These lyrics started the event.
Chantilly top and a pretty face
And a ponytail hangs down
A wobble in their walk and a giggle in their conversation
Make the world go round
There is nothing in the world like a girl with big eyes
To make fun of myself like this, I have to spend my money
I feel really laid back like a long necked goose
Like a girl, oh baby I like that
Just as the song ended, Chloe took a tool out of my mouth and splashed it in soapy water. I spun it around, spat out the debris, rolled my eyes and said ironically, "Wow, easier times!" She giggled and said she thought the same thing: in the 1950s, life was easier, safer. My attention fell on our words. "Really?" Was it?
The crucial moment came as I pondered how to react. Chloe had all the power here. I lay in a chair with a head lower than my feet and paid her to put a metal tool in my mouth and scratch my teeth. Didn't she notice my sarcasm? Should I take the easier route and play along? The voices of black women activists I follow on Twitter whispered in my ear, “White women, you need to talk to each other about your racism.” I chose risky openness. "Yeah, it was easier … for cis straight white middle class people … and it still is."
And that's exactly how we bourgeois cis straight white women began to talk about how our understanding of entrenched systemic racism has grown by exposure to the myriad real world horror stories that are ubiquitous in the media. Chloe was prepared for this because she had read the current state of our city Joint book, How to be anti-racist by Ibram X. Kendi. As she moved the buffing brush over my teeth, Chloe spoke of the need to acknowledge that our society and our own lives are born from and sustained by inequality and injustice. I answered with my mouth open. Chloe reiterated Kendi's claim that there is only racism and anti-racism, and since most whites were raised racially, it takes constant struggle to be anti-racist.
Our conversation in the dental practice did not solve anything, just recognized the reality. But we both made up our minds to speak honestly about the ingrained inequalities that blacks face in the United States, and have always faced them. Because we all took a risk, together we confronted our addiction to the illusion of the 1950s as "easier, simpler, safer times". We didn't flinch when The Big Bopper threw us into an awkward conversation.
In a week that once again put the need for police reform in dire limelight, two community writers didn't flinch – they suggested big changes to law enforcement agencies. Other topics covered in the eight stories Rescue Rangers selected this week include the overhaul of the postal service, preventing the next pandemic by protecting the ecosystem, dividing up voters, and what's missing from Biden's infrastructure plan. We also saved an investigation into the Germanic element in Tolkien's Lord of the Rings and a political-framed garden anecdote for easier reading.
eight saved stories from 4 p.m. edt friday, 9 april to 4 p.m. edt friday, 16 april 2021
Community Spotlight's Rescue Rangers read every story published by community writers. When we discover great work that doesn't get the attention it deserves, we save ours Group blog and post a weekly collection – like this one – every Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Pacific time. Rescue priorities and measures were discussed in a previous edition. Community Spotlight: Saving your excellent stories for over 14 years.
Gdaigon touches on historical, political, economic and practical aspects of the expansion of the US postal service in Will Swiss Post celebrate a comeback and can we do banking there? The author states that post banking "represents a public option for low-income consumers who do not have access to traditional commercial bank accounts. “Gdaigon also describes options popular with grassroots activists.” Some of the other programs These advocates support expanding broadband access in rural areas, moving to electric vehicles, training staff in contact tracing, and using post offices as community wellness centers. “Gdaigon, who joined in 2017, has written 13 stories. This is her first rescue.
DrMarmot offers a history lesson and a warning in How to Prevent the Next Pandemic: Protect Biodiversity. As climate change forces complex systems to be simplified, zoonotic viruses like coronaviruses are more likely to jump on humans and cause disruptions like the current pandemic. “Recent scientific findings have shown that the rapid eradication of biodiversity not only blocks new discoveries, but also makes us more susceptible to both established and novel diseases. We no longer bear the loss of potential drugs as a serious opportunity cost. We now know that the ecological simplification of ecosystems makes humanity more vulnerable to diseases like COVID-19. “DrMarmot joined in 2017 and has written 13 stories, six of which were saved.
green and blue deals with President Biden's infrastructure and employment plan in Anti-Capitalist Meeting: District Infrastructure Economics. After the author has given an overview of what the plan contains and why these measures are important, he discusses how the plan is designed and what is missing. “If Congress actually passes an infrastructure plan, the incorporation of established circular economic principles will help prevent future generations from disposing of excessive waste. Recycling and reusing the leftovers from projects requires effort and investment. If you don't pay to sort it now, future generations will have to pay to clean it. It's not that hard to think about. Apply and pay for "reduce, reuse and recycle" nationally. “Greenandblue joined in 2011 and has written 87 stories, 13 of which were saved.
in the Planting time in the backyard garden, Rexxmama discusses what they are learning about seed propagation. The author mixes clever allusions to current politics – past administration, infrastructure, non-partisanship – with a mix of good humor, humility and pleasure during the spring planting season. “The seed packets (I saved a green bean packet from the previous administration) were as evenly distributed as Congress – 50% were meant to put seeds in the dirt as soon as they could be processed, while the other 50% were totally AGAINST were plants before the last frost date. “Rexxmama joined in 2019 and has written 18 stories, two of which were saved.
Use of statistical data and query data, hoosieaaron examines the phenomenon of ticket splitting in Biden Republicans are real and live in Carmel, Indiana. Enough Republicans in Carmel split their voting cards to help Biden win and get him within three points of wearing the entire district, though the area has only elected a Democrat once since 1888. "Carmel is a suburb of Indianapolis that is predominantly white (80% non-Hispanic whites), well-educated (70% have a bachelor's degree), wealthy ($ 320,000 on average), and often featured in various magazines and the like Named one of the best places to live. "According to Hoosieraaron's analysis, the motivating factors that led white Republicans to vote for President Biden are education and race, an implication that extends well beyond Indiana. Hoosieaaron joined in 2021 and has written two stories. This is her first rescue.
in the The Language of the Night – The Germanic: Our World, Tolkien's World (Part II), Jeffersonian Democrat analyzes Tolkien's theory of "northern courage" in Tolkien's work and legacy. Tolkien studied the heroic epics and incorporated their ideas into his own fiction. "This is a story of a fictional world, but the level of detail, intertextuality, depth and truthfulness lend such an aura of authenticity that it can be explored as if examining our own story. History and Nordic courage are intertwined in the narrative. "JeffersonianDemocrat joined in 2005. We saved nine of its 76 stories.
Daver71 has a thought on the occurrence of violent encounters between drivers and law enforcement officers during traffic stops: what if we had Unarmed traffic police? The author asks and answers: “H.How would this change the traffic stop dynamics? " Since guns are not required for traffic surveillance, you should establish an unarmed unit within the police force for the sole purpose of enforcing traffic laws. If the traffic police do a license plate check and determine that a wanted person can be linked to the vehicle or that the vehicle has been stolen, they call the gun-carrying police. Daver71 has been a member since 2014 and has written 61 diaries. This is her first rescue.
in the A separate law should regulate the behavior of the police, Dobleremolque submits an idea for "A national legal structure that applies to all sworn police officers, be it a single police force in Podunk or a large city troop with thousands of officers on the street. "The author draws on elements of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and suggests that" Enforcement and prosecution … may be assigned to the federal prosecutor's corps. Investigations could be conducted by the FBI. Legal proceedings … could be carried out by a jury of federal lawyers. “Dobleremolque joined in 2009 and has written 10 stories. This is her first rescue.
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