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Spent the past two weeks away for a while. I thought the queue was empty while I was gone but some still unintentionally got through…

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According to Vijay Prashad, who called the acronym “ponderous and overused” in his 2000 book The Karma of Brown Folk, “ABCD” was likely coined in the mid- to late-1980s and used on college and university campuses in the U.S. where subcontinent migrants intersected with younger South Asians born in the U.S. to the post-1965 generation. It was during that same period that the hate group Dotbusters first appeared, publishing a threatening manifesto in a July 1987 issue of the Jersey Journal that read, “We will go to any extreme to get Indians to move out of Jersey City.” It was no idle threat. Between 1985 and 1993, numerous South Asians reported incidents of injuries and harassment.

According to Prashad, racism toward South Asians played an underlying role in the development of the divisive term. “When young people born to the post-1965 migration generation came to college, their lives were lived through U.S. racism.” For first generation subcontinentals, on the other hand Prashad says, “the exposure to racism was not central to their social development. So when they got to college they retreated often into desi enclaves.”

At that point, Prashad says “ABCD” was coined as a counter-slur to “FOB” or “fresh off the boat,” a term thrown at subcontinentals by various American-born South Asians who sought to distance themselves from their immigrant identities. Says Prashad, “It took time and the major racial attacks in the aftermath of 9/11 for these two wings of desis to find common ground and for the terms ABCD and FOB to yield.

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Even though it is through social media, how do you cope with racist comments sent to your inbox after a racist "calls you out for not being thankful to white people and all they have done for PoC"? Because I don't know how to NOT be discouraged by racists.
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hmm, well racists are pea-brained.  It’s hard to get insulted or upset by people who have no idea what they’re talking about. It’s like taking it personally if a child calls you a ‘meanie.’

In regards to that bit about PoC being grateful to white people - PoC literally taught white people all the know.  Mathematics comes from the Middle East (negative numbers from Latin America and the concept of zero from India).  We taught them how to clean themselves and how to build sewage systems (until then they were dying in droves from plagues).  White people and their concept of civilization includes an extremely violent patriarchal system that didn’t exist in many parts of the world until white people came, so I guess we can thank them for overthrowing the matriarchy that preserved peace in India and parts of Africa.

Thank a white person today for all their contributions to the shit we have to deal with today.

Don’t get dejected. Racists have no idea what they’re talking about and their white supremacy comes from a superiority complex about their inferiority complex.

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Proof That Voter Impersonation Almost Never Happens -


A billion votes … 31 cases of in-person voter fraud. And most of those were of little concern.

Yep: draconian voter ID laws are needed. Because freedom!

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Social Security Could Decide Who Controls Congress

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Kal’s cartoon: this week, the US business cycle

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Cartoon editor Robert Mankoff illustrates Joshua Rothman’s recent post, “What College Can’t Do,” with cartoons:

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The Rethink Homelessness campaign aims to dispel stereotypes and remind us that the circumstances which lead to living on the streets could happen to each and every one of us.

My heart.

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You don’t necessarily have to be hustling in New York working 70 hours a week. There are plenty of places to live where you can have a better work-life balance and still make enough to make ends meet.
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"When someone enrols in the medicine school that one of the longest schooling required profession, by the time they finish school they will be around 30-or at least on their late 20s. But not for this girl; Eqbal Asa’d is a Palestinian Muslim woman that started the Medicine school when she was just 14 years old, ‘’ reports. Asa’d got her Bachelor degree in Medicine with Honors and was set by the Guinness World Records as the youngest doctor in the World, according to the report. She has been signed to go to Ohio, U.S to continue her education even further and become a Pediatrician."  - Source



You just answered your own question

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NASA time lapse simulation showing sea surface currents around western Europe. The visualization covers 11 months, from16 February ‘05 to 16 January ‘06. with each second in the video representing 2.75 days. The different colours represent current depths - white flows are nearest the surface, and darker colours running deeper.

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I did things in my 30s that were ignored by the world, that could have been quickly labeled a failure. Here’s a classic example; in 1974 I did a movie called Phantom of the Paradise. Phantom of the Paradise, which was a huge flop in this country. There were only two cities in the world where it had any real success: Winnipeg, in Canada, and Paris, France. So, okay, let’s write it off as a failure. Maybe you could do that.

But all of the sudden, I’m in Mexico, and a 16-year-old boy comes up to me at a concert with an album - a Phantom of the Paradise soundtrack- and asks me to sign it. I sign it. Evidently I was nice to him and we had a nice little conversation. I don’t remember the moment, I remember signing the album (I don’t know if I think I remember or if I actually remember). But this little 14 or 16, whatever old this guy was… Well I know who the guy is now because I’m writing a musical based on Pan’s Labyrinth; it’s Guillermo del Toro.

The work that I’ve done with Daft Punk it’s totally related to them seeing Phantom of the Paradise 20 times and deciding they’re going to reach out to this 70-year-old songwriter to get involved in an album called Random Access Memories.

So, what is the lesson in that? The lesson for me is being very careful about what you label a failure in your life. Be careful about throwing something in the round file as garbage because you may find that it’s the headwaters of a relationship that you can’t even imagine it’s coming in your future.

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An all-encompassing summer spread.

Caramelized Peach and Cherry, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Salad with Buckwheat Crepes on Half Baked Harvest

"Here’s a bunch of random crap on a slab of wood, like a folded up crepe and an entire wedge of cheese, and there’s a poached egg in there too, who gives a fuck. Have fun trying to figure out how to eat this!" - the food blogger who made this, probably.

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this is the abridged pop quiz i’m giving my students tomorrow, in intro to ethnic studies—i would really encourage my non-native followers to consider these questions as well, and to challenge themselves in trying to answer these without the help of the internet (of course look it up later, but i think it’s important to take a minute and recognize things we are ignorant on before blindly googling it).

i’m also doing a class-wide (image-based) quiz to see who can name famous Native people versus Indian mascots, and culturally appropriative fashion brands versus the cultures from which the trendy item in question originates. i have an hour and fifteen minutes to cover all Native experiences of racism post-1850—that in and of itself is a racist requirement of me. what i have learned to do with the time allotted to me is push students to recognize just how incredibly ignorant they are re: Native peoples, cultures, and political issues, rather than try to cram a bunch of stuff in their heads. It’s better for them to walk out stunned and humbled at how little they all know than with frantically scrawled notes they’re not gonna keep or remember.


I can’t answer any of these questions. I learned fuck-all about Native history in school. We spent an hour learning about Native American history and like 10 years learning about white fur traders and explorers. We learned more about (the nothern parts of…) Europe than we learned about our Native people. Fuck that.