This morning, I saw a political post on Facebook that I was tempted to share. It was a photograph, allegedly taken in the past few days. It showed a group of white people partying on a public sidewalk in Manhattan, mask-free and not observing COVID-19 social distancing rules. The text in the post was credited to a man who identified himself as black, and he was pointing out that a crowd of white people didn’t have the same worries about being confronted by the police that he and his friends would have if they did the same thing. I really … Continue reading Careful With Public Shaming. That Means Don’t.
(This blog post was revised on August 5, 2018.) Earlier this week, a hostile white woman who regards herself as an American (sic) was caught on video in Los Angeles, threatening to call ICE on a woman and her baby. Cell phone video of the incident was recorded by Maria Navarro and posted on YouTube. Although we should usually discourage public shaming, the actions of the woman carrying the coffee cup were shameful. She wasn’t embarrassed. She was upholding the Trump Hate Pledge, and she was willing to damage people’s lives in the process. Many Trump supporters will cheer on hate … Continue reading Please Help This Video Go Viral
Aaron Schlossberg, the New York City lawyer who has been engaging in public rants against immigrants, is an asshole. Most of us can agree on that. Mr. Schlossberg is also an unhinged asshole. When you encounter someone who is unhinged, do you really believe the answer is to get confrontational? If you see this guy in a public place, walk away. Don’t make a production of walking away, either. The only thing to pursue is a safe distance. I do that all the time, when I don’t think I can offer help to anyone. Occasionally, I’ll stick around to offer … Continue reading Stop Cornering Aaron Schlossberg
Yes, evidently that was attorney Aaron Schlossberg who went into a Fresh Kitchen restaurant on Madison Ave. in NYC and shouted at employees that they shouldn’t be speaking Spanish. Mr. Schlossberg was identified very soon after the videotaped incident, which raised questions about whether the wrong person had been named. Last time I looked, the WNYC-owned Gothamist.com was refusing to post his name in their article on the topic because his identity hadn’t been confirmed to their satisfaction. The Gothamist writer was right to hold back. We must use caution with details that haven’t been verified — especially when someone’s reputation is at risk. … Continue reading Follow-Up to Yesterday’s Aaron Schlossberg Post
I won’t include a link to any news stories about this. At the moment, it’s best to address the unfortunate incident in general terms only. Yesterday, someone went into a restaurant in New York City and shouted racist remarks. Video of his tantrum was recorded and posted on at least one news site. The site I looked at emphasized that the identity of the man had not been confirmed, but some other sites have posted the name of a professional with an office in Manhattan. Now, an online petition is being circulated to have his professional license revoked. The restaurant … Continue reading A Hateful Rant and Too-Quick Reactions
A supermarket in Hamburg, Germany, has presented one more argument against racism and intolerance of other cultures: It can mess with our eating habits. This sounds like a small effort, but it addresses something people take for granted when they make their worlds too small. If you’re serious about trashing other cultures and races, be ready to do some serious boycotting. This is especially important if you’re a lifelong citizen of the United States, which was established by white immigrants who elbowed out the indigenous population by all means necessary to create a new country. Gee, you never know where … Continue reading One More Way to Discourage Xenophobia
Two screenshots appear below. One is a post by an educated, compassionate Twitter user, and the other is a photo of white supremacists who abetted yesterday’s tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia. Together, they say a lot. Note the wide-open mouths on the racists. I hope you’ll forgive this crude observation, but the face on that man in the foreground reminds me of obscene doll heads I used to see in the window of a dirty bookstore. I don’t know who took the photo of the racists because it was uncredited on social media. If a photographer/news outlet is acknowledged in other … Continue reading The Shame-Free Community
(Disclosure: I am not a mental health professional. The statements in this blog post are based on observation and personal experience.) At the end of this post, you’ll find a link to a New York Times opinion piece by Andrea J. Ritchie, describing the nightmare some women are subjected to in the War on Drugs. These women are often singled out by race, and whether or not any of the individuals in question are guilty of drug offenses this harassment is a national disgrace. Please read all of the statements in Ms. Ritchie’s column carefully. There are different “reasons” for these injustices, … Continue reading The Drug War on Human Beings