commented on Immigrant Songs
When Miropolsky's family learned that the Germans were planning to invade Ukraine and exterminate all the Jews in the area
Not to be a dick but the Nazi leadership hadn't decided on the "final solution" until way after the invasion of the Soviet Union.
commented on Seattle's Neighborhood Councils Are Exclusionary, Self-Interested "Cartels," and the City Wants to Cut Ties with Them
There's no question that we should reform neighborhood councils so that they are more representative of the overall population. However instead of pushing for that the Mayor wants to get rid of them and replace them with a "Community Involvement Commission" with details TBD. Call me cynical but the commission will be but a small group of handpicked activists to do the Mayor and the council bidding. How is that for representation? I guess those white, selfish, homeowners (48% of the city) do not deserve representation.
Nov 16, 2015
commented on Why Putting the French Flag on the Space Needle Is Racist
Yes, it’s easier for people to feel empathy with those that they see as members of one’s community. Why do we have non-stop coverage of the Duck crash on Aurora but not when one sinks in Arkansas killing 11 people. Is that racism too? There’s also the fact that bomb attacks in Kenya, Lebanon or Syria are discounted as “stuff that happens in those countries” while the attacks in Paris are shocking because they are unexpected.
Oct 12, 2015
commented on Jonathan Franzen Isn't a Regular Rich Person, He's a Cool Rich Person
Another money quote from the interview:
“I don’t like to hire people to do work that I can do,” he says. So that means he does his own dusting in the New York apartment he shares with his girlfriend? Franzen looks slightly shifty. “We do have a cleaner, although even that I feel some justification because we pay her way more than is standard and she’s a nice Filipino woman who we treat very well and we’re giving her work.”
Feb 4, 2015
commented on When a Jury with No Black People on It Puts a Black Man Away for the Rest of His Life
One "easy" way to have more diverse juries would be to increase the jury compensation to match the average daily wage. It's currently $10 a day and has been at that level since the 50s. Anyone whose employer does not pay for jury duty will ask to be excluded from jury selection due to hardship and that effectively removes minorities since more often than not working class people are hourly employees.
Late last year I was in the jury for a criminal trial (also presided by Judge Doyle by the way) and we ended up with 12+1 upper-middle class professionals, which happened to be all white except for an Asian lady. The defendant was an African immigrant.