Saturday, October 20, 2007

Binge and Purge

(Tell 'Em Why You Mad Son!)

I'm still recovering from all the jazz y'all flooded me with but I gotta some shit off my chest.

- Start Snitching is in the NY Times... sort of. I posted this question to Alex Klein, a Washington Post reporter who has a book coming out about my nerdy ass HS, Stuyvesant.

Peep link and the comments that follow.

  • Question: As a 2000 graduate of West Indian descent, I wonder how minority students fit into Stuyvesant’s current landscape. How have minority (Hispanic/Black) students percentages held up as New York’s demographic shifts?


    Answer: The percentages, as you put it, have not held up. Issues of diversity continue to plague Stuyvesant. About 2 percent of the student body is black, a significant drop in recent years. The number of Hispanics also has been in decline — standing now at about 3 percent. Meanwhile, the Asian population has grown to about 55 percent of the school, while the percentage of whites has held steady at about 40 percent. The trends trouble educators at Stuyvesant and elsewhere. After all, how can the school system justify a public school, backed by taxpayers, with one of the most expensive school buildings ever built, at $150 million, that provides an elite education to only a small number of blacks and Hispanics? The question, and the issue, is addressed at length in the book. In the past, the school tried to bring about better representation by admitting some students who narrowly missed the entrance exam cutoff. That program has been suspended. Several years ago, the school also introduced a months-long program to help students prepare for the entrance exam. Still, though, the numbers of blacks and Hispanics continue to dwindle. And when asked about it, educators say they are not sure how to fix the problem. From my reporting, I would venture to say that the problem begins far before the students take the test, that, for instance, the middle schools could do a better job of preparing students—all students—for the kind of math and English questions found on the test.

- My little question above becomes a lot more relevant when you have the father of DNA and Nobel Prize Winner, Jim Watson admitting that he believes black people are genetically inferior.

  • Watson said he was "inherently gloomy about the prospect of Africa" because "all our social policies are based on the fact that their intelligence is the same as ours, whereas all the testing says not really."

    Watson also asserted there was no reason to believe different races separated by geography should have evolved identically, and he said that while he hoped everyone was equal, "people who have to deal with black employees find this is not true."

Um, wow.

- And the racism continues. Obama said the head of the Justice Department's voting rights division should be fired for saying voter ID laws hurt the elderly but aren't a problem for minorities because they often die before old age.

  • "That's a shame, you know, creating problems for elderly persons just is not good under any circumstance," Tanner said, according to video posted on YouTube. "Of course, that also ties into the racial aspect because our society is such that minorities don't become elderly the way white people do. They die first."
Let's not forget the Social Security privatization push the Republicans went for in 2005 when Bush claimed blacks die early so they need early Social Security.

So much reprehensible shit gets brushed away because the old stories aren't linked to the new ones to establish patterns and shit gets brushed off as a one time event.

Moving on...

- David Chase pretty much lays out the fact that Tony Soprano was killed in that final scene. The intense backlash that ending received was a testament to the fact that the Sopranos' had tons of fans that didn't really get the show. I still miss that shit.

- The New Yorker has a god-body interview with "The Wire" creator David Simon that has taken my excitement for Season 5 of The Wire to obscene levels. The piece is long and great, kind of like the narrative arc of The Wire.

- Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling outs Albus Dumbledore as a homosex. Start Snitching is a proud Harry Potter nerd who is looking forward to the newest overreaction by the Christian right to this bit of news. Who cares about real issues when a beloved children's character is gay and there is a black chocolate Jesus! Let the book burning commence!

- America kicks the immigrants out and then sneaks them back. America's schizophrenic foreign policy is beyond words. What comes after anger, shame and sadness?

Blackwater disarms America troops at gunpoint.
How can read that article and not have your blood boil. Republicans talk a lot of shit about "supporting the troops" but they have all types of connections to Blackwater who destroy the image of U.S. soldiers by their indiscriminate murder of civilians as well as their morale by getting by incredible amounts of money while doing whatever they want. "Apocalypse Now" ain't just a movie.

- The Republicans gave Bush blank check after blank for the Iraq War and then have the nerve to uphold Bush's veto on the SCHIP bill for children's health care (as covered before) because of Bush's strict budget guidelines. How do the words Bush and strict budget even appear in the same paragraph.

While we're on the subject, here's some visual perspective on the cost of the Iraq war.

But it's all gravy, none of these problems matter because Bush will laugh us into WWIII and end all our problems.

Ha ha ha.


The Christians already got out the torches and pitchforks against Harry Potter.

  • One major anti-Potter crusader is Laura Mallory, a mother of four from Georgia, who made headlines earlier this month when she told the Gwinnett County Board of Education that the series was trying to indoctrinate children into the Wicca religion. In response to Dumbledore's outing, Mallory told ABC News that the Potter series has "an anti-Christian agenda," and, "this only further supports that."

    "My prayer is that parents would wake up, that the subtle way this is presented as harmless fantasy would be exposed for what it really is -- a subtle indoctrination into anti-Christian values," said Mallory. "The kids are being introduced to a cult and witchcraft practices.

    "A homosexual lifestyle is a harmful one," she added. "That's proven, medically."

    Not surprisingly, conservatives at Saturday's Values Voters' summit in Washington also had some thoughts on the now controversial wizard.

    "I feel like children's books shouldn't be political -- they shouldn't have political ties, they're entertainment," attendee Katie Beach said. "I think it's pretty ridiculous for her to say that or to do that."

Because we all know that gays aren't real people so they should never be represented among other social groups in a fictional story. Granted J.K. Rowling wrote 7 books and never made ONE specific or tangible reference to Dumbledore's gayness but now it's an issue.

Wake me up when Harry Potter 6 hits theaters.


  1. Re: Stuy. 16 years ago I took the admission test to be admitted to Stuy. I missed the Stuy cutoff by about 15 points, although making the cutoff for Bronx Science and Brooklyn Tech. I went to Tech and graduated and went to college and now Grad school in Engineering. Of course my parents didn't have $2000 to send me to Kaplan classes so I got a review book from the library to study. My little ass K-8 didn't have the time to really help me prepare with for the algebra and all that good stuff that exam is loaded with when I was the only one in my year going to a Specialized HS. The point of my story is that Stuy is set up to be not diverse, you have rich parents who send their kids to expensive courses to get in, and a smaller enrollment at the time than the other 2 at the time specialized HS, although they've increased in recent years. What should be done with the specialized HS is that a cutoff be established for all of them and then a random system assigns the passing kids at random to high school based on priority, but this will never happen because the Manhattan folks buying their kids a seat at Stuy won't ride with it.

  2. @Re: Watson. You come to almost expect a certain amount of racism from undereducated, that's all many of them have left really. When a guy with the accomplishments of this guy is spouting off nonsense like this you're just become awestruck really. I guess Africans were to dumb to fight off 400 years of slavery and colonization which raped it of its natural resources and millions of its people to the point that they are at a disadvantage in the Global economy. Despite his education Watson is a fool.

  3. Hey, regarding the whole Stuy thing... I don't know how old you are, but I went there for a year and a half (didn't make it through because I was kind of insane as a teenager) starting in the fall of '93. there was a citywide asbestos epidemic in the schools, and even though the new Stuy building was the greatest public school in the world and only one year old, it had to be shut down like every other school. When they re-opened, students from all these public schools were thrown in with us, and yes it was a huge minority population. Was it a lesson of peace and how these kids would be elevated with such great facilities at their fingertips that were previously unavailable to them? Not quite. The violence was off the charts. People getting robbed in bathrooms, girls getting their pony tails chopped off by razors on the escalator. Good times! Maybe you know all of this already.

    So many Asians gangs though.

  4. Gotta love the Rethuglicans. lol

    Evangelicals sound so completely stupid to anyone who practices even an iota of reason and logic.

  5. Yo fam, the Blackwater link loops back to the Newsweek front page. Is this the article?

    -DJ Regular

  6. I fixed the link.

    Good looks.

    - About Stuy, there is a lot of jealousy and hatred that comes to the surface when privileged kids meet the rest of NY.

    That doesn't excuse what the non-Stuy kids did at all though.

    It only proves Watson right. However, there is a difference btwn black kids who miss Stuy by 1 point and those who miss it by 100.

    Did you see season 4 of the Wire. Black public schools really are a cesspool. It's disgraceful and heart breaking but true.

    The craziest shit is that the worst thing that happened in while I was at Stuy was this kid I knew who was in an Asian gang murdered a cab driver.

  7. What Mr. Klein meant to say is that white people are mad because Asians are taking their babies' spots in the schools they've worked so hard to ensure they attend.