April 05, 2007

White Person Vacations

I never really thought about the multiethnicity of junk mail until I flipped through some of the glossy vacation ads for East-Coast resorts. You know the places - ritzy expensive country hotels in the Carolinas or somewhere 100 miles west of the City where you can ride horses, play golf, or sail.

The thing about these ads - all the people in the pictures are totally pasty white! You might not notice except it's quite a contrast with people in the gym/hospital/restaurant ads in the same junk mail pile. I wonder why no hispanic, asian, or black people decide to vacation in front of the camera. They are certainly happy to be photographed at the gym.

The all-white-person vacation brochure I got today was from Mohonk Mountain Resort. So I decided to look at the Mohonk website for evidence of human biodiversity.

Success! I found one black guy on vacation on the website. Can you find him?

Update 5/5/07: more find-the-ethnic fun from another brochure I got today. Can you find evidence of any non-white person who likes to vacation at Grande Dunes in South Carolina? Certainly none in my brochure, but I wonder if there are any on the website. 30% of South Carolinians are black, but I guess that is not true at Grande Dunes.

Posted by David at April 5, 2007 11:41 AM

Do Not Mail Opt-Out Law would be fair to everyone.

The proposed recent "Do not mail" is an Opt-Out law. Only those not desiring advertising mail need opt-out. Anyone desiring advertising mail can do nothing - and continue to receive it. Why deny those wishing to avoid advertising mail the power to do so?

I do not consider handling unwanted advertising placed against my will on my personal property to be a civic obligation!

The US Supreme Court said in the Rowan case in 1970, ““In today's [1970] complex society we are inescapably captive audiences for many purposes, but a sufficient measure of individual autonomy must survive to permit every householder to exercise control over unwanted mail. To make the householder the exclusive and final judge of what will cross his threshold undoubtedly has the effect of impeding the flow of ideas, information, and arguments that, ideally, he should receive and consider. Today's merchandising methods, the plethora of mass mailings subsidized by low postal rates, and the growth of the sale of large mailing lists as an industry in itself have changed the mailman from a carrier of primarily private communications, as he was in a more leisurely day, and have made him an adjunct of the mass mailer who sends unsolicited and often unwanted mail into every home. It places no strain on the doctrine of judicial notice to observe that whether measured by pieces or pounds, Everyman's mail today is made up overwhelmingly of material he did not seek from persons he does not know. And all too often it is matter he finds offensive.”

Furthermore, the Supreme Court said, “the mailer's right to communicate is circumscribed only by an affirmative act of the addressee giving notice that he wishes no further mailings from that mailer.

To hold less would tend to license a form of trespass and would make hardly more sense than to say that a radio or television viewer may not twist the dial to cut off an offensive or boring communication and thus bar its entering his home. Nothing in the Constitution compels us to listen to or view any unwanted communication, whatever its merit; we see no basis for according the printed word or pictures a different or more preferred status because they are sent by mail.”

We need a nationwide “Do Not Mail” law to create a one-stop, convenient place for homeowners to give senders the aforementioned affirmative notice that we do not want certain kinds of mail sent to our homes.


Ramsey A Fahel

Posted by: Ramsey Fahel at April 5, 2007 09:17 PM

Hm. I looked for a good 7 minutes and couldn't find him. Has anyone else found him?

It is bizarre that all the pictures have all-white subjects. Perhaps no non-white people have ever stayed at Mohonk (with the exception of the one person you seemed to have found, David).

Posted by: Kevin at April 23, 2007 12:25 AM

the only off-white person I saw on there was the chef...actually, my whole family was involved in the search...but no luck. Please share the place -- we'll check back :)

Posted by: at April 26, 2007 11:14 PM

No, there is one non-white person who did not seem to be a hotel employee.

Where is he? Is he enjoying the equestrian facilities, the aquatic wildlife, the gourmet meals, the fresh mountain air?

Nope! He is at the gym!

Posted by: David at May 2, 2007 06:03 PM

sometimes people searching for things in the wrong directions, I was looking for a nice place to go on a adult vacation trip and i heard of charlisangels in the Caribbean island of Dominican Republic, I had a great time with the European and Russian escorts there in a nice beach villas at an all inclusive rate.

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