Monday, June 29, 2009

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In the news this week, it was okay to celebrate..

Tale of two marches

The Hated White Race
White Pride Denied
A Conversation About Race

*Hispanic/Latino Pride*
With only two weeks of planning, the Spanish Community of Wallingford (USA) was able to pull together its first Hispanic Pride Awards ceremony Sunday afternoon.

Nearly 150 people came out to see their family and friends recognized during the ceremony at the Wallingford Senior Center. Blanca Santana, SCOW's executive director, said the goal of the awards was to recognize youth, teachers and adults who make a positive impact on the community. Source

*Black Pride*

Los Angeles - An annual awards show for black entertainers became a star-studded memorial to Michael Jackson here on Sunday as the African-American A-list turned out in force to salute the King of Pop.

Singers, actors, sports stars and television personalities crowded into Los Angeles's famous Shrine Auditorium for the Black Entertainment Awards, which had been hastily retooled as a night to celebrate Jackson. Source

Meanwhile, back in March 2009...

*White Pride*
Calgary police anticipate heated clashes at white pride march Source: Calgary Herald - A "notable" police presence is expected to keep a close eye Saturday on two groups--white supremacists and anti-racist activists--poised to clash on downtown Calgary streets.


Feds Rule “White Pride” is “Offensive” and “Immoral” (author unknown)
In February, 2004, I applied for a trademark on the words “White Pride Country Wide.” I did it as an exercise against political correctness. I intentionally did not choose “white power,” “white supremacy” or “the white race” because of the negative connotations of those terms.

Trademarks can be denied to offensive phrases. When I later searched United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) records, I found that “Black Power,” “Black Supremacy,” and “La Raza” (Spanish for “The Race”) had all been approved by the USPTO and been found not to be offensive.

The USPTO had also approved and registered “The Black Panther Party” and “Burn, Baby, Burn,” the party’s slogan. The Black Panthers had assassinated white police officers but neither term was found to be offensive or immoral. To me, “white pride” was a non-offensive, positive term, or at least I thought so.

On December 23, 2004, I received my Christmas present from the USPTO. In an Office Action prepared by Barbara Rutland, it denied my trademark, ruling that the “white pride” part of my request was “offensive,” “immoral,” and “scandalous.”

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