The root of the problem is that racism against Blacks, Black MALES, esp, in our culture is deeply rooted and continues being spread from generation to generation like a congenital defect. You simply don't overcome 600 years of systematic oppression and genocide (literal and cultural) of a people in 50 years of official, legal equality. Especially when you have refused to fucking ACKNOWLEDGE, much less say sincerely REPENT for, the past.
Sadly, in the minds of many (police officers and others) consciously or unconsciously, a Black male, even one barely into puberty, is viewed as inherently threatening to a degree far out of proportion to his actions or the scenario entailed. We still fear him, perhaps realizing on some level that in any just universe we SHOULD, given our collective history.
One satirical news outlet recently nailed it with headline:
"Police shoot Black 1 year old, mistaking pacifier for gun."
Chris Rock has it right; it is not a question of how far Black people have come but of how far WHITE people (and U.S. society and institutions) have come. Not far enough, that's painfully obvious.
I moved here in '91 (from Austin). Portland was already "hip", "cool" and most definitely already "weird" (a slogan which originated in Austin and gifted to Portland by its creator, FTR.)
WTH would way cool folks like us move here? (well, there was the weather, which beat the hell out of the 9 months of enervating heat back home, and the natural beauty).
Every city constantly changes. Sometimes not for the better in the opinion of some. But as clearly as I see some changes I'm not too fond of, I also still see the underlying, overall amazingness that is Portland and never question my choice to keep living here.
Apparently, you can't see that anymore. So you should leave. But don't kid yourself it has anything to do with Portland or the people in it; it's you.
Languages evolve (or devolve) all the time. But I admit it; I'm a snob when it comes to people who don't know the difference between "their", "there" and "they're" or end sentences in prepositions ("Where are you at?" GRRRR!). Screwing up the whole "I vs ME" thing is slightly more forgivable (but come ON; you wouldn't say "do you want to come to the movies with I?" or "Me am going out"...ok, maybe if you're a Rasta man or the Hulk.)
And the thing is, so are a lot of other people (snobs), including some who might be in a position to hire you. Or date you. Or just not assume you're an idiot because you talk or write like one. Fairly or unfairly.
I have insisted my kids learn and use proper English. Speaking some variation on it in certain situations is fine, but they should know how to speak and write it correctly in OTHER situations. It's a skill that goes a long way in life.
What's even MORE surprising is how many people (non-Republicans included) don't realize how much BETTER OFF they and the country are than they were 6 years ago.
Jobs? HELLO! over 10 million of them have been created in the private sector in 56 STRAIGHT months of growth (officially replacing the 9.5 million LOST in the Bush Recession).
GDP, exports, manufacturing, personal incomes, consumer confidence and spending are UP while the unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest level since 2006 and federal spending has increased at the LOWEST rate in 60 YEARS under Obama.
Meanwhile, the U.S. (along with England) is one of the few nations where the economy is strong and growing; most of Europe and Japan are teetering on the brink of another major recession, never having experienced the recovery seen in the U.S. since the last one. Economists worry (as reported in The Economist last month) that any slowing or reversal of economic conditions in the U.S. could send the world into another collapse (while continued health here could pull the world back from the brink).
But many still bitch about how terrible things are (some claiming they are WORSE than when Obama took office, lol). They are, to put it diplomatically, misinformed.
Bottom line, there is nothing especially meaningful about Tuesday's losses for Democrats; every President who has HAD a Senate to lose in his 6th year in office has LOST it. It would have been an historic aberration had the Republicans NOT "taken over".
It's just human nature, AKA the "6-year itch" and also not terribly reflective of the true "will of the people" (the 5 states who had raising the min. wage on the ballot and passed it are more so).
Your rent's only gone up $200 in the last 14 YEARS? And you're COMPLAINING? I have a solution for you; go live somewhere NO-ONE wants to move to (just be aware that the natives will blame you for ruining everything and smash your car windows).
Your choice is simple. Do you want to live or do you want to die? It really is that simple, and once you stop pretending it isn't, you can face your options honestly. The response is completely in your power and control.
If you decide you want to live, find something that works for you (e.g. AA, Rational Recovery, the spiritual, health, creative or other revival of your choice, etc..) and become as obsessive/compulsive about it as you have about drinking.
On the one hand it's not as simple as "just quit drinking", but on the other it really IS. It really IS the only thing in your life that is wrong and stopping it, simply DOING NOTHING (not drinking) will ultimately resolve every problem you now have.
First, realize that in your current state, it can be hard to find any reason to live. That is an effect of the addiction/dependency and will wane with time clean. Really. You are not in any position right now to decide if you want to live or die...do what you need to do to get clean for a while and your right mind will come back to you. Things will look completely different. You cannot now imagine the difference in how you will feel, both physically and mentally (although, try remembering how you felt BEFORE).
Or just take it on faith and STOP DRINKING for a while and see. or even (and this is blasphemy to some) cut down gradually until you can go a day, then a few days, then longer, without drinking.
Jesus, shit like this makes me even more pissed off that POT is still illegal and ALCOHOL is sanctioned by both church and state. Yeah, if you can/need to, simply swap habits and switch to cannabis. it has never killed anyone.
The "good" news is that roughly 25% of adult Americans have it too and it's not a death sentence or anything.
It's a virus in the same family as fucking CHICKEN POX and cold sores (both of which almost EVERYONE has and which remain in the body for life following infection OR vaccination with the live CP virus vaccine and can reactivate, as shingles in the case of CP, at any time, esp. with declining immune function or stress).
On the one hand I am sorry for you but on the other...eh.
As Dan Savage pointed out, if you exclude everyone with herpes, you are excluding fully a quarter of potential partners (some of whom might just have something going for them other than their herpes status).
Full disclosure; I don't have herpes (yes, I'm sure, though I DO have CP and cold sore virus somewhere in there). But even if I did...it's ok.
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