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When My Own Family’s Posts Are Racist, Sexist

Categories: Bigotry, Personal, Racism, Sexism
Comments: 8 Comments
Published on: 2017.06.26

I’ve blurred the avatar and first name because I don’t want to focus on one individual’s behavior. But I’ve left the surname visible: this was posted by a member of my extended family, someone I’ve known since childhood. I’ve been open about unfriending more than a dozen social media contacts last year (several of whom[…]

What Is Cultural Appropriation? And Why Is It Wrong?

Categories: Racism
Comments: 2 Comments
Published on: 2017.06.20

My household has been busy recently, including a vacation in Galveston, visiting new babies on both my wife’s side and my side, starting swim lessons, and having birthday parties (BWF) and dance recitals (RLF). I also wrote an introspective and melancholy Father’s Day post. Hopefully those are good excuses for not posting on this Verily[…]

Maher Should Have Known Better

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Published on: 2017.06.03

Lots of folks are dumping their two cents’ worth about Bill Maher recently. I don’t carry cash or coins anymore, but here are some of my thoughts on the recent “incident”. Background: Friday night (June 2), Real Time host Maher used the phrase “house nigger” — referring to himself — after guest Ben Sasse (a[…]

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[…]

Why I’ll Vote Democrat Until The RNC Crumbles

In the past, I’ve voted Independent, Libertarian, and other parties as a kind of halfhearted protest against the two-party stranglehold on state-level and national politics in our country. And for a couple of years, it seemed a few other people did too. But the movement gained no traction. I realized eventually that one of the[…]

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[…]

Violence Is (Sometimes) The Answer

Military weapons on display, Ft. Hood, Texas (Copyright © 2013 by Wil C. Fry.) I am at heart a non-violent person, a pacifist if you will, and this has been my bent since I was a child. I suspect it’s partly due to observing my father’s behavior — always willing to talk before acting, to[…]

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[…]

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[…]

What My Parents Told Me About Race

Categories: Racism, Religion
Comments: 10 Comments
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[…]

Slapping Babies

Categories: InTheNews
Comments: 5 Comments
Published on: 2013.02.18

In The News: Man accused of slapping crying boy on Delta flight is out of a job (CNN) No doubt you’ve heard of this one already. But two things struck me as odd about this story.

ITN: A Few Thousand Bad Apples Make The Whole Bunch Look Bad

Categories: InTheNews, Politics
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Published on: 2012.11.13

In The News: Flurry Of Racist Tweets Follow Obama Election In The News: Woman Loses Job Over Facebook Post Unfortunately, Republicans and white people in general are getting a bad rap this election year, based on the fiery words of a small minority. Apparently, the re-election of Barack Obama spurred quite a few folks —[…]

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