Saturday, December 03, 2005

Racism

Today I read two blogs about racism that I wanted to share with you.

First from frumiousb Zwarte Piet, a common image in Holland.


She blogs "Life in Holland as an expat just is not complete without Zwarte Piet. I still cringe every time that I see him-- particularly when I run across him unpacking boxes at the local supermarket. He was happy to stop and let me take his picture.

I find this image an appropriate one to be the patron saint of any discussion on integration and immigration in Europe."

Then from firecat via mizgeek from Alas, A Blog, I read this great description of privilege:
Privilege is Driving a Smooth Road and not even knowing it. In the comments to firecat, someone also quoted Jim Hightower about George W. Bush, "He was born on third base and decided that he'd hit a triple."

2 comments:

johnx said...

Nice article on Priviledge.

I thought that was a Molly Ivans quote, but maybe it was jim hightower.

Thida said...

According to NPR, Hightower first used the quote in reference to George Bush at the '88 convention. "He followed it with, "He [Bush] is threatening to lead this country from tweedle-dum to tweedle-dumber."

Though Barry Switzer first originated the phrase in general. "Barry Switzer, the legendary head football coach at the University of Oklahoma, was quoted in the Chicago Tribune in 1986 as saying, 'Some people are born on third base and go through life thinking they hit a triple.'"