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Growing pains
Author: Raine    Date: 02/07/2019 14:05:19

It's really hard to contemplate the bad things we are hearing coming out of Virginia when we have a white supremacist occupying the White House. I do not condone blackface.

Having said that, this twitter thread captures so much of what I wanted to express today.




There is no perfect person, we all have blemishes, mistakes and things we regret in our past. this is what grabbed me:
People who are comfortable being exactly what they have been, people who think that their lives were settled at age 18, or when they graduated college, or when they started their career or some other milestones are not built for it. They aren’t the leaders we want or need.


I once dressed as Boy George for a high school Lip sync contest. I am truly wondering if someone could accuse me of mocking the LGBTQ community for that. That would be silly, right? or would it?

The biggest issue and this is not meant to dismiss blackface, is institutional racism. The very idea that anyone thought it was okay in the 80's, tells me that the problem is far bigger, and deeper than the actions. Our 'original sin,' it has been said, was slavery. Our nation was built on the idea that White people were born on third base, and that continues to this day.

and

Raine
 

12 comments (Latest Comment: 02/07/2019 21:54:41 by Raine)
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Comment by wickedpam on 02/07/2019 14:33:26
Morning

I should try to find my 1985 Wildcat (New Hanover HS, Wilmington, NC) yearbook. In it there is a picture of what was then some of the cool kids at a house party. Behind this group is a giant white sheet that they had used for people to write on, 99.9% of that was just Seniors being joyous about moving on. There is 1 thing however that is also written on that caused a roughly 2 weekish long uproar and made state news. It was barely visible but someone spotted it. What was it? "Kill N----- babies!"

When the yearbook came out with that picture, all hell broke loose. Every morning was an announcement about how sorry the school was, or the country, or the yearbook committee, and so on. Some kids protested by staying home a day or 2. A letter was issued with another apology. One of the KKK grand dragons showed up at the school (at least that was the rumor), that was when I got scared and called my mom to get her to take me home.

There was an announcement that is people wanted a new yearbook with out that picture then they could exchange theirs. I choose to keep mine with the letter, because no matter how awful it was it still happened the year I graduated HS. In 1985.

I don't condone the Northam pix.
I don't condone this whole Fairfax thing, which really seems to be he said/she said, and have not idea how to resolve that.
I don't condone the Herring announcement, but with his letter I understand better his thinking, and that he realizes it was something hurtful and stupid. Honestly I think Herring has handled this better then Northam.

Can we all just admit we were idiots in the 80's and move on?

The one thing I've noticed is no one in VA is talking about how suddenly the GOP is a bunch of angels? That this doesn't smell like a beach after low tide in July on a 100 degree day. That there seems to be an attempt at a VA GOP coup.

Comment by Raine on 02/07/2019 14:37:35
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

I should try to find my 1985 Wildcat (New Hanover HS, Wilmington, NC) yearbook. In it there is a picture of what was then some of the cool kids at a house party. Behind this group is a giant white sheet that they had used for people to write on, 99.9% of that was just Seniors being joyous about moving on. There is 1 thing however that is also written on that caused a roughly 2 weekish long uproar and made state news. It was barely visible but someone spotted it. What was it? "Kill N----- babies!"

When the yearbook came out with that picture, all hell broke loose. Every morning was an announcement about how sorry the school was, or the country, or the yearbook committee, and so on. Some kids protested by staying home a day or 2. A letter was issued with another apology. One of the KKK grand dragons showed up at the school (at least that was the rumor), that was when I got scared and called my mom to get her to take me home.

There was an announcement that is people wanted a new yearbook with out that picture then they could exchange theirs. I choose to keep mine with the letter, because no matter how awful it was it still happened the year I graduated HS. In 1985.

I don't condone the Northam pix.
I don't condone this whole Fairfax thing, which really seems to be he said/she said, and have not idea how to resolve that.
I don't condone the Herring announcement, but with his letter I understand better his thinking, and that he realizes it was something hurtful and stupid. Honestly I think Herring has handled this better then Northam.

Can we all just admit we were idiots in the 80's and move on?

The one thing I've noticed is no one in VA is talking about how suddenly the GOP is a bunch of angels? That this doesn't smell like a beach after low tide in July on a 100 degree day. That there seems to be an attempt at a VA GOP coup.
Oh Damn! mala. that is amazing.


Comment by Scoopster on 02/07/2019 14:43:25
Mornin' all!

Have I ever told y'all about the time I "borrowed" mom's car?

(and no, it was in the 90s)

Comment by wickedpam on 02/07/2019 14:44:44
Quote by Raine:
Quote by wickedpam:
Morning

I should try to find my 1985 Wildcat (New Hanover HS, Wilmington, NC) yearbook. In it there is a picture of what was then some of the cool kids at a house party. Behind this group is a giant white sheet that they had used for people to write on, 99.9% of that was just Seniors being joyous about moving on. There is 1 thing however that is also written on that caused a roughly 2 weekish long uproar and made state news. It was barely visible but someone spotted it. What was it? "Kill N----- babies!"

When the yearbook came out with that picture, all hell broke loose. Every morning was an announcement about how sorry the school was, or the country, or the yearbook committee, and so on. Some kids protested by staying home a day or 2. A letter was issued with another apology. One of the KKK grand dragons showed up at the school (at least that was the rumor), that was when I got scared and called my mom to get her to take me home.

There was an announcement that is people wanted a new yearbook with out that picture then they could exchange theirs. I choose to keep mine with the letter, because no matter how awful it was it still happened the year I graduated HS. In 1985.

I don't condone the Northam pix.
I don't condone this whole Fairfax thing, which really seems to be he said/she said, and have not idea how to resolve that.
I don't condone the Herring announcement, but with his letter I understand better his thinking, and that he realizes it was something hurtful and stupid. Honestly I think Herring has handled this better then Northam.

Can we all just admit we were idiots in the 80's and move on?

The one thing I've noticed is no one in VA is talking about how suddenly the GOP is a bunch of angels? That this doesn't smell like a beach after low tide in July on a 100 degree day. That there seems to be an attempt at a VA GOP coup.
Oh Damn! mala. that is amazing.



It was a bit crazy. Never felt much tension at school from students (It may have been my obtuseness at the time) but all the issues came from outside. Its was both a traditionally boring and strange school all at the same time.

Comment by BobR on 02/07/2019 15:37:51
*snort*
https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51395663_2086275854794655_3914131420582248448_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=95ad23f580fb0f9b86d5a4e85131cdfc&oe=5CF9027D


Comment by Raine on 02/07/2019 16:10:07
Quote by BobR:
*snort*
https://scontent-lga3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/51395663_2086275854794655_3914131420582248448_n.jpg?_nc_cat=107&_nc_ht=scontent-lga3-1.xx&oh=95ad23f580fb0f9b86d5a4e85131cdfc&oe=5CF9027D



Comment by Raine on 02/07/2019 16:32:39




Comment by Scoopster on 02/07/2019 16:35:12
WELL NOW HE FINALLY SPEAKS THE TRUTH EH?
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Comment by livingonli on 02/07/2019 17:39:05
How about people get reminded that Donnie was endorsed by both the KKK and the American Nazi party?

Comment by Raine on 02/07/2019 19:58:49
oopsie!





Comment by wickedpam on 02/07/2019 20:35:07
Quote by Raine:
oopsie!






Oooh I'm sure there are more floating around out there.

Comment by Raine on 02/07/2019 21:54:41
Quote by wickedpam:
Quote by Raine:
oopsie!






Oooh I'm sure there are more floating around out there.
This is getting REALLY interesting.

I bet the RW groups thought they could get all the Dems to resign and never thought they might be held accountable for the fact that they actually approve of racist POLICIES.

There is a BIG damn difference between doing something racist and being a racist --

Racism is institutional.