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GET A ROOM

What do football and wealthy liberal donors have in common?  Apparently, not very much.

You may remember the controversy that was roiled up over the name of the NFL’s Washington Redskins team.  Outcries of racism surfaced faster than videos of MIT professor Jonathan Gruber calling the American people “stupid” for buying into the lies that were used to pass Obamacare.

The outrage extended to the highest levels of our elected government with soon-to-be-former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid spearheading the effort in writing a letter (co-signed by many colleagues with a similar limited mental capacity) demanding that the team’s name be changed.  Fortunately, because the good senator had altered the Senate’s rules, no filibuster on the content of the letter was permitted.

This issue, of course, superseded the need to vote on any of the 340 bills that the House had sent to the Senate and which are presently accumulating dust somewhere in that upper chamber (possibly in violation of an EPA regulation regarding the permissible amount of dust that may be accumulated before it constitutes a health hazard).  It is likely that OSHA may soon weigh in on this matter as well.

So what does this manufactured “controversy” have to do with liberal donors?  We know that liberals, being liberals, have etched into their DNA an inherent abhorrence of racism in any form and are dedicated to stomping it out wherever it rears its ugly head.

This week the Democracy Alliance, a coalition of well-heeled liberal donors dedicated to electing leftists in state and national office got together to discuss strategy going forward to the 2016 elections.  The meeting took place in Washington, D. C. – at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, an extremely attractive property and one of the city’s finest.

Stop.  Did no one tell these self-styled do-gooders that “Oriental” is a pejorative term and is denigrating to Asians?  It has been officially deleted from the PC Handbook and no longer exists as a word.  And there they are, patronizing what obviously is a racist hotel.

Hopefully the reality of the situation may have dawned on some of these contributors and, if they decided to hook up for a little afternoon delight, they booked themselves into a Motel 6.

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Comments on: "GET A ROOM" (5)

  1. I was surprised to hear “Oriental” has joined the long list of no no’s in this case to describe people from the Orient. I suppose Caucasian will be the next on the hit list as that describes a place where peoples come from too. There are terms that are definitely derogatory and have no place in our usage but I wonder where political correctness is taking us? Will there be any words in the English language we can use in future?

    • When I was in grammar school we learned that the Orient was a synonym for people in the “east” as opposed to those of us who lived in the “west” or the Occident. There was neither a perjorative or superiority associated with either term. They were merely neutral descriptors.

      One of my early friends was a girl named Mei Leung whose parents had immigrated from China. When she and I would get together, I didn’t tell my parents that “I was going to play with the Oriental/Asian/Chinese girl.” I just said, “Mei and I are going to play hopscotch.”

      If you choose to view people racially or ethnically, I guess that becomes your way of viewing the world and your focus. And that seems to determine a path toward having racist views – even as a person claims to fight against them.

      • You made an excellent point. I have friends of all shapes, sizes and colours. They are not identified by any of those. They have a name and that’s how I know, address and describe them. However I suppose there are times when that difference is necessary. I hear descriptions when they are looking for a lost girl for example. The police describe them as white, blonde hair, size, wearing, last seen at. That helps to identify the person they are looking for and it has life saving attributes. I don’t think that is racist at all. Chinese are proud of their heritage and describe themselves as such and you can name any nation with distinguishing features. They are proud of their heritage, and sometimes put down non Chinese. The racist idea only comes when a group put down another group because they think they are superior. That is wrong, and often comes because the ones using racist designations inwardly feel inferior themselves and try to compensate by putting down those they fear for some reason. I know that’s simplistic. I have lived in non-white communities for much of my life and have experienced both racial rejection and warm friendships. I only am interested in the latter. However racial consciousness on all sides of the divide is a huge problem and will only be solved in the life hereafter.

  2. For the purpose of attempting to find a lost child or dog, a description which includes physical characteristics is obviously not only desireable but necessary. Beyond that, I never find it necessary to refer to a person’s race. It just simply doesn’t enter into my thought processes because it is superfluous information that in no way should affect the subject matter of the conversation.

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