An MFA candidate in poetry at the University of Notre Dame. I live with my boyfriend, poet Robert Bruno, and our two cats: TaMolly and Rocket.
The irony of Barack Obama is this: he has become the most successful black politician in American history by avoiding the radioactive racial issues of yesteryear, by being “clean” (as Joe Biden once labeled him)—and yet his indelible blackness irradiates everything he touches.
The math is the math. You can’t lower current (tax) rates and raise revenue unless you’re getting revenue from someplace else. Now, either it’s coming from middle-class families, or poor families, or it’s coming from folks like you and me that can afford to pay a little more.
…You can’t get away from the basic concept that either we have a system in which the people who have benefited the most from this new economy by a magnitude of 200, 300 percent increases in their income — either they’re doing a little bit more, or they’re not.
I think they should. And this is not because I’m interested in punishing the rich. I want everybody to be rich! That’s great! It has to do with the fact that the less I’m asking you or me to do, the more I’m asking somebody who’s in a much tougher position to sacrifice.
This whole thing, summarized so simply and yet the conservative element in these United States continues to pretend not to understand the sheer, sympathetic logic of it all.
The United States will begin using American foreign aid to promote gay rights abroad, Obama administration officials said on Tuesday.
President Obama issued a memorandum directing American agencies to look for ways to combat efforts by foreign governments to criminalize homosexuality.
The new initiative holds the potential to irritate relations with some close American allies that ban homosexuality, including Saudi Arabia.
But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton underscored Mr. Obama’s remarks, in a speech delivered in Geneva in connection with International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.
“I am not saying that gay people can’t or don’t commit crimes,” she said. “They can and they do. Just like straight people. And when they do, they should be held accountable. But it should never be a crime to be gay.”
The directive comes after the Parliament in Uganda decided to reopen a debate on a controversial bill that seeks to outlaw homosexuality, a move that could be expanded to include the death penalty for gay men and lesbians. That bill had been shelved earlier this year amid widespread international condemnation.
In-fucking-credible first step.
Last week, virtually every Senate Republican voted against that tax cut. Now, I know many Republicans have sworn an oath never to raise taxes as long as they live. How could it be that the only time there’s a catch is when it comes to raising taxes on middle-class families? How can you fight tooth and nail to protect high-end tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans, and yet barely lift a finger to prevent taxes going up for 160 million Americans who really need the help? It doesn’t make sense.
—President Obama, in a statement today urging Republicans in Congress to extend the payroll tax cut (via barackobama)
One of Obama’s tags was “things that don’t make sense” hahaha.
Someone handed this note to President Obama today in New Hampshire.
Photo by Charlie Dharapak (AP) via the AP’s J. David Ake
Amen. I love the President. LOVE him. As you would know if you follow my tumblr. But this is unacceptable. Silence over police brutality? Over the beatings of Poet Laureates and students and peaceful protesters?? While Tea Partiers bring guns to their protests?? Unacceptable to be silent Silence is approval.
If you have children, take the time to explain to them why things like this, are a complex way of creating contrast and saying nigger without technically doing it.
It isn’t simply the words: Obama’s Hip-Hop BBQ Didn’t Create Jobs that make it racist. Bush’s Country-Western cookout didn’t create jobs isn’t racist. It isn’t 4 black men pictured on the front page of Fox even though people like Tom Hanks were there and could have easily been included in the photo. It isn’t even the article itself. If you read it, it is a nice account of the event aside from an out of nowhere “The White House doesn’t create jobs.” quote in the middle of the article and a really shitty title. It isn’t even this “obama-parties-chris-rock-jay-z-and-whoopi-while-rome-burns” in the URL… actually that is pretty amazing. Am I the only person that caught that?
Take time to explain to a child why the combination and context of these things can create a contrast in the brain of the reader (example). Intentional racism is easy for people to understand but, from my experience it is the unintentional and subliminal racism that is confusing for many people. Comments like “She’s pretty for a black girl” or when a security guard might not even be aware that he stares at a black teenager for even a second longer than a white teenager in a store without reason. Articles like this can further those problems.
Be honest with them and help them to understand that it is a responsibility for them to take them time to recognize this, explain this to others and refuse to allow it.
Since you have them there, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to explain to them why this is horrible journalism even if it had no racial context at all.