"American history is longer, larger, more various, more beautiful, and more terrible than anything anyone has ever said about it."
THESE COLORS DON’T RUN, UNLESS IT’S FROM QUESTIONS ABOUT THE ROLE OF CORPORATE MONEY IN NATIONAL POLITICS OR WHY SENATORS ARE ALLOWED TO VOTE THEMSELVES EXEMPT FROM THE SAME LAWS THEY PASS FOR THE OTHER 99.9% OF THE NATION!
OTHER THAN THAT, WITH THE POSSIBLE EXCEPTION OF WHY WE CAN’T SEEM TO SEPARATE THE CHURCH FROM THE STATE DESPITE BEING FOUNDED ON A SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE, PLUS ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT 9/11 AND SUBSEQUENT WARS, OR WHERE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS IN BAILOUT MONEY WENT AND WHY NOBODY WAS ARRESTED, LET ALONE JAILED FOR TANKING THE ECONOMY, THESE COLORS TOTALLY STAY PUT!
… UNLESS YOUR BUMPER STICKER WAS PRINTED IN A SWEATSHOP IN CHINA OR MALAYSIA, IN WHICH CASE THESE COLORS WILL RUN WHENEVER IT RAINS!
NOW HAND OVER MY GODDAMN CAN OF SARDINES! KAW!
Re: Occupy Wall St →
rant. possible unfollow bait. whatever.
I understand the need for occupy wall street (even if it is the brainchild of fucking adbusters). Yet every time I read an article or see another white person holding a piece of paper bemoaning the cost of education or the cost of living and breathing in America I can’t help but think now you see how the other 30+% of us live. Sorry no one prepared your privileged ass for reality. Unemployment crisis? What about the fucking life crisis that’s been happening in your own backyard?
I think this is probably why I haven’t posted about this. And because of the lack of media coverage I get certain types of information passed down to me via outraged bloggers and bloggers tend to be privileged. Outlets that usually cover the intersection of race and class have not really cared about this either. I’ve talked about it briefly with people, yeah it’s a shame the media doesn’t care especially when police brutality is involved. But beyond that, I see no organization on the mother website. Besides being loud, though that itself is very important, what are the goals? Where are your voter drives? Where is your group of leaders that can demand time from someone with power? How are you engaging people who aren’t teenagers/twenty-somethings with bongo sets they got on their semester abroad? How are you engaging people not in NY (because outside NY barely anyone cares about NY)? There’s a reason why the rich are publicly comfortable sipping Bollinger above you, they have effectively mobilized a bunch of xenophobic morons to back pro-business candidates. Like Shana says, glad you’re out there but what are you doing exactly?
Why, whenever I see something about this, do I keep reading the same ‘no media coverage’ and ‘my wrists are red from handcuffs’ complaints? That’s awful, but my initial reaction is to point you to the very long and very old line of the underclass (it moves fast though, black men die young or get jailed and new voting laws are disenfranchising more and more). OK, jump ahead in line but don’t whine in earshot of the ones in back about being ignored. Listen to the ones that many politicians have called some version of welfare queens and dangerous black bucks who live to steal your purses so they can afford to make the crack babies. Disappointed in Obama, obnoxious radical liberals who threaten not to vote in 2012 or spend spectacular time and energy complaining about his lack of passing progressive bills? Why don’t you work to get him a Congress that gives a shit? And those of you who are Ron Paul supporters? I don’t know what to say to you besides enjoy your detached from reality racist piece of crap candidate. I wish there was an island we can ship all of your useless asses to reenact the Lord of the Flies. And since police state brutality has become a big issue, there’s plenty out there that goes beyond red marks on wrists and pepper spray, get into it. I’m interested in hearing other perspectives, if you have any to share.
ETA: Those I Am The 99% posts are very moving, and familiar to so many people going back so many years who don’t even have the luxury of having a degree (college debt is a major theme). And It’d be useless to say I hope it changes for everyone because hope has pretty much been exhausted. These stories are very valuable right now. Read them during the next GOP Presidential debate but make sure no heavy, moveable objects are near you at the time because those people are on a race to the bottom of the bootstraps barrel.
Congo: pornography for misanthropes →
It is the ‘deadliest war since Adolf Hitler’s armies marched across Europe’. It is the ‘deadliest war since the Holocaust’. It is a place where ‘the savagery is beyond imagination’. It is a place where rape has become ‘a normal part of life’. There is ‘unimaginable brutality’. It is a world where a ‘culture of impunity’ allows men to ‘treat women like dogs’. It is a world swarming with women who have been subjected to the ‘monstrosity of this century: continual rape’ and have been ‘gang-raped by militias and shot in the vagina’. It is a world where ‘women are forced to eat dead babies’ (1).
Enough. The media coverage of the war in the Congo marks a shocking new low in Western depictions of Africa. In place of any analysis of the immense political complexities and the international dimension to the conflict in a country the size of Western Europe, we have borderline pornographic descriptions of instances of brutality and hysterical comparisons with the Holocaust. Vast numbers of Western observers have descended on the Congo, not to analyse or understand, but to search for the germ of human wickedness: to uncover African barbarism, and the essentially evil nature of humanity itself.
You’ve heard of ‘warzone tourism’, where thrill-seekers from the West visit cities scarred by conflict and pock-marked by bullets. In the Congo we have something new: ‘misanthropy missions’, where journalists, feminists and Western officials are desperate to discover the disgusting side to humankind. In recent years the Congo has been besieged not only by the armies of numerous African nations fighting a complex war over territory and resources, but also by Western Holocaust-hunters and rape-trawlers fighting to raise awareness about ‘evil’ in the ‘heart of darkness’.
The discussion of the Congo becomes more hysterical and distorted by the day. The latest development is that General Laurent Nkunda, the commander of Congolese Tutsi rebels in the east of the Congo who is most likely (serious experts say ‘definitely’) backed by the Rwandan government, has moved his forces further into Congo and threatens to take the key eastern city of Goma. Nkunda is acting on the ostensible basis of protecting Tutsis from the Hutu forces that were expelled from Rwanda following the massacres of 1994 and which are based in eastern Congo. Yet few analysts doubt that Nkunda’s moves are part of a Rwandan effort to re-assert its political influence in the Congo, with the spectre of the evil Hutu and memories of the 1994 genocide cynically used to justify political opportunism and land-grabbing.
As serious as this latest outburst of conflict is, the reaction to it – handwringing media coverage and the speedy intervention of both Britain’s David Miliband and France’s Bernard Kouchner – is driven by something other than facts on the ground. As one sensible observer points out, ‘There is something of an arbitrary quality as to how one crisis seizes the public imagination and others go ignored’. Indeed, Goma itself has seen ‘far worse than this’: the arrival of thousands and thousands of Rwandan refugees in 1994; a cholera epidemic that killed huge numbers; a lava flow that killed many more (2). Yet it is only today, in the panicked atmosphere of a threatened Tutsi takeover, that Goma is described as a ‘hell’ (3).
(Source: limitedxess, via guerrillamamamedicine)