Calling out the racists

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Hello There, Racists!

From the same people who brought you White People Mourning Romney, comes another great tumblr. This one is bold, but it’s about time. It calls out the names and locations (and hilarious pictures) of the folks who spout off the racist shit you’ve been seeing on Twitter and Facebook since the re-election.

I’m a big believer in public shaming and most of these folks are just kids in high school who really don’t know any better, but they’re not going to learn any better from their parents, so let the public shaming begin!

U.S. Rules May Bar Iroquois From Lacrosse Event – NYTimes.com

U.S. Rules May Bar Iroquois From Lacrosse Event

“Lacrosse is our game — we are the originators, we invented the game, there are 60 countries that play our game,” said Denise Waterman, a member of the team’s board of directors. “And now we can’t go to a tournament that’s honoring our game? It’s almost unbelievable that this is happening.”

Ethnic Studies Under Attack in Arizona High Schools

Legislation that will end ethnic studies programs in Arizona high schools looks set to be signed into law by the state’s governor. Promoted by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Horne, the law will deprive public schools that do not eliminate ethnic studies courses of 10% of their state funding.

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Italy bans kebabs and foreign food from cities

This is some major bullshit.

Apparently, Italy wants to ban “foreign” foods from its cities. Even though:

The San Marzano tomato, a staple ingredient of Italian pasta sauces, was a gift from Peru to the Kingdom of Naples in the 18th century. Even spaghetti, it is thought, was brought back from China by Marco Polo, and oranges and lemons came from the Arab world.

While race, culture, nationalism and immigration are certainly complex and hard to quantify and legislate. The only thing, perhaps more complex and even harder to quantify is cuisine! Italian food, as we know it today, has more imported products in it that without them it would resemble perhaps more Greek food than any other.

I mean, no tomato sauce, no pasta, no peppers?! What are you left with? Bread, cheese and olives. That’s it.

But more importantly, this is obviously an affront to immigrants in Italy and the growing European back-lash against non-European immigration. Of course, they deny this, but if you hate a culture’s food to the point of banning it, how much of a logical leap does one have to make to hate the people who produce that culture and food?

Massimo Di Grazia, the city spokesman, said that the ban was intended to improve the image of the city and to protect Tuscan products. “It targets McDonald’s as much as kebab restaurants,” he added.

There is confusion, however, over what is meant by ethnic. Mr Di Grazia said that French restaurants would be allowed. He was unsure, though, about Sicilian cuisine. It is influenced by Arab cooking.

Also, kebabs are good.