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.” “
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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.