Tag Archives: racism

Vote for me! I have lucid intervals!

Kimberley Paige Barnette is running as a Republican for mayor of Charlotte, NC. Last month she participated in a candidate debate and said some noteworthy things. She didn’t love the poor, whom she said should be discouraged from coming to … Continue reading

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No way, Ina May

Let’s examine two apologies for the exact same incident. One is terrible. One is excellent. But first, let’s look at an adorable baby, because we’re gonna need to. Ready? OK. Last month, Texas Birth Networks, a non-profit that works to improve infant … Continue reading

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Sorry we assigned a racist to review your book

Inside Higher Education has an excellent account of a horrible decision made by an academic journal…and the journal’s attempt to make things right. Read the whole tale there. The (sorta?) short version:

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I apologize for you taking this way too seriously!

A Facebook story!  Civil servant in small-town West Virginia refers to Michelle Obama as “a Ape in heels” [sic]. Mayor of said town replies to the post: “Just made my day Pam” [sic]. National outcry ensues. Civil servant is removed from her post. … Continue reading

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Sorry if you were offended, mockable Chinese people

Making fun of people who do not speak English! Plinky plinky music! Kara-TAY! “Do they call Chinese food in China just food?” Nunchucks! Chinese herbs for “performance”! OH HO HO HO HO HO HA HA HA that’s not racist (or hack-y) at all. Oh … Continue reading

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The Curious Incident of the Chocolate Love Monkey

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I apologize for your provoking of me

At a high school graduation in Stone Mountain, GA, the principal forgot to call the valedictorian to speak. Belatedly, she tried to get the departing audience to come back. When they continued to file out, she sneered, “Look at who is leaving … Continue reading

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We do not apologize for using lynching imagery to sell photo-editing software

Warning: Racism and lynching imagery ahead. Thanks to reader Kali for pointing this out. 

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On January 21st, Benedict Cumberbatch appeared on PBS’s Tavis Smiley show. While talking about diversity, he said, “I think as far as colored actors go it gets really difficult in the UK, and a lot of my friends have had more … Continue reading

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Don’t be scared! You can live in a bubble here too!

  KQED, a San Francisco Bay-area public media outlet, recently ran a cheery piece on one of their blogs, KQED Pop. That’s a “daily blog that critically examines the social and cultural impact of music, movies, television, advertisements, fashion, the … Continue reading

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