Melissa Harris-Perry and Karen Finney (paraphrased), commenting on a recent New York Times editorial wherein black farmers were all but vilified as ‘lazy takers’ who gamed the system —for winning an historic discrimination lawsuit against the USDA: Pigford v. Glickman (via odinsblog)
So true. In fact, the entire capitalist system — all banking, all corporate operations, all military industry — is built on and based upon government assistance; or rather, much more than “assistance”, more like extreme government largesse by granting public funds from taxes and public resources to private interests.
Private banking relies entirely on credit, loans, underwriting, insurance, and political-military protection from the government. All corporate merchandise in the USA is moved and distributed on highways and roads built and maintained using public money. The telecom companies sell you mobile phone service using radio spectrum which belongs to the public and is granted to them by the government. Agribusiness is well-known to be subsidized. Big pharma relies on publicly funded research to isolate its private profit makers. There are no major areas of corporate America which are not entirely reliant on government assistance. And that’s not even getting into corporate tax breaks.
Yet god forbid Black people get any benefit from the government whatsoever, amounting in total to the tiniest trickle in relation to the government largesse extended to corporate America. Suddenly that is seen, within the prevailing racist US political discourse, as a burden upon society and sign of an imaginary racial pathology of laziness and dependency. Good one, white America.
Mark Ciavarella Jr, a 61-year old former judge in Pennsylvania, has been sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison for literally selling young juveniles for cash.
Pretty sure this is near staple-food-speculation level capitalistic evil.
let’s go ahead and hold this up with Ms. Prisoners-Don’t-Have-Human-Rights-So-Enslaving-Them-Is-OK’s statements for a second, shall we?
What do I care? I see is as a part of a punishment for a crime. If you think punishment means they should just sit in cells and think about what they did, that’s up to you, but I don’t see anything wrong with people doing labor as a way to repay society.
If you have committed a crime and you’re in prison for it, then I think that you FORFEITED some of your rights while you are being punished. That’s why you’re not able to walk around at home or carry guns. Otherwise, why punish at all? Okay, so if you think that people in prison deserve to have food/shelter/training/AND get paid the same as people outside prison for their work, then what of the rights of those out? To me it sounds like you want BETTER rights for prisoners, not “the same.” Where is our free food and shelter? Where is our free training? We pay taxes too!
I guess some people feel entitled to food
and some people feel entitled to benefit from slave labor.
jesus that person
and you know what, maybe we SHOULD all get free food and housing and training, actually. considering that those things are human rights maybe THAT’S the fucked up part, that we have to pay for them. maybe you’re fucking problematizing the wrong thing.
Like…how do you explain HUMAN RIGHTS to someone who just…doesn’t…get it?
LIKE HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE THAT SELLING CHILDREN INTO SLAVERY IS BAD IF THEY DON’T KNOW IT ALREADY?
romney all ‘do you think you’re better than working at mcdonalds’, me all ‘//everyone// is better than that’.
“Life in New York is the only life I’ve ever known. I was just five years old when I came to the United States from the Philippines in 2000. I lived my early years thinking I was like my peers: an American. This country’s culture was my culture. I spoke English without a trace of a Filipino accent. It wasn’t until the end of my sophomore year of high school that I found out I was undocumented, and my life began to fall apart. School felt pointless and my grades plummeted. Perhaps I could graduate, but I doubted I would be able to go to college, have a career, or any real future. I began to think about suicide.
I‘ve made strides in overcoming my depression through working as an activist and with the support of my friends, but I still worry that my dreams remain in jeopardy. I hope by sharing my story, I can inspire us not to make the struggle last so long for others as it has for me.”
Image credit: Jill Damatac Futter for Raise Our Story
Why is Superman’s cape fluttering in the vacuum of space?
mythbusters covered this when they tried to fake the moon landing. the theory was that the flag shouldn’t have flapped while it was being planted bc no wind. they put a flag in a vacuum chamber and it moved //more// in vacuum, bc there was no air pressure to hold it in place. so every movement of clark’s shoulders which in atmosphere would result in a fractional shift would.be exxagperated in space.
i like her
Tyra Banks & Beverly Peele
Largely ignored in a public outcry last week—radio rants, Twitter storms, congressional, presidential and prosecutorial posturing— were the following:
Our pieces in December and January raised very serious questions about whether six different “dark money” political groups seeking tax exemption had made false statements on their applications. Those applications are signed under penalty of perjury . If any false statements were made knowingly, the groups— including Karl Rove’s Crossroads GPS —may have committed a crime. There is no indication, however, that either the IRS or the Department of Justice has done anything since January to investigate whether such crimes were indeed committed. The groups in question happen all to be conservative. Not one congressional Republican has, to my knowledge, expressed any concern about this possible criminality.
Even more remarkably, leading public figures have asserted as fact that they know how we came to receive nine documents in the mail—statements that appear to have little basis (and in some cases, no basis at all).
After she was freed from her restraints and the trunk of the car, she had a little talk with the men who had attacked her.
“Do you fellas like ballet? My favorite was always the Nutcracker Suite.”
Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry’s advice to Class of 2013
#ADVENTURE TIME #THE SUITOR #PRINCESS BUBBLEGUM #BRACO #ADVENTURE TIME GIF #MINE