racism, albeit defensive, is racism

Just in case it came as a surprise to anyone who read yesterday’s post that black people can be classified as racist, I’m posting this for follow-up.

I did not know that I could love James Earl Jones even more than I already do.

I also did not know that there is a “black version” of the Huffington Post.


I’m not sure that I love that.

Anyway, I think this thing that Mr. Jones said about the “need for independent thinking” is pure gold.  And yet he also understood his grandmother, and was even able to discern the truths contained in her closed-minded thinking from the poison of it.  That is beautiful.

James Earl Jones Talks Growing Up With A Racist Grandmother On BBC World News

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James Earl Jones opened up about the “most racist person” he has ever known: his grandmother.

During an interview with BBC News, the actor and famous voice of Darth Vader, shared information about growing up in rural Mississippi with his grandmother whom he said was profoundly racist, despite her Cherokee, Choctaw Indian and African American roots.

“She was the most racist person, bigoted person I’ve ever known,” Jones told BBC’s Stephen Sackur. “She trained us that way. She would consider it defensive racism, but it’s still racism, it’s still the same poison.”

Jones said he credits his grandmother with giving him his “first need for independent thinking” after he moved from Mississippi to Michigan, and giving him the ability to empathize with racists.

I’d go to school with white kids and Indian kids. I knew they weren’t the devils that she said they were. I had to start thinking for myself, and I had to start understanding the extent to which she was right too. But I can now live in the shoes of racists. When I hear about racists, I know exactly what they’re feeling. I said ‘I’m gonna allow myself to feel that, just for the hell of it.’ So I know what they’re going through.

The actor is currently starring in “Driving Miss Daisy” alongside Vanessa Redgrave at the Wyndham’s Theatre in London. In November, he received an honorary Academy Award for lifetime achievement onstage after a performance, where he graciously accepted the award.

“You cannot be an actor like I am and not have been in some of the worst movies like I have,” he said. “But I stand before you deeply honored, mighty grateful and just plain gobsmacked.”


Top April Fool’s Jokes

Over time, there’s been some really clever April Fool’s jokes played on the general public, subscribers or just… anyone willing to listen and believe. Below are a few examples of real notable jokes and pranks. Are you clever enough to come up with something as unique as these?

1965 – Smell-o-vision, BBC

Smell-o-vision: In 1965, the BBC played an April Fool’s Joke – the network aired an interview with a man who claimed that viewers at home could experience aromas produced in a TV studio. They went on to demonstrate by cutting onions and brewing coffee, then had “viewers” call in with claims they could smell these scents, thus convincing the viewers it was true.

1981 Michigan Shark Study

the Herald-News in Roscommon Michigan reported that 3 of the northern Michigan lakes had been selected for “an in-depth study into the breeding and habits of several species of fresh-water sharks” because 2,000 sharks were released into the lakes including hammerheads, blue and great whites sharks to see if they can survive the bitter cold climate of this region. A rep from the National Biological Foundation was quoted to say “the sharks will eat about 20 pounds of fish each per day, more as they get older”. The article also mentioned that County officials protested the experiment but the complaints were ignored by the federal government. They also claimed that fishermen were forbidden capturing or catching the sharks. the Herald-Newsreceived many letters… go figure.


1999 Y2k CD Bug

In 1999, Warner Music and Universal Music Group along with a popular Canadian radio station informed it’s listeners that the Y2K bug would affect all CD players making music discs created prior to 2000 unreadable. Fortunately, a Hologram sticker was available to enable the old-format discs to continue working. The stickers could be purchased for $2 and immediately the phones became jammed both at the record companies and radio station, and everyone was demanding these stickers for free! The calls continued even after the radio station announced it was a joke.

Burger King’s Left-Handed Whopper

In 1998, fast food giant Burger King posted a full page advertisement in USA Today announcing that they were releasing the “Left-Handed Whopper” for 32 million left handed Americans. The only difference was that the new burger’s condiments were rotated at a 180-degrees “…thereby redistributing the weight of the sandwich so that the bulk of the condiments will skew to the left, thereby reducing the amount of lettuce and other toppings from spilling out the right side of the burger.” Jim Watkins, senior vice president for marketing at Burger King, was quoted as saying that the new sandwich was the “ultimate ‘HAVE IT YOUR WAY’ for our left-handed customers.” Check out the press release: PR Newswire UK


He dined for our sins

totally unrelated to the post, but funny to me….