- Today is Toni Morrison birthday:
If you’re going to hold someone down you’re going to have to hold on by the other end of the chain. You are confined by your own repression.
- It’s also Audre Lorde’s birthday:
The master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.
- The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is back. Read about it and take action!
- I’m going to cry over the inhumanity, the cruelty, the massive injustice. And sadly, this in not “unique”.
- Who is “middle class”? That depends on where you live.
- Play Presidential Doctor–and let us know how you scored!
- Income inequality increased more under Obama than under Bush. (So far.)
Which reminds us that “the master’s tools will never dismantle the master’s house.”
- Browse and learn:
Born in Slavery: Slave Narratives from the Federal Writers’ Project, 1936-1938 contains more than 2,300 first-person accounts of slavery and 500 black-and-white photographs of former slaves. These narratives were collected in the 1930s as part of the Federal Writers’ Project of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) and assembled and microfilmed in 1941 as the seventeen-volume Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States from Interviews with Former Slaves.
- This isn’t comforting:
Obama has endorsed an exception to universal background checks for transfers of firearms within families. The argument is that a father who wants to pass on to his son a beloved rifle shouldn’t be burdened by having to conduct a background check. And family members, who are most at risk, should have every incentive to refuse to give a felon or dangerously mentally ill person a gun.