This week’s post won’t be a long one. After all, there’s not much to say that we (and a thousand others) haven’t said already.
It’s been another day, another senseless and tragic attack.
Another wave of people sending their “thoughts and prayers”, another wave of people mocking the ease and meaninglessness of profile filters.
Another reaction of people pointing out our own hypocrisy as attacks twice as deadly (though no more or less terrible) go without mention in Africa, Asia, South America.
And nothing we’re going to do in the next days and weeks will change what’s already happened. The only thing we can do is decide how to react, and readers, please don’t react like serial philanderer and defender of “traditional marriage” Newt Gingrich.
You’d think a guy who does this would be more thrilled about the prospect of a fundamentalist Islamic theocracy…
His reaction to last week’s appalling attack in Nice has been to propose- I kid you not- a “Sharia test”, in which all Muslim Americans would be tested to see if they support fundamentalist Islamic law. Any that did would be promptly deported, Gingrich says.
Now some of you might be saying, “But Gordon, you stalwart vassal of decency and dignity, is that really so absurd? Gingrich himself stated that he doesn’t have problem with moderate Muslims and that he’s even “glad to have them as citizens.” And you support the complete separation of church and state, so wouldn’t you be cool with this?”
No, and I’ll tell you why.
Answer me this- what’s a “Muslim?”
It’s someone who believes in Islam, right?
Posted in America, government, Islam, morality, news, politics, religion
Tagged bigotry, Christian, Deport, deportation, Hijab, Islam, Islamophobia, jewish, Muslim, Muslims, Newt Gingrich, nice, Nice attack, religion, religious, Sharia, Sharia Law, Test
Recent events have seen a rival of our national discussion on police, racial minorities, and the seemingly unending instances of violence being inflicted by the former on the latter. In light of this, we here at Culture War Reporters thought it might be helpful for everyone to break down this complex (or perhaps not so complex) issue with colorful boxes and simple choices.
July 11, 2016 in bizarreness, crime, morality, news, race
Tagged All Lives Matter, Alton Sterling, bigotry, Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter, civil rights, Criminal History, Deadly Force, Flowchart, justification, Open Carry, Philando Castile, police, police brutality, race, racism, rap, thug
I don’t think there’s anyone here who’s unfamiliar with the term “whitewashing” at this point.
It’s been a frequent topic of conversation here on Culture War Reporters, and while certainly not a new issue, it has been gaining wider and wider attention in recent years…
Most recently, the problem reared its ugly head in the form of Scarlett Johannson being cast in the live-action remake of anime classic Ghost In A Shell. Once again we’re seeing a traditionally non-white (in this specific case, Japanese) role being given to a white actor out of fear that audiences won’t watch movies with non-white leads. And if that were the only issue, I might have stuck with my usually political tirades and left this topic alone. But in the past few days, a shocking development has emerged in the story. Allegations have surfaced that the remake’s producers (and I quote) “Tested Visual Effects That Would Make White Actors Appear Asian“.
Or, as my best friend and this blog’s editor recently put it on Facebook:
“We think so little of you that we’d consider changing a White person’s appearance before entertaining the thought of casting an actual Asian.”
So yeah, I’m feeling compelled to write about this…
And let me tell you what really convinced me to submit the following rant. Continue reading
Posted in America, art, Asia, bizarreness, celebrity, film, race
Tagged appropriation, Arab, asian, bigotry, casting, CGI, Ghost In The Shell, Japan, Japanese, Nancy Ajram, Naveen Andrews, preconceptions, race, Racebending, racism, Rami Malik, Scarlett Johansson, stereotype, The Simpsons, white, whitewashing, Yasser Azmeh
It has been 51 days since Drumpf became president, and I lock the door to my apartment for the final time. It’s a cold day in March, but even my thick coat raises eyebrows as I arrive at the station.
They say Mussolini made the trains run on time, but I’m guessing the strange intricacies that seem to govern the Greyhound buses would’ve sent tears running down the fat, doughy face of the Italian despot. My ticket reads 5:30 to Chicago, No. 302, but the sun is already starting to rise over the desert. All the seats have been taken. I find myself a free spot of ground beneath a leering poster of the president. The bitter morning wind, reeking of diesel fumes and cigarette ash, sends loose papers skittering across the concrete. Discarded ticket stubs, crumpled receipts- a single page that looks like it may have come from some shoolboy’s essay. All decadent, unpatriotic schools have been replaced with Drumpf Universities, where we are to be re-educated to stop thinking like “bimbos” and “losers.”
An hour passes, and the guards return- weak, winter sunlight glittering off of their glossy, golden uniforms. They have proper haircuts- as we all do now. Aryan blonde, brushed forward to cover the parts of our head that absolutely aren’t balding. Any illicit hairstyles will earn you and your barber 80 lashings. They takes measurements our hands, to ensure their proper size. They search my belongings. I’ve prepared for this. Just enough clothes for a three day trip. No money. No passport. Just my mandatory certificate proving native birth and authorized religious beliefs. My papers say that I am going to Houghton to visit a sick friend. I am lucky that I already have documents that show I went to college there- at least, to the Houghton in New York. I do not think I could have afforded to have all my papers forged. Continue reading
Posted in America, bizarreness, Canada, Europe, Islam, morality, news, politics, religion
Tagged America, bigotry, Canada, Daesh, Donald Drumpf, Drumpf, Europe, Immigrants, immigration, ISIS, Islam, Islamophobia, Migrants, news, racism, refugees, satire, Trump, Violence
Well readers, it was exactly one week ago that actress Jada Pinkett Smith announced her decision not to attend this year’s Academy Awards, citing a distinct lack of diversity in the nominees. In a brief video [embedded below], Pinkett Smith expressed her frustration at the apparent exclusion of people of color in the “mainstream”, and declared that “…begging for acknowledgement, or even asking, diminishes dignity.”
Upon hearing this, the nation has since had a moment of quiet reflection over the issues Miss Pinkett Smith has brought up, calmly and honestly discussing the root issues facing the representation of-
Nah, I’m just kidding. People went ape****.
Cue the torrent of self-righteous indignation as folks started positively shrieking about reverse-racism, hypocrisy, and entitlement. And as more and more figures have come out in support of (or at least, sympathy with) Pinkett Smith’s cause, the outrage has only grown with it. It seems that you can’t go anywhere online without running into something like this:
For the record, the stats on this lead to incorrect conclusions- but we can talk about that later.
Posted in America, bizarreness, celebrity, film, media, morality, news, race
Tagged Academy Awards, ALMA, ALMA Awards, BET, BET Awards, bigotry, Danny DeVito, Jada Pinkett Smith, NBA, Oscar, OscarsSoWhite, race, racism, Seperate but Equal, Spike Lee, Statistics, whitewashing
Let’s try a little exercise here-
What’s the first image that pops into your head when I say the word “refugee”?
For many, it will be that of displaced African villagers, perhaps with stomachs bloated from hunger, listlessly waiting in line for water in some desecrated wasteland.
For others, it might be more recent images: those of shivering, terrified Syrians, crammed into boats as they prepare to make a perilous voyage across the Mediterranean.
But how many would think of scenes like this?
No, that’s not the Balkans or Turkey or Darfour. That’s the Congregational Church of Austin in Texas, barely over a thousand miles from where I’m writing these very words.
The “American Immigration Crisis” has been quietly brewing since 2014, when a sudden surge of migrants- most of them young children– attempted to cross into the US from countries in Central America.
The response by many, as you can probably guess, was less than welcoming-
Across the Southwest (and the country at large), outrage was expressed over these “illegals”, the town of Murietta, CA perhaps serving as the best example. In July of 2014 buses carrying migrant families were protested in a manner that can only be described as repulsive- but I’ll let you watch for yourself and decide:
Posted in America, bizarreness, crime, government, history, morality, news, politics, race
Tagged America, Anne Coulter, bigotry, border, Bus, Central America, control, Crisis, deportation, Donald Trump, immigration, Migrant, Murietta, Nativism, Nativist, Nikki Haley, Protest, race, racism, SB 1070, SOTU, South West