disfranchisement

Friendly reminder that this is a safe space that doesn’t limit to solely anti-whiteness, as intersectional REVERSE oppression is complex and deserves to be acknowledged more on the internet. It is the second most awful thing on Earth since Twinkies were briefly disfranchised. (note: white straight men are prioritized on here as they are literally the most discriminated group since February 30th, 2015)   ╲(◕‿◕。)╱✿
Voting in the US

There are a lot of opinions about something one only does every couple of years or so. The opinions tend toward the stupid more than they tend toward the strongly held. I’ve seen more rambunctious Harry Potter vs. Twilight Saga debates.

I never thought much about voter ID when I lived in Michigan. I went to my polling place before work, showed a nice old lady who had been my neighbor for years my voter registration card, she ran a highlighter across my name, I got a ballot and voted. Simple enough.

Then came the move to Maryland. I have stopped voting on the principle that I will not lend my support to either the Democrat or Republican party machine. My previous posts explain in more detail. However, my wife still votes. She walks into our polling place and is asked her name. She looks down at the wide open roll book, contemplates saying one of the names she can clearly see (reading upside down is not a magical feat), says her name instead, gets checked off in the book, gets a ballot and votes. She returns to the car and we contemplate going to another school and voting again while we drive to wherever we are going to have lunch.

Now comes the great voter ID debate. They fall into three categories.

The first and, by far, the smallest category are the sensible people. They think it is not an earth-ending event to ask for that voter registration card you got free when you registered to vote for free.

The other two categories are easily identified by whether the worship the ® or they worship the (D). The ones that worship the ® are hot to require picture ID thus allowing YouTube videos of people who have difficulty getting the required ID. The ones that worship the (D) are all about no ID required and anybody should be able to vote and by anybody, I mean anybody. This is two party machines working to get the vote either into or out of the hands of those who they think will win them elections. Both parties are wrong. Both parties are the problem.

You can argue disfranchisement vs. voter fraud all you want. It won’t get anywhere because both sides of that argument are correct therefore neither side will or should win.

Give Felons the Vote? Eric Holder’s Interest in Restoring Their Rights Seems to End There

Give Felons the Vote? Eric Holder’s Interest in Restoring Their Rights Seems to End There

Kevin D. Williamson writes:  Attorney General Eric Holderand a number of his progressive allies are calling for an end to laws that prevent many felons from voting after their sentences have been served. The cynical among us (and here I count myself among them) detect in this the odor of self-serving politics, but Mr. Holder et al. argue that it is a matter of justice. The argument is made on…

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The MilitantNegro SoapBox™: Why Are EX - Felons Denied The Right To Vote?

The MilitantNegro SoapBox™: Why Are EX – Felons Denied The Right To Vote?

Felony disenfranchisement

 

Ever wonder what the conselfishservative, Reich Wing, Gods Own Party, fools would say about felony disenfranchisement, which is a fancy way of saying ex-felons who can’t vote, if the prisons of AmeriKKKa were full of skin head, white supremacist, KKK members, instead of People Of Color….when it came to restoring ex-felons voting rights? I say this because…

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Be Prepared

Although the election is three months away, and I still have not decided whether I am going to vote or not, I am preparing a voter identification kit. It will take a while for me to secure all of the documentation I may need to prove that I am an American citizen. Here’s a few things going in my kit:

1. My driver’s license (yes it has the same picture from 20 years ago)

2. My birth certificate (in case The Donald visits my polling site)

3. My passport (good thing I got it before the post office closed)

4. My last jury duty statement (I’ve served eight times–I must be on speed dial)

5. My second grade report card (I’m trying to establish that I’ve been here.)

      –No one will understand a report card with words like Excellent, Good,

          Satisfactory, etc. We can only understand a number system: 4, 3, 2, 1

If this sounds ridiculous, then why are we allowing the disfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of American citizens? 

My great-great grandfather was property–he could not vote. My great grandfather faced the grandfather clause–but he still tried to register. My grandfather had to pay a poll tax–he paid to vote. My parents Marched on Washington–and voted in every election. Are we going backwards?

Fear

Anders mulls over his fears. Fluff and slight angst.


A touch at the back of his neck made Anders flinch. His skin turned to goose flesh, his pupils contracted and his mouth went dry. A primal fear response kicked in, one that had been hammered into him with disfranchisement and deprecation. His muscles tensed, preparing themselves for a fight.
    "I’m sorry, I did not mean to startle you.“ Hawke’s voice was playful. He ran the intruding fingers down to Anders’ upper back in a gently sloping motion and sat down next to the rebel mage. Soft but confident, his other hand guided the healer’s gaunt chin towards himself for a series of kisses, brief and yet sweet, in rapid succession.
    Once they parted, Anders locked eyes with the burly, ruggedly handsome man who was puckishly grinning through his teeth, flustered like a schoolboy who’d just confessed attraction to his first crush.
    "I’d say you made up for that,” Anders returned the smile and reached his hand to toy with the full beard, delicate healer’s fingers getting lost amidst the coarse hairs, studying the texture.

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Though in my former letters I did not, in express terms, inform you that I was under ostracism, yet it must have been inferred. Such is the fact. In New-York I am to be disfranchised, and in New-Jersey hanged. Having substantial objections to both, I shall not, for the present, hazard either, but shall seek another country.
—  Aaron Burr to Joseph Alston. Philadelphia, March 22, 1805.

Maybe they’ll make one of the white people the terrorist but we still don’t need this 9/11 bullshit. First, you just revealed the plot ending in two ways :either the terroist is the brown person or the white person to b like “HAHA GOTCHYA”. Second, 9/11 is the worst fucking plot device since 9/11 because nothing 9/11 does but brings pain to the people who lost people in 9/11, the millions of Muslim civilians who died as a result due to drone strikes and war, and the millions of Muslims who are disfranchised because of this. 

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Feminist Elizabethan | Kerry Washington Gives Speech on Intersectionality and Diverse Representation of the LGBTQI Community                                                                                                            

Kerry Washington accepted a Vanguard Award Saturday at the GLAAD Awards. She received her award for being such a prominent ally of GLAAD, and she did not disappoint when she gave her acceptance speech.

Washington’s speech was very well informed, and she brought up the topic of intersectionality. More specifically, she brought up how different disenfranchised groups (e.g. women, lesbians, bisexuals, gay men, transpeople, intersex people, disabled individuals, people of color) are setup to compete against one another instead of working together and how this division only inhibits their representation and their goals for equality.

Washington went on to say that when it comes to storytelling, if a disfranchised group is represented in a story, then the story often becomes a political statement, and Washington said that this is why more diverse LGBTQI stories need to be told. Because, as she indicated, it should not be such a surprise or a political statement that there is a(n) LGBTI character in a show as, hello, there are plenty of LGBTQI people in the real world.

Washington’s speech was, overall, fantastic, and it was well-needed especially after Patricia Arquette’s mangled mess of a speech. After all, while it’s nice to have someone who is well-intentioned speaking up for a cause, it is even better to have someone speak up who actually knows what she is talking about.

Cheers to Kerry Washington!

Op-Ed Contributor: How Britain Became European

Op-Ed Contributor: How Britain Became European

Op-Ed Contributor By VERNON BOGDANOR Might 24, 2015

London — An election holds up a mirror to society, revealing the connection between the individuals and the politicians.

The 2015 election in Britain revealed widespread mistrust of a political class seen as distant and out of contact by these left behind, by voters who really feel disfranchised and powerless to regulate their very own…

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Op-Ed Contributor: How Britain Became European

Op-Ed Contributor: How Britain Became European

Op-Ed Contributor By VERNON BOGDANOR Might 24, 2015

London — An election holds up a mirror to society, revealing the connection between the individuals and the politicians.

The 2015 election in Britain revealed widespread mistrust of a political class seen as distant and out of contact by these left behind, by voters who really feel disfranchised and powerless to regulate their very own…

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In My Inbox: Publishing Advice

Hey Terah! My name is Claire N. and I’m a young aspiring author. I recently started reading the Courtlight series and I am absolutely love it! I’m not far at all but I can already tell that the series is a perfect fit for me! Anyhow, the point of this message is to ask you if you have any advice for finding a publishing agent. I’m really determined to make it in the industry because my fantasy allegories the social struggles of different Americans. I believe that if we all had a different perspective on things, we would end up being more kind to each other.

To that end, the aim of my writing is to bring today’s issues to people who feel frustrated or disfranchised from our system and provide them with an entertaining narrative of today’s social issues. Also, I aim to write stories that incorporate characters that transcends the roles we put on minorities and mem bers of the LGBT community.

Moreover, I noticed that Ciardis has a novel about a lady knight with purple eyes. I was just wondering if that was a nod to Tamora Pierce’s Alanna! Tamora Pierce is one of my all time favorites! Anyhow, I hope you are enjoying the spring and thank you for your time!

Answer:

Thanks so much for taking a chance on the Courtlight series. I’m so glad you enjoyed the books.

As for advice on finding a publishing agent, I suggest finding authors or books published that are similar to the story that you’d like to publish and then researching who their agents are. Another way to go about it is to research agencies directly on http://querytracker.net/.

I’ll note that I’m a self-published author who came through my agent by different means, nevertheless it works for a lot of people. There’s no right way or wrong way to go about it.

Yes, the Ciardis excerpt with the lady knight is definitely a nod to Tamora Pierce. She’s my favorite author and I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without first reading her books. I’m incredibly excited for you and I love your focus on including a diversity of perspectives but not making that the sole plot line. I wish you luck and I can’t wait to see your books on the shelves and online.

P.S. - I couldn’t help but notice your email address, it’s cool to meet another alumna of the Seven Sisters. I went to Bryn Mawr.