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White Boy Privilege

This poem by a 14-year-old young man from Atlanta has gone viral, so chances are you've already seen it elsewhere -- but if not, check it out. I think it's a powerful and honest statement from a very thoughtful eighth-grader.


This is what happens when you reply to spam email

Signed the petition, in honor of Caroline Previdi, "a lover of freedom" --

who was six years old at the time of her murder at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a week before Christmas 2012.

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'

Nixon Policy Advisor Admits He Invented War On Drugs to Suppress 'Anti-War Left and Black People'
by Julianne Escobedo Shepherd
Jezebel Magazine, 3/22/2016
Dan Baum, writing in support of drug legalization at Harper’s, has unleashed a frank 1994 quote from former Nixon policy advisor John Ehrlichman, and as inadvertently salient an argument for legalizing drugs as any I’ve ever seen:
At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.

I must have looked shocked. Ehrlichman just shrugged. Then he looked at his watch, handed me a signed copy of his steamy spy novel, The Company, and led me to the door.

- more: http://jezebel.com/nixons-policy-advisor-admits-he-invented-war-on-drugs-t-1766359595

The ongoing suffering caused by this craven policy boggles the mind.

The Rachel Maddow town hall in Flint - wow

That was a great event. Moving, enraging, uplifting, and inspiring -- all at once. Great job, Rachel!

I'm rooting so hard for that town and those great people. I look forward to their recovery and their eventual resurgence.

If only he weren't so *angry* I could support him!

...not to mention so white, and male, and old! And Vermont-y! ... or so I gather from reading many DU threads.

And there he goes again, advocating Medicare for All, supporting Planned Parenthood, and calling out the Republicans for their staunch support of the welfare of 20 grotesquely wealthy individuals at the expense of 150 million others... Sanders is so out of touch! So tone deaf! So ignorant of the day-to-day experience of people of color!!

Or so we've been told, a few thousand times lately.

Meanwhile, back in the real world, this is a great speech by Sen. Sanders. In measured and direct statements, he completely eviscerates the Republicans' idiotic and cruel agenda.


David Lynch on Movies on the iPhone

Thanks to Michael Moore for tweeting this!

Maker Shed stands with Ahmed

Maker Shed, the popular web site for the DIY builder community, stands with Ahmed! They've invited him to be a special guest at World Maker Faire, and -- in the true spirit of the Maker tribe -- they've posted an article showing how Ahmed built his clock. How cool is that?

The Maker Shed folks are also promoting 12 of their DIY clock kits in solidarity with the young Texas builder. Yes, Maker Shed is a commercial web site, these kits are for sale, and Maker Shed pockets the proceeds. But it's great that this hub of the builder/maker community is expressing solidarity with Ahmed Mohamed and celebrating his creative energy. Hats off to Maker Shed!

I rooted for the Braves since 1966 when they moved from Milwaukee to Atlanta,

until they announced their move to Cobb County so all the scaredy-cat white suburbanites and redneck out-of-town fans won't have to endure the urban terrors of going to the current ballpark.

I used to do my homework while listening to Milo Hamilton and Ernie Johnson call the games. The first MLB game I saw in person was at the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium, where I got to see Hank Aaron and Ernie Banks on the field at the same time. (Cubs won.) As a Southerner and a baseball fan, I proudly supported the Braves as our only regional team for a long time. And I stuck with them through some pretty painful years before the Maddux-Smoltz-Glavine glory days, and some more semi-painful years after that.

But I no longer have a team. I am not rooting for the Marietta Fucking Braves.

I'm sure the "walking into traffic" line refers to how crappy of a season they're having, after dumping every high-priced player they could. And the planned pedestrian bridge, which is an absolute joke since the new stadium will be inaccessible via public transportation and will create even bigger traffic nightmares (if that's possible) in that zone, is facing major resistance.

I've had it with the franchise. I hope they continue to falter and end up moving to Charlotte or Memphis.

Great stuff

My first thought was "White Like Me," Eddie Murphy's excellent Sat. Night Live bit:

Delving more deeply, "White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack" by Peggy McIntosh is a must-read and a real eye-opener for every white American:
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