March 22, 2007

A Racy Little Number

From The Chicago Tribune: To some in Paris, sinister past is back
"Some of the things that happen [in Paris, Texas] would not happen if we were in Dallas or Houston," [civil rights activist Brenda] Cherry said…

There was the 19-year-old white man, convicted last July of criminally negligent homicide for killing a 54-year-old black woman and her 3-year-old grandson with his truck, who was sentenced in Paris to probation and required to send an annual Christmas card to the victims' family.
Because nothing says 'Happy Holidays' like a painful reminder of the racist legacy that kept your dead mother's killer out of jail. Whose bright idea was that?
And then there is the case that most troubles Cherry and leaders of the Texas NAACP, involving a 14-year-old black freshman, Shaquanda Cotton, who shoved a hall monitor at Paris High School…

The youth had no prior arrest record, and the hall monitor--a 58-year-old teacher's aide--was not seriously injured. But Shaquanda was tried in March 2006 in the town's juvenile court, convicted of "assault on a public servant" and sentenced by Lamar County Judge Chuck Superville to prison for up to 7 years, until she turns 21.

Just three months earlier, Superville sentenced a 14-year-old white girl, convicted of arson for burning down her family's house, to probation…

Gary Bledsoe, an Austin attorney who is president of the state NAACP branch [said,] "It's like they are sending a signal to black folks in Paris that you stay in your place in this community, in the shadows, intimidated."
"Don't be preposterous," responded Judge Superville. "We're not racist in Paris and we certainly don't want our black community to stay in the shadows. If they did that, they'd be practically invisible!"

Now, all you Canadians out there are probably feeling pretty smug about how much more liberal and open-minded you are than those stupid American Southerners, but don't get too comfortable:

From Anti-Semitism hits an all-time high in Canada
[The League for Human Rights of B'nai Brith Canada's] 2006 Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents revealed 935 incidents in 2006 – a 12.8 per cent increase over 2005…

Detective Sergeant Steve Irwin, of Toronto Police's Hate Crimes Unit, confirmed the report to
"Crikey," remarked Irwin in a prepared statement. "What we have here is the most venomous form of discrimination in the whole world! Let's get a little closer! It won't attack unless it feels threatened. Or sees a Jew… Haim, you'd better give the camera to someone else."

Seriously, though, Steve Irwin? What a sucky name to have. I bet he gets real tired of hacks like me.

(Valuable consultation provided by Gil. Thanks for helping me avoid another Commentgate!)


Gil said...

How dare you make fun of the Jews! I want to send you An Frank message: Making fun of Jews is not OK.

If you saw a Jew walking down the hall, would you feel the urge to throw sweat on her (or shvitz as we say in Yiddish) until she cried out, "Ow! Shvitz!"? Because that would not be OK either, in fact, I would call it a Hall Accost.

Andrew said...

Why'd you have to mention the Holocaust, Gil? Will you do anything fuhrer cheap laugh?

Anonymous said...

You guys are so phony.

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