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A senior at Barnard College in New York. One day I will look back at this blog and edit out all the embarrassing parts.

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Why is it that the areas with the highest black unemployment, poverty rates, and crime rates are almost exclusively run and have been run by Democrats?

I think Walter Williams nailed it with: “The Welfare State accomplished  in less than 40 years what two centuries of slavery and a century and a half of Jim Crow could not do: Disintegrate the black family.”

Read this closely, fuck weasel:

I scream internally with rage every time I see that quote. It is one of the most staggeringly, hair-ripping, the-world-is-flatignorant quotes I have ever read in my entire life. It is said by someone who has not read a modicum of black history (or history in general) and therefore someone peddling it as a rhetorical talking point against Democrats than someone who gives two rats’ asses about black people. I literally do not understand how someone managed to get through an elementary school or at least middle school education and say this in good faith. I’ve said it before and will continue to say it again: Fuck our public education system.

Have you ever wondered where the African-American cultural tradition of calling each other “sister” or “brother” came from?

It came from the fact that during slavery, families were torn apart with such common and expected frequency that they formed casual “families” within networks of slaves. 

"African Americans have viewed their families in terms of kin networks. These kin networks formed the social basis of African-American communities. Slaves were often forcefully removed from their families. They adapted to their circumstances by creating family units with other slaves with whom they lived and worked. Slaves conferred the status of kin on non-blood relations, addressing each other as brother, sister, aunt, or uncle.”

It’s okay if you didn’t know where this tradition originated from. But I have no fucking idea how you don’t know that family members were casually separated on a frequent basis and not in nuclear units (as if their owners would give a shit about keeping them together). This is one of the most highlighted features of American slavery. And I’m not even getting to slave reproductive history, where the woman were forced to mate like brood animals, literally. They rarely exercised the right to choose their own partner. They were trundled together with other male slaves and expected to reproduce for the slave owner’s benefit. And of course, the marriage between a male slave and a female slave was hardly a bond to be considered sacred by their owners. (Wouldn’t you at least know this from watching Django Unchained, or something?) They barely had the time or resources to care for their babies on top of the continued grueling field work, and consequently lost children from abysmal conditions. (If the children weren’t sold off, of course.) Not to mention the good ol’ rape and sexual assault and other forms of sexual and reproductive coercion. American in general doesn’t have a good history when it comes to wombs, but when it comes to black women’s wombs and bodies in particular, it really takes the cake. But I digress. The TL; DR takeaway: Trying to keep a family together in slavery was like trying to roast a turkey in an Easy-Bake. Get that into your head, or whatever it is that sits on your shoulders.

And of course, it’s not like the current welfare of black people has anything to do with the fact they were enslaved for hundreds of years and then denied equal opportunity for another hundred years, and face persisting discrimination and institutionalized racism to this day. It’s in spite of the fact that slavery was such an excellent situation for them. Like, in Gone With the Wind. Or something.

I wish this son of a bitch was an anomaly, but this counter “slavery-was-actually-good-for-black-people” myth has taken alarming hold among Tea Party Republicans in recent years and I know that these dumbasses are in the minority but still oh my god I can’t even. Fucking people. 

We are all products of various socializations. Constantly challenge yourself to understand why you believe in what you believe.


Fig. 2: A Feynman diagram of an encounter between a Romney and an anti-Romney. The resulting collision annihilates both, leaving behind a single electron and a $20 bill.

Things that make me laugh at 10 in the morning. David Javerbaum is officially the cleverest person in the universe.

I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

Thomas Jefferson, 1816.

You can learn the most interesting things about history. From what I can gauge from my recent history class readings, Thomas Jefferson absolutely despised the financial industry and had serious misgivings about capitalism. Republicans and Tea Partiers would totally call Thomas Jefferson a dirty socialist if he was around today. 

Oh, and Thomas Paine, too. People should really read what that guy had to say about property redistribution and mandatory government aid. The stuff of capitalist nightmares, I tell you. 

Those who are going to be over 21 on November 12th, I ask for your support.

GOP presidential contender Rick Perry, misstating the U.S. voting age, which is 18. (via officialssay)

His team must be DYING.

(via breanieswordvomit)

There is nothing unusual about Governor Rick Perry. Uneducated fools can be found in every country and every period of history, and they are not unknown in high office. What is unusual about today’s Republican party (I disavow the ridiculous ‘GOP’ nickname, because the party of Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt has lately forfeited all claim to be considered ‘grand’) is this: In any other party and in any other country, an individual may occasionally rise to the top in spite of being an uneducated ignoramus. In today’s Republican Party ‘in spite of’ is not the phrase we need. Ignorance and lack of education are positive qualifications, bordering on obligatory. Intellect, knowledge and linguistic mastery are mistrusted by Republican voters, who, when choosing a president, would apparently prefer someone like themselves over someone actually qualified for the job.

…The population of the United States is more than 300 million and it includes some of the best and brightest that the human species has to offer, probably more so than any other country in the world. There is surely something wrong with a system for choosing a leader when, given a pool of such talent and a process that occupies more than a year and consumes billions of dollars, what rises to the top of the heap is George W Bush. Or when the likes of Rick Perry or Michele Bachmann or Sarah Palin can be mentioned as even remote possibilities.

…a politician’s attitude to evolution, however peripheral it might seem, is a surprisingly apposite litmus test of more general inadequacy. This is because unlike, say, string theory where scientific opinion is genuinely divided, there is about the fact of evolution no doubt at all. Evolution is a fact, as securely established as any in science, and he who denies it betrays woeful ignorance and lack of education, which likely extends to other fields as well. Evolution is not some recondite backwater of science, ignorance of which would be pardonable. It is the stunningly simple but elegant explanation of our very existence and the existence of every living creature on the planet. Thanks to Darwin, we now understand why we are here and why we are the way we are. You cannot be ignorant of evolution and be a cultivated and adequate citizen of today.

Mainline: Richard Dawkins Takes on Gov. Rick Perry and the Republican Party

RICHARD DAWKINS IS OFFICIALLY THE SEXIEST MAN IN THE WORLD. IT IS KNOWN. 

Got into an argument with an old middle school peer who idolizes Bill O’Reilly (wtf, for real, I know). I said that Bill O’Reilly doesn’t even know that ocean waves are caused by the moon, and he said, “so what? That doesn’t have anything to do with his political opinions” or of the like. 

OH. In that moment, I wanted so, so badly to just verbally abuse him with a string of insults like “asshat”, “moron”, “wouldn’t recognize logic if it punched you in the face” and just call it a day. 

Politics are influenced by life. Science IS life. Therefore, science influences every single itty-bitty part of our political system, down to the tiniest minute detail. You are CRAZY if you think that science can ever be separated from politics. They are inextricable, more so than anything else on this planet. 

So when a person doesn’t know basic fifth grade science, then that person isn’t qualified to give their opinion on life. That includes the political process. So, to all “political people”, please take a biology or environmental science class. Take a sociology class. Take a European history class. Take a Greek philosophy class and actually understand the philosophy of a democracy instead of tossing the word about meaninglessly. Knowledge is not an elitist flaw. 

Oh, and after I told him something similar of the sort, he blocked me from his Facebook wall.