One day we’ll be in a Marvel movie, sitting there as something doesn’t feel right. and as the credits start to roll we’ll know what it is. It will flash up on screen and our hearts will break. “In loving memory of Stan Lee”. There was no cameo in that movie. And there never will be again.
This is depressing to think about.
arrogantjerk: I just teared up and spit my drink out my nose at the same time.
“I’ve read Capital” is an easy way to get a Communist in your bed in under 10 minutes.
— Hey, hippie girl, you Mexican? On both sides?
— Front & back, I say.
— You sure don’t look Mexican.
A part of me wants to kick their ass. A part of me feels sorry for their stupid ignorant selves. But if you’ve never been farther south than Nuevo Laredo, how the hell would you know what Mexicans are supposed to look like, right?
There are the green-eyed Mexicans. The rich blond Mexicans. The Mexicans w/the faces of Arab sheiks. The Jewish Mexicans. The big-footed-as-a-German Mexicans. The leftover-French Mexicans. The chaparrito compact Mexicans. The Tarahumara tall-as-a-desert-saguaro Mexicans. The Mediterranean Mexicans. The Mexicans w/Tunisian eyebrows. The negrito Mexicans of the double coasts. The Chinese Mexicans. The curly-haired, freckled-faced, red-headed Mexicans. The Lebanese Mexicans. Look, I don’t know what you’re talking about when you say I don’t look Mexican. I am Mexican. Even though I was born on the U.S. side of the border.”
Chris Person fixed TIME’s new magazine cover. Now it’s accurate. (TIME version #1, Person edit #2)
Update: And here’s another stellar contribution from @direlog
#literally nothing pisses me off more than this ugh gen y are so lazy they only care about themselves they won’t achieve anything mindset #like wow okay you were born in the 1960s okay pls tell me everything about my generation #you are clearly so experienced and knowledgable about what it’s like to be a young person in 2013#and hey why you’re at it why don’t you tell everyone else how awful we are in your globally recognised publication and thus shape other p… #… people’s view of this generation too? #bc you know you know so much about us
She argues there’s another way to fight crime. “We ought to invest a lot more in our public schools. You know, feed the kids breakfast, lunch, and dinner; have after-school activities; keep the schools open until nine o’clock in the evenings and on weekends; invest in things like the Boys and Girls Club and the Park District—I mean, everything, basically, to dramatically ramp up the investments in our children.”
But even in Democrat-dominated Cook County, it’s hard to imagine that happening. “I was at an event last week, a fund-raising event, actually, where somebody said, ‘All my neighbors are Republicans—people who live on my block who I like, who wouldn’t support the idea you were just promulgating,’” Preckwinkle recalled. “And he said the people on his block he knew would rather pay to keep somebody incarcerated than to support music lessons or soccer team memberships or basketball team uniforms for kids in poor neighborhoods. “We’ve got in this country such distorted values. In the last 30 or 40 years we’ve invested all this money in our prison system, and our schools are starving for money.””
that first paragraph up there—the stuff about investing in after school activities and keeping the schools open until 9pm, etc. —I’m thinking about that in context to of the Emergency Managers in Michigan. And how if they were *really* invested in fixing economic problems rather than privatization, they’d be figuring out ways to do *exactly* what she is suggesting. Making the schools an essential part of the community means that youth don’t drop out and people don’t transfer to other districts. it means that people *move into* that district.
another example, what would happen if community groups were trained and paid to go to houses in the community and clean up lead? not only would it provide jobs, but when there’s a proven correlation between lead levels and low achievment in school—what effect would it have on student’s test schools and ability to focus and stay in school if their bodies aren’t being poisoned? there are seriously NO foundation grants for this sort of thing? why aren’t city mayors, councils, EMs, etc working their asses off to find foundation grants and corporate investment in cleaning up lead so that public schools can stay open—instead of building a whole new building to stick a charter school in?
“people on his block he knew would rather pay to keep somebody incarcerated than to support music lessons or soccer team memberships or basketball team uniforms for kids in poor neighborhoods.”
Next time I hear that we should fight racism with cool, calm logic, I will be thinking about this.
As a Chicago native, I am so, so disappointed in what’s happening with the school system there. The county board president goes on to say that she and a lot of other people suspect that officials are trying to weaken public schools in order to pave the way for charter and contract schools. That is truly unconscionable.
Funding education should be the number one priority in America. NUMBER. ONE. Right now it makes up 3% of the federal budget. Education fights crime. Education fights poverty. Education fights income inequality. Education encourages people to become the small business owners that drive many local economies. Investing in education is an investment in our children, our workforce, and our economy. But the people who run this country - both the politicians and the people who donate the most to them - stand to gain from private prisons and welfare programs and military contractors, so fuck all those little kids and their struggling families, right?
If schools provided all three meals, families would save money on food and kids who wouldn’t have had a breakfast otherwise will learn better. if schools stayed open til 9 - or even 6 - parents would save money on childcare and be able to work more hours. These would be incredibly boons to local economies. When I think about how we could have things like this but we don’t, instead we have two wars and corporate welfare, it just makes me fume.
This week in Chicano history: 1947 - The Mendez vs. Westminster School District case was the first successful challenge to an 1896 U.S Supreme Court doctrine that allowed “separate but equal” public facilities. thus ending the segregation of Latinos attending public schools & entering all white businesses in California, & being the reference case that eventually, 7 years later, allowed Roe vs. Wade to end segregation of all minority’s from any institutions & public areas, in America.
African-Americans weren’t the only ones..
^roe v wade or brown v boe?