What concern is it of his what name a young black mother-to-be is considering for her child? If she wishes to give her child an "ethnic sounding" name, she has every right to do so, and bigots like Danehy should butt out. He reminisces about the good ol' days when well-behaved Negroes took nice white names like Billy, Tommy and so on. Perhaps Danehy would feel safer if all white folks did a Michael Jackson: bleach their skins, snip their noses, trim their lips and straighten out that pesky curly hair--then they wouldn't be so ... so ... so darn black.
Yeah, yeah, we've heard Tom's I'm-not-really-a-racist spiel before. But he can't write this sort of ignorant white-trash nonsense and expect that anyone is likely to think anything but, "What the fuck?"
With all the real problems facing humanity, is this silliness worth so much ink? Perhaps that ink would be better devoted to exploring the ignorance and racism, overt and subtle (both of which apply to Danehy's column, and presumably his mentality as well), still eating away at our society and betraying its nobler ideals.
Tom has benefited a great deal from his exposure to the black experience. This has provided him with an insight and awareness of the culture that few white people possess. What Tom doesn't adequately express is that most African-Americans inherited the surname that a master provided to label his slaves/property. For a person to have the freedom to name their children whatever they desire is a declaration of liberation, ethnic pride and self determination.
Tom referenced the movie Roots. We know some of our imaginative monikers are considered ghetto, even by our own standards, but they add so much flavor to the vanilla landscape of our society. As black people, we recognize that we're going to face discrimination regardless of our names, and that discrimination emanates not from our Negro-phobic names, but from our blackness. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's parents probably did not read the "University of Chicago and MIT" study. Just like we know who Juan, Josita and Carlos are, the parents of LaQueisha likely desire that as well.
Gerald W. Jeffery
Following this line of reasoning, Danehy also made a cogent argument. Through anecdotal stories, Danehy insinuated that black members of our community use poor English, cannot spell and are on welfare in his contention that giving children "black names" will impede success in life. It is not the name that a parent chooses for their child that contributes to their difficulties in life; it is people like Danehy and media outlets like the Tucson Weekly that further racist and stereotyped thought.
Shame on you, Tucson Weekly!
I beg to differ. Bill Risner (who won $228,000 in legal fees!) was careful not make such an allegation--even though he made it perfectly clear that the reason the Pima Democratic Party (with tacit support of many Republicans) was suing was to obtain election
computer records that would enable all major political parties to search for evidence of election tampering. In fact, Risner felt obliged to pass along to Attorney General Terry Goddard what he believes to be sufficient evidence to bring a criminal case against Pima County computer operator Bryan Crane, because the earlier-released computer database for the RTA election proved that Crane had performed a series of illegal printouts and an overwrite of the RTA early-ballot tabulation. To my mind, this is much more than the "single shred of credible evidence."
David L. Griscom
As a human being, it is disgraceful and immoral that she was encouraging children 14 years old to act violent (be it symbolic or not). "Beheading" is a disgusting trait of terrorists, and that is what she displayed as she paraded around laughing with the "head." Many people even believe she was giving a "green light" to some of her goons to do harm to Arpaio, who is carrying out the law.
Illegal aliens "chose" to make themselves and their children into criminals when they snuck into our country illegally. Those who break the law are the cause of their own problems. Remember, not one "legal" alien ever died in the desert nor was separated from their children!