Evidently writing about racism is like working for the CIA: just when I thought I was done and out, they pull me back in. Race, racism, race baiting, race profiling, race walking, race horses, race for the cure, emb-race the suck—enough already! It’s time that we as a culture dug deep, looked within, and somehow found the strength to stop being so stupid.
The latest manufactured media hullabaloo is about the race of Santa Claus. That’s right, Santa Claus. And it all started with Slate blogger Aisha Harris.
Aisha got everybody riled up by saying that Santa should be a penguin.
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As you may know, I’m kind of against internet filtering anyway. Like many others, I share concerns about blocking important resources about sexuality and sex, and think it’s vital that children are able to access information about what options are available to them, and what is and isn’t OK. It’s vital that this information is available.
We’ve all heard horror stories about sex education sites being inadvertently blocked as porn, due to false positives on filtering. This is, of course, terrible. What’s worse, though, is that you’ve actively set up Sex Education as a category in your parental controls. That’s pretty iffy in and of itself, and gets much grosser when we look at exactly what you’ve explicitly decided to give parents the option to block:
Sex Education will block sites where the main purpose is to provide information on subjects such as respect for a partner, abortion…
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