In Arkansas, as high school decided having a black girl as their valedictorian would be too controversial, SO THEY APPOINTED A WHITE CO- VALEDICTORIAN. This is actually so ridiculous I didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.
Amy Winehouse passed away this week, which is sad, because she was a human being, and a very talented artist. Here’s a response to her death, as well as an analysis of the way we treat women artists who live with addiction or mental illness.
Kate from the awesome Shakesville has started a new project to, in her words, “1) raise money for transition expenses, and 2) say brazen things on the Internet about sex, gender, and bodily autonomy.” You should support it, and her!
A new report has been released from The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law highlighting a decade of negative impacts on women and LGBTI individuals from U.S. counter-terrorism measures worldwide.
A Planned Parenthood clinic in Texas was attacked with a Molotov cocktail. Fortunately no one was hurt in the fire that resulted from the attack.
Unbe-fucking-lievable. A mother who lost her son to a hit and run accident (by a drunk driver) was charged in his death with vehicular homicide- because she and her children had to cross a highway to get to their home from a bus stop.
According to the office of Cobb County prosecutor Barry Morgan, Nelson – who had no car at the time – committed vehicular homicide by attempting to cross a five-lane highway with her three kids to get to her apartment, after being let off the bus.
Update: She’s been granted a new trial
These members of the far right consider themselves Christian Crusaders for Aryan Manhood, vowing its rescue from a feminizing welfare state. Theirs is the militarized manhood of the heroic John Rambo – a manhood that celebrates their God-sanctioned right to band together in armed militias if anyone, or any governmental agency, tries to take it away from them. If the state and capital emasculate them, and if the masculinity of the “others” is problematic, then only “real” white men can rescue the American Eden or the bucolic Norwegian countryside from a feminized, multicultural, androgynous immigrant-inspired melting pot.
But then there’s this story, which makes me sit in awe of the potential of human forgiveness and learning. This is a pretty incredible relationship, and that’s really all I can say about it.