when the status quo frustrates.

RacIsm

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I’ve blogged less about racism than I have about sexism. This isn’t because I think racism is a less important issue than sexism; I don’t. It’s because I am steeped, like strong coffee, in my white privilege. In other words, I don’t blog about racism as much because I don’t think about racism as much because I don’t have to think about it as much because I personally am not confronted by it as much. For this we can thank my blue eyes, blonde hair and reasonably fair skin.

But today, for some reason, I am finding myself reading about racism at every turn. I shouldn’t say for some reason; one obvious reason is the passage of Arizona’s SB-1070, otherwise known as the Fuck All You Mexican-Looking Motherfuckers!!11! law. It’s having unsurprising fallout already even outside Arizona’s borders, and what’s really been boggling the mind (mine, anyway) is how supportive the Libertarian contingent has been about it. (The reason I’m aware of it is that my housemate, a self-identified Libertarian, is completely horrified by the evidence piling up daily that a lot of other, so-called Libertarians favor this law. He can’t understand that dynamic at all; to him it’s a clear-cut massive governmental infringement of citizen rights along the lines of the Patriot Act as well as a blatant crossing of the line between states’ rights and the constitutional jurisdiction of the federal government, though admittedly in the opposite direction of the usual infringement. Poor baby.)

I have some Facebook friends who are generally all about individual freedoms, but they’ve pretty much all also come out in support of Arizona. One even declared boldly that the opposition to the new immigration law makes him want to go visit there even MORE (this was in response to a link I posted about the RNC deciding against having their convention there, which is some tangy irony if there ever was any). As I pointed out in response, with his own mop of blonde hair and white skin, making such a, er, radical and rebellious trip into ShowMeYourPapers!OrIArrestYourAss!Land isn’t all that impresionante.

I do understand when people hold differing views from me, and under certain and specific conditions I have no difficulty respecting said differing views and even seeing quite clearly where they are coming from and generating a reasonable amount of empathy. However, there are those conditions…the one that is being massively and regularly violated for me now is the consistency condition. I have encountered this issue before–for instance, in the everlasting abortion debate. If you tell me, for instance, that you truly believe that developing human cells in utero are morally equivalent to a born human being and this is why you violently oppose abortion, I can absolutely comprehend where you are coming from…as long as you don’t also display stances ranging from total indifference to wild-eyed enthusiasm about killing off those living outside the womb, for instance, via state-administered executions or foreign war initiatives. I am sorry, but when your concern about the rights of citizens being egregriously violated by the government suddenly becomes gung-ho eagerness to jump right in and help the government do it if said citizens happen to have brown skin or speak English as a second language, my contempt begins to uncontrollably sprout up between us.

I admit, when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States, while I wasn’t such a mooncalf as to even remotely credit the whole we’re now living in a post-racial America! meme, I did hope it was at least a small and permanent swipe at the underpinnings of white racism. However, I am becoming more and more convinced that the existence of a self-identified African-American President is actually acting like fertilizer on the apparently-unkillable weed infestation that is racism in America. Because of this

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I didn’t necessarily think Obama’s presidency would make racism go away, but I didn’t think it would make it worse. (Was that the blindness of my white privilege again..?) Not that there are more racists now–ha! but that they’re all losing whatever it was that was preventing them from being utterly and unapologetically aggressive about it previously.

Is that a good thing? Now that it’s so much out in the open, will that make it easier to kill? Maybe–but, like the Arizona’s new laws, how many people are going to get really hurt in the process? And what if there’s not even an end that’s justifying these means?

Please, folks, stop doing this. Is it really that horrible to you that we have a black President? Is it..?

Sobering Realization.

Friday, May 14th, 2010

My older son is an adult.

(Rinse, repeat.)

No, no, no!–it can’t be!–

To give me credit, I’m not utterly blown away by this because it smacks me upside the head with my own advancing age and/or mortality. I still feel like a teenaged twit half the time, probably because I specialize in having an unsettled life. No, that’s not it–

He became a legal adult a few months ago, but it didn’t really hit me then. He sure didn’t look any different the day after his eighteenth birthday. A few months before that, he’d acquired his first real girlfriend, and navigating those waters (specifically, those sexually active waters) was a bit stressful, but not that big a deal. Well, not after I acquired some comfort level about his contraceptive responsibility, anyway.

His high school graduation ceremony approacheth! Nope, that still didn’t send me over the edge…I’m actually looking forward to it, except for the part where I have to hang out with my ex-mother-in-law. I haven’t even seen the woman since 1998. While I was divorcing my sons’ dad, one of the few comforting realizations I had in conjunction with that whole mess was that I was never, ever going to have to deal with her again. (The currently-high-school-graduating culprit was only eight years old at the time his father and I were separating, so I must’ve blocked this eventuality out.) Gah. How do you talk to your ex-mother-in-law, the one who probably threw a party when you vacated her son’s life ten years ago..? Maybe I can come up with a strategic need to go to the bathroom if it looks like we have to stand within ten feet of each other at any point.

No, what really did it was finding out he’s considering enlisting the Air Force. As in, he’s already talked to a recruiter. Twice. This week! Now, if he is going to enlist, the Air Force is definitely the place to do it–buncha wusses, hardly any Iraq or Afghanistan casualties, lots of technical training schools–but still. Eeek!

The worst part about the whole thing is this:

I have officially run out of chances to raise him right.

Yep, I have. Whatever I’ve done over the past eighteen years, that’s it. No going back. No redos. No changing my whole strategy of childrearing. No getting to be a better mom. The mom I was is now the mom that I will always have been. And I’m really, really afraid I didn’t do a good enough job.

I must go wallow now in my combined feelings of guilt and impending doom…be back later.

Ha! It is all clear to me now.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

First Man on Moon Blasts New NASA Plan

Armstrong, who commanded the historic Apollo 11 moon landing mission in July 1969, criticized what he billed as an air of secrecy that preceded Obama’s February announcement which cancelled NASA’s Constellation program aiming for the moon.

“A plan that was invisible to so many was likely contrived by a very small group in secret who persuaded the President that this was a unique opportunity to put his stamp on a new and innovative program,” Armstrong, 79, said in a statement to a Senate subcommittee reviewing NASA’s new space plan.

A White House-appointed panel found that the Constellation program suffered from severe underfunding and was not sustainable to push U.S. human spaceflight beyond low-Earth orbit in the near future.

And then I read this!

New Hawaii law shuns Obama birth document requests

It’s now law in Hawaii that the state government can ignore repetitive requests for President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

Republican Gov. Linda Lingle signed into law Wednesday a bill allowing state government agencies not to respond to follow-up requests for information if they determine that the subsequent request is duplicative or substantially similar to a previous request.

…well, isn’t it obvious? The aliens are already here and they are disguised as the Hawaaian state government. Obama is their CLONED HUMAN PUPPET. The birthers knew something like this was going on ALL ALONG.

:D Sorry, couldn’t resist. But it’s nice to be back…more posts soon!

Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

For this Mother’s Day, why don’t we think about actually giving mothers benefits, instead of cards and lip-service.

http://womensenews.org/story/retirement/050509/time-demand-mother-friendly-social-security

Good Answer, Real Answer

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

I was talking to my husband the other day about Star Trek (like we are wont to do) and discussing replicators. As a thought experiment, we were talking about what we would do with it if we actually were to build a replicator in this day and age. We discussed about how it would change the landscape of the country, and what the fallout might be.

I came to the conclusion that I would in fact start the apocalypse. I would immediately post the plans on the internet on multiple websites, trying to get as many servers as I could, and emailing it to every email address I ever came across. I would patent it under open copyright. I would call up every media source and get it on television as soon as I could. Basically, I would make sure the information got out there before I was inevitably arrested or killed by some organization or another. Because, whatever the fallout, a replicator would do a world of good.

And while this might seem completely unrelated to everyone else, this reminded me of the gay marriage debate. One of the debate points against gay marriage is that it is the foundation of marriage and the larger country would be torn apart if gays were allowed to marry. The liberal response to it is “No it won’t” and point the fact that we’ve already expanded the institution in this country for the better, and other countries have managed to allow gay marriage without anything really happening to marriage or the country. That’s the good reason, and it’s even true.

But, for me personally*, that’s not the real answer. My real answer is “I don’t care- Fiat justitia, ruat coelum.” If, as the conservatives debate, the institution of marriage and this country rests on a foundation of bigotry, than that is a building that cannot be lived in. We can not have institutions based on prejudice if we want them to be safe and just for all. If you have a foundation that has water damage and rot, the rest of the building will collapse soon enough. If you discover the rot, you either fix the house, or you abandon it.

Homosexuals should be allowed into the institution of marriage because it is the right thing to do. Homosexual relationships are the equal to their heterosexual counterparts. There is nothing in a homosexual act that is any more disgusting than a heterosexual one. There is no one being harmed by consensual gay sex. To privilege straight relationships over queer ones is nothing but bigotry.

*Seriously, stop considering me representative of the left. I’m one person who barely gets any blog traffic, not a movement leader (if there even is one).