Sep 10, 2015
commented on On Sherman Alexie's Choice to Use Racial Bias When Selecting Poems for Best American Poetry 2015
Bravo. Nicely done Sherman and nicely done Rich. Especially that last sentence. I'm weighing in just so the damn reactionaries aren't the only voice on this thread.
And @8: names aren't the only things that can give a clue as to race in a work of literature, which is why blind submissions can be an inadequate solution. Editors and judges's valuation of work will have a bias that skews toward work that reflects their own concerns, aesthetics, and experience, all of which of course will be shaped by their racial identity. As long as the establishment is white dominated, blind submissions aren't enough.
Jul 25, 2015
commented on Ta-Nehisi Coates Says the Arc of History Bends Toward Chaos
@10: I agree with your last sentence. But most of your other sentences are false. White people benefit in material ways from racist policies, practices, and historical accumulation of wealth. To deny that is just silly. Just take an empirical look at the inequities in people's lives, using almost any metric you could choose, and tell me that disparity isn't due to racism.
Jul 23, 2015
commented on Sandra Bland Is Dead Because She Believed in Her Rights as an American
@charles: I love you
@17: I love you
@36: I love you
@ all the blind racist idiots defending the perpetrator (who was obviously harassing and abusing her) and blaming the victim, your emptiness is terrifying. What fucking happened to you to make you side with aggressors? What makes a person do that? You are sick and I'm very sad for you. But also fuck you.
Jul 9, 2015
commented on The Mean Girls of Summer
What is up with all the lame, vacant stories? Who are these milquetoast writers? Is the Stranger catering to a SLU audience now? I miss Paul :(