Bamidele O. Shangobunmi

JANG Speaks!: February 2008

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Reply all FTW!

An email thread CC'd to about 500 too many people explodes!

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Racing against racism

For those of you who didn't hear, there was a really ugly incident back on Feb. 2 involving some lowlife spectators showering British racing star Lewis Hamilton with racist epithets at the Formula One event in Barcelona, Spain. The quick summary of that story is here. In a display of intolerance for intolerance that shocks this American native, the track first ejected the scum and permanently banned them, then beefed up security around the areas where Hamilton and his team would be (to make sure there wasn't a repeat), and then physically cordoned off Hamilton's garage. And yet, officials of FIA (the international governing body presiding over F1, WRC, and others) were furious that the track hadn't done enough.

Now me, I live in a country where a large percentage of the population are still ugly racist bastards. I'm not referring to folks who just hate rap or "gangsta" types. I'm not referring to folks who get up in arms when they see people of color in their community using welfare to sponsor drug addictions. I'm talking about folks who hate anything that isn't White just because it isn't White. Folks who were born to demonically racist parents and raised to follow in their footsteps, with no rhyme or reason for their hatred. Folks who, when they hang out with their buddies in the evening, get boozed up and get honest, joke about dragging chained Black men down rocky roads behind a truck, raping Asian women, and murdering Mexican farm workers for sport. Folks who, when they get brave enough, act out these satanistic fantasies.
Having grown up in this country, the son of a Black man, I found this news about the Barcelona track's response and now the FIA's efforts almost unbelievable. FIA presides over billions of dollars of activities followed by millions of fans around the world. For an organization so large, so powerful, so influential, to make such a bold stand against racial hate is nothing short of phenomenal.

At least to me...

Friday, February 1, 2008

Annonymity fail


Microsoft Bids $44.6 Billion for Yahoo

The reporter offers respect to insiders like so:
"Yahoo's workers were trying to absorb the bombshell as they arrived at work Friday morning. Two commented on it, but asked that their full names not be used. "
Then, the very next sentence begins:
"An information technology project manager named Eric, who gets to work at 6 a.m..."