

I did see a lot of racially insensitive comments on the article about Serena's outburst. Awful! I don't know why I ever began to read it because unfortunately, anyone could have predicted that some people were going to make it a race issue.

P.S. I thought you be curious: I'm not white.