Berkeley CSUA MOTD:2008:December:30 Tuesday <Monday, Wednesday>
Berkeley CSUA MOTD
2008/12/30-2009/1/7 [Politics/Domestic/Election, Politics/Domestic/President/Bush] UID:52304 Activity:kinda low
12/29   Candidate for chairmainship of GOP *improves* his chances by
        distributing "Barack The Magic Negro" songs:
        \_ He should have put a Confederate flag on the album jacket.
        \_ What do Powell and Rice have to say about this?
        \_ This article is total FAIL for not even mentioning what a Magic
           Negro is.
           \_ Everyone knows that a a Magic Negro is like a Magic Dragon, only
              \_ Actually, "Magic Negro" was a term popularized by neocon
                 white bigots such as Spike Lee and Dave Chappelle, but
                 don't let that get in the way of making yourself feel
                 \_ And while this is true, it doesn't change the implied
                    racism of the term when used by white GOP hacks to dismiss
                    Obama as nothing more than a stereotype and trope. Cf.
                    why Chappelle eventually stopped doing The Chappelle Show:
                    people were laughing with the racism, not at it.
                    \_ I thought the reason was that he was no longer doing
                       comedy for comedy's sake and that writing jokes for money
                       was killing him.
                       comedy for comedy's sake and that writing jokes for
                       money was killing him.
                       \_ (Transcript of interview with
                          Anderson Cooper.)
                    \_ And here I thought you guys were supposed to understand
                       nuance. I'll give you a hint. Calling Obama a Magic
                       Negro isn't as much an insult directed at Obama as it is
                       an insult directed at his supporters and his rise to
                       power. It's about as racist as calling Bush a chimp.
                       \_ In order for you to offer us a hint, you'd have to
                          have a clue. Calling Obama a Magic Negro implies that
                          he's a cardboard caricature expected to magically
                          solve white people's problems; regardless of the
                          accuracy of the implication that Obama's supporters
                          delude themselves, the premise continues to rely on a
                          black caricature, and therein lies the racism. A
                          more appropriate, better targeted term for Obama's
                          supporters, as you see them, is "pollyanna," named
                          after the literary character who only ever saw the
                          bright side of the world, no matter what shit was
                          flung at her.
           \_ Actually, it is the GOP that was just the total FAIL.  And given
              what they're up to lately, I expect that FAIL to continue for
              the next four years.  Welcome to the wilderness, boys.
              \_ we're happy to wander it just like Our Lord had to.
2008/12/30 [Science/Electric, Academia/Berkeley/CSUA] UID:52305 Activity:nil
12/30   Where are the current descriptions of the "CSUA" and the "Announce"
        mailing lists?  Some old mail from a year ago said they were at:
        But these links don't work anymore.  Thanks.
2008/12/30-2009/1/3 [Uncategorized] UID:52306 Activity:nil
12/30   "Pete" the Purple Squirrel: []
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