no tolerance for hate
How is it that things have moved backward in America? I feel a greater need to wave my pride flag, at least metaphorically, than I have in years.
Just last month, I quoted Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about the xenophobia that targets many folks. “They started by finding marginalized groups to demonize to unite people around a common enemy… to hate. Then they launched overwhelming campaigns of disinformation that ensured the people didn’t know what actually was happening in the world, only what they wanted them to know.”
It’s astounding how much misinformation – strike that: DISINFORMATION – is being spread about LGBTQ+ people.
An NBC News story on June 1: Companies under fire as Pride Month kicks off. “Some corporations are stepping into a fierce fight over transgender issues in the U.S. Target, Bud Light and Kohl’s are just a few of the companies getting backlash. ” And so is Chick-Fil-A?
To that end, this is from the Boston Globe. “From campy to controversial: How drag queens became a target of conservative lawmakers. The performers have gone from being the life of the party to facing tough restrictions and open animosity.”
From the LA Times on June 2: Police stepped in to split up protesters in a tense scene outside a North Hollywood elementary school as more than 100 parents rallied against a Pride Day assembly, bringing to a head weeks of turmoil that saw a transgender teacher’s LGBTQ+ Pride flag burned.
The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ civil rights group, issued its first State of Emergency in its 40-plus year history, citing a record number of bills across state legislatures targeted at regulating the lives of queer people.
Several media outlets report that the Proud Boys plan to escalate their presence during Pride Month. “In private Telegram groups, Proud Boys have planned to counter Pride events by ‘taking back June’ with a so-called ‘Proud Month’ that would, as one militia member put it, ‘challenge this perversion of the Nuclear Family and Gender.” Proud Boys also plan to disrupt and co-opt Juneteenth celebrations with coordinated ‘Proud Day’ events “to break the chains of Pride Month” on June 17, two days before.”
The fight continues
Thus it becomes incumbent for allies to stay vocal and visible. The straight, cisgender Weekly Sift guy, notes, “I have attended Pride parades or seen drag shows. I’ve always found such events uplifting and life-affirming. I’ve never felt like anyone was telling me I should be gay or trans or anything else. The point is that we can all be what we are, and maybe even what we want to be.
“I see LGBTQ Pride as a little like ‘Black Lives Matter’; it’s a response to a negative. So often, our society sends the message that Black lives don’t matter, or that being anything other than heterosexual is shameful or sinful. Simply saying ‘I’m not ashamed of what I am’ doesn’t seem nearly strong enough, so I fully support people expressing pride in themselves.”
The AFL-CIO notes: “We fight for all working people—no matter the gender, race, ethnicity or any other identity. Those identities intersect with your own identity as a worker, as a parent, as a sibling. In America, we believe all people should be able to work without fear of discrimination or violence… LGBTQ+ people still lack basic federal legal protections in the workplace, which make them vulnerable to recent appalling and shameful actions by state legislatures. We have no tolerance for hate in our movement.” Amen.
Rebecca Jade interview, Middle Earth debate
An Ode to Oy — the Perfect Yiddish Word
And speaking of which: Rings of Power Cast Slams Racist Threats Against Performers: “Middle-Earth Is Not All White.” This hurts my head. Someone wrote, and I’ve misplaced the attribution, I’m afraid: “When did we stop being able to just sit down and enjoy something that’s been created? Just take all shows and movies as fan fiction of any book that they take it from and enjoy the creators’ stories.”
Sah Quah: More than twenty years after the American Civil War, an enslaved Alaskan walked into a Sitka courtroom and sued for his freedom
The Church Left on the Curb: A chance trash-day encounter reveals a 170-year institutional history
Anne Garrels, the longtime foreign correspondent for NPR, dies at 71
In Memorium Video from this year’s Emmys and going about a decade back
Jazz Pianist & NEA Jazz Master Ramsey Lewis Dies at His Chicago Home, September 12, at the age of 87
“Weird Al” Yankovic on the Long, Hard Road to Bring His Mock Biopic to the Big Screen
Ken Levine ends his blog, but his podcast will continue
At 100, Norman Lear Looks Back (And Ahead)
Whiz! Bang! Boom! Energetic Ads Hold Viewers’ Attention
Real Money, Fake Musicians: Inside a Million-Dollar Instagram Verification Scheme
Quentin Tarantino, Miramax Settle ‘Pulp Fiction’ NFT Legal Battle
Flin Flon: One Book’s Unlikely Survival
Has a computer ever passed the Turing test?
The Twisted Life of Clippy, Microsoft’s annoying paperclip. Its developers never imagined the virtual assistant would become a cultural icon.
Some good advice from John Green
Of Elbows and Tables
Best State Capitals to Live In – 2022 Edition. Albany, NY, is #9.
The Small Town In New York With More Historic Buildings Than Any Other
Can Something Be “Very Unique”? Modifying Absolute Adjectives
How deranged anti-Obama conspiracy theories led America to Donald Trump
Judge Cannon’s Incredibly Flawed Trump Special Master Ruling
The faulty premise of the ‘2,000 mules’ trailer about voting by mail in the 2020 election
How Many Of ‘Her Emails’ Were Classified? Actually, Zero
Thomas, Barrett will further delegitimize SCOTUS when they fail to recuse on key cases
The Battle for Voters’ Imaginations over Abortion. Pete Buttigieg was correct.
When We Rose to Fight COVID, We Were Deliberately Turned Against Each Other
The Return of the Bitter Politics of Envy
UN Report Highlights Ongoing Racism in the US
Nebraska HS newspaper and journalism program shut down over student-written commentary on LGBTQ+ issues. The shutdown of the prize-winning student newspaper after 54 years occurred because an edition in June contained student-written commentary on LGBTQ+ issues, the origins of Pride Month, and the history of homophobia, material members of the local school board considered inappropriate.
U.S. life expectancy drops sharply, the second consecutive decline
Most and Least Ethnically Diverse Cities in the U.S.
Demographic divide – the key differences in media and entertainment that continue to evolve between younger and older Americans.
New Data Reveal Inequality in Retirement Account Ownership
When and How Often People Marry Changes by Birth Cohort
Behind the Beats article about Rebecca Jade by the Smooth Jazz Network!
The In Crowd – the Ramsey Lewis Trio
The Comedians – Dmitry Kabalevsky. The second section, The Galop, is EXTREMELY familiar to me.
Wade In The Water – Ramsey Lewis
Jonchaies by Iannis Xenakis
Conductor Seiji Ozawa leads the Vienna Philharmonic in Strauss’s overture to Die Fledermaus
Hang On Sloopy – Ramsey Lewis Trio. I still have the Hang On Ramsey album on vinyl
If You Could Read My Mind – Gordon Lightfoot
Hippocratic oath, ignored
The Weekly Sift guy posits: If there’s a theme in recent political news, it’s that Republicans and Democrats seem to be living in different worlds.
“I live in the Democratic world, so the issues Democrats talk about — Covid; the economic effect of Covid on ordinary people; protecting the right to vote; repairing crumbling 20th-century infrastructure and building for the current century; climate change; racism, sexism, and various other forms of bigotry; mass shootings; and letting DREAMers stay in the country — look real to me.
“Meanwhile Republican priorities — making it harder to vote; keeping transgirls out of school sports; changing discrimination laws to increase conservative Christians’ opportunities to express their disapproval of other people’s lifestyles; encouraging more people to carry guns in more situations; more tightly regulating which bathrooms people use; not letting cities require masks; and protecting Mr. Potato Head from cancel culture — are all weirdly divorced from any problems I can see.”
He describes this in much greater detail. And it wasn’t always so, as he explains.
Anyway, while trying not to pay too much attention to a murder trial in Minnesota, some other things that caught my attention.
ITEM: A story about my home county:
Research reveals gaping racial disparities in suburban arrests
“A review of data by the Times Union provided by the Capital Region’s largest suburban police departments revealed Black people are arrested and ticketed at rates that far exceed their percentage of the population in the mostly white communities.
This should surprise no one around here. Of course, the black folks in Albany knew this. But some of the white people in my church have been telling me this for years, how they had received what they perceived to be preferential treatment.
The Talk, redux
ITEM: Asian Americans, many for the first time, are giving children and elderly parents ‘The Talk’ on how to protect themselves from hate
“Some parents have been putting off these uncomfortable discussions, but they’re now unavoidable after the targeted murders of six Asian American women in the Atlanta area.” The conversations with their children are about how to gird themselves against a wave of anti-Asian sentiment, violence, and bullying.
ITEM: Arkansas Governor Signs Pro-Religious Discrimination Bill Allowing Doctors to Refuse to Treat LGBTQ Patients.
And here I thought doctors followed a Hippocratic oath to recognize their “special obligations to all my fellow human beings.” This is contemptible legislation.
ITEM: Lindsey Graham Accuses President Of ‘Playing Race Card’ On HR 1
There was a time, right after John McCain died, that I thought maybe this guy could become something better. Nope.
ITEM: From The Lancet, no less. Public policy and health in the Trump era
“Trump exploited low and middle-income white people’s anger over their deteriorating life prospects to mobilise racial animus and xenophobia and enlist their support for policies that benefit high-income people and corporations and threaten health.
“His signature legislative achievement, a trillion-dollar tax cut for corporations and high-income individuals, opened a budget hole that he used to justify cutting food subsidies and health care. His appeals to racism, nativism, and religious bigotry have emboldened white nationalists and vigilantes, and encouraged police violence and, at the end of his term in office, insurrection.” (49 pp, free with registration)
ITEM: SATIRE – Georgia Governor Declares Water a Gateway Drug That Leads to Voting
On the other hand
ITEM: Louisiana, Activists May Be Winning a Battle Against Environmental Racism
Analysts say the massive petrochemical complex proposed by Formosa Plastics is “financially unviable.”
ITEM: Brown University students vote to support reparations for descendants of enslaved people connected to the school
“Studying the issue doesn’t put money in Black folks’ pockets,” the student body president said. “It’s lovely and all, but how does that rectify what happened?”
Of course, the question is always, “How?”
new Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact!
John Oliver: Mount Everest’s tourist industry.
Nearly 1 in 4 American adults are worse off now than before the Great Recession.
The “Moral Budget” is a plan for the future, because everybody has the right to live. Rev. William Barber: “Jeremiah 22 tells us that when political leaders abuse their office & hurt the poor, we must show up in person to deliver a prophetic indictment. Now is the time.”
Weekly Sift – Socialism: What’s in a word?
Mark Evanier’s Mayberry Monday.
Arthur’s Internet Wading for June 2019.
Explosion science: an animated guide to building demolition
‘Plasticrust’: A new form of pollution is forming on a Portuguese island.
Karen Oliveto — United Methodist Church’s first lesbian bishop. My wife knows Karen; Karen’s sister and my wife were college roommates.
Not everything we “know” about the Stonewall Rebellion is true; heck, just read Arthur’s blog all month.
John Oliver: Impeachment.
I Only Smoke When I Drink – Rebecca Jade and the Cold Fact
Tiny Desk Concert – Sesame Street
Once Upon A Time – MonaLisa Twins, featuring John Sebastian
Disney Medley on plastic bottles.
Don’t Send Me Away – Garfield Fleming.