Daily Archives: November 5, 2015

Sometimes Less Serious Is Better

2b4ae9807ffc4dd9a4ea06bd7d968fe1I try to read newspapers every day, and there are certainly no shortage of negative news stories. So, when I read something that is serious, but can’t be taken too serious at the same time, it’s very refreshing to me.

In today’s Wall Street Journal, there was an article about hot dogs. So to speak. It more or less was a story about how the people in Frankfurt Germany, the namesake of the frankfurter, or hot dog, are in an uproar about the report from the UN’s agency, The World Health Organization, that hot dogs, and other processed meats, raise the risk of colon cancer. A US News and World Article reports:

“The World Health Organization threw its global weight behind years of experts’ warnings and declared Monday that processed meats raise the risk of colon and stomach cancer and that red meat is probably harmful, too.”

My first reaction about anything I read from the UN, perhaps the most inept organization in human history, is to laugh. You mean hot dogs and sausage aren’t good for me? WOW, who knew! THANK GOD I have the UN, spending millions of dollars on all sorts of useful studies, to tell me this! I’m sorry, excuse me while I chuckle at the UN.

The Wall Street Journal article, on the other hand, was endearing  to me. It was filled with people expressing pride in their national heritage. It had quotes from senior citizens informing readers of their life long ingestion of wursts, with no apparent negative health effects. It had information I was unaware of, like the fact that Germany has at least three museums devoted to sausages. It even made me aware of the fact that there are 31 types of hot dogs and sausages, and 11 originate in Germany. It was a fun read. Pass the mustard and sauerkraut, I am going to go have a hot dog!

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Does Anyone Know What The Word “Racist” Means Anymore?

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It’s seems as though any action taken against an African American today is deemed “racist”. It’s sad, it’s ignorant, and it’s ridiculous. Here’s what happened.

A white coach, Brian Kelly, ran over to an assistant coach, David Grimes, who is African American, during a football game, and shoved him. ESPN host Marcellus Wiley said the following of the incident:

“This is racial. You know I don’t like to play the race card, but I’m going to go here on this one,” he said. “When you see a black coach getting emasculated basically, undermined on the sidelines, when he’s a coach with authority over those players, they’re going to say, ‘Huh, there are very few images and likenesses of a black player with the position of authority on the coaching staff.”

Was this the best way to address an issue? Maybe not. Is it racist? No, it’s not. Do I believe Brian Kelley shoved David Grimes because he believes African Americans are “inferior to the others” (which is actually what racism is)? Absolutely not.

Further, watching the three commentators, and listening to what they have to say, leads me to believe they are ignorant of what racism really is, and they are making this into something that is it: a racial issue. This is not a racial incident in my opinion, and making it into one is just wrong. The problem in society is, far too many people agree with the three ignorant people who called this a “racial issue”.

Doug Gottlieb on CBS sports sums it up best, watch the video. Essentially, he says that the Head Coach has the right to have make rules. His rule is no one speaks to the ref but the head coach. In a close game, you don’t want an assistant coach arguing with a ref to get a call made against your team. So you stop him from doing so. That’s what he did.

Racism is horrible. It is despicable. It is unacceptable. However, just like any other horrible, despicable, and unacceptable thing, when you call something that IS NOT racism, racism, it waters down the word. It demeans those who have suffered racism. Call this what it was: perhaps poor judgement. Save the term racist for racists.

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