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    Wednesday, August 12, 2015

    Required Reading on Race

    Racists React To Things Are Just Passive White Supremacy by David Brothers is one of the most important things I’ve read in the past couple of years. I read it at the time it was posted, and have come back to it several times since then, including recently after seeing the response from Sanders supporters to Black Lives Matters activists. This piece, along with Coates’ The Case for Reparations, has shaped my thinking about racial issues. Here’s two pretty key passages:

     The racism this story depicts is binary. It’s on or off, is you is or is you ain’t this racist, and that encourages the idea that racism isn’t something you personally do or are. It’s something other people do. You don’t do that, right? So you aren’t racist!

    But any colored folk can tell you that’s not how racism works. Everybody is a little racist. There are hundreds of learned reactions to different groups of people to unlearn, not to mention the areas of society where racist sentiment is implicit instead of explicit, like zoning laws or the prison industrial complex or the war on drugs. It’s in all of us. We’re gonna have to live with that racism until we fix it and our selves, and viewing racism as a binary personality choice doesn’t allow for that.

    That’s why people react so strongly to being called “racist” when they say something totally racist or suspect, or their work being called “racist,” or occasionally even just hearing the word “racist” in like a fifteen meter radius or something and their “I’m Not A Racist!” alarm goes off. They aren’t like those people, no, not at all. Their personal definition doesn’t allow for internalized racism. Which is adorable. (Emphasis in the original)

    and later

    Things go around online occasionally that make people go “This is what racism looks like.” Sometimes it’s a young black male being shot down by an old white man, sometimes it’s a burning cross. It’s true: those are often indicative of racism. But by that level of racism is seen as the only level of racism. “Hey, this dialogue you wrote–that’s kinda racially suspect, isn’t it?” isn’t a personal attack, but every time I say it, no matter how hard I try and soften the blow (and I spent years pulling punches and getting blown up at anyway), somebody gets mad because their personal definition doesn’t allow for any type of racism, even accidental or incidental or institutional.

    Racism is intentional and unintentional, and that’s why looking at race like a binary proposition sets up ideas that end up hurting everybody in the end. You have to be willing to accept that a little of the poison is in you, too, if you want to understand why these ideas persist after all this time and in so many different areas of our life. (Emphasis mine)

    Read the whole thing. It’s a wonderful piece of writing. (And read The Case for Reparations as well.) 

    Thursday, July 09, 2015

    Donald Trump is Leading the Republican Presidential Candidates at the Moment


    *pause for air*


    No, sorry, this is a sad commentary on the nature of low-information Republican primary voters who have time and time again been proven to have the least amount of knowledge of both current affairs and historical trends and the way the party has leaned over backwards to pander to them and to encourage them and to deny reality and instead turn partisanship into a goal that insists on Republicans supporting the most insane possible policy positions and ultimately it's not good to have one party living in a fantasy world where things like tax cuts for the rich and starving the federal government help the economy as opposed to the real world with real history and real evidence where a higher level of taxation and higher rates of government spending have, in each and every historical period where they take place in our country's history, have actually driven the economy to its highest possible levels and


    (pausing again for air)

    Anyway, although God loves me, God doesn't love me so much that Donald Trump will win the Republican nomination. But man, he is reinforcing how out of touch the Republican party is with mainstream american thoughts and beliefs and oh is he killing any Republican Latino support for the near future, therefore ensuring that we'll see President Hilary Clinton voted into office next year.

    Wednesday, June 24, 2015

    On The Proper Care And Handling Of Infants

    If you bring an infant to a baseball game - and seriously, who the hell brings an infant to a baseball game? - and a ball comes your way, and you do ANYTHING with your body other than shield your infant in such a way to make absolutely certain the ball can't hit your infant, but ESPECIALLY if you wrap your arm around the infant's chest and hold said infant without support so you can try to catch a ball THAT'S STILL IN THE FIELD OF PLAY, then you are a shitty father and you should get a visit from Child Protective Services. You should not have the clip of said CATCH WHILE NEARLY CHOKING YOUR CHILD aired all over ESPN and other outlets while the announcers make jokes about it. We're calling Child Protective Services on parents, usually it's unfortunate but important to point out on poorer black and brown parents, who let their kids play outside, sometimes OUTSIDE THEIR OWN HOUSE. Let's call Child Protective Services on this white dude who is wealthy enough to get box seats at the remodeled Wrigley who ENDANGERED HIS KID'S LIFE ON TV.

    (And before someone whines out a 'Why you gotta bring race into it?', I'm not bringing race into it. I'm pointing out that race is an important element of why people, generally speaking but not always white people, call Child Protective Services on children, generally speaking but not always brown and black children, who are playing outside unattended. If you think race isn't a huge part of that, you're either naive as fuck or in denial.)

    Thursday, December 12, 2013

    It's A Joni Mitchell Night

    I didn't say it would be all words. I can't just quit you tubing.

    Case of You

    Changing The Sign On The Door To Open For Business

    Well, this is bound to shock anyone who might still check here every now and then. I've been thinking this might be as good a place as any to start putting my thoughts again. I've always felt less a need here to be the entertainer than I do at the various online message board homes I've had. So yeah, let's see how this goes.

    Friday, May 15, 2009

    Thanks Landru

    Like I didn't have enough things to waste time on. 

    You Tube Fun: Korean Karaoke Edition

    Caress me like a tropical priest...

    Friday, March 27, 2009

    Friday, March 20, 2009

    Quote Of The Day

    From the always brilliant John Rogers at Kung Fu Monkey:

    "There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."