Tag Archives: bigotry

TSA ‘molestation’ complaint gives us new ways to hate on gays, Muslims

Did you guys hear about this?

Former Miss USA Susie Castillo received an airport patdown that so violated her personal space that it felt to her like “molestation.” Here’s the video she recorded soon after the pat-down:

Here’s my take: there is a suggestion here (not coming from Susie Castillo, but coming from the wide coverage of this ‘news event’) that the ‘former Miss USA’ was ‘molested’ because she’s so pretty. If this is the narrative–and I believe it’s there, … Read more

someone spewed hate speech all over my car.

On Friday morning, I walked outside and found these things written in the snow on my car:

peace symbol and the word 'AIDS' written in the snow on the hood of my car

This was written on the hood of my car: peace symbol and the word 'AIDS'

(backwards) swastika next to the words 'nig nogs are smelly'

written on the hood of my car: (backwards) swastika next to the words 'nig nogs are smelly'

on the rear window and trunk of my car: the phrase "I ♡ penis" below a drawing of a penis

on the rear window and trunk of my car: the phrase "I ♡ penis" below a drawing of a penis

I don’t believe these were random markings from some drunk undergraduate; … Read more

a time when I didn’t speak up against anti-gay behavior

This graphic is brought to you by Genderbitch, who describes herself as “Just another pagan, kinky, queer trans chick with disabilities”:

I found the genderbitch blog because of a recent post published there on “calling out” bigoted behavior, and because I’ve been thinking about a recent incident in which I chose not to “call out” a classmate who said something homophobic in front of (but not about) me and a small number of my colleagues. I didn’t say a word … Read more

turns out Gallagher has become an evil clown.

The Seattle newspaper The Stranger is a free alternative newsweekly, so I suppose that explains the strident anti-conservative tone of a recent piece about the aging comic Gallagher.

The primary target of this piece is Gallagher himself; the author describes Gallagher as “a paranoid, delusional, right-wing religious maniac,” then offers up some pretty convincing evidence:

Gallagher is upset about a lot of things. Young people with their sagging pants (in faintly coded racist terms, he explains that this is why
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principles for ethical educational research

I’ve been thinking lately about the burden of speaking for others.

Because I’m an educational researcher, and speaking for others is the heart of what we do. We walk into a classroom, watch some things happen for a little while, then make decisions about which stories are worth telling, and how, and why, and to whom. And this is precisely what we’re supposed to do. This is precisely why we head into the classroom in the first place: to tell … Read more

how to make like an ally

You read Sady Doyle’s blog Tiger Beatdown, right? Everybody reads Sady Doyle’s blog Tiger Beatdown. If you’ve never been to this site, may I suggest you leave my blog immediately in order to immerse yourself in the glory and ladyrage that is Tiger Beatdown? Here, I’ll even do something I never ever do: I’ll give you a link to her blog that takes you directly away from my blog and deposits you at her blog, which if you haven’t … Read more

as goes Detroit…

file under: if you’re not mad, you’re not paying attention.

I knew the recession had hit Michigan, my home state, harder than it’s hit any other place in the country; I knew this because I’ve been following the news and because my family lives in Metropolitan Detroit. But my recent trip to Michigan reminded me of just how bad things have gotten.

This is not the Michigan I remember. It’s not just that some stores are boarded up and some … Read more