Saturday, December 31, 2011

Rihanna caught plagiarising again

 when will she learn to stop plagiarising other people's works?

Something about Rihanna's "You Da One" video looks familiar and one Norwegian photographer may agree.

In the video, released last week, Rihanna can be spotted gyrating around on the floor as the stripes and dot-shaped shadows dance on her flesh-colored body suit. As the Fashionista blog pointed out, the gorgeous creative direction in the video would seem nearly identical to the work of renowned fashion photographer Sølve Sundsbø.

Back in 2008 Sundsbø created these manipulated light and shadow skin creations in an editorial for Numero titled "Points a la Ligne." In the spread, model Edita Vilkeviciute poses nude with the light projections slithering on her body and rocking a remarkably similar bowl cut wig to the singer. Rihanna was certainly "inspired" by the editorial, but is her inspiration a bit too direct?

This is the third time the songstress has apparently cribbed from a famous photographer. Her titillating clip for "S&M" drew the ire of David LaChapelle, who received an "undisclosed sum" from the singer earlier this year for similarities in the video to his work. She also faced another lawsuit from photog Philipp Paulus over a scene in the video.

Neither Rihanna or Sundsbø have commented on the new allegations. It should be noted that the director behind "You Da One," Melina Matsoukas, also shot the "S&M" video, as well as the epic clip for Rihanna's "We Found Love."


Music Video: Ice Mc & Alexia - Russian Roulette

Music Video: Corona - Baby Baby (HD)

Friday, December 30, 2011

BBC Racism: Top Gear

link to video

BBC Show Top Gear Video shows some racist and stereotype remarks about Mexicans, Insulting every aspect of their Culture.

Reviewing the Mastretta, Hammond said: "Mexican cars are just going to be lazy, feckless, flatulent, overweight, leaning against a fence asleep looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat."

Mexican food as "sick with cheese on it" and it all looks live Vomit, "we won't get any complaints about this because the Mexican ambassador's going to be sitting there with a remote control like this" -- and he slumped down in his chair and faked a snore.

 The Mexican stereotyping  happened earlier this year

and now they are at it again stereotyping India and Indians in an episode aired 2 days after the murder of an Indian Student in a suspected hate crime

Thursday, December 29, 2011

racist hate crimes

A black family who moved to suburban Willowbrook claims their new, white neighbors harassed them, shot at them, drenched their driveway in animal blood to “rid the community of the coons,” and that police participated in the “daily” threats and harassment.


An interracial Newmarket couple plans to put their house up for sale after vandals scrawled racist graffiti on their cars and property for the third time in a matter of months.


An Indian student who was shot dead in the street in Manchester in the early hours of Monday could have been the victim of a racist attack.

updated link

This certainly isn’t in the spirit of the holidays. A Gilbert man wakes up on Christmas Eve to a very frightening sight — a huge wooden cross had been constructed in their front yard.


YAKIMA, Wash. — Prosecutors today filed a hate-crime charge against a woman accused of pointing a a shotgun at a neighbor and her 2-year-old grandson while shouting that she hates Mexicans.


Two B.C. men who police say belong to an international white supremacist group are facing charges for a series of alleged hate crimes, including lighting a sleeping Filipino man on fire.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Obama Looks Like A "Skinny, Ghetto Crackhead" Says Fox News Contributor


Brent Bozell Thursday night on Fox News said President Barack Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.” Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, a conservative activist organization that parades as a think tank and media watchdog.
Talking Points Memo reports:
A Fox News guest on Thursday said that “you might want to say” President Obama looks like “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”
Brent Bozell, of the conservative Media Research Center, appeared on Fox Thursday night, where guest host Mark Steyn showed a clip of MSNBC’s Chris Matthews saying that Newt Gingrich “looks like a car bomber.”

How long do you think Sean Hannity’s show would last if four times in one sentence, he made a comment about, say, the President of the United States, and said that he looked like a skinny, ghetto crackhead?” Bozell wondered. “Which, by the way, you might want to say that Barack Obama does.”
Notice how Bozell cowardly ensconces his racist attack against Obama in “you might want to say” language so he can say, “Well, I didn’t say that.”
Bozell has a long resume when it comes to ultra-​right wing conservative groups. Wikipedia notes,
Leo Brent Bozell III (born July 14, 1955) is an American conservative writer and activist. Bozell is the founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. Bozell served as president of the Parents Television Council from 1995 to 2006, after which he was succeeded by Timothy F. Winter. In addition, currently, Bozell serves on the board for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and has served on the board of directors in the American Conservative Union.
The Catholic League is Bill Donohue’s pedophile priest-​supporting organization.
In yet another well-​researched article, Media Matters adds:
Fox News’ animosity toward President Obama, three years into his presidency, is by now well-​known. This is the network that routinely calls Obama a socialist, accuses him of being involved in all sorts of conspiratorial plots, and claims that he hates America. But, as witnessed Thursday on Hannity, Fox’s attacks have taken an increasingly racially charged tone: Brent Bozell, who runs the factuallychallenged outfit of conservative misinformation known as the Media Research Center, likened Obama to “a skinny, ghetto crackhead.”

A few months ago, Fox’s Eric Bolling came under fire for his racially charged criticisms of Obama, including his claims that Obama was “chugging 40’s in IRE while tornadoes ravage MO” (which he latertried to amend), and that Obama was hosting “hoodlum[s] in the hizzouse” when he welcomed Gabon President Ali Bongo Ondimba and rapper Common to the White House.

Since April of this year when Obama announced he would be running for reelection, attacks haveranged from false claims about the president’s place of birth and religion to claiming Obama has “black nationalist sympathies.” Fox’s Monica Crowley, for example, derided Obama as a “committed wealth redistributionist” for the apparent benefit of African-​Americans.
But this is nothing new. Fox News and its personalities have a long history of aggressive race-​baiting and racially charged commentary. Moreover, Fox News’ news-​aggregation website, Fox Nation, has ahabit of prominently featuring race-​baiting headlines and content in an apparent effort to attract and encourage racist commenters. One memorable headline read: “Obama’s Hip-​Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs.”

Music Video: Culture Beat - Got To Get It

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Desiface: 3 white women pose as South Asians for South Asian Woman magazine

another day another whitewashing:  3 white women made to look like South Asian Women in traditional south asian clothing posed for a magazine for South Asian(Desi). colourism is a problem in South Asia

link to news

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Casting call for "Mitsurguri" in Soul Calibur

The Character is Japanese

Heishiro was born the fourth son of a farmer in Bizen, Japan; but after many years of seeing his homeland ravaged by war, he decided to become a samurai. After his parents' death in his 14th year, he took a sword and the name Heishiro Mitsurugi. He went to train under the powerful warlord of the Murakami clan. At this time, Japan was in the middle of the Sengoku Jidai or "the age of the country at war" in which the feudal lords or "daimyos" attempted to claim the title of Shogun.

The casting call


Project Details

Posted On: Dec 13, 2011
Casting In: Los Angeles
Project Type: Commercial
Casting Dates: Casting: December 15, 2011 Callback:
Casting Company: RMB Casting
Submissions Due By:

Project Notes:

Shoot Dates: December 22, 2011 - December 22, 2011

Role Criteria

Gender: Male
Ethnicities: Asian and Caucasian
Age Range: 18-25


Athletic build. Muscular. Refer to image as a reference - THIS IS NOT A LITERAL INTERPRETATION. If this person were a character in a game, they would be drawn/created like the image.

Union Status: Non-Union
Rate: 500.00/12hr day + 500.00 buyout + 20% - incl 1 fittin

Mitsurguri is 100% Japanese. American racist movie makers still allowing the whitewashing of non-white characters

Dutch magazine called Rihanna "ultimate niggabitch"

brought to you by the country that celebrate the racist holiday blackpete/zwarte pete/sinterklass  and beat up and arrest black protesters that are against this racism

(lady in black and white stripe shirt is Eva Hoeke  she quits from the magazine)

In an article published in the latest issue of Dutch fashion magazine Jackie, the magazine offers a little advice on how to dress like Rihanna without looking like the “ultimate niggerbitch.” That’s right. No typo there. Check out the full English translation below:

“She has street cred, she has a ghetto ass and she has a golden throat. Rihanna, the good girl gone bad, is the ultimate niggabitch and displays that gladly, and for her that means: what’s on can come off. If that means she’ll be on stage half naked, then so be it. But Dutch winters aren’t like Jamaican ones, so pick a clothing style in which your daughter can resist minus ten. No to the big sunglasses and the pornheels, and yes to the tiger print, pink shizzle and everything that glitters. Now let’s hope she won’t beat anybody up at daycare.”
Two hours ago, Jackie Editor in Chief Eva Hoeke posted the below apology on the magazine’s Facebook page:
Dear readers,
First: thanks for all your responses. We are of course very fed up over this and especially very
shocked. However I’m glad that we’re engaging in a dialogue on this page — not everybody does
that. Thanks for this. Other than that I can be brief about this: this should have never happened.
Period. While the author meant no harm — the title of the article was intended as a joke — it was a bad joke, to say the least. And that slipped through my, the editor-in-chief’s, fingers. Stupid, painful and sucks for all concerned. The author has been addressed on it, and now I can only ensure that these terms will no longer end up in the magazine. Furthermore I hope that you all believe there was absolutely no racist motive behind the choice of words. It was stupid, it was naive to think that this was an acceptable form of slang — you hear it all the time on tv and radio, then your idea of what is normal apparently shifts — but it was especially misguided: there was no malice behind it. We make our magazine with love, energy and enthusiasm, and it can sometimes happen that someone is out of line. And then you can only do one thing: apologize. And hope that others wish to accept it.
From the bottom of my heart I say it again: we never intended to offend anyone. And I mean that.
Eva Hoeke
So, as editor in chief, Hoeke had no idea that this was offensive before running it and actually considered it a joke? In addition to being blatantly racist, calling Rihanna Jamaican (she’s from Barbados) and actually suggesting that mothers should dress their daughters like her, this article is just wrong from every angle.
According to our source in Holland, Jackie is a well known local fashion publication with a circulation of 57,700 copies per month.

Racism from the University of Texas College Republicans

 more racism from anglo-america's higher educational institutions


Monday, December 19, 2011

Music Video: Maaya Sakamoto - Saigo no Kajitsu

Ron Paul is a white supremacist


Originally, when I began reporting on the Neo-Nazis and conspiracy theory driven right wing extremists and their associations with Ron Paul, I assumed they were a fringe group who jumped on to the Ron Paul bandwagon. Then after doing extensive research, I realized that not only did the Neo-Nazis and the John Birch/Timothy McVeigh based conspiracy theorists support Ron Paul, but Ron Paul supports the views of the Neo-Nazis and the conspiracy theorists.
There are several pieces of evidence tying Paul to both white supremacists and right wing conspiracy theorists. One connection that ties Paul to both Neo-Nazis and conspiracy theorists, is his close connection to the John Birch society. The John Birch Society is a group that has been called, paranoid, radical, racist, and extremist, and believes in a Jewish/Freemason conspiracy to transform the world into a communist “New World Order.”
The John Birch Society
The John Birch society holds McCarthy as a hero and believes that “liberal” politicians and are part of a “communist” conspiracy known as “Insiders”. They opposed the Civil Rights movement and Civil Rights legislation (and still do), called Martin Luther King a radical socialist threat (and still do), praised apartheid and  believe that Nelson Mandela was “a communist terrorist thug” and campaigned for segregationist Presidential candidate George Wallace.
What is most scary about the John Birch Society, is that it seems to be a breeding ground for Neo-Nazis. Several members of the intellectual wing of the White Nationalist Neo-Nazi movement come directly from the John Birch society.
One of the founders of the John Birch Society was Revilo P. Oliver, who went on to found the white nationalist Neo-Nazi organization, The National Alliance which named Hitler “the greatest man of our era.”
Another member of the John Birch society was William Pierce, also a founder of the National Alliance, who also wrote “The Turner Diaries.” “The Turner Diaries” is credited with inspiring Timothy McVeigh to bomb the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma City, Killing 168 people.
Other prominent members of the John Birch society, who played large roles in the Neo-Nazi movement, include Tom Metzger, who was a Grand Dragon of the KKK and Kevin Strom, the former managing director of National Vanguard, (another prominent white supremacist organization) who was convicted for child pornography.
The Southern Poverty Leadership Committee claims the John Birch society is responsible for a lot of the Patriot movement “New World Order,” anti-government ideologies that spread to militias and Neo-Nazis.
Ron Paul was the keynote speaker for the John Birch Society’s 50th Anniversary and spoke about the strong connection he had to the society and their ideologies.
The John Birch Society is a great patriotic organization featuring an educational program solidly based on constitutional principles. I congratulate the Society in this, its 50th year. I wish them continued success and endorse their untiring efforts to foster ‘less government, more responsibility … and with God’s help … a better world.’”
I am delighted to help celebrate this birthday.” “I’m sure there are people in this room who probably helped me in that campaign, because I know that so many of you have over the years.”
continue what you have been doing…..I come with a positive message and congratulations to you for all you have done.  Congratulations and thank you very much for having me tonight.
The John Birch society had a big role in Paul’s “Rally For The Republic” in where their leader spoke and they distributed anti “New World Order” materials.
Johny Lee Clary, a former Imperial Wizard for the KKK, said this about the John Birch Society.
The John Birch Society is just a political version of the KKK, without the name of the KKK. They center on the political ideas of the Klan and are not as vocal in public on the ideas of the racial superiority, but they attract the same people and say the same things behind closed doors. A rose by any other name is still a rose…the Klan by any other name is still Klan.
Aside from his involvement in the John Birch society, Ron Paul has an extensive history of writing and promoting racist literature that would seem to come from one of the many John Birch Neo-Nazi offshoots. Ron Paul’s, Ron Paul newsletter contained articles attacking African-Americans, for being unintelligent, lazy and prone to crime,  and Jews for being part of Zionist conspiracies.  The newsletters also contained pro-militia articles that advised militia armed groups to “Leave no clues…Avoid the phone as much as possible,”…. Don’t fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here” three months before McVeigh bombed the Alfred P. Murrah building in Oklahoma.
Here are some of the many racist quotes that can be found in Paul’s newsletter from 1978 till 1995
On the L.A. Riots
“Order was only restored in L.A. when it came time for the blacks to pick up their welfare checks three days after rioting began,”
‘civil rights,’ quotas, mandated hiring preferences, set-asides for government contracts, gerrymandered voting districts, black bureaucracies, black mayors, black curricula in schools, black tv shows, black tv anchors, hate crime laws, and public humiliation for anyone who dares question the black agenda
On African-American Political Opinion
Opinion polls consistently show that only about 5 percent of blacks have sensible political opinions, i.e. support the free market, individual liberty and the end of welfare and affirmative action
On African-Americans and Crime
Given the inefficiencies of what D.C. laughingly calls the `criminal justice system,’ I think we can safely assume that 95 percent of the black males in that city are semi-criminal or entirely criminal,
America’s number one need is an unlimited white checking account for underclass blacks.
mostly black welfare recipients will feel justified in stealing from mostly white ‘haves.’
Paul also used the newsletter to refer to call the end of apartheid in South Africa, the “destruction of civilization” and warned of a South African Holocaust after Nelson Mandela was elected.
Paul’s newsletter also included several attacks on Martin Luther King. After Martin Luther King Day was named a national holiday, this was written in his newsletter, “What an infamy Ronald Reagan approved it!…..We can thank him for our annual Hate Whitey Day”
While the newsletter criticized Martin Luther King, it praised former KKK Grand Wizard, David Duke, “Is David Duke’s new prominence, despite his losing the gubernatorial election, good for anti-big government forces? our priority should be to take the anti-government, anti-tax, anti-crime, anti-welfare loafers, anti-race privilege, anti-foreign meddling message of Duke, and enclose it in a more consistent package of freedom.”
In This Quote, Paul Exhibits The Paranoid Conspiracy Driven Anti-Semitic, Homophobic, Racist View From The John Birch Society
I’ve been told not to talk, but these stooges don’t scare me. Threats or no threats, I’ve laid bare the coming race war in our big cities. The federal-homosexual cover-up on AIDS (my training as a physician helps me see through this one.) The Bohemian Grove–perverted, pagan playground of the powerful. Skull & Bones: the demonic fraternity that includes George Bush and leftist Senator John Kerry, Congress’s Mr. New Money. The Israeli lobby, which plays Congress like a cheap harmonica
Source For Ron Paul’s Newsletter Statements
While Paul has abandoned writing and distributing racist literature, he is still strongly connected to the Neo-Nazi movement.
It seems as if people in the white supremacist, Neo-Nazi community believe that Paul is one of them. Paul is usually somewhere between David Duke, who refers to Paul as “Our King,” and Hitler on the Neo-Nazi hero list.
Ron Paul accepted a donation from the founder of white supremacist site, Stormfront, Don Black and even took a picture with  him and his son Derek. Ron Paul has been endorsed by David Duke and Sean Hannity’s Nazi cohort, Hal Turner
Several prominent Ron Paul Internet organizers are also notorious Neo-Nazis. Will Williams, also known as white will was a prominent internet organizer for the Paul campaign. He also the Southern Coordinator for Turner Diaries’ author, William Pierce’s National Alliance.
Another one is Ron Doggett.  Doggett, a David Duke underling posts Ron Paul propaganda on various Neo-Nazi website, such as Stormfront and Vanguard News. Another KKK member who organized for Paul was Randy Grey,the Midland County, Michigan coordinator for the Ron Paul 2008 Presidential campaign who was also a leader for the Michigan KKK.
Ron Paul Believes In The John Birch “New World Order” Conspiracy Theory
Asides from the racism, Paul has inherited other ideologies from the John Birch society. Ron Paul has several times alluded that he believes in the John Birch conspiracy theory, that a communist secret society conspiracy is seeking to bring the world into “New World Order” one world government and destroy America.
Another one of Ron Paul’s supporters is Alex Jones. Jones is a radio host who has extensively promoted the John Birch “New World Order” conspiracy of an Illuminati secret society trying to bring the world into a socialist one world government .
Jones has enthusiastically endorsed Ron Paul for President and has even has Paul on his radio show several times. Rather than discourage Jones conspiracy theories, Paul encourages them. On Jones show, Paul said.
A world central bank, worldwide regulation and world control of the whole system, of all the commodities and all the natural resources, what else can you call it other than world government?
We have to continue to do what we are doing, you are in the business of passing on and spreading information, that, to me, is most crucial, getting more people engaged, more people understanding what the issues are, nothing else is more important than that. Then when you see an opportunity we have to turn this into political action.
Ron Paul even used the phrase “New World Order” in a rally in Nashville, equating it with the UN, World Bank and IMF.
When asked “Is there a plan for a New World Order and how do we stop it,” Paul stayed to his John Birch philosophy and ranted against the U.N.
The first President Bush said the New World Order was in tune– and that’s what they were working for. The U.N. is part of that government. They’re working right now very significantly towards a North American Union. That’s why there’s a lot of people in Washington right now who don’t care too much about our borders. They have a philosophical belief that national sovereignty is not important. It’s also the reason I’ve made the very strong suggestion the U.S. need not be in the U.N. for national security reasons.
Ron Paul has denied he is racist and said that he didn’t write the many racist statements in the newsletter that was distributed in his name under his byline. The Magazine that originally uncovered the racist newsletters responded with.
To believe that Ron Paul had no knowledge of what was being written in his own name, in his own office, for 20 years — and that he didn’t even read his own monthly publication — not only “stretches credulity to the breaking point,” it actually requires believing bald-faced lies.
In the statement about the coming race war and the homosexual AIDS plot, Paul clearly identified himself as a “physician” making it seem clear that Paul had the same racist, anti-Semitic, conspiratorial  views of his fellow John Birch Society members.
A now incarcerated Neo-Nazi by the name of Bill White put out a statement that Ron Paul was a man with Neo-Nazi views, but he hid them because of his political position.
I have kept quiet about the Ron Paul campaign for a while, because I didn’t see any need to say anything that would cause any trouble. However, reading the latest release from his campaign spokesman, I am compelled to tell the truth about Ron Paul’s extensive involvement in white nationalism.
Both Congressman Paul and his aides regularly meet with members of the Stormfront set, American Renaissance, the Institute for Historic Review, and others at the Tara Thai restaurant in Arlington, Virginia, usually on Wednesdays. This is part of a dinner that was originally organized by Pat Buchanan, Sam Francis and Joe Sobran, and has since been mostly taken over by the Council of Conservative Citizens.
I have attended these dinners, seen Paul and his aides there, and been invited to his offices in Washington to discuss policy.
For his spokesman to call white racialism a “small ideology” and claim white activists are “wasting their money” trying to influence Paul is ridiculous. Paul is a white nationalist of the Stormfront type who has always kept his racial views and his views about world Judaism quiet because of his political position.
I don’t know that it is necessarily good for Paul to “expose” this. However, he really is someone with extensive ties to white nationalism and for him to deny that in the belief he will be more respectable by denying it is outrageous — and I hate seeing people in the press who denounce racialism merely because they think it is not fashionable.
Bill White, Commander
There are far to many connections between Ron Paul and white supremacists to be overlooked. From his close affiliation to the Neo-Nazi breeding ground, The John Birch society, to the large number of Neo-Nazis who support and organize for him, to the racist literature he wrote and or distributed for almost 20 years between 1978 and 1995.
Ron Paul is clearly a right wing extremist from the John Birch Society school of thought. Most of his policies and views come from their conspiracy theory, from his opposition to the U.N. and Civil Rights legislation, to his homophobia and anti-Semitism. He clearly believes in or chooses to spread the paranoia based New World Order, Illuminati theory that the John Birch society has spreading to militias and Neo-Nazis for so many years.
Given all the evidence it is very easy to believe Bill White’s claim that Paul has been keeping his racist views quiet in order to infiltrate mainstream politics. While it may seem that Ron Paul is a good decent man with strong political ideals, that isn’t racist, who is being supported by Neo-Nazis and Patriot movement militia people who wrongly believe that he is one of them, the opposite is true. Ron Paul is a man with Neo-Nazi, Patriot movement militia views who is being supported by good decent people with strong political ideals who wrongly believe he is one of them.

racist California Politician Calling for the Assassination of Obama and his family


LOS ANGELES-Jules Manson, a former candidate for city council in Carson, California and enthusiastic Ron Paul supporter  wrote “Assassinate the f#@#en n-word and his monkey children” in a Facebook post.
Manson is a Libertarian and a big Ron Paul supporter who would regularly post on Ron Paul’s website and Facebook page. It seems that there has been an effort to take away Manson’s online presence as his Facebook page and posts on Ron Paul’s website have been removed but several screen grabs and a google cache reveal his postings. On this Facebook Post on Ron Paul’s page, Manson says “I may be an atheist but Ron Paul is my God.”

On the site RedpillLibraries, Manson has a picture of Obama dressed like Hitler and rants against the Federal Reserve, a common enemy of Ron Paul. On his LinkedIn Page, Manson list himself as a Mechanical Designer/Engineer and a member of the Libertarian Party. While most of Manson’s Facebook posts have been removed, here is one where he rants once again against the Federal Reserve, a common target of Ron Paul’s.
Manson is not the first Ron Paul supporter tied to racism. Paul famously took a picture with, Don Black, a former KKK grand Wizard and founder of the white supremacist site, Stormfront, who also raises money for Paul on his site, which Paul has refused to give back Paul has also been taking heat for his racist newsletters, written in the 80s and 90s which he has denied writing but given no reasonable explanation for.
Ron Paul is also a supporter of the John Birch Society, a organization that has produced several of the intellectual leaders of the white supremacist movement.

FB threat to Obama by Ron Paul supporter

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Offensive racist chant leads to suspension of entire hoops team


An entire varsity girls basketball team in the Buffalo area has been suspended after its use of a racial slur as part of a pregame chant led to an in-school fight involving the team's only African-American member.

As reported by the Buffalo News and NBC affiliate WGRZ, among other sources, at least 12 members of the Kenmore (N.Y.) East High girls basketball team were suspended for their use of a pregame chant in the locker room that included the most offensive racial epithet associated with African-Americans. According to the News, the team would chant "One, two, three [N-word]" just before leaving the locker room.
When the team's only African-American member, Tyra Batts, voiced her concern about the chant, teammates told her that the use of the slur was a team tradition, and that they were not willing to stop using it. For the record, Batts said the team's coach, Kristy Bondgren, had heard comments in practice referring to her race but that Bondgren was unaware about the team's pregame chant.
"I said, 'You're not allowed to say that word because I don't like that word,'" Batts told the News in a home video she submitted to the newspaper. "They said, 'You know we're not racist, Tyra. It's just a word, not a label.' I was outnumbered."
Yet, as long as the chant continued, so did Batts' frustration and anger. Eventually, following weeks of other racially inappropriate references -- teammates allegedly made jokes referencing slavery, shackles and picking cotton -- a teammate used another disgusting racially insensitive insult, calling Batts a "black piece of [expletive]." That's when Batts could take it no longer and was involved in a fight on school grounds with the teammate who hurled the insult.
"It was a buildup of anger and frustration at being singled out of the whole team," Batts told the News.
Because of school rules, Batts had to be suspended for her involvement in the fight, as was the other girl involved in the fight. She was banned for five days, though she could have been suspended for longer for her role in the altercation. That changed because she told administrators of the reasons for her frustration, and her suspension was immediately shortened while Kenmore officials investigated the claims of racism.
When they discovered that the chant had indeed been used, the school swiftly suspended at least 12 members of the team for two days a piece on the grounds that the chant was a violation of the school's code of conduct. The school board also canceled all team practices for a week, canceled a scheduled team bonding trip and scheduled a mandatory cultural sensitivity training session for the entire team. The superintendent of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School District also unilaterally rescinded a league-wide sportsmanship award which had been awarded to the school in 2010.
"The insensitive chant is absolutely unacceptable, insensitive and not representative of the diverse student body within the ... school district," Mark Mondanaro, the Kenmore superintendent, told the News. "[The pregame chant was] wrong, unacceptable, unfortunate and will never, ever be tolerated."

There's little question that officials reacted swiftly when they became aware that the racist chant was being used, but that hardly mitigates the fact that it was used in the first place, and that it appears to have been for some time. Add to that the fact that only two of Batts' teammates have apologized for their use of the slur, and the teenager's father was left to openly wonder whether the program -- which is situated in a town whose population is 97 percent white -- has quietly been fostering a culture of racism for longer than anyone realized.
"This wasn't something that just developed this year," said Raymond Batts Jr., Tyra's father. "This is something that's been ongoing for quite some time."

Music Video: Cool James & Black Teacher - Dr. Feelgood

Music: Tino - Dance In The Rain

Friday, December 16, 2011

If I Were a Mediocre White Man I Would Write an Advice Column For Poor Black Kids in Forbes Magazine


The President’s speech got me thinking. My kids are no smarter than similar kids their age from the inner city. My kids have it much easier than their counterparts from West Philadelphia. The world is not fair to those kids mainly because they had the misfortune of being born two miles away into a more difficult part of the world and with a skin color that makes realizing the opportunities that the President spoke about that much harder. This is a fact. In 2011.
Forbes magazine has posted a column by Gene Marks, a middle aged white guy, who wants to give advice to poor black kids about how to be successful in America. Of course, these young black kids read Forbes everyday and will internalize his wisdom. There is no poverty porn,noblesse oblige, white paternalism, compassionate conservative masturbation, navel gazing at work here. No. None at all.
Folks are all over his butt already. In fact, Gene Marks is about to become more popular than he has any right to be, both with the conservative, “blacks have bad culture crowd” (who will hold him up as a brave truth teller), and the anti-racist lecture circuit crowd (who is going to use his essay in Forbes as an object lesson in white privilege for years and years to come).
And like flies on a well formed bit of bovine scatology, black conservative apologists will soon start hovering over Marks’ essay as they instinctively rise to defend any assault on either people of color, or the black poor, by the white conservative establishment. Black conservatives are on retainer and are obligated to shuck, buck dance, and jive to earn their keep. Their appearance is imminent.
I am not a poor black kid. I am a middle aged white guy who comes from a middle class white background. So life was easier for me. But that doesn’t mean that the prospects are impossible for those kids from the inner city. It doesn’t mean that there are no opportunities for them. Or that the 1% control the world and the rest of us have to fight over the scraps left behind. I don’t believe that. I believe that everyone in this country has a chance to succeed. Still. In 2011. Even a poor black kid in West Philadelphia.
It takes brains. It takes hard work. It takes a little luck. And a little help from others. It takes the ability and the know-how to use the resources that are available. Like technology. As a person who sells and has worked with technology all my life I also know this.
If I was a poor black kid I would first and most importantly work to make sure I got the best grades possible. I would make it my #1 priority to be able to read sufficiently. I wouldn’t care if I was a student at the worst public middle school in the worst inner city. Even the worst have their best. And the very best students, even at the worst schools, have more opportunities…
It is difficult to imagine oneself in the shoes of another person. Empathy and sympathy are difficult traits to practice even under the best of circumstances. I also do not know what Gene Marks’ intentions were in writing his Forbes’ essay. However, I am mighty curious about the intentions of Forbes’ editors in publishing such a problematic piece of work.
Marks is likely a “nice” guy who is so awash in white privilege, class entitlement, and sexism (remember, discourses on poverty are almost always about both race and gender) that it is impossible for him to really imagine himself as the Other; yet, he is so arrogant that he imagines himself capable of understanding all people’s experiences, at all times, and in all places. This is the crux of White privilege–a sense of gross universality and normativity, a racial heliocentrism that allows a white person to generalize outward with authority on all things.
If I was a poor black kid I would get technical. I would learn software. I would learn how to write code. I would seek out courses in my high school that teaches these skills or figure out where to learn more online. I would study on my own. I would make sure my writing and communication skills stay polished.
Because a poor black kid who gets good grades, has a part time job and becomes proficient with a technical skill will go to college. There is financial aid available. There are programs available. And no matter what he or she majors in that person will have opportunities. They will find jobs in a country of business owners like me who are starved for smart, skilled people. They will succeed.
Predictably, Whiteness will also make Gene Marks into a victim, as “he is just trying to be helpful” and “how dare those liberals and race pimps tell him that he is wrong!”
Two truisms apply here.
One, you should write what you know. As revealed by his Forbes’ essay, Gene Marks does not know anything of the experiences of poor black and brown kids in inner city America. He has no access to their internal lives, his article also suggests a blinding ignorance of the realities of structural inequality in this country.
Two, a fish does not know that it is wet. Despite his lip service to the concept, Marks does not really imagine himself as privileged (as he would have not written such a piece, in the manner that he so chose), or that the life experiences of a self-described mediocre technocrat, one who somehow found himself a columnist for Forbes and the NY Times, are in any way exceptional or unique.
As we saw with Newt Gingrich’s ugly suggestions that poor kids should become janitors in order to teach those lazy blacks about the value of hard work, and Rush Limbaugh’s observation that poor kids on school lunch programs are greedy street urchins, Marks is a singer in a conservative chorus whose message is simple: you are poor because you are lazy; moreover, poor people want to be poor; poor black kids born to crappy circumstances can do better if they just tried harder…and are smart enough to show some initiative.
President Obama was right in his speech last week. The division between rich and poor is a national problem. But the biggest challenge we face isn’t inequality. It’s ignorance.
I do wonder what Gene Mark’s advice would be to lazy, dim, anti-intellectual, and entitled white kids (and those of the upper classes more generally) who were born on the 3rd base of life and think they hit a home run? Would his advice be the same for the white rural poor? What would Gene Marks tell the “new poor,” those formerly middle class suburban types who are couch surfing, living in cars, tents, or hotels? What wisdom does he have to preach from on high?
Many of these kids don’t have the brains to figure this out themselves – like my kids. Except that my kids are just lucky enough to have parents and a well-funded school system around to push them in the right direction.
Technology can help these kids. But only if the kids want to be helped. Yes, there is much inequality. But the opportunity is still there in this country for those that are smart enough to go for it.
I will let Gene Mark’s closing comments stand on their own: they are ugly poetry in motion.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

South African Singer Mshoza trying to turn "white"

Like Vybz Kartel she hates her skin colour she is  born with

she survived a suicide attempt


She appears to be doing a “Michael Jackson” – lightening her skin and surgically altering her appearance – but kwaito musician Mshoza is determined to make her mark on life.
“Calm down!” she says to naysayers after widespread reaction to her latest skin-bleaching venture.
Unperturbed by derogatory statements and jokes on social networking sites, Mshoza (also known as Nomasonto Mnisi) yesterday said she worked hard to afford the life she now leads.
“Thirteen years ago, while other girls wore heels, I opted for takkies and Kangol hats, all in the name of making it big in the music industry. Nobody said anything then.
“Before my fame I went to bed without eating but made up for it through hard work. I don’t understand why people now have a problem with me using my money to do whatever I want. It’s my life.
“Perhaps they should start living a little instead of eating a bowl of negativity all the time,” she said. 

According to the singer, who has already spent hundreds of thousands on rhinoplasty (her nose), breast augmentation and a tummy tuck, her look, which is set to cost her millions, is only the beginning of a lengthy and complicated process.
“I’m consulting three dermatologists. They have completed the first phase. I don’t really look pale at the moment. But yes, when everything is said and done I will look like a white person. From head to toe. I might also have to redo the rhinoplasty to fit my new skin. But this doesn’t mean I’ll start singing pop music or act differently.
“I’ll still be the same person my fans know.”
The singer, popularly known for her song Kortez, said she was unable to say when the surgery would be completed.
She poured cold water on suggestions that she was emulating pop icon Michael Jackson.
“My nose definitely won’t fall off, nor will I have to hide certain parts of my face and body for the rest of my life. That’s why we’re taking time on this.
“Michael Jackson did the entire thing on his terms and I’m doing it on my terms. So people should stop holding up umbrellas when they see me. I won’t melt,” she said.
The mother of two revealed that the reasons behind her skin colour changes were a sore subject for her.
“In the past I had to use heavy make-up to hide the blotches on my face. I’ve always had skin problems and it somehow lowered my confidence. At least now I can do something about it.”
Asked if she was unhappy with the way she had been born, a confident Mshoza replied: “I don’t have a problem with the way God created me. In fact I love him. I pray all the time.
“I’m just doing what I love. The same people who are criticising me for doing this have fake hair, nails and lashes.
“I’ve received many calls from people saying they wanted to do the same thing.”
Mshoza said her husband was supportive and that her children were not bothered by her new look.
“Perhaps they’ll start asking questions when they’re much older. I’ll just tell them that we are not white and that mommy only wanted a fair skin. They can do the same when they are older. If they want to.”
Meanwhile, some Twitter users have gone as far as to say Mshoza was recruiting white masses for the Democratic Alliance among other remarks about the kwaito queen’s new looks.
But Mshoza said she and her business tycoon husband, Jacob Mnisi, shrugged it off.
“We read all these comments when we’re together and laugh about them. They all sound ridiculous.
“He’s happy and I’m happy about the changes. That is all that matters,” she said. 

Rush Limbaugh Wants Black Politicians to Be Sure to Have Their Slave Passes


Rush Limbaugh earned his racist bonafides a long time ago. He is also an existentially and unrepentantly ugly person. Therefore, his suggestion that the head of the Congressional Black Caucus needs to get a slave pass in order to “get off” the Democratic plantation is not at all a surprise. Moreover, that there are millions of petit authoritarians who pray at his sick and twisted mantle of Angry White Male Conservatism, is also not a surprise. Their love is just a symptom of America’s cultural rot, and a dysfunctional political discourse, one identified decades ago by the noted political scientist and historian Richard Hofstadter.
Ultimately, in the 1920s through to the 1960s, there was Father Coughlin; the last few decades brought us Rush Limbaugh. There is really nothing new in the game in regards to ugly talk that plays to Whiteness’s greater devils, as opposed to its lesser angels.
Of course, I will never understand why any self-respecting black person (or person of color more generally) would get in bed with the racially resentful, and bigoted strain of populism, that is the Tea Party GOP. And that black Conservatives reproduce the language of white supremacy, with the idea that principled, reflective, and politically sophisticatedutility maximizing black people–who have decided that the Democratic Party is more aligned with their interests–are on a “plantation,” is one part racial Stockholm syndrome, and two parts selling out for the sake of a dollar…as well as the psychic wages of a pat or two on the metaphorical head from their overlords.
Abstractions are easy to use in a game where the scoring of cheap political points is the goal. The low brow rhetoric that passes for reasoned political discourse in the Right-wing echo chamber is masterful for its ability to provoke, use symbolically rich speech, repetition, moral clarity, as well as certitude. In all, the Eliminationists of the Right-wing are expert propagandists.
However, it is easy to invoke a thing, when one does not have to face the reality of it head on. A skilled rhetorician can paint a picture with words that move the crowd; but, their power can also be subverted when the gimmick is exposed–when the audience sees the literal thing that is being used as an allusion and metaphorical prop. The illusion is broken. The magic is gone.
Rush Limbaugh loves to talk about black people and slavery. It is a fetish of his. While we may not cure him of this obsession, nor break the Svengali-like hold that Limbaugh has on his cult members, we can examine an actual example of the “slave passes” he so casually evoked last week:
Transcription: My Boy Mack has my Permission to sleep in a house in Bedon’s Alley, hired by his Mother this ticket is good for two months from this date Sarah H. Savage Sep ber 19th, 1843
I wonder if the Right-wing populists who fawn over Rush Limbaugh would find such references so funny if they could actually see a slave pass with their own eyes, or read some of the actual handwriting that attempted to reduce grown adults into children, human property who were limited in the most basic exercise of their rights?
White populist conservatives would probably sneer and reverse this truth-seeking into some twisted claim of “white victimology,” and “angry black people,” who are “unfair” and “emotional.” In fact, there are likely many conservatives, who in another decade would fancy themselves owners of human property, kings of the plantation, where the darkies knew their place, and everything was a Neo-Confederate, Southern GOP, Tea Party wet dream.
Their love of such abuses of history aside does not mean that we ought not to confront conservatives about their fictions at every opportunity, to hold them accountable.
Please indulge me some private-public talk for a moment. My black folks, we need to do a better job of protecting our history, the narratives that are generated about it, and how our struggle is made the fodder for political games by conservatives and liberals alike. No other group’s freedom struggle and suffering (our Jewish brothers and sisters especially, are to be held up as exemplars for how to protect one’s master story) is mocked with such ease, frequency, or with so few consequences.
These slave passes are not impersonal abstractions, curiosities of history, without meaning or weight. Slave passes were the naked and obvious demonstration of power by Whites, and the ability (or so they believed) to control black people–your kin and family–as human property from the cradle to the grave:
This is a slave pass and marriage acknowledgement from A. Greer to John Neely allowing the marriage of one of his male slaves to one of Neely’s female slaves, permitting that they do not let the marriage interfere with their work.
Where is the outrage? My people, my black folks, or are you so tired, the calluses so deep, that you have forgotten how to be upset?
History stares you in the eyes: Rush Limbaugh and his brethren slap you in the face every time they channel the glorious and proud history of black and brown folks, our sheroes and heroes, for their nefarious and dishonest ends. And you do nothing.
And some wonder, why in America, conservatism and racism, are one in the same.
Editor and founder of the blog We Are Respectable Negroes which has been featured by the NY Times, the Utne Reader, and The Atlantic Monthly. Writing under a pseudonym, Chauncey DeVega's essays on race, popular culture, and politics have appeared in various books, as well as on such sites as the Washington Post's The Root and Popmatters.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Angelina Jolie sued for copyright infringement


A journalist and author in Croatia has filed a copyright infringement suit against Angelina Jolie and the producers of the upcoming movie she directed, "In the Land of Blood and Honey," claiming that the project is lifted from his book "The Soul Shattering."
James J. Braddock, who lives in Zagreb and covered the Bosnian war, filed his suit in U.S. District Court in Illinois and is seeking damages and an injunction preventing the release of the movie. In addition to Jolie, GK Films, FilmDistrict, Scout Film and producer Edin Sarkic are named as defendants.
Braddock's book, originally published in 2007 in the native langauge of Croatia, is an account of the tragedies suffered by Bosnian and Herzegovinian women and children during the war there.
He said in his suit that "In the Land of Blood and Honey" "copies key plot elements, themes, characters, events, sequences and settings" of his book. For instance, he points out, both the book and the movie portray a love story during the war in the early 1990s. The book and the film have a main female character, living near Sarajevo, who is captured and held in a Serbian concentration camp located in a village, the suit states. The book and the movie have a main male character who is a camp commander whose father is a high-ranking "Greater Serbian" nationalist and important officer of the Yugoslav People's Army.
Braddock claims that after his book was published, he met with Sarkic at least three times to discuss details of the book, "including plot and character development and the story's culturual significance and historical accuracy." The conversations then evolved into pursuing a movie.
Braddock also says that he contacted LaToya King of the Make It Right Foundation, which gets major support from the Pitt-Jolie Foundation, with the idea of partnering to build houses in Sarejevo and New Orleans and elsewhere. He said that he sent the e-mail to King without knowing that Sarkic was working with Jolie on "In the Land of Blood and Honey."
A spokesman for the producers of the movie could not immediately be reached.

Sunday, December 11, 2011

technical problems with my internet connection

I am currently having technical problems with internet connection, updates will come after this is fixed

update- internet connection fixed

Thursday, December 8, 2011

WUSA 9 and Foxnews tries to stir up anti-asian racism by reporting a non news story

WUSA 9  a local TV station in Washington DC try to stir up anti-asian and anti-Japanese sentiment by reporting a non news story about a school attended by Obama's Daughters serving Asian and Japanese food.
  Manny Fantis a reporter tried to claim this is insensitive on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbour by the former Imperial Japanese Army in 1941

Fox news also Join the hate mongering

As proof that there's no excuse too flimsy for hate mongering against President Obama - especially if it has a connotation of being un-American - those "patriots" at Fox Nation have dug up this whine: The cafeteria at President Obama's daughters' school served - gasp! - Japanese food on Pearl Harbor Day. As it turns out, the actual meal was more Chinese than Japanese: teriaki chicken, fried rice, and fortune cookies. (H/T Barbara S.)
But, hey, why let a little detail like the difference between Chinese and Japanese get in the way of a good smear? Fox News' Todd Starnes, the author of the column Fox Nation based its post on, called his piece, Sushi on Pearl Harbor Day? thereby blithely ignoring his own reporting that indicated otherwise. Fox Nation likewise misleadingly put photos of sushi as the focal point of its post.
Starnes also suggested that the school itself planned the meal in some kind of secret solidarity with our enemies from 70 years ago - who happen to be our allies now. Starnes wrote,

The school told the Washington Post that their Pearl Harbor Day menu was completely coincidental. Anyone else buying that?
Of course, Starnes had no information that it wasn't coincidental. By the way, did Starnes drive to work today in a Toyota? Did he watch anything on a Panasonic Blu-Ray player? Listen to any Sony music?
Or is it just food that counts?
Starnes concluded with:

The President’s children may be feasting on Japanese food today but as for me — I’ll be eating an all American cheeseburger and maybe a slice of apple pie.
Apparently, that's all there is to his brand of patriotism.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Music Video: Maaya Sakamoto - Sonic Boom

Suppressed footage shows EDL thuggery

A suppressed video from June 2011 has emerged that shows unprovoked attacks on non-whites in Britain as officials ignore the threat of racist groups such as the English Defense League.

The video, which came out on YouTube but was later removed allegedly due to graphic violence, shows a man, who is identified as EDL member Cobz Smith, targetting non-whites on London's Underground and launching assaults on them with slaps and kicks.

Cobz Smith originally posted the video on his Facebook account under the name of “Da Cobmeister” on June 21 and commented “paid got what he deserved,” referring to the beatings of a man who is apparently an Asian.

The video could have been shot before the date specified by the EDL thug, yet the violence it graphically pictures, does provide an example of the wave of racist violence that keeps going as officials refuse to ban self-acknowledged far-right groups such as the EDL and the BNP.

This comes as none of the major British news outlets have said anything about the footage, neither back in June, nor later or up until the present moment, while the police and government officials have also remained silent on the issue.

The police and the government have repeatedly been accused of tolerating EDL or even covertly using it as an apparatus to face Islam.

An example of police tolerance of EDL thuggery is the October EDL march in Birmingham during which the racists hurled abuse at all non-white passerby, labeled anyone who looked like a Muslim as terrorist, and attacked anyone facing them with glass and fireworks.

Police made just four arrests after the incidents, one for possession of cannabis, another for an outstanding warrant, and two others for weapons offences; there was no talk of inciting racial hatred.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Some Asians' college strategy: Don't check 'Asian'

racism in higher education


Lanya Olmstead was born in Florida to a mother who immigrated from Taiwan and an American father of Norwegian ancestry. Ethnically, she considers herself half Taiwanese and half Norwegian. But when applying to Harvard, Olmstead checked only one box for her race: white.
"I didn't want to put 'Asian' down," Olmstead says, "because my mom told me there's discrimination against Asians in the application process."
For years, many Asian-Americans have been convinced that it's harder for them to gain admission to the nation's top colleges.
Studies show that Asian-Americans meet these colleges' admissions standards far out of proportion to their 6 percent representation in the U.S. population, and that they often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission. Critics say these numbers, along with the fact that some top colleges with race-blind admissions have double the Asian percentage of Ivy League schools, prove the existence of discrimination.
The way it works, the critics believe, is that Asian-Americans are evaluated not as individuals, but against the thousands of other ultra-achieving Asians who are stereotyped as boring academic robots.
Now, an unknown number of students are responding to this concern by declining to identify themselves as Asian on their applications.
For those with only one Asian parent, whose names don't give away their heritage, that decision can be relatively easy. Harder are the questions that it raises: What's behind the admissions difficulties? What, exactly, is an Asian-American — and is being one a choice?
Olmstead is a freshman at Harvard and a member of HAPA, the Half-Asian People's Association. In high school she had a perfect 4.0 grade-point average and scored 2150 out of a possible 2400 on the SAT, which she calls "pretty low."
College applications ask for parent information, so Olmstead knows that admissions officers could figure out a student's background that way. She did write in the word "multiracial" on her own application.
Still, she would advise students with one Asian parent to "check whatever race is not Asian."
"Not to really generalize, but a lot of Asians, they have perfect SATs, perfect GPAs, ... so it's hard to let them all in," Olmstead says.
Amalia Halikias is a Yale freshman whose mother was born in America to Chinese immigrants; her father is a Greek immigrant. She also checked only the "white" box on her application.
"As someone who was applying with relatively strong scores, I didn't want to be grouped into that stereotype," Halikias says. "I didn't want to be written off as one of the 1.4 billion Asians that were applying."
Her mother was "extremely encouraging" of that decision, Halikias says, even though she places a high value on preserving their Chinese heritage.
"Asian-American is more a scale or a gradient than a discrete combination . I think it's a choice," Halikias says.
But leaving the Asian box blank felt wrong to Jodi Balfe, a Harvard freshman who was born in Korea and came here at age 3 with her Korean mother and white American father. She checked the box against the advice of her high school guidance counselor, teachers and friends.
"I felt very uncomfortable with the idea of trying to hide half of my ethnic background," Balfe says. "It's been a major influence on how I developed as a person. It felt like selling out, like selling too much of my soul."
"I thought admission wouldn't be worth it. It would be like only half of me was accepted."
Other students, however, feel no conflict between a strong Asian identity and their response to what they believe is injustice.
"If you know you're going to be discriminated against, it's absolutely justifiable to not check the Asian box," says Halikias.
Immigration from Asian countries was heavily restricted until laws were changed in 1965. When the gates finally opened, many Asian arrivals were well-educated, endured hardships to secure more opportunities for their families, and were determined to seize the American dream through effort and education.
These immigrants, and their descendants, often demanded that children work as hard as humanly possible to achieve. Parental respect is paramount in Asian culture, so many children have obeyed — and excelled.
"Chinese parents can order their kids to get straight As. Western parents can only ask their kids to try their best," wrote Amy Chua, only half tongue-in-cheek, in her recent best-selling book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother."
"Chinese parents can say, 'You're lazy. All your classmates are getting ahead of you,'" Chua wrote. "By contrast, Western parents have to struggle with their own conflicted feelings about achievement, and try to persuade themselves that they're not disappointed about how their kids turned out."
Of course, not all Asian-Americans fit this stereotype. They are not always obedient hard workers who get top marks. Some embrace American rather than Asian culture. Their economic status, ancestral countries and customs vary, and their forebears may have been rich or poor.
But compared with American society in general, Asian-Americans have developed a much stronger emphasis on intense academic preparation as a path to a handful of the very best schools.
"The whole Tiger Mom stereotype is grounded in truth," says Tao Tao Holmes, a Yale sophomore with a Chinese-born mother and white American father. She did not check "Asian" on her application.
"My math scores aren't high enough for the Asian box," she says. "I say it jokingly, but there is the underlying sentiment of, if I had emphasized myself as Asian, I would have (been expected to) excel more in stereotypically Asian-dominated subjects."
"I was definitely held to a different standard (by my mom), and to different standards than my friends," Holmes says. She sees the same rigorous academic focus among many other students with immigrant parents, even non-Asian ones.
Does Holmes think children of American parents are generally spoiled and lazy by comparison? "That's essentially what I'm trying to say."
Asian students have higher average SAT scores than any other group, including whites. A study by Princeton sociologist Thomas Espenshade examined applicants to top colleges from 1997, when the maximum SAT score was 1600 (today it's 2400). Espenshade found that Asian-Americans needed a 1550 SAT to have an equal chance of getting into an elite college as white students with a 1410 or black students with an 1100.
Top schools that don't ask about race in admissions process have very high percentages of Asian students. The California Institute of Technology, a private school that chooses not to consider race, is about one-third Asian. (Thirteen percent of California residents have Asian heritage.) The University of California-Berkeley, which is forbidden by state law to consider race in admissions, is more than 40 percent Asian — up from about 20 percent before the law was passed.
Steven Hsu, a physics professor at the University of Oregon and a vocal critic of current admissions policies, says there is a clear statistical case that discrimination exists.
"The actual dynamics of how it happens are really quite subtle," he says, mentioning factors like horse-trading among admissions officers for their favorite candidates.
Also, "when Asians are the largest group on campus, I can easily imagine a fund-raiser saying, 'This is jarring to our alumni,'" Hsu says. Noting that most Ivy League schools have roughly the same percentage of Asians, he wonders if "that's the maximum number where diversity is still good, and it's not, 'we're being overwhelmed by the yellow horde.'"
Yale, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania declined to make admissions officers available for interviews for this story.
Kara Miller helped review applications for Yale as an admissions office reader, and participated in meetings where admissions decisions were made. She says it often felt like Asians were held to a higher standard.
"Asian kids know that when you look at the average SAT for the school, they need to add 50 or 100 to it. If you're Asian, that's what you'll need to get in," says Miller, now an English professor at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth.
Highly selective colleges do use much more than SAT scores and grades to evaluate applicants. Other important factors include extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, maturity, engagement in learning, and overcoming adversity.
Admissions preferences are sometimes given to the children of alumni, the wealthy and celebrities, which is an overwhelmingly white group. Recruited athletes get breaks. Since the top colleges say diversity is crucial to a world-class education, African-Americans, Latinos, Native Americans, and Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders also may get in despite lower scores than other applicants.
A college like Yale "could fill their entire freshman class twice over with qualified Asian students or white students or valedictorians," says Rosita Fernandez-Rojo, a former college admissions officer who is now director of college counseling at Rye Country Day School outside of New York City.
But applicants are not ranked by results of a qualifications test, she says — "it's a selection process."
"People are always looking for reasons they didn't get in," she continues. "You can't always know what those reasons are. Sometimes during the admissions process they say, 'There's nothing wrong with that kid. We just don't have room.'"
In the end, elite colleges often don't have room for Asian students with outstanding scores and grades.
That's one reason why Harvard freshman Heather Pickerell, born in Hong Kong to a Taiwanese mother and American father, refused to check any race box on her application.
"I figured it might help my chances of getting in," she says. "But I figured if Harvard wouldn't take me for refusing to list my ethnicity, then maybe I shouldn't go there."
She considers drawing lines between different ethnic groups a form of racism — and says her ethnic identity depends on where she is.
"In America, I identify more as Asian, having grown up there, and actually being Asian, and having grown up in an Asian family," she says. "But when I'm back in Hong Kong I feel more American, because everyone there is more Asian than I am."
Holmes, the Yale sophomore with the Chinese-born mother, also has problems fitting herself into the Asian box — "it doesn't make sense to me."
"I feel like an American," she says, " Asian person who grew up in America."
Susanna Koetter, a Yale junior with an American father and Korean mother, was adamant about identifying her Asian side on her application. Yet she calls herself "not fully Asian-American. I'm mixed Asian-American. When I go to Korea, I'm like, blatantly white."
And yet, asked whether she would have considered leaving the Asian box blank, she says: "That would be messed up. I'm not white."
"Identity is very malleable," says Jasmine Zhuang, a Yale junior whose parents were both born in Taiwan.
She didn't check the box, even though her last name is a giveaway and her essay was about Asian-American identity.
"Looking back I don't agree with what I did," Zhuang says. "It was more like a symbolic action for me, to rebel against the higher standard placed on Asian-American applicants."
"There's no way someone's race can automatically tell you something about them, or represent who they are to an admissions committee," Zhuang says. "Using race by itself is extremely dangerous."
Hsu, the physics professor, says that if the current admissions policies continue, it will become more common for Asian students to avoid identifying themselves as such, and schools will have to react.
"They'll have to decide: A half-Asian kid, what is that? I don't think they really know."
The lines are already blurred at Yale, where almost 26,000 students applied for the current freshman class, according to the school's web site.
About 1,300 students were admitted. Twenty percent of them marked the Asian-American box on their applications; 15 percent of freshmen marked two or more ethnicities.
Ten percent of Yale's freshmen class did not check a single box.