This Week in Racism

We Honestly Can’t Imagine a Worse Excuse for Giving a Horse a Racist Name

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4 min readDec 15, 2020


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Death and taxes used to be the only two certainties in life. But no matter how much progress it feels like we’re making sometimes, the sad fact is you can probably slide racism into that list. Are we in a moment of uprising that feels like it has the potential to create real, systemic change? Yes. Do people and organizations still show their ass on a daily basis? Oh, most definitely. And to keep tabs on all that ass-showing, we created a weekly racism surveillance machine. If you already get our newsletter, Minority Report, you’ve likely seen this — but now the rest of the internet can get a taste.

🗑 Okay, we’re gonna need to do something about British horse owners

If you’re a racing fan who lives in central England, you may have decided to head to Wolverhampton over the weekend to play the ponies. That’s where you would have seen a two-year-old filly enter the race under the name of — wait, this can’t be right. [Holds up racing form] Really? The horse’s name was Jungle Bunny? Yes, that’s exactly what the horse was named. We say “was” because, within a day, the British Horseracing Authority had retroactively changed the horse’s name so that records of the race list it as Jungle Bells. But wait, there’s more! The Guardian tracked down the horse’s owner’s wife, who claimed that they’d named the horse after its father, Bungle Inthejungle. (Guess they were big Jethro Tull fans.) “I’m upset because we’ve had our Sunday ruined by everybody ringing about it,” she told the paper. “It makes you look like a racist, which I am certainly not.” If you still hadn’t placed your bet in the office pool because you were waiting for the most emblematic sentence of 2020, your patience has been rewarded! (The Guardian)

🗑 Things Texas loves: Barbecue, big cars, and the word “negro”