Wild Animals Stuck on the Subway in Paris
It’s often hard to explain things to white people…and I say that as a white person.
White people have, in most cases, a preconstructed little world of their own where all of their opinions are digested and regurgitated in soothing ways to make them feel good about how they feel. They have entire programs that exist to tell them that what they feel isn’t “wrong” it’s “justified” or that what they feel isn’t “racism” but instead “caution” or even “pride”. For people of color, these same worlds and programs exist, but to live their life they are constantly forced to step outside of them and into the giant white people world. And God forbid a white person finds one of those little worlds and feels uncomfortable in it, because they will do their best to tear it to the ground in the name of whatever warm and fuzzy feeling they are lacking.
One of the craziest examples I see here in the south is street names. if you want to know how prevalent racial privilege is in America, start looking at street names.
Here’s a scenario for you (white people) if you want to understand what I’m talking about. Imagine you were talking down the street where you lived and you came to a corner. You stopped at the corner and looked up at the street signs and you found you were on the corner of:
Bin Laden Blvd and Hitler Pl
You looked it over closely, just to make sure you were seeing it right. Imaging you went to people who you generally hold to be reasonable and said
"Hey, why are there two streets named after mass murdering psychopaths in my town?"
As soon as you’ve said it, you see those people’s expressions change. They look at you like you’ve lost your mind:
"Excuse me?!" They say, "Do you know what bad shape the German economy was in when Hitler took office in Germany? There were no jobs, people were starving in the streets and that man, practically overnight, turned Germany back into a world power and created a Germany where people were able to provide for their families."
"And, he was a painter!" chimes in your other friend, whom you weren’t actually talking to in the first place.
"And Osama Bin Laden was a hero that fought those heartless Soviets! When America gave up and turned tail in Afghanistan that man was still fighting to the very last. And he was religious too! When was the last time you even went to church, huh?"
The other friend just shakes their head, “I suppose you just want to have another street named after some hippy like Bill Clinton.”
But of course, this scenario is silly, right? We only name streets after great men in America. For example, there’s this fantastic street I pass the exit for on I-40 pretty regularly named “E. Lee St” The E doesn’t stand for east. Most cities and towns are littered with the names of “founding fathers” like Jefferson who secretly impregnated his slaves and Washington who had his runaway slave chased through the woods and did everything he could to keep her separated from her family. We have major boulevards and holidays dedicated to Christopher Columbus who mercilessly slaughtered native Americans for fun and sport. Heck, when you go through Chapel Hill you can’t help but drive on the Jefferson David Highway. That guy LITERALLY led the crazy slave owning yahoos who tried to secede from this country and we named a highway for him.
So, there were all those white folks frothing with anger when people tried to build a mosque several blocks from Ground Zero because another guy from another country from a crazy sect of the same religion killed some people there and they thought it was going to remind us of that. Imagine if they named all the streets around the monument after terrorists.
So, the next time you find yourself wondering if racism is still really an issue in America, look up. The odds are pretty good your on a street named after a white guy who either killer or owned black people.
Pakistan — Daily Life (March 2014)
Photos: Zohra Bensemra/Reuters, Muhammed Muheisen/AP, Akhtar Soomro/Reuters, BK Banagsh/AP, Mian Khursheed/Reuters, Athar Hussain/Reuters
The Philippine Supreme Court has upheld a law guaranteeing access to birth control and sex education.
President Benigno Aquino III signed the legislation in December 2012, but its implementation has been on hold following challenges from the Roman Catholic Church and conservative politicians who questioned its constitutionality.
Top photo: Supporters of the law celebrate in front of the court’s summer residence in Baguio City, north of Manila. Bottom photo: Opponents react to the ruling. Both photos: AFP/Getty Images
So to get to 51% of the electorate the Republicans are going to have to pull some votes from previously offended demographics.
the greatest part of yesterdays episode. now wheres the womens part?
She kills it every single time on that show. Every. Single. Time.