Racism Runs Deep
Poor management is sinking the ship: Another depressing reminder of how absurdly difficult it is to live as a black man in America these days [“Loose Lips Sink Ships,” Andrew Scot Bolsinger, feature, 5/14]. It is really shocking that management was willing to keep employing anyone who called their fellow employees racist epithets, apparently even in demonstrable, written form.
I sort of suspect that if this kind of hostile work environment had been directed at [other minority] employees, it would have been stopped immediately. When it comes to black men though, one can just blame it all on their “attitude.”
A really excellent piece of journalism from the SF Weekly. I hope this leads to Hornblower losing its S.F. contracts — at minimum. I will certainly be writing to the appropriate bodies (the U.S. Park Service and city government, I guess) to express my strong belief that a company this unwilling to fire racist and hostile employees should not be allowed to keep a government contract.
The kill-switch comes alive: It's a double-edged sword and a dictator's dream come true [“Flipping on the Kill Switch,” Rachel Swan, Sucka Free City, 5/14]. Imagine being able to kill phones in a certain region where people decided they didn't want any information to leak out. As for individuals wanting to kill it themselves, that's a plus, but nothing is without unwarranted consequences in our information age.
Blog Comments of the Week
Bay Area drivers aren't as bad as some might think: I sit in San Jose traffic every morning and afternoon and hear people honk their horns maybe once a week [“Study: San Francisco Drivers Aren't That Bitchy,” Melissa Hellmann, the Snitch, 5/14]. It's pretty amazing how most people are chill even when someone cuts them off.
However, there are exceptions to the rule: This new exit is a joke and very confusing [“Driver Confused by New Exit at Golden Gate Bridge, Crashes Into a Lane of Cars,” Erin Sherbert, 5/12]. I was totally thrown off yesterday and ended up having to go over the bridge and back because of it. Glad I didn't pull any illegal stunts like the Prius.
A biased Bay to Breakers' participant: See, that's what pisses me off about Bay To Breakers — it's always guys that are running around nude [“Help Wanted: Craigslist Ad Seeks Nude Males for Bay to Breakers,” Jonathan Ramos, the Exhibitionist, 5/12]. They should not allow that. There are never any hot chicks running nude. You never see any women like Carmen Electra or Scarlett Johansson running nude. That bothers me.