Ordinarily I don’t recommend reading the comments on too many things, but they’re especially instructive here …
Turning the traditional extractivist narrative on its head, and about fucking time.
How stupid does one have to be to vote for a candidate who makes no secret of the fact that he/she wants to see you panhandling on a corner to get enough coins for your daily can of cat food, which you will consume inside your cardboard box in an alley, while trying to survive another day of your “golden years”? Can hatred (for the POTUS, Dems in general, or for the poor,) alone explain this level of recklessness and ignorance? And even if it does, why are they so full of hate? Where did we go wrong with these folks?
Teabaggers, folks. They’re here for the rest of what passes for their lives.
" … prostitutes, pansies and punks … "
— Tom Robinson Band, Power in the Darkness.
True in 1978. True now.
H/t @rachelmack and @ronobot.
How does one party that has lost two presidential elections and a Supreme Court case – as well as two Senate elections - think it has the right to shut down the entire government and destroy the full faith and credit of the United States Treasury to get its way on universal healthcare now? I see no quid pro quo even. Just pure blackmail, resting on understandable and predictable public concern whenever a major reform is enacted. But what has to be resisted is any idea that this is government or politics as usual. It is an attack on the governance and the constitutional order of the United States.
An African-American man, Staples recounted how his physical presence terrified whites as he moved about Chicago as a free citizen and graduate student. To counter the negative effects of white fear, he took to whistling Vivaldi. It was a signal to the unvictimized victims of his blackness that he was safe.
Another black guy dead as a result of racist stupidity. Please, let’s sandbag the border.
Our son goes to a fancy preschool with an electronic gate. Each family is given a little key fob which is held up to a magnetic panel to unlock the door. White privilege works a lot like this. Imagine our institutions were designed with special magnetic key pads. White people, particularly white people with money, are born with the little key embedded in our skin. We walk up to doors (apply for a job, try to buy a house, interact with a police officer) and they open without us having to do anything.
My sooooper-awesomely amazing cousin @JaimeJenett with an ever more sooooper amazeballsly awesome blog post on white privilege, embedded and systemic racism, and a whole lot more stuff. Read it and know how lucky I am to be able to call her “family.”
Oh, and her partner Laura Fitch, through whom I’m related to her? She’s pretty fucking awesome as well.
White guilt. (h/t @audrawilliams)