It’s not a race (it’s a social construct)

March 25th, 2008 · 220 comments

Here’s a trio of notes from California that each make me very uncomfortable…and not just because of the painful lack of irony.

First up: an excerpt from seating guidelines posted at the quaint little Mexican restaurant in Huntington Beach where Brynn used to waitress. So quaint, Brynn says, “They also posted a dress code rule that ladies must wear makeup and skirts could not be below the knee.”

Mexican people prefer a booth

Meanwhile, a little farther south, a construction worker left this note for James in San Diego…while he was parked in front of his own house.

TRY MOVING YOUR TRUCK UP SO THAT ANOTHER ONE CAN FIT ASSHOLE! O WAIT YOUR PROBABLY A FUCKIN MEXICAN!

And the last word goes to this bit of social commentary, which Jen spotted on the window of a soon-to-be-opened restaurant in San Francisco.

Speak English (OK, BITE ME XENOPHOBE!)

related: Je comprends…moi non plus

extra credit: ¡Ask a Mexican!® [ocweekly.com]

FILED UNDER: California · casual xenophobia · parking · restaurant · San Diego · your/you're


220 responses so far ↓

  • #1   claw71 bang

    1. What are those Mexicans waiting for? Applications?

    2. I would say that if that truck belongs to a Mexican they’re probably cutting your grass but given the white trashy handwriting and grammatical errors I’d have to assume that this is a trailer park with a dirt lot. And you thought you’d never need apostrophes when you dropped out for fourth grade…

    3. I love that note at the bottom but the break in the “o” makes me wonder….does Tom Cruise have xenuphobia?

    Unfortunately bigots and racist don’t usually know what xenophobia is.

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:08 pm   rating: 31  small thumbs up

    • #1.1   Wade bang

      LOL, claw

      I think it is more likely that Tom Cruise has xenuphilia.

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:16 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.2   unholyghost2003 bang

      No claw! reread the background for note 2. It was left by a CONSTRUCTION WORKER. They are allowed out of the trailer parks to frame over priced houses in brand new subdivisions.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:37 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.3   Timmsterr

      And in the backround note, it also says that James was parked in front of his own house. That, to me, is just a little brash. Was the construction worker working on James house? Did he have his “I’m working here, I should be able to park on this residental street anywhere I want” permit? Sorry, Deja vu for me. :-)

      Mar 27, 2008 at 11:38 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.4   Shanghai Johnny P

      You know,unless your Great Great Great Grandfather was Quanah Parker;Geronimo;Crazy horse;Pontiac or Osceola;you really can’t say too much about Illegal Immigration!!
      I’m sure that the Iriquois;Choctaw;Navajo and
      Souix Nations have a thing or two to say about Illegal Immigration!!

      Mar 30, 2008 at 9:51 pm   rating: 17  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.5   Trevor

      Since the “Native Americans” migrated here from Asia, no one should be allowed to complain about it :P

      Jan 22, 2009 at 6:43 pm   rating: 19  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.6   shitley

      that’s not a U it’s an O

      May 31, 2009 at 7:35 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #1.7   Canthz_B bang

      No DUH!!

      You picked a good handle, shit-head!

      May 31, 2009 at 10:39 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #2   bamBAM!! bang

    If the sign telling one to speak English is directed at those who don’t speak English, wouldn’t it be more helpful to, perhaps, make a new sign that tells one to habla inglés?

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:17 pm   rating: 38  small thumbs up

    • #2.1   Mishee bang

      I was wondering the same thing…

      You should’ve seen the sign I put on my front door warning workers who were renovating my apt building to keep the door shut when they weren’t going through it because I had a cat…

      I found out later that Translator.com SUCKS…

      But my latino friend had a good laugh at my sign..

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:05 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.2   amy d bang

      So, what did it say? You know we want to know.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:10 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.3   Mishee bang

      I posted it in TMHQ a while ago, when it happened… maybe one of our anal retentive researchers (wade… troy?) can go back in time and find the comment…

      I think it was in like, Oct or Nov

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.4   bellabeastie

      I so hope they weren’t forgetting to shut the Green Door and you would get blamed for it…

      Three times. Because that’s when they leave the note.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.5   Shanghai Johnny P

      Okay,if wer’e going to speak”English”,are we going to spell Favor with an’ou’and put a Litre of Petrol in the tank and put our Luggage in the Boot and tell the Mechanic to’Take A Look Under The Bonnet’?

      Are we supposed to go around saying”Bob’s Your Uncle”and ask a friend for five quid until payday?

      Jul 13, 2008 at 11:17 am   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.6   Canthz_B bang

      Language vs. dialect there Shanghai.

      Jul 13, 2008 at 12:14 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.7   Shanghai Johnny P

      You do have a point!!
      Then again,so does a Black Marlin!!

      Jul 13, 2008 at 3:53 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.8   Shanghai Johnny P

      Okay,If We Really Wanted To Speak”English”,We’d Watch Cricket on The Telly;Our Women Would Wear’Knickers’not Panties;We’d Spell Honor’Honour’;Favour’Favour’;Gray’Grey’;Harbour’Harbour’;We’d Rent a Flat Not an Apartment;Football Would Be Soccer,Not the NFL!!

      Jan 22, 2009 at 8:21 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.9   Troy McClure bang

      I Suppose If You Wait Long Enough,I.E.Six Months,You’re Not Really The Same Person,And It’s Not Really As If You’Re Just Having A Conversation With Yourself.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 8:26 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.10   anglophile bang

      Well, there you are. Bob’s your uncle.

      Jan 22, 2009 at 8:47 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #2.11   ShanghaiJohnnyP

      “On Saint Patrick’s Day,Everyone’s Irish!!”.
      Well,I’m Scots-Irish!!My Ancestors Were Lowland Scots Border Reivers(Rustlers)Who The English Kicked Off Their Land and Sent To Northern Ireland To Kick The Irish Catholics Off Their Land and A Few Years Later The English Kicked Us Out Of Ulster and Sent Us To Settle The American South!!

      Now Why Don’t Scottish Americans Have a Holiday??It’s Only Fair!!

      “That’s What She Said!!”-Steve Carrell:”The Office”.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #3   bamBAM!! bang

    Morda a me!!

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #3.1   bamBAM!! bang

      Actually, I guess it’s muerda a me. Lo siento, niños.

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.2   Canthz_B bang

      Only if the only other language you consider is Spanish. It is SF after all…

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:40 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.3   bamBAM!! bang

      I don’t know how to say bite me in Zulu.

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:43 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.4   Nats

      Muérdeme!

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:44 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.5   Canthz_B bang

      Lots of languages to choose before you get to Z. SF has a large Chinatown, does it not?

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:52 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.6   una mexicana que fruta vendía

      Lo siento, niño: es “muérdame” o “muérdeme”, no “muerda a me”!

      and of course, I don’t like to wait. :D

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:55 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.7   bamBAM!! bang

      you sell fruit??

      Mar 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.8   S.S.

      …ciruela, chabacano, melon y sandia.

      :)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:52 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.9   bamBAM!! bang

      CB, if you speak Zulu, would ya mind teaching me how to say bite me?? You seemed offended by my choice of languages, so I assumed…

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.10   Canthz_B bang

      You should have assumed that I was saying that I doubt there are enough Zulu speakers in SF to warrant a sign, as I said nothing more than that, bB.
      There is an old adage about assuming, however.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.11   bamBAM!! bang

      You mean this adage: assuming forces the old man to cough up phlem and bird sorrow.??

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:23 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.12   PickPocket

      There is quite a bit of humour in the one about making an ass of oneself.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:57 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.13   bamBAM!! bang

      I don’t believe I’m familiar with that adage.

      Mar 26, 2008 at 12:05 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #3.14   kati

      que diablos es chabacano? Quiere decir algo diferente en Honduras.

      Mar 28, 2008 at 12:19 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #4   Canthz_B bang

    Shouldn’t the “Bite me” comment have been in some language other than English?

    ouch, really close to #2.

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:19 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #4.1   bamBAM!! bang

      Yeah, it should hurt.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #4.2   Shanghai Johnny P

      may an long dai cham mui!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:05 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #5   Canthz_B bang

    Mexican people don’t like to wait?

    You should see my local Home Depot!!!

    i kid the mexicans, i kid!! :-)

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:21 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

     
  • #6   bamBAM!! bang

    Soo, if I’m making a reservation at a restaurant, I’ll get special treatment if I say my name is Jose Hernandez??

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:21 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #6.1   GhostWriter bang

      Your name is Jose Hernandez.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:08 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #6.2   ShanghaiJohnnyP

      How about Jose Jiminez??
      “Oh,And I Can See Russia From My Backyard!!
      You Betcha!!”.

      Mar 8, 2009 at 6:00 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #7   bamBAM!! bang

    Would a Mexican know how to park in America? Probably not, so maybe the owner of that unfortunate handwriting should learn Spanish, then teach the fellow how to park his fucking truck.

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #7.1   Shanghai Johnny P

      Chupe Mantequilla De Mi Culo!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:06 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #8   Canthz_B bang

    Just how much room does this rube’s asshole need?

    Mar 24, 2008 at 9:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #8.1   bamBAM!! bang

      Assuming that he has a huge ass, a lot. If can’t fit it now, he may never be able to. *shrug*

      Mar 24, 2008 at 9:42 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #9   darwinfox

    Yeah, that ‘Speak English’ tag is all over San Francisco. Witty retorts seem to follow it like a plague too.

    Mar 24, 2008 at 10:37 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #9.1   Shanghai Johnny P

      Elifair Aib Dinikh!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #10   ...

    that xenophobe was fucking delicious

    Mar 24, 2008 at 11:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #10.1   bamBAM!! bang

      Wow, original!!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 12:01 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #11   J. Ust a Doc

    “Lots of languages to choose before you get to Z. SF has a large Chinatown, does it not?”

    OK, not to be too racial profiling – how many Chinese people do you know that drive really big trucks? I would have to say “zero,” and I know a lot of Chinese descended Americans.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:35 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #11.1   bamBAM!! bang

      We were talking bout the speak English sign, but go ahead.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 1:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #12   Set To Evil bang

    O’ wait! you can’t Fuckin spell!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:50 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #12.1   Shanghai Johnny P

      Cao Ni Zu Zong Shiba Dai!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:08 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #13   Set To Evil bang

    I live in a Mexican neighborhood in Los Angeles (called Los Angeles) Some of my neighbors have have a lot of cars and they always manage to park them so close together they can fit twice as many on the block. So I think the Dipshit from the second note is way off. It was probably an Asian. We all know they can’t drive! I kid I Kid!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #13.1   bob wong

      At least no one said it was a woman who couldn’t park.

      Yet.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:04 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #13.2   Suhayla

      Yeah, I used to live in this Mexican neighbourhood in Mexico City – same parking situation there.

      Clearly the note writer is also a truck-drivin’ fella, I betcha he don’t leave no room for others when he parks his monstrosity.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:10 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #14   known unknown

    *scrolls through comments*

    hmmm…

    so I’m guessing, much like all cognacs are brandies but all brandies aren’t cognacs – all xenophobes are bigots but all bigots aren’t xenophobes?

    or does the addition of a smiley or an “I keed” negate the affiliation altogether?

    *shrugs*

    okey doke.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:59 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #14.1   Suhayla

      What are you trying to say? Is someone around here a bigot?

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:20 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.2   known unknown

      you’re pretty astute!

      although I imagine I can’t really answer your question and remain within the parameters of “passive aggression”

      so I guess…er…I guess I’ll just cough extra loud and say “of COURSE not!” with too much enthusiasm.

      oh wait…shoot, that’s sarcasm.

      arg, my response is an epic fail.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:34 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.3   claw71 bang

      Nothing like riding in on a high horse and a stick up your ass.

      God forbid we should respond with irony and sarcasm.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:11 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.4   known unknown

      well here’s the thing,
      Driving seems to be out of the question since I’m not Mexican or Asian so the horse was the best I could do.

      As for the stick, as much as I don’t find my sex life to be relevant in this thread at all or ladylike to divulge…I can’t lie and say I’m not a fan of the “third input” (that and with a little mango flavored lube? whooo…kickass.)

      what’s crazy is I actually do dig irony and sarcasm quite a bit.

      what’s crazier? I actually wasn’t addressing irony, sarcasm, or you, in my response OR my original post.

      *shrugs*

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:30 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.5   park rose bang

      if you were riding a hobby horse you might have the stick problem solved…

      but I plussed you at 15, known unknown (and Claw at 1), just so you know I’m posting because I can’t resist the pun…

      gratuitous smilies :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:36 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.6   known unknown

      park rose,

      if you said hobby horse because it is also known as a “cock horse” I will be making you a beaded friendship bracelet…as soon as I stop cackling.

      :mrgreen:

      *ah ha! thanx!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.7   park rose bang

      you give me too much credit, but let me pretend that I knew that.

      you need one more colon to finish your smiley :)

      you’re welcome!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 7:01 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.8   J. Ust a Doc

      OK, enough racism. In High School in a play I had to sing on stage the old nursery rhyme – “ride a cock horse to danbury cross.” Now I can’t get these mango flavored sexual fantasies out of my head. Thanks KnownUnknown.

      By the way… Want to go to Danbury Cross. I can give you a lift. ;)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:29 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.9   known unknown bang

      too funny!

      I’ll take the ride, but only if the horse is high – I don’t want to be a “dickhead” AND a hypocrite all in the same thread… ;-)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:10 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.10   Chipmunk

      Let me guess, known, y0u’ve got a Hispanic or Asian friend, so that makes you the God of Rushing In and Berating Everyone For Making Comments That Could Possibly Be Construed As Racist.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.11   J. Ust a Doc

      The horse is high, which is good, and not too wide, which can make soreness a problem.

      I rode a horse once that was so fat my knees didn’t touch for a week. Wouldn’t want you to have the same problem.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:18 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #14.12   known unknown

      the funniest part of all of this is I was just joking with whatshisface…he was fun and you?
      not so much.

      I enjoy a good exchange with folks who can catch on…or at least have a nice high, slightly wide horse.

      Come back, Claw!

      Mar 26, 2008 at 12:51 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #15   Beanorse Noches

    I don liek to wate, no! I seet mysefl on jor job and fock hyore mathar! Hieeee! Mi hermano!

    Soon all of your “America” will be naught but an annex of the lazy brown grease stain that is May hee co! Ha ha! America, we’ve got you by the balls with our filthy, brown little fists! Ha ha! Keep your jobs! We want your SOCIAL PROGRAMS! Ha ha haaaa!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 3:02 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #15.1   sarcastic monkey

      I’m guessing that was an attempt at humor?

      Lame.

      Mar 31, 2008 at 2:10 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #15.2   Shanghai Johnny P

      Afatuttari!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:09 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #16   leelou

    I’m agreeing with Known Unknown: I’m totally more uncomfortable by some of the comments *here* than by the original notes.

    Guys, I know I’m a little new to commenting on the site here, so I can’t always tell who’s joking, but it’s one thing to hilariously render a kitchen sign about Garfield and an entirely other thing to take cheap digs at an entire nationality of people. You’re way funnier when you’re picking on individuals instead of ethnic groups.

    Just sayin’ (and so ends my own passive aggressive rant at strangers).

    xoxo,

    the Kettle

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:13 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #16.1   Suhayla

      you’re more uncomfortable with a bunch of people trying to make fun of real notes that seem to imply that 1)Mexicans require special treatment at restaurants – assuming one can identify an Mexican just by looking, or 2) that only Mexicans are selfish enough to park their oversize vehicles in such a way that others can’t fit in behind them? Most people are picking on the bastards that wrote the notes – I’ll agree that some are unfortunately tasteless, but those notes at least require a little clip-art or something – talk about tasteless.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.2   Leeloo

      I’m obviously referring to the comments made by folks who *aren’t* picking on the note-writers, but reiterating their hate-speak. My comment was clear enough. Don’t attack me for reminding everyone to stop with the “joke racism”. Just because you add a little note that says you’re joking doesn’t mollify your racist comments. That’s *all* I’m saying, and I’m not the only one who feels this way.

      I really don’t think there’s room for me to make comments on this site. I’m new anyway, you won’t miss me.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:18 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.3   unholyghost2003 bang

      Why come back to tell us that? Why not just go?

      *all* you are saying is that you have judged others on this site to be bad people and you are “reminding” (read: Demanding) people to stop saying things you find offensive. Got it. Then you came back to try to guilt people into cowing to your sensibilities. Got it. You are right! I wont miss you.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:20 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.4   Mishee bang

      Try living in the middle of a highly concentrated population of mexicans and tell me that stereotyping is bad… it’s only bad when you LIVE UP TO THE STEREOTYPE, which I have learned that most Mexicans (and other people Southern American/Latino heritage) around here do.. to a “T” – They don’t seem to think the rules apply to them, they are rude and selfish (who the fuck wants to listen to their damn music but them? when I play my country music I play it at acceptable levels because I recognize that not EVERYONE wants to listen to it!), they DO park where ever the fuck they want, they are sneaky and try to get over on EVERYONE they can, some are REALLY lazy (there are these guys who hang out ALL day drinking by the laundromat, even at 8 in the morning they are there with a Bud tall can doing NOTHING), and they take all advantage they can of living in America, but don’t even take the time to try to learn to speak the damn language.

      I could give a shit what ANYONE here thinks of me (I am NOT a bigot, but I have opinions) – all I have to say is, why not try to be an Mexican (or whatever) living in America, as an AMERICAN rather than just a plain old Mexican trying to bring Mexico to here… if you like it so damn much there, why not go back??? People who don’t live in a White Minority area don’t understand what I am trying to say… I don’t mind if Mexicans come to the USA, but they need to understand that just because they decided to come here and live off our wealth in the US, doesn’t mean they are any more special than you, me, or anyone else…

      As for missing Leeloo… who the hell are you?

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:56 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.5   Chipmunk

      Oh dear, we have injured her Delicate Internet Sensibilities! Somebody get a waaahmbulance here, stat!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:58 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.6   mamason bang

      *Knock. Knock.*

      Who’s there?

      *Leeloo*

      Leeloo who?

      *That’s what I’m sayin’.*

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:14 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.7   Suhayla

      Interesting perspective, though it’s probably a good idea to keep in mind the fact that many “mexicans” were living in places that later became the United States thanks to the likes of Santa Ana.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:28 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.8   Mikki

      Sounds like somebody needs a little parody reminder:
      (Av. Q, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x9CSnlb-ymA)
      Princeton:
      You’re a little bit racist.
      Kate Monster:
      Well, you’re a little bit too.
      Princeton:
      I guess we’re both a little bit racist.
      Kate Monster:
      Admitting it is not an easy thing to do…
      Princeton:
      But I guess it’s true.
      Kate Monster:
      Between me and you,
      I think
      Both:
      Everyone’s a little bit racist
      Sometimes.
      Doesn’t mean we go
      Around committing hate crimes.
      Look around and you will find
      No one’s really color blind.
      Maybe it’s a fact
      We all should face
      Everyone makes judgments
      Based on race.
      Princeton:
      Now not big judgments, like who to hire
      or who to buy a newspaper from -
      Kate Monster:
      No!
      Princeton:
      No, just little judgments like thinking that Mexican
      busboys should learn to speak goddamn English!
      Kate Monster:
      Right!
      Both:
      Everyone’s a little bit racist
      Today.
      So, everyone’s a little bit racist
      Okay!
      Ethinic jokes might be uncouth,
      But you laugh because
      They’re based on truth.
      Don’t take them as
      Personal attacks.
      Everyone enjoys them -
      So relax!
      Princeton:
      All right, stop me if you’ve heard this one.
      Kate Monster:
      Okay!
      Princeton:
      There’s a plan going down and there’s only
      one parachute. And there’s a rabbi, a priest…
      Kate Monster:
      And a black guy!
      Gary Coleman:
      Whatchoo talkin’ ’bout Kate?
      Kate Monster:
      Uh…
      Gary Coleman:
      You were telling a black joke!
      Princeton:
      Well, sure, Gary, but lots of people tell black jokes.
      Gary Coleman:
      I don’t.
      Princeton:
      Well, of course you don’t – you’re black!
      But I bet you tell Polack jokes, right?
      Gary Coleman:
      Well, sure I do. Those stupid Polacks!
      Princeton:
      Now, don’t you think that’s a little racist?
      Gary Coleman:
      Well, damn, I guess you’re right.
      Kate Monster:
      You’re a little bit racist.
      Gary Coleman:
      Well, you’re a little bit too.
      Princeton:
      We’re all a little bit racist.
      Gary Coleman:
      I think that I would
      Have to agree with you.
      Princeton/Kate Monster:
      We’re glad you do.
      Gary Coleman:
      It’s sad but true!
      Everyone’s a little bit racist -
      All right!
      Kate Monster:
      All right!
      Princeton:
      All right!
      Gary Coleman:
      All right!
      Bigotry has never been
      Exclusively white
      All:
      If we all could just admit
      That we are racist a little bit,
      Even though we all know
      That it’s wrong,
      Maybe it would help us
      Get along.
      Princeton:
      Oh, Christ do I feel good.
      Gary Coleman:
      Now there was a fine upstanding black man!
      Princeton:
      Who?
      Gary Coleman:
      Jesus Christ.
      Kate Monster:
      But, Gary, Jesus was white.
      Gary Coleman:
      No, Jesus was black.
      Kate Monster:
      No, Jesus was white.
      Gary Coleman:
      No, I’m pretty sure that Jesus was black-
      Princeton:
      Guys, guys…Jesus was Jewish!
      Brian:
      Hey guys, what are you laughing about?
      Gary Coleman:
      Racism!
      Brian:
      Cool.
      Christmas Eve:
      BRIAN! Come back here!
      You take out lecycuraburs!
      Princeton:
      What’s that mean?
      Brian:
      Um, recyclables.
      Hey, don’t laugh at her!
      How many languages do you speak?
      Kate Monster:
      Oh, come off it, Brian!
      Everyone’s a little bit racist.
      Brian:
      I’m not!
      Princeton:
      Oh no?
      Brian:
      Nope!
      How many Oriental wives
      Have you got?
      Christmas Eve:
      What? Brian!
      Princeton:
      Brian, buddy, where you been?
      The term is Asian-American!
      Christmas Eve:
      I know you are no
      Intending to be
      But calling me Oriental -
      Offensive to me!
      Brian:
      I’m sorry, honey, I love you.
      Christmas Eve:
      And I love you.
      Brian:
      But you’re racist, too.
      Christmas Eve:
      Yes, I know.
      The Jews have all
      The money
      And the whites have all
      The power.
      And I’m always in taxi-cab
      With driver who no shower!
      Princeton:
      Me too!
      Kate Monster:
      Me too!
      Gary Coleman:
      I can’t even get a taxi!
      All:
      Everyone’s a little bit racist
      It’s true.
      But everyone is just about
      As racist as you!
      If we all could just admit
      That we are racist a little bit,
      And everyone stopped being
      So PC
      Maybe we could live in -
      Harmony!
      Christmas Eve:
      Evlyone’s a ritter bit lacist!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:35 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.9   Sue Do Nim bang

      Whew…it took less time to watch the video than it did to scroll past the post.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:12 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.10   bellabeastie

      Snap. Say no more.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:35 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.11   bamBAM!! bang

      Yeah, but how long did it take to type??

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:13 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.12   kati

      Hey Mishee, I do live in an area of concentrated Mexican population, and it’s fucking delicious. yeah, they play their music loudly, but they’re friendly and sociable and help me when my car won’t start and invite me to their kid’s parties…. I took off work early today and my upstairs neighbor (Mexican) came down to see if I was OK.
      I’m sorry you don’t have the same experience with your neighbors, I wonder what the difference is?

      Mar 28, 2008 at 12:35 pm   rating: 9  small thumbs up

       
    • #16.13   Shanghai Johnny P

      On the same hand,why don’t Latinos stop to ponder how their Spanish(and French and Portugese)Ancestors conquered their ancestors??
      I mean,look at how Cortes conquered the Aztecs!!Not that the Aztecs were”jewels”themselves!!
      During the same time frame when The Inqusition was burning Jews,Moslems,Protestants and anyone who generally disagreed with the Catholic Church
      in Espana,the Aztecs and Mayans were cutting out the hearts of virgins and cutting off their enemie’s heads as sacrificesto their Gods!!

      Apr 3, 2008 at 6:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #17   claw71 bang

    I think the guy in note 2 was pissed because he had to park a block up the street which happens to be the black neighborhood. Might as well give your car away.

    But I’ve got to be fair. I parked in a Jewish neighborhood one time and they refinanced my loan. The terms were not good. Not good at all. And I still smell like Kasha.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:16 am   rating: 13  small thumbs up

    • #17.1   marcopuffin bang

      shoulda paid by carda

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:02 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #17.2   mmm

      Voted #1 passive-aggressive post ever.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:01 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #18   geoff

    I love enchiladas.

    Seriously. They are good.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:56 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #19   aliastaken

    Who does like to wait?

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:17 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #19.1   claw71 bang

      Mexicans get more nervous about it because you never know when INS is setting up a sting.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:23 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #19.2   Shanghai Johnny P

      Te Quitte Arusha Qoarc!!

      Jul 23, 2008 at 10:11 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #20   Writer Rejected

    Caramba–a PAN festival of racist remarks.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:18 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #21   claw71 bang

    Hey! How many Mexicans does it take to screw in a light bulb?

    Just one, but they work so cheap you might as well bring two more along to trim the hedges and clean the gutters. Then, when it comes time to pay just yell MEEE-GRA and watch them run.

    The question you’ve got to ask, if you’re among the overly-sesntive members in our discussion, is whether this crude joke was intended to be offensive to Mexican-Americans or if I was making a satirical comment about our society in general.

    Given the context of these comments, I wouldn’t be so quick to cast aspersions on the commentors here.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:20 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #21.1   known unknown bang

      hilarious.

      not the joke, but that YOU are the only one who keeps trying to nail home a pointless point.

      speaking of running from organizations, if I yelled for PETA would you run?

      I can’t imagine they’d appreciate your refusal to quit beating the poor dead horse.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:31 am   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.2   claw71 bang

      If you yelled PETA I’d tell you to go easy on the Feta.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:44 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.3   Numinous bang

      I’m putting +1 on all of claw71′s comments. They’re far more interesting than all the “poo-poo, don’t be racist” ones.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 1:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #21.4   writer, rejected

      aspersions already cast

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:15 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #22   bellabeastie

    Note 1 — “Don’t overseat”. How would that happen?? I’m confused. If all the seats are full does the note mean to not seat people on top of people who already have a seat? Even if they don’t like to wait?

    Team Don’t Make Me Wait in No Line and Keep My Seat to Myself

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:25 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #22.1   ErgoDyne

      The overseating refers to the section designated to a certain waiter.

      You don’t want too many people in one waiter’s section, else you get overseating. =)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 8:46 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #22.2   bellabeastie

      Thanks, Ergo. Overseating. I may use that at Thanksgiving. Because I usually am the only waiter/cook. I get some help, but the ones who only fake helping and just drink alot will be the Overseated Ones.

      *just wait*… :)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #23   Katzndogz bang

    Sharpie should come out with some new advertising:

    “Because you never know when you’ll need to leave a PA comment somewhere around town.”

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:34 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #24   claw71 bang

    John Lennon, ladies and gentlemen:

    Imagine there’s no waiting
    it’s easy if you try
    No Mexicans are seated
    ahead of the drinking guy
    Imagine all the people
    getting instant seats

    Imagine there’s free parking
    behind the rusty van
    plenty of space to pull in
    it’s in the city plan
    Imagine all the people
    parking on the streets

    You may say I’m a bigot
    because I make some stupid jokes
    But you should know I’m only kidding
    and I see the world as blokes

    Imagine there’s one language
    I guess it should be Chinese
    Billions of them speak it
    But Hunan or Cantonese?
    Imagine all the people
    Jing jong bing so pow

    You may say I’m a bigot
    but I’m only having fun
    I think you’re being a dickhead
    so ease up and don’t be dumb.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:43 am   rating: 17  small thumbs up

    • #24.1   mamason bang

      OMG! I LOVE YOU!!! :lol:

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #25   GhostWriter bang

    George Lopez’s and Carlos Mencia’s families enter the restaurant at the same time. Both Mexican-Americans, both VIPs. …and only one booth left. Time is ticking away; what should plucky Maitre’ de Janeele do?

    Answer: Free beers for the Lopez family! Now they’ll happily wait at the bar, finishing their drinks, until the next booth opens.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 8:54 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #25.1   secondsout bang

      Or maybe, consider that Carlos Mencia (aka Ned Holness) is half Honduran, and go with George Lopez’s full Mexican heritage. Do Hondurans like to wait? I don’t know. The PA note above doesn’t stereotype them, the way it does Mexicans.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 1:34 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #25.2   kati

      Hondurans do not in fact like to wait.

      Mar 28, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #26   claw71 bang

    La Vida Loca, everybody…

    Pulled in, to the Red Lobster
    crab night for one and all
    long line, but I’ve got brown skin
    Don’t have to wait, don’t have to call
    At home I take up two spots
    Don’t care you get angry
    Leave a note but I won’t read it
    Silly gringo, I’m a beaner
    I comprende when it’s good for me

    I’m sleeping with your white wife when you’re working at your job
    And when I need some money it’s your mother that I rob
    You stupid gringo slop!

    Put up stupid signs, I still get to stuff my boca
    Your wife likes mi pinga, I stick right in her boca
    That smell you smell right now…taking another toke-ah
    Your daughter smokes it too, it makes her go loca
    Maybe I’ll get her coca
    Then I’ll go get some mocha

    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:15 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #26.1   J. Ust a Doc

      extremely clever. For a while I was thinking – this guy is hiding racism with the phrase “its just a joke.” (I have been guilty of that, it takes one to know one.) But now I think instead, it is just a joke. Be careful or Carlos Mencia will buy your lyrics and hire you as a writer.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:25 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.2   Sue Do Nim bang

      Actually, Carlos Mencia would use the lyrics and claim them as his own.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 1:08 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #26.3   bellabeastie

      How do you think this stuff up at what looks like 9:15 a.m. eastern standard time? Brrrilliant !

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:53 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #27   GhostWriter bang

    (warning: non-witty)
    …and please hold your comments that a warning is unneeded.

    What characterizes a racist? Television character Archie Bunker was a racist, but the actor portraying him, Carroll O’Conner, was not. So there is some leeway in presenting racist commentary under an assumed persona, and not earning the “racist” title.

    And comedic commentary has always been given a relatively free pass, under the guise of “freedom of expression.” What is laughter anyway, but an uncontrolled outburst shouting, Hey! That is Not Right!!”

    It comes down to one’s personal judgment of what exactly is not “right.” Are you laughing because a stereotypical exaggeration is absurd, or because you feel the characterization is spot on, and the accused race shouldn’t be allowed to get away with it? Do you laugh at Dumb Blonde jokes because you know that most blondes are not dumb, or because you think it’s unfair that they are allowed to be dumb?

    One particular stereotype that irks me is the concept that, “Mexicans work hard for little pay.” This hurts in two ways. First, who really wants to be know as the guy working the hardest for the least money? Go into a job interview with that on your resume, and you might get a job, but you also get the lowest salary.

    Second, I see this stereotype as a dodge that justifies paying Mexicans meager salaries. “Why should I pay them minimum wage? They’re Mexicans, and we all know they’ll work hard for almost nothing.”

    The folly of Capitalism is that the most desperate feel the deepest bite of supply and demand.” – GhostWriter

    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:33 am   rating: 5  small thumbs up

    • #27.1   claw71 bang

      Good post, GW. I believe the distinction lays with intent and intent can generally be determined when you examine the context of a statement. I’m comfortable with my posts because I believe that I have established a context for myself. And my screen name is easily traced back to the real me so I’m not hiding online.

      It’s a fine line. Chris Rock is being ironic when he injects race into his comedy but the white guy who thinks that Chris Rock gave him a free pass to make those observations in real life is a bigot. Or at least an idiot.

      Carlos Mencia also walks a similarly fine line in his comedy but he makes the distinction clear by going out of his way to skewer everybody, even taking time to stick it to himself.

      And that’s why they’re funny. Carlos and Chris don’t play to one particular audience. They don’t embrace one sterotype and refuse to allow themselves to be nailed into one particular category. By attacking racism head on, with humor, they take power away from racsim.

      A lot of white people get angry because they feel like this sort of humor excludes them but that’s not true. That takes us back to your post. Not only do we have to take into account what the context of the joke is, but also the laughter. Where is it coming from? I’m careful about who I joke with and I closely monitor the way people react. If I feel my audience is interpreting my humor negatively or using it as an excuse to be malicious I back off.

      That’s why I don’t like Jeff Foxworthy and Larry The Cable Guy. They started off lampooning rednecks and the inbred sensibilities of southern white people. But when their audience began to emulate the stereotypes being mocked on stage Jeff and Larry embraced it. Now they seem to represent a watered down version of White Supremecy. Larry the Cable Guy has even injected some very awkward political commentary in his routine that is more neo-conservative commentary than it is satire. It’s just not funny. The guys on the Blue Collar Tour didn’t back off when their audience became malicious. Now I see “git-r-done” stickers right below confederate flags. That’s not funny.

      And that’s where the difference is.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:54 am   rating: 11  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.2   unholyghost2003 bang

      At the risk of becoming hated in this little community I have come to love … “git-R-done” stickers below confederate flags are not funny for so many reasons it boggles the mind. The greater part of my dislike of such displays is my resentment (and my southern gentleman husband’s resentment) that symbols of the rebel army have been co-opted as short hand for abject racism. His family members fought and died in the American Civil War and by co-opting the symbols of army for purely racist meaning you/we/they are spiting on their memory and the reason for their fight. Lets face it. The American Civil War was as much about equality for all men as out current occupation of Iraq is about fighting terrorism.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:05 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.3   mamason bang

      I find dumb blonde jokes funny because I find it funny that blondes are dumb! :-)
      I kid the blonde! Everybody knows they’re not dumb. They’re sluts! :roll:
      I kid the sluts! I shouldn’t lump them together with blondes. My bad. :-(

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:46 pm   rating: 12  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.4   GhostWriter bang

      My ancestors fought on the German side in both World Wars, but you don’t see me plastering “Nazi Pride!” bumper stickers all over my VW.

      Sure, there are many quaint aspects of the Old South, but fighting to keep slavery alive in America isn’t among them.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:59 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.5   unholyghost2003 bang

      GW, the fight wasn’t Truly about keeping slavery (hence my reference to the occupation of Iraq and terrorism) it was about states rights and the power of the federal government. Slavery is the cliffsnotes reason.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:02 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.6   bellabeastie

      I’m blonde. Very. And very smart as well. I absolutely love blonde jokes. They make me laugh ! It all boils down to not taking yourself so seriously. Please, everyone lighten up. The reason Chris and Carlos are so funny is that they can take it as well as they give it. And having been born and raised in the northern part of the U.S.A. — I really don’t understand the whole southern humor. I guess I get it, but not having been around it all my life, I don’t really identify with it. Not to say that I don’t think it’s funny, just probably more funny to ya’ll down South.

      But UhG, I can understand your husband’s sentiment. My Northern kin fought and died as well. It was equality for all men. Regardless of color or race. My family was part of the Underground Railroad. Safe house. It was all about Freedom.

      P.S. I had the distinct pleasure of meeting Carroll O’Conner — he was a most delightful gentleman, and it was at a political rally in a friend’s home. I had an amazing conversation
      with him.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.7   GhostWriter bang

      I’ve heard many people claim the Civil War was all about “states’ rights”, but when asked, “States’ right to do what?”, I rarely get an answer besides, “to own slaves.” Sometimes, someone will say, “to secede” but it then the debate just returns to the reason states wanted to secede.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:24 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.8   unholyghost2003 bang

      My family also fought and died in the Union army. I guess I just get irritated with Americans who only know the cliffs notes version of the American Civil War. Saying it was about slavery is like saying the Iraq situation is all about terrorism.

      GW, NOT about right to slavery. I am sorry previous people you have spoken to about this are so ignorant. But since this is devolving into a rather lengthy discussion about Constitutional Construction and the powers and liberties afforded to the states verses the power of the Federal Government and the Executive branch … best to either move to another location or drop it. I have several books to suggest for you.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:29 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.9   Mishee bang

      I thought they did it because the Southerners actually thought it was “Succeed” and they just got plumb confused…

      By the time they figured it out, they had already removed themselves from the Union…

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:30 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.10   bellabeastie

      Ooops – “Secede” or “Succeed”… confusion can just change world events. And that could really suck.

      Now, FREEDOM and FREEDOM – well, there doesn’t seem to be any issue. Except getting it.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:49 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.11   GhostWriter bang

      I’ll gladly drop the Slavery debate. I’m sure we’ve both been there and done that before anyway. Now, onto Global Warming.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.12   Canthz_B bang

      Not to put too fine a point on it, but the American Civil War was about the rights of the States to secede from the Union if they disagreed with the Federal Government.
      That being said, the reason Confederate States voted to secede was the fear that the Lincoln administration would limit the spread of slavery.
      That is the perceived position of the Federal Government with which the Confederate States would have disagreed (had that have actually happened, which it didn’t until after the war…see Constitutional Amendments 13, 14 and 15).

      A careful reading of the Emancipation Proclamation will reveal that Lincoln would have allowed slavery to continue in any State that would lay down its arms and rejoin the Union. In fact, it only applied to those States which were in rebellion, not the Slave holding States which had not seceded.
      In summary…there is no simple, single reason the war was fought. Just a clash of ideologies run amok.

      I will hide from this thread again now.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm   rating: 8  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.13   unholyghost2003 bang

      Oh CB! I could kiss you! I think I WILL kiss you.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:38 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.14   secondsout bang

      I grew up in the south, and heard all this bit about how the civil war was about states’ rights. Like GW says, states’ rights to what? Determine slavery laws, for one thing. The idea that it was about something much broader is a bit of a myth. Try the book “Lies My Teacher Told Me” for a broader discussion.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:49 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.15   ShanghaiJohnnyP

      Okay,Truth be known,Lincoln wasn’t exactly the Henry Fondaesque Character we all”Know and Love!!”.

      Sure in his law practice he defended Widows and Orphans;he also defended the Illinois Central and Rock Island Railroads and a Kentucky Slaveholder whose slave escaped across the Ohio
      to Illinois!!!

      Basically,like most attorneys,he defended who and whatever paid him for his time and money!!
      And sure,he was opposed to slavery,but he wasn’t
      real big towards their civil rights!!!

      He also wasn’t real keen towards across the board abolition of slavery!!
      In fact,at the beginning of the war,he was quoted as saying”If I Can Reunite The States By Not Freeing The Slaves,So Be It.If I Can Reunite The States By Freeing All The Slaves,I’ll Do That Too!!”.

      Also,Lincoln sent troops to Maryland in order to keep them from joining the Confederacy although
      Maryland was equally divided between Seccessionists and Unionists!!

      New York City threatened to secede and declare itself an indenpendent republic at the beiginning of the war.

      And Border States like Maryland;Missouri;Delaware and Kentucky mostly stayed in the Union but still kept slaves
      almost until the end of the war!!

      Also,The Confederacy wasn’t all just a rag tag bunch of Hillbillies with Squirrel Rifles!!
      Robert E.Lee graduated with honors from West Point and served with distinction in the Mexican War and on the Texas Frontier!!
      As did Thomas”Stonewall”Jackson;JEB Stuart;PGT Beauregard and President Jefferson Davis!!

      Also,Confederate General Stand Watie was a full blooded Cherokee and Santos Benavides was Mexican Amereican!!

      I could go on and on but I’m out of time.
      More later.

      “That’s What She Said!!”-Steve Carrell:”The Office”.

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:12 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #27.16   GhostWriter bang

      Of course, there were many factors that caused the Civil War. There are also alot of different ways to say the same thing, and call them all “multiple differing reasons.”

      Here’s a quote from the (Texas Ordinance of Secession), which represents that state’s official declaration of separation from the USA:

      “We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.

      That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding States. By the secession of six of the slave-holding States, and the certainty that others will speedily do likewise, Texas has no alternative but to remain in an isolated connection with the North, or unite her destinies with the South.”

      It’s clear that the authors of this ordinance considered slavery to be the key issue in Texas’ secession. Were they intending to mislead the other Texas citizens as to the reasons for seceeding? If so, then maybe you have a point; otherwise, slavery was the big issue all along.

      Jan 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #28   claw71 bang

    I think it’s rather telling that the most highly rated posts are within a thread that takes an uncalled for shot at Tom Cruise and Scientology.

    Ten bucks says this site goes off line by end of business today and that Wade and I die mysteriously in our sleep tonight.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:34 am   rating: 21  small thumbs up

    • #28.1   claw71 bang

      Seriously, stop “plussing” my scientology related posts. It makes me really nervous.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:55 am   rating: 10  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.2   GhostWriter bang

      I want in on the Scientology persecution. Check out this link: L. Ron Hubbard plagarized the whole Scientology concept!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:21 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.3   secondsout bang

      People are born Mexican, or Chinese, or inbred or whatever. People freely choose to join Scientology. That little voice of common sense in the back of one’s head; apparently some people ignore it.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 1:43 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #28.4   ShanghaiJohnnyP

      Aw Hell!!L.Ron Hubbard invented Scientology one night after too much Tequila!!!
      Personally I want to see Cthulu;Jesus and Chuck Norris take on Xenu;Tom Cruise and Satan!!!

      Scientology:Helping Gay Actors Keep Acting Gigs
      By Getting Married Since 1980!!
      Jehovah’s Witnesses:Scientology For Black Celebrities!!

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #29   Centaurea

    So the “it’s not a RACE to get everyone seated immediately” is a pun, right?

    Right?

    Mar 25, 2008 at 9:57 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #30   Quite Contrary

    Wow. I mean wow. Aren’t all of these notes things that someone might think but actually should not say out loud or, even worse, put down in writing on paper so others can take photos and share with even more others so (hopefully) the authors can be humilated by the fact that they wrote it down in the first place?

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:11 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #30.1   unholyghost2003 bang

      I would foolishly, stupidly, naively, hope that no one would even think this crap but I am proved wrong time and again.

      hmmm I hate to wait … I prefer a booth … I can’t park for crap … I wonder if I might be secretly Mexican!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:24 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.2   claw71 bang

      All those traints are common to women, uhg.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 12:38 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.3   Mishee bang

      do you mean traits or taints, claw?

      LMAO

      Mar 25, 2008 at 12:47 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #30.4   unholyghost2003 bang

      ah! this is the point when this thread and the pregnant pee thread intersect!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 12:48 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #31   unholyghost2003 bang

    QUESTION: ummm maybe I have missed something but when spotting a big ol’ truck parked all kittywampus isn’t that the time to cast aspersions on the owner’s penis size? This whole Mexican thing is new to me.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:30 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

     
  • #32   Heidi

    Well I’m Mexican and I perfer a table AND I am uaually pretty paitent. ;)

    Mar 25, 2008 at 11:59 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #32.1   unholyghost2003 bang

      well that (and my pasty white skin and red blond hair … and German Jew/Scottish ancestry) blows my theory all to hell

      Mar 25, 2008 at 12:25 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #33   Karen bang

    I just thought by now Brynn would pop in and let us (actually me) know which Mexican restaurant in Huntington Bch is the “quaint” one. This is my city for 40 years – I think I know all the Mexican restaurants here (and Italian, steakhouse, seafood, japanese …. oh my). The skirts at Don Jose’s are pretty short, maybe that’s the one. :)

    And I enjoy drinking in the bar so much, I don’t need a stinkin’ table. :D

    Mar 25, 2008 at 12:17 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #34   secondsout bang

    Do they really think that a lot of VIPs are going to frequent a shitty little Mexican restaurant where the waitresses are required to wear short skirts.

    And does this restaurant have uncomfortable tables? Fuck that! If your tables suck, get new ones, you fleabag.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 1:50 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

    • #34.1   unholyghost2003 bang

      The VIPs referred to are probably NOT REAL VIPs, but VIPs such as the owner’s BFF or Mother.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:11 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #34.2   Suhayla

      yeah… I was wondering about the “good comfortable tables” thing. So he’s saying to seat people you suspect of being mexican at the booths, seat his family at the good tables, and make everyone else eat at the bar or on the floor. I am SO going there the next time I’m in California.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:12 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #35   Rebecca

    I loved this site until I read the comment on this post. As a reader who has even had a note published here, I’m torn about leaving, but these folks are too cruel and ignorant for my taste. The reply to comment 17 just hurts. Leeloo, don’t feel bullied!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 2:42 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

    • #35.1   mamason bang

      Does anyone have a tissue? *sniff sniff* :cry:

      Okay! On three! Unclench! *whew* 8-O

      There! Doesn’t that feel nice? :-)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 2:54 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.2   Chipmunk

      WE HAVE A FLOUNCE, EVERYONE.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:04 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #35.3   kati

      I kind of agree. I’m sort of torn between revulsion and fascination.

      Mar 28, 2008 at 12:28 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #36   bellabeastie

    I’m kind of new here, myself. But if you can’t take the heat.. see ya. There is a particular brand of snarkiness and sarcasm. Sometimes some love. Not a lot. But that’s what your girlfriends are for.

    Oh, and make sure you check that punctuation!! Cuz you will get busted for that !!
    (and exclamation points). We’ll just let that go for now…. (along with elipses…………..) :)

    I am so tempted to say something so inappropriate to our little sensitive reader. But I’ll just let her go in peace. I know there are kittens and bunnies somewhere that don’t talk back.

    Team Save It For Later

    Mar 25, 2008 at 3:32 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

     
  • #37   mamason bang

    I think most racial humor is hilarious. Unless, of course, it’s aimed at white people. Then, I just don’t get it. :-|
    And as a woman of the female persuassion, my hope, when I enter a restaurant, is that there will be some tables to clean and dishes to wash, but everytime I find some Mexican already cleaning up. Putas!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm   rating: 10  small thumbs up

    • #37.1   Mishee bang

      Mama, I am speechless… and just a little bit proud… LMAO

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:42 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.2   Mishee bang

      I just thought of one of Mr. Mishee’s fav jokes:

      Q: How do you tell a woman with two black eyes to do the dishes?”

      A: You don’t, you’ve already told her twice.

      LMAO… see, I can laugh at myself too… wow!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:27 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.3   mamason bang

      *Tip # 8 in the Battered Womans Handbook

      8-) You’ll need your sunglasses if you go out.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:03 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #37.4   mamason bang

      *Tip # 9 in the Battered Woman’s Handbook

      If you like extra crispy, try repeating the battering process before lightly frying in 2 inches of vegetable oil.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:44 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #38   EvilTwin

    I love how everyone’s assumption is that the first note is written by a racist white manager. Is there any evidence that it wasn’t written by a Mexican-American manager, who is speaking out of some perceived personal knowledge of the culture? No. I work with groups of people from all races and countries. Frankly, they are more likely to make fun of their own ethnic groups, than to say something about another. At least at work they are. So let’s not assume that the white devil is behind every statement about race.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 3:53 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #38.1   GhostWriter bang

      Yeah- and that goes for the 2nd note too. Mexicans are always ribbing each other about parking.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 3:58 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.2   EvilTwin

      So maybe the writer is Puerto Rican, or Dominican. You’re still missing my point.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:14 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.3   Suhayla

      I didn’t really get that the first note is by a “white” manager, in fact I don’t think that anyone here actually implied that at all.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:59 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.4   mamason bang

      I think it’s clear that the notes were written by people of various races and ethnic backgrounds.
      Note #1 must have been written by an anal retentive white guy with pocket protectors and tape on the bridge of his thick, coke bottle eye glasses. I say this because, who else would use the words, “… careful, strategic planning…” in reference to seating at a diner?
      Note #2 is clearly the rage filled ranting of an under educated, disadvantaged black man. Look at the writing. All upper case, erect- clearly this man has a large penis and we all know how much “they” hate Mexicans.
      Note#3 was obviously penned by an Asian person *country of origin makes no difference here because they’re all alike* A white person would be too afraid to make such a request. Not PC, and all that.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:19 pm   rating: 7  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.5   Mishee bang

      I disagree with your supposition for Note #3 – they don’t bother to learn English either, so why would they tell others to?

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:26 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #38.6   mamason bang

      Good point, Mishee. I thought about that, too. I’ve concluded that it must actually be a young asian. You know how ashamed they are of their provincial parents, with their bad teeth and funny little hats and shoes, always telling the Mexicans to, “speaky engrish.” So in a huff, after stopping by the parents little mom and pop venture, Jr. scribbles “speak english” on the glass because the sound of his mother’s shrill, heavily accented voice saying, “speaky engrish” , is about to make him snap in a Ninja Turtle kind of way.

      8-O I am an idiot.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:39 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #39   Balti bang

    My rule for racist and misogynist humor is that it actually has to be funny if it’s going to fly. If you’re just rehashing stereotypes, you’re not funny _and_ you’re an asshole. A couple of you guys (claw and ghostwriter in particular) are funny and/or thoughtful, but a lot of the rest of you— appalling. Seriously. I was enjoying this site till today, and now I’m pretty turned off. For those of you who will now scornfully tell me good riddance because I ‘can’t take the heat’, enjoy your little club. Snarkiness and sarcasm are one thing, but you guys are just being nasty.

    I’m just saying.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 4:17 pm   rating: 6  small thumbs up

    • #39.1   mamason bang

      Another one bites the dust…

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.2   KB

      I’m starting to feel the same way. I love this site, but I’m a little disappointed in a lot of the comments and reactions to this post. Also, I’d really like to know what restaurant that is . . .

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:31 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.3   mamason bang

      Balti, why do you assume that you are the judge and jury concerning what is or isn’t funny? :-?

      I think that in pointing out stereotypes, you shine a light on the obsurdities and the ridiculous nature of some very negative generalizations while also allowing for some insight into cultural, regional and social differences. Some of the funniest racial humor IMHO, is achieved when the “joke” is closer to truth.

      I too, am just saying. :-)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.4   bellabeastie

      Finally. Thank you, Mamason. Because the truth rules and you got it right.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 9:20 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #39.5   Canthz_B bang

      I was going to say that, mamason. Unfortunately, I was busy eating fried chicken and shouting at the movie screen!
      Did I let the secret of male enhancement slip out?! ;-)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 10:09 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #40   mamason bang

    Ummm… I think that the first note is written in code. “Mexican people prefer a booth…” It really means, “Tell all Mexican’s that we only have tables available.”
    “Mexican people don’t like to wait- don’t tell them how long the wait is”, translates as, “Tell all Mexican people that the wait is 3 hours.”

    Mar 25, 2008 at 4:42 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #41   GhostWriter bang

    Nobody Leaves!

    Tomorrow there will be a new note, making fun of people who personally chose their own idiosyncrasies.

    Trust me- it’ll be hilarious! Claw’s gonna write a song about office workers who won’t make coffee, to the tune of “Drops of Jupiter” and Canthz B is gonna point out that the note can be interpreted to mean, “Donuts are in the fridge!” bamBAM’s gonna mention how some people give themselves coffee enemas, and Mishee and Mamason will compare cup size (coffee cups, ladies).

    Then UnHolyGhost2003 will attempt to swing the thread towards the tangential causes of the Civil War, but it’ll be too late! Someone will pull lines from Star Trek that appropriately fit the situation, and Leeloo will return to add, “…now THAT’S what I like about this site…”

    You Just Wait…

    Mar 25, 2008 at 4:47 pm   rating: 11  small thumbs up

    • #41.1   Canthz_B bang

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:51 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.2   Mishee bang

      Umm.. I am still waiting for the coffee MUGS to be returned to the Statistics Dept.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:52 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.3   mamason bang

      *coughmycupsarebiggercough* :-)

      Mar 25, 2008 at 4:58 pm   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.4   Mishee bang

      *coughIwishthatweretruebutitprobablyisn’tcough*

      But, alas, I do what I can with the gifts my mother gave me!

      Mar 25, 2008 at 5:00 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.5   Balti bang

      Thanks, GW.
      Now THAT’S what I like about this site.

      Mar 25, 2008 at 6:51 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.6   known unknown

      …totally waiting for a new post :-)

      Mar 26, 2008 at 12:42 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
    • #41.7   ShanghaiJohnnyP

      MMMM!!!Donuts!!!

      Jan 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #42   Open English

    I love the very last one, then again, I love it when anyone uses the phrase “bite me”.

    Mar 25, 2008 at 6:24 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #43   Canthz_B bang

    I’m confused.
    Do Mexicans in the bar mind waiting or not?
    Do people who have children have to bring them along to be seated ASAP?
    What in Heaven do we do with Mexican parents in the bar?
    Do I put a Mexican VIP at a table or in a booth?

    Hey, Boss…you started it!

    Mar 25, 2008 at 10:24 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

    • #43.1   Crash bang

      So…A Mexican family man walks into the restaurant bar, with him is a party of 5, 3 are kids and he’s a VIP…
      Where and when do you seat him ?

      Mar 25, 2008 at 11:18 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #43.2   GhostWriter bang

      You sit him on the bench right next to the claw machine, and hope his kids spend all his money before you have to figure it out.

      Mar 26, 2008 at 7:26 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #44   claw71 bang

    Has anybody noticed that our predominantly white society’s tolerance of ethnic pride seems to fade as the skin tone of the ethnic group darkens?

    Why is it OK for Irish to wave their flags around on March 17th but not OK for mexican Americans to do the same on Cinco de Mayo?

    Why is it cool for Italians to form social clubs (most cities have an Italian mens club) but off limits for black folks to celebrate their African heritage? I could run arounf town with a “Wrestle me, I’m Greek” button on and people will accpet me but if my black friend expresses pride in being black somebody will tell him to go back to Africa.

    And lets not forget about Asians. We have entire communities in our major cities that don’t speak a lick of English but yet nobody seems to get angry with the notion of China Town.

    Pick an ethnicity. If they’re white they get away with ethnic pride because it’s part of their “culture” but if they happen to be black or brown…

    And what’s funny is that a full third of this country has hispanic roots. California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas…the United States absorbed half of Mexico and granted the hispanic people already living there instant citizenship.

    The ironic thing is that the black and brown people have been here much longer than most the whites. Still, they are the outsiders. It’s something to think about.

    Mar 26, 2008 at 7:18 am   rating: 12  small thumbs up

    • #44.1   Mishee bang

      claw, you also must realize that at least in SOME parts of the country, it’s okay for all of the “minorities” to celebrate their heritage (Cinco De Mayo, Dewali or whatever it’s called, etc) – but when it comes to stuff like St. Patty’s Day and Christmas, it’s frowned upon because it’s us “pushing our culture on others” – but it doesn’t seem to be a two way street. My neice wasn’t even allowed to wear anything green this St Patty’s Day for that very reason…

      Why is it when a black or a Mexican celebrates their cultures milestones and festivities, it’s Ethnic Pride, but when whites try to celebrate theirs, it’s “White Pride” and it’s looked down upon.

      I don’t have a problem with others celebrating their heritage here, but when it gets to the point where we can’t celebrate anything, even the holidays that are ones that came with the founding of this country – all from different places also, it saddens me as I wonder what the hell we are coming to…

      Unlike alot of people, I do realize that this country was founded by a bunch of immigrants – but I just don’t appreciate immigrants who have come here and tried to make us feel bad for being American and having American customs because it “offends” them.. if I moved to France, I wouldn’t ask them not to celebrate Bastille Day or not to watch Jerry Lewis.. I would realize going in to the country what it’s all about and go because that is where I want to be because of their customs and heritage. I wouldn’t try to bring America there…

      Mar 26, 2008 at 7:45 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.2   GhostWriter bang

      I am not a globe-hopping world traveler, but in every one of the ~10 foreign countries I’ve visited, the USA culture has landed and settled. In Canada, Mexico, Caribbean countries, S. America, and East and West Europe, there are established areas for American visitors, and most of the locals (at least, the merchants) speak English.

      [GhostWriter exits; Buddy Young enters...]

      “There are people who take an ocean cruise for vacation,
      and when they reach an exotic port,
      they get off the boat,
      which has free gourmet food available on it at all times,
      to walk into the port city,

      …and eat at a McDonalds.

      Then they get back on the boat.

      “That was different!’ they say.
      ‘Did you see how all the menu items were also written in Spanish?’
      ‘Now that’s culture!’
      ‘I am so glad they spoke English!’
      ‘It was just like home, but different!’
      ‘Did you see how they still called it ‘Pepsi?’
      ‘I wonder what ‘Pepsi’ means in Jamaican?’”

      Mar 26, 2008 at 8:12 am   rating: 4  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.3   claw71 bang

      Who told your neice she couldn’t wear green?

      Too often I hear these stories and they turn out to be less then true.

      And I’ve never seen anybody protest St. Patrick’s Day. I’ve seen a few Irish people protest the heavy drinking associated with it but I’ve never seen it characterized as anyhting racist. I think it’s stupid but I hate any day that makes pasty white people listen to House of Pain mix tapes all day. Stop jumping around and go back to work .

      In fact the only time I have ever seen race become an issue is when the celebration inolves dark-skinned people. Germans, Greeks, Scots, Brits, Danes, Slavs, Polacks, Jews…the list goes on and on and on again but it’s all good in the hood…until have an African Culture Fair, then people bitch about reverse racism.

      Generally speaking, White Pride and White Power is not the same thing as celebrating heritage or culture. The reason black people in this country get to celebrate being black is becausew white people robbed blacks of their ture heritage. There’s no such thing as “black” pride in Africa, they celebrate their ethinicity. They sometimes wage war over it. But in the US Slavery homogenized African’s into one group of people.

      To put it simply, Black Pride is about uplifting the black community.

      White Pride is about hate.

      You an I have bandied this point around before, Mishee, and it wasn’t pretty. I think what troubles me is that when you go down this road you haver a tendency to generalize and that is problematic. I know that there are some Mexican-Americans who are Anti-American but most are not. In fact I haven’t met any that exhibit the behavior you metion. I’m not saying that you don’t see it, just that I haven’t at this juncture. The Hispanic people I’ve met were eager to learn to speak, read and write English and they were proud of their children for mastering it.

      I have a very racist relative who makes sweeping generalizations about all ethnic groups. He’s particularly hateful towards blacks as a group. He does have a few black friends who he considers to be exceptions to his rule. I asked him if he ever met a black person one on one that he didn’t think was an exception. Turns out he hadn’t. Everybody he’s met is a friend. He still insists that “80% of them” are scum.

      I had to agree with him on that but only because I believe that’s true of all people.

      Mar 26, 2008 at 8:23 am   rating: 14  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.4   known unknown

      …what exactly qualifies as an “American” custom?

      Mar 26, 2008 at 9:23 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.5   Canthz_B bang

      On St.Patty’s Day everyone is Irish! :-D

      Mar 26, 2008 at 9:51 am   rating: 6  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.6   tragically mep bang

      I need to know where in Canada there are established areas for American visitors.

      I can then avoid those areas. :)

      Mar 26, 2008 at 1:33 pm   rating: 3  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.7   mamason bang

      Let me just preface this by saying that, I am opposed to slavery. I know! Pretty bold stand, right? :-|
      I do however have to ask if claw’s perception that “whites robbed blacks”… is totally accurate. I am curious about the actual origins of slave trading in Africa. I don’t believe that whites started it. I believe that whites took advantage of an already existing trade and heightened the demand.
      I also think that the perception that The United States of America was the primary and most prolific of slavers is inaccurate. I believe Spain and Portugal were the biggest exporters and consumers when it came to the shameful act of human trafficking.

      Mar 26, 2008 at 3:04 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.8   Canthz_B bang

      Hmm…did Whites start slavery? Who knows? I wouldn’t say that.
      Slavery has been a part of human culture for, well, forever.
      But the concept of racial slavery, of racial superiority/inferiority as a justification for the enslavement of Africans was a new wrinkle created by Europeans.
      For this I blame Christianity.
      Their religious beliefs would not allow them to enslave a fellow man, so they just decided that Africans were less than men.

      Trust me, we were “robbed” of our heritage.
      That’s why I’m an African-American rather than an Ivory Coast-American, or a Nigerian-American. I know not where I come from, and so must generalize to an entire continent.

      May 31, 2009 at 11:25 pm   rating: 5  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.9   park rose

      Slavery existed in Oman until the 1960s.

      May 31, 2009 at 11:30 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
    • #44.10   Canthz_B bang

      Consider Apartheid. An institution that, while not slavery per se, condemned millions to a life of positions of involuntary servitude, based simply and only upon the color of their skin.

      I, for one, am glad that we are maturing as a race…a human race.

      May 31, 2009 at 11:46 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #45   Mishee bang

    known, to quote myself “I don’t have a problem with others celebrating their heritage here, but when it gets to the point where we can’t celebrate anything, even the holidays that are ones that came with the founding of this country – all from different places also…”

    claw, it’s the rule at the school she goes to apparently – my BFF was bitching about it last week and wanted me to help her draft a letter to the school board or something. She is in the minority at her school, mostly latino and aisan kids, so I guess an Irish Holiday would offend… whatever!!

    Mar 26, 2008 at 9:45 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

    • #45.1   known unknown

      touchy crew,

      it really was just a question…

      Mar 26, 2008 at 9:49 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #46   morpho aurora bang

    assumptions can be good

    i usually assume people are trying to be humorous instead of deliberately offensive :?

    Mar 26, 2008 at 9:53 am   rating: 3  small thumbs up

     
  • #47   anonymous

    claw71, it is interesting to read your opinions, but i hope you realize that it is not the majority opinion in the us. you must live in an area that shares you views though. i would be embarrassed to say the things you do about others. a quick visit to your blog shows us that the comments you made on this page are not jokes, but your honest opinions of minorities that you hide with humor.

    Mar 26, 2008 at 4:07 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #48   honeyedhemlock bang

    Why can’t we all, (insert dramatic sob here), just get along?

    Mar 26, 2008 at 8:29 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #49   zoe

    I love love love anyone who graffiti-s things with words like xenophobe.

    Mar 30, 2008 at 4:34 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #50   DH

    These three notes are truly awful. I want to know how they are going to determine, in this multi-cultural world that we live in, who is “Mexican”? SMDH

    Apr 3, 2008 at 3:48 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #51   Cady

    What’s the deal with the “Mexican people prefer booths” and “Mexican people don’t like to wait”? I’m white, native-born American, and I prefer booths, and I don’t like to wait. WTF?

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:17 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #51.1   Seanette

      Same here. I’m your basic-model white mutt, most recent immigrant ancestor at least three generations back. Of course, you can make it an age thing with me (at 39, I suspect I’m a good deal above the average age of commenters here ;-) ), since I find that booths tend to be easier on my back, especially when I’m having a bad hip day (just wait until you’re old enough for such joys as arthritis).

      Apr 15, 2009 at 9:47 am   rating: 1  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #52   Brynn

    So the name if the restaurant is Avilas El Ranchito off main street next door to Fig’s Surf shop. It’s owned by Sergio Avila.

    Apr 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #53   Brynn

    And the note was written by the owner who is Mexican, That’s the best part about it. And there are NO booths in the entire place only tables.

    Apr 14, 2008 at 6:23 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #54   Mark

    Hey genius Shanghai Johnny P…

    “You know,unless your Great Great Great Grandfather was Quanah Parker;Geronimo;Crazy horse;Pontiac or Osceola;you really can’t say too much about Illegal Immigration!!
    I’m sure that the Iriquois;Choctaw;Navajo and
    Souix Nations have a thing or two to say about Illegal Immigration!!”

    There was no such thing as illegal immigration. Illegal implies breaking a law. There were no laws existing at the time to break. Moron.

    Apr 14, 2008 at 6:47 pm   rating: 2  small thumbs up

    • #54.1   V

      Just because you don’t recognize the laws of, por ejemplo, the Iroquois Nation, doesn’t mean that they didn’t have laws.

      Do you think Americans INVENTED law?

      Jan 13, 2010 at 3:04 am   rating: 2  small thumbs up

       
     
  • #55   tone

    i’d like that racist bitch to come say that to my face.

    Jul 12, 2008 at 4:44 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #56   bobby

    This breaks my heart, but was cushioned by the intro. Thank you for softening the blow.

    Jul 23, 2008 at 1:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #57   america the not-so-beautiful

    [...] related: it’s not a race (it’s a social construct) [...]

    Jan 19, 2009 at 9:26 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #58   Restaurant Hostess

    That restaurant has shitty rules for seating people. Not just the whole racist part, just the whole thing. Just… What the hell.

    Mar 15, 2009 at 2:39 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #59   your hamster died? well, i can top that.

    [...] related: it’s not a race (it’s a social construct) [...]

    Apr 14, 2009 at 12:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #60   oyvey

    No, I’m not going to “move somewhere else” if I don’t like what is happening in the U.S.A. Unlike many people coming HERE, I stay in my country to fix its problems instead of bringing all my baggage – drugs, kids I can’t handle, violence – into the country.

    Apr 14, 2009 at 5:20 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #61   for mr. korean

    [...] related: it’s not a race (it’s a social construct) [...]

    Apr 29, 2009 at 9:00 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #62   jason

    Expecting people to speak in English in America does not make one a xenophobe.

    May 3, 2009 at 1:47 pm   rating: 1  small thumbs up

     
  • #63   InYourSleep

    **this is not racist—i like mexican people. But really- they equal VIP?**

    Sep 27, 2009 at 6:27 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #64   Your “Brown Friends” | PassiveAggressiveNotes.com — funny (if not necessarily "passive-aggressive") notes from pissed-off people

    [...] is kind of a racist [...]

    Apr 14, 2010 at 10:57 am   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #65   FD

    I wasn’t aware that there are nationalities who LIKE to wait to be seated…

    Feb 28, 2011 at 3:49 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     
  • #66   Seew

    So the secret to getting good service in this country is to be Mexican, why am I not surprised…

    Feb 28, 2011 at 3:55 pm   rating: 0  small thumbs up

     

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