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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

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Respect

What does respect mean?

Sometimes people use “respect” to mean “treating someone like a person” and sometimes they use “respect” to mean “treating someone like an authority”

and sometimes people who are used to being treated like an authority say “if you won’t respect me I won’t respect you” and they mean “if you won’t treat me like an authority I won’t treat you like a person”

and they think they’re being fair but they aren’t, and it’s not okay.

Autistic Abby on tumblr, April 2015

“Respect” is a word that is thrown around by the most privileged, to try to reinforce and enlarge the inequality they need to survive.

So when you hear, for example, that #BLM “disrespect” the police,  please think of Abby’s formulation and be aware: you are being told that the black citizen is lesser and that they must submit to arbitrary authority.

Of course, even then they will not be respected as people.  The essence of this kind of unjust privilege will always include breaking treaties and contracts.  Ask any of the now-bankrupt subcontractors who worked on buildings for Pumpkin.  Or any Native American.

h/t Kottke

He Got There

Well, Tom Tomorrow may have finally thrown in the towel on trying to parody this un-parody-able “administration.”  Now he’s just flat-out writing current events reports as graphic essays.

So… now he’s gotten there!

May Day!

No, I am not asking for help (m’aidez!).

I am talking about the international workers’ festival that takes place everywhere but here on May 1, today.

Becuase May 1 was associated with those dirty Commies back when the US instituted Labor Day, they moved our Labor Day to another part of the calendar to make sure workers in this country didn’t get any funny ideas.

photo: Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times

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Did He Get There?

Did Tom Tomorrow get there? Did he reach that promised land that I have been saying was out of reach? Has he successfully created what can be accurately called a parody of Pumpkin?

Nope.

It turns out this cartoon is fairly accurate – not in the actual transcript of the words but in the fact that Pumpkin spews enough on Fox & Friends to get himself even deeper in the legal shitter than he was before.

But I also predict it will not matter.  Nothing at all will happen to this scumbag, because the rich don’t want it to.  They already got their tax scam and now they are coming for your Social Security.  Inconveniences like punishing treason committed by their puppets will not be allowed to interfere.

 

The Green Book

Green Book Covers – NYPL

Beginning in 1936, Victor Hugo Green, a postal worker from New York, began publishing travel guides for African-Americans that let them know where to go and where not to go if they wanted to be able to buy gas, get a meal in a restaurant, sleep in a hotel room, or continue using oxygen.

These guides were published until the early ’60s.  They are now in the public domain and you can peruse them here.

Of course, when Green began this enterprise in the 1930’s, at the height of Jim Crow, you could get assaulted, arrested or killed pretty much anywhere in this country for DWB – Driving While Black.

Well, thank goodness that’s all behind us now!  Oh… wait

Jan Miles – click through the photo for more

In the age of reinvigorated, albeit unofficial (so far)  Jim Crow, New Orleans-based attorney and writer Jan Miles has revived the Green Book.  This one is less a travel guide and more an ongoing compendium of police murders and beatings, white privilege, aggressions both micro- and macro, and all the other delights of being a US citizen who is not white in the age of Pumpkin, our whitest president yet.

Although, come to think of it, a straight-up travel guide, akin to the original, might be needed.  After all, so far in the past eight months, the NAACP has issued travel advisories for American Airlines.  And Missouri.  It’d be hilarious if it weren’s so the complete opposite of hilarious.

You can buy a copy of Miles’ guide here.  If your immediate reaction to that idea was, “Well, I don’t have these problems,” then you do indeed need a copy as a possible antidote to your massive white privilege.   Which you just helpfully defined.

Mine arrives Thursday.

h/t bOingbOing

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