commented on The Fight Against Small Apartments
It's really perfectly clear to me what's going on, as someone who lives very far away from this whole controversy: When the NIMBYs describe the people they're worried about as "sketchy", "transient", or "criminal", what they actually mean is "black".
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Mr. Wonderful
To add to the DTMFA chorus:
A few years ago I met a sweet little old lady who was part of a discussion group I was participating in. Over the course of the discussions, it came out that her husband of many many years was an alcoholic who treated her the same way this guy is treating VAG. She's still dealing with the challenges of that relationship about 30 years after she was able to leave him.
So don't walk, run to the nearest exit.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: The Most Beautiful Woman On Earth
@21 nailed it: The cardinal sin here isn't the fact that he may well be banging his "ex" and at least half of his "friends". It's that he's being completely dishonest with the LW.
You may love him, hun, but he only cares about a few of your body parts. If you like a few of his body parts, feel free to enjoy them, but you'll never be his #1.
commented on Great Moments in Minority Outreach at CPAC
" #5,6 - nope, this is the Stranger, so it's 'all white men'. We all have 'privilege', or something,"
As a white guy, when I get pulled over by the cops for a minor traffic violation, I know that whether or not I get a ticket, I will not be imprisoned or killed and my car will not be searched without good reason. My non-white friends and coworkers, on the other hand, have been pulled over for violations that never happened, ordered out of their car, frisked, and had the car searched illegally. And my city's cops are currently under federal investigation for sending 60 cars chasing after a black couple that doesn't seem to have committed any sort of crime and firing 143 rounds at them.
White friends report cases of companies turning down highly qualified candidates for jobs because those candidates were black. In the place I work, an owner categorically stated that he'd never hire an Indian under any circumstances.
So yes, I'd say I have some privileges other people don't, solely because I'm white.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Forever On the Internet
On the whole "future teachers should not appear in porn" thing, the one semi-legitimate reason I can think of this being an issue: A teacher who gets a class of horny 13-year-olds, a few of them get hot for teacher, find the porn, and before you know it the entire school is watching the teacher give someone a BJ or something.
And yes, that kind of thing causes problems in school. If nothing else, it diminishes a teacher's ability to get their class to focus on learning.
commented on SL Letter of the Day: Daddy Day Cares
Another factor in this story: I've worked with kids before, and some young boys like dressing up as princesses when they're 3-9 years old, which has no bearing whatsoever on whether they like dressing up as princesses or being treated like a princess once they hit puberty.