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What’s racist?

September 26, 2011 Leave a comment

image via AP

I was reading an article today which brought forth the question whether the Associated Press transcription of President Obama’s speech and the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) was racist.

Link to story.

Karen Hunter, an author, stated on a MSNBC show that she was upset that the AP transcription of Obama’s speech wasn’t cleaned up in the way that other news outlets did. Examples she used included the “dropped g’s.”

AP version: “Take off your bedroom slippers. Put on your marching shoes,” he said, his voice rising as applause and cheers mounted. “Shake it off. Stop complainin’. Stop grumblin’. Stop cryin’. We are going to press on. We have work to do.”

This transcription is what Hunter called “inherently racist.” This was a source of debate on the MSNBC program which a linguistics expert John McWhorter, stated that he believe that the AP’s transcription was correct and stated that Obama won the 2008 Presidental election due to how easily “he can switch into that [black] dialect.”

After reading the article, I thought about what is really racist. And after some thought, I concluded that it is just relatively. Depending on your particular mindset, you hear or see something in a completely different way.

At the same time seeing issues like this within the United States depresses me because it shows the divide between different groups of people in this country. For a country with that’s a melting point, there are a lot more racial conflicts than there should.

One of my biggest pet peeves is people who try to label whatever they possibly can as racism. But, at the same time I now understand that people see things in different lights and I am trying to be more respectful of others views even if I don’t agree with them.

 

Try staying classy…

May 12, 2011 5 comments

So, over the past few weeks I’ve watched the Maury Show, Steve Wilkos Show, and Judge Mathis to pay attention to the words said by the guests on these shows.

It’s presumed that the guests on these shows are members of the lower classes in society. I wanted to see if I could see distinct differences between words which they use compared to words which I hear everyday around me.

After a few weeks of observation, one word I heard on the shows but not in my everyday surroundings was “female.” Instead of using “woman,” “women,” “lady,” “ladies,” guests on the shows frequently use  the word “female” or “females.”

Just listening to the word “female” irked me, it sounded dirty for some reason to me, almost to the level of what I’d consider a pet peeve. So, after watching one of these shows I asked my mother how she felt about the usage of the word “female” and she said that she sees it as being derogatory and  rude.

After this I concluded that there are words which show the lack of class and knowledge of people and a prime example is “female.” I have never heard many if any educated adults use “females” over the word “woman” or “lady.”

If you want to sound educated and classy, avoid using the word “female.” It doesn’t put you in a good light, if you care.

Some things just shouldn’t be seen on television…

After seeing Craig Sager cover the NBA playoffs again on TNT, I just had to start shaking my head. I am not a fan of tacky attire, but this takes it to another level. If I had long hair, looking Craig Sager on television would make me pull that hair out.

Here are four of the many clothing combinations which Sager has had to audacity to wear on national television. Beware this is graphic!

Interviewing Kobe at the All-Star Game. Courtesy of 4thandforever.

Interviewing Shaq at the All Star Game. Courtesy of 4thandforever.I am officially losing my mind! Courtesy of 4thandforever.

WTF!! At Fenway Park.

Now, everyone understands where I am coming from.

Kevin Garnett says exactly what I’d want to say if I ever catch anyone who I know wearing something that looks like anything which seen above.

Knock it off!

Courtesy of Gurdit

With the second leg of UEFA Champions League Semifinals coming up this week, I thought I should post something which is a huge pet peeve of mine that exists within the game of Soccer/Football.

I have a HUGE problem with players rolling around the ground as if they were shot and having a whole team chase a referee around appealing for a card when there is a foul committed against the opposing team.

Now, football/soccer is my favorite sport, so it’s difficult for me to watch matches such as Real Madrid/Barcelona match on April 27 which was marred by players feigning injuries, especially Sergio Busquets, Dani Alves,  and Pedro from Barca, and players appealing for further discipline on fouls which players from both teams were guilty.

It’s a shame when after foul by a player leads to the whole opposing team surrounding the official and trying to influence him into a decision. This was evident after Pepe‘s foul on Dani Alves in the second half. It’s impossible to know whether the official, Wolfgang Stark, was influenced by the whole Barcelona team surrounding him.

Current footballers aren’t fans of Barcelona’s actions throughout the match.  As Rio Ferdinand tweeted about Dani Alves’ reaction to Pepe’s tackle, “If you ever see me go off on a stretcher then run back on to play, I give everyone on here the green light to him me with a two-footed tackle.” In addition, oft-injured Michael Owen added his two cents, Alves’ actions won’t please many as if he had got straight up it would have been a yellow card, but Barça fans will be happy with his actions.”

As one of the broadcasters said on FX, you want to see good football being played in ‘el clasico,’ which now pits probably the two best teams in the world against one another. The last thing you want to see is these supremely skilled football players roll around on the ground and act like infants. Knock it off!

Lastly, to piggyback on the point about a whole team surrounding the official to influence the decision, FIFA is supposed to have a ‘respect’ campaign which isn’t followed anymore. Players who aren’t the on-pitch captain of their squad who surround the official should each get carded.

Please knock it off! Football is the beautiful game, keep it that way.

NOTE: Although this post makes it seem as if I am against Barcelona, this  not the case. I am not a Real Madrid fan either, in actuality I thoroughly dislike them.

Don’t make me repeat myself…

So, I was at an orientation for New York Cares, a volunteer program in the city and one of my biggest pet peeves from school came up. This peeve is people asking the same damn questions over and over again.

I understand that I can be extremely impatient and that’s probably a contributing cause for my hating to repeat myself.  In addition to hating repeating myself, I thoroughly dislike hearing people repeat the same things over and over. Thankfully, I’ve become adept and tuning this out because it drives my crazy! In high school, I wanted to go over the students who asked the same questions over and over and strangle them.

I understand that people don’t pick things up at the same speed, but most of the time people who repeat the same questions over and over just aren’t paying attention. Just pay attention!

A common saying among people who speak in front of groups often is “there is no such thing as a bad question.” Bullshit! If someone ask a question one time, the following four times someone else asks that same question (with different wording sometimes) it’s a bad question.

Please people, pay attention when people are addressing you, so you don’t have to make them repeat themselves.

Enough is enough!

April 23, 2011 4 comments

This being a rainy Saturday and there being nothing to do, I decided to look at some pictures on Facebook.  Oddly enough while looking at these photos on Facebook I found yet another pet peeve.  This pet peeve is women who wear too much makeup.

This is my view of makeup, makeup should accentuate your beauty not define it.

I understand that many women don’t feel comfortable going into public without putting on makeup. That’s fine with me. However, some women need to understand that there is such a thing as putting on too much makeup.

Even the famous people do it.

Putting on too much makeup makes you look unattractive, cheap, tacky, clueless, ugly, clownish, etc… I hope that these women who put on too much makeup aren’t going for the things which I mentioned because if you are, I am literally laughing out loud at you.

I was pondering posting photos of people who I know who wear too much makeup, but I thought better of it because I don’t feel like being attacked by these people.

To show that I am not alone in the matter I found a survey where 2,000 men were surveyed with one-fifth of men saying that their partners wear too much makeup and one-tenth of men prefer women not to wear makeup at all (Stylelist).

Please women, enough is enough!

Clapping and talking? Just don’t…

After watching a segment of the Maury Show today, I found yet another pet peeve of mine. This peeve doesn’t bother me as much as some of the other ones I’ve mentioned in other posts, but it’s definitely annoying nonetheless. What I am referring to clapping while talking.

Clapping while talking is a pet peeve of mine because it’s extremely unattractive. People who clap while talking are loud for the simple fact that they’re trying to talk above the clapping noises they’re making. And being too loud is definitely an unattractive quality in my book.

In addition, clapping while talking is a misguided way to get your point across.  I know from personal experience I’ve never paid any more attention to what someone was saying because they were clapping.

Furthermore, clapping while talking shows a lack of intelligence. Look at the people who you see clap and talk and ask yourself what you think of them.

Just don’t clap while you talk. For my sake and for everyone else.