Fuck Your System

Fuck Your System

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quickhits:

That’s not how you deal with charges of racism.
Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking some fire for telling a talk radio host that lazy “inner city” men are responsible for poverty in America and for accepting the writings of racist author Charles Murray as evidence of the claim. All of this skirts the dividing line between dog whistle racism and blatant racism, which means the criticism Ryan has been receiving is well deserved. It’s starting to haunt him at townhalls — as it should.
The way Ryan and the rest of the GOP have been dealing with this controversy has been entirely dismissive; Ryan continuously denies that “inner city” is code for “black” and throws around victim cards whenever confronted with his racism. Someone needs to sit him down and force him to describe these inner city whites he wants us to believe he’s talking about. The energy generated by all the squirming would be enough to power a small village.
Meanwhile, National Review’s Rich Lowry has a piece up at Politico defending Ryan by arguing, as Ryan does, that the clearly racist things he says aren’t racist in the least. But people who’ve grown up hearing the dogwhistles know better and Lowry and Ryan aren’t fooling anyone other than those who want to be fooled. This makes the whole exercise much worse that pointless, since it only makes matters worse. They aren’t winning any new voters with this stuff and they’re continuing to push minority voters away. In the end, the numbers are a loss for Republicans.
If Republicans really want voters to believe they aren’t racist — and I don’t mean just Republican voters, I mean all voters — then they’re going to have to stop being so goddam racist. Offending people, then trying to convince them they aren’t really offended, is ridiculously dumb. They know racism is a loser, so why don’t they just knock it off?
The answer seems to be that they can’t. The racist  tropes of lazy “inner city” types waiting for a handout, the “urban” welfare queens soaking up the welfare, is too deeply ingrained in the GOP psyche. For them, racism is merely bad manners — you don’t say these things aloud in public, you wait until you’re alone with the enlightened elites before you start talking about the lazy and shiftless ways of the lesser races.
Until they somehow manage to exorcize the racism from their souls, Republicans will keep getting this sort of entirely deserved flack. Their answer to “I’m offended” will continue to be “No you’re not!” until they actually learn to give a damn about the racism not only in their ranks, but in the blood vessels of their entire ideology.
[photo by Gage Skidmore]

quickhits:

That’s not how you deal with charges of racism.

Rep. Paul Ryan has been taking some fire for telling a talk radio host that lazy “inner city” men are responsible for poverty in America and for accepting the writings of racist author Charles Murray as evidence of the claim. All of this skirts the dividing line between dog whistle racism and blatant racism, which means the criticism Ryan has been receiving is well deserved. It’s starting to haunt him at townhalls — as it should.

The way Ryan and the rest of the GOP have been dealing with this controversy has been entirely dismissive; Ryan continuously denies that “inner city” is code for “black” and throws around victim cards whenever confronted with his racism. Someone needs to sit him down and force him to describe these inner city whites he wants us to believe he’s talking about. The energy generated by all the squirming would be enough to power a small village.

Meanwhile, National Review’s Rich Lowry has a piece up at Politico defending Ryan by arguing, as Ryan does, that the clearly racist things he says aren’t racist in the least. But people who’ve grown up hearing the dogwhistles know better and Lowry and Ryan aren’t fooling anyone other than those who want to be fooled. This makes the whole exercise much worse that pointless, since it only makes matters worse. They aren’t winning any new voters with this stuff and they’re continuing to push minority voters away. In the end, the numbers are a loss for Republicans.

If Republicans really want voters to believe they aren’t racist — and I don’t mean just Republican voters, I mean all voters — then they’re going to have to stop being so goddam racist. Offending people, then trying to convince them they aren’t really offended, is ridiculously dumb. They know racism is a loser, so why don’t they just knock it off?

The answer seems to be that they can’t. The racist  tropes of lazy “inner city” types waiting for a handout, the “urban” welfare queens soaking up the welfare, is too deeply ingrained in the GOP psyche. For them, racism is merely bad manners — you don’t say these things aloud in public, you wait until you’re alone with the enlightened elites before you start talking about the lazy and shiftless ways of the lesser races.

Until they somehow manage to exorcize the racism from their souls, Republicans will keep getting this sort of entirely deserved flack. Their answer to “I’m offended” will continue to be “No you’re not!” until they actually learn to give a damn about the racism not only in their ranks, but in the blood vessels of their entire ideology.

[photo by Gage Skidmore]

sillyenfp:

The NF cluster: INFP, INFJ, ENFP, ENFJ.
Abstract thinkers who approach situations in a cooperative mode.

sillyenfp:

The NF cluster: INFP, INFJ, ENFP, ENFJ.

Abstract thinkers who approach situations in a cooperative mode.

"Jordan Davis had a mother and a father. It did not save him. Trayvon Martin had a mother and a father. They could not save him. My son has a father and mother. We cannot protect him from our country, which is our aegis and our assailant. We cannot protect our children because racism in America is not merely a belief system but a heritage, and the inability of black parents to protect their children is an ancient tradition."
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The more I thought about the imperfection of words, the harder it was to write, and simple everyday conversations became somewhat frustrating and disheartening. Then I came across this poem by Emily Dickinson: “A word is dead / When it is said / Some say. / I say it just / Begins to live / That day.” This poem gave me a new perspective, and I came to a new conclusion: a conversation is not just words neatly swapped back and forth but a delicate dance. Words spin around and bounce off each other. They influence each other’s arcs; some weave into each other; some come to a halt and backpedal when they meet. Also, I saw that it is, to some degree, the misunderstanding, the slight discrepancy in each person’s understanding of the words, that gives conversations forward motion. These discrepancies catch our interest and remind us of the incredible, unimaginable diversity of our thoughts. They cause us to passionately defend our opinions and to seek out new experiences, new and greater understanding of the objects and ideas that exist in our society and of the words that describe them. I now believe that the disconnect is a gift because it is part of what makes revolutionary, unique ideas possible.

A word is a package of phonemes picked out of the nonsensical soup of sound and carved by centuries of interaction on a grand and small scale, between languages, between social classes, between individual speakers, and between thought, pen and paper. A word is not just born whole and perfect, and it is, in part, the imperfection, the ambiguity of each word, that gives it its power.

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-from Kate C.’s supplement essay (via oncrickethill)
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
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ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
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ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
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ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info
ourblackproject:


The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 
Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful. 
Zoom Info

ourblackproject:

The Black body, more so of women, have stood on the opposite side of the narrow Eurocentric standards of beauty. Black hairstyles have defiantly rebelled against and even when straightened added creative magic of Blackness and Boldness. 

Black hair, whether relaxed or natural, locked or shaven is beautiful. Black women are beautiful.