why are there so many crows today

I don’t trust nostalgia. I question the motives of people who long for the return of the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. I can’t help but wonder about the motives of those who glorify these times, putting them on a pedestal.

I mean, if you’re white, these were great times to be alive. The (white) middle class was thriving and growing exponentially. (white) Americans were getting college degrees at a higher rate than any time previously in our history. (white) Americans were buying their first home by the millions, many of them the first in their families to ever own a home. (white) Americans were enjoying a huge surge in upward mobility.

Minorities were, for the most part, left out of the greatest surge of wealth and prosperity this country had ever experienced. It was only a great time to be alive, if you were white. So, I distrust nostalgia about these times. Knowing what we know today, why would anyone want to go back to where this the norm? Why would anyone want to go back to be around and benefit from Jim Crow? Why would anyone want a return of these times? of those conditions?

This is why the whole “Make America Great Again” was so insidious. So many people see America at its greatest, at its zenith, in the years following WWII. And it was an amazing time to be alive if you were white and straight. “Affirmative action” for white people (GI college loans, VA home loans, a boom in union and manufacturing jobs that went mostly to the growing white middle class) was in full swing. But the already huge disparity and inequity between white people and every else in the country grew at an even greater rate.

Fuck the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. You can keep the 70’s and 80’s too. I just want to look forward, especially now when our country seems to be moving backwards. Keep your pin-up girls, muscle cars and all that other shit away from me, thankyouverymuch.

The Princess Diaries 2: The Royal Engagment Sentence Meme
  • "You have to write."
  • "I'm very proud of you."
  • "My mother surprised me by marrying my high school teacher."
  • "We're just friends now."
  • "It's the princess from America!"
  • "There was no course in Queen or How to Run a Country 101."
  • "Will I ever be ready?"
  • "I'm going to live in a beautiful palace like in a fairy tale and eventually sit on the throne and rule."
  • "Welcome home, Princess."
  • "The one downer in my fairy tale is I've never been in love."
  • "Maybe I'll meet my Prince Charming tonight."
  • "The eagle is flying."
  • "A queen is never late, everyone else is simply early."
  • "I hope they have string cheese."
  • "And you obviously don't speak English."
  • "Have you met the princess yet?"
  • "Is this an American custom?"
  • "I'll survive, Your Highness."
  • "Are you sure you don't want to exchange licenses and proof of insurance?"
  • "The swelling should help them fit better."
  • "Looks like they're trying to land a plane!"
  • "Woodland animals are a lovely thing to be compared to."
  • "I'm sorry I stepped on your foot."
  • "You can step on my foot anytime."
  • "If this were my party, we'd be kissing by now."
  • "No harm, no foul, no bruise."
  • "Please don't curtsy like that."
  • "How do you turn off the curtsies?"
  • "Can I explore a little bit?"
  • "Shut up!"
  • "We've never enforced that law!"
  • "She deserves the same right as any man!"
  • "How do they expect me to find love in thirty days?!"
  • "An arranged marriage is my only choice."
  • "I dream of love, not fondness."
  • "You don't have to be queen/king."
  • "Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear."
  • "I want to make a difference as a ruler."
  • "I'm doing a background check on____."
  • "I would gladly take a bullet for you."
  • "I offered to have them hung by their toes in our courtyard."
  • "Have you met him?"
  • "We will present ourselves with grace and poise."
  • "They always do that."
  • "I will personally get some ice for your foot."
  • "We danced and I flirted."
  • "I feel so stupid right now."
  • "This is your very own suite."
  • "This is so cool!"
  • "I have my own mall!"
  • "I just love to look at him/her."
  • "Right on!"
  • "Does this popcorn taste like pears?"
  • "You ever take those shades off?"
  • "Shall we have some tea?"
  • "Let them bond."
  • "Every marriage in my family for the past one hundred years has been arranged."
  • "Your task is to romance her/him."
  • "I was just admiring my ring."
  • "You know, he/she is so romantic!"
  • "I'm not here."
  • "It was more than a minute."
  • "Well aren't you just...crafty."
  • "Lie dance?"
  • "The point is that I'm onto you!"
  • "He/she was in a closet with him/her?"
  • "The wedding invitations have been sent out."
  • "I would kneel if it weren't for my knee replacement."
  • "We are learning the art of the fan."
  • "Are you sassing your grandma?!"
  • "A princess never chases a chicken."
  • "I can't ride sidesaddle."
  • "It's a wooden leg."
  • "That is impressively sneaky!"
  • "I don't like you."
  • "You shouldn't hide, it only makes them gossip more."
  • "What do you want?"
  • "I don't need this right now!"
  • "You never think about anyone but yourself."
  • "Can you let me be miserable and not make me feel worse about myself?"
  • "____ doesn't have boyfriends/girlfriends, they have dates."
  • "It's a shame you're not attracted to them."
  • "I didn't hear you mention love."
  • "You're so jealous."
  • "You can't just go around kissing people, particularly not engaged people!"
  • "You want to kiss again?"
  • "What's so confusing about a kiss?"
  • "Maybe I just like kissing you."
  • "Why don't you go under water and I'll count to a million?"
  • "Why do you talk like that?"
  • "Most of them are orphans, we take care of as many as possible."
  • "Would you like to be a prince/princess today?"
  • "They're letting the children join them, how charming."
  • "It's time for mattress surfing!"
  • "Darling, when they tell your story, they'll call your heart of gold your crowing glory."
  • "You've fallen in love with her/him."
  • "But you care for them."
  • "Are you sure I didn't burn you?"
  • "We can have tasty finger sandwiches together!"
  • "Could I see you one more time before I go?"
  • "I'll find a way."
  • "Have you been thinking about us?"
  • "You were the someone I wanted to spend the rest of my life with."
  • "They're throwing pebbles!"
  • "And I won't respond to that line, it's far too cheesy."
  • "This really is more romantic in the books."
  • "Tell me a secret."
  • "No one knows what's in your heart."
  • "I love I Love Lucy reruns."
  • "That's a fact, not a secret."
  • "The secret is...I still want to."
  • "We stayed out all night."
  • "Have a nice life!"
  • "I promise you nothing happened."
  • "I'm getting married today."
  • "Now, this is what I call a closet."
  • "Being married is about being yourself, with someone else."
  • "I look like a moose."
  • "He/she kind of does look like a poodle."
  • "Come and sweep him/her off their feet."
  • "I should have known!"
  • "Doesn't matter, I'll run."
  • "How am I supposed to herd sheep with a bike?"
  • "I'm a girl who loves black and is wearing pink."
  • "The maids know everything."
  • "Is this part of the plan?"
  • "I'm going to need a minute or two."
  • "Out of my way!"
  • "I can't do this!"
  • "Don't make the same mistakes I did."
  • "You can go in that church and get married or you can walk away."
  • "I won't be getting married today."
  • "Would you force them to do what you're trying to make me do?"
  • "I refuse to be king/queen."
  • "Just think how lovely he/she will look on our postage stamp."
  • "Stare them down."
  • "I like change."
  • "Just because I didn't get my fairy tale ending, doesn't mean you shouldn't."
  • "Put me down!"
  • "I'm in love with the king/queen-to-be and I'm inquiring if he/she loves me too."
  • "Do you have a chicken for my table?"
  • "I think I can hear you without a phone."
  • "I solemnly promise so to do."