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Paula Deen compares herself to “that black football player” Michael Sam

“It’s like that black football player who recently came out,” she said, comparing herself to the brave Michael Sam, who, if drafted, will make history as the first openly gay professional football player in America.

“He said, ‘I just want to be known as a football player. I don’t want to be known as a gay football player.’ I know exactly what he’s saying.”

That statement has more layers than an onion, and makes my cry just as hard. Deen is comparing her hardships — how hard it is to be outed as a bigot — to outing oneself as gay. (Maybe it’s comforting to know that in certain pockets of America, intolerance faces just as much intolerance as homosexuality does?). Also, Michael Sam is just “that black football player,” now?

Miyazaki’s haunting farewell: A dreamer who made warplanes

There’s a certain amount of controversy surrounding “The Wind Rises,” which is based in large part on the life story of the real Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the notorious but magnificent Mitsubishi Zero, the lightweight and highly maneuverable fighter plane that enabled many Japanese victories early in World War II (including, of course, the attack on Pearl Harbor). Honestly, though, most of the controversy has come from right-wingers in Japan, who have accused Miyazaki of being insufficiently patriotic for depicting Horikoshi as a man plagued by doubts and apocalyptic premonitions. I’m not quite sure how anyone in the West could see this movie and believe that Miyazaki (a well-known pacifist) is trying to whitewash Japanese war crimes or duck the question of individual guilt. Arguably the question of individual guilt is the movie’s primary subject, or one of them. While Caproni — who also built planes for a fascist government — assures Horikoshi in one of their dream-meetings that airplanes are not instruments of war or ways of making money but “beautiful dreams,” the film’s constant thrum of death-haunted subtext suggests that Miyazaki does not find this sufficient.

Racial Harassment Picks Up After Video About Being Black at UCLA Law School

How does it feel to be a black student at UCLA Law School today? A black student named Alexis Gardner received a note in her mailbox telling her, “Stop being a sensitive nigger,” just two weeks after a handful of black UCLA Law students released a video about the emotional toll of being in the extreme minority at the school.

UCLA police are investigating the incident after Gardner reported the hate mail she received on Monday. Students have also been reporting that Black Law Student Association posters have been getting ripped down, according to Above the Law.

Under Overwhelming Pressure Jan Brewer Does the Right Thing Vetoing Anti-Gay Bill in AZ

Opposition to the bill came from  individuals and companies across the country, including the  Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, Apple, and  Mitt Romney. Many other states have introduced similar bills, some specifying that businesses could refuse services to marrying same-sex couples, but  most have stalled or died, particularly those  introduced this week during the backlash against Arizona.

This is not the first time Brewer has opposed Republican leadership; in fact,  she vetoed this same bill last year as part of a vendetta against the Arizona legislature for not passing a budget. Last October, she urged Republicans in Congress to  stop trying to defund Obamacare after having begged Republican state lawmakers to  accept the law’s Medicaid expansion. She has even suggested that the GOP should be  open to tax increases as a compromise to pass a budget through Congress.

Still, Brewer is no LGBT ally either. Shortly after she assumed office, she  signed a bill redefining “dependent” so that same-sex domestic partners of state employees could no longer receive benefits, arguing that “ God has placed me in this powerful position as Arizona’s governor” to make such decisions. She  defended cutting the benefits in court, but not successfully.