Saturday, November 28, 2015
Although the link above claims the dolls were the same size, look at these original dolls. Is it merely that whiteness makes the doll look larger or is the doll actually larger?
Posted by Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale at 7:56 PM
Monday, November 23, 2015
2 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Dr. Benjamin Carson that all the world should be taxed and a census taken of all the world.
2 (And this taxing/census was first made when Bashir Al Assad was governor of
3 And all went to be taxed and counted every one a migrant from his home into a foreign city.
4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of
5 To be taxed and counted with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.
6 And so it was, that, while they migrated there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for refuge-seekers in the inn.
8 And there were in the same country native shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people of whatever country.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger, like the poorest of refugees.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men of all countries of the world.
Posted by Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale at 5:14 PM
Sunday, November 22, 2015
Do not wait until some deed of greatness
you may do;
Do not wait to spread your light afar;
To the many duties ever near you,
now be true:
Brighten the corner where you are.
(a Sunday School hymn from my childhood)
Posted by Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale at 4:29 PM
Saturday, November 14, 2015
I was a student in towns where two of the most frightening events in the history of student unrest (one by blacks, the other by whites) took place in 1969 and 1970:
Ithaca, New York and . Kent,
At Cornell, black students protesting racism occupied Willard Straight Hall in 1969 and then armed themselves with rifles and guns, refusing to surrender the premises. Later their photo appeared on the front page of the New York Times, with upraised rifles as they left Willard Straight when a compromise was reached with Cornell’s administration.
four white students
were shot dead and nine white students were wounded by predominantly white Ohio
National guardsmen who fired into a student protest at high noon on May 4, 1970
after four days of anti-war protests and the burning of an ROTC building
resulted in armed occupation of the campus by guardsmen. Kent
Thirty six years and three masters degrees later (one in divinity from Yale), I haven’t the slightest idea what these events “mean” in the larger picture of American history, especially this year --- 2015 --- when racism has reared its ugly head again and student protests have actually forced the University of Missouri president to resign. Accusations of his indifference to complaints of racial discrimination felt by blacks on his campus, had led blacks on the football team to boycott future games, jeopardizing millions of dollars in revenue. Exit the President .
What’s going on here? We have a black man sitting in the White House as our elected president. It is fifty years after the passage of Lyndon Johnson’s Civil Rights Act. A black woman, Oprah Winprey, is the richest woman in the world---- wealthier even than the Queen of England. Why are blacks angry?
That was the same question I asked in 1969 when I sat in Cornell’s Barton Hall with 5000 people for five days of an administration sanctioned Teach-in on Racism, the ransom exacted by the Black United Students group for ending their armed occupation of Cornell’s Willard Straight Hall.
How naïve of me. Why are blacks angry? Am I kidding? Or just blinded by my white eyes?
Americans in the land of the free and the brave sold blacks like dining-room furniture for 150 years, but without even the dignity of a dining-room set, which Antiques Roadshow today warns must be kept intact. Fathers and mothers and children had just as much if not more value sold off individually than as a group. Keeping them together as a “set” didn’t increase their value at all, and often was a burden to prospective buyers, who may have needed only one new slave.
When purchasing slaves from overseas was made illegal, Americans merely bred them like dogs to increase their stateside property. “Breeding” is too kind a word, for the actual mating was not the carefully choreographed sexual coupling of purebreds being stood stud, as animal owners put it, but tantamount to sexual harassment, or even rape, and often by the white owner.
Then came the Civil War and emancipation. And assassination. And then-------another 100 years of Jim Crow and segregation until the Civil Rights Act of 1965 tried to undo the damage of separate but equal, in which blacks might legally be free but were treated as if they were one step up from Typhoid Mary: separate bathrooms, separate drinking fountains, separate bus seats, separate schools.
How naïve of me. A century or more of assault on the black family (Slaves could not be legally married.) A century or more of assault on black literacy (It was illegal to teach slaves to read); a century of unspoken contamination and legal quarantine euphemized as “segregation” and legalized by the Supreme Court in Plessy v.
How naïve indeed.
But it’s been 50 years since the Civil Rights Act was pushed through Congress by President Johnson. And there is a statue to black Martin Luther King on the same
mall where is found white Abraham Lincoln’s monument. And there is a back president and black first family across town in the
White House. Washington
Why are they still angry?
The answer is in the pronoun: they.
It is called “the impersonal pronoun” and it connotes separateness, outsider-hood, difference.
They aren’t us.
And that is what happened at
even though all the skin of the victims and shooters was white. The
long-haired, hippie, anti-war protestors were turned into “them” and as
outsiders it was acceptable for them to be killed. I will never forget watching
one white mother in Kent State being interviewed on the street after
the shootings. She said “If my son had
long hair and sandals he should have been shot too.” Kent, Ohio
This isn’t just ignorance. She is talking about her own son. It is a psychological disorder. I’m not trained in psychology so I can’t put a name to it, but when human beings look at other human beings as “things” (slaves; anti-war protestors) there is something evil afoot. Race may only be part of it.
Paul D. Keane
M.A., M.Div., M.Ed.
Posted by Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale at 6:29 AM
Monday, November 9, 2015
Link (browser window, not google search)
story/opinion/2015/11/09/ guest-viewpoint-racism-ithaca- college/75458246/
Sadly, racism still an issue at Ithaca College
Paul Keane 12:12 p.m. EST November 9, 2015
I was there, having graduated from Ithaca College the year before. I had remained at Ithaca to teach three freshman English courses at the college and so had a flexible schedule to attend the teach-in.
I persuaded Ithaca College’s president, Howard Dillingham, to endorse holding a similar teach-in at IC. The entire town had been shaken by a student protest that involved students armed with guns and rifles, and so even tranquil Ithaca College went along with the idea that we needed to learn about this new grievance — racism.
I invited Cornell history professor Andrew Hacker, who had spoken eloquently to the Barton Hall teach-in, to speak at our smaller teach-in at Ithaca College, which at the time had about 2,000 students total.
Unlike Cornell, Ithaca did not shut down classes. Anyone attending the teach-in had to use one of the three excused “cuts” they were allowed per class. After three, at Ithaca College in 1969, students lost credit for the course, no matter what the excuse, illness included.
We were stunned and gratified when more than a third of the student body — 825 students — showed up at the student union ballroom for the teach-in, many willingly using one of their three “cuts” to attend. Most of us were white and had never heard of the word “racism.”
Sadly, 46 years later, Ithaca College is hearing the word “racism” ring in their ears these days, with students even staging a “no confidence” vote in their youthful, white president, Tom Rochon.
This is profoundly ironic, since the steps he has taken to respond to their complaints of institutional racism are almost as dramatic as Cornell shutting down classes for its five-day Teach-in on Racism 46 years ago. Rochon has called for students, faculty and staff to engage in institutional soul-searching about racial and cultural bias, and has put administrative projects on hold to allow the college to do so.
If only college presidents had been so flexible and responsive in the 1970s.
I left Ithaca in 1969 for a graduate school English program at a midwestern university I had never heard of before 1969, a school which paid my room, board and tuition and a small salary to be a graduate counselor in its dorms. The school’s name? Kent State University.
Paul Keane is a 1968 graduate of Ithaca College and taught freshman English courses there in 1969. Along with Peter Davies, author of “The Truth About Kent State,” he established the Kent State Collection at Yale University’s Sterling Memorial Library in 1977, preserving documents related to the 1970 killing of Kent State students by Ohio National Guardsmen.
Posted by Paul D. Keane, The Anti-Yale at 3:41 PM