It hit me while I was still pregnant. Standing there at the Mall of America, looking up at the huge rotunda of bright lights and countless stores, I realized something. This baby I carried inside of me, at this point no bigger than a knucklebone, was going to be privileged with a capital “P.” And with that awareness, I entered a place of contradiction. You see, I could already feel the mama-self growing in me; that place where my bear claws would live, where the desire to do anything to make this child safe, make this child whole, would growl as it grew stronger. That mama-self doesn’t feel like a choice. It’s in there, hooked around my mitochondria and woven into the DNA.
But there’s this other self; sometimes called the political self or the activist self or the stand back and pay attention self. It knows that my child — white and raised by white parents in a family where the adults have the gift of education, have choice about their work, and own their own home — is a privileged child. Every gain my mama-self wants to support my child in making will be on the backs of other children, children with mother’s whose mama-selves are just as fierce as mine but who have to fight against real monsters like hunger or violence.
The Gosselins make up to $75,000 per episode on their TLC hit, Jon & Kate Plus 8, for a 20-episode season — and that’s not even counting all their freebies! For the Gosselin clan, it’s not just their show — but their lifestyle — that hang in the balance. Kate, who grew up in a trailer park and didn’t go on her first airplane ride until her honeymoon to Disney World, now flies only first class for speaking engagements (mostly paid for by churches), sells signed photos of her kids for $20 a pop at appearances, and received a free tummy tuck after giving birth (Jon received a free hair transplant). Jon, now a stay-at-home dad, was fired from his job at Style Craft Corp in 2004 after “spending much more time” on a “quest” for freebies than working, the company’s owner, David Rothermel, tells Us.
White Women: 47% of 32% of 10,325,615 votes: 1,552,972 Yes
Latino Men: 54% of 8% of 10,325,615 votes: 446,067 Yes
Latino Women: 52% of 11% of 10,325,615 votes: 592,170 Yes
Asian/Native: 51% of 9% of 10,325,615 votes: 473,946 Yes
About 100 people gathered at a predominantly black church in San Francisco Sunday, October 19 for an evening of preaching against Prop 8.
Referring to blacks’ fight against oppression, the Reverend Amos Brown, of Third Baptist Church, told those present, “We have become that which we hated.”
People “ain’t got no business telling gay and lesbian and transgender people that they cannot have equal protection under the law in these United States of America,” he said. His words were greeted with a loud standing ovation.
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John Edwards has a baby mama. Sure this is old news by now, well actually it’s officially ‘unconfirmed’. Yeah right. I give it a few weeks. On a more important note we lost two greats this weekend. R.I.P. Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes.
So…why do I care? Black people are held to different standards.
Black women are thought to be loose morally.
White women get to benefit from behaving like Jezebel. Paris Hilton made her career from a sex tape. Even potential First Lady Cindy McCain was a ‘mistress’ before a missus.
This is not about judging people on a moral high ground/puritanical USA sexual hang-up meme.
This is about white men of privilege getting away with sexual misconduct without so much as a slap on the wrist.
Do you think if this had been Barack Obama people would be so understanding? If Michelle Obama had been Barack’s mistress or if he’d had one it wouldn’t have been made public on Faux News Network?
CNN “Black People Are Inferior And Here’s Why” special report got it all wrong I’m afraid.
I found myself humming Billie Jean and thinking about Maury’s infamous paternity result shows.
Will there be a criminal investigation? Campaign funds were used to pay ‘compensation’. That compensation was supposed to be making videos – campaign videos that is. How easy do you think it is to get a paid staff job working for a politician? Add in a job where you have no previous or discernible experience in. What are the odds – seriously? Unless, unless you know somebody?
With sexism being talked about so heatedly this election cycle what example does this set for women in the workplace?
I always found Edwards to be too slick for his own good. I just wasn’t excited by his campaign. His whining about not getting traction in the press did not endear me either. It reminds me of John McCain’s fake outrage too. Now of course I think he didn’t REALLY want too much scrutiny into his campaign and his life. All the skeletons would come tumbling out. Like McCain. I wish there would be more comparison to the ‘Old Guy Running’ who cheated on his first wife and left her for a rodeo queen heiress. Who wears $500 shoes and owns 9 houses – some of which he can’t be bothered to pay taxes on. And people have a problem voting for a stellar [but not perfect] candidate because he’s not white. SMH!
Plus Edwards wasn’t exactly supportive of Same-Sex Loving Individuals who wish to marry. Is there a word for extra-low hypocrite?
Face it, John Edwards was trying to pull a Bill Clinton in a year when Democrats need to win. People were asleep at the wheel about Slick Billy Jeff in 1991. He came with that extra sexual curricular activity list from the get-go. Was it any surprise that it would continue unabated and perhaps escalate? It was Clinton fatigue that led Gore to distance himself. The Clintons were self-serving so the Democrats were in a weakened state already. The Republicans were united in their efforts, they were hypocritical and nefarious but focused. The downticket candidates had little help. Bush just squeaked by. People closed their eyes. Millions were illegally purged from the voter rolls. The Supreme Court pulled a monarchy move worthy of every dictator [West-friendly leader] the US Gov’t has ever supported. The media kicked in by subverting…the news. And HERE WE ARE!
Do we REALLY need to be questioning how the Rethuglican party effed up this country? They had free reign for the past 8 years. Are you doing better? Do you have a job? What’s your health coverage like? Spotty or Non-Existent or Enough to Qualify as a Mortgage Payment? Tried to go to Europe lately to see your USD worth pennies? Do you think the price of gas is going to fall …. or increase? Still willing to make excuses? Have you found yourself out on the street when that one paycheck you were relying on was gone? It’s not just about electing a Democrat, but PEOPLE WHO ACTUALLY CARE. I know I know you say but I don’t know about that guy. He seems inexperienced. This country has some serious unresolved racial prejudices….but this country is hanging on by a thread. Are we there yet?