commented on I Want to Take My Womb Out of Retirement and Give Birth to a Black Daughter So That She Can See Hidden Figures
I watched this movie last night. I agree with 100% of everything you said here. As a black software engineer, the first thing I did today was basically tell my other black and brown male and female colleagues who are also engineers to go see this movie and to take their children to see it. I told one of my colleagues to buy this the blu-ray to show her baby daughter multiple times when she's older.
(spoiler coming up)
My mom's a RN, who went to university in Long Island in the late 60s for her bachelors in nursing. When Octavia Spencer's character checked out a book on Fortran from the library, it reminded me of what my mother told me about how she had to learn Fortran for one quarter as part of a requirement for all science majors at the time in the turn of the decade. This was in the late 60s/early 70s. When I got my first real desktop machine in 1990, she was sitting there next to me learning DOS and the rudimentary apps (word perfect, lotus, and print shop pro). Today when we argue about things, it's usually how much computer crap, old iOS and Android devices that she has in the house.
long story short, watch this movie. I cheered, laughed, felt excited,felt inspired, and started to ball-up at the end. You also see a side of John Glenn's story that we never knew. He put his faith and trust into these women and wanted these black female mathematicians to succeed and they did. I think that's not a tall-tale but an actual piece of history that was never told.
Honestly, I can see this movie truly pissing off racists, such as politicians, teachers and administrators.
Dec 27, 2016
commented on Carrie Fisher
Yeah I feel sorry for Debbie Reynolds today. She shouldn't have to bury her child, even if their child was 60 years of age. I just watched Rogue 1 last night and loved the very last scene of Carrie F as a young Princess Leia. Way too much death has happened this year, personally around me in addition to everywhere else, compared to prior years. 2016 truly fucking sucks.
Nov 15, 2016
commented on Trump Might Not Stop Legalization, but the Pot Industry Might Become Whiter
I'm black and have thought about getting into the Cannabis industry. I am afraid to get into it due to being black and marked as a target to the government, who tends to have racist ways of enforcing their laws. For example, let's say the Feds decide to do a raid on state-legal pot shops. They might bust 15 shops. If a city has 4 black/latino owned shops, those 4 shops will be busted and the owners will be prosecuted where as the other 11 shop owners might get their cases thrown out due to technicalities.
Does it sound like I have a tin foil hat on? Sure but many people in the black community do not trust the federal government when it comes to abuse of power and racial targeting by the federal law enforcement.