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Racism Roundup.

It's hard to know where to begin about the events of the past week. I suppose I should start at the beginning, with Rep. Peter King and his Islamophobic Congressional Hearings. One of the main questions that remained unanswered (primarily because it remained unasked) was why only Muslim fundamentalists? So-called Christian fundamentalists seem to be glorying in death in destruction too.

I doubt I need to tell you about Glenn Beck. But in case I do, the long story short is that Glenn Beck thinks the disaster in Japan is God saying "Follow the Ten Commandments, people!".

And, in a story that I find absolutely heartbreaking, this 17 year old girl goes a step farther:



For those who can't stomach to watch, I'll tell you that the salient points are that she waxes lovestruck for God in a way usually reserved for Biebermania, and thanks God repeatedly for causing the earthquake in Japan. She says:

Wednesday at the start of Lent, believers all over the world came together and we have been praying specifically for God to open the eyes of Atheists all over the world... And just a few days, not even a few days later, God shook the country of Japan. He literally grabbed the country by the shoulders and said "Hey look, I'm here."

But then it gets worse. In the last 12 hours she's canceled her YouTube channel and, according to buzzyuk.com, "gone into hiding." Why? Because in response to her videos (and there were many), her name, phone number, and home address have been posted all over the internet. I've seen repeated comments saying that people hope she gets raped and/or killed. It's obviously disgusting that anyone out there is praising God for the tsunami. But this is a minor who doesn't appear to be doing a whole lot of thinking for herself. I've got sympathy for a teenage girl who needs some schooling on the concept of empathy. I have no sympathy for adults who, according to their own claims, make repeated late night harassing phone calls to a teenage girl.

Plus, as an added bonus, all of those asshats will only cement her belief that she's right and that God is on her side. And dollars to donuts a good chunk of those stalker dudes would, if asked, put their check mark in the "Christian" column.

A final word about another seriously misguided young lady. Has everybody seen this woman from UCLA?



"The problem is these hordes of Asian people that UCLA accepts into our school..."

It's like racism 101. "Our" school. The problem is that she's grown up with a sense of entitlement that allows her to think of UCLA, a public university, as belonging to "us" and not "them."

Did I mention that she posted the video on the day after the tsunami? She's since apologized. Who knows whether she's learned anything or not.

There's a dance remix of her rant that I like a lot. The tune is catchy, and I do really dig mockery as a form of taking away power in a situation like this. But the bad news is that now her words are *really* stuck in my head:



ETA: I wanted to include a word about her apology. It was simple, to the point, and took responsibility rather than offering excuses. In its entirety:

“Clearly the original video posted by me was inappropriate. I cannot explain what possessed me to approach the subject as I did, and if I could undo it, I would. I’d like to offer my apology to the entire UCLA campus. For those who cannot find it within them to accept my apology, I understand.”

Charlie Sheen could learn a thing or two from her. Which, I realize, is a sad statement on ... well, just about everything, really.

ETA, Again:

OMFG. WTF is wrong with people?

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