DISCLAIMER: BECAUSE I READ THIS STUFF DOESN’T MEAN I ALWAYS AGREE WITH IT. LOTS OF WRITERS KEEP NOTES, THESE ARE SOME OF MINE.
Some of the stuff I’ve been reading today. Also restarted Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, which I haven’t read since high school. The racial and ethnic divides are deepening. It’s not the end of the world, but we are on the precipice of something new. Very, very new. I’ve no idea what it is, but it’s not looking great. More animosity, stupider children running things, actual racism, actual misogyny. You know, some people in the post bellum South have always said that the American Civil War isn’t over. I doubt we’ll have another of those, but maybe we should just let Mexico have Texas? Arizona too, maybe.
I don’t know if there ever were good guys in this race shit, but if there used to be, there really aren’t very many anymore. At least not from what you see in the media, and for sure, the stabbings in Cali don’t make me sanguine about who the ‘right’ side is in all this.
Has activism become so balkanized in the West at least, that it’s ineffectual? Are there too many attention whores involved now?
The Internet was a game changer. I just don’t think DARPA meant for the game to change in this way, or at this speed.
Very soon after I went to live with Mr. and Mrs. Auld, she very kindly commenced to teach me the A, B, C. After I had learned this, she assisted me in learning to spell words of three or four letters. Just at this point of my progress, Mr. Auld found out what was going on, and at once forbade Mrs. Auld to instruct me further, telling her, among other things, that it was unlawful, as well as unsafe, to teach a slave to read. To use his own words, further, he said, “If you give a nigger an inch, he will take an ell. A nigger should know nothing but to obey his master–to do as he is told to do. Learning would spoil the best nigger in the world. Now,” said he, “if you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there would be no keeping him. It would forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master. As to himself, it could do him no good, but a great deal of harm. It would make him discontented and unhappy.” These words sank deep into my heart, stirred up sentiments within that lay slumbering, and called into existence an entirely new train of thought. It was a new and special revelation, explaining dark and mysterious things, with which my youthful understanding had struggled, but struggled in vain. I now understood what had been to me a most perplexing difficulty–to wit, the white man’s power to enslave the black man. It was a grand achievement, and I prized it highly. From that moment, I understood the pathway from slavery to freedom
~~Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
it’s worth considering the developmental stage of the Islamic cultures. is it the case that they are entering or are in their own dark ages, or did they already go through this, except where Christianity splintered into hundreds of sects, Islamic society successfully purged its dissidents, and we’re just seeing what happens when fundamentalism and literalist interpretations of holy books happens?
What worries me about the Pew study isn’t the accuracy or lack of accuracy, after all, very much like Brexit, it’s an opinion poll, subject to all the limitations of that form of research. No, what worries me is that there is such a wild discrepancy between how blacks and whites view the world. We are all looking at the same reality, no? Well, no, probably not.
watch the Chomsky interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5meC4Z61qGg
The book Chomsky mentions: The Half Has Never Been Told (I’ll be reading this next)
Watching this: Slavery By Another Name on YouTube
Don’t be one of those shitbags that says they’re “colorblind” just b/c feminists and SJWs don’t like that ‘colorblind’ excuse, doesn’t mean you’re right to forget history. The problem is this: isn’t it fucking convenient for people to claim they’re ‘colorblind’ at this stage of the game?! After all that equity in the form of our ancestors was bled from them–and it was–don’t lie to me, (if you feel the need to lie to yourself, fine) and we’re still reaping the benefits of that theft, NOW we don’t see color. It’s another symptom of the TL;DR generation–learning shit is inconvenient, so fuck it, we’re just gonna say it didn’t happen. Those white people back then? That’s not us, and us good Aryan (not to be confused for normal, non-xenophobic white people) folk today, well…we dindu nuffin, did we?! NOPE. You sure as shit haven’t.
Chris Rock said: “There’s black people, and there’s niggers.” Maybe somebody could get David Duke to say “There’s white people, and there’s Aryans.”Click here for reuse options!
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