Geek: Will you fix your hair, Bryce. Bryce: (trying to) I already did. Geek: Wheeze, close your bone, all right. (Cliff turns his back and zips up his fly. He then turns back.) Geek: And be polite to his parents okay? Bryce & Cliff: Okay. (The Geek rings the doorbell and Dong answers the door. Bryce and Cliff both take a step back.) Dong: Hey, come on it! The party’s hot, dude, person. (laughs) Geek: He’s from outta town…he speaks English, all right? Don’t be such faggots!and some that still did
Randy: Why don’t you remind them? They’ll feel some massive guilt, it could be highly profitable. Sam: I wouldn’t stoop to remind them. Since I was about 12 I’ve been looking forward to my sweet sixteen. You know, a big party and a band, tons of people… Randy: …and big TransAm in the driveway with a ribbon around it…and some incredibly gorgeous guy that you meet like in France, and you could do it on a cloud without getting pregnant or herpes. Sam: I don’t need the cloud. Randy: Just a big TransAm and a guy right? Sam: A black one. Randy: A black guy? Sam: A black TransAm, a pink guy.Randy's absolute shock that Sam's dream guy might be black was jarring to me. Not to anybody else in attendance, though, so maybe I'm just sensitive. It is wonderful to see at the movies, however. Absolutely satisfying. And a fitting final hurrah for me and the HSW as it is nearly time for her to go spend 15 months in the future. I'm going to have to go see Clash of the Titans without her. One tear.
I was reading a small victory yesterday, even though I promised myself I wouldn't do that anymore. And I ran across a comment from the lone leftie who still tries to post there. He said something that I've been thinking and I've tried to articulate, but I've never done a very good job. He said:"My words leave your nerves unsettled/you take it to the next level down/looking like a circus clown/cats like you can't even get a pound" - Mos Def, Speed Law Prometheus 6 brings us to the chorus:What I implied— and I stand by this —is that rage and sadness are no excuse for imprecision, especially on a subject as important as this is. Because, I'm fairly certain, you're wrong about all terrorists, even terrorists in Iraq, being "the worst kind of human being from top to bottom." Some of these people, like you, are reacting to rage and sadness. And not the rage and sadness of seeing someone they don't know murdered over a grainy internet feed; the rage and sadness of seeing their entire family killed by a bomb that dropped out of a U.S. airplane.I don't think that excuses terrorism. I don't think that fact allows for beheadings or torture or murder on either side. I do think it's something we must think about and figure out how to incorporate into our policies and strategies for diplomacy and communication. For me, the question is what causes the rage and sadness? What causes people to feel so much rage and so much sadness that they would do unspeakable acts because of it?
Black people have never been the ones to make "integration" difficult. Black people only pursued separatism when they became convinced there was no way to gain respect in the USofA…to this day most hold out hope for integration; the separatists are a significant but still small fraction of the communities. The collective has been struggling desperately to do exactly what Eric suggests the mainstream requires. The opposition has flavors that range from subtle to bombastic but is still highly active. When the Black community had exactly—EXACTLY—the same values as the mainstream we were not accepted. Roughly 50% of the country thinks we don't know how to decide who is our enemy and who is our friend. No way I lambast the crew for not trusting the mainstream, be they liberal or conservative. I do lambast the community for their belief they understand white folks. If they did, they'd be able to manipulate the situation better."Well see the sun's in the east and the moon reflects/Like the knowledge and wisdom I manifest/If you wanna go to heaven lay up on my breast/I'm ye yo" - Erykah Badu, Ye Yo Blunted goes to the second verse, different from the first:
We are NOT a color-blind society. Many conservatives talk down about "group identity" and promote something they call "individualism", when they don't realize that the segregation and racism in this country have created the phenomenon. It's a lot easier to be an "individual" in a country where white people are recognized as seperate from the whole, but blacks & other minorities get painted with numerous stereotypes. I don't pretend to know the solution to this, but abrasively telling people to "get over" a problem that still exists is hardly the answer."See I can make the heavens cry and I can make the oceans sigh" - Fertile Ground, Take Me Higher And Aaron takes us to the bridge:
I expect I'll be accused of not being civil for posting this. And for implying that conservatives are evil, racist fuckheads. Anyone cares to explain why, precisely, I should be civil with people who consider me subhuman, please, go right ahead. Oh, and to hell with implication. Conservatives, this lot at least, are evil, racist fuckheads. What puzzles me is why they get so defensive when someone points this out."But still they lead me back to the long and winding road/You left me waiting here a long long time ago/Don't leave me standing here/Lead me to your door" - The Beatles, Long and Winding Road Happy Birthday, Anna Baby.