More Thoughts About the Sasha & Malia Dolls

Posted on January 29, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

From S. Mays:

“I think that this is another opportunity for white people to make money.  The company should have gotten permission to use their names.  I agree Mrs. Obama statement that was shown on channel 7 news last night.”

From D. Fagan:
“That sh*t is messed up!”

From P. White:
“I believe this is a great idea.  Why?  There are numerous collectible items other nationalities have.  To name a few, Betty Boop, Hello Kitty, Barbie, Wonder Pets, GI Joe Men, Elvis Presley, Dora, Diego, Sponge Bob, The Bratz, American Girls, Build-a-bear, etc.  These forementioned items represent other nationalities, so why can’t Blacks have a collectible exclusively representing the Black girl and the Black woman?  Since Blacks have been forced to familiarize themselves with the occurrences and ethnicities of other races, why can’t the same be done for us…the black woman and girl?  I’m not bitter of the forementioned, I would just like to see all other races familiarizing themselves with the Black race, in a good light; not what they see in the videos, jails, streets, and morgue.”

From A. Miles:
“They are cute.  I would like to see American Girl dolls done as well.”

From B. Morris:
“I think it is exploitive and invasive since they are minors.  It appears that there must not be a law against it since both parents are lawyers and have made no indication that they intend to stop it or at least insure that the girls receive a percentage of the profits.”

From V. Anderson:
“This isn’t right!  Those Beany Babies don’t resemble them at all, and the manufacturers did not get permission to make the dolls. ”

From O. Suarez:
“I think the girls are beautiful,  but they shouldn’t make them commercial.  These are real people, not actors, and should be respected as such.

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Ty Inc.’s Sasha and Malia Dolls

Posted on January 23, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

Malia & Sasha Dolls

Malia & Sasha Dolls

Ty Inc., the company best known for Beanie Babies, has gotten really creative.  They introduced the Sasha and Malia dolls this month.  Made in the likeness (allegedly) of the daughters of President and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama, these dolls are members of their Ty Girlz collection.  Mrs. Obama is not having it.  But can you blame her?

I have three thoughts about these dolls.

First, these girls are children.  Malia and Sasha are 10 and 7 years old, respectively.  This is exploitation at its worst.  And why does the Malia doll look like she has breasts?  She’s a kid!!!

Second, Jenna Bush, Barbara Bush, Chelsea Clinton, or any of the other first children never had such “honors” in their names?  Why were dolls made of these young people?  Was it because of their age?  Or their color?  Hey, I’m just asking.  I don’t think anyone ever tried to profit from the Kennedy kids on this level.

Third, if Malia and Sasha were not in the spotlight, would Ty Inc. feel that they were worthy of duplication?  Probably not.  I have to go back to my initial point: they are kids!  They should be protected as much as possible by any means necessary.

To me, this issue is bigger than about Ty Inc. not getting the permission to create the dolls.  It’s about putting a price tag on somebody’s children. I don’t care whose babies they are.  I personally feel that children are too valuable to put a price on.  So, to the creative geniuses at Ty Inc.: Sasha and Malia are NOT for sale!

Read more at http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/chi-talk-tygirlzjan22,0,5205363.story,.
The photo was duplicated from the same article.

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Enterprise Rent-A-Car is Alright with Me

Posted on January 10, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

I received a call from Martin Plush, a District Manager, at Enterprise Rent-A-Car.  He was really apologetic about my extended wait on Tuesday.  He even offered to compensate an entire week’s rental for me.  Now, that’s customer service.  What makes his offer truly great is that my extended wait was not their fault.  It was State Farm’s fault, but Enterprise is making up for it.

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My New Blog Site – As Not Seen on TV

Posted on December 21, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

I am going to kick off my new blog site at the beginning of the year – As Not Seen on TV. 

AS NOT SEEN ON TV is the official site of the world’s largest online resource promoting POSITIVE images, stories, and messages about people, events, and things that may not be covered by mass media.

I want to encourage others to join me in uncovering hidden treasures in our communities and sharing them with others.  Stories to look for include, but are not limited to:

1.      Teens and other young people doing good things – good grades, playing sports and other activities, scholarships, perfect attendance

2.      Images and stereotypes about minorities opposite of those promoted by the media (when they are actually covered).

3.      Success stories in light of statistics.  For example, according to Divorce Magazine.com, the median duration of first marriages that end in divorces is 7.8 years for males and 7.9 years for females.  Thus, couples married 10 years or more will be featured.

4.      People doing great things in the community no matter how great or small

5.      Small business owners that have been serving communities for years

6.      The real truth about what’s going on in other countries around the world

7.      “Real life” of celebrities as told by celebrities or those close to them.  Show them as people not as entertainment.

8.      “Reformed” members of society.  These are people who previously did bad things, served their time, and are now doing positive things.

9.      Diverse cultures living in harmony.  There is very little diversity shown on television shows.

10.  Women in male dominated careers and men in female dominated careers.  This is not a bad thing, but you rarely hear about these professionals.

11.  Events sponsored by smaller organizations that are serving the community but get little or no publicity.

12.  Milestone anniversaries and birthdays of people, events, and businesses.

13.  People who have succeeded in spite of circumstances in life.  They refused to allow their backgrounds and situations make them victims.


If you have any stories to share, hold them until the beginning of the year.  I would love to have you to contribute to my site.


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Expectation of A Safe Environment

Posted on October 5, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

While watching the news report (channel unknown) of a 13-year-old who was allegedly ganged raped in broad daylight at Seward Park in Chicago on September 22, 2008, only Caucasian people were shown in the report. The park in which the attack occurred located in a cuturally diverse and mixed-income community. The news report showed the caucasian people and made the comment that the people in the community have “an expectation of a safe environment.”

This rather offended me because my translation of the news report was that only Caucasian people have such an expectation. I feel that everyone should have an expectation of a safe environment regardless of their location. Correction, everyone should live in such an environment. However, the reality is a lot different.

I just wanted to get that off of my chest because it is really disturbing to watch the news. What’s worse is that someone, somewhere, is taking everything they see on the news at face value. Thankfully, I am not that one.

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White Privilege

Posted on September 18, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , |

by Tim Wise

For those who still can’t grasp the concept of white privilege, or who are constantly looking for some easy-to-understand examples of it, perhaps this list will help.

White privilege is when you can get pregnant at seventeen like Bristol Palin and everyone is quick to insist that your life and that of your family is a personal matter, and that no one has a right to judge you or your parents, because “every family has challenges,” even as black and Latino families with similar “challenges” are regularly typified as irresponsible, pathological and arbiters of social decay.

White privilege is when you can call yourself a “fuckin’ redneck,” like Bristol Palin’s boyfriend does, and talk about how if anyone messes with you, you’ll “kick their fuckin’ ass,” and talk about how you like to “shoot shit” for fun, and still be viewed as a responsible, all-American boy (and a great son-in-law to be) rather than a thug.

White privilege is when you can attend four different colleges in six years like Sarah Palin did (one of which you basically failed out of, then returned to after making up some coursework at a community college), and no one questions your intelligence or commitment to achievement, whereas a person of color who did this would be viewed as unfit for college, and probably someone who only got in in the first place because of affirmative action.

White privilege is when you can claim that being mayor of a town smaller than most medium-sized colleges, and then Governor of a state with about the same number of people as the lower fifth of the island of Manhattan, makes you ready to potentially be president, and people don’t all piss on themselves with laughter, while being a black U.S. Senator, two-term state Senator, and constitutional law scholar, means you’re “untested.”

White privilege is being able to say that you support the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance because “if it was good enough for the founding fathers, it’s good enough for me,” and not be immediately disqualified from holding office–since, after all, the pledge was written in the late 1800s and the “under God” part wasn’t added until the 1950s–while believing that reading accused criminals and terrorists their rights (because, ya know, the Constitution, which you used to teach at a prestigious law school requires it), is a dangerous and silly idea only supported by mushy liberals.

White privilege is being able to be a gun enthusiast and not make people immediately scared of you. White privilege is being able to have a husband who was a member of an extremist political party that wants your state to secede from the Union, and whose motto was “Alaska first,” and no one questions your patriotism or that of your family, while if you’re black and your spouse merely fails to come to a 9/11 memorial so she can be home with her kids on the first day of school, people immediately think she’s being disrespectful.

White privilege is being able to make fun of community organizers and the work they do–like, among other things, fight for the right of women to vote, or for civil rights, or the 8-hour workday, or an end to child labor–and people think you’re being pithy and tough, but if you merely question the experience of a small town mayor and 18-month governor with no foreign policy expertise beyond a class she took in college–you’re somehow being mean, or even sexist.

White privilege is being able to convince white women who don’t even agree with you on any substantive issue to vote for you and your running mate anyway, because all of a sudden your presence on the ticket has inspired confidence in these same white women, and made them give your party a “second look.”

White privilege is being able to fire people who didn’t support your political campaigns and not be accused of abusing your power or being a typical politician who engages in favoritism, while being black and merely knowing some folks from the old-line political machines in Chicago means you must be corrupt.

White privilege is being able to attend churches over the years whose pastors say that people who voted for John Kerry or merely criticize George W. Bush are going to hell, and that the U.S. is an explicitly Christian nation and the job of Christians is to bring Christian theological principles into government, and who bring in speakers who say the conflict in the Middle East is God’s punishment on Jews for rejecting Jesus, and everyone can still think you’re just a good church-going Christian, but if you’re black and friends with a black pastor who has noted (as have Colin Powell and the U.S. Department of Defense) that terrorist attacks are often the result of U.S. foreign policy and who talks about the history of racism and its effect on black people, you’re an extremist who probably hates America.

White privilege is not knowing what the Bush Doctrine is when asked by a reporter, and then people get angry at the reporter for asking you such a “trick question,” while being black and merely refusing to give one-word answers to the queries of Bill O’Reilly means you’re dodging the question, or trying to seem overly intellectual and nuanced.

White privilege is being able to claim your experience as a POW has anything at all to do with your fitness for president, while being black and experiencing racism is, as Sarah Palin has referred to it, a “light” burden.

And finally, white privilege is the only thing that could possibly allow someone to become president when he has voted with George W. Bush 90 percent of the time, even as unemployment is skyrocketing, people are losing their homes, inflation is rising, and the U.S. is increasingly isolated from world opinion, just because white voters aren’t sure about that whole “change” thing. Ya know, it’s just too vague and ill-defined, unlike, say, four more years of the same, which is very concrete and certain.

White privilege is, in short, the problem.

Tim Wise is the author of White Like Me (Soft Skull, 2005, revised 2008), and of Speaking Treason Fluently, publishing this month, also by Soft Skull.

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American Civil Liberties Union

Posted on August 11, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

In addition to known and personal issues, there will be postings from different cases involving the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).  According to the ACLU’s (http://www.aclu.org/about/index.html),

“The mission of the ACLU is to preserve all of these protections and guarantees:

  • Your First Amendment rights – freedom of speech, association and assembly; freedom of the press, and freedom of religion.
  • Your right to equal protection under the law – equal treatment regardless of race, sex, religion or national origin.
  • Your right to due process – fair treatment by the government whenever the loss of your liberty or property is at stake.
  • Your right to privacy – freedom from unwarranted government intrusion into your personal and private affairs.”

If you know of such violations, please share with The Legal Police.

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