Sunday, July 19, 2020

White People Are Making The Argument For Slavery

I have seen the ugliest ideas about black people spread on the Internet. The idea of a return to Enslavement was dog-whistled by Trump recently. I've seen everything from a white woman casually wondering if Trump was going to reboot slavery because she could use a maid, to young white men just wanting to get rid of all black people and referring to black people as "outmoded farm equipment."

Toni Morrison once said, "It's as if our lives have no depth and no meaning without the white gaze."

White people simply can't imagine a world where they leave us the f*** alone. We're always a "problem" to be dealt with instead of just human beings. This sh*t gets really old and tiresome. Get your family and friends and tell them to cut it out already.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

No School: Coronavirus

Trump, Pence, and McConnell have their idiot education shill Betsy DeVos pushing full time school with no distance learning at all.

I think a lot of states will ignore that and go for distance learning but we already know it's a stretch for parents to work full time and help monitor their children's studies.

Many  people seem to live in some magical universe where parents are free to be home with kids all day and focus on nothing but schoolwork or where distance learning works there exact same as a classroom.

We could have had that world but the Republican's won't invest in stimulus to keep people going.

Academics are important but survival is even moreso. We're going to have to survive before we can educate. That's a bigger problem than you realize for a lot of people. 

So yeah, the 2020 -2021 school year is lost to coronavirus. When the government gets their shit together, we start the kids on learning socialization skills and manners with academics being secondary on the agenda for at least the first half of the year when they go back to school.

We give everybody an extra year or two of high school or open up junior colleges for further instruction if we need to.

We can do generalized home instruction until then and the state can be happy with whatever parents can do from home.

Until then, school is closed. This whole wishful thinking that we're going back to school or that every kid can go back to school online or some sort of hybrid system is just ridiculous.

Listen to me: It's Over. Even if we were doing everything right, sending kids to school is outright dangerous..

Countries who have done testing, contact tracing and social distancing and who have citizens who are actually willing to cooperate with each other have still had outbreaks of cases.

America is doing nothing, or next to nothing, besides begging people to wear a mask and we can't get people on board with that and law enforcement is not going to make white people wear masks. Not going to happen.

They had a meeting to try to plan reopening schools in San Francisco. 40 people exposed to coronavirus.

They tried two teachers sharing a classroom both of them social distancing, teaching online. Both of them now have COVID19.

There is a summer camp, mostly kids outdoors with them taking precautions and social distancing. 80 kids and staff now have COVID19.

White people can't so much as control head lice or sumach flu in schools and you think you can trust them to protect our kids from one of the most contagious diseases to hit the planet?

This idea that we can carry on as normal is done.

Until we get rid of Trump and everyone who enables his delusional bullshit we're going to be lucky to survive let alone go to school.

There was a young black girl who died of COVID19 in May. She spent some of her last days in the hospital doing homework for a graduation she would never attend.

Fuck That. My kids will be taught and I will do the best I can, but there's more than academics they need to learn right now. That's what I'm going to do until this is over.

But the world we were living in is over. That's just done.

Trump and Mitch McConnell and their little dog Betsy DeVos can all go fuck themselves. I'm not risking my kids and my family for their stock portfolios.

Thursday, June 18, 2020


I've been in quarantine so long, I finally ordered some stuff on the Internet.

It's the beginning of things I need for a larger project. And some things I just want. And some toys for the kids because their action figures have taken a beating from heavy play rotation over the past three months. Batman has no legs. Robin only has one. All the Ninja Turtles have some sort of war injury. We need some fresh recruits to reinforce the play zone.

Lil Man has discovered toast. He knew that toast existed before but as he starts a youthful culinary journey, he likes toast with pretty much everything. So I bought a toaster. Our old one died ages ago and it's a waste of energy to fire up the oven every time we want toast. I made sure it has several settings. I'm going to let him experiment.

But the largest project I have in mind actually began with a small purchase. I bought a tape measure. I plan to install a storage shed and playset with swings in the back yard. I also plan to clean out our garage and make that into a playroom for the kids. When I conceived this project it seemed so simple, but it's going to be a marathon, not a sprint. Yet and still, I have a sense of urgency this year like no other.

That journey of a thousand miles begins with the single step of measuring and marking off the areas outdoors, measuring the garage for padding and carpet. Measuring the walls for cabinets. I've never done anything like this before in my life.

I fall asleep watching YouTube tutorials of how to set beams and pour gravel. My world is narrowing to an exploration of the simplest of Earth's elements. Rock, wood, simple geometry, gravity.

I'm trying to be an ant, not a grasshopper. I'm trying to get ready. I feel in my very bones that this is going to get worse before it gets better. And there's not a single thing I've bought when preparing for the initial crisis of staying at home, sheltering in place, that I haven't used. Even things I plucked off a shelf on a whim or in a spirit of, We'll never use this but I'll get it just in case, have become mainstay items.

Actually doing these projects and even the simple act of buying a tape measure means something. It means I no longer believe that coronavirus is anywhere near over. I'm hunkering down and using this summer to prepare for what promises to be a long winter.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

The Phrase That Pays

Let's talk about that sentence today: I am not a racist.

Boy howdy, is that a loaded phrase. More than likely if some white person had been reduced to uttering this sentence it's because they have said or done something so racist that the only thing they can do is pathetically assure everyone that what they said and did is an aberration, but no one should possibly believe that's who they really are.

So many people aren't racist until they are. They go through life believing their own theory of not being racist until that theory is tested and they fail that test miserably.

Being perfectly willing to use the tools of white supremacy when they suit you is racist ass hell. Pretending that you don't know those tools exist is racist as hell. Actually using those tools makes you a Klan Member even if you never sign up or wear the robes.

Getting caught using those tools on video and facing the consequences of those actions: Priceless.