That's what SHE said: unchecked racism of the left, a confession about the war on drugs, a Muslim woman unlearns how to be an ambassador for her religion, questions from the final exam at Trump University, sweating the small stuff and more...



THE UNCHECKED RACISM OF THE LEFT AND THE PLATINUM RULE | huffingtonpost.com

A white man calls out the unchecked racism of liberal white people who tend to center themselves in a misguided effort to combat racism... "White progressives need to learn to balance when and where white opinions are helpful, requested, and not imposing. White people are so used to dominating discourse and centering ourselves, we struggle with the idea that when it comes to discussing race our opinions are often ill-informed, misguided, and ultimately unwanted or rightly rejected in nonwhite spaces. Indeed, white fragility makes it difficult for many white people to even consider our whiteness. When questions turn to the needs of historically oppressed communities, my unsolicited opinion as a white cishetero man about how they should be addressed isn’t just unnecessary, it’s likely downright unhelpful, and borderline oppressive. This doesn’t mean I can’t be supportive. It just means my role isn’t to impose suggestions or critiques inherently rooted in my white perspective. Plainly, it’s not my place to try to dictate how other people fight to get free. Instead, my role is to combat racism in white spaces, to listen and amplify voices from marginalized communities, and ultimately support whatever conditions are necessary to attain their goals or get out of the way."

LEGALIZE IT ALL: HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON DRUGS | harpers.org

Wherever you land on the "War on Drugs," Dan Baum gives a persuasive argument on how to win the war by legalizing drugs considering the true purpose of the "War on Drugs" as admitted by a former Nixon domestic-policy advisor..."At the time, I was writing a book about the politics of drug prohibition. I started to ask Ehrlichman a series of earnest, wonky questions that he impatiently waved away. “You want to know what this was really all about?” he asked with the bluntness of a man who, after public disgrace and a stretch in federal prison, had little left to protect. “The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” "


Found on The Lean Green Bean


After being told at 10 years old that she needed to be an ambassador of her religion, a young Muslim woman discusses the impossibility of such a responsibility in a country that systemically fans the flames of Islamophobia..."Muslim teachers and leaders weren't the only ones telling me to behave like an ambassador over the years. I'm constantly being called on to serve that purpose. I'm asked by all kinds of people in all kinds of settings — in a cab, at a party — to explain the tenets of my religion, to condemn those who commit violence for some false rendition of Islam, held to account for atrocities committed in our name from Paris to Palmyra. After I participated in a panel discussion in Washington, D.C. about the economic and political impact of 9/11, an audience member wrote in chastising me for not denouncing the attacks. I was 14 years old and 500 miles away the day they happened, but he saw the responsibility as mine to share. After years of these kinds of interactions, I no longer have illusions about combatting anti-Muslim sentiments, not least because I've come to understand that the flames of Islamophobia are systematically fanned."


A few questions found on the Trump University final exam:

3. H2O is the chemical symbol for what compound?
(a) What the hell’s “huh-twenty”?
(b) No, that’s what it says, “huh-twenty.” Or maybe the “H” is silent. I dunno.
(c) I didn’t say “huh-twenty.” You said “huh-twenty.” You asked me what “huh-twenty” was. You see, this is what the media does. They claim, “You said ‘huh-twenty!’ ” And I’m like, “I said?  No you said ‘huh-twenty.’ I just repeated what you said.”

Found on April Tse


A breakdown of how the necessity to plan for future goals also disrupts our happiness by taking us out of the present moment. How do we reconcile the A-type with the "Let-it-Be" type? ..."The issue, though, is that when you plan, you naturally pull yourself out of the present and focus intently on the future. Then, when and if you fail at your plan, you judge yourself negatively by the results of your past. This causes a failure of planning where the attainment of your goal is supposed to make you happier, yet the planned pursuit of the goal, in effect, devalues your happiness. But if you’re like me you know that plans and goals are extremely important. But so too is a love of the present moment. So, how can we plan for the future and remain anchored in the now? Well, by planning, of course!"


The perils of poor customer service and the shameful aftermath: unseemly behavior and a disconnection from serenity..."I ask to be connected with the agent’s supervisor, and am cut off (giving him the benefit of the doubt, maybe he hung up on me). Now I wasn’t merely angry. I was enraged, and prepared to take it out on some powerless person, an unattractive impulse but one I frequently indulge, despite knowing in my gut that this is a losing battle, and that it would waste time and energy and nudge my blood pressure up a few points."

THINGS TO DO & THEATRE TO SEE

LA families, mark your calendars for IMAX's  new documentary A Beautiful Planet, narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, on April 29th. Theatre-seekers - the Physical Theatre Ensemble in Santa Monica presents The SuperHero and His Charming Wife  and the Echo Theatre Company presents Dry Land by Ruby Rae Spiegel. Interested in dance? The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre will be returning to Segerstrom Center for the Arts April 6- 10 and Pennington Dance Group will celebrate its 15th anniversary with two concerts at the State Playhouse and Cal State LA this weekend. 

In New York, catch some fun musicals like crowd favorite  Disaster!iconic classic Fiddler on the Roof , or a 95 year-old musical's triumphant return: Shuffle Along.  New York Theatre Ballet presents Cinderella Florence Gould Hall April 17th. Also check out The Secret Inside You at the American Museum of Natural History. Be sure to get your tickets now for  David Harrower's new play Blackbird  and also go see The Humans on Broadway! Also, mark your calendars for Amanda Pare's giant bunnies, Intrude, a public art installation opening April 17th in New York. 






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