The police will claim Freddie Gray broke 80% of his own spine just, because, you know, he was mad about being arrested. And, also, tell us it’s just a minor fluke that none of the cops could explain anything afterwards and came about with sudden amnesia. No one will buy it. Not really. But the sad thing? Some people will try to. Some people will nod along mindlessly and say “Yes, the police story is true!” Even though, secretly, deep down, they know it’s complete bullshit. How sad. You’re hideous phonies. You don’t even have the refuge of delusion anymore. I’d write a play about you inept morons but, frankly, it would be boring and tedious and shit.

My camera isn’t the best at taking photos inside of buildings where the lighting is poor. As a result, many of my photos that I had taken at Ducktown School appear grainy because I had used the “low light” setting.

Out of all the photos I had taken that day, this one was perhaps one of the spookiest. I don’t know what it was about it that caused such a reaction. Was it the murky lighting? The lone chair next to the sink? The windows? The debris on the floor? There is certainly a presence to this shot.

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University of Tennessee asks students & staff to use gender-neutral pronouns
KNOXVILLE -- University of Tennessee students have been asked to use gender-neutral pronouns such as

At the University of Tennessee, students and staff have been asked by the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to embrace gender-neutral pronouns into their vocabulary and to ask for their peers’ pronouns when possible. 

This is not a mandate from the school, but rather a suggestion that was sent out via a resource provided in a campus newsletter.

“Transgender people and people who do not identify within the gender binary may use a different name than their legal name and pronouns of their gender identity, rather than the pronouns of the sex they were assigned at birth,” the University of Tennessee’s Pride Center Director, Donna Braquet, wrote on the university’s website Wednesday.

Braquet requested that teachers, rather than calling roll, will instead ask each student to provide the name and pronoun he or she – or ze – wishes to be referred by. She says it relieves a burden for people expressing different genders or identities.

“The name a student uses may not be the one on the official roster, and the roster name may not be the same gender as the one the student now uses,” Braquet wrote.

In Tennessee, of all places? Amazing.