Quickies

Quickies: the Confederate Flag, Housing Segregation, and Prison Nurseries

  • I Will Not Argue About the Confederate Flag. – The Pro-flag activists preach “heritage, not hate,” but a historian calls them out on their bullshit. From the article, “Just about any teacher-scholar of the period has encountered this–an almost visceral need on the part of white people (and it’s always white people) who venerate a profoundly racist symbol to have that veneration coated with a sheen of scholarly respectability.”
  • Review: We Need to Talk About the Furiosa Comic – “Imagine if everything good about Mad Max: Fury Road wasn’t.” From Radium.
  • I am a White Woman. No More Murder in My Name. – “For my two cents, I want to suggest that Roof’s alleged act was motivated by racism, first and foremost, but also sexism. In particular, a phenomenon called benevolent sexism.”
  • The Supreme Court Is About to Decide the Fate of Housing Segregation – “Any day now, the Justices could hand down a ruling on a case that asks whether states can keep their poorest residents concentrated in the worst neighborhoods.”
  • Meet the Tattoo Artist Who New York’s Feminist Writers Can’t Stop Raving About – “As far as tattoo shops go, Williamsburg’s Saved Tattoo is about as famous as you can get. Many associate that fame with its founder, Scott Campbell, who has inked Heath Ledger, Sting and Courtney Love, among others, and is married to actress Lake Bell. But for some of the city’s top feminist writers, it’s co-owner Stephanie Tamez who is the real star.” From Courtney.
  • Prison Born – “What becomes of babies born to mothers behind bars? Research suggests that having nurseries in prisons leads to lower recidivism rates among incarcerated mothers and better outcomes for their children.” Yes to all of this.

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5 Comments

  1. June 23, 2015 at 12:35 am —

    Hmmm. Do any OTHER ‘countries’ that have waged war against the United States, and the Constitution, have their flags flying over state capitols?

  2. June 23, 2015 at 6:40 am —

    re the Confederate Flag thing. In the TV series ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ the car has the confederate flag painted on the roof. Was this (is it) considered a racist thing? And why would a comedy show tread such a fine line?

    • June 23, 2015 at 10:03 am —

      It is, but nobody points it out because as the theme song says it’s “just’a good ol’ boys, never meanin’ no harm”, and if you don’t mean any harm no harm can be done.

      That’s how it works, right?

  3. June 24, 2015 at 12:45 am —

    Have people noticed that the people who like to bleat on about how the Republican party was the party of Lincoln are the same folk who defend the flag that stood for everything he hated: treason and slavery?

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