Sorry I've been away, y'all. Had to take a mental health break. Mostly, I've been so stressed about political shit that I've needed a breather, as it were. It was nice. Now, I'm back in black as it were. ;) Shall we get started?
Today's video: Voting while black in the 1960s.
Placing restrictions on voters who wish to register is wrong. It isn't about regulating voter fraud. Voter fraud is scarce. So, let's stop with the bullshit. Restrictions on voting is only ever about limiting who gets to vote. And voting is a powerful thing. If it weren't, why would Republicans go to so much effort to prevent people from voting?
And now those links.
Literary/Entertainment: Some women don't want kids. And that's OK. This comic breaks it down. For the record, I don't have kids, and I don't want them. That stance has, in fact, earned me some hard stares and well-meaning "But you'd be great with them!" comments. Not everyone is cut out for it, y'all. Time to admit it. Women have more to contribute than being humanity's brood mares. Rapper Remy Ma talks about the prison system: Remy Ma Never Rests. A good friend of mine who happens to be a talented writer and graphic designer created this wonderful t-shirt: "Nevertheless, she persisted." I don't have one yet, but I will soon. In Jordan Peele’s Gripping Get Out, “Humanity Is the Monster.” That's going to be a tough film to watch, I predict, but I feel it's an important one. This documentary about female Palestinian race car drivers is your new must-see movie. All I can say about that is I'M SO IN!!! Justina Ireland makes a relevant point with The Trivial Matters. In the Age of Trump, the First All-Latino Sci-Fi Anthology Hits too Close to Home. And I don't know about you but I totally want to read that now. Too close to home? My ass. HOW THE LITERARY CLASS SYSTEM IS IMPOVERISHING LITERATURE. The awesome Alasdair Stewart writes From Alice to Zombies: Rewatching the Resident Evil Movies. And filing this under THANK THE GODS. Milo Yiannopoulos loses his book deal with Simon & Schuster amid growing outcry. Don't understand why this is a positive thing? Why the Milo Yiannopoulos Book Deal Tarnishes the Publishing Industry.
General: This one is for those who insist that human beings just 'naturally segregate themselves.' ‘Segregation Had to Be Invented’ Next up: The Gates Foundation Plans To Give Birth Control To 120 Million Women Worldwide By 2020. Have an article from Vanity Fair that again discusses the prison system in the United States: Let Van Jones Explain How Mass Incarceration Led Directly to Trump’s Win. And here's a story that's local to me: Texas Senator Shatters Table Trying to Silence Woman Testifying Against Anti-Abortion Bill. It doesn't surprise me at all. I've seen first hand how white male Texas Senators treat their female constituents when they voice opinions of which they don't approve. They're tyrants. Also, THIS. SO MUCH THIS: Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple. Finally! Someone in authority gets it! U.S. Army Lifts Locs Ban. Lastly, Why Escaping Poverty Isn’t Nearly as Easy as People Think.