I dislike the term "white trash" intensely, because the entire point of it is to specify the whiteness of the trash in question, the subtext being that normally one would expect trash (i.e. poor people) to be black. That's the derivation of the term. "See, they're white, but they're still trashy (poor)." The fact… » 7/19/14 4:09pm Saturday 4:09pm

This is what drives me nuts, too: that people can't spend the extra nanosecond to realize that you can talk about part of a large group of people without condemning all of it. And it works in both directions — if I try to talk about specific members of a given group, people jump in saying, "Well, not everyone in that… » 7/18/14 4:13pm Friday 4:13pm

Every time I see that a high-speed chase has taken place over a property crime, I want to scream. I live in L.A., so I want to scream a lot. In this case, I want to scream and break things. It's the new American Way: Punishment Is More Important Than Everything. » 7/18/14 2:56pm Friday 2:56pm

I get the impression that you were really hoping to be called a bigot or a racist, but while those may be true statements about you for all I know, that's not the problem here. The problem is that you don't really know much about the subject you want to have an opinion on (one course in Constitutional Law to the… » 7/18/14 2:19pm Friday 2:19pm

Well, the statement that was found in the article — "arranged marriages occur within societies where women have no agency, limited civil rights and would rather quietly commit suicide than publicly divorce a husband" — was pretty extreme. I get that he was exaggerating for supposed comedic effect, but that still… » 7/09/14 6:21pm 7/09/14 6:21pm

Well, maybe this is going to seem gratuitously antagonistic, but how is it that I'm supposed to know that Ms. Fisher isn't a bomber when I see that image? Because she's white and from the U.S.? After all, there have in fact been plenty of white U.S. bombers, they just (mostly) weren't suicide bombers, and to date… » 7/08/14 2:24pm 7/08/14 2:24pm