i really cannot stand microaggressions at work ‘cause it’s like… you already have to have your mask on… but on top of that you gotta be insulted and you have to be in that environment nearly every damn day.
and then, they wanna know if i’m “coming to the christmas party?”
i don’t usually turn down free food but fuck yo christmas party.
No one can deny the indelible contributions and sacrifices that Nelson Mandela made for the people of South Africa and ultimately the world. But often when a great leader passes on, what we think we know about that person and the truth become two different things.
After death, the legacies of great leaders are often usurped and purged of any imperfection. This is exactly what happened with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His contributions are often confined to racial equality battles when his message was, in fact, much larger than that.
Remember, it wasn’t just the march on Washington. It was the march on Washington for jobs and freedom. King`s own economic message of a radical redistribution of wealth was not well received, and at the end of his life, King was not a national hero. He was reviled. And in his family life, King was far from perfect. His interpersonal failings and infidelities and at times intellectual dishonesties are well documented but frequently expunged from public memory.
King`s image, his word and his legacy, have been appropriated by those whose policies he would have opposed and even those who stand firmly in King`s tradition. For them the tendency is often to remember the man and the movement of which he was a part as sanitized and glorified rather than as messy and complex and human.
The story of how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has been misremembered in the U.S. context is a cautionary tale this week. In the wake of Nelson Mandela`s death, it is important that we remember him as a man, as a human, and not as a myth. He is not an icon free of imperfection. And to insist on transforming him into one is a disservice to Mandela and to ourselves, because we cannot learn the lessons of Mandela without knowing his story.
What made Mandela great is his humanity, and humanity is messy. Always.
(AFP) Jerusalem — Israel is scrapping a controversial draft law to relocate tens of thousands of longtime Bedouin residents of the Negev desert, an official said Thursday.
Benny Begin, tasked with implementing the so-called Prawer Plan, said he had recommended to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “end the debate on the law” in parliament.
"The prime minister accepted this proposal," he said at a Tel Aviv news conference, days after it emerged that the governing coalition was divided on the proposed legislation.
The bill, which would have seen the demolition of some 40 unrecognised Bedouin villages in the Negev and the relocation of between 30,000 and 40,000 people, passed a preliminary ministerial vote in January.
On Megyn Kelly’s show last night, the Fox News host discussed a piece called “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore” head-on, for the kids.
On Megyn Kelly’s show last night, the Fox News host discussed a piece by Slate’s Aisha Harris about how the typical representation of Santa Claus as a white man had been confusing in her youth. Kelly addressed the piece, “Santa Claus Should Not Be a White Man Anymore,” head-on, for the kids.
When I saw this headline I kinda laughed and I said, “Oh, this is ridiculous. Yet another person claiming it’s racist to have a white Santa.” And by the way, for all you kids watching at home, Santa just is white. But this person is maybe just arguing that we should also have a black Santa. But, you know, Santa is what he is, and just so you know, we’re just debating this because someone wrote about it, kids.
"Santa is what he is." This is true! Santa is, as the story goes, a man who lives in an uninhabitable Arctic hellscape where elves make toys year-round so that he can deliver them to every house on Earth over the course of a single night by flying around in a regular-sized sleigh pulled by eight flying reindeer. Also a fun thing about Santa: he does not exist, except in the hearts and minds of those who truly believe.
Still, it is pretty considerate that Megyn Kelly, at 9:45 p.m. on the East Coast, would refrain from shattering the myth of Santa Claus for her millions of viewers, children and children-at-heart. (By the way, if you sit in the middle of the venn diagram comparing “Megyn Kelly viewers” and “believers in Santa Claus,” please drop us a line.)
After Jedediah Bila defended Harris’s piece about the confusion behind arbitrarily assigning race to a fictitious person who breaks into houses in the dead of night, Kelly continued:
Just because it makes you feel uncomfortable doesn’t mean it has to change. You know, I mean, Jesus was a white man too. He was a historical figure; that’s a verifiable fact—as is Santa, I want you kids watching to know that—but my point is: how do you revise it, in the middle of the legacy of the story, and change Santa from white to black?
Jesus is a real historical figure, but whether he was white is actually a pretty large matter of debate. Some researchers suggest that “the historical Jesus would be a Middle Eastern Jew of medium, if not dark, complexion.” So that assertion about Jesus’s whiteness is not entirely sound.
In the segment, Monica Crowley brings up that Santa Claus is based on Saint Nicholas, who was a white man. That’s a fair point about authenticity, but it’s also being a bit selective. In addition to being white, was Saint Nicholas also a monster of commerce who kept an NSA-like list of all the nice or naughty actions committed by the world’s children? Doubtful.
So this holiday season, create Santa in your own image. The jolly fool could be fat, skinny, white, black, male, female, a killer robot, or even Tim Allen. It’s kind of like waging your own personal war on Christmas.
The Republican-dominated Michigan state legislature pushed through a bill on Wednesday requiring women to purchase separate insurance policies if they want to have an abortion, the Detroit Free Press reported.
“I don’t think elective abortion should be a part of insurance,” state Rep. Nancy Jenkins (R) told theFree Press. “This doesn’t affect access to abortion. It will still be legal when this law takes effect. Who should be required to pay? Not Michigan taxpayers.”
However, the law, which takes effect in early 2014, will also ban women from purchasing the policy after becoming pregnant under any circumstances, including rape and incest, causing opponents to refer to it as a policy on “rape insurance.”
The bill passed by a 27-11 margin in the Senate, and a 62-47 vote in the House, mostly along party lines. According to the Associated Press, state Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) said during the debate that she was raped 20 years ago.
“DuBois pointed out that in order to fully abolish the oppressive conditions produced by slavery, new democratic institutions would have to be created. Because this did not occur, black people encountered new forms of slavery — from debt peonage and the convict lease system to segregated and second-class education. The prison system continues to carry out this terrible legacy. It has become a receptacle for all of those human beings who bear the inheritance of the failure to create abolition democracy in the aftermath of slavery. And this inheritance is not only born by black prisoners, but by poor Latino, Native American, Asians, and white prisoners. Moreover, its use as such a receptacle for people who are deemed the detritus of society is on the rise throughout the world.”—Eduardo Mendieta, Abolition Democracy (via howtobeterrell)
The Indian Supreme Court has struck down a 2009 ruling by a lower court to decriminalize homosexual sex and will uphold the ban. India’s gay community was “disappointed” by the ruling and declared it was a “black day” for LGBT rights.
In Wednesday’s hearing the Supreme Court said that the Delhi High Court overreached its authority by ruling against the ban in 2009. The Delhi High Court moved to abolish Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code, which classifies anal sex as “carnal intercourse against the order of nature,” in 2009.
"It is for the legislature to look into desirability of deleting Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code," the Supreme Court said on Wednesday.
Section 377 was introduced into the Indian legal system during British colonial rule in 1861.
Those found breaking the law banning homosexual intercourse can be punished by a fine and a maximum jail sentence of 10 years.
Before making the decision, justices G S Singhvi and S J Mukhopadhaya heard the appeals of representatives of various LGBT organizations as well as those of religious groups who decried the previous High Court ruling as against the cultural and religious values of the country.
LGBT activists who were in attendance at the hearing visibly broke down when the ruling was pronounced and said the verdict had “taken away their right to life,” reported the India Times.
"Such a decision was totally unexpected from the top court. It is a black day," Arvind Narrain, a lawyer for the Alternative Law Forum gay rights group, told reporters.