Much has changed in the four years since Colin Kaepernick was last on the cover of GQ. Back then he was a rippling superhero of a quarterback on the rise. But a simple act—kneeling during the national anthem—changed everything. It cost him his job. It also transformed Colin Kaepernick into a lightning rod and a powerful symbol of activism and resistance.
My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad. If everything is dangerous, then we always have something to do. So my position leads not to apathy but to a hyper- and pessimistic activism. I think that the ethico-political choice we have to make every day is to determine which is the main danger.
— Michel Foucault
On the Genealogy of Ethics: An Overview of Work in Progress
Afterword, in Hubert L. Dreyfus and Paul Rabinow, Michel Foucault: Beyond Structuralism and Hermeneutics, 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Massachusetts Press. (1983)
It’s Nadine The Ranter (@BlackWomenRock) from Twitter again! Knocking on the doors of your mentions like a door-to-door salesman to promote a project called #BWinRock. This is something I have started to center black women as creators, pioneers and gatekeepers of rock music.
Today I found myself the subject of an Internet meme. Not for the first time.
This one, however, stands out from the rest.
In 2010, semi-retired from acting, I was keeping a low-profile for a number of reasons.
First and foremost, I was suicidal. Continue reading
“…Insuring the freedom of expression necessary to nourish the arts while bearing in mind limits of public understanding and tolerance requires unusual wisdom, prudence, and most of all, common sense.”
National Endowment for the Arts, Independent Commission
The filmmaker tearing up the gay scene’s body image bullshit:
“The goal is revolution. The goal is not for a fat, femme or trans feminine person to be fucking desired – because we are desired. What I want is for people to turn inward and interrogate the source of their own desires. I want to deconstruct, decolonise and to dismantle beauty as a system of domination, so that one person is not to be held up as a standard of beauty when there is a multitude of possibilities.”
“I became infuriated by the racially degrading stereotypes that white film producers threw up on American screens,” he wrote in 1969. “It became clear to me that unless we black people began to produce information for screen and television there would always be a distortion of the ‘black image.’ ”
single-issue struggle ≠ lives
SB 1089: All cakes in AZ must now look like this. Or be penis-shaped, and must impinge upon every religious liberty known to man.
Atheists will bake Westboro Cakes, Jews will bake Nazi Cakes, and Black Bakeries will be the only ones baking the cakes for White Supremacists & the KKK. #GetReal
Don’t worry, today AZ, tomorrow KS, SD, TN, GA, et al… (too many to list really)
Oct 2008: “You’ll never get elected and pass healthcare.”
Nov 2008: “We’ll never let you pass healthcare.”
Jan 2009: “We’re gonna shout you down every time you try to pass healthcare.”
July 2009: “We’ll fight to death every attempt you make to pass healthcare.”
Dec 2009: “We will destroy you if you even consider passing healthcare.”
March 2010: “We can’t believe you just passed healthcare.”
April 2010: “We are going to overturn healthcare.”
Sept 2010: “We are going to repeal healthcare.”
Jan 2011: “We are going to destroy healthcare.”
Feb 2012: “We’re gonna elect a candidate who’ll revoke healthcare NOW.”
June 2012: “We’ll go to the Supreme Court, and they will overturn healthcare.”
Aug 2012: “American people’ll never re-elect you-they don’t want healthcare.”
Oct 2012: “We can’t wait to win the election and explode healthcare.”
Nov 2012: “We can’t believe you got re-elected & we can’t repeal healthcare.”
Feb 2013: “We’re still going to vote to obliterate healthcare.”
June 2013: “We can’t believe the Supreme Court just upheld healthcare.”
July 2013: “We’re going to vote like 35 more times to erase healthcare.”
Sept 2013: “We are going to leverage a government shutdown into defunding, destroying, obliterating, overturning, repealing, dismantling, erasing and ripping apart healthcare.”
Oct 2013: “WHY AREN’T YOU NEGOTIATING???”
(had to repost this forgot where I got it though)
“in knowing we control and in controlling we know”
Note: This is an #OpenLetter + Essay #mashup bookending a decade of thought around Marriage ≠ Equality
This would be a great inducement to marriage, which all wise nations have either encouraged by rewards, or enforced by laws and penalties.
— Jonathan Swift from ‘A Modest Proposal’
re: Marriage Equality, My A$$
July 31st, 2003
You enforce rules, either in speech or deed that have never enforced you. I think it would behoove you to become a true nihilist; then you wouldn’t have to worry about anyone but yourself. You hate the current social order & conventions, and yet never make the leap to the ultimate skepticism. Instead you obsess about the fact that people don’t behave, or follow rules, and then ultimately it is *only* your mental state & agitation paying the price. Why punish yourself, ultimately, for the deeds of other’s, whom you have no control over?
They don’t know you exist, do not recognize your sovereignty, and ultimately only slightly feel your wrath in the most passive-aggressive way. Why agonize and repeat this vicious cycle? Sure you milk humor out of it, but as a byproduct, not as a goal/resolution. Somehow, methinks, you want to be the oppressor/violator/—–, and are mad that you aren’t. Isn’t that ultimately the game that oppression plays, to instill in you the desire to rise to power? Feeling excluded now, when the only one excluding you is yourself. The world shouldn’t make you feel put upon, when they do not even recognize you.
Your claims are baseless. Continue reading
[Income Inequality At Work]
“I want to focus on the simple part of the issue for a moment, because in the big picture, it’s also by far the most important part. So repeat after me: There are record numbers of Americans on food stamps today because there are record numbers of Americans in poverty”
His findings and others confirm its an unhealthy lifestyle. The gay activists portray themselves as innocent victims ; however, we who believe in traditional, time tested values are being bullied. Because I disagree with their views, I have had threats to me and my family—thats hate! This is not about hate but a lifestyle that is against 230 years of American history and filled with medical, psychological, legal and costs reasons to oppose it. If you truly loved someone, you would want them to know their lifestyle usually leads to early death. It’s about common sense. It’s about maintaining the family and its importance to the well being of the children and this nation.