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Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness"--then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.

There are places in this country that are still waiting on most of these points; the whole country still has a lot to answer for regarding differential poverty rates for people of color, especially children. While I'm glad to see Obama elected president for any number of reasons, I take umbrage at the media use of his inauguration to suggest that racism has been eliminated from American life. We must not swallow the pill of complacency; we must continue to call injustice when we see it, and to see it even when we prefer not to.
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Am in Delaware. Had to traverse big scary bridge to get here. There's one phobia I'll be getting over in a hurry.

Alive

Aug. 1st, 2007 07:10 pm
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This happened very near where I work. If you know this, and were worried, please know that I was home well before it happened, and have accounted for 95% of people I have ever met who could possibly have been in the area. My gut reaction to any crisis is to account for everyone, so if you haven't gotten in touch with me and you're in the area regularly drop me a line somewhere to let me know you're ok. My sanity depends on it.
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Can now text to lj. Sorry. May have too much fun with this.

So cool.

Jun. 21st, 2007 06:09 pm
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Y'all? I'm 28 years old and i just bought myself grown-up Wonder Woman underoos.

This is AWESOME!
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1. Grab the nearest book. (N.B. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag 5 people.

"The blade was newly cleaned and looking through it she could see the stone, each pit in the rock magnified and distorted as though it was under water.
"'Is it made from spun sugar?' His voice was nearby and she realized how long she'd been staring at the sword."

I tag you. You know who you are. Yes, you.
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[livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy! The one day you had a birthday was, of course, the day I went missing from LJ land! Happy belated! I hope it was spectacular!
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I have Hugh Jackman singing showtunes. These are, in fact, a few of my favorite things.

/dork

(As I've said at my blogger blog, there's really no such thing as /dork. Dork is never ending.)
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NBC has posted the brass sextet version of "O Holy Night" that was featurred in last week's Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. It's beautiful and uplifting and done by New Orleans musicians and you should really go check it out HERE. Enjoy!
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What the shit is this? Seriously, you have one character in Studio 60 who's played against type (Harriet), and the rest of the freakin' world falls into the godless liberal/bible-banging hick dichotomy? And by the way, your stereotyping of flyoverland hasn't gotten any better since West Wing. The main difference I can see is that WW was watchable in spite of the preaching and the coastal bias.

You're losing me fast. Frankly, Perry and Whitford are the only reason I still tune in.
Disappointed,
CJ

Science!

Nov. 10th, 2006 10:14 pm
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Dude! Bill Nye the Science Guy! On Numb3rs!
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So, it's almost November. As in, National Novel Writing Month. As in, that thing I was gonna spend October planning for.

I got one character, a place where that character works, and a bunch of plot bunnies that need to DIE A FIERY DEATH BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO WRITE THAT!!!

I suck. I shoulda played soccer. (Erm. It's a college thingy.)

Rights Meme

Oct. 3rd, 2006 01:02 pm
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Y'all. I'm glad you're up for gay rights. In as much as it's my business to say whether or not anyone deserves rights, I'm with you. But the "holding guns rather than holding hands quote" is getting old.

First off, I'm not your typical anti-gun lefty. I shoot, I go shooting with men, we shoot inanimate things. My uncle has steadied a decades-old tremor since taking up target pistols; my dad's eyesight has gotten better. I'm sidelined right now because I've destroyed my wrists with my little interwebs habit, but when I'm strong enough I imagine it'll be a great muscle-builder for my hands. There is an obverse to Ani DiFranco's quote: every weapon is a tool, if you use it right. Now, if you wanna talk about two men pointing guns at each other? That's entirely different situation, and yes, one we're a bit too comfortable with. But really, don't conflate the expectation of equality with an anti-gun agenda. Anti-gun will never equal anti-violence, and will not cause men to spontaneously hold hands. Or anyone to be comfortable with it.

Secondly, where's the love for the ladies? Yes, I know, lesbians more acceptable, blah, blah, masculinitycakes. You know which lesbians are "more acceptable"? The straight, feminine ones who look pretty on the TV. The absence of women from a meme about non-normative sexualities is extremely remiss, as women's sexuality of any stripe has been transgressive for a fuck of a lot longer than men's.

So, yes. Rights are good! Everyone shoud have them! This meme should be an absurd statement of the obvious! It should also not conflate the issue with others, or ignore women! At least I can do soemthing about two out of three, and I'm told that ain't bad.

Oh, and for the record, the quote from the original version of the meme: "Why is it that, as a culture, we are more comfortable seeing two men holding guns than holding hands?" - Ernest Gaines
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You know how I keep insisting that I stink at writing fiction? Well this year I'm gonna stink at it for an ENTIRE MONTH! Anyone else participating in National Novel Writing Month?
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Hope your day is fantastic! You share it with my fantastic mommy, so it should be.

Busy Bee

Sep. 7th, 2006 10:57 pm
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I have been gainfully employed for a few weeks now, and have been working saturdays at the local Renaissance Festival, which means the old LJ has been neglected (the RL blog has been mostly neglected as well, though I've inexplicably found time to blog about comics over there; never mind that the LJ was supposed to be my fannish place), as has nearly every form of communication I use with regularity. Hell, my dad called tody to make sure I was stil breathing.

So this is just my "please excuse CJ from LJ" note. Better update when I become less busy, learn better time management, or get my own computer at work, whichever comes first.
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This should be read widely within Fandom, and I'm not the person who gets that done, yeah? So pass it on if you're wont.

Not flocking this to fandom folk, as would defeat the point I guess, so just smile and nod if you're not a fandom friend.

X-Dorkery

Jul. 19th, 2006 07:45 pm
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Y'all, I've been all up in the X-M movie-verse (and a bit into the comics, though I've sworn off trying to sort out which iteration goes where because I'm like fifty years too fuckin' late for that) for the pase few months. This is BAD. As I've said over and over for the past ten years (yep, I'm almost 28... when the hell did that happen?), I do not need another freakin' fandom... oooh... shiny... (NB: I am also in danger of spending way too much time with both Pirates and Firefly. Send help. Or links. Not picky.)

At any rate, a couple of links for the two people who both 1) read this, and 2) will be interested: X-Men #192 cover art, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] feeferj (I had to friend her over this; it's THAT pretty). Friending her was apparently the best (or worst, if you're sick of my dorkery) thing I've done in awhile, because that linked me to 100 Things Jubilee Has Learned at the X-Mansion. If you've ever seen The 213 Things Skippy is No Longer Allowed to do in the US Army, it's along similar, side-splitting lines.

And if you know me via RL, HI! It's still weird to have Folk What Have Met Me read this, but hey, it's my fandom journal. Not that I'm not just as dorky over at the RL blog. What ev. I have to go look at cover art some more.

ETA: If you're bored, click on the "location" link and watch google try to map "My mother's Basement, y'all!"
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