commented on The Morning News: War In Europe, Awards in Los Angeles, Ebola In America?
The other morning KING did an absolutely ridiculous story about how someone in Sacramento totally probably might have Ebola, complete with soundbytes from morons that they stopped as they pulled into the moron parking lot at the moron center.
This could be a "teachable moment" about public health, but no one wants to go there, and too many people are too stupid to understand it anyway.
The public makes me grumpy.
commented on The Sunday Morning News
I'm old enough to remember when Broadway was restaurants and furniture stores, and decidedly not gay. Almost all the gay stuff was down in Pioneer Square.
Times change, neighborhoods change. I'm sure the "young queers" will manage to brighten the corner wherever they are.
commented on What Are White Liberals Going to Do About the Westlake Mall Cop Who Pepper Sprayed an Innocent Black Man?
So I actually left the grounds of Chez Vel-DuRay today, and went downtown (it's much easier these days, what with the light rail, and not having to wear a hat and put on a girdle) and was surprised to see that Westlake Mall still is there (I thought it had been taken over by Nordstrom Rack.)
Here's a thought: If "white liberals" (or black folks, for that matter) ever want to do anything other than wring their hands and/or be angry about institutionalized racism, they have to find better ways to express themselves.
Terms like "Institutionalized Racism" and "White Privilege" (both of which I understand agree with) and "reparations" (which I also accept, at least in the Ta-Nehisi Coates context) are instant barriers to effective communication with lower and middle-class whites (who are mostly on their way to becoming lower-class, thanks to a generation of Reaganomics).
Regardless of their place in history, they don't feel particularly privileged - they're just trying to hang onto what they were promised was the American Dream - and terms like those send them right into the arms of the American right, who couldn't care less for them, but welcome their support to advance their corporate agenda.
If we're serious about racism, it's time to step out of the world of academia (I'm looking at people like you, Sawant) and address issues of economic inequality for all people. When people feel economically secure, they are much more willing to help their fellow humans - regardless of their race.