I Know It’s Hard To Believe, But There Is More At Stake Than Defending Paula Deen, What KimYe Named Their Baby Or The Weekend Box Office.

Not even the never-ending battles for control of oil, precious metals and human cargo is new news. 1984-style monitoring was a) already predicted b) ongoing across several previous administrations (it’s a major plot point on The Americans and their timeline is the 1980’s). When we discussed the perils of making a martyr out of a criminal, I warned of the future blow-back where the plight of an actual innocent would be sullied.

Nope, while you were sleeping some vested interests enemies are steadily challenging or chipping away at hard-fought power balances. The Voting Rights Act is being “adjusted” before our eyes. The Supreme Court left Section 5 standing, but now Congress will be allowed to update the formula determining which states need pre-clearance.  States with a history of discrimination are required to obtain approval prior to making any changes to voting laws in their jurisdictions. While it isn’t 1965 there were a record number of voter intimidation and suppression cases during the 2012 election cycle.

On another note, Defense Of Marriage Act (DOMA) was tossed and the Court refused to hear Prop 8 at all. You know the aftermath of Prop 8 will go down in infamy. From an activist Mormon church with tax-exempt status spending millions to sway politics in another state, to the tiniest percentage of voters being blamed revealing the true lack of solidarity coming on the heels of a historic Presidential election, the repercussions are still being felt.

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Satire Account “White Feminist” Is Meant To Expose Racism..But May Perpetuate It Instead

There’s a Twitter account named White Feminist that uses satire to expose racism according to the Editorial staff. I heard about it because Cosmopolitan magazine wrote a positive review about it (humph) and it showed up on the blog’s Twitter feed last week.

Here’s a gem of a sample of what awaits you:

Boycotting #FathersDay because it’s blatantly #racist. Many #SistersOfColour don’t know who their father is, so please #HaveSomeRespect

Hmm…where have we seen satire/parody unveiled with regards to racism that has successfully combated it?

I can’t think of one example. Can you?

You can’t because there isn’t one.

HIPSTER RACISM = REGULAR RACISM.

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Inspirational Quotes Series: Elisabeth Kubler Ross #2

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths.

These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”

~Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

The Process Of Building Faith, Hope, Love & Trust

Thank you to the awesome women who’ve connected via social media. So many reached out to offer kind words, encouragement and practical solutions when I wrote about an issue I’m trying to resolve.

On a separate (but cohesive) note, I’ve been exploring the connection between Mind/Body/Spirit  but haven’t quite  come to terms with what being “positive” really means (as opposed to magical thinking and shirking responsibility), how to create an effective and  satisfactory spiritual practice and what I’ll call “Life Accessibility” to achieve a measurable happiness threshold.

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Womanly Words Of Wisdom: Ann Landers

Class is an aura of confidence that is being sure without being cocky. Class has nothing to do with money. Class never runs scared. It is self-discipline and self-knowledge. It’s the sure-footedness that comes with having proved you can meet life.

Ann Landers

Junot Diaz On Hypermasculinity & Violence Against Women

I was scrolling through the taped archives of Q on YouTube last week. I found an older interview filmed upon the release of Junot Diaz’ last book,  “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” where things got a little deep! Of course because it’s a Q interview, Jian always brings his journalistic A game. Check out Mr. Diaz’ latest release from last fall, “This Is How You Lose Her” as well.

Despite The Blatant “Open Season” Disrespect, Many Black Women ARE Setting Boundaries!

Did I catch the long tail of anti-black woman gendered racism from non-blacks reaching its peak? Or is there an increased awareness due to the extended social justice efforts of BWE that the lifestyle changes have spurred an even bigger cultural shift than we’ve realized?

Between recent coverage of Majora Carter, Dr. Dambisa Moyo oh and the pushback against the ongoing everyday assault on black women within the dead black community aka Blackistan, we’re witnessing an unprecedented number of attacks…but are they more likely to be recognized with more countermeasures in place?

The aggression may still occur, but it is not business as usual! The discrepancy between those demanding back women do this, cater to that, respond with “x” and serve their purposes without respect or reciprocity are over.

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