the ignant intellectual

I want a person with aids for president and I want a fag for vice president and I want someone with no health insurance and I want someone who grew up in a place where the earth is so saturated with toxic waste that they didn’t have a choice about getting leukemia. I want a president that had an abortion at sixteen and I want a candidate who isn’t the lesser of two evils and I want a president who lost their last lover to aids, who still sees that in their eyes every time they lay down to rest, who held their lover in their arms and knew they were dying. I want a president with no airconditioning, a president who has stood on line at the clinic, at the dmv, at the welfare office and has been unemployed and layed off and sexually harassed and gaybashed and deported. I want someone who has spent the night in the tombs and had a cross burned on their lawn and survived rape. I want someone who has been in love and been hurt, who respects sex, who has made mistakes and learned from them. I want a Black woman for president. I want someone with bad teeth and an attitude, someone who has eaten that nasty hospital food, someone who crossdresses and has done drugs and been in therapy. I want someone who has committed civil disobedience. And I want to know why this isn’t possible. I want to know why we started learning somewhere down the line that a president is always a clown: always a john and never a hooker. Always a boss and never a worker, always a liar, always a thief and never caught. - Anonymous
—  Anonymous
I have a question. What is the point of hugging YOUR kids extra hard because 20+ OTHER kids died? Seems like conditioning that says ‘Thank God it wasn’t me’. But really it was YOU. Those murders took OUR children. OUR children. It’s not just about the children we birth or those we know, it’s about ALL children. Lack of safety anywhere is a threat to safety everywhere. #VillageMentality
—The Ignant Intellectual 12/17/12 10:49am EST
When tragedies happen in schools, conversations around teachers carrying weapons often emerge. In light of the CT school shootings, this conversation has predictably, re-emerged. In addition to children carrying bullet proof booksacks. How different is this suggestion from the conversation around ‘How Women Can Avoid Being Raped’. It’s not. That’s how. It’s no different at all. Conversations around violence prevention typically position survivors as responsible for the cessation of violence. Placing NO onus or responsibility on perpetrators and paying no homage to mutual responsibility for ending violence. Let’s shift the question to How can we as a society better protect each other. How can we better hold each other accountable for the current social climate? I find it exceptionally reductionist to default to children wearing bullet proof booksacks and (typically women) being taught how to fight off an attacker. Is that as far as our brains can stretch?
Just a thought.
—  The Ignant Intellectual 12/20/12 @ 8:34am