Thursday, July 08, 2004

Racial Outrage

The California education chief told a preschooler named Isis that her name means "stupid dirty girl". What happened next? That's right, a Democratic state Assemblyman scheduled civil rights protests. But...

Dymally was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News Thursday saying the child was "a little African-American girl. Would he (Riordan) have done that to a white girl?"

The girl is white, with blonde hair.

Dymally did not return telephone calls. His office issued a statement Wednesday calling Riordan's remarks to the girl "outrageous and irresponsible," then issued another statement Thursday saying, "To err is human; to forgive is divine."

"Race is not a factor in this issue," Dymally said in Thursday's statement, adding that Riordan had apologized a second time. "It is time for us to move on."

I'm not happy about the education chief's comments (and he's done some other rather insensitive stuff in the past as well), but Dymally's turn-around is so stunning, I nearly got whiplash reading about it.
Hey, dude, Pop Culture is the new history. It's so much easier to access, what with being on TV and stuff. History requires degrees and reading.


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