The conversation continues.
Click here for a series of photos of Senator McCain not looking at Senator Obama during the debate last night:
I think Angry Black Woman nails it:
Not so long ago in this country — within McCain’s adult lifetime, though not Obama’s — white men did not look at black men, except to order them around or warn them off white women. They did not address black men directly if they could help it — and if they had to, it was never done in a way that might suggest respect. Black men did not look at white men either, because that was the shortest path to death; a black man who dared to look a white man in the eye was “uppity”. Didn’t know his place. Needed to have a lesson taught him, usually with a bullet or a length of rope. Even today there’s a certain kind of white man — usually older ones from the South or from wealthy backgrounds — who still won’t accord a man of color the simple courtesy of looking him in the eye. They’ll look everywhere else, address “the air” rather than the person, and get progressively more irritated if that person doesn’t back off and go away.
bfp has posted a talking points response to John LaBruzzo’s racist, misogynist suggestion to end poverty by sterilizing poor women. The response is from the Women’s Health & Justice Initiative and the New Orleans Women’s Health Clinic.
I’ll post a couple of paragraphs but you should really go read the entire document.
The sterilization policy currently being advocated by Representative LaBruzzo is a blatant form of reproductive violence and population control policies of blame and disenfranchisement, rooted in this country’s long and continual history of eugenics. The legislation and criminalization of black and poor women’s bodies, sexuality, fertility, and motherhood are being used as regulatory tools for economic and ideological justification for eugenics. If Mr. LaBruzzo is really concerned about ending poverty and reducing social burdens on the state, he would not be advocating punitive social polices that restrict women’s reproductive autonomy, but instead would be focusing his attention on ending corporate welfare and holding the corporate giants of Wall Street accountable for the disastrous state of the country’s economy.
According to LaBruzzo, the solution to ending poverty in our society is to control and regulate the fertility and sexuality of black women – not the creation of comprehensive programs to improve health care access, our education system, housing affordability, and employment opportunities in the state. His plan pathologizes the reproductive capabilities of Black and poor women by proposing legislation to exploit the economic vulnerability of those who are socially stereotyped as burdens on the state.
The low-income women of color LaBruzzo feels so comfortable scapegoating for Louisiana’s economic conditions are those who support Louisiana’s economy by doing its low-wage work. When LaBruzzo goes to his office, these women clean it; when he goes to a restaurant, they wash the dishes; and when he stays at a hotel, they turn down his sheets. Rather than this mean-spirited attack, he should call for an increase in the minimum wage that would make it feasible for poor women to survive economically.
* random bullets of crap
You know how, back in the winter months, your calendar for 3 seasons ahead looks all empty and pristine and everything seems possible? Even though school will be starting and you know what that is like – what with the getting the syllabi together and meeting new students and getting classes going and re-reading or at least skimming the texts and getting new readings and finding out what’s wrong with your classroom and – oh – teaching a new class with new texts and…. So you know that is going on. But you look at the calendar with all those lovely blank spaces (because you don’t write down all that school stuff – okay maybe you do but I don’t…) and you say – hey – I can go to that 4 day meeting and I can facilitate this event over here and I can present at this thing and oh, sure, I can do that. And then, in the middle of August, you look at your calendar and scream.
But today I am home and thus ends the madness that was August 28 – September 27.
Herewith – RBOC about being on the road.
Little nervous cat: Mama! Mama, you’re home! Let me wind myself around you one hundred – no! two hundred times. Let me lick your arm. Again. And again. I love you, Mama. Why did you go? Oh! You know that game we play where I race to the middle of the room and flop on my back and look so cute and precious that you have to scratch my belly? Let’s do that! Again! And again! Oh, Mama, don’t ever leave me again. No one scratched my belly while you were gone, Mama. Well, it’s true I spent most of the week hiding under the bed… but if they really wanted to scratch my belly, they knew where it was. Ok, Mama, please scratch. Now.
Big laid back cat: Heeyy! What’s happening? Dude, you were gone? For a week? Daaannng. Well, welcome home, dude – how’s about some kibble while you’re up?
And now later tomorrow – grading.
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