June 4th, 2010

woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

From Twitter 06-03-2010

  • 09:52:51: Sometimes I just can't avoid putting my foot down. In the Stuff. Well, I never claimed to be Perfect.
  • 12:18:46: Smart writer/cartographers keep all the detail maps with the master map in the same map tube. Says the not-so-smart one.
  • 12:19:47: If not, the hunt for the missing ones, and the attempt to print replacements exactly right size takes DAYS and DAYS and stress explodes.
  • 12:20:48: But the lost is found (still curly from year in tube) and I think a ration of chocolate is called for while the little darlings uncurl.

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woods, Elizabeth, camera, April

Something to Cry About

Arizona's getting quite a reputation on race issues, and the white racists of Arizona seem to be in the mood to extend their attacks to schoolchildren.   At an Arizona elementary school, a mural of the school's multi-racial children has been the target of vicious, racist attack...because it showed brown-faced and black-faced children in the mural (like the ones in the actual school.   And now, the school principal, yielding to the racists, has ordered artists to lighten the faces of the brown and black children in the mural.   In other words, not only do those children have to live in a city where racists hold the power (including a city councilman who has a radio talk show and encourages racism), and not only have their heard the racist epithets screamed at them from racists driving by, but the principal of their school has stood with those racists and is having their images eliminated from the school mural.  

As an old white person, I am appalled, disgusted, and revolted by both the racist attacks on the mural and the principal's decision.   I am appalled that any elected official anywhere in the country is a racist, and more appalled that, being one, he encourages others to racism.  I guess elected officials in Arizona don't have to take an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States--or, if they do, simply never read the founding documents of this country.  I am appalled that such a person has a talk radio show.  I am appalled that the children in that school are surrounded by adults with so little compassion for children that even their principal--the person who ought to spearhead the school's attempt to serve the children--is siding with the racists and trying to wipe out the record of those children's existence in his school.  

Here are some Clues for the Clueless:

If you're a racist, you're not a Christian.   (Read the Bible.  Read the Gospels and Acts in particular.  You will not find "And God said, Let there be White People and let them be better than anyone else and run everything and have all the goodies" anywhere in there.)

If you're a racist, you're not a patriot.   (Read the Declaration of Independence AND the Constitution, every word.)   Consider that "treason" is giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and by blackening the reputation of this country, you are, in fact, giving aid and comfort to its enemies--as well as directly harming millions of its citizens.  Including other white ones, who get blamed for your idiocies.