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Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Anything But White Revisited - Are the Dancing Rabbits Green? 

Remember my previous posts (this is the latest) about the JC Penney's "Anything But White" advertisements on a Martin Luther King Jr. psge at the familyeducation.com site (ad subsequently removed)?

Eddykins doesn't:

There's far too much white on your blog. Get rid of it. Now.

But I did not obey him, which will probably result in massive silliness (or perhaps Unterhoelzer). Meanwhile, M!K!E observes:

1/17/2006 10:41 PM

jc penney is advertising their "anything but white sale." hmmm...

Getting back to the basics of love, Luckenbach Texas, Waylon and Willie and the boys...oops...eFuse agrees with Ed:

[A] background image is a simple, fast, and effective way to make your site look unique and to remind your site visitors where they are. Honestly, I don't get sites with white backgrounds—what were their designers thinking? Nothing? As you scroll down the page on many sites, nothing is just what you see of the person or organization providing the site. If you give them nothing, you're losing a valuable opportunity to build a recognizable "brand," something that makes visitors remember your site, revisit your site, and tell their friends about your site. But they won't do that if they think, "I read something really interesting... where was that... hmm, well, it had a white background... that limits it to about 20 million sites..."

And eFuse is right - a background (as part of an intelligent design) is an effective way to establish the Ontario Emperor brand. But that's too much work, so I'll see who I can rip off.

Hmmm...not Annika.

And not Tony Pierce (although more pix would be nice).

And definitely not KOER.

I'll work on it. Meanwhile, let's look at "anything but white" in Mississippi, an example of racism against whites AND blacks:

In overwhelmingly black and Democratic Noxubee County, Miss., everybody knows local Democratic Party Chairman Ike Brown.

Officials at the U.S. Justice Department know Brown too; they're suing him.

Using the 1965 Voting Rights Act, the government has alleged that Brown and local elections officials discriminated against whites. It is the first time the Justice Department has ever claimed that whites suffered discrimination in voting because of race....

The Justice Department says Brown and local elections officials disenfranchised whites — challenging their voting status, rejecting their absentee ballots and telling voters to choose candidates according to race....

[C]ounty prosecutor Ricky Walker is a potential witness for the government. Walker was surprised when Brown recruited a black candidate who didn't even live in the county to run against him. Walker, after all, is a Democrat.

"Mr. Brown seems to favor black candidates," Walker said. "He's always encouraged blacks to vote strictly for the black candidates."...

Brown is unapologetic.

He says some local white Democrats aren't "true" Democrats.

"We support the black candidates because we're sure they're going to vote in the liberal interest," Brown said.

He's sure about that? Is he saying that blacks are genetically predisposed to vote Democratic? Ah, but those who vote Republican aren't black - or at least they weren't in May 2001 (perhaps 9/11 changed things):

Ebony, a monthly black magazine, puts out an annual list of the "100+ Most Influential Black Americans."...

Now supposedly the list neither excludes nor includes based on the influential person's ideology. "Being featured on the list," said Ebony, "does not necessarily constitute an endorsement of any particular individual or ideology." So guess which blacks never made the list?

Thomas Sowell. Sowell, a senior fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution, is an economist and author of over two dozen books, including "The Vision of the Anointed," "Inside American Education" and "Race and Culture." About Sowell, Nobel laureate economist Milton Friedman said, "The word 'genius' is thrown around so much that it's becoming meaningless, but nevertheless I think Tom Sowell is close to being one."

Walter Williams. Williams, like Sowell, is an economist as well as a syndicated columnist whose work appears in hundreds of newspapers. Williams chairs the economics department at George Mason University, and has authored six books, including "The State Against Blacks," "America: A Minority Viewpoint" and "South Africa's War Against Capitalism." He regularly substitutes for Rush Limbaugh, America's most widely listened to radio talk-show host.

Alan Keyes. This former ambassador to the United Nations ran for president in both 1996 and 2000. Many considered him the most effective, skillful debater of all the Republican aspirants.

Ward Connerly. Connerly spearheaded California's Proposition 209, the successful ballot initiative that eliminated race- and gender-preferences in public hiring, contracting and admissions into colleges and universities. Connerly's book, "Creating Equal: My Fight Against Race Preferences," talks about the hostility and venom he generates from the so-called black leadership....

The list excluded Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. That's right. No Thomas. But doesn't a sitting Supreme Court member, by definition, constitute one of the nine most influential persons in America, let alone the black community? But no surprise here. One now-defunct publication, called Emerge, (a black news monthly) once put on its cover a caricature of Clarence Thomas dressed as a lawn jockey, holding a lantern and sporting a big grin. The heading? "Uncle Thomas, Lawn Jockey for the Far Right." Inside we see a cartoon of a kneeling Thomas shining the shoes of fellow Justice Antonin Scalia.

So Clarence Thomas, because of his conservative ideology -- principally his opposition to affirmative action -- gets de-listed as black.

Well, Harry Belafonte didn't de-list Colin Powell as a black - he just called him a house slave. But Colin Powell didn't work in Noxubee County. Read the text below; doesn't it sound like it was written by a chamber of commerce?

Located in East Central Mississippi, the rich black soil of our eastern prairie produces an abundance of crops while our western hills are thick with pine and hardwood forests that provide some of the best hunting grounds in the state.

The four major industrial parks in Noxubee County are ready for immediate development, and are all located adjacent to U. S. HWY 45.

With Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, and East Mississippi Community College and Mary Holmes College nearby, there is no shortage of educational opportunities available.

For work or pleasure, we hope you consider Noxubee County....

Home of the
Dancing Rabbit Festival
4th Saturday in October!!

And they said the festival was high class. Well, that was just a lie. An Elvis impersonator was one of the featured entertainers.

But let's close with some more information on Brown and Walker:

Davalı Brown, rakip Cumhuriyetçiler’in, Demokrat Parti önseçimlerinde oy kullanmasını önlemeye çalıştığını kabul etti. Brown, davayı, Beyaz Saray ve Kongre’de etkin olan Cumhuriyetçi Parti’nin bir oyunu olarak gördüğünü de söyledi.

Aynı bölgenin savcısı olan Ricky Walker, Adalet Bakanlığı’nın tanıkları arasında yer alıyor. Walker, beyaz bir Demokrat Partili. Ancak, Brown, aynı partiden olmalarına rağmen, bölgede ikamet etmeyen bir siyahı Walker’a karşı aday yapmıştı. Walker, ‘Bay Brown, siyahları tercih ediyor. Siyah seçmenlerden de hep siyah adaylara oy vermesini istiyor’ dedi. Brown ise, siyahların gerçek demokrat olduğunu savundu.

Mississippi Eyaleti’nde yaşanan siyahlara yönelik baskılar ‘Mississippi Yanıyor’ adlı filmin konusu olmuştu.

What do you think?

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