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Random musings on whatever subject strikes my fancy that day.

Category: Racism (Page 1 of 25)

Do U?

CNN and everyone else near her with a camera found this yesterday when Melania made her “surprise visit” to the concentration camps where brown children are being stockpiled.

Left: FLOTUS. Right: Zara catalog shot just so you know what you’re getting

Now, I can think of a few explanations for this woman who typically wears $1,500 – $51,500 garments in all public appearances showing up in that particular $39 Zara jacket to visit Texas in June (where yesterday it was 84F).

But all of them boil down to, “F* all y’all, we’re getting away with this and more.”

Concentration Camps

My brother voted for this.

Kids being stripped from their parents and put in camps.

He once joked to me that he would not buy a Mercedes because, and I quote, he “could not own a car where he might be related to the seat-covers.”  Haha.  Many of us have family members who just as inexplicably supported this fascist.

NB: not even Hitler got from taking power to camps in under 18 months.

Every Damn Day

Did you watch the town hall on everyday racism in the USA? It was on MSNBC Tuesday night. What? You did not watch? Well, this is a problem. You need to watch this. The whiter you are, the more you need to watch this playlist:

For more, go here.  You need more, so go.

Here’s the nasty truth: there is implicit bias in every one of us. We can ignore it or we can acknowledge it. If we acknowledge it we have a chance of stopping before we act on it.  But claiming that we do not have it is nothing more than self-deception.

And why is this coming out with such force now?  I give you one guess.  Here’s a clue:

Roseanne Self-Destructs

I was grudgingly impressed that her apology – aside from using the “joke” excuse – was close to an actual apology.  She must have known she’d pretty well screwed the pooch.

Of course, you have to wonder about ABC’s judgment in the first place, for engaging with this:

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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