please don’t flirt with people i secretly like it’s rude and disrespectful
if slugs were fast it would be very scary
why is James spelled with an s. why is it plural. more than 1 Jame. how many James.
I have an idea son, why don’t we drive to the nearest cliff and see if the law of gravity applies to you.
"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
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Now that it’s not cool anymore to explain the differences between groups based on their ethnicity or race, and it’s not yet cool to think that institutionalized racism might be a fucking thing, people are turning to “culture” to explain why black people are still way poorer than whites, why they’re the most imprisoned, why their academic performance lags behind. The argument goes, white people aren’t responsible for problems in the black community, black people are. They’ve built a culture that values criminality, material goods, sex, drugs, and fun-having more than making grades or holding a decent job or staying out of prison.
This neatly explains all the problems anti-racists claim are indicative of lingering racism (or, very prevalent sneaky racism), and shifts responsibility from whites to blacks. It also avoids the speaker revealing themselves to be racist. It trades on the idea that everyone is equal, with equal ability and potential. But, like most racists’ attempts to co-opt anti-racist rhetoric, it falls hard because of a cynical lack of respect for the concepts.
At first blush, the culture argument has a pretty progressive attitude. As I said, it uses anti-racist language and ideas to look well-meaning, right-minded, and egalitarian. Blacks have the same capacity for success, the same brain chemistry, and so on. It works on the assumption that classical racism (ie, “blacks are inferior”) is factually wrong. The thing is, you’ll often see this argument being used to discredit anti-racist efforts: By trying to be mindful and kind to poor disadvantaged black people, you’re not holding them to the same standard you would whites. The phrase “soft bigotry of low expectations” sometimes comes up in this culture argument, and does a good job of encapsulating the basic sentiment.
“Soft bigotry of low expectations” was a buzz-phrase used by George W. Bush to sell No Child Left Behind. To justify NCLB’s rigorous standards, he said it was racist tonotapply them across the board, because, what, do you think black kids can’t do it? The phrase has been adopted as a format for snarky article titles and, more pertinently,as a bolster for the “black culture” argument. What it’s saying is that to be truly anti-racist, little dear, you have to treat everyone equally (in this case, meaning no special programs, affirmative action, outreach, etc.) and have the same expectations for everyone. It’s like colorblind racism: shut up about race, stop worrying about race, practice what you preach, and everything will be fine. But both of these positions rely on the pie-in-the-sky notion that blacks and whites are already on equal footing.
A recent study finds that poverty changes how your brain works. Being poor, preoccupied with clawing your way out of poverty, worrying about how you’re going to pay the bills, pay for groceries, pay for things more well-off people take for granted, imparts a 13-point IQ loss. This, say the authors, is equivalent to losing a night’s sleep or being a chronic alcoholic (add this to people who actually are alcoholics, and despair). It leads to a tighter focus on basic needs, impairs decision-making, and hampers the learning process. For people living in low-income areas, it would beunfairto hold them to the same standard. This isn’t to say someone from these areas can’t succeed or excel, but simply to point out that it’s ridiculous toexpectthem to be as upwardly mobile and successful as people in a better position.
This entire article is pretty perfect so far. [emphasis mine]
When i posted this photo I knew somebody would probably post something snarky about “random photos” but I honestly didn’t expect it to be called “pure random crap” within the first ten minutes so if you don’t mind I’d like to explain why that’s such a slap in the face to me
When we first moved to this house one of the things I loved about it was the dolphin mural on our bathroom wall, and I didn’t know why. Well I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about it (why? because I’m an artist, that’s what I do, if you’ve ever wondered where artists get their ideas from then i guess this is a pretty good example) and I think it’s probably to do with the idealism of the image contrasted by the reality of it. (I find that a lot of times feelings about objects are wrapped up not in what things are but how people have utilised them.) Look at those dolphins. Somebody made that to be beautiful. And now here it is in this bathroom. I’ve taken close up photos of it before, but they never captured the underlying tragedy that i felt they had.
And look, I know this is all sort of nebulous but I’m not trying to claim this as incredible or anything, I’m just a guy making art about the things he feels!!!
Anyway, I was in the bathroom and the way the shower curtain was arranged, and the things around the taps - it was as though the dolphin mural was being framed by these grotty things. And in a space that people use to get clean! That I use to get clean! There were a lot of layers to it, and so I took a photo of them all in one thing, because they counterbalance nicely and I thought it would be nice for people to see this combination of projected beauty and aspiration underpinned by this kind of spartan utilitarianism? It sounds so pretentious and awful when I put it into words but that’s why I took the photograph
In terms of technique, I put the flash on because it was a clinical documentation of a thing rather than a beautification of it, and in terms of the framing I erred a lot about including the sink in the bottom right hand corner but ultimately i decided it added more than it took away.
Look, I’m not doing this so you all think I’m a really good photographer. I’m doing it so you understand the basics of what photography is and how it works, and so that hopefully you can go and start taking more imaginative photos yourselves and stop shitting on mine. Alright bye
Conrad Jon Godly
sol H, 2012