July 10, 2004

Racism! Racism!

Shame on California Education Secretary Richard Riordan. He told a little six-year-old named Isis that her name means "stupid dirty girl."

Immediately, civil rights groups called for his resignation. They planned demonstrations.

Alice Huffman, president of the California chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said Thursday that Riordan "is not suitable to lead education in our state" and should be removed.

Democratic state Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally called on Riordan to step down, telling the San Jose Mercury News the child was a "little African-American girl."

"Would he (Riordan) have done that to a white girl?" Dymally asked.

As it turns out...yes. Yes, he would.

Dymally soon found out that the little girl, Isis D'Luciano, is white. The protests were called off. Nobody was calling for Riordan's head. In fact, Dymally suddenly found a new spirit of forgiveness:
Dymally said in a statement. "To err is human; to forgive is divine."

Yeah...especially when that forgiveness helps get that foot out of your mouth.

I don't really want to comment on this one--I'll let all of you think for yourselves. I will say, though, that I've always maintained there are a number of people out there, who purport to be working on behalf of various minorities, who don't ever really want things to get better. This is because if the situation were to improve, they would not hold sway to the same degree they do now. They are the shit-stirrers. And although they always claim to want everyone to be treated equally, they are usually the last ones to do so.

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