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If there were no one around, would you still "DO THE RIGHT THING"?
If there were no one around, would you still "DO THE RIGHT THING"?
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Not only in Naperville.
For blacks and other POC, this could be Anytown, USA.

The article summarizes this man's Facebook post. You can read it in its entirety here:

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What you see or hear as opposed to what is real or true. 

The following example illustrates how a person's viewpoint may be altered by mistakes made in the posting of a hastily created meme. It serves to stress the importance that PROOFREADING IS CRITICAL to your message as well as to your audience.

While I understand the gist of this meme, the quote attributed to Ms. Hayek was incorrectly transcribed and worse, the placement of an unnecessary comma gives the quote a totally different meaning. 

Her actual quote: 
"I am a dyslexic Mexican and English is my second language, however even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11."

Her quote as stated in the meme:
"I am a dyslexic , Mexican and English is my second language. However, even I do not confuse 7/11 with 9/11.

With that one comma it gives the reader impressions of the author that, I believe, were not intended. It makes her appear ignorant and/or as illiterate as the person she is referring to. 

Instead of her being a dyslexic Mexican, now she is dyslexic and also thinks Mexican is a language. Furthermore, one has to wonder if Mexican and English are her secondary languages, what exactly is her primary?

Oh, and by the way, when quoting a person, it would further enhance your credibility if you take the time to spell their name correctly. 

Her name is Salma, not Selma.

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Guaranteed to jazz your day...bringing back memories

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ESPN anchor's daughters post moving video tribute to their father
By Matt Young Updated 6:51 am, Monday, January 4, 2016

On the one-year anniversary of the death of iconic ESPN SportsCenter host Stuart Scott, his daughters Taelor and Sydni Scott, posted an emotional video tribute to their father on the Dear World web site.

Scott lost his battle to cancer on Jan. 4 of last year at the age of 49. Scott had fought the disease since 2007. He was given the Jimmy V award in 2014 and he spoke glowingly of his daughters during his speech at the ESPYs.

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Life is a vortex...

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In a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to tell people to teach history. But we don’t live in that world.

In America, we still have not owned up to the genocide against the Native Americans.

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Waste not, want not - they are so fond of saying...
BUT, you got to know their limitations... 

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Just another catch provided by your friendly neighborhood...Spider-Juan!

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I read a post today from one of my progressive friends. He posted an article referencing the first GOP debate. He usually writes a lengthy intro...a blog of sorts to convey his personal views; the majority of which end up as rational rants. His commentaries are for the most part informative,  very intellectual, entertaining and oftentimes more enjoyable to read than the article itself. In fact, I usually look forward to a good read.

But not today.

What I read today completely floored me. I was disturbed and disappointed with his choice of words.

He was in the middle of disparaging the inclusion of a few of these Republican candidates; then, out of nowhere he writes "...and Ben Carson who's just there as the GOP's 2016 Token prop...a Chinaman has a better chance than Dr. Ben." 

Whoa...say what!? I could not believe my eyes. He used an obvious racial pejorative in describing the odds that the GOP would nominate Ben Carson, a black man!?

Now, I don't presume to know what my friend was thinking as he typed down those words, but I would like to know in what context he felt that applying the "Chinaman" phrase was perfectly fine usage in bringing his point across to a reading audience. Especially when some of that audience could be and are of Chinese descent. 

Do you think I'm being overly sensitive?
Put your feet in my shoes before you answer that question.

Better yet, go out to any bustling Chinatown street corner, yell out Chinaman and see what kind of reception you'd receive.

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So I get this out of a fortune cookie.
It came with my wife's order at a Chinese restaurant.

I realize there's not very many Asian venues out here in Rocklin, but dang, I wouldn't have ever thought I'd get a fortune written in Spanish.

Maybe they were expecting a large contingent of Latino customers?

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