It’s not men’s job to subvert, mock, parody, or critique femininity. You don’t get to tell us how much you hate the cage you put us in.
We are divided by an increasingly wide income gap. Often, this gap can be seen from across a street or park (even if we sometimes try not to look). The NYT takes us for a journey into the world of a homeless girl named Dasani in a multipart piece called Invisible Child:
On the Brooklyn block that is Dasani’s dominion, shoppers can buy a $3 malt liquor in an airless deli where food stamps are traded for cigarettes. Or they can cross the street for a $740 bottle of chardonnay at an industrial wine shop accented with modern art.
Here’s David Simon, creator of The Wire, on the two Americas:
I live in one, on one block in Baltimore that is part of the viable America, the America that is connected to its own economy, where there is a plausible future for the people born into it. About 20 blocks away is another America entirely. It’s astonishing how little we have to do with each other, and yet we are living in such proximity.
This article is really incredible and I recommend everyone read it. In NYC, 50% of people live near or below the poverty level. They’ve been almost completely forgotten by Bloomberg’s New York.
Australia’s history of racism towards Aboriginals is absolutely disgusting.
Until the mid-60s, indigenous Australians came under the Flora And Fauna Act, which classified them as animals, not human beings. This also meant that killing an indigenous Australian meant you weren’t killing a human being, but an animal.
To this day, Australia breaks every code of the Geneva Convention when it comes to indigenous Australians and their human rights. The “public housing” that the government has given them are one-bedroom shacks with no running water, no electricity and no gas, that entire families are forced to live in. These shacks are in communities in the outback, as far away from “civilised” society as possible. Out of sight, out of mind.
Indigenous Australians that live in the city are commonly forced to live in very dangerous and derelict areas that the government gives very little funding towards. Redfern in Sydney is a highly indigenous Australian populated suburb that is rife with crime, unemployment and horrendous living conditions. The government does next to nothing to help these people, either.
Whenever riots have broken out as a result of incredibly low morale, the police and the government are very quick to point all the blame at the indigenous Australians and say that they are the cause of their own problems, rather than looking at what the actual cause is.
Unemployment rates amongst indigenous Australians is astronomical. Crime rates are astronomical. Suicide rates are extremely high within the indigenous Australian community. Death from inadequate living conditions and inadequate health care is common. Brutality towards indigenous Australians is common.
The way many indigenous Australians are forced to live is equivalent to that of what one would expect from a third-world country. Indigenous Australians are considered by the UN to be one of the most horrendously marginalised groups in the world.
And how does the government amend all of this? With a national “Sorry Day”, where white people plant a hand in some designated area of soil as a token of their white guilt, and then continue going about their white privileged day.
On top of that, white people here commonly bitch and complain about how “good” indigenous Australians have it and how “thankful” they ought to be to the white man for improving their quality of life. Meanwhile, indigenous Australians have lost almost all sense of identity and culture because of white colonisation.
What is left of Aboriginal identity and culture has been nearly completely destroyed. And most people in this disgustingly privileged country do not give a single god damn fuck.
Australia is a disgusting country when it comes to racism. I am disgusted by my own country.
This story, although sad, sounds all to familiar.
And I’ve talked to many white Australians who have smugly told me that racism was an “American problem”.
don’t judge a person by their looks, judge them by their opinion on sansa stark
the university system in the us is so fucked up it almost seems like they are trying to make sure poor people can’t get a degree oh wait that’s exactly what is happening
I am still really hurt by Alice Walker because she would be so rad if it wasn’t for her virulent antisemitism.
Was this about her comparison of the Israeli government to Nazi Germany?
It’s about her standing by a conspiracy theory that equates Jews with lizard people, quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and blames “Rothschild Zionists” for the ills of the world. It’s about her saying that the Jewish focus on the land of Israel is because that could make money (though I’m not sure how that logics out). It’s about her blaming Jewish religious teachings for Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. It’s about strangely personal yet still anti-Semitic comments made about her ex-husband, a Jewish civil rights lawyer.
There have been a lot of posts on my dash about Tolkien, defending his work because of the time he wrote in, and no mention that he was an anti-semite who said he modeled the dwarves on Jews.