Monthly Archives: December 2018

More on Racial Labels and The Fickle Media

I get so annoyed when I hear the media using racial/ethnicity labels to describe people; as if that were a relevant fact to any news story.  Again a few days ago I heard a news reporter mention that Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, is the first  “mixed race” member of the British royal family.  Because her father was Caucasian and her mother was African-American they felt it necessary to put a label on her ethnicity. In these times we should be morally and socially evolved enough that sub-divisions of the human race is not required. 

It is even harder to follow how the media define these new labels that they constantly create for their news stories. The press chose to label the past president of the US, Barack Obama as America’s first black president.  His parentage ( Caucasian mother and African father) enabled the press to label him as “black” rather than “mixed race”. 

So, let me see if I can decode the definition behind these two media labels. 

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex

Media definition of  “mixed race” –

If your father is Caucasian and your mother is African-American your media label is  “mixed race”.

Media definition of  “black” –

If your mother is Caucasian and her father is African-American your media label is  “black”.

Confused yet? I am.

WordCamp 2018 – Nashville

I use a web publishing system; also called a Content Management System (CMS), named WordPress to compose and publish this blog. I have been using WordPress for a couple of years and learning as I go. I decided to dig deeper into WordPress by attending this week’s “WordCamp US” in Nashville Tennessee. You can see details of the  agenda etc. at –

WordCamps happen several times per year in different cities around the world.  This one consisted of 3 days of in-depth presentations by WordPress developers and insiders. I really enjoyed the opportunity to see some behind the scenes details.

WordCamp US, Nashville, Dec, 2018Several companies that offer web and WordPress services and software add-on products had booths set up to demonstrate their products.

There were approximately 2000 attendees and most of the sessions were packed like this one. I will definitely attend future WordCamps when I get the opportunity.