And when I got to the district, there was a black pilot named Tony Kato(ph) there. And he asked me if he - if I wanted his help. And I agreed. It was a generous thing, he didn’t have to do that. And in the process of just traveling from event to event, he would tell me how he was discriminated against. And at first my reaction was, oh come on, Tony, it couldn’t have been that bad, or they couldn’t have meant it that way, or it couldn’t have been more than a one-time occurrence, until it finally dawned on me that I - Tony is a great guy. He’s, you know, he talked about being married in a way that you wanted to be married. He talked about his kids in a way that you wanted to have kids too. And he’s a great pilot and a great officer, Naval Academy graduate.
And it dawned on me that I would trust him on anything. And because he was a black man and I was a white man, I thought I could deny him his very experiences that he was having. And when that hit me, when that revelation hit me, it changed the whole trajectory of my life, and that’s how I’m here speaking with you today.
“If feminism is a movement to end sexist oppression, and depriving females of reproductive rights is a form of sexist oppression, then one cannot be anti-choice and be feminist.”—bell hooks (via thatneedstogo)
If two white straight students were caught doing it in a study room there’s no way they would be arrested. Certainly wouldn’t have their faces on national websites for it. FOR THE RECORD, certaintly not the first students (or lesbians for that matter) to fuck in one of the Columbus State University study rooms.
I just want to note that on two occasions Boatman was totally ignored opportunities to discuss slaveries continuation today. I mean it’s great that the guy is excited about his Blackness, I think that is wonderful, BUT what about answering his child’s question with a real answer, rather than talk about how much African slaves in the US contributed to the building of America.
If we had a slave, would I still have to clean my room?
Is the perfect opening for a real discussion about slavery. I wonder why Boatman included this question in his text, if he wasn’t going to address it. Does he consider it cute? Scary? What?
With all that is going on in my world at the moment reading feels like the last thing I have a chance to do. And if I am gonna read I should be working on my Global Ethics paper that should have been done a long time ago but I have only read 2 books from the 15 books long syllabus (sigh) but I think, in my spare time, when I find it I will get back to reading.