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Los Angeles Times gets torn to shreds for claiming that mispronouncing Asian names is ‘casual racism’

The Los Angeles Times attempted to stir the proverbial pot this week by publishing an article titled: “The casual racism of mispronouncing an Asian person’s name.”

The motivation for the article stemmed from an incident at the L.A. theater community’s Ovation Awards, where presenters accidentally mispronounced the name of an Asian-American nominee and mistakenly displayed a photo of the wrong actor.

“Asian actress Jully Lee, who was nominated for her performance in Jiehae Park’s ‘Hannah and the Dread Gazebo,’ had her first name mispronounced while the nominees for best featured actress were read,” Variety reported. “Additionally, a photo of a different Asian actress was mistakenly displayed on screen.”

The unintentional and seemingly innocent errors prompted more than two dozen local theaters to withdraw from the Los Angeles Stage Alliance, a non-profit that was established 46 years ago and organizes the Ovation Awards. At first, the Los Angeles Stage Alliance apologized to the AAPI community for the mistakes, organized a task force that would take steps towards a “transparent transformation” to become an ally of the “BIPOC and marginalized community.”

However, the Los Angeles Stage Alliance decided to shut down operations after the alleged outrage.

“Our intention has always been to represent and promote the entire Los Angeles theatre community, but at this time we are unable to continue,” the Los Angeles Stage Alliance said in a statement. “For the past 46 years, LASA has worked to acknowledge, support, and celebrate artists and theatres from all communities. We believe in equity, diversity, and inclusion at all levels. As individuals, we are committed to continuing our support of this community which we hold so dear. We wish the entire theatre community and its stakeholders continued success.”

The Los Angeles Times claimed the unintentional mistakes were “casual racism.”

“The Ovation Awards’ snafus — and some of our readers’ reactions to the news coverage of them — are emblematic of the casual racism in the theater world and the world at large,” Los Angeles Times staff writer Ashley Lee wrote. “Mispronouncing someone’s name, accidentally or on purpose, at the very least demonstrates a selective laziness to learn the correct way to address or acknowledge a person. The name is perceived as particularly difficult only because it’s beyond the [W]hite European names that have been deemed normal.”

“When done willfully, it’s a conscious decision to weaponize one’s name — a deeply personal signifier of ethnic background and family lineage — against them, othering and invalidating them in a culture that already upholds [W]hite supremacy,” she ranted.

Commenters on the internet immediately dismissed and ridiculed the notion that unintentionally mispronouncing someone’s name is “casual racism.”

American Enterprise Institue resident scholar Christina Sommers said, “The silliness of the @LATimes.”

Seattle radio host Jason Rantz reacted by saying, “People will likely mispronounce your name if they’ve never seen it or heard it before. It’s not racism — casual or otherwise.”

Actor Michael Rappaport simply wrote, “Wtf.”

Rikki Ratliff, producer of The Glenn Beck Program, mocked the LA Times, “Believe it or not, my first name gets mispronounced all the time and I would like to report this hate crime.”

Kira Davis, editor-at-large for RedState, proposed a solution, “Here’s what you do…when someone says your name wrong – stay with me here – correct them. Racism defeated.”

A commentator tweeted, “Not a single person on the planet is able to pronounce everyones else’s name correctly, this is a ridiculously silly standard to try and set.”

Someone joked, “BREAKING: People who speak English have issues pronouncing words in other languages.”

An individual snarked, “What do you call it when people (of all races) mispronounce german or swiss or eastern european names?”

One person referred to his own difficulties correctly pronouncing names, “I have trouble pronouncing my Chinese wife’s name correctly, much less the names of the countless Chinese friends and acquaintances I’ve had over the years. It takes a *very* long time for a non-native to master Chinese intonation. It’s not racist to struggle with this.”

A Twitter user pointed out, “I work with a dozen Indian programmers/QAs. None of them have ever pronounced my (very common in America) name correctly. I don’t hold it against them, because I’m not a myopic narcissist.”

One person stated, “Some people really want to see racism everywhere.”

Someone said, “The people at LA times have no real problems.”

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Neighborhood bands together to guard Asian-American family’s home after months of racist attacks

An Orange County, California, neighborhood has banded together to guard an Asian-American family after the family purportedly suffered a series of “deeply upsetting” racist attacks.

What are the details?

According to the Los Angeles Times, Haijun Si and his family moved from China to the United States four years ago. He and his family eventually landed in Ladera Ranch in Orange County just a few months ago. Almost immediately, the family and other neighbors report that they were subjected to racism.

The Times notes that a group of 15 to 20 neighborhood-area teenagers reportedly rang the family’s doorbell late at night, threw rocks at the family’s home, and called the family racial slurs on more than one occasion.

Si told the outlet, “My kids are scared. I’m very annoyed. At night, my wife and I could not sleep for more than three or four hours. Please, parents, tell your kids don’t do that again.”

To prevent the annoyances, Si said he installed a wrought-iron fence, security cameras, and floodlights and even filed a police report — but the harassment didn’t stop. It only abated after neighborhood residents banded together to stand watch in the family’s driveway and from the street outside their home.

It didn’t even stop there.

“The Orange County Sheriff’s Department has been called to the home seven times between October 2020 and February,” the outlet noted. “Deputies have ramped up patrols in the area, and the department has launched an investigation, said Sgt. Dennis Breckner.”

‘Definitely made me sad for this community’

One neighbor, Layla Parks, told the outlet that she was “immediately outraged” when she heard about the family’s treatment and wanted to help — so she shared footage of one of the attacks to a neighborhood Facebook group. Parks’ move eventually prompted other neighbors to volunteer to guard the family’s home.

Now neighbors are standing guard on a nightly basis outside the family’s home in order to protect them from any further harassment.

The Times noted, “Violence and hate incidents directed at Asian Americans have surged across California, including in Orange County, since the beginning of the pandemic, with some blaming Asians because of the coronavirus’ origins in Wuhan, China.”

“I did not understand the extent of the harassment and how often it was occurring,” Parks told the Times. She later added that it makes her “physically ill” to admit that racism is “alive and well” in the neighborhood.

“It’s definitely made me sad for this community, because this is just a wonderful place full of friends and neighbors that love and care about each other,” she added.

Turning their eyes to volunteers

The Times noted that one evening, a group even threw rocks at volunteers who were chatting with Si on the front lawn.

“The next day, as Chinese families around the world celebrated the Lantern Festival, hundreds of residents gathered on the grassy lawn across the street to show their support,” the outlet noted. “People held red lanterns and watched a traditional lion dance performance. Young children danced and clapped along to the music.

Emily Lippincott, who lives nearby in Rancho Mission Viejo, told the outlet that she got involved because she, too, is raising a young child.

” I don’t want to put a ‘for sale’ sign in front of my house and say, ‘I can’t deal with this,'” Lippincott said. “I kept seeing excuses being made, ‘Oh, it’s just kids being kids.’ No, this is months of terrorizing this poor family.”

State Sen. Dave Min (D) told the outlet that it’s imperative for the community to stand together.

“We’re seeing an epidemic of hate right now, and we have to stand together,” Min said last week in remarks at an event supporting the Si family.

Si said of his supporters, “I love my neighbors. I love my community, and I love my country.”


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LA Times editorial board tells city’s superintendent of schools ‘to put on his big-boy pants’ and reopen schools

To say that parents nationwide are tired of the mixed messages they’re getting from school district leadership, the state governments, and the teachers’ unions would be an understatement.

But parents are easy to ignore. American school districts have been doing it for decades.

From New York to Chicago to Portland, elected leaders are instead cowering to teachers’ unions and refusing to get teachers back in classrooms even as state and federal health officials repeatedly declare that it’s safe to return to in-person instruction.

In Los Angeles, teachers have been fighting going back to work for months now — and the cries of parents and students seemingly have been ignored by the bigwigs of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

However, one group in L.A. that is harder to ignore just jumped into the fray on the side of parents: the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times.

In a Wednesday editorial, the paper declared that the city’s school district “is officially out of excuses for keeping elementary schools closed” and that the superintendent “needs to put on his big-boy pants” and tell educators to get back into the classroom.

The paper noted that despite the fact that schools across the country have reopened with little risk and that elementary students are “far less likely” to get COVID or infect others and that there have been zero surges caused by reopened schools, L.A. Unified schools (and many others throughout California) have remained shuttered.

According to the paper, Superintendent Austin Beutner can finally open schools now because the county’s infection rate has fallen to the point where it is “officially safe” for every elementary school in the county to open.

Yet, Beutner — who has been in an ongoing struggle with United Teachers Los Angeles — still does not have any immediate plans to reopen, the Times said.

“There are no more excuses. Further delay is unacceptable,” the paper declared.

Beutner has been acquiescing to UTLA’s demands — getting school buildings ready for teachers and students, updating testing availability, and implementing an elaborate tracing regimen, not to mention pushing to get teachers vaccinated before returning (which public experts have repeatedly said is not necessary) — yet the union continues to stand in the way.

The Times has a message for Beutner: Get tough with the unions and demand that teachers get back to work — or understand they could find themselves out of work.

From the Times:

It’s not easy to go against UTLA, as Beutner learned during a bruising strike two years ago. But at this point, the superintendent needs to put on his big-boy pants, reopen schools and demand that teachers return or risk their jobs. Union leaders in turn need to realize that not only are students done a tremendous disservice by the continued closures, but most parents vehemently want their kids back in the classroom. The union is jeopardizing its own popularity if it continues to put the needs of students and families last.

It’s also time for Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom, the paper said, to “fall in line with the CDC” and get kids back into schools.

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Writer hates everything ‘Trumpites’ next door stand for — except they just plowed her? driveway for free. Now she’s stumped.

Los Angeles Times columnist Virginia Heffernan was legit flummoxed.

“Oh, heck no,” she began her Friday piece. “The Trumpites next door to our pandemic getaway, who seem as devoted to the ex-president as you can get without being Q fans, just plowed our driveway without being asked and did a great job.

It’s apparently a really big problem when the demonized demonstrate that they’re not the Devil, eh? Even when they supported former President Donald Trump.

“How am I going to resist demands for unity in the face of this act of aggressive niceness?” she asked. “Of course, on some level, I realize I owe them thanks — and, man, it really looks like the guy back-dragged the driveway like a pro — but how much thanks?”

Is this a fly-on-the-wall view of leftism?

The “Trumpites,” as she calls them, did the job without asking for any money. Not that neighbors typically do things for each other without being asked and then come back the next day with a bill, but whatever.

Unfortunately, the clearly wary Heffernan then invoked Hezzbollah and Louis Farrakhan to further her argument:

Hezbollah, the Shiite Islamist political party in Lebanon, also gives things away for free. The favors Hezbollah does for people in the cities Tyre and Sidon probably don’t involve snowplows, but, like other mafias, Hezbollah tends to its own — the Shiite sick, elderly and hungry. They offer protection and hospitality and win loyalty that way. And they also demand devotion to their brutal, us-versus-them anti-Sunni cause. Some of us are family, the favors say; the rest are infidels.

The same is true with Louis Farrakhan, who currently helms the Nation of Islam. While the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies him as a dangerous anti-Semite, much of his flock says he’s just a little screwy and unfailingly magnanimous. To them.

She was able to admit that “when someone helps you when you’re down, or snowed in, it’s almost impossible to regard them as a blight on the world. In fact, you’re more likely to be overwhelmed with gratitude and convinced of the person’s inherent goodness.” As well as, “Loving your neighbor is evidently much easier when your neighborhood is full of people just like you.”

The problem for Heffernan is that those same neighbors who kindly plowed her driveway also “supported a man who showed near-murderous contempt for the majority of Americans. They kept him in business with their support.”

The verdict?

Finally, she decided that she would offer “a wave and a thanks, a minimal start on building back trust. I’m not ready to knock on the door with a covered dish yet.”

Heffernan concluded her piece thusly:

I also can’t give my neighbors absolution; it’s not mine to give. Free driveway work, as nice as it is, is just not the same currency as justice and truth. To pretend it is would be to lie, and they probably aren’t looking for absolution anyway.

But I can offer a standing invitation to make amends. Not with a snowplow but by recognizing the truth about the Trump administration and, more important, by working for justice for all those whom the administration harmed. Only when we work shoulder to shoulder to repair the damage of the last four years will we even begin to dig out of this storm.

How did folks react?

By all accounts, her ingrained position appears strangely — and chillingly — similar to that of other hardcore leftists: Trump supporters don’t really deserve any mercy or regard until they confess their wayward views. Then maybe, possibly, perhaps — if all the stars align — absolution maybe, possibly, perhaps can be offered.

Here’s how others reacted after Heffernan tweeted out her column:

  • “As a Trump supporter who shoveled my liberal neighbors driveway 2x last week you know what I was thinking? Nothing. I just did it,” one commenter said. “When my kids saw, they fought over who got to help next. Politics aside, I’m a nice person, raising nice people. My neighbors? They’re nice too.”
  • “When gifted with the milk of human kindness, you decide it’s better to make it curdle,” another user said. “Your soul is broken. I feel pity for you.”
  • “This is one of the most appalling op-eds I’ve ever read,” another commenter wrote. “The complete dearth of humanity; the seething, insular, self-satisfied resentment…if a neighbor reads this and doesn’t immediately pile snow on your house, they will continue, admirably, to exceed you in basic decency.”
  • “This is satire, right? Tell me it’s satire,” another user begged. “He plowed a driveway; he didn’t ask for your hand in marriage. I’m a Trumpster. I cook dinner & gourmet (I hope) snacks for my (black) Democrat neighbors because I like them, & that’s what neighbors do. Take a freaking BREATH!”
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Many California ICUs maxed out on space as health officials say the peak hasn’t even come: ‘It is the worst we have seen’

Many intensive care units in California hospitals are entirely overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, according to a Wednesday report from the Los Angeles Times.

The disturbing news comes on the heels of newly announced stay-at-home mandates as coronavirus surges across the state.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate that there have been at least 1,422,341 confirmed COVID-19 cases in California at the time of this reporting, with at least 20,275 fatalities attributed to the virus.

What are the details?

Dr. Rais Vohra, Fresno County’s interim health official, said that the county’s intensive care units have hit a 0% capacity rate. Fresno County boasts a population of approximately 1 million residents.

“All the things that you’re hearing about how impacted our hospitals are, about how dire this situation is with our ICUs is, it’s absolutely true,” Vohra added. “That really is the reason that we want everyone to stay home as much as possible, at least for the next few weeks until we get this surge under control, as we try to work through the hospitalization that are just coming in so quickly and try to provide the best care.”

Fresno County Emergency Medical Services Director Dan Lynch said that the county is aiming to activate an alternate care site — which could hold 123 people — for overflow patients beginning on Monday.

The Times reported that at least three counties in the San Joaquin Valley area have also reached maximum capacity in their ICUs and pointed out that the area — California’s agricultural hub — is the first in the state to be maxed out.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Mark Ghaly addressed further staffing shortages at San Joaquin Valley hospitals on Tuesday and said that the situation is quickly becoming insurmountable.

“We’re fulfilling what we can,” he said. “But it is getting harder. We know that staff is our main scarce resource. Our requests, both across the state and the nation, are hard to fulfill because of what’s happening across America with COVID.”

Dr. Ahmad Kamal of Santa Clara County — where health officials estimate there is less than 10% of the county’s ICU capacity available — said that the alarming rise in hospitalizations is only getting worse.

“It is the worst we have seen, and it’s continuing to worsen,” Kamal said.

“Though Central California is the first area in the state to hit 0% ICU capacity, it will not be the last,” the Times noted. “The latest data show that the entire San Joaquin Valley’s ICU capacity is down to 5.6%, and the Southern California region is hovering around 10.1%.”

Vohra added, “I don’t think we’ve seen the peak. I think the peak is yet to come, and I’m very concerned that our hospitals will not be able to meet the demands that will be placed on them.”

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Backlash is intense against LA Times for news story involving Trump, COVID, Reagan assassination attempt

The Los Angeles Times triggered a tsunami of backlash on Friday after publishing an article that seemingly jeered President Donald Trump for his coronavirus diagnosis.

What are the details?

The Times, one of America’s largest newspapers, published a story Friday that was titled, “When Reagan was shot, country rallied around, but he hadn’t spent months downplaying assassins.”

The article goes on to say:

When President Reagan was shot and nearly killed by a would-be assassin, the country rallied around him. But he also hadn’t spent eight months downplaying the threat of deranged gunmen.

Reagan grew from the experience. In his diary, he wrote he prayed for the man who shot him. The day fundamentally transformed the president’s worldview. He believed his life had been spared by God for a reason — to reduce the threat of nuclear war. Do we expect Trump to evolve, to empathize more with those who caught the virus? To date, there’s little evidence of that, but the example of Reagan might stand Trump and his White House in good stead.

The article was written by Los Angeles Times staff writer Del Quentin Wilber, whose bio identifies him “an enterprise and investigative reporter” — not an opinion writer — for the Times.

What was the response?

The Times was raked over the coals for publishing the sly implication that Trump was deserving of his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Many critics pointed to the story, and its framing, as evidence of why Americans do not trust the media.

  • “The corrupt media: ‘Why do they call us the enemy of the people?’ This. This is why,” one person responded.
  • “Its people like you that will get Trump re-elected. Thanks,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think the media can’t go any lower, it does. Ghouls,” another person responded.
  • “A new low in American journalism,” another person said.
  • “Just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they start to dig,” yet another person responded.
  • “Desperately unhappy people now own & operate many of our formerly great legacy media properties. For shame,” Rasmussen Reports said.
  • “This is shameful. America is better than this …,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) said.
  • “This is absolutely vile,” another person reacted.
  • “I thought this was like an opinion piece but it’s a news story? Just an insane way to frame this,” another person said.
  • “Whenever I think I can’t actually be shocked at tasteless framing from the media, things like this get posted to remind you that some media outlets are enjoying the @realDonaldTrump news. These people are unhinged,” yet another person said.
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