southern bred queers are so impt..
Speaker is a young black man -
" Let’s roll the clock back. It’s 1861. You two be first cousins, really. You both white, right? One North, one South, bit it’s just a mind thing. Why you got to kill six hundred thousand cousins? Can’t you work it out?…[white guy responds, says some northerners thought they were fighting to free the slaves] … The man lowered his sunglasses and looked me straight in the eye. "You shittin’ me right? I fought in the Gulf War. Nobody be getting their butt shot off for no freedom thing." Then he rolled the clock back again. Pointing at Rob, he said to me, "Say your mother’s sister’s son, he’s got slaves. You gonna say to him, ‘Let’s fight over it’? C’mon now, no way. What you really gonna say is this." He paused for a moment, then continued in a pitch perfect parody of redneck dialect: " Hey, Billy Joe, whatever you want to do with those niggers is okay by me. Keep em in chains, what the fuck. Your momma is my momma’s sister."
He returned to his normal voice. “It’s a big lie, this slave war thing. It don’t matter really, except whites today still like to say ‘Damn, my ancestors died for those niggers, they should be thankful.’ What I seen in the Gulf War, it made me realize war is useless. The main man, Saddam, he still be there. It was politics and greed. Same as in your war. Seems to me y’all could’a worked it out.” With that, he slapped a dollar on the counter, took a lottery ticket from behind the cash register and stalked out the door…”
Confederates in the Attic page 266
Anyone read this book? Interesting stuff from all sides.
"Nor did the rebel flag symbolize the oppression of blacks; after all, the Stars and Stripes flew iver slavery for eighty years, which the battle flag of the South never did." Page 291 Confederates in the Attic
So many interesting things in this book. Makes you think a lot. Anyone else read this book? Id love to talk to folks about it.
from Bite Back Late on July 11, cages were opened at a fur farm near the town of Ølgod and as many as 1,000 mink escaped.
Way too many wars have been started because people disagree on religion. Everyone has the right to believe whatever they want. These people get it.
Laws that criminalize homelessness are on the rise across the country, according to a new report by an advocacy group. The laws prohibit everything from sleeping in public to loitering and begging. Advocates for the homeless say the laws are making the problem worse.
Susan St. Amour is among those who could be affected by the new restrictions. Twice a week, she stands on a median strip at an intersection in downtown Portland, Maine, asking passersby for cash. She says she needs the money to get by.
"[If] for some reason I don’t get a bed at the shelter and I have nowhere to stay, it means I can’t eat that night unless I have a few dollars in my pocket," she says. "Or it may be because I need to take the bus to the other side of town. I might have a doctor’s appointment."
Last year, though, the city passed a law that banned loitering on median strips. A federal judge has since declared the law unconstitutional, but the city plans to appeal. Council member Ed Suslovic says the goal of the legislation was not to hurt the homeless — just the opposite, in fact.
"This was a public safety threat, mainly to the folks in the median strip, but also to motorists going by as well," Suslovic says.
To Maria Foscarinis, executive director of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, such measures are counterproductive — as well-meaning as they might be. Especially if they subject individuals to jail time or fines they can’t afford to pay.
"It’s really hard to get a job when you’re homeless anyway, or to get housing," Foscarinis says. "You have no place to bathe, no place to dress, no money for transportation. But then, if you also have an arrest record, it’s even more challenging."
Still, her group says such laws are on the rise. The National Law Center found that local bans on sleeping in vehicles have increased almost 120 percent over the past three years. Citywide bans on camping have grown 60 percent, and laws against begging have increased 25 percent. This all comes at a time when the U.S. government estimates that more than 610,000 people are homeless on any given night.