Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Tennessee Legislature Punishes Memphis for Taking Down Confederate Statues

These Republicans just can't let go of their commitment to maintaining hierarchies in this country, and anyone who opposes them is the enemy.

Tennessee lawmakers on Tuesday approved a last-minute amendment to remove $250,000 allocated to the city of Memphis as punishment for the removal of Confederate monuments, which was approved with a 56-31 vote. The amendment was introduced as a result of Memphis officials’ decision to remove two controversial statues on public property last year.

Defending the amendment, Rep. Andy Holt, R-Dresden, argued that "bad actions" have "bad consequences."

Rep. Raumesh Akbari, D-Memphis, called the amendment "un-Christian. This amendment and the explanation is hateful, it is unkind, it is un-Christian and it is unfair," she said. Rep. Antonio Parkinson, D-Memphis, called it the most "vile, racist" effort he had seen and said Republicans viewed Forrest "as if he was God."


Monday, April 16, 2018

Beyonce - At Coachella, Did Not Give in To White Expxectations

In his New York Times opinion piece, "Beyonce and the End of Respectability Politics," Myles E. Johnson states that at Coachella, Beyonce rewrote the book on black respectability politics. She could have decided to play to the majority-white audience, giving them what they might have wanted to hear. Instead, she came with a show that did not make it easy to forget cultural differences.

"All black people should follow her lead and refuse to shrink blackness. Black people often negotiate how much of ourselves we should show to make others comfortable. Black people often feel the need to edit parts of our culture and upbringing for the sake of appearing respectable."

Hierarchies will continue to be broken down, as we all refuse to change to make the top feel more comfortable. 


Monday, April 9, 2018

George Will: Felons Should Not Be Disenfranchised For Life

George Will, well known conservative columnist, has now come out favoring the right for felons to vote.

In an opinion published in The Washington Post, Will states that in Florida, with a low threshold for felonious acts, someone who gets into a bar fight, or steals property worth $300, or drives without a license for a third time can be disenfranchised for life.

Republicans have pushed this type of legislation, and why? George Will points out that more than 1 in 13 African Americans nationally are similarly disenfranchised, as are 1 in 5 of Florida’s African American adults. Because African Americans overwhelmingly vote Democratic, ending the disenfranchisement of felons could become yet another debate swamped by partisanship, particularly in Florida, the largest swing state, where close elections are common: Republican Gov. Rick Scott’s margins of victory in 2010 and 2014 were 1.2 and 1.1 percent, respectively. 537 votes made George W. Bush president.

Republicans are acting typically of those on top of hierarchies – any measures used to allow them to gain what benefits them are fine and acceptable.


Addressing Sexual Harassment Toward Servers in Restaurants

People on top of the hierarchy, particularly men as they play power games with women, have often felt it their right to sexually harass women. Servers in restaurants are one group who may encounter that harassment frequently.

An article in Mother Jones states that the #MeToo movement has helped unearth instances of sexual harassment and impropriety at dozens of restaurants across the country. The article provides a few practical ideas on where restaurants can start to try to address the problem, including a color-coded system that quickly replaces harassed female servers with managers or big hunky men.

Servers in 43 states are paid as little as $2.13 an hour on what’s called a “tipped minimum wage.” Because they supposedly make up the rest of their wages on customer tips, “they have to tolerate whatever a customer does to them, because their customer is paying their bills, not the employer,” explains Saru Jayaraman, head of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United. 

Just 33 percent of restaurant businesses are majority-owned by women. Women make up just 19 percent of chefs and 7 percent of head chefs. And one reason is financing. “Getting loans and getting people to invest in your company can be harder if you’re a woman—particularly if the people lending the money unconsciously or consciously have specific biases against a female-run business,” New York Times‘ food writer Kim Severson says.


Wednesday, April 4, 2018

America's Top High School Science Students Are the Children of Immigrants

According to an article in Time, 33 of the 40 finalists of the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search – the leading science competition for U.S. high school students – were the children of immigrants.


Specifically, 30 out of the 40 finalists had parents who worked in America on H-1B visas, the option that is no longer available for expedited processing due to a recent policy change from the Trump administration.


Stations Owned by Sinclair Preaching Propoganda

Here are the stations that Sinclair Media bought and will be required to parrot pro-Trump propaganda.