Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Coffee Talk {In the Cafe}

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}This week’s edition is brought to you by the letters “R” and “S” as in “Racism is still alive and well. And so is stupidity.”

1. An African American nurse is suing a Michigan hospital because it granted a father’s request that “no African American nurses take care of his baby.” While making the request, the father flashed a tat that looked similar to a swastika. sigh Instead of denying the request, the charge nurse reassigned the African American nurses and then put up a notice on the clipboard that read: “No African American nurses to take care of baby.” Are you serious? The charge nurse didn’t realize that this was a racist request and that obliging it violated all sorts of laws? The nurse should have told the father to go pound sand and take his kid with him if he can’t stomach the thought of a highly skilled nurse, regardless of his or her color, taking care of his child. Oh, did I mention the nurse who was tending his child at the time the request was made has over 25 years of experience as a neonatal intensive care nurse? blank stare

2. An Idaho executive is accused of slapping an 18~month~old boy with an open hand, while telling the mother to shut her child up. He also used a racial slur in reference to the baby. Let me tell you something, had it been me, the earrings would’ve come off and they’d still be prying my hands from around his neck. Are you kidding me? And then his lawyer has the nerve to say using the “N word” doesn’t make the man a racist? OK, let’s say it doesn’t make him a racist but it does make him a child abusing idiot who deserves to lose his job {which he did} and have his picture posted all over the place {which it is} so that everyone can recognize him for the butt head that he is.

3. So last week in the comments, fellow blogger Ellie stated that the Jesse Jackson, Jr. debacle has her scratchin’ her head, and I couldn’t agree more. First of all, let’s back the train up… The man was on indefinite medical leave due to bipolar depression and gastrointestinal issues and he still managed to win re~election with 63% of the vote. eye pop He wasn’t even in office for most of the year preceding his re~election and he still won! What the heck, y’all? OK, now let’s talk about the fact that he was living off his campaign funds… He and his wife reportedly spent the money on Michael Jackson memorabilia, a Rolex watch, and home improvements. Duuude…. People, just because someone is the spawn of a civil rights activist does not mean they should hold office.

4. And because stupid is just so much fun, you know when you’re not the one dealing with it, here’s another one for you… A landlord in Ohio has been charged with assault for whipping the bare butt of his 29~year~old tenant with a belt because the man was late on his rent. What the what? The tenant said he submitted to the whipping because he was “scared and just wanted to get it over with.”

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

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