Friday, January 23, 2009

Racism: Double Talk, Double Standards.

I have always been proud to tell people that I was going to Queens' University. But since my graduation this past spring, I have had the opportunity to view the actions of the university and its student body as a sane individual, capable of rational thought, not blinded by my love for the institution that I had learned to live and breathe for 5 years.

Queens' and its culture of whiteness has been spotlighted in the national media twice this past year. Another high profile event occurred this past week, however it shows a different side to the problem of racism at my alma mater.

...MAP vice-president (university affairs) candidate Suhail Panjwani made [comments] last August on Facebook.

The comment, part of a conversation with a friend, said “yo nigga im fine …ive beat these Indian rapest off with bamboo sticks.”

Mr. Panjwani is not black. He comes from an Indian background. (The use of the n-word by a black man is a separate issue on its own). However, what shocks me the most in this entire story is the fact that his use of the n-word IS NOT the talking point in the Queen's Journal article: Click Here.

The article has chosen instead to implicate the individuals responsible for the leak of the Facebook comment, members of the opposition campaign team for the AMS elections, headed by President candidate Michael Ceci. Since when did it become WRONG to blow the whistle on objectionable conduct? When the accuser is white. This is simply a double standard, a reaction to the perceived racism of attacking a brown individual.

The Queen's Journal simply refuses to be seen siding with a white person over a brown person in a matter of race relations. The quick, and gutless, reaction is to automatically place blame on the white individual. But in this case, Mr. Panjwani's words were simply detestable, and unfit for an individual seeking a position of leadership.

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Fond goodbye to 2008

Reasons why 2009 won't be better than 2008.

    Why 2008 was such a good year:
  • The Dark Knight. Legendary Film.
  • Wall-E. Another instant classic film.
  • Giants over the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The Tyree Catch.
  • Feed the Animals by Girl Talk. GO DOWNLOAD THIS ALBUM NOW, name your own price!
  • Tina Fey as Sarah Palin
  • Beijing's coming out party (Summer Olympics, minus fake fireworks, lip syncing, and underage girls)
  • I graduated!!!

    Why 2009 won't be a good year:
  • Sadly, President-elect Obama cannot live up to expectations, although he will be a welcome change for many.
  • We will feel the real effects of the market slowdown (instead of just the hysteria, as we have felt so far)
  • Black people no longer have an excuse.... but they (as an overgeneralized stereotypical group) will continue to blame "The Man." Heck the President of the most powerful country in the world (AKA "The Man") is half black.
  • Censorship will become an issue worldwide. See Australia and the UK.
  • No Formula One race in North America

The Winter Classic: Pregame

What a start to this year's edition of the Winter Classic, between the Detroit Red Wings and the host Chicago Blackhawks, held at the legendary Ivy covered red-brick Wrigley Field. This is the 3rd time the NHL has done this, the first being the Habs-Oilers matchup in the Heritage Classic at Commonwealth Stadium. Each time it just gets bigger and better.

The national anthems were just completed, and wow. The crowd is simply hyped! There are many Canadians in the crowd, and they sung our national anthem loud and proud. The Americans, not to be outdone on their own soil, cheered throughout the entire Star Spangeled Banner. Very rousing start to this game.

It seems fitting that this game is being held in Chicago. It seems like Chicago has made an amazing step into the conciousness of America and the world, thanks largely in part to the rise of President-elect Obama. GQ named Chicago it's "City of the Year" for this reason, as well as the hotbed of new Democratic power brokers. I also like to mention Dark Knight, which used Chicago to portray Gotham City, and it does so beautifully.

Anyway, back to the hockey game, it's a good one so far!