The Boston Diaries

The ongoing saga of a programmer who doesn't live in Boston, nor does he even like Boston, but yet named his weblog/journal “The Boston Diaries.”

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Thursday, May 18, 2006

Is it okay to say that white men can't jump?

I should really quit reading education oriented blogs, because of stuff like this:

Cultural Racism:

Those aspects of society that overtly and covertly attribute value and normality to white people and Whiteness, and devalue, stereotype, and label people of color as “other”, different, less than, or render them invisible. Examples of these norms include defining white skin tones as nude or flesh colored, having a future time orientation, emphasizing individualism as opposed to a more collective ideology, defining one form of English as standard, and identifying only Whites as great writers or composers.

Via Right on the Left Coast, Seattle Public Schools: Definitions of Racism

“Having a future time orientation” is racism?


Planning for the future?

Did no one on the Seattle School Board read The Ant and the Grasshopper? (My thought—these people should be forced to drive cars they themselves designed and built—sheesh!)

And I have to wonder what they'll make of this:

UPDATE: The Senate has agreed to the Inhofe Amendment by a vote of 63- 34.

Another quick post to let you know that I am co-sponsoring Senator Inhofe's amendment to declare English as the national language of the United States.

This amendment also makes English is the default language for government communication and redesigns the naturalization exam.

Via Instapundit, English Should Be Declared America's National Language

[Personally, I'm conflicted about this bill and deep down, I feel this shouldn't even be an issue (and given that even the Founding Fathers decided against a national language (which would have been German of all things) should count for something) but given the recent illegal immigration issues cropping up, I can see why this is happening, but getting back to the Seattle School Board …]

Even their definition of “racism” comes across as racist to me:

The systematic subordination of members of targeted racial groups who have relatively little social power in the United States (Blacks, Latino/as, Native Americans, and Asians), by the members of the agent racial group who have relatively more social power (Whites). The subordination is supported by the actions of individuals, cultural norms and values, and the institutional structures and practices of society.

Via Right on the Left Coast, Seattle Public Schools: Definitions of Racism

So, only whites can be racist.


I should really stop reading those educational blogs.

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