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likeawoman ([personal profile] likeawoman) wrote2008-04-25 03:05 pm

today is one of those days where I'd like to feel good about humanity

but I just can't

1. The pigs who murdered Sean Bell in cold blood for absolutely no reason were aquitted. so it's clear to you all, at this point, that pigs could walk into a random house and murder a person of color in their bed and not face charges, right? I mean, clearly, there are no limits to what is allowed. it is beyond upsetting to me. it's beyond disgusting. there's a chance that some semblance of justice will be restored at the federal level, but it doesn't change what is clear here. it is reasonable and legal in this country for a pig to look on a person of color and assume, without any other reasoning, that that person is a dangerous criminal. an abortion of justice, indeed.

2. the Seal Press/Amanda Marcotte "racism in my feminism? it's more likely than you think." debacle continues, to further disgust and embarrassment.

[personal profile] karnythiaaddresses this better than I ever could

a highlight: "And yes, I know many of the people reading this are truly allies and I'm not saying this to hurt you. But we're going to need you to commence cleaning up your house before you can help us clean up the world."

and [personal profile] sadie_sabotfollows up with a call from a whitey to the whiteys to get our shit together and take responsibility.

a highlight: "again, fighting the racism within the feminist movement is not about saving feminism. it is about opposing racism."

so we trudge on, trying to make feminism something safer and more representative and more honestly progressive and trying to fight racism EVERYWHERE, in our movement and in ourselves.

3. The Clintons continue to be assholes who think that it's cool to talk about playing the race card and making appeals based on renting space in Harlem (and thereby aiding in gentrification) and gaining Harlem's votes (over a Republican? you don't say!). clearly, working in neighborhoods where Black folk traditionally live is prophylactic against racism.

jesus Bill, I used to respect you.

also, I can't help but wonder if Hillary's run is part of the reason that Clinton chose that office location in the first place. I wouldn't put ANYTHING past them at this point. NOTHING. not even the "2012 run" conspiracy theory. nothing.

I'm fucking tired of these assholes. tired. it's like white liberalism personified. I get flack for saying I won't vote for her. "Anyone's better than McCain!" but the reality in my mind is that we are on a fucking precipice. we are looking at the light at the end of the US of A tunnel. we will either change for the better or we will eat ourselves alive. and Hillary Clinton is no better than McCain, as far as I can see, when those are our options. business as usual is business as usual. Barack Obama isn't the second-coming, but at least he's a step toward change and has real honest things to say about what's going on in this country. I can only hope that his policy regarding West and South Asia is less scary in practice than it has the potential to be on paper.

which brings me to...

4. the US navy is firing warning shots at what may be (though according to Iran are not) Iranian speed boats in the Persian Gulf. watching this on Fox News, it's hard not to laugh when, for some reason, they refer to it as the Central Arabian Gulf, as the US Navy has come to insisting upon. TAKE THAT IRAN! wanna mess with us? we'll take your gulf! (cause, let's be clear, this isn't about Pan-Arabian empowerment when it's coming out of the mouths of Fox News or the US military)

why not just be realistic about it and rename it the Gulf of Tonkin? that's where all this posturing is going, all this seeing how close we can get to them, all this branding every boat on the water, every voice from the shore as an enemy. could it be anymore clear that we WANT an incident? that we would sacrifice lives for a clear shot to invade or take strikes on Iran? at this point, I can't help but wonder when bombing raids of the Ho Chi Mihn trail will "accidentally" lead us into Iran. I mean, that's where this leads, isn't it? you don't need a degree in history to see we've been HERE before. it's our war on terror and we'll do what we want!


5. all this stupid over media generated food shortage hysteria in the US while people are literally starving to death and taking to the streets to fight for their right to live in places like Haiti, East Africa and Indonesia (not to mention the legitimately poor people in the US who are facing elevating food and commodity prices and inflation -- who I think it's reasonable to assume are not running on Costcos to buy 80lbs of rice). capitalism is starving people to death while USAmericans panic that they can't buy their Basmati rice 80lbs at a time.

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I've been so intellectually overwhelmed lately. I don't know what it is, but my brain has just felt taxed to the point that it's difficult for me to react and respond to things to my satisfaction. the election, this bullshit with the war, this bullshit with Iran, white feminism continuing to be embarrassing and bigoted and generally disappointing.  my brain is exhausted. my heart is exhausted.

[identity profile] 2008-04-25 08:53 pm (UTC)(link)
"2012 run" conspiracy theory

What is this, pray tell?

These both got me a bit riled up today -

UN probes US Syria reactor claim ( - sweet Jesus, that sounds familiar dunnit? I wonder if we'll be glad to take the UN at their word if they find no merit to the claims?

Report: Iraqi forces lacking ( - if something hasn't changed at all for years, and isn't going to change at all for years to come if ever, and everybody knows it, is it really "news"?

[identity profile] 2008-04-26 01:49 am (UTC)(link)
so much of this, what you linked and mine, is just like a fucking broken record. I sure as fuck hope that this election can show us to the exit of the time warp so we can start moving forward.

re: 2012

some folks are now saying that Hillary is refusing to give up the primary run so that Obama will go into the general as damaged as possible, lose, and Hillary can run again in 2012 (widely considered to be the last year she'd be viable -- like she's an olympic gymnast or something) and win then.

I'm not saying I believe this is the case.

but it wouldn't surprise me if it was.

[identity profile] 2008-04-25 09:15 pm (UTC)(link)
bleargh, I read some of that. "RACE CARD!!!". That's one of those accusations that pretty much just can't be used. Like, if somebody says that phrase, they should always immediately stop and think about what they just said. u_u.

[identity profile] 2008-04-26 01:46 am (UTC)(link)

[identity profile] 2008-04-25 09:41 pm (UTC)(link)
my brain is exhausted. my heart is exhausted.

I've been living in this place for the last 3 years.

[identity profile] 2008-04-25 10:34 pm (UTC)(link)
I agree, and I find myself saying this all the time. "I'm tired." There's just too much.

[identity profile] 2008-04-26 01:45 am (UTC)(link)
it seems to hit me in waves. I'll feel like I have a grasp on it and a relatively positive outlook and some hope and then woosh, 3 feet of water washes over my head all at once and it's out of my hands again. this is no time to be on the wrong side of privilege, not that there ever is such a time. it just seems like shit's been coming apart at the seams for so long that it's inevitable that we'll all lose grip.

[identity profile] 2008-04-26 12:07 am (UTC)(link)
I've been so intellectually overwhelmed lately. I don't know what it is, but my brain has just felt taxed to the point that it's difficult for me to react and respond to things to my satisfaction. the election, this bullshit with the war, this bullshit with Iran, white feminism continuing to be embarrassing and bigoted and generally disappointing. my brain is exhausted. my heart is exhausted.

This. is. me. I'm completely speechlezs.

[identity profile] 2008-04-26 12:12 pm (UTC)(link)
I woke up this morning all set to write this post. I am so glad you beat me to it. So all I can do is agree and add regional flavor: they still have not prosecuted the cops in New Orleans who shot Mr. Madison and an entire family on the Danziger Bridge during the hurricane: and the City Council is trying to criminalize homelessness in New Orleans on May 8th. They keep delaying the vote due to strenuous objections as if they're trying to slip it past us.

Sick and tired!