OK, so the cat is coming outta the bag: I like Dean
. So, what the hell is up
with this Dean-bashing madness
Civil rights activist Al Sharpton forced Dean to acknowledge Sunday that
no blacks or Hispanics served in his cabinet during 12 years as governor.
What the fuck is this? Affirmative Action for Cabinet members? First of
all, as noted by said article, Dean's state of Vermont's population is 98%
white. Second, a Cabinet member uses his mind to do his job--not flashing
his skin color around; in other words: it doesn't fucking matter what race
his Cabinet members are. By emphasizing that, Sharpton's become the racist
In a semi-related note, I sometimes get upset at being treated as a
foreigner here in Japan. It's not so much of a problem for me, but my white
friends get bombarded with people who want to be "friends" with them. In
fact, they just want to take a picture of a foreigner (preferably a white
guy), tell their friends, and don't give a shit about our personalities. I
had an experience where some of my white American friends and I went to a
bar and started chatting with a group of Japanese folk. I could tell they
were gonna be annoying just cause they laughed a bit too loud and a bit too
much. They wanted to take my friends' pictures (oh, but, not one with me
cause I'm not white enough!), asked us some general questions (that we've
all been asked a thousand times: where are we from, are we students, blah
blah), and then the conversation just stopped. Congratulations, we've made
yet another shallow friendship in Japan!
It's a conspiracy, I tell you! C-O-N... spiracy!