"In modern America we believe racism to be the property of the uniquely villainous and morally deformed, the ideology of trolls, gorgons and orcs. We believe this even when we are actually being racist. In 1957, neighbors in Levittown, Pa., uniting under the flag of segregation, wrote: 'As moral, religious and law-abiding citizens, we feel that we are unprejudiced and undiscriminating in our wish to keep our community a closed community.'
"The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion. We can forgive Whitakerâs assailant. Much harder to forgive is all that makes Whitaker stand out in the first place. New York is a city, like most in America, that bears the scars of redlining, blockbusting and urban renewal. The ghost of those policies haunts us in a wealth gap between blacks and whites that has actually gotten worse over the past 20 years.
"But much worse, it haunts black people with a kind of invisible violence that is given tell only when the victim happens to be an Oscar winner. [...]"
-- Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Good, Racist People", NYT, 2013-03-06
"Ladies and gentlemen: War may sometimes be a necessary evil. But no matter how necessary, it is always an evil, never a good. We will not learn how to live together in peace by killing each other's children." -- Jimmy Carter (b. 1924-10-01; US President 1977-01-20 to 1981-01-20), Nobel Lecture, 2002-12-10
(Also, happy birthday to my nephew Kyle, if my sister lets him read this)
Storify archive of the most recent Sunday Twitter religion-and-TGBLQ chat -- #Qfaith: Our Roots -- Our Ancestors, Transcestors, Mentors, Elders, and Inspirations
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-25:
"There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest." -- Elie Wiesel
(submitted to the mailing list by Terry Labach)
"every time a man tells us we should dress for the job we ant & not the job we have, I put on my dinosaur onesie" -- @jennschiffer, 2014-07-02 (click through for the photo)
"Dreaming remains something of an enigma. The vast majority of dreams are never remembered, yet humans spend about 10 percent of their lives dreaming. Is a dream that is not interpreted like a letter that has not been read, as the Talmud suggests? Or are most dreams junk mail?" -- Richard M. Coleman, Wide Awake at 3:00 A.M.: By Choice or by Chance (1986, W.H. Freeman and Company, New York; LC: QP84.6.C65 1986; ISBN: 0-7167-1796-4)
"Driving through the desert with Monica one day, a trans friend of hers had a realization. As one cactus after another passed by in the windows, it struck him that in this quiet, barren, scorching place, the cacti were actually in their element. The place seemed harsh, but it wasn't for a cactus. If creation can make a home for those that don't conform, maybe the church can, too." -- from "A nun's secret ministry brings hope to the transgender community" by Nathan Schneider, 2014-03-02, Al Jazeera America
From Waiting for the Galactic Bus by Parke Godwin (1988, Doubleday, New York):
The camera moved over stunning vistas of sunken living rooms in luxurious cream leather, each casual furniture piece worth a fortune. Bedrooms of imperial opulence, kitchens that inspired domesticity and did all the work, cozy dens, conversation pits cunningly designed around fieldstone fireplaces, bathrooms of unbridled hedonism with heart-shaped tubs and frothing Jacuzzis. Charity ogled.
Where's that? They don't have that in Pittsburg even."
"I'd say not," Jake remarked with a sideways glance. "I'll bet you never missed Dynasty or Knots Landing."
"Course not. I even wrote a letter to Alexis telling her what a slut she is."
"But such a rich slut, eh? All that scheming and immorality in the middle of all that wealth. The painful fascination of pressing your cold little nose against the windowpane and deciding that rich is nasty, virtue is just plain folks and the American Way. The envy of the have-nots: Alexis will get what's coming to her, evil will be punished. And you sure as hell want yours. Religion is what you sing on Sunday, Miss Stoval. Your true faith is what you want all week."
[bold emphasis added -- dglenn]
"On the field, I didn't think of myself as man or woman or trans -- just a soccer player." -- Jayiah Saelua, quoted in "Soccer's Fa'afafine Superstar" by Natasha Vargas-Cooper, 2014-06-26, Out.com (quote appears on second page)
[If you ask me, "What are you?", my answer will vary according to the context in which the question is asked. But if you catch me completely unawares with that question, not already thinking of a particular context, I've discovered that the answer most likely to pop into my head (and out of my mouth) is, "I'm a guitarist." (But y'know, come to think of it, there was a time a long, long time ago, when I might have answered, "I'm a [soccer] fullback". The athletic part of my identity was definitely specifically as a defender, so I would've said "fullback" before I said "soccer player". Wow that was a long time ago, now.)]
"I'm truly weirded out by conservatives who treat sex like an exotic hobby instead of a normal part of everyday life." -- Amanda Marcotte, 2014-06-30
From the Quotation of the day mailing list, 2014-06-15:
"Three kraters only do I propose for sensible men, one for health, the second for love and pleasure and the third for sleep; when this has been drunk up, wise guests depart for home. The fourth krater is mine no longer, but belongs to hubris; the fifth to shouting; the sixth to revel; the seventh to black eyes; the eighth to summonses; the ninth to bile; and the tenth to madness and people tossing furniture about." -- Eubulus, playwright, on drinking wine.
(submitted to the mailing list by Bob Bruhin)
From Damiano by R.A. MacAvoy (1983, Bantam Books, New York):
"By John the Baptist and by John the Evangelist and by John the Best Beloved!-- if they are indeed three different Johns -- this is magnificent!" He clambered down the slope, showering snow. "A good night's sleep, a full stomach, and the road spreading before us like a Turkey carpet! Were it not for the plight of the citizens of Partestrada, I would have nothing else to desire!"
Macchiata peered up at Damiano, her brown eyes puzzled, a lump of snow on her muzzle. "But you could have slept in the cave anytime, Master. You didn't need to be thrown out of your house to do it."
"The United States of America is still run by its citizens. The government works for us. Rank imperialism and warmongering are not American traditions or values. We do not need to dominate the world. We want and need to work with other nations. We want to find solutions other than killing people. Not in our name, not with our money, not with our children's blood." -- Molly Ivins (via Jone Johnson Lewis' collection of quotations on about.com)
To my countrymen and everyone joining us in our celebration: happy Independence Day! I am definitely the "America, love it enough to really want it to be its best and live up to its own ideals" type of patriot.
"The Stonewall Riot of June 27-29, 1969 in Greenwich Village started on the backs of working class African American and Latino queers who patronized that bar. Those brown and Black LGBTQ people are not only absent from the photos of that night, but have been bleached from its written history. Many LGBTQ Blacks and Latinos argue that one of the reasons for the gulf between whites and themselves is about how the dominant queer community rewrote and continues to control the narrative of Stonewall." -- Rev. Irene Monroe, "FIRST PERSON ACCOUNT: Dis-membering the myth of the Stonewall Riots", 2012-06-27
"Common sense and a sense of humor are the same thing, moving at different speeds. A sense of humor is just common sense, dancing." -- Clive James
"Canada is an interesting place, the rest of the world thinks so, even if Canadians don't." -- Terence M. Green
[Happy Canada Day to all my friends up there (or from there)!]
"How would writers feel if I scraped their prose just to have some text under my blog photos? Yet the converse happens ALL THE TIME." -- Alex Wild (@Myrmecos), 2013-02-10
[As Jim Wright can unfortunately attest, it does happen to writers as well.]
"A kind heart is a fountain of gladness, making everything in its vicinity freshen into smiles." -- Washington Irving (b. 1783-04-03, d. 1859-11-28)
[To my friends (and any other readers) celebrating it, may you have a blessed Ramadan!]
Gregorian: 2014 June 29
Julian: 2014 June 16
Hebrew: 5774 Tammuz 01
Islamic: 1435 Ramadan 01
Persian: 1393 Tir 08
Indian: 1936 Asadha 08
"I hate my body. It's all, 'You can't sit in one position for 8 hours.' 'You have to lose consciousness for a third of your life.' 'Oh, I'm going to bleed for a quarter of your life, too.'
"This means that between 8 and 9 percent of my time is spent unconscious and bleeding. WHY AM I EXPECTED TO TAKE THIS IN STRIDE?"
"An adult human being is the most fearsome, terrifying and powerful animal on the planet, and parenting is the act of creating an adult human being." -- Brennan Lee Mulligan and Molly Ostertag, String Female Protagonist #4, p.8
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