What Jimmy Wong Taught Me About UCLA Girl

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I will be the first to tell you that I don’t have a good sense of humor when it comes to racist remarks directed my way. When a fellow five-year old at daycare made some sort of remark about my skin color being ugly, I threw a bucket of sand over her head. And a few weeks ago, when someone responded to my roommate’s ad by calling her “egg roll” and “pork fried rice,” I can’t say my initial reaction would have made Gandhi-ji very proud.

Throughout my lifetime, I’ve had trouble moderating my inner Malcom X and channeling a more Martin Luther King Jr. approach. This despite the fact that I grew up in the most turn-the-the-other-cheek of communities, the Amish Mennonites. When I see racism, in any shape/manner/form, I tend to lose my cool. My blood pressure goes up. I start to see red.

The whole Alexandra Wallace incident was no exception. You’ll remember her as the girl from UCLA who made a YouTube video where she rants against Asian students. I admit, I felt a little bit of sympathy at the start of the video. My own classmates often vent about international students in the law library who blab loudly on their cellphones, seemingly oblivious to the glares of fellow students. But when Ms. Wallace started on her “ching chong” rant, I stopped feeling sorry for her and just got mad. Then I saw this.

How amazing is 24-year old LA-based entertainer Jimmy Wong? And how in the world did this kid manage to take such an ugly incident and make something positive from it? Pure talent, that’s how. This video has me considering my reactions to racism and how I can learn to better harness my anger into something good. Not to be naive or anything. I know things like these will continue. I know sometimes a little righteous indignation goes a long way. And that sometimes all the Glee songs in the world won’t take the sting out of a racist remark. But maybe the next time something like this happens, I won’t automatically reach for the anger that often accompanies the helplessness one feels in this situations.

What do you guys use to keep from losing your cool when you’re confronted with racism? Have you come up with ways for dealing with your anger in a positive manner?

34 thoughts on “What Jimmy Wong Taught Me About UCLA Girl

  1. His reply to that video was legendary. It’s great because it’s mocking her comments without even directly mocking her. Well I guess there is the underneath all that makeup line. That was a sick burn.

  2. Alexandra Wallace was not racist. It was offensive and honestly tame, compared to most internet rants. If a Russell Peters or someone “acceptable” had pulled a sketch along those lines, we would have been in stitches over how incredibly good Russell’s timing and delivery is (And it is). And the dead give-away for me is when she talks about her friends in the beginning of the video. More than any other group ABDs should know how complicity they tend to be when it comes to mocking their own FOBs. There are a lot of issues to get riled up about, and most of them aren’t soft targets…so let it go. It is simply hypocrisy if we as “South Asians” or “Brown people” (or whatever the cool monker du jour is) get so touchy about a blonde white girl making a youtube video but think we have to throw our weight behind the much more hateful Irvine 9. Why? Because their skin color is closer to ours?

    Funny clip though.

  3. There are several things that need to be addressed in people’s responses to Alexandra Wallace’s rant . The thing that I struggle with is that the people who get offended by injustice, are the last people to be authentic enough to own their privileged identities. Beyond that, people that identify as advocate for social justice often don’t educate and create allies. What is the point of having the vernacular of social justice, privilege and oppression, when you are unwilling to meet people where they are at (authentically, without being elitist) and educate?

    BAR. When you are the victim of injustice. Breathe. Assess, Respond.

    Great video.

  4. BAR is a great comment, purvi.

    We have a need to belong, to be accepted. Racism affects us at that level.

    Lately I’ve been questioning why do we need to belong or to be accepted. How much does it really harm us if people find us unpopular? Why do we need to be validated by other people’s approval?

  5. Ah, I love this video! It’s amazing how his career has launched all because of this…

  6. Alexandra Wallace was not racist.

    Maybe she’s not racist, but she’s clearly xenophobic.

    It was offensive and honestly tame, compared to most internet rants.

    Yeah it was tame, but you can’t just put racism on a sliding scale – by that logic, we’d have to dismiss half of “hate crimes” because hey, it ain’t the holocaust, so who cares, right?

    BAR. When you are the victim of injustice. Breathe. Assess, Respond.

    It is too bad more of us don’t think like this…for example, Alexandra Wallace started receiving death threats hours after posting the video, so she took it down (although another user saved it and posted it so it’s still available).

    I almost feel sorry for this girl. She’ll be graduating in a matter of weeks and trying to find a job of some sort, I imagine. Even though most people have forgotten about the video by now, a 2 second background check on her will remind every potential employer and person she meets that she’s that “youtube bimbo”. Sometimes you do one dumb thing when you’re young and it sticks with you for a while. More than anything, she really lacks common sense.

    I admit, I felt a little bit of sympathy at the start of the video.

    Same, my college attracts a lot of international students, and I’ve also often been frustrated when someone feels free to whip out their cell phone in the library and start yapping loudly in what almost always is a foreign language. Whenever a Desi does it, I usually ask politely in Urdu/Hindi for them to step outside, and then they look embarrassed that other people can even understand what they’re saying. Anyway if this Alexandra Wallace hadn’t ranted against Asians specifically, that is, if she had ranted about how people in general feel the need to pull out their cell phones and start chatting loudly, she would have a lot more supporters, just sayin’

    • Alina opine: “Anyway if this Alexandra Wallace hadn’t ranted against Asians specifically, that is, if she had ranted about how people in general feel the need to pull out their cell phones and start chatting loudly, she would have a lot more supporters, just sayin’ “

      Except that UCLA is full of Chinese. So the loud offender is most likely going to be Chinese. Heh, heh–I’ve suffered a lot of discrimination at UCLA by Chinese. I was for instance told by a Chinese professor that he didn’t want Muslims in the lab. And that was just the beginning… No sympathies at all. This Wong guy sings out of tune besides.

  7. “but you can’t just put racism on a sliding scale” Yes you can, there are a lot of perspectives, experiences and causes for many manifestations of hateful behavior. People who make sweeping generalizations of everything into racism are as much at fault as the people who advocate analysis of it solely on a “case by case” basis

    “by that logic, we’d have to dismiss half of “hate crimes” because hey, it ain’t the holocaust, so who cares, right?” ” Most people that one would desire to engage with , really don’t do that. You are making an inverse error in even stating that I implied so.

    “I almost feel sorry for this girl. She’ll be graduating in a matter of weeks and trying to find a job of some sort, I imagine.” I was skirting around that exact point without being obvious about it. Bloggers and commentators on this very site, expressed sadness and sympathy for the kids at Irvine and Dharun Ravi , but seem almost hateful in their reaction to a far milder incident.

    “Anyway if this Alexandra Wallace hadn’t ranted against Asians specifically, that is, if she had ranted about how people in general feel the need to pull out their cell phones and start chatting loudly, she would have a lot more supporters, just sayin” http://www.daemonstv.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/10/OUTSOURCED-Party-Of-Five-2-550×366.jpg back :)

  8. Working in a non-IT field w/very few desis, I’m automatically presumed a diversity-recruit by some whites, especially in the mid-west. How do i know?Had the misfortune of hearing a friend blurt it out when we were having difficulties in our workplace due to restructuring (whole another matter that a client data on layoffs proved that colored ppl always get hit harder when companies rightsize). When she said that, I was just too stunned and insulted and don’t think I responded coherently. And she responded similarly when I told her about the predominantly Jewish firm that I had joined afterward. I just let that slide to not ruin the friendship (has been a great friend otherwise in several ways). So I am curious how others tackle it when a close friend turns out to be somewhat racist toward you! ‘More than any other group ABDs should know how complicity they tend to be when it comes to mocking their own FOBs.’ – very true!

  9. I was skirting around that exact point without being obvious about it. Bloggers and commentators on this very site, expressed sadness and sympathy for the kids at Irvine and Dharun Ravi , but seem almost hateful in their reaction to a far milder incident.

    I’ve never heard anyone express sympathy for Ravi (or his Asian girlfriend who was involved in the incident). If anything, I remember people being particularly hateful when that happened (both in real life and on blogs). I have never heard anyone on this blog be hateful to Alexandra Wallace either. It kind of shocked me that she received death threats because I remember right after she posted her video, everyone at college was laughing about it (we have a fairly large asian population too); the reaction was more “let’s laugh at this ridiculous Cali valley girl ” rather than people being hateful. Apparently the UCLA population reacted quite differently….

    Except that UCLA is **full** of Chinese.

    I know that the entire UC system is full of Asians. Hell, California in general has way more Asians than the rest of the country. But really, that doesn’t mean that going into xenophobic rant about them that half the world can potentially watch isn’t a ridiculously stupid thing to do. For example, you clearly had an issue with Chinese people when you were at UCLA, but I doubt you’re going to go on YouTube and post a rant about it (let alone plan a series of rants like Wallace did).

  10. I was for instance told by a Chinese professor that he didn’t want Muslims in the lab.

    I’m curious, did you report the incident and if so, how the administration handle that?

    • Alina you are sweet and young. You will not want to know. All my stories are bad because it is a big bad world out there. But in this case the department promoted the professor soon after and in full knowledge of this incident. He also got an external award named for a desi. I guess he never said “you guys are trouble” when reached out with his bony grasping fingers for the prize. And then there is the whole story of why I live outside of the US for fear of my life. I’m not muslim in any case (but you know so many of these professors have never read a book in their life –outside fo their engineering specialty–and can’t be expected to know these things).

      • “All my stories are bad because it is a big bad world out there.”

        Is it true that, you had an affair with both Protima Bedi and Pamela Bordes at the same time?

  11. Guess I got my blogs confused but the rest of what I said still stands valid.

    The OP has equated actual acts of racism with what Rosie O’Donnell…I mean …Miley Cyrus…I mean … Lee Da Hae … I mean Pau Gasol…I mean … Alexandra Wallace said.

  12. I just listened to the whole Alexandra and phew that reeks of xenophobia. But the attention this borderline retarded bimbo has gotten is way out of proportion and bespeaks other issues Asian (men in particular) have. A psychologist can have a lot of fun with these.

    There are other funn(ier) responses on YT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiEvmr3I-Ik&NR=1

  13. I have sympathy for the girl. Its true many Asians (and I am including Indians in it) lack some basic civic manners in public places. Talking on loudly on cell phones is just one of them. Cutting into lines, walking across tennis courts while a point is being played, leaving gates open, blocking traffic while parked in front to pick-up someone, etc. etc. It can be very annoying, and sometimes I feel like walking over and saying something. Why can’t we acknowledge this fact and finds ways to address it? What she said was very mild compared to what many people are probably thinking in their minds! She was just naïve enough to put it on YouTube! Time to let it be and move on, instead of acting like wounded innocents! I find the whole Asian response to so hypocritical.

  14. walking across tennis courts while a point is being played

    People can be weaned off this habit provided you have good aim towards negative reinforcement.

  15. @Rahul Rvd: If a Russell Peters or someone “acceptable” had pulled a sketch along those lines, we would have been in stitches over how incredibly good Russell’s timing and delivery is (And it is).

    Don’t speak for me or for all of us . You may find it funny but I don’t and wouldn’t. I’m not going to bother addressing your other comments because they just don’t make sense.

    @Phillygrrl: I’m glad you posted this. Desi’s aren’t all so self-centered that we only believe in social justice when it directly affects us despite the comment.

    • Just because you don’t get something, doesn’t mean that it makes no sense.

      It was a rhetorical jump, cool your horses… if you didn’t get one thing, it follows that you didn’t get the other. mmkay D ude?

  16. There isn’t too much you can do when confronted with racism. Someone who is racist or ignorant usually is determined to stay that way.

    How in the world did Alexandra Wallace get admission in UCLA?

  17. I think Jimmy’s response was good and Alexandra Wallace’s comment was very racist and offensive. I was surprised that UCLA did not punish Wallace but I guess hate speech is acceptable in America.

  18. “Alexandra Wallace was not racist. It was offensive and honestly tame, compared to most internet rants. If a Russell Peters or someone “acceptable” had pulled a sketch along those lines, we would have been in stitches over how incredibly good Russell’s timing and delivery is”

    The context is completely different. Alexandra Wallace wasn’t a comedian on a stage, doing an act. She was venting her true feelings at the time, it’s like when Kramer stepped outside the “frame” of comedian on stage when he went on his “n*gger rant” It wasn’t comedy. Comparisons to Russell Peters or other people doing jokes is absolutely ludicrous.

    She’s not racist? Really? What does one have to do in order to be racist? Shoot Medgar Evers in the back?

    “get so touchy about a blonde white girl making a youtube video but think we have to throw our weight behind the much more hateful Irvine 9. Why? Because their skin color is closer to ours?”

    Ah, the ol “skin color” argument. I like how it’s trivialized to “skin color” when the connections need to be diminished, but when the connections need to be enhanced, it’s likened to “I can make fun of my mother but you can’t” The irony is you type that post on a message board where the password to enter posts is ‘brown’

    A white blonde girl making a video like that IS different (with no other information), if she was married to an Asian person, or had an Asian-step brother, or showed some other connection or respect for the Asian culture, it could be contextualized differently. But all things being the same, a white blonde woman making that video, or lets say if Jimmy Wong made that video himself are two COMPLETELY different things, and it’s not because “skin color” but it’s because skin color has historically MEANT something about your existence in the US. Don’t believe me?

    Check it out:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TG4f9zR5yzY

  19. “have been in stitches over how incredibly good Russell’s timing and delivery is”

    And RP would never use trite depictions like “ching chong wing wong”.. another reason why it’s reminiscent of inherent racism, is that it’s just a lazy, often pulled out depiction of Asians. And thats what racists do, take the path of least resistence, for example remember this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzPBk1p37Zw

  20. “I almost feel sorry for this girl. She’ll be graduating in a matter of weeks and trying to find a job of some sort, I imagine. Even though most people have forgotten about the video by now, a 2 second background check on her will remind every potential employer and person she meets that she’s that “youtube bimbo”. Sometimes you do one dumb thing when you’re young and it sticks with you for a while. More than anything, she really lacks common sense. “

    I don’t. Of all the rampant racism that’s been allowed to proliferate pre-youtube, so one girl gets taken down a notch because she’s dumb enough to document and record her racist views, and sure death threats are extreme, but I’m losing any sleep feeling any sympathy about her? heck no.

    • I don’t feel sorry for Alexandra Wallace either her racism and bigotry is abhorrent and deleterious. I am surprised that UCLA couldn’t expell the young woman but she withdrew from the university anyway. The hatred Alexandra has for Asian Americans was obvious. I do think though that people need to realize that Alexandra’s comments weren’t just random she thought about this and constructed her you tube video to illustrate her hated for Asians.

  21. UbaD - The context is completely different. First off I’m totally impressed by your grasp of pop culture, you found a Louis CK video and linked to a View Sketch … holy schnikes I’m already blown away and completely proven wrong…and you referenced Medgar Evars, How approrpriately relevant !!! I see that you are putting that basic cable subscription to good use when it comes to sociological observations. I think what I should do is find a Doug Stanhope or a Kat Williams sketch, splice in some Malik Shabaaz and Michelle Malkin head-to-head talking-head heady drama and find some clips from Mississippi Burning. That would make for a very valid argument and utterly establish, “the context” from being ” completely different.”

    Let’s play your pop culture game … because yeah, the Alexandra Wallaces of today are the Sagas ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_(singer) )of tomorrow .

    Alexandra Wallace wasn’t a comedian on a stage, doing an act. Oh I forgot the yardstick that some people have about how offensive speech becomes inoffensive if someone is doing it under the disguise of satire. While I may disagree with that viewpoint and take the Kantian stand on that, you might probably be completely corrent and infact you are supported in that view by a great many who view it the exact same way. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CAJdzpJXig#t=3m37s

    She was venting her true feelings at the time I have vented my true feelings about how North Indians in North/Central India make fun of “Madrasis” quite a few times …especially because it happened, to my face. Or how my father vented his feelings about being told to get off a bus in Madras in the 80s because he is a Telugu. Yes, it is completely inappropriate for people to function based on stereotypes or mock them reactionarily, that always implies that the person who says those isolated things is a raging card carrying member of the latest SPLC “get to know a hate group better” club. By your logic, I should be on a watch list for the “looky here Herschel, we got ourselves one of them self-hatin Indians” crowd.

    Have you ever seen how people from the North Eastern part of India get treated in other parts?

    Or this – http://www.metacafe.com/watch/740741/chinese_accent_by_an_handsome_indian_kannada_guy/

    it’s like when Kramer stepped outside the “frame” of comedian on stage when he went on his “n*gger rant” It wasn’t comedy. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ji_6L-brMQg#t=2m04s

    Comparisons to Russell Peters or other people doing jokes is absolutely ludicrous. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=__9KOVFLsFA#t=1m18s

    She’s not racist? Really? What does one have to do in order to be racist? Shoot Medgar Evers in the back? Yes? Ta-Nehisi Coates made a wonderful point about people like you who continue “In some measure, the narrowing of racism is an unfortunate relic of the civil rights movement, when activists got mileage out of dehumanizing racists and portraying them as ultra-violent Southern troglodytes. Whites may have been horrified by the fire hoses and police dogs turned on children, but they could rest easy knowing that neither they nor anyone they’d ever met would do such a thing. But most racism—indeed, the worst racism—is quaint and banal. There’s nothing sensationalistic about redlining or job discrimination. No archival newsreel can capture what it means to be viewed as a person who, minus the beneficence of well-meaning whites, simply can’t compete.

    All of this leaves me wondering, Who does a guy have to lynch around here to get called a racist? If twice claiming that a presidential candidate is only in the race because he’s black doesn’t make you racist; if shouting, “He’s a nigger! He’s a nigger” from stage doesn’t make you racist; if calling an accomplished black woman “the cleaning lady” doesn’t make you a racist, what does?” Except he made it in a valid context, where he was deriding the people excusing Geraldine Ferraro for her comments on Obama … and you, are making them about some random chick on youtube.

    “Ah, the ol “skin color” argument.” Ah, the ol “skin color doesn’t matter if they are white” counter. Every community needs the people who emulate others like the ones who call Clarence Thomas and Thomas Sowell as Uncle Toms

    I like how it’s trivialized to “skin color” when the connections need to be diminished, but when the connections need to be enhanced, it’s likened to “I can make fun of my mother but you can’t” I don’t know what you mean. Here is some more trivial pop-culture reading. http://www.snopes.com/politics/crime/newsom.asp . It maybe irrelevant to this exact quote, but your observation is irrelevant as well…so might as well indulge.

    The irony is you type that post on a message board where the password to enter posts is ‘brown’ Yes I have personal identity issues everytime a Capcha brings up the name of a Whitey; once when a capcha asked me to type “Socrates” , I wrote to the admin complaining about how it was offensive to me. Not just because Socrates was “white”, but also because he taught Plato who taught Aristotle who taught Alexander who waged a war against my ancestors. BTW I don’t have to enter a verification phrase, my account is validated.

    A white blonde girl making a video like that IS different (with no other information), if she was married to an Asian person, or had an Asian-step brother, or showed some other connection or respect for the Asian culture, “Ah the old, I have black friends” argument.

    ” but it’s because skin color has historically MEANT something about your existence in the US. Don’t believe me?” Oh I do believe you, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Bhagat_Singh_Thind

    “And thats what racists do, take the path of least resistence, for example remember this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mzPBk1p37Zw” Rahul Rvd | March 29, 2011 3:32 PM : The OP has equated actual acts of racism with what Rosie O’Donnell…I mean …Miley Cyrus…I mean … Lee Da Hae … I mean Pau Gasol…I mean … Alexandra Wallace said.

    The reason I took my time to respond to you, mostly satirically, is because I’m partly astonished at how much virulence you had towards the simple facts that I tried to point out, namely: 1. There are always bigger battles to fight. 2. There is a complete, mainstream, pop-culture that makes it okay to make fun of stereotypes. But you can only repeat these tropes as long as you are given license to do by a random moral authority. In this case, you are that self-appointed moral authority. 3. This is a 18-21 year old, who for all we know has Asian friends, black friends, Indian friends…what you may have. Maybe they enabled this behavior, maybe one group in them has made Asian jokes regular enough for others to think it is okay. 4. http://thefire.org/article/12966.html 5. I don’t know if you or most other “browns” who have commented on this topic – here or elsewhere, are Indian, South Asian, ABD, DBD, FOB whatever…unlike you I am not able of looking through my screen and write a term paper filled with Valid observations about an internet handle or face. The serene capability you have displayed is truly inspiring; however, have you ever been part of a group that has had Indians who mock other Indians for their version of the “Ching chong ling long” ? Or this, I’m assuming the Asian girl in this video making fun of Indians is okay because you were friends with someone who looked like her, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V93r0Evy1IM

    Whatever, floats your boat brah. I meet people like you all the time, who only find something racist if the intended target is closer in melanin content or minority cred, than the soruce. … I didn’t ask you to feel sympathy for anyone. Youtube hate can be good, ask Tay Zonday or Rebecca Black (who has made a cool million at this point) for that matter And in the interest of supplementing your burgeoning pop-culture aptitude…I will provide the following comedy routines for you to chuckle after your morals allow you to. 1. Brendon Burns vs Brown Girl – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq8nG_ZMhA8 (watch this after – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aN3W9PE55dw ) 2. Ninja Say What – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ns-kXeQCMk 3. Don’t ever make the assumption that your thoughts are the only ones that can be correct.

  22. “Whatever, floats your boat brah. I meet people like you all the time, who only find something racist if the intended target is closer in melanin content or minority cred, than the soruce. … I didn’t ask you to feel sympathy for anyone.”

    You mean intelligent and well-informed? It doesn’t seem like it.

    In fact, all it seems is you just like to run your mouth without looking at what actually is being said to you .

    “This is a 18-21 year old, who for all we know has Asian friends, black friends, Indian friends…what you may have. Maybe they enabled this behavior, maybe one group in them has made Asian jokes regular enough for others to think it is okay.”

    I saw the video, it didn’t appear that she was making her comments from “on the side” of those people.

    “There are always bigger battles to fight.”

    When would you fight them ? If your response to everything is “why are you making such a big deal about X”

    “Don’t ever make the assumption that your thoughts are the only ones that can be correct.”

    When its my thoughts against yours, that seems to be the case. Try making sense next time.

  23. “who only find something racist if the intended target is closer in melanin content or minority cred, than the soruce”

    Again your comparison was something in an entirely different context, learn to read before responding.

    • Can’t believe I wasted my time thinking your initial points deserved a response.

      • Yo peeps, I appreciate a debate as much as the next person, but play nice or you’re outta the playground. So keep it civil. Thanks, PG.

  24. As a white former student from there at one time, who likes a lot of Asians, and who profoundly dislikes race-based provocation of any stripe….I wonder, “What the hell is WRONG with A&W?” And so close to graduation. Just goofy. If this was a problem that bothered her that much,she should have taken it up with officials who do noise control. Personally I find languages I don’t understand easy to tune out. I’d rather hear loud talking in a foreign language than in English any day. So, yeah, it might have been annoying, but they aren’t (well, weren’t until the video) being malicious or harrassing her personally, and she was leaving soon anyway. What a dopey, offensive parting pass-gas that backfired. That being said, I’ve heard much worse broadcast against whites, though not often by Asians. She’s created enemies where there probably weren’t too many serious ones before. Why build your own gallows?

    “I think Jimmy’s response was good and Alexandra Wallace’s comment was very racist and offensive. I was surprised that UCLA did not punish Wallace but I guess hate speech is acceptable in America.”

    Have you been here — how long? Whites high and low have lost jobs and careers for saying things perceived as racist (or sexist in the case of men), whether intended that way or not. Race-observations by whoever are always surprising in a workplace. I know people who work in a software company, with, surprisingly, many Indians. One day in the parking lot, a genial gentleman recently arrived from the sub-continent, noticed the black lady’s large SUV. He, making small talk, commented that her husband must “like big cars since black men like big behinds.” The lady was speechless and was still glazed when she relayed the comment to her white co-worker, who couldn’t imagine anyone not black saying this. But hey–the guy didn’t know any better and was just being friendly. He’d heard comedians yukking it up on just such subjects. Now she COULD have sued–would any of you guys have encouraged her?

    Then that Virginia senator who made that “macaque” remark to a desi reporter? Gone with the wind, despite being a half-Jewish North African, as I recollect. But anyway, everyone knows this and it is why people are always freakin’ astonished when a white person over the age of about 3, says anything critical about another race or ethnicity. This has its pluses. Sociology textbooks notwithstanding, we are no longer living in the pre-1963 deep south, and most of us never did. Politic civility is underrated device for social cohesion.

    Blacks even lose their jobs for such reasons, like the reporter in NPR who expressed fears about being on an airplane with persons in Muslim garb. NPR fired him. But that was Muslims being offended. Sarah Silverman mocks far eastern Asians and admits it’s because she doesn’t fear them. She has black jokes but admitted not telling them when there were blacks in the audience because she was afraid of them. She’s Jewish and tells Christian jokes, because she’s not afraid of them. The media just doesn’t respect Christians that much–I realize that and I’m not even a Christian.

    Then there was Prof. Kamau Kambon of North Carolina, black, who is convinced whites should be exterminated because he insists they (all of them) are plotting to kill blacks (all of them.) Pre-emptory strike, I guess. Although some whites, who heard of his suggestions, were aghast, I don’t remember any widespread media coverage of all that. http://www.c-span.org/
    Now just change the races involved in Kambon’s diatribe to, well, almost any others…

    Then there’s UCLA’s own Prof. Kent Wong (no relation to the talented guitarist featured above) on a youtube video of his own, from Dec 2010, where he delivers advice to a crowd of aspiring lawyers not of the white persuasion, and suggests they “take over congress from the old, white men.” A coup d’etat perhaps? He leaves out the “get elected” aspect so I don’t know how much he’s thought out the game plan, but really … Take over? Old white guys? Does he get it, about a taxpayer base, multiculturalism, ageism? OTOH, maybe Prof. Wong is working for ALIPAC as a double agent provacteur.

    Anyway. He’s, got a job at UCLA and doing better than A&W rootbeer, who will probably institute a name change before she does her first resume.