Monday, June 1, 2020

Just don't be an asshole about it

Yeah, see, it's not the first part that's the problem. It's the second part.

Put another way, if I walk around saying "Go fuck yourself!" you think I'm kind of a jackass, right? Now, imagine if I'm a jackass carrying a gun, or possibly carrying a deadly virus.

Yeah, see, a jackass that can commit mass murder!

And this is literally the problem with everyone laughing at this meme - they get so self-absorbed and self-congratulatory about the first part, they completely miss the part about how they're shouting to the world 

"I'm a jackass! You will respect me!"

Being a jackass doesn't make anyone special.

Doesn't work that way, luv. Doesn't work that way.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

The Safety of Being White, United States 2020

As a white person I can do all of these things without thinking twice:

I can go birding (#ChristianCooper)
I can go jogging (#AmaudArbery)
I can relax in the comfort of my own home (#BothemSean and #AtatianaJefferson)
I can ask for help after being in a car crash (#JonathanFerrell and #RenishaMcBride)
I can have a cellphone (#StephonClark)
I can leave a party to get to safety (#JordanEdwards)
I can play loud music (#JordanDavis)
I can sell CDs (#AltonSterling)
I can sleep (#AiyanaJones)
I can walk from the corner store (#MikeBrown)
I can play cops and robbers (#TamirRice)
I can go to church (#Charleston9)
I can walk home with Skittles (#TrayvonMartin)
I can hold a hair brush while leaving my own bachelor party (#SeanBell)
I can party on New Years (#OscarGrant)
I can get a normal traffic ticket (#SandraBland)
I can lawfully carry a weapon (#PhilandoCastile)
I can break down on a public road with car problems (#CoreyJones)
I can shop at Walmart (#JohnCrawford)
I can have a disabled vehicle (#TerrenceCrutcher)
I can read a book in my own car (#KeithScott)
I can be a 10yr old walking with our grandfather (#CliffordGlover)
I can decorate for a party (#ClaudeReese)
I can ask a cop a question (#RandyEvans)
I can cash a check in peace (#YvonneSmallwood)
I can take out my wallet (#AmadouDiallo)
I can run (#WalterScott)
I can breathe (#EricGarner)
I can live (#FreddieGray)

White privilege is real. Take a minute to consider a Black person’s experience today.

*I copied and pasted this ... please do the same.