Monday, September 28, 2009

Undress For Success

So the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission has determined that "racial animus" drove the decision of the Valley Swim Club to cancel visits by a camp of mostly blacks kids. It has ordered $50,000 to be awarded the complaintant a single minority kid and his family.

This would be the same government panel that just a few years ago awarded a former radio employee $600,000 for the insult of being asked to read a book. The book called "New Dress for Success" suggested that people in business refrain from dressing in ethnically stereotypical ways.

The HRC's ludicrous award was appealed by the station. A federal panel tossed it out and that was the end of the matter.

In the swim club case, the club's attorney says the HRC's decision was a "fait accompli" once the media coverage got ahead of the facts of the story. He's got that right.

The media coverage of this story remains pretty poor and the commentary is simply over the top.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's editorial on the matter is jaw-droppingly bad. Here's a portion:
Here was a fully investigated conclusion that, yes, racism still exists in America, and earlier this summer it dashed water into the faces of little black and Latino children who naively ventured to a suburban pool for a swim.
The HRC certainly came to a conclusion all right, the same one the Inquirer and other enlightened types came to month's ago. But the HRC came to a conclusion in the New Dress for Success matter as well. That conclusion was bounced out of court. This one, ultimately, could be too.

There is, after all, plenty of evidence that the swim club as an organization didn't act out of racial malice, especially given the fact that the minority campers were invited to the pool in the first place. There is even more evidence the the club's leadership acted with amazing stupidity and arrogance in unilaterally cancelling their aggreement with the camp. But the case for racial animus remains as weak as ever.

The Inquirer tips it's hand in its lead paragraph:
A state investigation that found a Montgomery County swim club discriminated against a group of minority kids who visited its pool only underscores how much racism still remains a sad part of society. This was no philosophical treatise on the role of racism in some of the more agitated, animated opposition to ideas being put forth by this nation's first black president, in particular President Obama's health-care reform plan.
The editorial board would have us believe that racism not only remains a driving factor in lives of many white people, it explains the opposition to our first black president's idea of health-care reform.

This is a nothing more than a shoddy and disreputable attempt to marginalize people with whom the Inky's editorial board disagrees politically. Even worse, it won't work. The playing of the race card simply doesn't intimidate people like it used to, mostly because it has been played so promiscuously, unfairly and underhandedly for so many years now. This is just the latest example.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can always be counted upon to defend racism and misread the work of real journalists.

"This was no philosophical treatise on the role of
RACISM in SOME of the MORE AGITATED, ANIMATED OPPOSITION to ideas being put forth by this nation's first black president, in particular President Obama's health-care reform plan."

You try to pretend as though they are claiming that all the opposition is racism. In fact, the actual claim is that some of the most visceral attacks against Obama are based in racism.

You never seem to acknowledge racism but instead immediately claim it's "the race card" like some Pavlovian dog. To be in such denial about racism requires that you are either incredibly racist, incredibly ignorant or an incredible sellout to satisfy the racism of your readers.

September 28, 2009 at 10:39 AM 
Blogger Trish said...

Great post Gil! Was very nice meeting you this weekend, will be a regular fan of your blog for sure!

September 28, 2009 at 10:44 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Can't claim to be a fan of the two liberal rags in the city, but come on! Did you miss the email form the schootteacher? That alone was enough for me! Not to mention that they brought on another lifeguard, knowing the count ahead of time.

I didn't bother reading anon-iano's comment because it, well, the usual. by the way, anon-iano, REVEAL THYSELF

September 28, 2009 at 1:40 PM 
Anonymous jake said...

In honor of William Safire, let me congratulate you on using the word "incredible" in both its adjective and adverb forms three times in the same sentence.
Your redundant remarks reflect a redundant mind redundantly regurgitating the typical liberal redundant retorts.
There, I one-upped you with four uses of the same word in the same sentence, plus a little alliteration thrown in for fun.

September 28, 2009 at 2:07 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

with steve as gil's lapdog, you are a redundancy. (noun form)

September 28, 2009 at 8:07 PM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...


the insults just don't have the same feel when it comes from 'anonymous'. Stop being a pansy and REVEAL THYSELF!!!

Look hard in the DNC archives, there has to be 'Steve McDonald' talking points somewhere

September 28, 2009 at 8:23 PM 
Anonymous frank said...

i'll be as un-anonymous as jake (the redundant lapdog) and go by my first name only.
there are other anonymous people here like bob and trish.
is mcdonald really your name or are you just steve (some guy that works at a mcdonalds)? do you do the fries or the burgers?

September 28, 2009 at 11:18 PM 
Blogger Trish said...

This anon clown's pretty funny. I had thought about posting a response to his lame excuse for an argument, but having come upon "anonymous" posters in other blogs, I know that they are usually cowards or fools, who don't want their real names (mine IS Trish) associated with their comments; or can't stand by them to begin with.

September 29, 2009 at 7:38 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

personally, I specialize in work with the filet-o-fish oven. I almost won 'Best Filet-O-Fish cooker' at my location in 1992, or something like that...

so, you're going to call an audible and go with 'frank' using bob and jake as excuses - is this in honor of one of your sociology pals?

September 29, 2009 at 8:41 AM 
Blogger Pro Christ Pro Gun said...

Liberal Frank:

What is your full name?

C. Scott Shields, Esquire

September 29, 2009 at 11:48 AM 
Anonymous Bob said...

Frank - just for the record, most on this blog know who I am, so Im not really anon.

September 29, 2009 at 12:00 PM 
Anonymous frank said...

i don't know what "call an audible" means.

i was just kidding about working at mcdonalds. if you've really been there since 1992 you should probably go to night school and try to take one of those g.e.d. courses.

you don't call out jake or trish because they have the same backwards ideas as you. if you guys already know bob that explains you not picking on him.

my employer is very conservative and i don't want him or future bosses google searching me.

besides some people here are frick'n loony. you've got a guy with a doberman picture that thinks christ and guns go together. sounds like the profile of a guy that shoots abortion doctors.

September 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM 

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