We live in interesting times

We live in interesting times.

I often think that this is must have been like what it felt for our parents growing up in the 60s.  Marches and riots and violence in the news all the time, but a sense that progress was finally being made.

Life was so much easier during the booming 90s.  Of course, that’s not really true.  Life was easier for us white folk, and we just didn’t know about what was going on elsewhere.  The Rodney King riots were a glimpse into what life was like for others, but the rest of us really stopped paying attention until recently.

One of the reasons Hamilton is doing so well is that it isn’t really about the 18th century.  It is about today.  This musical number really encapsulates it.

Change comes slowly and then it comes all at once.

Change comes with violence.  Or rather, that’s what we perceive.  Those of us who are sheltered and privileged.  The violence was always there.  On the plantations.  Against share-croppers.  Burning crosses on lawns.  Killing people in our cities.  Lynching, rape, murder, beatings.  Those of us who are outside don’t notice.  We believed things were accidents and tragedies or isolated incidents or provoked by criminals.  But that’s not what was going on.  That’s not what is going on.

Like now, change happens when violence is made visible.  Then violence escalates.  Violence escalates because the people in power, the ones doing the terror attacks against minorities, the ones subjugating their wives, girlfriends, and daughters, are afraid.  And they are afraid.  And violence is their only real weapon.

Which isn’t actually true.  Violence is not and has never been their only real weapon.

The Voting Rights Act was in response to their hold on local governments.  They own state and local governments again.  We MUST organize locally.  We must pay attention to downstream races.  We must run candidates even in red areas.

They’ve owned the media before, they own some of the media now.  Fox News isn’t the first news organization to have a racist misogynist agenda.  Not the first media organization to sway angry poor uneducated white men for their own causes.  It makes sense for uneducated white losers to want to keep women and minorities down– if they don’t have them to scapegoat and feel superior to, then they’ll be at the bottom of whatever metaphor you can think of.  It doesn’t make as much sense for the people who control these empires.  Why are there evil rich people?  Is it because they want more power than their horrible rich white associates?  But isn’t it better to be a Philanthropist than a Bond Villain?

Revolution means progress.  But revolutions are rarely easy.  Those in power fight back to maintain the status quo.

It’s best when revolutions occur with the fewest lives lost.  With the least blood spilt.

I think there’s a politician and bureaucrat who can help the revolution shed less blood while moving forward.  But she can only do it if she gets support downstream.  Senators.  Representatives.  State Government.  VOTEWRITE.  Be angry.  Protest.  Support protestors.  Become woke and stay it, even when the media moves on to the next story.  We want a government for all people, not just some of the people.

And after this movement dies down, we’ll still have a long way to go.  But let’s go as far as we can towards equality of opportunity, freedom, peace, and happiness as we can, so that maybe it won’t be as hard or dangerous next time around.  And so people can live closer to their best lives while we wait for the next revolution to bring them closer still.

#Imwithher

When economists prefer tossing economic theory to being woke

I seriously do not understand how so many economists (white male etc.) think that “cultural differences” explain things that are easier explained by “different constraints.”

As if we’re not all rational actors, only the white guys are.  Everyone else is doing worse because they are worse.  They’re either low quality or have bad culture.  If everyone acted like a white guy, then everybody would be doing as well as white guys.  As if.

It’s like, do you not listen to your own theory? How is it that when someone who isn’t a rich white guy is involved, all of a sudden you become a poor quality sociologist (who doesn’t really understand sociology)?

link love

Why talented black and Hispanic students can go undiscovered

NC didn’t just prevent LGBT protections, it banned some pretty standard protections.

Finally, someone has written a novel about male desire

The Frugalwoods bought their dream homestead.  And Mrs. Frugalwoods is quitting her job to become a professional blogger/freelance writer.

And I swear I read this post first and it is not at all linked to the previous one.  It’s just coincidence that it follows (in reverse chronological order in our chat history).  I’m sure the Frugalwoods will love their homesteading choice.

I love google so much sometimes.

Has anybody ever heard of the slides etc. referenced in this article?

Ana has been doing a great introspective series lately.  Here’s one of them.

What two adults one child learned from tracking her time for a week.

New studies that found things that Black people already knew.

Lindsey Graham

I did not know that nature jobs had a blog.

Ellen on Mississippi

Oh Bernie, you’ve had time to do your homework.

Ask Mike Pence for advice about your lady problems.

Not sure what to think about this.

… I have some of these books

This just in:  researchers misunderstand women

Thoughtful article

things I missed by reading Little Women in 3rd grade and being totally bored by the romance

figs

hello patriarchy

pet appreciation week

blep

nameletter effect?

Also check out wandering scientist’s links this week– they’re especially good.

Link LOVE

Racist Asian jokes are not ok

How bias is built into our daily lives

I should read Angela Davis

The 2016 GOP race is setting a bad example for children

Contrast how hecklers are handled by Obama vs Trump

of all the horrific things Trump has been doing… maybe it will be plagiarism that takes him down (hahahaha) (sigh)

Nancy Reagan and aids

#ponygate

Problems with implementation of free college plan

More people should do literary analysis on The Neverending Story (the book, not the movie)

Don’t tell, but I am totally getting #2 this for her birthday.  Also maybe this.

Planting Our Pennies finances got boring so she’s looking for something to write about.  Suggestions?

5 pivotal paragraphs

My cat would sleep on that

Just a heads up

Don’t be sad

SQUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE

link love

What I know about America after being thrown out of a trump rally

Some history of black science fiction.

Indiana abortion law

Back in the day when abortion was illegal, women were still getting abortions.  Just not safe ones.  Those days are returning.

Hope?

Racists for trumpHeil!

Sold out.

Why Bloomberg isn’t running

It wasn’t feminism that killed Rome…

Students need to learn our history so we don’t repeat it so often.

Clinton made a big promise

A grandma for Clinton

British Imperialism in the words of a woman affected by it.

Everything is crumbling.  Aiee, Baumeister can’t be reproduced?

Irony!

This is strange

One blogger’s way of doing monthly finances.  And here is another’s!  It is neat how there are different ways of managing money.

Experiences vs. things and conspicuous consumption

Plagiarism in crosswords, or Timothy Parker has some explaining to do.

So do we, so do we.

Dear Ms. Undine.

So cute!

Incorporating minorities in fiction (even if you’re not from that minority group)

This is done very badly most of the time.

One thing I’ve noticed while reading project Gutenberg books– the books that stood the test of time are more likely to not have minorities (including Jewish — you would know who early mystery writer Anna Katharine Green was as well as Doyle or Christie if she wasn’t so anti-Semitic) than to have them.  That’s because books by the same authors that have minorities often include extremely offensive stereotypes, and somehow those books haven’t gotten reprinted.  Rare is the 100-200 year old book that can have a minority and treat said minority with respect.  (Though some much earlier literature seems to do a better job for some racial minorities.)  This existence of offensive stereotypes is even true for early feminists who get the gender thing right– they can’t make the jump to nonwhites.

But the world isn’t white.  As fiction reflects reality, fiction should reflect that fact.  Even in historical fiction.

#2 and I have had several discussions about Loretta Chase, who is a great author *except* when she includes Egyptians or Indians or, presumably other British colonial subjects (just like Mary Balogh is great except in her early books where the hero doesn’t take no for an answer).  She’s got the woman are not chattel thing down, but her view of Indians and Egyptians comes straight out of British Imperial literature.  She’s got the White Man’s burden and every single stereotype from 19th century British imperialism.  She’s obviously done extensive reading of white authors of the time period.  So have I, for that matter.  But it grates.

(And it is embarrassing that we haven’t always noticed these trite stereotypes– the superstitious lazy Egyptians, the Indian servant willing to give up all for his/her mem-sahib, savages burning widows on the funeral pyre.  We don’t think we can go back and reread Elizabeth Peters because we’re pretty sure she uses a number of these tropes.)

I recently re-read the wonderful Courtney Milan’s The Heiress Effect (seriously, buy this entire series) the same day as I failed to be able to stomach Chase’s Sandalwood Princess.  Chase read imperial white authors for her inspiration.  Her minorities are not real– they are figments of racist 19th century imaginations.  The same kinds of books that are not standing the test of time today and will be even more likely to die off in the future as more people cringe while reading them.

Milan, instead, read autobiographies of Indian lawyers in England during the 19th century.  Her characters ring true.  Real historical research means reading about people in their own words in their own time periods, not white people’s perceptions.  Especially when white people writing in that time have every reason to justify subjugation of entire bodies of people.

So if you’re an author and you want to include minorities in your historical fiction, and you should, find people from that time period– they exist.  Listen to what they say, and not what white people who want to keep them subjugated say about them.  Because what white people in the time period say only tells you about white people in the time period, no matter who they are talking about.

Do you have any recommendations about authors who do it right?  How about for under-represented people in their own words?

Another late link love

#1 got back in from traveling much later than expected last night and then overslept and didn’t bother to tell #2 that she wasn’t gonna do link love.  So…

Last challenge steps:

Feb 27: 4585
Feb 28:  4591
Feb 29: 4640

More proof we need the voting rights act back

Also they target democratic voters (duh)

Horrific

A reminder that Syrian refugees still need (monetary) help

feel like having rage or perhaps just head-shaking at dumb republicans?

I don’t understand how there are optimists in the world.  :(

List of violent incidents at Trump rallies.  Flashback to Hitler circa 1932.

Chris Rock really isn’t woke when it comes to other oppressed groups.

RBG is a hero.

Abortion travel agent

girl nasa

more depressingness

It took me a little while to get this joke, but it’s funny!

Only a democrat can stop Trump.

Hope for sanity

Primary wrap-up MoreAlso

I’m with her.

I like the models for Hillary Clinton swag.

Pretty sure it’s a feedback loop.

Academic oscars

Autism and vaccines

Spocktopus  More pretty things.  Still more.

tenure is better!

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