“When a little white girl goes missing, online news, supermarket tabloids and cable network stations bombard us with up-to-the-minute dispatches on the crime, the victim, her shattered family and anguished community. When a little black girl is murdered in cold blood by a big city police department it is up to the community and those who care about social justice to ensure that the case doesn’t fade into the national obscurity that is usually reserved for the lives of people of color. The recent execution of 7 year-old Aiyanna Jones by the Detroit Police Department during a raid while she was sleeping in her home is the kind of atrocity that makes many people of color view the police as an occupying army. According to news reports, the Detroit Police were conducting a raid that was being filmed for an A&E reality show. Neighbors informed the police that there were children in the home, but their pleas were ignored. Searching for a suspect who lived in another apartment unit, officers fired into the home from outside, then lobbed a grenade into the house, killing little Aiyanna. By exercising a so-called “no knock” policy in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, the Detroit Police’s criminal disregard for human life and the civil liberties of people of color have kept the community under siege. According to Ron Scott of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, the Detroit Police have been under a federal consent decree but continue to use military style raids that terrorize black citizens.”—
I hate to read these things. But it is imperious to reblog and spread the word on these intolerable facts happening every day in the world.
“Homesickness is just a state of mind for me. I’m always missing someone or someplace or something, I’m always trying to get back to some imaginary somewhere. My life has been one long longing.”—Elizabeth Wurtzel (via quotewhore)
If we’re going to fight to keep an Islamic mosque and community center from being built near Ground Zero then I think it would only be fair to also protest Catholic churches from being built near schoolyards and Scientology Centers from being built within 100 meters of anyone using formal logic.
“While some Texas politicians may want to set their educational standards back 50 years, California should not be subject to their backward curriculum changes. The alterations and fallacies made by these extremist conservatives are offensive to our communities and inaccurate of our nation’s diverse history.”—
— California Senator Leland Yee, who has introduced a bill to ensure Texas curriculum changes don’t make it into California textbooks
“ Yeah, I’ll admit it, I hate Twilight too. They told me it was gonna be a movie about vampires, and I was like ‘Fuck yeah, we’re in a horror movie with this shitty pop song I wrote!’. Then I found out it’s not a horror movie, it’s some stupid fucking romance novel shit with a creepy stalker. And they play baseball to our song. What the hell? ”—
When I got home from work shortly after midnight, the apartment was a disaster area and there was this adorable Post-It on my bedroom door: "Hey Brittany, sorry we can’t watch The Graduate tonight. We spent five hours installing the air conditioner, and then we baked you a cake! It’s in the kitchen—enjoy!! We are in our beds asleep. Love, the Super Duper Handy Troopers”
That’s right: I came home to AC and cake [which was delicious, my roommates’ baking never disappoints]! This Post-It demonstrated to me that the messy apartment was actually thoroughly cozy and very much home, given that the mess resulted from said AC installation/cake baking. Super-duper does not even begin to cover it.
“The new law forbids elementary or secondary schools to teach classes that are ‘designed primarily for pupils of a particular ethnic group’ and advocate ‘the overthrow of the United States government’ or ‘resentment toward a race or class of people.’”
Hmm, it makes you wonder, why would anyone have any resentment towards privileged whites who have historically supported systematic and institutionalized racism towards minorities throughout the history of our nation? It’s okay, you don’t have to answer that.
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one.
Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism.
Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance […]
In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure.
In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.”—
Personally, I find 1984 considerably more terrifying than Brave New World. I never thought of it in these terms particularly (which I think are fair and useful); for me the difference was that in Brave New World there still existed individual wills. In the end, escape is possible—albeit through suicide. In Orwell’s dystopia not even suicide is feasible.