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“Whiteness and White privilege involve the luxury of being able to decide how, in what ways, and under what conditions, you will be allow yourself to be uncomfortable. White privilege also involves the luxury of not having to have a conversation with your kids about how to avoid being murdered by the cops because of your skin color. In many matters of life and death, white supremacy remains, in many ways, unchallenged. Black and brown folks, if they are responsible parents, cannot avoid such conversations with their children. The foot-dragging by the police in regards to the murder of Trayvon Martin reveals this ugly truth.”—
Chauncey DeVega in“Trayvon Martin and Life Lessons for Young Black Boys”
“This is Ronan’s second Christmas, and it might be his last (I threw out all those “My First Christmas” onesies, and I was tempted to burn them). Or it might not. And there’s this: it might be my last Christmas, and it might be yours. Don’t think you are immune to turning around on that path yourself and seeing something you don’t like: loss of love, life, ability, anything. And if you do experience a loss that you live through, I hope you’ll find me so that I can say to you what it DOES help to say to a grieving parent (or at least this parent) during the holiday season, or any season at all: 1. How are you today? 2. I want to be helpful. Tell me what to do. 3. I’m thinking of you.”—Emily Rapp, “Holiday Grief Etiquette: A Beginner’s Guide,” Open Salon. Be prepared to cry. And yet…while Rapp is writing about life and death and illness, her blog is not maudlin, it’s just raw, and real. There is so much heart at Open Salon, I’m so glad I discovered it, and highly recommend exploring its offerings.
If you ever want to piss yourself off, go read this woman's blog.
Barbara Joanne- You may know her from the article going around- “Rick Santorum would have killed my daughter” or whatever? She commented on the article 9879137491 times, attacking the writer and completely blowing off anyone who attempted to explain the things she was “confused” about. Basically, she was just an asshat. So I investigated further.
I especially disenjoyed this article about Michelle Obama.
I literally signed up for this site just so I could rage against all of her articles. But they pissed me off so much that I could not form a coherent thought.
Also, no matter what she says, I firmly believe she is racist.