HOW TO BE AN ANTIRACIST
By Ibram X. Kendi
— Read on www.nytimes.com/2019/08/20/books/review/how-to-be-an-antiracist-ibram-x-kendi.html
You want to know why I’m going to war against the war on terror?
Because terror is a war against the war on freedom.
The war on terror is a war against freedom.
Terrorists want to destroy the war on the war against the war on the world.
This war against terror is a war against human wars against civilization.
It is a war against a way of life against life.
The terrorists do have an interest, as do our enemies.
Our enemies just might dare to dare to do something.
Isn’t there a risk that they might risk succeeding?
Yes, I’m afraid that I’m afraid there is.
I’m very concerned by that prospect’s prospects.
I just hope that there is a response to put a stop to that response.
In other words, we can’t give up on our liberties.
But isn’t ‘liberty’ another word for terror?
Yes, and we’re precisely talking about terrorists so try and keep up.
They would roll up for a mutton burger with a side of porridge fries. Stonehenge management considering franchising but then they met the Romans.
Sebastien, the Roman, wrote of their first encounter, “The leader of the Druids, a Greek probably, who I think was a priest or something, said to us, ‘These are the chefs of the Druids. You must help us make them into restaurateurs or whatever the case may be, and we will shape them to take over Stonehenge’s management and be the ones who control the stones, which is very difficult to do, because Stonehenge has over 12,000 stones.'”
Sebastien wrote, “And so that’s what we tried to do. But we couldn’t keep the stones in the chefs’ care, we couldn’t, because we Romans were too greedy. Rome would have gone bankrupt without the stones, and the Druids would have gone bankrupt, too.”
Sebastien wrote, “So we Romans tried to make sure everyone could have a piece of that Stonehenge pie even though the Druids were always the ones who were the real masters of Stonehenge.”
Sebastien explained, “Then, when we Romans found out the Druids were trying to kick us out of Stonehenge, we turned around and basically said, ‘We never liked praying and sacrificing and eating there anyway.'”
But then, as soon as the Romans found out Stonehenge was being sold to the Norse by the Druid owners, the Romans brought the hammer down.
They put a bar in the basement called Sebastien’s and put all kinds of non-Druidic people in charge of Stonehenge’s finances.
Sebastien wrote, “Finally the Druids approached us Romans and asked us to have the people who really know how to run things come run Stonehenge and come up for a drink at Sebastien’s, where all the Druids liked drinking.”
Sebastien wrote, “And that was the end of the real Stonehenge.”
Sebastien said, “There was a time, when Stonehenge was re-opened, in 1701 in France, when the French were at war with Britain and a lot of the stone was taken out of England by the French.”
But, by 1760, the French had won that war, and all the stones were returned to Stonehenge, which was then re-closed in 1791.”
Sebastien wrote, “The idea was that we Romans in England had this big problem with those Romans in Rome but we rarely complained even though we were not allowed to keep any stones that we personally prayed over or anything sweet like that.”
Sebastien wrote, “Eventually, the Romans down south closed Stonehenge the restaurant and then they moved Sebastien’s (and the rest of us) to Northampton where they’d bring up lots of people all the year round to drink and eat mutton burgers and porridge fries fresh from the bar’s kitchen. We used the old recipies. The people loved it.”
— Read on www.nature.com/articles/s41599-019-0279-9
It was midsummer when you thought to jump
To your door, I’d come, I knew I was the last in line
The air grown thick with desires
I saw people in your yard
Away from the dark and into the light they ran
I was almost like them but
I knew in my heart they were all sicker than I was
They didn’t say any words, just lived under the midsummer sun
They died from this disease they call ” ”
The plants around them grown tall from bonemeal and symphonies
Finally, I walked into the house and tried to find you
I saw people in your living room, people bleeding from their eyes
The kitchen filled with dead bodies, people in the bathrooms, I don’t know if they were dying too
Every house with people lying in the yards
Walking through your house, the people lived in constant pain
I thought when they died they would be gone for ever
I saw these people I knew were dying
Their bodies were empty, but they moved on to the next house they died to live in
I lived in a house with people like me
I didn’t call myself mad, I didn’t talk to my friends
I lived in the dirt, I dug in the ground with my bare hands, I cleared the gutters, I kept the garage doors closed
I saw people in the streets, in their cars, “homeless” they called them
I came and tried my best to help them; they didn’t want my money
I tried to help people living in pain
I saw people in the yards, they died in pain
I saw people in the streets, they died in pain
I saw people in the houses, they died in pain
I found some people who worked for the city
They told me how to fix the problems of the people in pain
They were genuis solutions and now I was a genius too
A lot of people were working for the city, I started working for the cities
It was like a big prison or something
The people, the yards, the sun, you thinking to jump
The response to the death of Alec Holowka throws this double standard into razor-sharp relief. The harassment of Quinn and others has nothing to do with concern for Holowka and his family and everything to do with making examples of women and queer people who dare to speak out. The message is clear: Men’s mental health matters more than women’s. Men’s suffering and self-loathing is treated as a public concern, because men are permitted to be real people whose inner lives and dreams matter. Who cares, then, how many women they destroy along the way?
The Symbiotic & Toxic Relationship Between Houses and Cars in America https://kottke.org/19/08/the-symbiotic-toxic-relationship-between-houses-and-cars-in-america
Geographer Neil Smith warned long ago in his book The New Urban Frontier that gentrification is not a process where all of a place becomes overdeveloped and most housing becomes overpriced for working people. Instead, Smith noted after studying American patterns, the high valorization of some neighborhoods required the depression of others. While Detroit continues to lose population, its central corridor from downtown to Wayne State University has seen tremendous re-valorization and reversal of decline. Post-bankruptcy Detroit has become two places: a small and very hip renewing area, and a larger, poorer area where demolition remains the city’s primary instrument of social compact.
The story of America’s mistreatment of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians is a long and painful one, rooted in centuries of discrimination, neglect, greed, and violence. Tribal Nations robbed of more than a billion acres of land. Resources seized and sacred sites desecrated. Native languages and religions suppressed. Children literally stolen from communities in an effort to eradicate entire cultures. Native history is American history — and we must be honest about our government’s responsibility in perpetuating these injustices for centuries.
— Read on medium.com/@teamwarren/honoring-and-empowering-tribal-nations-and-indigenous-peoples-720e49e1d1ca
American slavery began 400 years ago this month. This is referred to as the country’s original sin, but it is more than that: It is the country’s true origin.
— Read on www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/08/14/magazine/1619-america-slavery.html