What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
Reasonable people can disagree on things, and certainly, we can learn a lot from spirited discussion. But if your opinion is basically, “This wouldn’t really be an issue if the people affected would just shut up about it,” well, God, Jed. I don’t even want to know you.
I am regularly asking myself “what would Mrs. Landingham have to say about this?”
"We're not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough "
On West Wing, there’s a speech Jed Bartlet makes after a bombing and the phrase “We’re not doing nearly enough, not nearly enough” that’s been running through my head the last few days regarding the safety of young black men (and women,and black adults in general if we are being honest) in our country. When I saw Obama finally made a statement, I was relieved and hopeful. Instead, it read as though it was written by a Hallmark employee on enough xanax to fell a small horse. How disappointing.
A new study suggests that highlighting racism in the criminal justice system is not the answer, and in fact pushes white voters in the opposite direction. Even when whites believe the current laws are too harsh, they’re less likely to support changing the law if they’re reminded that the current prison population is disproportionately black.
“The question seems to be which instinct wins out: the belief that our prison system isn’t fair, or the assumption that a prisoner must be a criminal. According to the study, when whites are primed to think of prisoners as black, it’s the latter that wins out.”
“It was executed with a ruthless perfection seldom seen outside 16-year-old Russian girls’ figure skating routines. But did I trust the meal? No, I did not. Something unsettling about that level of perfection. Felt like this meal had never had a childhood. Felt like this meal didn’t know how to love. Only how to win.”—Caity Weaver is a delight and I love these reviews.
“But you can’t solve or let go of problems if you don’t allow yourself time to think about them. It’s an imperative ignored by our culture, which values doing more than thinking and believes answers are in the palm of your hand rather than in your own head.”—No Time to Think