In high school in the ‘80’s, I remember a girl in my class getting irritated with me because when she said in response to the news about a KKK-related event, “Oh, but that doesn’t happen in America” I bluntoy listed things that had, including hate crimes in our own town. I am a history teacher and it terrifies me how many Americans do not remember our own history. Ignoring hate does not make it go away.
Well, yes. This IS America.
(US Army attacks homeless veterans protesting in Washington, DC in 1932)
1960s Birmingham, Alabama
1970 attack on unarmed student protesters at Kent State University
Police action at peaceful UC Davis Occupy protest
Let’s not pretend like the police actions taken this week are anything new. It’s just the most recent manifestation of a problem America has had for a very long time.
Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.
Watching Cuttthroat Kitchen and Alton Brown is handing out superhero sabotages! One person has to wear a “Hulk Hand”, another a “Wolverine claw set”, and one has to trade their prep station for a phone booth (ala Clark Kent). OMG.
At the end of a long day…I am watching “Stonehenge Apocalypse” on Syfy, with Peter Wingfield, Misha Collins, and Tori Higginson. This is purely for the deep and complex plot, you understand. (Yes, my husband snorted with laughter when I said that a moment ago, followed by “well, it’s a paycheque”…). Mostly, I am realizing that I could still listen to Peter read anything up to and including the phone book and be happy to listen to that voice…
Today I wore my Captain America shirt (the one with the shield on it) to my immunology appointment. It is possible that after 43 years, including a childhood in which my health rather resembled Steve’s, that someone may have answers as to what genetic immune disorder I have. There wasn’t enough information and research until recently. After more than one doctor who was dismissive and unhelpful, this one really listened and paid attention. Cap had to deal with asthma, multiple pneumonias, scarlet fever, anemia, didn’t get to finish growing, etc., and so did I. I suppose the shirt was a silly impulse, but it made me feel stronger. Maybe I can finish making my Captain Marvel shirt before the second appointment…
The abortion issue has been on everyone’s mind lately. On Thursday, the Supreme Court issued a unanimous finding that the 35-foot buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics violated protesters’ freedom of speech. We do not have time to discuss this in detail, except to point out that this decision came from people who work in a building where the protesters aren’t allowed within 250 feet of the front door.