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Inside The Mind Of An Evangelical Trump-Supporter

This is a page from a Donald Trump coloring book on sale for $8 at Sam’s Club in Killeen, Texas. Remember that there are people in our country who bought this intentionally and unironically. (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Raised in a politically conservative religious household, I typically have a good understanding of[…]

Vague, Tautological Meme Is Vague And Tautological

This week’s silly meme I bring up this meme only because I’ve seen it so often on social media. Apparently, about a third of the people in my online circles think this is true. For searchability reasons, I include the text (correcting for the ALL-CAPS issue): “Am I the only one around here who thinks[…]

When Trump Voters Deny The Racism

Killeen, Texas: a local business flies the Trump-Pence flag just underneath the U.S. flag, including the slogan “Make American Great Again” (Copyright © 2016 by Wil C. Fry.) Several times in the past few week, I’ve watched as conservatives denied the inherent racism in Donald Trump’s campaign. Here are two examples, copied and pasted from[…]

The Nonexistent Riots Of ’08 And ’12 (UPDATED)

Remember the riots in 2008 when Barack Obama was first elected? All those conservatives marching, protesting, and eventually getting out of hand and causing property damage? And then again in 2012? I’ll bet you don’t remember it, because — as far as I can tell — it never happened. That seems to be the point[…]

How Difficult Is It To Be Unoffensive?

Click to view it larger “Everything is so PC these days! You can’t say anything without offending someone!” That’s basically this meme’s point. We’ve seen a lot of discussion in the past couple of decades about political correctness, and it seems to have increased in the past two years as the 2016 presidential campaigns got[…]

Black-And-Blue Lives Matter

Campaign Zero poster Click here to see it full size #blacklivesmatter #bluelivesmatter #alllivesmatter I fail to understand why people are still arguing over this. It is insane to shoot and kill police officers because other police officers executed black men without (apparent) cause. This is not justice, any more than it would be justice for[…]

To The Parents Of My Children’s White Friends

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Published on: 2016.01.20

My wife and I, 10 years ago (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) A loved one informed me of a blog entry called To The White Parents Of My Black Son’s Friends (by Maralee Bradley), and asked for my thoughts on the issue. In one of my wiser moments, I said I wanted to[…]

Pulling Down The Battle Flag Won’t Solve It

The rectangular battle flag of the Army of Tennessee, Confederate States of America (Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons) After a lone shooter mowed down nine people in a South Carolina church, there have been calls for South Carolina to remove one of the flags that flies at the state capitol. My first (but[…]

Racism Is Natural? No. No, It’s Not.

Categories: Evolution, Racism
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Published on: 2015.04.30

Is racism inborn, or taught, or some combination of the two? This question has been actively explored by psychologists, neuroscientists, and others in various fields — and of course it’s been pontificated on by people with no expertise in any particular field, kind of like what I’m about to do. • Racism Is ‘Hardwired’ Into[…]

Exploring Ideas: ‘Reverse Discrimination’ and ‘Reverse Racism’

Seen on a medical clinic survey (Copyright © 2014 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ve heard the terms “reverse racism” and “reverse discrimination” used almost interchangeably, though the former usually refers to white people not receiving preferential treatment over minorities, while the latter can apply to all kinds of discussions. The terms are most noticeably used[…]

A Sucker For Coincidence: Birthdate #1 Songs

Grayscale (Copyright © 2006 by Wil C. Fry.) I’ll admit I’m a sucker for coincidences: I love them. I enjoy when numbers match up, or I hear an unusual word for the first time in years and then hear it again in unrelated circumstances the same day. I’ll admit I saw it as “a sign”[…]

Some Observations After Non-Indictment In Ferguson (UPDATED)

➤ No one was surprised by the Grand Jury’s decision. Are you not sick of being unsurprised? asks one writer. Statistics site 538 points out that it’s rare for police officers to be charged for any allegations of misconduct. Grand juries almost always return an indictment, yet almost never when it’s a police officer. The[…]

Thoughts On ‘Mulatto’

Categories: Racism
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Published on: 2014.10.01

Yesterday was the first time I heard the word “mulatto” spoken aloud in at least 10 years. This time it was reference to my children, used as part of a compliment: “Mulatto children are … [huge pause] … so beautiful. I have always thought so.” (Old white guy in Central Texas, with a noticeable German[…]

True But Anecdotal Anecdotes About Racism And My ’74 Monte Carlo

To my knowledge, this is the only photo of the 1974 Chevy Monte Carlo that I owned from late 1995 through late 1998 (Copyright © 1997 by Geraldean Fry.) (I didn’t record the following incidents in my journal — I wasn’t writing often in my journal in the late 1990s — so I’m depending on[…]

The Right To Deny Service

Categories: Business, Racism
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Published on: 2014.02.28

In my previous entry, I asked the question: which religion advocates denying service to someone based on sexual orientation? And I pointed out that Christianity (the religion with which I’m most familiar) does not advocate such a denial. In the discussion that followed, I was reminded of the usual argument that “People have the right[…]

What My Parents Told Me About Race

Categories: Racism, Religion
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Published on: 2013.09.29

The question was posed by an NPR article: What Did Your Parents Tell You About Race?, and answered by many readers via Twitter or comments underneath the article (spurring yet another article). I chose to consider the question a little more fully and answer on my own blog rather than lose it amongst hundreds of[…]

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