“Another time, Jack took a call. A voice on the other end said, ‘There are three of us down here in the lobby. We want to see the guy who does this disgusting comic book and show him what real Nazis would do to his Captain America’. To the horror of others in the office, Kirby rolled up his sleeves and headed downstairs. The callers, however, were gone by the time he arrived.”—
Mark Evanier, Kirby: King of Comics (via dawgriguez)
See this young woman here? Her name is Arielle Loring, she’s 16, vegan, about 5’6”-8”, she has a small lisp (not with her tongue, but kind of with the back of her throat) she has a nose ring, blue-green eyes, short dirty blonde hair, and as you can see, shes…
“Bachmann says that European immigrants “did not come here for the promise of a federal handout … or a welfare payment.” Instead, they came here for the “limitless opportunity” that the “most magnificent country” in history afforded them. Well, actually, European immigrants did get special federal handouts in the form of white-only citizenship rights: Germans, Greeks, Jews, Irish, Poles and Italians were never barred from the “white only” military, voter rolls, juries or federal jobs, unlike people of color. Keep in mind that citizenship itself was limited to “free white persons.” When more than 90 percent of black people were enslaved in the U.S., the Homestead Act of 1862 gave millions of acres of land to white immigrants. Yep, federal handouts.”—
This is why I get so sick of white people claiming their ancestors never benefited from slavery or racism. Pick up a damned history book or three and read, or kindly shut the entire fuck up when we talk about white privilege in America.
Still think people on food stamps have it too good? Chef Karl Wilder is trying to feed his family on the budget equivalent of what they would receive on food stamps. He’s been documenting his meals on his blog as part of an awareness campaign for the San Francisco Food Bank.
He just finished his two months on a food stamp budget, and he says, “I admit to being bored by it. I am sick of many of the foods that work in this budget. I am ready for it to be over.” He went to the doctor and found that although he’d lost weight, his body fat percentage went up, and his blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels were all higher.
Still think poor people have it made on food stamps?
The only ways to eat well on a food stamp budget are to a) to sacrifice some of your cash to supplement your purchases, b) have a thriving garden, or c) very generous friends. How many times do we have to have people do this experiment before we admit that the formula for the amount awarded is incredibly flawed & doesn’t take into account the range of food prices in this country, access (or lack thereof) to full fledged grocery stores, potential storage restrictions, dietary needs, or ability levels? I mean really, can we move on to discussing those issues instead of yet another “Eating well when you’re poor is hard” project?
(Conservative commentator Glenn Beck) questioned the use of “African-American” on his Tuesday show, arguing “colored” or “black” is more appropriate.
Fresh off the heels of his Restoring Courage event in Israel, Beck asked his co-host, Pat Gray, “Correct me if I am wrong. Didn’t you feel ridiculously stupid everywhere in Africa, in Europe, in South America, in Jerusalem, when you would say the words ‘African-American?’”
Gray responded, “Oh, yeah, because it doesn’t apply there,” to which Beck said, “It doesn’t apply! Now how can people be one thing in one country and nowhere else in the world?”
His co-host asked Beck what the correct phrase is. Beck exclaimed “black,” adding “colored” was appropriate, too, arguing that it is used in places like South Africa.
“It’s not a bad thing, only here. Why are we made to feel bad?” the former Fox News personality said about the term “colored.”
Beck then theorized why “African-American” is commonplace.
“‘African-American’ was not made to do anything except try to create a super man,” Beck insisted.
Someday I will learn not to read notes on posts like this that are not from people I follow. Because there are way too many people with no concept of history, social context, or basic fucking logic. If you really think white & colored are on the same level? Shut the fuck up. If you think that POC shouldn’t get to decide how they identify? Shut the fuck up. Lastly, if you think Glenn Beck has a point with this willful refusal to grasp basic facts? Shut the fuck up. In other words, shut the fuck up. Because no one should have to explain to grown adults with access to the internet & history books why terms like colored are problematic.
People have been complaining that, by requiring real names, Google Plus trades your privacy for Google’s bottom line. So Google’s chairman just assured a crowd in Scotland that, in actuality, the social network trades your privacy for some frickin’ awesome enhancements to Google’s bottom…
Here’s another way students are cheated. In elementary school, which I teach, we tend to go through genre studies. We take a genre of literature at a time and go through it. Well, now what more and more schools are doing is teaching the test itself as a genre—that is, studying the features of a test, as you would a novel, or as you would historical fiction or mysteries. You’re laughing, but this is very serious. Any teacher watching this knows what I’m talking about, that you, in elementary school, in many schools, especially the schools where that gun to the head is already cocked—in the poorest schools, in the schools that teach the most disadvantaged students, students of color, in schools in Harlem—you have to teach students how to take a test. You have to tell eight-year-olds about multiple choice, right? And the thing that gets me is that the, you know, wealthy individuals who promote these policies send their own kids to schools that look nothing like that, where inquiry is promoted, where they don’t spend all day obsessing about how they’re going to do on someone else’s test.
I’ve seen schools that begin right away, that begin the first week of school, where they begin with pretests to try to, you know, tell the kids—if you ask a kid in Harlem—go to any school in Harlem and ask a young elementary school student, “What’s the point of school? Why are you here?” They’ll tell you, “It’s to pass tests, so that I can get a job.”
There’s nothing about—you know, I heard Jonathan Kozol speak at the Save Our Schools march, and he said something that really stayed with me. He said, at the wealthy schools, at your Phillips Exeter and Andover Academies, you know, those kids get to feast on the treasures of the earth. They get to enjoy literature and savor it. And they get to savor their savoring of it. And in our schools, too often kids are given these kind of cardboard passages that are meant to show them what a noun is. But there’s no joy in it. And there’s no—I would argue there’s no real learning.
Getting kids to read means helping them find stuff they like to read. Big-ass stack of comics? Dictionary? Crappy adaptation of a movie they fucking love? Animals? Game manuals? It doesn’t fucking matter. Get ‘em hooked.
“Affordability, of course, is another significant barrier to access. It is often cheaper to buy packaged foods than the raw ingredients to make similar foods; it is cheaper for me to pick up a box of Kraft than it is to buy macaroni, milk, and cheese. Fresh vegetables and fruits, in particular, are extremely expensive, and yet foodies sneer at poor folks who eat packaged foods and fast food, as though they are just lazy and useless. Not trying to make ends meet and eating what they can afford, even if they are not thrilled to be eating it. Shaming people makes it a personal problem; ‘you don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables,’ instead of a social problem, ‘we need to make fruits and vegetables more affordable.’”—
Hm. I am actually starting to wonder what my dad meant when he said it was always cheaper to buy the raw ingredients to make food than it was to buy the packaged already-made stuff. He never ever said the other-way around. He always said there was more to save, learning experience was better, you know what’s in your food…etc etc. But that goes back to me having that privilege of buying the “expensive” stuff when I was younger. I’m wondering to myself if he was very keen to the way pricing works to fool people into believing that that packaged shit is actually cheap because it’s cheap to make. I think he was onto something.
Food prices have skyrocketed since your dad’s time. I know I’ve seen the price of ground beef nearly quadruple (I can remember when it was less than a dollar per pound & I’m only 34), and that’s without getting into the increase in taxes & the tax perks corporations get that individual’s do not. For some things pre-made is cheaper because of the higher cost when you’re not buying items in bulk.
THIIIIS. I am tired to be made to feel guilty, like I’m just not doing it right. I used to feel so guilty when I was dirt poor for not eating ‘right,’ but what the hell else could I do? I still have to do my best on a budget. I get the cheapest fruit and veg I can afford. I try to avoid processed stuff with a lot of salt in it and ingredients that aren’t real food. But sometimes… well, I’d rather be able to eat for BOTH weeks of the pay, and not just run out of food after one week because I bought super healthy stuff. Or I just need some variety or comfort food. I’m looking at unemployment shortly, and I am sure our healthiness factor is going to go down in our diets yet again in my household. Look, man, I can only do what I can do.