White guys win again. Was this college catalog cover a loser?

March 19, 2015


Get Schooled

northgaA reader sent me a copy of the cover of the new University of North Georgia continuing education catalog asked with this question, “Are they crazy?”

It’s a valid question given the awkwardness of the image and its pairing with a headline that asks, “Why follow when you can lead?”

The illustration features two exultant white men — dressed like missionaries for some reason — well ahead of a woman in heels wearing what looks to be an ensemble from “Dynasty” and a black male in more casual attire who appears to be struggling to finish the race.

I thought the cover was a parody, a sort of Mad Men meets Peachtree Road Race. It’s not, although there are some mad men and women commenting on the cover on Facebook.

The cover is getting some national attention. (See Raw Story.)

The illustration has inspired some social media lampooning.

Among my favorites:

-If you…

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Hey now, Haiti: young Haitians flip the script on Instagram

October 16, 2014

It’s bigger than you know…


Earthquakes. Cholera. Grinding poverty. AIDS. Political upheaval.

Most news about Haiti isn’t exactly the cheerful stuff of tourism brochures. But underneath the tiresome tales of suffering and misfortune lies a fascinating country of unutterable beauty, quirky charm and unexpected quaintness. Now, young Haitians — those who have never known a time when their country received good press —are turning to social media to showcase the happier, sexier side of their country.

This is the Haiti that the rest of the world forgot about more than 30 years ago. It’s hard to remember now, but back in the late 1970s Haiti was an up-and-coming Caribbean vacationland — a tropical hotspot whose tourism industry was the envy of neighboring Dominican Republic. Bill and Hillary Clinton honeymooned in Haiti in 1975, and not because they couldn’t afford to go elsewhere.

Then AIDS happened. In the early days of the public health scare, 32 Haitian…

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