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Jan. 19th, 2009 @ 03:48 pm From Dr. King's Letter from a Birmingham Jail -- Still Waiting
Current Mood: determineddetermined
Perhaps it is easy for those who have never felt the stinging darts of segregation to say, "Wait." But when you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will and drown your sisters and brothers at whim; when you have seen hate filled policemen curse, kick and even kill your black brothers and sisters; when you see the vast majority of your twenty million Negro brothers smothering in an airtight cage of poverty in the midst of an affluent society; when you suddenly find your tongue twisted and your speech stammering as you seek to explain to your six year old daughter why she can't go to the public amusement park that has just been advertised on television, and see tears welling up in her eyes when she is told that Funtown is closed to colored children, and see ominous clouds of inferiority beginning to form in her little mental sky, and see her beginning to distort her personality by developing an unconscious bitterness toward white people; when you have to concoct an answer for a five year old son who is asking: "Daddy, why do white people treat colored people so mean?"; when you take a cross county drive and find it necessary to sleep night after night in the uncomfortable corners of your automobile because no motel will accept you; when you are humiliated day in and day out by nagging signs reading "white" and "colored"; when your first name becomes "nigger," your middle name becomes "boy" (however old you are) and your last name becomes "John," and your wife and mother are never given the respected title "Mrs."; when you are harried by day and haunted by night by the fact that you are a Negro, living constantly at tiptoe stance, never quite knowing what to expect next, and are plagued with inner fears and outer resentments; when you are forever fighting a degenerating sense of "nobodiness"--then you will understand why we find it difficult to wait. There comes a time when the cup of endurance runs over, and men are no longer willing to be plunged into the abyss of despair. I hope, sirs, you can understand our legitimate and unavoidable impatience.

There are places in this country that are still waiting on most of these points; the whole country still has a lot to answer for regarding differential poverty rates for people of color, especially children. While I'm glad to see Obama elected president for any number of reasons, I take umbrage at the media use of his inauguration to suggest that racism has been eliminated from American life. We must not swallow the pill of complacency; we must continue to call injustice when we see it, and to see it even when we prefer not to.
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Jan. 22nd, 2008 @ 04:00 pm Oh, Crap!!!
Heath Ledger!?!?!?!?!?
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Aug. 3rd, 2007 @ 06:43 pm Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)
Am in Delaware. Had to traverse big scary bridge to get here. There's one phobia I'll be getting over in a hurry.
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Aug. 1st, 2007 @ 07:10 pm Alive
This happened very near where I work. If you know this, and were worried, please know that I was home well before it happened, and have accounted for 95% of people I have ever met who could possibly have been in the area. My gut reaction to any crisis is to account for everyone, so if you haven't gotten in touch with me and you're in the area regularly drop me a line somewhere to let me know you're ok. My sanity depends on it.
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Jul. 6th, 2007 @ 08:16 am Posted using TxtLJ (http://www.livejournal.com/manage/sms/)
Can now text to lj. Sorry. May have too much fun with this.
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FERNZ
Jun. 21st, 2007 @ 06:09 pm So cool.
Y'all? I'm 28 years old and i just bought myself grown-up Wonder Woman underoos.

This is AWESOME!
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FERNZ
Feb. 2nd, 2007 @ 07:19 pm This is sabotabby's Fault
1. Grab the nearest book. (N.B. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.)
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 3 sentences on your blog along with these instructions.
5. Tag 5 people.

"The blade was newly cleaned and looking through it she could see the stone, each pit in the rock magnified and distorted as though it was under water.
"'Is it made from spun sugar?' His voice was nearby and she realized how long she'd been staring at the sword."

I tag you. You know who you are. Yes, you.
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FERNZ
Jan. 28th, 2007 @ 10:56 am I am a turd!
Current Mood: distresseddistressed
nmalfoy! The one day you had a birthday was, of course, the day I went missing from LJ land! Happy belated! I hope it was spectacular!
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Jan. 9th, 2007 @ 12:59 pm This just in:
I have Hugh Jackman singing showtunes. These are, in fact, a few of my favorite things.

/dork

(As I've said at my blogger blog, there's really no such thing as /dork. Dork is never ending.)
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FERNZ
Dec. 22nd, 2006 @ 09:22 pm Bwahahaha!
glockgal drew The dudes of X-Factor as the dudes from *Nsync.

She's good.
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