The NYT had a blurb about Marcus Garvey today. I’d never heard of him before so wanted to make a note of it here… He was born in Jamaica in 1887, and famously urged blacks to return to Africa and claim it as their own. When a black man ascended to the throne in Ethopia, Garvey was hailed as a prophet and was revered by Rastafarians as a Black Prophet and Messiah. None other than Martin Luther King said he was the first man to give blacks a sense of identity and destiny… Wow. How is it that I’d never heard of him?
After last weekends racist riots and Trump failing to condemn the racists, yesterday several F500 CEOs resigned from Trump’s administration in protest and lashed out at him. What a sad state the US is in, when F500 CEOs show stronger moral fortitude than the President of the US. Trmp was recently described as a “vile man,” and to date that is truly the best description for him. Vile. What is sad is that the racists are misguided – they blame minorities for their problems when really it is our Decision Makers of the past 40 years who put us where we are in terms of disparity, including decisions made by the very same/wealthy F500 CEOs who are speaking out against Trump.
The riots last weekend really aroused people of all kinds and beliefs on all sides, even before a racists drove through a crowd of protestors.
I haven’t seen the movie yet but it seems like every fan of women would want to see Wonder Woman. A bad ass woman who fights off the bad guys seems like a very pro-equality movie to me. Now, if she were cowtowing to Superman or was ironing Batman’s shirts – that would be a problem – but assuming she doesn’t do those things it seems like a great premise. I’m also assuming she shows off her body but that doesn’t bother me – let’s be honest in that the current James Bond is shirtless about as often as he is wearing a tuxedo but I don’t think twice about that 🙂 Plus,I know a lot of amazingly bright women who also aren’t afraid to show their womanhood while also retaining their dignity. But, again, I haven’t seen the movie…
I haven’t really watched SNL the past few years, but did watch a little bit of last week’s episode, and loved the Black Jeopardy with Tom Hanks. I love how I fully expected his character to completely offend (and vice versa) the other contestants, but in the end they found they had a lot of unexpected similarities.
Having gone to high school with many minority students in a low-income area and lived one year in a conservative low-income white community, but also growing up white and relatively comfortable and having worked 15 years in privileged White (and Indian) High Tech, I do feel that low-income black communities and low-income white communities have a lot more in common with each other than the privileged communities. I love that the SNL Black Jeopardy skit explored that 🙂 And it was hilarious.
I am really enjoying the book Travels, by Michael Crichton. In fact, I read it all the way home on the bus last night. Some notes:
His first trip was to Hong Kong and Bangkok. He said there is nothing like flying into Hong Kong at night: with the sea, lit buildings and mountains it is like flying into a bright jewel. He comments that the Chinese love fresh food, to the point he saw a woman carrying a live fish home in a plastic bag so it was alive to the last possible moment. In Bangkok, he mentions several times how easygoing the people are (they are called the Danes of Asia), except they take their religion very seriously (you can be jailed for climbing religious statues in temples). He struggles a little bit with his height: people openly stare, plus it is a custom that no one should be higher than a buddhist statue so often he has to duck to avoid that. He makes the mistake of smoking too much Thai grass and goes temporarily blind. He also is taken to a massage parlor where a soaped up woman massages the client with her body, and to a brothel of underage children, and he finds both disturbing (he does not stay in the children’s brothel). When he flies home, he mentions the trip was almost traumatic for him, and he realizes how sheltered (my word, not his) he is despite having traveled to nearly every US state and several times to Europe. A personal note, he mentions the humidity (“steamy”) twice, and for some reason that sounds pleasant to me, the heat and humidity and fresh air. I am also craving a Thai coffee, which I don’t normally do 🙂
I INTERRUPT THIS WITH COMMENTARY: He was troubled by the brothel and left his friend who took them there, as did another friend. I find it shocking that we — including myself — allow children’s sex places to exist. We proudly storm into Nazi territory to liberate concentration camps, but we allow in this day and age brothels to exist where we know in fact there are sex slaves, including children sex slaves. OMG those poor things… America is funny: if you threaten our Corporate interests, we will invade you. But want to buy children and young women and use them as sex slaves? We turn a blind eye. Crazy.
My dad is a reasonable tipper, giving 20% as a rule. He also does the little things: once without saying a word, he quietly slipped to the front of the line to pay for my unemployed aunt’s sandwich. But he tells me I am an overtipper, which might be true. For example, he gave me 50 bucks to gamble on our vacation and luck was in my favor and that 50 turned into 200 or so, but I probably tipped away 50 of that through betting for the dealers, tipping them after I left the table, etc. And it is true that money is tight for us at times these days, since my illness depleted much of our savings. But the reality is I have so much to be grateful for, including the 50 bucks my day throws my way on a vacation he paid for. So I am happy to tip when I can, since we all should be sharing the wealth, not giving dimes when we have extra dollars but giving a dollar when we have two…
There is no justice in the world – just ask the 1,300 pound cow that gave its life so my 80 pound dog could eat tonight. Although it probably makes no difference to the cow, I offer a word of thank you to said cow on behalf of my dogs…