Wednesday, October 13, 2010

BeyondChron plays the race card---again

Randy Shaw at Beyond Chron is the kind of white progressive guy whose greatest fear is that someone, someday is going to accuse him of being a bigot. Like virulent homophobes who are closet cases, one wonders what lurks behind his over-solicitous approach to people of color---and even to Muslims, as I found out when he refused to print my letter on Comedy Central's censorship of South Park after being threatened by Islamists. 

Yes, Randy, we know you're one of the Good Guys, more or less. Shaw and other city lefties seem to think that being one of the Good Guys is pretty easy: you just go down the laundry list of acceptable "progressive" positions on issues and check the PC box. One of the primary missions of this blog is to convince people in the city's political community that this isn't good enough. (Rafael Mandelman, pictured on the upper left, is such a repeat offender I had to dub him the new Roboprog, a worthy successor to Quentin Mecke for that award.)

Now Shaw has played the race card against the Bay Guardian, which has heretofore been a paragon of Political Correctness in a political jurisdiction I call Progressive Land. Seems that the Guardian didn't pay the non-white community the proper deference when it endorsed the four people pictured above, even though two of these folks are gay, two are female, and Mandelman is working so hard on his tan that he may soon qualify as a person of color.

The Guardian can defend itself, but the moral of the story should be this: for a city that prides itself on being in the vanguard of social change, it would be fitting that San Francisco be the place where identity politics dies. The fact that you are gay, a person of color, a woman, Hispanic, Moslem, or transgendered doesn't mean a goddam thing when dealing with city issues.

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At 1:52 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if you are a cyclist?

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Then Quentin Mecke is your guy.

At 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are you just upset that identity politics destroyed your chances in the D5 race? The voters were biased against people they identified as less qualified.

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

Identity politics had nothing to do with the last three District 5 races, unless you call knee-jerk progressivism an identity. Both Gonzalez and Mirkarimi would fit that definition. Even though I've run for D5 Supervisor three times, few people in the district have even heard of me. The top finishers in those campaigns are always those who spend the most money. Funny how that works out.

At 11:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of identity politics gone awry:

Ballot Translation Raises Eyebrows

By Amy Yarbrough

Daily Journal Staff Writer

SAN FRANCISCO - Michael Nava, the California Supreme Court staff attorney hoping to unseat a San Francisco County Superior Court judge next month, could be in hot water for the way his name is listed in Chinese on the ballot.

Because names in English are difficult to translate into Chinese, candidates often use characters for words that sound phonetically like their English names, as Nava's opponent Judge Richard Ulmer did. But in Nava's case, he chose words that sounded quite different, listing a last name of Lee - a Chinese surname some might suggest is comparable in popularity to Smith. The two words used for his first name translate to justice and fairness.

Several ethics experts said Nava might have stepped over the line, particularly with the use of the name Lee, which could leave voters with the misconception that he is an Asian candidate.

David Cameron Carr, president of the Association of Discipline Defense Council, said Nava's was the first case he'd heard of like it. Carr, whose group represents lawyers in trouble before the State Bar, said the Business and Professions Code governing lawyers demands they be honest.

"There's certainly an issue as to whether it was honest conduct or not," Carr said. "How that plays out, I don't know."

Nava said in an e-mail to the Daily Journal that he was not personally responsible for the translation...

"The idea that I would try to mislead Chinese voters into thinking I am Chinese is ridiculous on its face," he wrote.

James McBride, presiding judge of the San Francisco court and an Ulmer supporter, called Nava's ballot language "tantamount to creating a false identity," and criticized the judicial hopeful for saying he was not responsible for the language.

"This is irresponsible behavior coming from anybody running for elected office, let alone anyone who is running for superior court judge," he said.

While Nava balked at that idea, two judicial ethics experts who spoke with the Daily Journal, one of whom wanted to remain anonymous, said were he elected, Nava might run into a problem with the Commission on Judicial Performance.

Both thought that Nava's wording was misleading and a possible violation of the California Code of Judicial Ethics relating to political campaigns.

"The code requires judges and judicial candidates not mislead," said one of the experts, Justice Thomas Hollenhorst, of the 4th District Court of Appeal. "Using a different name that bears no relationship to your own true identity under these circumstances appears clearly inconsistent with the requirements of the code."


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