My friend Arvin Tseng (Rebuttable Presumption) blogs:
Stupid, Dirty Girl
. . . Richard Riordan, former mayor of LA, and now state education secretary, told a 6-year-old girl that’s what her name meant. Seriously.
The girl, 6-year-old Isis D’Luciano, asked Riordan if he knew her name meant “Egyptian goddess.”
Riordan replied, “It means stupid dirty girl.”
I mean, I’m all for making jokes. But they have to be funny. That was just mean, and served no purpose.
What was funny was that:
Democratic state Assemblyman Mervyn Dymally, who had scheduled a protest by civil rights organizations, canceled the demonstration after an apparent mix-up over the girl’s racial background.
Dymally was quoted in the San Jose Mercury News Thursday saying the child was “a little African-American girl. Would he (Riordan) have done that to a white girl?”
The girl is white, with blonde hair.
Arvin’s post has more, plus the link to the CNN news story (and I hope that at least the CNN story got its facts right).