You look around and there is an oil spill just about everyday, but we can’t put up a wind turbine because it might kill a bird or it might be ugly.”
— Robert Kulick, president of CRESIT Energy, on the challenges of creating a wind power revolution in Detroit. (via thisbigcity)
Debra Harrell, mom who let her 9-year-old play in the park alone, has been fired from her job at McDonald’s.
This country is sick. Criminalizing WoC no matter what they do.
is there a go fund me for her?
yes, there is a youcaring site for her here
Black Men in Dress
Black Men in Dress comprises a series of portraits photographed at the Johannesburg and Soweto Pride, a yearly event for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) community. These portraits remind Mlangeni of a childhood where, as he describes:[M]ost communities had what we call ‘uSis’bhuti’. This is a term used to describe a boy who behaves like a girl. Why then do we hate these boys when they have grown up to be men who dress as women? Why do we turn and call them names, pretending that we’ve never seen it? These are some of the issues I try to bring to the fore in this series. (artist statement)
Students who acquire large debts putting themselves through school are unlikely to think about changing society. When you trap people in a system of debt, they can’t afford the time to think.”
Noam Chomsky (via suddenlyalive)
This is not true.
We have plenty of time to THINK about changing society. We even have time to write and talk about it.
What debt systems do is take your time and your power to DO something about changing society.
I can daydream about a better world while I work. I can snatch a few minutes to bang up a blog post. But I can’t dedicate my days to rallies. I can’t travel halfway across the country to organize. I can’t take direct action because I can’t afford the HOURS.
And there it is.
Why the Hulk should be an Asian guy
Arthur Chu argues that the particulars of the Asian American experience lend themselves well to the characters of Bruce Banner and the Hulk:
A community that basically, for the past few generations, has been taught by white people and has taught itself to let itself be walked on—to shrug off provocations like Mark Ruffalo’s Bruce Banner gamely letting Tony Stark prick him with a pin—is not a healthy community.
When that bubble bursts, it may burst in the form of hashtag activists like Suey Park who, yes, loudly and intentionally overreact, in an attempt to take back some dignity and agency after what feels like a lifetime of underreacting.
Can I also say that The Daily Beast made a great choice in giving Chu a regular column. He’s great.