Boy, these conservatives are really something, aren’t they? They’re all in favor of the unborn. They will do anything for the unborn. But once you’re born, you’re on your own. Pro-life conservatives are obsessed with the fetus from conception to nine months. After that, they don’t want to know about you. They don’t want to hear from you. No nothing. No neonatal care, no day care, no head start, no school lunch, no food stamps, no welfare, no nothing. If you’re pre-born, you’re fine; if you’re preschool, you’re fucked.
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thepeoplesrecord:

The troubling viral trend of the “hilarious” Black poor person
May 7, 2013

Charles Ramsey, the man who helped rescue three Cleveland women presumed dead after going missing a decade ago, has become an instant Internet meme. It’s hardly surprising—the interviews he gave yesterday provide plenty of fodder for a viral video, including memorable soundbites (“I was eatin’ my McDonald’s”) and lots of enthusiastic gestures. But as Miles Klee and Connor Simpson have noted, Ramsey’s heroism is quickly being overshadowed by the public’s desire to laugh at and autotune his story, and that’s a shame. Ramsey has become the latest in a fairly recent trend of “hilarious” black neighbors, unwitting Internet celebrities whose appeal seems rooted in a “colorful” style that is always immediately recognizable as poor or working-class.

Before Ramsey, there was Antoine Dodson, who saved his younger sister from an intruder, only to wind up famous for his flamboyant recounting of the story to a reporter. Since Dodson’s rise to fame, there have been others: Sweet Brown, a woman who barely escaped her apartment complex during a fire last year, and Michelle Clarke, who couldn’t fathom the hailstorm that rained down in her hometown of Houston, and in turn became “the next Sweet Brown.”

Granted, the buzzworthy tactic of reporters interviewing the most loquacious witnesses to a crime or other event is nothing new, and YouTube has countless examples of people of all ethnicities saying ridiculous things. One woman, for instance, saw fit to casually mention her breasts while discussing a local accident, while another man described a car crash with theatrical flair. Earlier this year, a “hatchet-wielding hitchhiker” named Kai matched Dodson’s fame with his astonishing account of rescuing a woman from a racist attacker. But none of those people have been subjected to quite the same level of derisive memeification as Brown, Clark, and now, perhaps, Ramsey—the inescapable echoes of “Hide yo’ kids, hide yo’ wife!” and “Kabooyaw,” the tens of millions of YouTube hits and cameos in other viral videos, even commercials.

It’s difficult to watch these videos and not sense that their popularity has something to do with a persistent, if unconscious, desire to see black people perform. Even before the genuinely heroic Ramsey came along, some viewers had expressed concern that the laughter directed at people like Sweet Brown plays into the most basic stereotyping of blacks as simple-minded ramblers living in the “ghetto,” socially out of step with the rest of educated America. Black or white, seeing Clark and Dodson merely as funny instances of random poor people talking nonsense is disrespectful at best. And shushing away the question of race seems like wishful thinking.

Ramsey is particularly striking in this regard, since, for a moment at least, he put the issue of race front and center himself. Describing the rescue of Amanda Berry and her fellow captives, he says, “I knew something was wrong when a little pretty white girl ran into a black man’s arms. Something is wrong here. Dead giveaway!”

The candid statement seems to catch the reporter off guard; he ends the interview shortly afterward. And it’s notable that among the many memorable things Ramsey said on camera, this one has gotten less meme-attention than most. Those who are simply having fun with the footage of Ramsey might pause for a second to actually listen to the man. He clearly knows a thing or two about the way racism prevents us from seeing each other as people.

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Now that you know this is a thing, please stop sharing these memes. Poor Black people speaking candidly about various serious incidents isn’t a hilarious joke.

I BEEN sick of this shit. It burns me UP to hear white people say that sweet brown shit.. and now this? This man just saved these girls lives and you make a joke of it? White people aint shit.

And I keep thinking about Anton Dobson too, about how he saved his sister. You wouldn’t know that from the media attention he gets with that auto tuned song. It overshadows the real situation to makes black people look like idiots. 

I can’t.

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beingblog:

From a 2011 Pew Research Center report, a graphic showing the median percentage of Muslims across seven Muslim countries who say each of these traits describes people in Western countries and median percentage of non-Muslims across the U.S., Russia, and four Western European countries who say each of these traits describes Muslims.
I highly recommend reading Michael Young’s op-ed “What Does Muslim-Western Relations Mean?” that gets at these ideas about values, characteristics, and identity.
~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

“A Syrian or Egyptian still regards freedom much as a Frenchman or an American does, even if the preferred social contract each will favor to protect those freedoms differs. Perhaps some will want more secularism, others more religion. But if the preferred social contract ends up undermining those same freedoms, then the chances are that new rebellions will occur at some stage.” - Michael Young.

beingblog:

From a 2011 Pew Research Center report, a graphic showing the median percentage of Muslims across seven Muslim countries who say each of these traits describes people in Western countries and median percentage of non-Muslims across the U.S., Russia, and four Western European countries who say each of these traits describes Muslims.

I highly recommend reading Michael Young’s op-ed “What Does Muslim-Western Relations Mean?” that gets at these ideas about values, characteristics, and identity.

~Trent Gilliss, senior editor

A Syrian or Egyptian still regards freedom much as a Frenchman or an American does, even if the preferred social contract each will favor to protect those freedoms differs. Perhaps some will want more secularism, others more religion. But if the preferred social contract ends up undermining those same freedoms, then the chances are that new rebellions will occur at some stage.” - Michael Young.


To Yonji. To all of us.

To Yonji. To all of us.

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Life List

(subject to multiple iterations!)

Inspired by: Felicia of love.life.eat

  1. Be well-traveled on my own continent. Top 10: Kenya (duh!), Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Zambia/Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Morocco/Tunisia and Egypt. Ok make that Top 12/13.
  2. Rediscover my writer’s voice and experiment with short stories as well as opinion pieces.
  3. Develop my interest in photography (see what I did there) and master my camera.
  4. Visit Rome again – the first time was short and sweet and with my French host-parents. Go back on my own terms. Preferably with a lover. It’s that kind of city ;)
  5. Spend at least two weeks in Japan
  6. Become fluent in Kiswahili
  7. Become fluent in French
  8. Arrive at basic proficiency in either Arabic or Spanish.
  9. Get strong: Yoga-stick to it and get bendy. Swimming – why did you let it go to begin with?!
  10. Build my self-confidence. Without this, nothing else on this list will happen. Become as optimistic as I once was
  11. Own and run a creative café/cultural-arts-performance-literature space/serve really good brunch food all day errday.
  12. Let food, temples, small villages and a sense of adventure be my guide through South East Asia.
  13. Let architecture, cafés and wine be my guide through Europe.
  14. Visit the West Coast: Seattle, San Francisco, San Diego
  15. Befriend a dog
  16. Dance
  17. Learn how to think strategically
  18. Learn to be more generous of my time and possessions
  19. Become a better minimalist: own only what I need and love
  20. Mentor someone
  21. Find/Own a place I could call home (and decorate it to my heart’s content!)
  22. Fall in love with cooking again
  23. Learn to cook something delicious
  24. Seek out more opportunities, allow for more spontaneity
  25. Learn Kikuyu
  26. Learn Kidigo
  27. Learn how to play my guitar
  28. Politely speak my mind if something is offensive
  29. Learn how to film and edit short video
  30. Learn how to ride a bike. For real this time…(before I leave NYC!!)
  31. Take my mama on a holiday
  32. Become a teacher – formal or informal
  33. Do not fear hard work: remember that freedom tastes best when paired with healthy servings of personal accomplishment. 

Producers: these people execute or maintain a repeatable process. This can range from simple things like working on an inbound help desk and handling some transactional process, to more complex, like auditing the performance of a big system, writing code, or producing the monthly financial reports. Producers typically require training or advanced skills to be in a position to execute the process. To determine the appropriate Producer performance objectives, ask the hiring manager to define how any required skill is used on the job and how its success would be measured, e.g., “contact 15 new customers per week and have five agree to an onsite demonstration.“ This is a lot better than saying “the person must have 3-5 years of sales experience selling to sophisticated buyers of electro-mechanical control valves.”

Improvers: these people upgrade, change or make a repeatable process better. Managers are generally required to continually monitor and improve a process under their responsibility. Building, training and developing the team to implement a process is part of an Improver’s role. Improvers can be individual contributors or managers of teams and projects, the key is the focus on improving a existing system, business or process. A performance objective for an Improver could be “conduct a comprehensive process review of the wafer fab process to determine what it would take to improve end-to-end yield by 10%.”

Builders: these people take an idea from scratch and convert it into something tangible. This could be creating a new business, designing a complex new product, closing a big deal, or developing a new process. Entrepreneurs, inventors, turn-around executives, deal-makers, and project managers are typical jobs that emphasize the Builder component. Ask the hiring manager what big changes, new developments, big problems or major projects the person in the new job would need to address to determine the Builder component. An example might be, “lead the implementation of the new SAP supply change system over every business unit including international.” This is a lot better than saying “must have five years international logistics background and strong expertise with SAP.”

Thinkers: these people are the visionaries, strategists, intellects, and creators of the world, and every new idea starts with them. Their work covers new products, new business ideas, and different ways of doing everyday things. Ask hiring managers where the job requires thinking out-of-the-box or major problems to solve to develop the Thinker performance objectives. “Develop a totally new approach for reducing water usage by 50%,” is a lot better than saying “Must have 5-10 years of environmental engineering background including 3-5 years of wastewater management with a knack for creative solutions.”


ushikamano
power of holding together, tenacity, adhesion
ushupavu
strength, stubbornness, obstinacy, vigor, toughness, tenacity

source: Google translate. Because I suck at my own mother tongue.

But still though, these two words are the truth right now. Because all the meaning they now hold for me are thanks to my mother and our long conversation today. This is what we will strive for. The mother-daughter motto, all day, err-day :>


Why is it so important that Martin Luther King Jr. consistently expresses respect for, and includes, his oppressors? For one, it demonstrates a penetrating understanding of human nature. Criticism doesn’t work as a tool of persuasion for a reason. People are afraid of their own guilt; it makes them uncomfortable and extremely defensive. You and I have seen this many times before. If you merely point out misdeeds, your audience will be guarded and deflective, less willing to accept blame. Moreover, they will strive to justify their wrong doings rather than looking at their actions objectively. Respect is necessary to open an audience’s eyes to the possibility of change. This is exactly the respect that Eve Ensler fails to extend to her audience in The Vagina Monologues.

I need to stop.

Today I stopped, to some extent. I haven’t left my apartment since Friday and today (Sunday) I actually let myself stay under the bed covers, willfully shutting the sun out of my eyes until 3pm. I had to keep reminding myself to stop. Self-recrimination comes so easily to me I usually don’t even realize how badly I’m beating myself up until someone else points it out. And yes I felt like the laziest, least productive person on the planet but I was able to hold the self-blame at bay, for the most part. Which is quite the personal achievement considering I value myself almost entirely on what I perceive to be my usefulness to other people. 

I have one more month in this city and you know what, I’m just going to stop kicking myself over and over again. I’m on holiday from myself. I’m going to read some books and take some walks and try my best not to feel guilty about it.

It’s ridiculous to me that I freak out about staying in the apartment all day (because that makes me a non-productive entity. For shame) and then I freak out about leaving the apartment because that means I have to come up with some actual task or errand or thing that I need to go out and accomplish so that I can convince myself I’m like any other normal active member of society. 

Either way it’s lose-lose. Going out, staying in, it all feels pointless. Being this anxious about everything all the time is literally mentally and emotionally numbing.

So suck it, brain. I’m going to go outside tomorrow. And I don’t need to have a plan. I’m just going to put one foot in front of the other. Maybe I’ll have breakfast at a cafe I like the look of around 79th St. Maybe I’ll stroll through Central Park. Maybe I’ll enjoy an alcoholic beverage with my lunch. I don’t know. I don’t care. I’m going.