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Kate ([personal profile] kate_nepveu) wrote2012-03-22 06:08 pm
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Upsetting but important things

You know, I was going to make a post about how the intersection of the news lately (particularly Trayvon Martin's murder) and the bridge of a Decemberists song nearly had my crying in my car yesterday evening, but the point would just be what the subject line says, and this gives you more time to read the links.

[*] Yes, I saw the doctor guest post over at Scalzi's. I actually found it more depressing than anything because of the comments, and not even the predictable derailing ones, the "for the first time I feel some hope!" remarks. Seriously? One anonymous doctor arguing for civil disobedience after one of these horrible laws has passed—the efficacy of which I have considerable doubts regarding—and suddenly everything's sunshine and roses? What-fucking-ever. (Especially given the entirely unjustified assumption by many commenters that the anonymous doctor in question was male. Yeah, we've never seen that pattern before.)

turnberryknkn: (activism / politics)

[personal profile] turnberryknkn 2012-03-23 05:45 am (UTC)(link)
This election season, a lot of my conservative / libertarian friends have earnestly tried to convince me that we're a society that has moved past the need for government "interference" in private affairs on issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion, in the forms of civil rights legislation. That I need not worry about what Ron Paul or Mitt Romney and their ideological allies in Congress would do, since surely America as a country and the free enterprise system offer sufficient protection.

I find it requiring more and more effort to remain civil in political discourse with them.
turnberryknkn: (activism / politics)

[personal profile] turnberryknkn 2012-03-23 03:34 pm (UTC)(link)
(nods) I find it truly remarkable how confident and insistent some white, male, straight, Christian, well-off libertarian friends of mine can be in their assertions that the free market would prevent discrimination.