Today we remember Rosa Parks’ bold stand and her role in ending racism. pic.twitter.com/uxIj1QmtkU— RNC (@GOP) December 1, 2013
…was set right by….
If racism has ended, how do you explain these 9 charts? http://t.co/UhJyVEbcWj— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) December 1, 2013
Shut up, GOP.
Dressing up as a dominatrix"?
Once again, you reveal a great deal about yourself, none of it attractive.
To a four-year-old, there’d be no difference between seeing this particular performance and seeing, for example, a pantomime dame, which is traditionally a cross-dressing role in a form of entertainment that is aimed squarely at children. If there’s a certain level of verbal innuendo, and there often is, it goes over the kids’ heads. The only reason you’d have to explain “dressing up as a dominatrix” is if you’re so frightened of anything different from yourself that you’re compelled to pass your own prejudices on to your kids - or, I suppose, if you’re so deeply closeted that the sight of another man doing what you don’t have the guts to do yourself makes you burn with shame.
Sometimes it’s hard to decide which is worse—when they refuse to look at you because they don’t want to acknowledge your existence, your presence, in what they believe is a world that should belong only to them; or when they do look at you, and look at you with the purpose of sending the message that you don’t belong here and that you’re an intruder who better watch his fucking step. One might think, at first, that invisibility is always preferable, because it precludes the possibility that acts of violence may be taken against you.
But there’s a part of me that prefers for them to see me, even if it’s just to glare at me, to give me the look that says You ain’t one of us, motherfucker. Because even though there’s real danger here—these are people who believe in their guns and who think violence is a good thing—there’s something less existentially distressing in being threatened than in being invisible, which just occurred again to me recently.
Since word spread about three weeks ago that the neo-Confederate League of the South (LOS) was coming to middle Tennessee this weekend to protest immigration and refugee resettlement, local anti-racists have been working hard to make sure the group’s stay is as uncomfortable as possible.
"We are completely non-violent,” Darlene Neal of the Tennessee Anti Racist Network told Hatewatch. “But we want to disrupt the League’s process, because their process is one of hate mongering and creating divisiveness in communities wherever they go.”
So far, so good.
The League has scheduled a two-hour rally in Murfreesboro for Saturday, the latest stop on the hate group’s “Southern demographic displacement” tour – a white supremacist version of a traveling pity-party. The League is also planning a second rally in Shelbyville, about 25 miles south of Murfreesboro. But after being contacted by members of the Anti Racist Network and told about the League’s pro-secessionist, white nationalist, anti-immigrant philosophy, two area hotels canceled the League’s block reservations and group rate.
As the Network says on its website, “Racism: ignore it and it won’t go away.”
Neal also sent an E-mail to the mayor of Murfreesboro, Tommy Bragg, alerting him to the League’s use of the city logo on its website, advertising the rally. She urged the mayor to ask the League to remove the logo.