Sunday, March 12, 2006

Essay 466

The Sunday Edition MultiCultClassics Monologue…

• Cracker Barrel agreed to pay $2 million to 51 current and former employees in Illinois, ultimately settling charges of racial and sexual harassment. Female employees accused male managers and workers of subjecting them to inappropriate comments and touching. Black employees were allegedly called “spear-chucking porch monkey,” “ghetto” and “nigger.” Maybe the settlement should have included removing “Barrel” from the restaurant’s name.

• A news report revealed the Army National Guard appears to be rebounding from three previously lousy years of recruiting. They signed up over 26,000 soldiers in the first five months of fiscal 2006, which ranks as the best results in 13 years. Oddly enough, the news report didn’t speculate on possible reasons behind the sudden success. Which probably means there’s probably something very fishy about the situation.

• Michelle Bachelet was sworn in as the first female president of Chile. She then proceeded to name women to half of her Cabinet positions. Bachelet said, “I want a government in which citizens will have an active participation, a government at the service of people.” Looks like it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her country’s mind.

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