"I can’t get any information on my mother," says Michael Creedon, 23, explaining about his troubles dealing with pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine, where Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, carrying his mother and a hundred AIDS researchers, was shot down. "We were told that the bodies of the AIDS researchers were safely and sensitively removed to a secure location, whereas everyone else was thrown into the back of a van."
"In these situations, a system operates to prioritise the treatment of the wounded," according to Street Major Zokolov, apparently the only person in the history of any army anywhere to hold that rank, and the only person interested in dealing with our questions. "Of course," he continued, "everyone was dead when we got there, so we had to use different criteria for the triage system we had set up."
Accordingly, the bodies were laid out in order of “Most Involved with AIDS” to “No Known Link With AIDS”, with those at the top of the list getting the most, for want of a better word, attention.
"My mother had literally nothing to do with AIDS," says Creedon, who is becoming increasingly desperate. "I’ve been told I might have to go to a pile of charred remains and pick her out of the mass of fused flesh. Meanwhile my brother is asking around the family to see if maybe she knows someone with AIDS or ever did a 5K or something, so we can get her home as soon as possible."
An official statement from Putin cryptically states that it was “God’s will that these people be stonewalled in their attempts to stop the righteous plague.” Mr. Putin used a Russian grammatical form which indicates that, in this scenario, he is God.
… the role of the print and broadcast media, which are almost always eager to trumpet sensational claims of the extraordinary and then, when the claims are shown to be bunkum, criminally negligent in acknowledging that fact.
This is frequently compounded in the modern era by the perversion that has grown up of the old idea of journalistic balance: the new faux balance seeks to find a mid-way point not between two realities, but between a reality-based viewpoint (right or wrong) and one that is demonstrably false. The result in the minds of the audience - and who knows, maybe in the minds of the pundits too - is a fallacious perception that facts are somehow subject to debate.
Yes, of course, the interpretation of facts is very often open for discussion, but the facts themselves are not. The attitude that everyone’s opinion is equally valid, no matter the level of expertise or ignorance - and certainly not matter what the reality actually is - is lethally dangerous in some areas…
"Hollywood Whitewashing" is a term given by race studies people to the Hollywood practice of handing ethnic roles to white people. Instead of following the money, conclusions are drawn about how Hollywood movies project an image of white supremacy.
25 Minority Characters That Hollywood Whitewashed is a good example of the sort of internet article you can expect on this. It’s almost a textbook case of cherry-picking, which would be fair enough were it not for the impassioned conclusions drawn from the one-sided exercise.
The truth, as ever, is that Hollywood will disregard race and follow the money. Consider the following casting choices in various massive movies:
Each of these roles was clearly a white person in the source material, and each of these movies was a blockbuster hit. Any current theory of Hollywood Whitewashing would have to take account of these examples, only some of many, before it could be considered.
If whitewashing was a real problem, not only would all of the previous casting decisions be unthinkable, but they would generate a ton of hate press. What does it mean for the whitewashing hypothesis if there is mainstream unquestioned acceptance for black people playing obviously white roles?