Toccara Castleman

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Toccara Castleman is a journalist for the daily periodical The Caprican.

Journalist credits for The Caprican


Racism: An Unacceptable Aspect of Caprican Life is a The Caprican Opinion article written by Toccara Castleman. It was printed in Martius 13, YR42.


There's no disputing, at least in my mind, that Caprica is the beating heart of the Twelve Colonies, and you'll find no prouder resident of our fair planet and our fair city than me. And yet, fellow Capricans, there is a plague loose in our great society, one that has been allowed to grow in a fashion that I find unacceptable. That plague, friends, is the unbecoming prejudice against the people of Tauron. It's everywhere. It's ugly. And it needs to stop.

I recently heard about an incident involving a Tauron father and his young son enjoying a day of fishing together just outside of Caprica City. Their idyllic day was interrupted when a group of nearby kids were nearby started to call the boy a "dirt eater." The father told his son to just ignore them, which the boy tried to do. However, one of the kids in particular just wouldn't let up.

"Dirt eater." "Little dirt eater."

Finally, the Tauron boy picked up a rock and threw it at his tormentor, hitting him square in the forehead. The Tauron boy then proceeded to viciously attack the wounded boy, hitting him over and over until his father pulled him off.

I tell you, Capricans, it makes me despair.

It makes me despair that a race that is identified with strength and virility, of strong familial connections and personal honor, has to tolerate such mindless disrespect. Not just disrespect - hatred.

And ignorance. Do any of you occasional mutterers of such racial slurs even stop to think about what a term like "dirt eater" actually means? What feelings of horror and shame it must conjure for any Tauron unfortunate enough to hear it?

Allow me to educate you.

Tauron has a violent and troubled history, a not insignificant chapter being the Tauron Uprising, aka The Tauron Civil War, a mere thirty-five years ago, which pitted the Ha'La'Tha against the colony's own democratic party. I'm sure you know about that unfortunate bit of business.

But the trouble goes back even further, as over 800 years ago, Tauron's lack of resources made it an easy target for corrupt colonization by the likes of Virgon and Leonis. Liberation came in the form of "Our Day," but it was a long, hard road to get there.

Some early Tauron settlements were cut off from certain resources during times of war, one of which was beef liver. The lack of vitamins from the beef liver caused these settlers to develop "the spots" - bleeding from membranes, spotting on the skin as collagen broke down, and finally, death. These people were desperate for food but had no idea what their bodies needed, so they would resort to eating just about anything.

Yes, even dirt.

So that's where it comes from. And now that you know, open your heart, use your head and shut your mouth.

This cannot stand, Capricans. This will not stand.


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BREAKING NEWS: Another Holo Cafe Bombed
Racism: An Unacceptable Aspect of Caprican Life Succeeded by:
Tomas Vergis Makes Big Splash on Backtalk
GDD Raises Terror Alert Level...Again is a The Caprican Politics article written by Toccara Castleman. It was printed in Martius 27, YR42.


Surprise, surprise! The Global Defense Department raised the terror alert level again! Sure, after the MAGLEV bombing, I can understand why the GDD would do something like that. And, okay, raise the alert level after the first Holo Cafe bombing, or the second. But why this time, why now?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but there haven't been any explosions, shootings, or other suspicious activity that would warrant such a thing. I'll tell you why, dear Capricans: Fear. Yes, the GDD and our lovely government have teamed up, once again, to instill the fear of the gods in us. Sometimes I wonder if they just have a giant roulette wheel at GDD HQ that they use whenever they want to keep us in line. Yes, they just give it a spin and we get instantly scared. Here are few ideas of what might be on their wheel of terror:

• Scare the Caprican people (spin again for explanation) • Terrorist chatter • GDD disrupts major terror plot • Bomb threat called in to space ports • GDD feels like it (spin again for explanation) • The STO has entered an colony-wide operational period • Upcoming holiday to honor the Gods • Continue to scare the Caprican people (spin again for explanation)

What do you think? Add your own ridiculous GDD terror alert "explanations" below. Ahh, yes, this is gonna be good. And if we're lucky, the GDD will read this and add some of these to their Wheel of Terror - then at least we'd get a good dose of humor with our fear!

Go ahead, give me what you've got!

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