As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.
According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.
Whether or not you can “contribute” to society is not a measure of whether or not your life is valuable and worth preserving.
These are standards held up by a society values money and production over everything else. If you think life has any less value or worth because of an inability to do any of the above you’re fucking wrong.
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Members of the Chi Omega Sorority at Penn State dress up in stereotypical Mexican clothing and hold signs that say “Will mow lawn for weed and beer“ and “I don’t cut grass, I smoke it.”
What bothers me perhaps more than anything are the comments I see on articles ranging from the one on Gawker to the one at the Huffington post - white person after white person decrying ‘political correctness’, defending this party, defending the stereotypes being presented, and/or telling every person offended to ‘lighten up’ because thanks to them the world just isn’t fun anymore.
I am white and I’m grossly offended by the behaviour and statements of so many other white people right now. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like for people of colour to be told - for the umpteenth time - that they have no right to take offense at being made the subject of mockery and scorn, that they should ‘lighten up’… you know… be more white about things.
In case you thought that no one was paying attention to the “brilliant” legal strategy being employed in the defense of the men who gang raped an 11 year old girl in Cleveland, Texas, I have news for you: attention is being paid… by the legal counsel of the Moraga School District in California. So impressed by this strategy are they that they are employing it themselves. In a recent court filing, they have stated that the victim who is suing them, who was 12 years old when she was raped by a teacher, was herself negligent and at least partially responsible for everything that happened to her. That’s just…
In which century are we living? When does this end?
If you are as disgusted by this as I am, please sign the petition telling the Moraga School District that they are dead wrong in their victim-blaming:
If your answer to the question in the subject line is “They’re all white men”, then congratulations - you’re not a member of the Republican Party! Because this is the slate of new House Committee chairs… and there’s not a single woman or minority among them. Guess they didn’t get the memo about the changing makeup of America and they still think that being the party of angry, reactionary white guys is the way to go.
Former Cleveland Police Department Sgt. Chad Langdon, who was the lead investigator on the case, also testified that an 11-year-old - due to her emotional immaturity - legally cannot give consent for a sexual encounter.
[Lawyer Steve] Taylor questioned why the underage girl had not been charged with anything for choosing to violate that rule, indicating that she was “the reason” that the encounters happened.
“Like the spider and the fly. Wasn’t she saying, ‘Come into my parlor, said the spider to the fly?’ ” Taylor asked.
“I wouldn’t call her a spider,” Langdon replied. “I’d say she was just an 11-year-old girl.”
“I hope nothing like this ever happens to your two teenage sons,” Taylor snapped back.
Prosecutor Joe Warren asked Langdon what he would do if his own sons had been involved in such a case.
“I would not whitewash it or sweep it under the rug,” the detective said.
Steve Taylor and Joe Warren are disgusting, misogynistic, rape apologists, who shouldn’t be allowed to ever interact with women. I truly hope neither man has daughters (or any other women he supposedly cares about) and frankly, I’d be scared of what either would teach a son, too. A child is a child, no matter how she dresses and rape is not justifiable by clothing or previous actions.
I tried to write a bit on this but find it too infuriating to try to express how vile this attitude towards any woman is…let alone an 11 year old girl. To be blamed for adults taking this much advantage of you and this allegation to be tolerated and taken seriously within the confines of the justice system…that speaks to some powerful patriarchy right there.
I have been infuriated and horrified by this case since day one. From townspeople crying about how the rapists’ lives will be ruined by this, to the New York Times slut-shaming the victim, and now to attorneys doing both… When will it end? When will we as a society stop blaming victims for being raped? If an 11 year old girl gets no sympathy and no support, I see no hope for any of us.
Yes, the monument now standing - in direct violation of separation of church and state - on the grounds of the state Capitol in Oklahoma contains two significant spelling errors… including the word ‘Sabbath’ (hint: there’s not supposed to be an ‘e’). How’s that evangelically-based education working out for you?