Racism Bingo – ATLANTA Edition

I’m pleased to watch Black television shows with no Good White People. I admit that when I was younger, I looked really hard for that representative Good White Person. I needed that confirmation that Black people didn’t think as badly of White people as I did; that we weren’t all terrible; that we could maybe be friends. Of course I still want that in life, but now I really appreciate it when White people are nonentities in Black shows. I love the apparent absence of serious pressure to showcase a Good White Person, and no compulsion by Black creators to add them.

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Racial Whoopi

If race isn’t real, how can racism be? Seems like a reasonable question, but it’s like saying, if money isn’t real, how can we prosecute bank robbers? Money has no value on its own, but since it represents real things, or can be traded for real things, it represents “value” to us. Science has proven that race cannot be delineated, and is therefore objectively nonexistent. Race is socially constructed, and the classifications change over time and over geography, but because we recognize it as a real thing, we identify ourselves as members of a “race” for purposes of forming community and preserving tradition, and we can identify others as a “race” for purposes of exclusion, violence, etc.

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Imagine?

If you can start to imagine it, you can start to figure out what is necessary in order to make that world possible: an economic system in which everyone can live with dignity; community spaces where people mix with folks that are different from them; freedom to live as your true self without prejudice; access to the psychological and spiritual powers of nature; neighbors looking out for each other; support systems for people with mental or physical illnesses; an education system that recognizes and celebrates difference, that takes responsibility for past crimes and abuse and works to make amends for them … fill in the blanks.

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Perfection & the Great Chain of Being (Perfection, pt 2)

When we rank the superiority of life forms on a human-determined, essentially arbitrary, arrogantly immutable hierarchy, we are necessarily isolating entire species. That does not leave space for mutuality or co-evolution, or collaboration or interconnection, all relationships that we know not only exist, but are essential for the sustainability of life.

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Orange & Black & White

I am most intrigued by the White folks’ growth in Orange is the New Black, and that says something about the show. The bad White folks seemed like inferior humans by design, which I found really interesting in a mainstream, White-led series.

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Who Voted For Trump?

Rich people who don’t want to pay taxes; Single issue “pro-life” voters; Lifelong Republicans whose identity is tied into party affiliation; Frightened people. Most Americans agree with Democratic policies, so Republicans earn their votes with a steady dose of “scary stories and threats.”

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Western Civilization is an Oxymoron

Basically, Western Civilization implies that wearing lots of clothes, writing things down, low melanin, and an insatiable drive for more of everything – land, resources, subjects – makes a culture superior, gracious, compassionate, and mild-tempered.

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Abuse of CDC Coronavirus Testers: Minnesota Nice

You know those stories you hear, about tribal communities in countries of the Global South refusing immunizations, attacking health care workers, rejecting science, and behaving in opposition to recommended guidelines when contagious diseases break out? Have you ever thought, what the hell is wrong with those people? Have you ever felt a little bit of […]

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Black Lies #1* Sexual Aggression

People of African origin have been characterized as sexually aggressive and insatiable more or less since Europeans first planted their soggy feet in the Global South. Can you picture it? These stuffy, Christian, Portuguese mofos covered neck to toe in filthy, sea-worn garments encountering people dressed comfortably, in climate-appropriate clothings, perhaps exposing (gasp) parts of […]

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