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    Hallmark racist card?

    A graduation card sold at local stores has been pulled from shelves after a civil rights group raised concerns about the content. The group claims the card's micro-speaker plays a greeting that's racist.

    It is a graduation greeting from Hallmark that says, "Hey world, we are officially putting you on notice."

    Members of the Los Angeles NAACP did take notice. As characters known as "Hoops" and "Yoyo" banter on, African American leaders hear offensive language.

    "And you black holes, you are so ominous. Watch your back," the card vocalizes.

    "That was very demeaning to African American women. When it made reference to African American women as *****s and at the end, it says 'watch your back,'" said Leon Jenkins of the Los Angeles NAACP.


    http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?se...les&id=7475737

    It's a shame Hallmark caved in.

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    Damn astronomers need to watch who they call black holes.
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    Dumb card (even interpreted as intended). Dumber objection (the "l" can be heard clearly by my ear).

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeanutButterBreath
    Dumb card (even interpreted as intended). Dumber objection (the "l" can be heard clearly by my ear).
    Agreed.
    I'm black.
    There is no "R" to be heard. It doesn't even make sense as an insult.
    I'm embarrassed for the NAACP.
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    "Black hole" has been misinterpreted before. There was a Dallas City Council hearing a couple years back, the speaker was complaining about how a certain department was a "black hole" for funds (meaning, sucking up money, no visibility etc) and one of the AA council members took affront.

    I can see why / how it gets misinterpreted. But Hallmark should explain gently and hold their ground.
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    oh the great and wonderful politically correct world we live in!

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    more whiny race-card playing.

    the sad part is, these people have no idea how silly they are.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy69
    the sad part is, these people have no idea how silly they are.
    Just as silly as Republicans squealing about "offensive" references to their prized pig.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andy69
    more whiny race-card playing.

    the sad part is, these people have no idea how silly they are.
    No, the sad part is that they believe it.

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    hooray for stupid people!

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    wow, this is possibly the stupidest nontroversy yet.

    it's an astronomy-themed card, with references (saturn, solar system, etc) on it.

    and they think it said "black whor3s" instead of "black holes"... really??!?

    they're alleging that Hallmark, for some reason, would think putting the term "black whor3s" on a greeting card, was a good idea? really?

    moreover, it doesn't even sound like it--ie clearly says "black holes".

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    but if we spoke

    in ebonics
    both are pronounced 'Black Hos"
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    Embarrassing for the NAACP. They look like complete fools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie
    in ebonics
    both are pronounced 'Black Hos"
    That's probably where all the confusion started. Ebonically speaking the R and L are both silent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nimitz
    oh the great and wonderful politically correct world we live in!

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    No, this isn't cartoonish political correctness, it's cartoonish stupidity.

    And it's giving me flashbacks to my highschool days in the mid-80s. I got jumped and beaten by about 4 guys for, get this, my "Black Flag" concert t-shirt. I also had a "Black Market Baby" t-shirt that I had to explain a few times to avoid trouble.

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    OMG. That would sound like the plot for a South Park episode skewering stupid public protests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeBiker
    Damn astronomers need to watch who they call black holes.
    Here a poster (from the ABC site) that agrees with you.

    The problem is greater than just Hallmark's racial insensitivity. I think science, itself, should choose neutral language to describe black holes, such as "negative space."

    The English language is full of negative associations when the word "black" is used, as in "black mail, black market and black magic," all of which have the potential to offend African people.


    Amazing, that people think like this. It saddens me when I see stories like this. Racism is a terrible thing, but as society we play the race card too much. It's like the Hitler and Nazis, the more we play these cards the more we less their impact when we actually faced with real thing.

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    Reminds me of a funny thing that happened to me once.

    About 5 or 6 years ago, I had been watching a lot of "science TV" shows, particularly about black holes.
    So I told a guy that I worked with, that I was interested in black holes.

    He said I was in the wrong part of town.

    True story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElvisMerckx

    No, this isn't cartoonish political correctness, it's cartoonish stupidity.

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    Iím confused.

    Hoops and Yoyo are pink and green.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadWolf
    Here a poster (from the ABC site) that agrees with you.

    The problem is greater than just Hallmark's racial insensitivity. I think science, itself, should choose neutral language to describe black holes, such as "negative space."

    The English language is full of negative associations when the word "black" is used, as in "black mail, black market and black magic," all of which have the potential to offend African people.


    Amazing, that people think like this. It saddens me when I see stories like this. Racism is a terrible thing, but as society we play the race card too much. It's like the Hitler and Nazis, the more we play these cards the more we less their impact when we actually faced with real thing.
    I think the term for a small star with a surface temperature of less than 4,000 K should be changed from Red Dwarf to a less offensive term such as Diminutive Ginger.

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