Anonymous asked: Amen on Brooks. When are you coming to visit us in Denver, CO?
Man, I should probably go there soon. I’ve got some good friends in Denver I’ve promised to visit for like eight years now and I just haven’t for no real reason other than life. (Are you secretly one of those friends?) For what it’s worth I feel like I’m often hearing great things about Denver in conversation. Very braggable city it seems.
6:01 pm • 3 January 2014 • 1 note
1. Break drug laws with impunity with your buddies throughout your teens.
2. Leave the “lesser pleasures” of drugs behind of your own volition.
3. Grow up to be a wildly successful writer.
4. Pen a column lifting up the good moral work those very same drug laws you scoffed at as a young person are achieving, despite the stated fact that you did drugs and emerged to become a mostly normal, hugely wealthy member of polite society.
5. Profit, all while black kids smoking pot the same way you and your high school pals did are arrested for marijuana possession at four times the rates of their white counterparts.
9:40 am • 3 January 2014 • 73 notes
My friend swears this is real:
My friend—we’ll call him “Dean”—works at a pet store here in Los Angeles, and recently James Avery, the actor who played Uncle Phil on Fresh Prince, has become a somewhat regular customer. Avery has come in two or three times with his dog, and each time Dean has helped him find what he needed, never mentioning that he recognized Avery from TV.
After a few interactions with Avery, Dean answered the phone at the store one day and found it was Avery calling. “This the dude who always helps me?” asked Avery. “It is,” said Dean. Avery then proceeded to tell Dean that his dog would be coming into the shop later that day, but, because he was busy, “a friend” was going to bring it in. Dean said cool and went about his day. A little while later, in came Avery’s dog, accompanied by the friend he’d told Dean about: none other than Joseph Marcell, the man who played Geoffrey the butler on Fresh Prince. Uncle Phil had sent Geoffrey the butler to the pet store for him.
Life is very seldom perfect, but sometimes it is.
12:28 pm • 1 January 2014 • 4,139 notes
All those who would look back to the “charms” of Olde America seem unaware that those days are not so far gone. The United States has improved such that we no longer have mobs that gather to watch a lynched body the way they might watch a fish struggle on a line. But we’re lying to ourselves if we think Florida police arresting a black man dozens of times simply for going to work isn’t an act underpinned by the old notion that some people’s rights are worth less than the rights of others. We’re kidding ourselves if we think that New York police arresting three black kids simply for waiting in an inadequate place for a school bus isn’t underpinned by the old notion that black people should be treated with suspicion. We’re refusing to open our eyes and acknowledge what’s right in front of us if we think that that same fear isn’t at the heart of the killings of Oscar Grant, Trayvon Martin, Jonathan Farrell, and Renisha McBride.
In America we like to pretend that our statues and federal holidays are proof that we are humbled by and respectful to our shared national history. But how respectful are we, and to whom are we showing respect, when a monument to a “great” American fails to mention that that man once fought tirelessly to subjugate an entire group of other Americans? How respectful are we when we publish in our newspapers headlines calling black women liars for proffering the ridiculous opinion that the racism they’ve known since childhood is a real thing? Whose history is being respected when a white American says she pines for the days when entire restaurant waitstaffs were composed of old black men? Why does it feel like some histories are more valued than others in America, where often the response to minorities who mention their difficult pasts is, “Get over it”?
I wrote about this year.
3:22 pm • 30 December 2013 • 38 notes
A surprise attack by a school of carnivorous fish has injured 70 people bathing in an Argentine river, including seven children who lost parts of their fingers or toes.
Paramedic Alberto Manino said some children he treated lost entire digits. He told the Todo Noticias channel that city beaches were closed, but it was so hot that within a half-hour, many people went back to the water.
10:03 am • 26 December 2013 • 10 notes
Me with the Darfur/Chad clique. Bunch of sweethearts. Thanks, Omer.
10:42 am • 23 December 2013 • 13 notes
I just found out that the estate where my grandparents worked as domestics, and where my father was raised for a number of years in the servants’ quarters, is on the market. If it’s the last thing I do, I will own this place and hold meetings around the pool about how to undermine the white capitalist power structure. There will be lots of jazz, and we’ll have brown babies spilling milk on the hardwood. And it will be nobody’s job to clean it up.
9:52 am • 20 December 2013 • 50 notes