Archive for November, 2008

‘Nuff said


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This Thursday is the Transgender Day of Remembrance.

The Transgender Day of Remembrance serves several purposes. It raises public awareness of hate crimes against transgender people, an action that current media doesn’t perform. Day of Remembrance publicly mourns and honors the lives of our brothers and sisters who might otherwise be forgotten. Through the vigil, we express love and respect for our people in the face of national indifference and hatred. Day of Remembrance reminds non-transgender people that we are their sons, daughters, parents, friends and lovers. Day of Remembrance gives our allies a chance to step forward with us and stand in vigil, memorializing those of us who’ve died by anti-transgender violence.

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TerranceDC writing at Pam’s House Blend:

If you think for one minute that the people who have been against civil rights from the beginning will stop with same-sex marriage or with gay people, you may be surprised. What they did in California was to establish a beachhead as a basis for overruling almost any established civil right on nothing more than a simple majority vote. In other words, they got a foothold for establishing majoritarianism.

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You cannot be serious


From American Family Association

Decorate this holiday season with the Original Christmas Cross to remind your friends, family, neighbors, and all who drive by your home, office, or church of the real meaning of Christmas. You won’t find the Original Christmas Cross in stores, so order online today!

Ummm… original Christmas cross? Someone might want to tell them that’s another story…. not to mention – a burning cross? Are you serious?


Not that anyone would actually, you know, burn a cross. Cuz that’s all in the past now.

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Obama Election Spurs “Hundreds” Of Race Threats, Crimes

_Four North Carolina State University students admitted writing anti-Obama comments in a tunnel designated for free speech expression, including one that said: “Let’s shoot that (N-word) in the head.” Obama has received more threats than any other president-elect, authorities say.

_At Standish, Maine, a sign inside the Oak Hill General Store read: “Osama Obama Shotgun Pool.” Customers could sign up to bet $1 on a date when Obama would be killed. “Stabbing, shooting, roadside bombs, they all count,” the sign said. At the bottom of the marker board was written “Let’s hope someone wins.”

_Racist graffiti was found in places including New York’s Long Island, where two dozen cars were spray-painted; Kilgore, Texas, where the local high school and skate park were defaced; and the Los Angeles area, where swastikas, racial slurs and “Go Back To Africa” were spray painted on sidewalks, houses and cars.

_Second- and third-grade students on a school bus in Rexburg, Idaho, chanted “assassinate Obama,” a district official said.

_University of Alabama professor Marsha L. Houston said a poster of the Obama family was ripped off her office door. A replacement poster was defaced with a death threat and a racial slur. “It seems the election brought the racist rats out of the woodwork,” Houston said.

_Black figures were hanged by nooses from trees on Mount Desert Island, Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported. The president of Baylor University in Waco, Texas said a rope found hanging from a campus tree was apparently an abandoned swing and not a noose.

_Crosses were burned in yards of Obama supporters in Hardwick, N.J., and Apolacan Township, Pa.

_A black teenager in New York City said he was attacked with a bat on election night by four white men who shouted ‘Obama.’

_In the Pittsburgh suburb of Forest Hills, a black man said he found a note with a racial slur on his car windshield, saying “now that you voted for Obama, just watch out for your house.”


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Open letter to white activists.

I find it curious that African-American women are all lazy unwed welfare-cheating baby-making machines and African-American men are all violent drug-abusing absentee fathers RIGHT UNTIL they are standing in the way of gay rights, at which point they become socially conservative homophobes who can’t see past their religious family values. If you’re going to scapegoat people of color for all the world’s problems, at least make your stereotypes consistent, ya know? C’mon.

Read more here….

And this:

But I have to wonder–where have these white gays been during the multiple ICE raids that have happened across California for the last two years? What is their position on those raids? Do they think that there are no LBGT folks being rounded up?

Do they know that in Arizona, they are just joining the crowds of people who don’t have rights, rather than leading the way? Do they know that women in Arizona without proper documentation don’t have the right to go to the doctor if they are sick?

Do gay white folks really feel that their vote for Obama is them being held responsible for 500 years of violent racism?

Why is it that when communities of color attempt to hold white folks responsible to organizing rhetoric, we are dismissed, cast as divisive, angry, hostile, etc and actively denied a place at The Table–but white folks hold communities of color responsible to organizing rhetoric and suddenly they have appearances on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and fucking Stephen Colbert? That is, it’s *news*.

Read it all.

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I love this story

Europe Welcomes Abnormal Veggies

BRUSSELS — Misshapen fruit and vegetables won a reprieve Wednesday from the European Union as it scrapped rules banning overly curved, extra knobbly or oddly shaped produce from supermarket shelves.

Ending regulations on the size and shape of 26 types of fruit and vegetables, the European authorities killed off restrictions that had become synonymous with bureaucratic meddling.

The rising cost of commodities also persuaded the European Commission that there was no point in throwing away food just because it looked strange.

Starting in July, when the changes come into force, standards for 26 products, ranging from peas to plums, will disappear altogether. European shoppers will then be able to chose their produce whatever its appearance.

My question – wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could do the same thing for people? Except, of course, for people I reject words such as abnormal (or normal, for that matter), strange or oddly shaped. Instead, we would simply use words like different. Imagine. [Fill in the Blank] welcomes different people. All of them.

Ah, well.
A girl can dream, can’t she?

ETA – They changed the original headline, which I used in the above link to the story. The headline now reads: Europe Relaxes Rules on Sale of Ugly Fruits and Vegetables. I’m not sure “ugly” is any better than “abnormal,” but I did rather like “Europe Welcomes….” more than “Europe Relaxes Rules….” I know, I know – I’m way overthinking this.

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