The Wisconsin legislature is finalizing a bill to close ten Department of Motor Vehicle centers located in Democratic districts within the state. The money saved will be used to extend operating hours at DMV centers in Republican districts. These cuts come on the heels of new voter ID laws that require voters to present a state-issued photo identification card at the poll booths.
Wisconsonites, this is serious business. Please make sure that you and your friends still find a way to register to vote.
Let this be inarguable evidence that when Republicans push for voter ID laws, they are 100% talking about voter suppression. This is their end-game, not accountability, the ability to stop democrats from voting.
The other day I got an [angry, condescending] anonymous message saying that a claim I had made online that only white people can enact racism was “patently untrue.” The anonymous writer backed this up by saying that racism was discrimination, prejudice, or hate based on one’s race. I strongly, passionately disagree with this definition. Here’s why. I’m a mixed person—my mother is a white American, and my father is an indigenous Mexican immigrant. I identify as a light-skinned Chicano. I share this because I think it is very important that I speak to my specific experience (and no one else’s.) In my life, being a light-skinned Chicano has meant receiving and accessing an incredible amount of white privilege. I frequently pass as white, or am labeled as “racially ambiguous” by fellow people of color and white people alike. I grew up in Madison, Wisconsin, a largely white-liberal city in which my racial and ethnic identities were often misread. This meant that, though I was raised in a bilingual, multi-culturallly identified household, a household in which discussions of racism and politics were frequent, my primary identity was shaped through a lens of whiteness. I, like many of us, received messages all of my life (from school, society, the media) that racism was a personal act of prejudice against someone based on their skin color. Because I had not yet begun to identify my white privilege, and because I was not only comfortable with the pervasive, unquestioned whiteness that surrounded me but actually benefitted from it, I accepted this definition of racism. I have a distinct memory of the first time I was asked to question this. I was 14, a Gay Straight Alliance organizer at a training retreat in St. Louis, attending my first “Anti-Oppression” workshop. A simple formula was presented to me: POWER + PREJUDICE = RACISM While it seems simple enough, I became outraged. The facilitators were proposing that only those with POWER (white people) are able to perpetuate racism. This means that those lacking power (people of color) are not able to perpetuate racism. Somehow my whiteness felt wronged, insulted. I had been bullied plenty for being “white” by kids of color growing up, and I wanted desperately to call it something that it was not. What I came to understand in the following years is that racism (and sexism, and ableism, and heterosexism, and shadism, etc.) is not an isolated act. It is not a personal prejudice or an individual problem (though it does indeed operate interpersonally and internally as well). Its true destructiveness lies in its pervasiveness: racism operates at every systemic and institutional level. I believe that racism is an institutionally supported system of perpetuating, enforcing, and valuing whiteness and white supremacy in our society. Racism operates at every level to marginalize, criminalize, devalue, imprison, and yes, kill off, people of color. Our prison industrial complex*, our economy**, our “War on Drugs”***, and our criminal, family, and environmental**** laws, are racist in that they work to maintain incredible rates of poverty, incarceration, health disparities, inadequate housing, and unequal pay for people of color. So when I say that people of color can’t enact racism, I mean it. We may have a black president, we may think of ourselves as highly evolved or “post-racial” (BARF), but our society remains firmly entrenched in racism at every level. People of color can be just as prejudiced and hateful as white people. I have no interest in denying this. What I am hoping to clarify is that, without POWER, prejudice is just prejudice. It takes the centuries of power and supremacy that whiteness carries with it to enact racism in this country. As a person that still regularly receives white privilege, regardless of my identity as a person of color, I actively work to dismantle my internalized racism and work against racist systems and white supremacy at personal, interpersonal, and institutional levels. I believe that, if you are white and are not actively anti-racist, you are a part of the problem. A mentor of mine once described whiteness as a moving sidewalk. In order to be part of the solution, in order to not work with the system to enforce racism, you can’t walk with the crowd, and you certainly can’t just stop moving. You have to turn around and you have to run as fast as you can in the opposite direction.
I’ve been fielding lots of comments of the “how can you be promoting fat?!” and “haven’t you heard of type II diabetes?!” variety. So I’ve decided to write this post. I’ve outlined 9 typical statements by commenters, together with an explanation of why each statement is wrong, wrong, wrong.
1) Fat is unhealthy. Fat is not inherently unhealthy. In fact, being underweight, in many ways, is more dangerous than being overweight, obese, or morbidly obese… [more]
2) Fat people all have eating disorders, eat poorly, and don’t exercise. No study has ever supported this conclusion. And let’s just get clear on something… [more]
3) If fat people would eat properly and exercise, they wouldn’t be fat. Contrary to popular opinion, people come in all shapes and sizes… [more]
4) Weight loss is a healthy goal, deserving of promotion. Not true at all. First of all, diets don’t work. They really don’t. The one or two people that you know that lost weight on a diet and kept it off for more than 5 years are statistical freaks… [more]
5) Promoting fat acceptance makes people fat. No studies have ever shown that approving and loving your body causes one to gain weight. In fact, Health At Every Size practices, which include body acceptance, actually make people healthier… [more]
6) There’s an obesity crisis going on and obesity is on the rise. Actually, it’s not… [more]
7) Childhood obesity is a serious problem. Actually, it’s not. Childhood life expectancy continues to rise —- The real danger for fat children is the threat of bullying… [more]
8) BMI is an appropriate and scientific way of determining health… [more]
9) But all of this goes against the conventional wisdom that fat is bad and deadly! Your “conventional wisdom” has been paid for by the diet industry and pharmaceutical companies for decades and decades… [more]
The perfect response to all the negative reblogging happening on my “Weight does not dictate your health or your weight” entry.
Wimberly’s mother is the school’s “certified media specialist.” She says in the federal discrimination complaint that after her daughter had been told she would be valedictorian, the mother heard “in the copy room that same day, other school personnel expressed concern that Wimberly’s status as valedictorian might cause a ‘big mess.’”
McGehee Secondary School is predominantly white, and 46 percent African-American, according to the complaint. Bratton says that the day after she heard the “big mess” comment, McGehee Principal Darrell Thompson, a defendant, told her “that he decided to name a white student as co-valedictorian,” although the white student had a lower G.P.A.
Bratton says she tried to protest the decision to the school board, but defendant Superintendent Thomas Gathen would not let her speak, because she allegedly had “filled out the wrong form. Instead of ‘public comments,’ Gather [sic] said Bratton should have asked for ‘public participation.’” The superintendent told her she could not appeal his decision until the June 28 school board meeting; graduation was May 13.
(The superintendent’s name is spelled Gathen in the heading of the complaint, but is spelled Gather throughout the body of it.)
The last African-American valedictorian in McGehee School District was in 1989. Wimberly says the school discourages black students from taking honors and advanced placement classes, “by telling them, among other things, that the work was too hard.”
I hope she wins the lawsuit, but just the fact that the people in the school system thought it was okay to deprive this girl of recognition for her achievements simply because members of the community wouldn’t approve is absolutely mind-blowing. There should be an investigation and everyone with even a remote connection to this type of ‘good ‘ole boy’ system should be fired immediately.
I find this entire matter a bit childish. This simply a lawsuit over bragging rights. Most colleges don’t look at class rank, but only at the GPA. But the GPA isn’t the complete focus. There’s also the essay, extracurricular activities, teacher recommendations, and so forth. In truth, if one fast forwards to about 5 years, no one is even going to remember who was valedictorian. I regard the title as pure bragging rights that last throughout high school. Sure, most high schools require that person to give the graduation speech which, I admit, is an honor, but no one will remember that either. No company will care if their applicant had the highest GPA in high school because it all comes down to their reliability as an employee and how they performed in college. I love how this article doesn’t even mention the GPAs of both students. It could be quite possible that the girl’s GPA was, for example, a 3.98, and the other’s a 3.975 or what have you.
Would that make it okay, if it were true? You’re taking a clear-cut case of racism and pretending it doesn’t matter to anyone because it doesn’t matter to you. She worked her ass off to have the highest GPA and someone taking that away for no other reason than the color of her skin is inexcusably evil.
lol at colleges don’t look at class rank. That’s not true at all. They care plenty. It doesn’t matter on what level the racism was. If I went to a Burger King where they gave every black person less free ketchup than they gave white people, I’d still be pissed, because I’m still being treated differently based on the color of my skin, which is wrong wrong wrong always fucking wrong.
Reading this made me really mad, but Dion was able to make me smile through my rage with the ketchup comment.
I can’t believe someone called this “childish.” LOL, being valedictorian might not have a huge effect on every aspect of your life for the rest of your life, therefore racism doesn’t matter? Ugh. Today in casual racism, folks.
This is just.. what? Southerners, get yo shit together.
Or maybe not even ignoring, really. More like, the expectation of hoping that friends will put for the effort to value any friendship I put my own effort into. That whole “meeting halfway” or whatever.
There have been an awful lot of people who I believed would put forth some effort in being a friend. Not even anything super AMAZING or like OMG WE’RE GONNA HANG OUT EVERY DAY FVRRRRRRRRRRRR. Just… talking to me every now and then, for no other reason than for the desire of wanting to talk. Because they care about being a friend.
The first assumption I make when people speak to me is that they need something. This has been true for most of my life, and I even remember that just last summer, one of the first times somebody actually said hi to me just to talk about stuff was so surprising. And even now, when it happens, it’s always really nice.
And because of this, I’m fine if people don’t reciprocate friendship or whatever. It’s not that huge of a deal. Typical life stuff. I can deal, and I know not everyone wants to be my friend back, and if they don’t it’s again not huge of a deal because then I wouldn’t really want to be their friend anyway.
But 2 days ago, I got angry. I could feel the anger just putting a pressure inside of my chest, spreading to my arms a bit until I talked to somebody in order to get it all seeped away.
There have been a couple who have wanted to be my friend, who have appreciated the intense things I have done for them, who had expressed interest in maintaining that fine friendship on which many laughs and happy moments were based upon…
and then not trying anymore. For no particular reason.
Maybe they moved on. Maybe they got uncomfortable around me. Maybe actually busy.
And that’s what ticked me off. In none of these instances so far has it been a gradual thing; always without any warning in advance of the impending ‘ignoring’ that would soon follow.
Well, one was gradual I guess…. no, not really. They didn’t talk to me for about two months after I asked them to say something first.
This is what ticks me off. Why? How can people so quickly become so dispassioned about a friendship they cared for?
And I am glad that there are so many others who have defied this expectation. Jennifer, Valerie, Tiffany, Maithy, Ainee, Jessie, Jovaughn, and a couple of good others who really have held true to what they have said about not putting the burden on only me for upholding the friendship, and for this I truly appreciate them.
I am okay when people don’t want my friendship. I am NOT okay when that interest leads me on to believe that they actually care.
This behavior won’t change and I am well aware of that. It’s just… I think about the stories those same ‘ignoring’ people have said, and I think about the apologies or cares they’ve said about wanting to treasure that friendship, and then how they give up, and it’s just irritating. Just plain irritating.
“Nothing ruins a good LAN party like uncomfortable guests or lots of tension, both of which can result from mixing immature, misogynistic male-gamers with female counterparts […] Though we’ve done our best to avoid these situations in years past, we’ve certainly had our share of problems. As a result, we no longer allow women to attend this event.”—
One of the top World of Warcraft guilds simply does not allow women in their raids, period. It’s amazing what people are allowed to get away with in the name of doing better at video games. Rather than address how male-identified people treat female-identified characters in games, they’re just taking them out of the equation.
"The Great Recession underscored the reality that few companies, even the big and powerful, are immune to deep layoffs. On a single day — Jan. 26, 2009 — more than 60,000 workers lost their jobs, at such iconic companies as General Motors (GM), Home Depot (HD) and Sprint-Nextel (S). That day, even Microsoft(MSFT) pared its payroll — the first time in the company’s history. (Microsoft owns and publishes MSN Money.)
By the end of that month, the nation had lost more than 187,550 jobs
Chief executives are the point men when companies fire employees. Some approach job slashing as a regrettable but necessary task; others seem to relish the role. And since Wall Street tends to reward all manner of cost cuts, some CEOs have boosted their bonuses with each pink slip.
The following CEOs are known, at least in part, for their roles as job killers.”
“Could you imagine what the Tea Party would be saying right now if there was a law on the books that allowed immigrants to indefinitely avoid taxes on income sent back to family members in the old country, in Mexico and Venezuela and India? Imagine the uproar if Barack Obama, in the middle of this historic revenue crunch and “We’re so broke the world is going to end tomorrow!” debt-ceiling hystgeria, decided to declare a second “one-time tax holiday” for, say, unwed single mothers, or recipients of public assistance? Middle America would be running through the streets, firing shotguns out its truck window, waving chainsaws in mall lobbies, etc.
As it is, leading members of the Senate are seriously considering giving the most profitable companies in the world a total tax holiday as a reward for their last seven years of systematic tax avoidance. Hundreds of billions of potential tax dollars would disappear from the Treasury. And there isn’t a peep from anyone, anywhere, on this issue.
We’re seriously talking about defaulting on our debt, and cutting Medicare and Social Security, so that Google can keep paying its current 2.4 percent effective tax rate and GE, a company that received a $140 billion bailout en route to worldwide 2010 profits of $14 billion, can not only keep paying no taxes at all, but receive a $3.2 billion tax credit from the federal government. And nobody appears to give a shit. What the hell is wrong with people? Have we all lost our minds?”—
Texas Governor Rick Perry is toying with a run for president. Perry is a skilled politician and has never lost an election, but he has taken an increasingly antiscience turn in his approach to governing. On global warming he now says that the leading source of “supposedly deadly carbon dioxide” is the mouth of Al Gore. On education he has appointed creationists to lead the Texas State Board of Education. And on the issue of sex ed in Texas, Perry has taken governing positions that affect millions of children based on his own personal opinions, even when those opinions are overwhelmingly contradicted by the evidence.
Texas lawmakers cut sex ed from two six-month courses to a single unit of “abstinence only” education. But early indications showed that the program wasn’t working. In fact, teens in almost all high school grades were having more sex after undergoing the abstinence only program. By 2007, Texas had the highest teen birth rate in the nation.
Nevertheless, the program continued. By 2009, 94 percent of Texas schools, which at the time were educating more than 3.7 million students, were giving no sex ed whatsoever beyond “abstinence only,” a curriculum that includes emphasizing that birth control doesn’t work.
Instead of providing fact-based information, the programs use fear and Jesus — over-emphasizing the risks of sexually transmitted diseases leading to cervical cancer, radical hysterectomy and death, together with Christian morality.
One Texas public school district’s sex ed handout is entitled “Things to Look for in a Mate:”
I. How they relate to God A. Is Jesus their first love? B. Trying to impress people or serve God?
Another public school district uses this:
Question: “What does the Bible say about sex before marriage/premarital sex?”
Answer: Along with all other kinds of sexual immorality, sex before marriage/premarital sex is repeatedly condemned in Scripture (Acts 15:20; Romans 1:29; 1 Corinthians 5:1; 6:13,18; 7:2; 10:8; 2 Corinthians 12:21; Galatians 5:19; Ephesians 5:3; Colossians 3:5; 1 Thessalonians 4:3; Jude 7).
The results? Teen pregnancy in Texas went up — higher than before “abstinence only,” and more than 50 percent higher than the national average. Even more troubling was that repeat teen pregnancy went up — to the point that it, too, led the nation. It turns out that Texas kids thought that “if birth control doesn’t work, why use it?”
It’s also extremely tough for teenagers to get contraceptives in Texas. “If you are a kid, even in college, if it’s state-funded you have to have parental consent,” said Susan Tortolero, director of the Prevention Research Center at the University of Texas in Houston.
The audience laughed and Smith pointed out the state’s abysmal teen pregnancy rate. “It works,” insisted Perry. “Maybe it’s the way it’s being taught, or the way it’s being applied out there, but the fact of the matter is it is the best form of — uh — to teach our children.” Smith asked for a statistic to suggest it works, and Perry replied that “I’m just going to tell you from my own personal life, abstinence works.”
Perry could be a good leader. But the United States faces mounting challenges around science policy issues ranging from energy and climate change to ocean health to science education and American economic competitiveness. Perry’s willingness to base policies that affect millions of children on his personal opinions even when they are contradicted by overwhelming evidence suggests a governing style that would not be constructive for dealing in reality when tackling America’s complex problems. If Perry continues his campaign for president, he should renounce his past antiscience positions and pledge to make governing decisions based on the best available science.
Shawn Lawrence Otto is author of Fool Me Twice: Fighting the Assault on Science in America.
Here’s the upshot of having “learned” to write academic philosophy/theory— if you can learn that style of writing, which in its high academic form is perhaps the most unnatural and difficult ways of putting thoughts to paper, you can learn any style of writing.
I have some (unsolicited) advice from experience in finding again a voice outside of my “professional academic” voice:
1) Read widely non-academic writing (which I am sure you do); use your analytic brain to identify what you like, what speaks to you, what moves you
2) Listen to how people talk and how they (and you) tell stories verbally; write down what you hear or even use transcription software for your own storytelling and get to know how you and others sound
3) Write as if you are speaking, like you are talking out a story to an interested friend, including all the imprecisions and interjections and colloquialisms and swear words that characterize the way you speak
4) Practice writing different things - snippets of dialogue, description, use the first person, second person, and third person perspectives, even write poetry or speeches or blog posts or fanfic or editorials or ad copy or technical instructions
You had to learn to do academic writing, although you may not think of it as something you learned, exactly. You have to learn to write differently just the same way, and it takes work and lots and lots of practice. When you practice, very often you may not feel satisfied, but that’s okay. If you feel unsatisfied or frustrated, write that, write about it.
And, honestly, practicing non-academic writing when you’re used to academic writing does feel strange, but that doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong, and you may even be a harsher critic that you should be at this stage. You’re doing something new and different, like sleeping on a new mattress, and your standard of judgment is going to be off. Tell that part of yourself to shut the fuck up … and then keep writing.
Ugh, IP is the best.
My academic writing was never super duper academic. Its basically the same as I write here, just with less swearing, giffing, colloquialisms, and maybe some longer words and paragraphs. Clarity over obfuscation. Spivak can go to hell. And she can say hi to Kant while she’s down there. Elitist fuckers.
Every single time. (And that “crazy” isn’t just an offhand word, it’s always crucial to the rhetoric to make sure the violent white person(s) can be at least vaguely described as such, to establish mental instability as the source of their actions.)
Because as usual, whites are lucky enough to be individuals, not a mass of people. Which you know, is true in some ways, but not in others. Like in this situation, where white people is really white man and individual person. Wtf?
…What isn’t mentioned in Skenazy’s account (although a link to this piece by David Goldberg is provided) is that the bereaved mother, Raquel Nelson, is African American. Goldberg asserts that, by contrast, the jurors were middle-class white people who drove cars rather than riding the bus. Goldberg’s piece also tackles the problematic nature of placing personal responsibility on a mother who was struggling with a difficult set of circumstances. (Ever tried wrangling three children and shopping on and off a bus? I’ve not, personally, but I know it’s not easy.) What is most infuriating, to me, is that these are not unusual circumstances, they are not circumstances that a reasonable person could not for-see.
seems like the general public doesn’t give a fuck about parents of colour unless it’s to punish or shame them. if the kids are missing they aren’t important enough. how enraging.
what the fuck. i dont think this fits under the legal definition of vehicular manslaughter either! they could have charged her with gross negligence but should have charged her for nothing. some lady’s kid runs out into the street and they send her to jail? what about the rest of her kids?
“It is true that for some immigrants, marriage can be a path to obtaining legal status. However, not only is the process of gaining legal status through marriage contingent on the INS’s recognition of your marriage as one made in “good faith,” but this process also places a great deal of power over an immigrant in the hands of their citizen spouse. The requirement that immigrants prove to the INS that their marriages are legitimate and not just a means to legal status has meant that immigrants of color, who by virtue of the racist discourses surrounding immigration are more likely to be seen as “cheating the system,” often have a much harder time gaining legal status than white immigrants. In addition, many feminist activists within immigrant communities have drawn attention to the ways that an immigrant’s dependency on her citizen spouse for legal status in this country can produce or at least exacerbate exploitation and abuse within a relationship. As a result, in many cases, immigrant women are faced with the dilemma of having to choose between remaining in an abusive relationship or deportation. Given that domestic violence is not only a problem of the straight community, I think it is important that we take seriously the inequalities that gay marriage might produce in relationships between citizens and immigrants. It seems better to me to focus out political energies on fighting for broader changes in immigration policies that might enable immigrants in this country to live better lives regardless of their marital status.”—
Priya Kandaswamy, from “Is Gay Marriage Racist? A Conversation With Marlon M. Bailey, Priya Kandaswamy, and Mattie Udora Richardson” in That’s Revolting: Resisting Queer Assimilation, 2004 (via agradschoolbreakup)
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WI is trying to pass a voter ID bill similar to the standards set in Texas thanks to Walker and his lap dogs. I honestly don’t know how this is even allowed.
ugh this bill was so difficult to fight against. its going to reduce the number of poor/young/otherwise disenfranchised people that can vote but its done because they think ~illegals are voting~. i know like 100 undocumented people and none of them have EVERRRR tried to vote.
And I remember this one because unlike the majority of them, it doesn’t involve monsters. It involved a very real thing.
There were two parts of it. The first part was your standard wacky stuff; something about a detective and finding something or whatever.
The other part though that it transitioned into gave me the creeps. I was in school all over again.
It was senior year and I was in ?biology? class. It was some science class, maybe even Physics C. And then after some idling around, I headed over to the English center to ask Urban about whether sometime later I could participate in an English Review that was going on and she was all too happy to say yes.
The room was awfully… dark blue. Metallic. Almost like a spaceship. And it fit the mood perfectly on my way out, because I saw a friend. When I say hello to this friend, they usually say hello and then get on their way. Sometimes a smile sometimes not, but either way it’s friendly. But this time, when they said it, the expression was one of… uncomfortability. I normally can’t identify a facial expression like that, but in the dream, I undeniably knew, KNEW, that that annoyance had to do with me. They said hello and yet that feeling remained true.
And considering the current situation, where something akin to this has happened not super long ago from that same person, it kind of spooked me.
But that wasn’t even the strangest part.
I got back to my science class and decided that I wanted to visit Kolk. It had been many days since I saw her (dreamwise) and I wanted to talk to her some.
And… I cried. Had many tears streaming and my face was scrunched up and I tries using my hand to hide the tears. I hated myself. I felt weak. Needing the help of the special education department just so I can hope I pass. Why can’t I handle things myself why am I so weak why am I such a failure
I remember when Kolk told me (in real life) that I can go into the Special Education program, I was mentally knocked out for 2 days and I cried multiple times very badly.
And someone opens the door, and it’s Mr. Freeman. He just stares at me for a bit before leaving, and I gain my complexion back before I stand up to go to Kolk, and I wake up.
I don’t think the Freeman thing is too strange. When I had an autistic breakdown over summer school, Urban got the nurses office unlocked so I would have a place to lie down until my legs could walk again. Mathis came during lunch and got me a tray of food so I didn’t have to walk. Urban came again later to keep me company for a bit, and a little later even Freeman came by to ask about how I was doing. He sure must think I’m a weirdo by now!
It’s the crying that puzzles me. I have never cried in a dream ever, and it was so spontaneous, and the ominous foreshadowing from the friend…
I need to have monster dreams again. Much more pleasant.
“The First Amendment was written neither to guarantee freedom of religion to Muslims or Buddhists or Hindus nor to prohibit their free exercise of religion. It wasn’t written about them one way or another. It was written for one specific purpose: to protect the free exercise of the Christian religion. We must be clear: the First Amendment does not prohibit the free exercise of alternative religions, but neither does it guarantee it. It simply does not address the issue at all.”—
American Family Association spokesman and demagogue royale Bryan Fischer, trying to see how many feet he can get into his mouth.
Our only question: If this is how he mangles the meaning of a single 45-word sentence, what’s that say about his interpretation of the Scriptures?