16 July 2010 ~ 25 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.5

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.5

click here for pt 1 ***Please be advised that there are graphic still photos of lynchings below. While these photos are germane to the subject matter, some viewers may find these images disturbing. The US Armed Services were racially segregated until 1948. 1948! That means the barracks I slept in during Basic Training was once for […]

14 July 2010 ~ 8 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.4

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.4

click here for pt 1 Fort Jackson, South Carolina, in an area known as Tank Hill, is where I did my Basic Training. In World War II barracks we lived (see pic above) and on Vietnam War era weapons we were trained.  You couldn’t help but think, lying there in your bunk in these ancient barracks, that legions of […]

13 July 2010 ~ 22 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.3

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.3
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click here for pt 1 You would think I would have it in for my teachers from my elementary days. After all they were the ones to first plant this seed of racism in my soul. But, I actually owe them a great deal of gratitude. Why? The biggest problem among black people in the US, in my […]

12 July 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.2

click here for pt 1 If you haven’t guessed it, by my definitions of the various types of racists, I qualify as a Poser. In other words, I should know better. I’m ashamed of myself. I’m guilt-ridden. I could mount my cyber-soap box and defend and/or rationalize my racism til I’m blue in the face but the […]

10 July 2010 ~ 30 Comments

Hi! My name is Loco…and I am a racist! pt.1

At least, I think I am. I mean, racism is so difficult to define, isn’t it?  But, recent events and a careful and honest assessment of my response to these events have brought me to this conclusion. There’s always the dictionary definition of racism to refer to, but, like pornography, racism is one of those things you […]

08 July 2010 ~ 9 Comments

Live from Locohama S2/E27: The girls in the hall

Live from Locohama S2/E27: The girls in the hall

The Board of Education showed up at School C today. Different guys from the ones that had shown up at School B, but with the same dynamic. Only this 偉い人 (big shot) had two underlings instead of one. I wish I had a picture to show you what I mean by the following phrase: the teachers were […]

07 July 2010 ~ 4 Comments

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

Conversation 7/7/2010: Baka nihonjin (Stupid Japanese)

This conversation took place between Akiyama sensei, Mrs. Betty, and myself this afternoon in the teacher’s office. Prelude: I brought some omiyage (souvenirs) to school today for the kids. I have a bunch of excess shopping bags in my house and this time I used a shopping bag from Abercrombie & Fitch because it was […]

07 July 2010 ~ 10 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E26: Tanabata Tree

Live from Locohama, S2/E26: Tanabata Tree

So, I walked into the school today and noticed this big colorful tree with what looked like decorations hanging from it. Yeah, you probably guessed it, if you live here. if not, well here’s the reason:  tomorrow is known as Tanabata or in English as the Star Festival. there’s a lovely back story which I’ll […]

05 July 2010 ~ 11 Comments

Live from Locohama, S2/E25: Tell whatshername to bring me the thingamajig!

Live from Locohama, S2/E25: Tell whatshername to bring me the thingamajig!

Imagine my surprise when I walked into the teacher’s office at School C and saw none other than Mrs. Betty seated at Yamada Sensei’s desk! “Mr. Loco! Welcome back!” “Mrs. Betty! What are you doing here???” I thought whatshername was coming back and…” I had used the word ‘whatshername’ sort of contemptuously. “She extended her leave…still grieving, […]

27 June 2010 ~ 3 Comments

Conversation 6/26/10: Kimochi warui

This conversation took place at a cafe in Yokohama between a student and myself: Student: What do you think about the World Cup? Me: I try not to think about it really. Student: Americans don’t care about soccer, right? Me: Well…that’s not exactly true. I mean, where I grew up, my neighborhood was about 50% African American and […]