BYP100 is calling for the removal of statues of this gynecologist who would experiment on slaves without anesthesia:
“J. Marion Sims was a gynecologist in the 1800s who purchased Black women slaves and used them as guinea pigs for his untested surgical experiments,” they wrote. “He repeatedly performed genital surgery on Black women WITHOUT ANESTHESIA because according to him, ‘Black women don’t feel pain.’”
The useful idiots are falling by the wayside. First came a few corporate big shots, and then some more, and then many, many more. Princes of Wall Street, richer and more important than any chief executive, also left, and then Julius Krein, a conservative intellectual and digital pamphleteer, retracted his support of President Trump in a New York Times op-ed and inevitably was hailed as a political Rip Van Winkle who had just woken up. He and the others slept too long.
They have done their damage. Trump is in the White House, fulminating on Twitter, messing up foreign policy, mistaking critics for enemies, refusing to immediately and unequivocally condemn neo-Nazis, racists and other assorted goons — and, in general, failing to provide the nation with a scintilla of moral leadership. This will last until it can’t any longer. There is only so much chaos a nation can stand.
Meanwhile, the parts of the American corporate and political leadership who slummed with Trump and think that the quick shower of a repudiation statement will wipe them clean ought to think again. They are obliged to consider how they ever supported a person whose racism was apparent in his rabid conviction that Barack Obama had not been born in the United States and whose posse always contained so-called white nationalists. The surprise of Charlottesville is not that it happened, but that it took so long. Our president is neo-racist.
It was also apparent that Trump lies with almost every breath. And yet some of the powerful people who knew the dark truth about Trump — who would not do business with him, who would not lend him money and who, most importantly, would not raise a child to be like him — supported him for president. Some, such as Carl Icahn and Wilbur Ross (who is now commerce secretary), got in early, while others hung back until Trump won the GOP nomination. Having panicked at the prospect of Hillary Clinton winning the presidency, they embraced Trump.
Anti-Hillaryism diseased their minds. It enabled them to hold her responsible for the deaths of Americans in Benghazi, Libya, and to obsess over her missing emails. She was a lousy candidate, sure, but her most serious criminal act was to frequently flash an insincere smile.
Trump critics such as myself have been accused of living in a bubble. On the contrary, it is Trump’s supporters in the 1 percent who breathed their own fumes. They believed in the Gordian knot fantasy: the myth that a bold person could solve an intractable problem, as Alexander the Great did by not even attempting to untie the Gordian knot but rather severing it with his sword. Trump’s supporters felt that all that was needed was common sense or, better yet, something called “business sense.” If Trump could run a business, he could, therefore, run the country.
This myth was so strongly held that it overcame both logic and experience. It was an extension and a mockery of Ronald Reagan’s simplistic belief that “Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem” and that all that was needed in a president was the zeal and cool nerves of a short-seller.
Trump’s complete lack of character was brushed aside. So, too, was his utter lack of compassion. His high-powered supporters said nothing as he attacked the Khans, the Gold Star parents of an Army captain who was killed in Iraq. They were similarly mute when he denigrated John McCain’s suffering as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and mocked a disabled reporter. They never asked him to prove he had donated a cent to charity.
Trump railed against Mexicans and Muslims, bullied his fellow candidates, winked at his supporters in the odious alt-right, was caught boasting of an adolescent sexism, exhibited an astounding ignorance of just about everything he needed to know — history and government — and persisted in a pernicious campaign to delegitimize the mainstream media. The latter may be his only success.
Trump’s presidency will fail. Just don’t ask me how and when. It will collapse because at its center is a hollow man, lacking ballast, whose chaos cannot be contained. In the meantime, those who supported him then but have now recanted need to consider what steered them so wrong. What compelled them to support a man whose ignorance, selfishness, egomania and abysmal character were so clear? Was it their lust for deregulation, lower taxes and a Wagnerian end to the Obama era? They slept — but it was our nightmare.
C: I stumbled across a thread on a message board mainly used by women. These women were talking about how black men started approaching them once they lightened their skin. Some even asked their colorist bfs if they would be attracted to them if they were darker, they all said they’re “not into ds chicks” and these men are all ducking ds. Geez why do ds men hate themselves so much? They even find the most ridiculous excuses to justify their thirst for anything other than ds. This breaks my heart so much that they had to lighten their skin to get attention from men of their own race, albeit they are all superficial assholes. I have a little brother, I hope he takes after my father and dates/ marries a ds girl when he grows up.
Fanfiction pet peeve - Caucasian Newborn eye colors
It’s so little but it bugs me so much.
Caucasian newborns have blue eyes. Full stop. No debate, no artistic license. A newborn baby, regardless of how important eye color is to your story is always born with blue eyes. Color will develop naturally and slowly over the next several months. But throughout infancy, babies’ eyes are BLUE.
And as an aunt who has eagerly watched my nieces and nephew’s eyes change color during their first year of life, this throws me out of a story so quickly and slams me right into the thought of “When was the last time this writer even saw a baby?”
My nieces have blue eyes but their eyes still changed shade, lightening from the truer blue of an infant to a more blue-grey with green in them. My nephew has brown eyes. They were blue for several months before they started darkening when he was about four months old. I have heterochromatic eyes. The brown and green did not show up in my infant pictures, they showed up sometime between then and when I turned one.
Newborns and infants have blue eyes.
Eyes are one of the last organs to develop full functionality. Just like other baby animals, they’re not finished and are fairly useless immediately after birth. Because everything an infant needs is within easy reach or easily summoned by crying, they’re not a priority for mammals. Eye color? Pigment? Even lower on priorities.
I mean for god’s sake. Baby-blue is a specific color. It’s a natural color. It’s the color of babies’ eyes!
UPDATE: I’ve been informed/reminded by @silvergryphon that this only applies to Caucasian infants. In other ethnicities where light colored eyes are rare to pretty unheard of, newborns are often born with dark eyes.
I’m pretty sure, however, that if the character in question has light eyes as an adult, they’ll have blue eyes as an infant. Because you can only add pigment for eye colors as you get older, you can’t take it away. And eye pigmentation goes this way, least to most: red/albino (no pigment) ->blue -> grey/green -> brown -> black.
Thank you for reading my little rant.