National Emergency? National Schmergency

Well, it seems that even post-shutdown (Pelosi-owned shutdown of the Tangerine Toddler, not the latter’s shutdown of government), Trump’s acolytes are still holding out hope for a southern monument to their xenophobia.

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Fragility and Disingenuity: Contemporary Racism Facilitation

Ugly, isn’t it?

I refer not to the aspect of the figure caricatured, but to the caricature itself; and I’m not talking about artistic merit.

The cartoonist in question, Mark Knight, of Melbourne’s Herald Sun newspaper, offered this snapshot in response to multiple Grand Slam champion Serena Williams’ verbal altercation with the umpire, at the recent US Open. Unsurprisingly, the cartoon set the airwaves alight, with cries of “It’s racist!” and “It’s not racist!” ricocheting across the globe (or at least, the part of it occupied by people with nothing better to do).

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Charlottesville, Virginia: Statement from a Former Trump Business Councillor

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White nationalists confront anti-fascism protestors in Charlottesville, Virginia (photo credit: Joshua Roberts / Reuters)

Professional networking site LinkedIn is not generally a go-to source for news, so in light of the recent violent racial disturbances in Charlottesville, Virginia, that resulted in one fatality, I thought this statement from CEO and Chairman of the Dow Chemical Company, Andrew N. Liveris, an insightful addition to the almost formulaic post-tragedy commentary we are accustomed to receiving from the mainstream media. Continue reading

No, White Friend—You Weren’t “Embarrassed” by Barack Obama | john pavlovitz

If virulent cognitive dissonance upsets you, I recommend not reading the comments section of this uncompromisingly truthful analysis. (Cognitive dissonance being by far the most common response to accusations of being a racist, with frank admission trailing  in a distant second place.)  Otherwise, have at it.

But I don’t believe [your embarrassment at Obama] had anything to do with his resume or his experience or his character or his conduct in office—because you seem fully proud right now to be associated with a three-time married, serial adulterer and confessed predator; a man whose election and business dealings and relationships are riddled with controversy and malfeasance. You’re perfectly fine being represented by a bullying, obnoxious, genitalia-grabbing, Tweet-ranting, Prime Minister-shoving charlatan who’s managed to offended all our allies in a few short months. And you’re okay with him putting on religious faith like a rented, dusty, ill-fitting tuxedo and immediately tossing it in the garbage when he’s finished with it.


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What Does ‘Cultural Appropriation’ Mean? – The Atlantic

Probably the most articulate, most cogent commentary/exchange I have seen or heard yet, on the subject of cultural appropriation.

It’s a fairly lengthy interview, but well worth it, for the balanced, nuanced, and analytical approach taken by both participants.

“These aren’t genetic issues, they’re cultural issues, so I don’t feel ashamed for any of it,” he said. “I wasn’t there. You weren’t either. And we’re all obligated to use our talents for the good of others, whether our great-grandfather was a Russian immigrant, a slave, or a Southern plantation owner with 5,000 slaves.”

~Richard Rabinowitz, curator at the New-York Historical Society


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