But my silence is a ravine against his mountainous loud. And suddenly we are standing on either side of the Grand Canyon, communicating only through letters that cannot be delivered by post. “I feel like I’m alone,” he shouts against the borders of my whispers. “You don’t understand me,” I whisper into the margins of his cries.
She wanted you to know that what happened to Jordan in Jacksonville might not have happened in Atlanta, where black people enjoy some level of prestige and influence. That Jordan believed the level of consciousness in Jacksonville was not what it was in Atlanta, and that this ultimately played into why Jordan spoke up. That this ultimately played into why he was killed. I thought of Emmett Till, who was slaughtered for not comprehending the rules. For failing to distinguish Chicago, Illinois, from Money, Mississippi. For believing that there was one America, and it was his country.
Imagine two movies side by side: One has a relatively bright individual walking alone through the woods on a sunny day. There may be some caution, but there is also a whole lot of enjoyment. Imagine the serene look on his face as he casually observes his surroundings and continues along his path. On the other side, imagine an individual who has a catalog of information looped in the back of his mind about poison ivy, venomous snakes, on hiking as the third most dangerous outdoor activity, as well as a vivid picture of every horror movie set in the woods. Now, this individual is quite capable of pushing that catalog of information to the back of his mind, but it takes effort. Then, he certainly can enjoy the woods, but not without some mild anxiety as he watches for signs of trouble. The same “If…then…” logical thinking that makes someone quite formidable in academic situations can be her undoing in social/emotional situations.
American leisure? Don’t let the averages fool you, he could say. While it looks like leisure time has gone up, time diaries show that leisure and sleep time have gone up steeply since 1985 for those with less than a high school degree. Why? They’re becoming unemployed or underemployed. And leisure and sleep time for the college educated, the ones working those crazy extreme hours, has fallen steeply.
More than a decade of research on children raised in institutions shows that “neglect is awful for the brain,” says Charles Nelson, a professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Without someone who is a reliable source of attention, affection and stimulation, he says, “the wiring of the brain goes awry.” The result can be long-term mental and emotional problems.
Your White Card is ultimately snatched from you like you touched something you weren’t supposed to touch, because as a non-white adoptee, you have rules that white people carrying the White Card don’t. Do you know any white person raised by white people accused of being ungrateful for acknowledging racism? I don’t.
ithout entering into my best impression of Michael Moore, I’ll suffice it to say that Capitalism, as it is practiced in the United States, seems contrary to much of Jesus’s teachings about caring for the poor. Capitalism seems antithetical to our command to care for the poor. Capitalism, as they and I see it, exemplifies and glorifies the successful ones making generalizations about the less successful, generally resulting in a lower quality of life for the less successful. Capitalism is economic survival of the fittest and fundamentally less compassionate than other systems.
Cadillacs have long been a quintessentially American symbol of wealth and status. But as this commercial proves, no amount of wealth or status is a guarantee of good taste. Now, the luxury car company is selling a vision of the American Dream at its worst: Work yourself into the ground, take as little time off as possible, and buy expensive sh*t (specifically, a 2014 Cadillac ELR).