Recommended Reading

by Anti-Racist Parent special correspondent Colin Bowden

4.17.2007: the shooter was korean american – Angry Asian Man
The Angry Asian Man like many, can see the writing on the wall: there is a building anti-immigrant, anti-Asian prejudice after the shooting in Va. Tech, and it seems to be clear that the suspect’s ethnicity and immigration status will be blamed more than the police or university officials and staff in the national media.

Long arm – Resist racism
A new and interesting law in Georgia produces somewhat unexpected results. It’s short but I like its point, which I can’t give away.

Race and Dating – Kimchi Mamas
Dating and race: Is dating only within one’s race prejudiced? Is it racist? Is dating any one race necessarily racist? For people of color, is there much pressure in general to date within one’s race, or to NOT date white people? Where does this pressure come from? (I would say a lot of it comes from the family firstly, then from one’s surrounding neighborhood, schooling, etc.) If it does come from parenting, can we teach our youths a new way and should we?

The Cause of Black Male Failure: It’s the “P”, not the “N” Word – Huffington Post
Huffington Post is NOT my favorite blog by any means. I dislike it quite a bit, in fact, but hey, onto the article, right? This is basically Paul White (aptly named as he may be) explaining that poor parenting, not the “n-word” is what is dragging black men down. Though I think he’s a little nutty in ignoring societal factors, I wonder if people actually see blame being put on the “n-word” for the problems black men face. That’d be an interesting discussion to me.

Multiculturalism: Fact or Threat? – Hispanic Pundit
Hispanic Pundit takes a D’Souza question that is odd, but provocative. Dinesh explains that there are, in his mind, two ways to see multiculturalism: it is a fact of American life that is celebrated, but it, again to him, not me, is also an ideological threat to American civilization and preeminence.

He says, “Multiculturalists insist that we change how we teach our children, in order to reshape how they think. Specifically, they must stop thinking of Western and American civilization as superior to other civilizations.” Is that really so wrong?

Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech 40 years later
40 years after Dr. King spoke out against Vietnam, this makes one think, are OUR leaders, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native, biracial, etc., are our leaders speaking out on moral issues that degrade human rights?

So It’s The Blacks Who Are At Fault? – Crescent Canuck
UK Prime Minister Tony Blair made some very interesting remarks about black kids in his country pertaining to rising levels of violence in London. Take this one for example: “Economic inequality is a factor and we should deal with that, but I don’t think it’s the thing that is producing the most violent expression of this social alienation.” Is black culture to blame for the violence? Very similar to the D’Souza piece, this is.

Once taboo, interracial marriage now flourishing in the U.S. – Charleston Daily Mail
“Coupled with a steady flow of immigrants from all parts of the world, the surge of interracial marriages and multiracial children is producing a 21st century America more diverse than ever, with the potential to become less stratified by race.”

Really? Less stratified? With this same media taking a tragedy, a story about a person killing 32 and injuring many others and that media sees an immigrant, an alien, a national, and instead of asking as a unified voice, “Why didn’t you tell us earlier, why didn’t the school protect us?”, the media asks, “Is he a national, a foreigner, an alien, a (gasp) immigrant?” Forgive me if I don’t hold my breath.

Anti-racism cartoon – For the Glamorous
This is just a cartoon. But I like its point and to me it was kinda funny, like in one of those “ha-ha-aww-it’s-true” kind of ways.

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