It is true that if you define racism as “not liking someone based on their race,” then people of color can be just as racist as white people. If you define racism this way, then it is true that the person who dismissed Dawkins’ opinion at the beginning was being racist. If you define racism this way, then it is true that a white person who is treated rudely by a Black person is a victim of racism, and it is true that, strictly speaking, affirmative action is racist.
But the fact is that this isn’t a very useful definition. You might as well make up a word for “not liking someone based on the color of their hair” or “not liking someone based on whether they wear boxers or briefs.” I don’t deny that it’s hurtful when someone doesn’t like you based on something arbitrary like your skin color, but when you’re white, this doesn’t carry any cultural or institutional power. When you’re not white, it does. Because then it’s not just a random asshole who doesn’t like your skin color.
Miri, on Brute Reason
Of course, when it comes to race it’s not quite as benign as people taking chemistry terms and using them haphazardly. It’s important to remember that white people have a vested interest in ignoring the structural causes and effects of racism–the kind that are best encapsulated in the definition of racism preferred by sociologists and activists. It’s uncomfortable to talk about racism this way. It’s painful and guilt-inducing to acknowledge that you (as a white person) have benefited from unearned privileges at the expense of people of color. It’s awkward to admit that affirmative action is not “bias in favor of people of color”; it’s an attempt to correct for the fact that college admissions and hiring practices are actually prejudiced in favor of whites, and this has been shown by controlled studies over and over again.
THIS. RICHARD DAWKINS YOU ARE A FUCKTARD.
Thought I’d do the fandom meme for what is undoubtedly the best show on tv right now; Mad Men. ‘The Crash’ is probably my favourite episode yet, along with ‘The Gypsy and the Hobo’. And Grandma Ida is the creepiest fucking thing I’ve seen since Lane’s suicide.
SPOILERS, HOMIES! IF Y’ALL AREN’T UP-TO-DATE WITH MAD MEN LOOK AWAY NOW. AND GET YOSELVES UP-TO-DATE.
- Favorite Male Character: ROGER STERLING, WITHOUT SHADOW OF A FUCKING DOUBT. The man is pure class, through and through. (Though I do have major soft spots for Ginsberg for being so wonderfully angsty, Bob Benson for being so supa-fly and Cosgrove for being the most enlightened and genuine among the creatives.)
- Favorite Female Character: Peggy. Although the show is ostensibly about Don, it starts with Peggy’s first day at Sterling Cooper and she very much feels like the protagonist in the first season. It’s been great to watch her grow up and become such a BAMF throughout the show.
- Least Favorite Character: Jane Sterling. She sasses Joan (oh no you didn’t!), is totally unsympathetic and stands in the way of my favourite ship which isssssss….
- Favorite Ship: Roger and Joan! If they don’t end up together I will turn my back on the whole show…….ok, that’s a lie. But they’d better be endgame. While the writers toy with us I wouldn’t mind seeing Joan/Bob as his treatment of her when she was sick was so lovely and she deserves to be taken care of like that.
- Favorite Friendship: Mad Men isn’t really a friendshippy show. It covers pretty much all the bases of humanity but I’m struggling to think of a friendship of real substance. Probably because everyone’s so busy shitting on each other and being fucked up. That said, I liked the relationship between Kinsey and Cosgrove, especially when Kinsey showed up again in Season 5.
- Favorite Quote: “One minute you’re on top of the world, the next minute some secretary’s running you over with a lawn mower.” Joan, in ‘Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency’, another fantastic episode.
- Worst Character Death (if any): Lane Pryce. So heartbreaking, especially since it was over something that could’ve been sorted out had Lane TALKED ABOUT HIS FEELINGS. I think that’s the whole point of the show - if you don’t discuss your feelings, you will die a tragic, untimely death in your office.
- This made me so happy you have no idea Moment: Realising that Joan’s baby was Roger’s. Like I say, ENDGAME.
- Saddest Moment: 1. Lane Pryce’s suicide. 2. Joan’s rape. All the more shocking because she’s portrayed as being such a femme fatale who is in total control. To see her struggle against such a slimy fucking toad as Greg (and then go on to marry him) was heartbreaking. 3. Seeing Joan in the board room and realising she slept with that Jaguar creep to seal the deal. The look on Don’s face and the understanding that she felt she had no other choice is devastating. Most of Joan’s arc is upsetting, actually, which just makes me want her to have a happy ending with Roger even more. 4. Sally’s grief at the death of Grandpa Gene and everyone’s dismissal of her pain. It was a really moving depiction of childhood grief which struck a chord with me. (Funny how this is my longest answer of them all. The whole show is incredibly sad, really. It has great wit and real moments of triumph, but, at its core, Mad Men is a tragedy.)
- Favorite Location: Creative lounge at SCDP. Would love to hang out in there.
In conclusion, it’s my favourite show.
Amy Poehler was new to SNL and we were all crowded into the seventeenth-floor writers’ room, waiting for the Wednesday read-through to start. There were always a lot of noisy “comedy bits” going on in that room. Amy was in the middle of some such nonsense with Seth Meyers across the table, and she did something vulgar as a joke. I can’t remember what it was exactly, except it was dirty and loud and “unladylike.”
Jimmy Fallon, who was arguably the star of the show at the time, turned to her and in a faux-squeamish voice said, “Stop that! It’s not cute! I don’t like it.”
Amy dropped what she was doing, went black in the eyes for a second, and wheeled around on him. “I don’t f*cking care if you like it!” Jimmy was visibly started. Amy went right back to enjoying her ridiculous bit. (I should make it clear that Jimmy and Amy are very good friends and there was never any real beef between them. Insert penis joke here.)
With that exchange, a cosmic shift took place. Amy made it clear that she wasn’t there to be cute. She wasn’t there to play wives and girlfriends in the boys’ scenes. She was there to do what she wanted to do and she did not f*cking care if you like it.
Genuine shocking question: do any of my US friends know anyone who’d be willing to participate in a sham marriage to help me obtain a visa?? 100% not kidding.
Whatever you desire is already connected in some way to who you are and what you now have. Find that way, follow the connection.
oh i’m glad of mine
I got 2 and 4 haha wow
so apparently I have capacity for love and am attractive to the opposite sex
next time I’m with a box I will point to my hands and say does this line make you attracted to me
apparently i’m gonna have unusual success or fame niiiiiiice
i have 2,3 & 5 ???
2,3 & 4
LOL i have the sudden death one! greaaat. something to look forward to. i also have the fame one though. maybe i’ll die in unusual circumstances (suddenly, obv) and make the news.
So my mom and I have been working the same waitress job for 5-6 years now. She had been waitressing years before, but this is recently. Anyway, about… 15 minutes ago this guy she waited on left and told her to take care. Just that. Prior to this she had talked to him about Italy. Her people are from Florence, this and that, and she said she’s never been. She’s got 8 years of art education and she’s working a waitress job. It’s pretty… Sad and disappointing, I guess. Her and my father divorced 6 years ago and she hasn’t had a real job ever. Just been stuck in a small town she’s not from.
This man who we have never seen before tipped her 1000 dollars for a trip to Italy. Walked out, not another word.
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WOW! Maybe i’ll bump into her this summer.