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Senator Sanders wins. Hillary Clinton falls down a flight a stairs while you watch across the street eating a hamburger. You have receptors for neutrinos and can taste them raining through your body when you close your eyes. I give you a hamburger. The flesh of racists and the unrepentant one percenters are served in bearnaise sauce at an international celebration. A small library in Tuscon ceases to exist. The structures of oppression and hegemony vibrate at a perfect E flat major as they dissolve from existence. I die and my soul starts a job at a small library in Tuscon.

Can I use this elsewhere for... fuck I don't even know what, I just want it.

You can use it however you'd like.

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Senator Sanders wins. Hillary Clinton falls down a flight a stairs while you watch across the street eating a hamburger. You have receptors for neutrinos and can taste them raining through your body when you close your eyes. I give you a hamburger. The flesh of racists and the unrepentant one percenters are served in bearnaise sauce at an international celebration. A small library in Tuscon ceases to exist. The structures of oppression and hegemony vibrate at a perfect E flat major as they dissolve from existence. I die and my soul starts a job at a small library in Tuscon.

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I don't need to fit into no ecosystem.

I DO WHAT I WANT.

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going to my uncles funeral tomorrow. In a related note, my anxiety and depression have taken this as an opportunity to come out swinging. I am now not only sad about my uncles passing but also moody about a dozen other unrelated things that have me muttering to myself like a madman around the house.

That sucks. I hope all that turmoil runs its course soon.

Extended family gatherings often stir up a lot for me. Even though it never explicitly turns into a competition of who's doing the best in life, I often feel like a bag of shit anyway.

Almost always, everyone is great to be around so I attribute a lot of this perceived judgment as a projection of some insecurity I haven't quite figured out.

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This is a really good analysis of the tensions between white progressive Sanders-supporters and BLM that might shed some light into why they feel defensive enough to try to discredit BLM activists: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/11/9127653/bernie-sanders-black-lives-matter

Do you disagree with the premise--that racial inequality is largely a function of economic inequality?

It seems to me that it strikes at the heart of the matter. What drives the school to prison pipeline? Underfunded schools and and the continued privatization of prisons. Do a lot of cops think black lives don't matter because they are black or more because our value as human fucking beings in America is viewed in terms of money and the power that comes with that? Are there specific racial issues that wouldn't be heavily mitigated by tangible reform towards more economic justice? If so, how exactly are they mutually exclusive from economic disenfranchisement?

Yes, I absolutely disagree with that premise. There is really no evidence that supports it. While poverty is higher among black people by percentage, they are a smaller total percentage of the population, by a lot, and therefore there are far more poor white people than poor black people. If economic inequality explained the poor treatment of black people, then you would expect to see that same economic inequality affecting poor white people in the same ways. Therefore, you would expect to see an epidemic of white deaths at the hands of police, and an epidemic of white people in prison, far outstripping those occurring among black people.

But we don't. And we do see middle-class black people being murdered by the police, and middle-class black people being sent to prison, at a far higher rate than one could ever expect based on the economics-over-racism model.

I think it is a very appealing story that many white Progressives tell, that there is truly no racism, really, only classism under another name. Unfortunately, it is not supported by the available evidence provided to us by our friend, Reality.


You're saying that poor white people aren't affected in the same ways? They aren't killed by cops, they don't get funneled into the for-profit prison system, they aren't turned away from jobs and aren't caught in the same vicious cycle of poverty?

Do you think that if racial equality were achieved tomorrow that there wouldn't be a prison industrial complex chewing people up and spitting wads of cash into a few people's pockets (but hey, at least it would be wrecking people's lives in proportion to their racial demographics).

I'm not saying inequality is the sole factor and that racism doesn't separately compound the problem. All I'm saying is that poverty and ever widening inequality are a major factor. I'm saying socio-economics are the primary instrument through which institutional racism is expressed. Black lives matter yeah, and so do Native American lives, and so do Hispanic lives, and so do transgendered people's lives. Their houses are on fire too.

I don't think there is a silver bullet, but in terms of a kyriarchy of oppression, wealth inequality is screwing the most people and even extends beyond people--the concentration of wealth and power enables greedy scum to wreck ecosystems throughout the world. No one's saying racial issues and inequality are mutually exclusive or that we can only focus on one or the other. But when push comes to shove, inequality subsumes racial issues and affects more people.

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This is a really good analysis of the tensions between white progressive Sanders-supporters and BLM that might shed some light into why they feel defensive enough to try to discredit BLM activists: http://www.vox.com/2015/8/11/9127653/bernie-sanders-black-lives-matter

Do you disagree with the premise--that racial inequality is largely a function of economic inequality?

It seems to me that it strikes at the heart of the matter. What drives the school to prison pipeline? Underfunded schools and and the continued privatization of prisons. Do a lot of cops think black lives don't matter because they are black or more because our value as human fucking beings in America is viewed in terms of money and the power that comes with that? Are there specific racial issues that wouldn't be heavily mitigated by tangible reform towards more economic justice? If so, how exactly are they mutually exclusive from economic disenfranchisement?

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I agree with you - I think they poked a soft spot which Sanders needed to firm up. After the first round of disruptions, Sanders focused on economic inequality. But that missed the point, police brutality happens to well-off / college educated people too.

Now, for the first time, he's talking about police reform. Good! Somebody had to give him a black eye and now he's stronger for it.

Yep. He fucked up, but he seems to have learned from it. He thought he could ignore racial issues, which is a common theme with well-intentioned white people... just pretend that racial issues are really economic issues, and that way you don't have to deal with the icky feeling that comes from looking racial issues in the face.

Conspiracy theorists are floating the rumor that the protesters are secretly just trying  to undermine Sanders. Because, well, that's more palatable than facing the reality that the protesters had a fucking point.

Saying Sanders ignored racial issues before the shitty Seattle protest is not remotely true:

www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/bernie-sanders-campaign-adds-young-black-woman-as-new-public#.woxOp0p5mp

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Symone Sanders is a young, black criminal justice advocate and supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s also a progressive political activist right out of the Sanders mold: Her last job was at Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen. In an interview, Symone Sanders said she first connected with the senator about three weeks ago, offering him advice on how to better understand the message of Black Lives Matter activists in an hourlong chat.

“One of my suggestions, he took it and ran with it on Meet the Press, is that racial inequality and economic inequality are parallel issues,” she said. “I [told him,] you know, economic equality is an issue. It’s something we need to address. But for some people it doesn’t matter how much money you make, it doesn’t matter where you went to school, it doesn’t matter what your parents do. It doesn’t matter that Sandra Bland had a job and was on her way to teach for her alma mater. It doesn’t matter. None of that matters.”

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Sweet merciful fuck, you're living with a moron.

Maybe. She's lived on the streets for a lot of her life and recently had a stroke, so I cut her a lot of slack.

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Fuck roaches so hard. At least sense kind of won in the end?

Yeah, I suppose. I don't know how I feel about using the "think of the children" argument, but it was really my main concern. I hate roaches but if it were only me that I had to worry about it would just be a nasty annoyance that I wouldn't make a big deal about.

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Today we fumigated the apartment I just moved into, but there are still roaches scuttling around.

Roommate: This is just how it is in Fresno. There're roaches. And this is the best I've had it.

Me: (holding a battery-powered spray bottle of Raid, reading the label) I should order some more diatomaceous earth. My last roommate wouldn't let me use any and threw out my box of it.

Roommate: What is that, diet pills?

M: It's microscopic triangles that slice up roaches. He thought it was dangerous but would spray Raid in the kitchen willy nilly.

R: What? I'll have to research it.

M: It kills insects and arachnids by slicing up their joints and they die of dehydration. You just lightly powder it in their hiding places.

R: I don't want to mess with no chemicals.

M: It's not a chemical. And it's safe for humans to eat. You can buy it in food grade, people feed it to their horses.

R: How is it made then?

M: It's the fossilized bodies of diatoms. So it's made of stone over millions of years.

R: But where do people get it?

M: (I look it up on my phone) I don't know.

R: I don't know. I'll ask J about it. I don't want no chemicals in here.

M: We spray this stuff in the kitchen (I point to the Raid) and it's chemicals that actually can harm people and pets. Diatomaceous earth doesn't kill bugs through chemical means. It slices them up.

R: But what if it gets in the air?

M: The Raid actually does get in the air and it's literally poison that's airborne. The diatomaceous earth isn't good to inhale but it isn't like inhaling poison.

R: I don't know. I don't want to mess with no poison in here.

M: Oh my God. It's not poison. Why are people okay with spraying Raid all over their kitchen but not diatomaceous earth under appliances and shit?

R: How does it kill bugs then?

M: It slices them up. But we're too big for it to hurt us. It gets lodged in their joints when they crawl through it.

R: Hmmm.... So it would be like if I fed you spaghetti with glass in it?

M: Yeah, kind of. Except bugs don't have to eat it.

R: That's how my mother killed my father, she put powdered glass in his spaghetti and it cut up his intestines. (she gestures by wiggling her fingers around her stomach and makes a gagging face)

M: (I note that my roommate made us spaghetti not long after I moved in) Ah! That's horrible!

R: He was a wife beater. He abused her.

M: Whoa, maybe he deserved it then....

R: I don't want none of that stuff up in here. What if it gets in our food?

M: I will eat a bunch of it just to prove it's safe.

R: (she shakes her head and walks off) Hmm-mm, I don't wanna mess with none of that.

M: Okay. Well, I don't think my daughter will be able to visit with all the poison and roaches. (I retreat back to my room to take stock of my life)

R: (she comes to my room after a few minutes) Well, you should be able to have your daughter visit. You can put that stuff down, just show me where you put it when you do.

M: Thanks R. But I can't even afford a car right now so she won't be visiting any time soon.

R: We're going to have a car. Watch, I'm going to win Publisher's Clearing House.

M: (I attempt a smile) That would be nice. (I watch a large roach run underneath my dresser)

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So, this most recent shooting in Lafayette.

The article I wrote for Rebel News on Dylann Roof hasn't been published yet, but when it is...well, I can't say I didn't call it.  I was speaking with one of the editors about it, and the recent shooting basically reconfirms the entire point I had been making.  The latest shooter shows sympathy with the Golden Dawn and David Duke, thinks the USA is being ruined by a conspiracy of Jews and Blacks and was radicalized online.


I'm really looking forward to reading that article, Cain


Me too - would not be opposed to knowing when to look for it.

Thanks, both of you.  Theu should be available whenever Rebel News actually launches....which should be soon.  Ish.

Thirded!

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I quit smoking about two years ago and quit vaping as of two weeks ago.

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