Chapman U Statues Defaced with Caution Tape, Accusations of "Homophobia," "Racism," "White Savior Complex"

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Our mockup of Rand bust from way back 'cause we haven't taken a picture of it

When I was an undergrad at Chapman University during the late 1990s, about the only radical actions on campus we had was protesting against Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas speaking at the dedication of the law library. Activism was limited to just the Black Student Union and MEChA clubs--and those faded away mostly as Chapman embarked on yet another mega-fundraising effort by President Jim Doti to wash away any liberalism and replace it with post-racial prosperity gospel goodness.

I'd still argue that activism at Chapman is nil, with a couple of true believer still lurking around. Or maybe I have to visit more often? What else can explain the awesome political art that was someone defacing a bunch of those creepy busts of neocon icons that lurk around the campus with caution tape and signs warning everyone about their racism, homophobia and other conservative goodness?

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Rancho Santiago Community College District Keeps Controversial Saudi Arabia Contract

Saudi-style justice
In July 2014, when the Rancho Santiago Community College District Board of Trustees named the Santiago Canyon College Library after civil rights pioneer Lorenzo Ramirez (one of the five fathers who were plaintiffs in the landmark Mendez, et al v. Westminster school desegregation case in the late 1940s), then board president Jose Solorio called Ramirez "a hero to our community and to all people who believe that everyone deserves equal rights ..."

Do you know who doesn't believe that everyone deserves equal rights? Those who have been in power positions in Saudi Arabia for centuries. That did not stop the RSCCD board this week from continuing its controversial $105 million consulting contract with two technical schools in the Middle Eastern country, however.

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Huntington Beach Attorney Matt McLaughlin Files Ballot Measure Requiring Gays To Be Shot

Fly this flag at your own risk.

How do you stop the encroaching gay menace threatening the well-being of [one particular interpretation of the Christian] God's country? Well, if you're attorney Matt McLaughlin, you crawl out of the Mailbox Express box you practice out of in Huntington Beach and you spend $200 of your own money to file a ballot measure called the "Sodomite Suppression Act". This charmingly titled proposal re-criminalizes homosexuality and makes it a capital crime.

The text also specifies that the death penalty must be carried out by "bullets to the head or any other convenient method." Good call there: Wal-Mart has been sold out of rifle bullets the last few times we went to stock up for Gay Marksman Days.

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Forever 21 at MainPlace Mall Rides the Rice Paddy Hat-Wearing Mannequin Trend

Gracias, source!

Remember how Bloomingdale's used rice paddy hats on mannequins recently? Well, Forever 21 at MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana is down with the trend. According to a visual merchandiser at the location, this was not an aesthetic choice made by the workers there but, instead, a corporate decision. They were just following orders. Hmm...

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Esperanza High Students Chant "Jackie Chan," "Shrimp Fried Rice" at Foothill High Player

Photo by The Mexican
Stay classy, Esperanza!

Last month, Foothill High School in North Tustin SanTana made national news after students were caught flashing a #chunti sign during a boy's basketball game against crosstown rival Tustin High School. Now it's Foothill that's at the receiving end of a racist, stupid student section thanks to Esperanza High School. Seems that during the Knights' 61-57 comeback victory Jan. 30 over the Aztecs at their Anaheim Hills home, students subjected senior point guard Reed Nakakihara to chants of "Jackie Chan" and "shrimp fried rice"--you know, because all Asians are alike to Esperanza's precious children.

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The Principle Filmmakers Tell Media to Stop Focusing on Them and Start Focusing on Movie

Rocky Mountain Pictures
Theologian Robert Sungenis appears in The Principle to challenge conventional scientific views.
UPDATE, JAN. 29, 12:48 P.M.: The executive producer and writer-producer of The Principle, which is rolling for at least a couple more weeks at the AMC Orange 30, issued statements today blasting media outlets that focused their coverage of the documentary less on the subject of questioning the validity of the Copernican Principle than on accusations of anti-Semitism and Holocaust revisionism directed at the EP, Robert Sungenis.

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Ruthie "Mama Bear" Marshall Cuts Plea Deal to Join White Supremacist Hubby Behind Bars

Mugshots courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
Ruthie Christine "Mama Bear" Marshall
Ruthie Christine Marshall (a.k.a. "Mama Bear"), the first defendant tried as part of the multi-agency "Operation Stormfront" that targeted about 50 white supremacist gang members behind bars and on the streets, pleaded guilty Tuesday to kidnapping and assaulting a man she blamed for her car being impounded.

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KKK Party Bags Left on 40 Santa Ana Driveways

Which way to Santa Ana?
A Santa Ana resident found a zip-lock baggy on his driveway this morning that contained a rock, candy, a flier with Ku Klux Klan propaganda and a KKK business card, according to police, who report about 40 similar bags were found in a four-block radius--just in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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Santa Ana Deliberately Burned Down Its Chinatown in 1906--And Let a Man Die to Do It


The atmosphere was jovial as more than 1,000 people gathered in downtown Santa Ana on May 25, 1906, to watch their civic dream come true: the burning of the city's Chinatown.

Politicians and residents alike had long pushed for the torching, and now was the time to do it. The once-thriving area--bounded by present-day Main, Third and Bush streets--was almost vacant, atrophied over the years by anti-Chinese laws that made a peaceful life there impossible. Health officials had just condemned Chinatown's few remaining buildings, rounding up out the last residents as onlookers jeered. A representative of China's minister to the United States was rushing in from Los Angeles, seeking to stop the planned kindling. But Santa Ana would be denied no more.

Families gathered to witness the destruction, along with law enforcement and businessmen--the whole town, it seemed. "It was like a big picnic, or a Fourth of July," an eyewitness recalled decades later. A fire marshal was on the scene to douse coal oil on Chinatown's structures and set the blaze. But light drizzle throughout the day put a damper on everyone's plans; the fire marshal couldn't strike a spark.

That delay thinned the original crowd to a couple of hundred curious onlookers as the evening arrived. But when the first flames curled up to the sky around 8 p.m., visible for blocks around, a stampede returned "in time to see the fun," according to the Santa Ana Evening Blade.

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Gustavo's Latest KCRW "OC Line": On Orange County's Confederate/KKK Roots!

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From Annie Cooper Burton's The Ku Klux Klan
Head: County founder
Anyone who has read this infernal rag since our beginning knows that laying out the county's sordid history is an obsession of ours, and has taken us from the local Black Panther chapter to lynchings, hippie mafias, exposing historian charlatans, and more. But nothing has been more fun than exposing the Confederate and Ku Klux Klan origins of many of this county's pioneers.

Oh, the local historians have gone on and on about the Confederates, coming from a Lost Cause perspective that conveniently ignores the Grey's racist ideology and treasonous cause. It's this blindness that keeps them from digging into their heroes' KKK ties, whether real (like Henry W. Head, the former state assemblymember who you can see to the right), or circumstantial (Victor Montgomery, the lawyer who drafted the bill that would eventually set OC free from Los Angeles County, served under KKK founder Nathan Bedford Forest and alongside head--if the guy didn't don a hood and robe at one point in his life, then Mike Carona is innocent).

Anyhoo, that was the topic I addressed in this past Monday's "Orange County Line" commentary for KCRW-FM 89.9

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