Sunday, October 28, 2007
Raining on the parade with a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• Although the University of Illinois officially banned its Chief Illiniwek mascot months ago, the character was permitted an encore appearance during a homecoming parade this weekend. Floats bearing his likeness were allowed, with officials hyping freedom of speech. “The university values free speech and free expression,” stated the university, “and considers homecoming floats, decorations, costumes and related signage all representations of such personal expression. Therefore, Chancellor Herman has directed the Homecoming Committee to strike the existing policy from the homecoming float guidelines.” Hey, why let insensitivity and racism spoil the parade?
• An Associated Press poll showed minorities are less likely to let their kids trick-or-treat during Halloween. The figures revealed 73 percent of Whites versus 56 percent of minorities will allow the traditional candy collecting to happen. Guess minorities are more used to being tricked than treated.
• Michael Jackson will lose his Neverland ranch if he fails to pay over $23 million on a defaulted loan in the next three months. Look for Jacko to be doing some serious trick-or-treating with his rich pals.