Posts tagged "racism"

Steven's Cynical Christmas (#2): Does the world need a Black Santa Claus?

Steven's Cynical Christmas (#2): Does the world need a Black Santa Claus?
After the shocking upset of Minnesota’s Mall of America being closed on Thanksgiving, it seems they’ve put their foot into the pond of racist piranha yet again! The “Krazy Klumsy Klods” of the highly-regarded internet comment community have chosen this latest upset as their cause célèbre. Mall of America has made the ultimate faux pas of, believe this, hiring a... Read more »

Steven Appreciates... All in the Family! (or "Dingbat Knows Best")

Steven Appreciates... All in the Family! (or "Dingbat Knows Best")
After a devastating election cycle and months of anxiety, I have decided to steer this blog back to what it was created for – a celebration of things I adore and want to analyze with my own brand of caustic wit. I always abide by that old adage attributed to writer Dorothy Parker: “The first... Read more »

#NotAnotherC(abrini)G(reen) is our Chicagoan plea to make Donald Trump's America racism-free!

#NotAnotherC(abrini)G(reen) is our Chicagoan plea to make Donald Trump's America racism-free!
When it comes to hiding our past transgressions, Chicago is up there with Where’s Waldo?. Our fair city has more body mounds than Arlington and more skeletons in her closet than Vincent Price. The Cabrini-Green Homes was the Chicago Housing Authority’s (CHA) attempt to corral nearly 15,000 poor minority citizens into 3,607 cramped apartment buildings. It subsequently... Read more »
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Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump

Trump, Puccini, and Pavarotti: A battle cry in one act, in which the artistic community rallies against Donald Trump
Throughout history, Opera has been a reflection of the events occurring around it. Mozart’s The Magic Flute contained both the continued repression of women as well as the advancing ideals of The Enlightenment at the end of the 1700s. In the middle of the 1850s, Verdi’s La Traviata sang the joys of the potential future... Read more »

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy

"It is you, it is they who desire to live": Finding solace in words after the Dallas tragedy
I won’t summarize what happened in Dallas, as I don’t have the words. We’ve been following the story with its images of blood, death, and destruction. The very essence of humanity is challenged in these proceedings. The value of human life is plunging into depths of deepest despair. “Those who most long for peace now... Read more »

This week on "Insane Reactions to National Tragedies": Donald Trump on Twitter and homophobic "Dennis" on Facebook react to the Orlando Shooting

With 49 dead at the hands in Orlando as a result of ISIS-pledged Omar Mateen gunning them down with an assault weapon, a veil has fallen over the nation. The rational are banding together and staying strong, offering support, and praying through the worst. But sadly, as is to be expected, a few ditch-rats have... Read more »
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George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun that killed Trayvon Martin and Hillary Clinton is caught in the crosshairs

George Zimmerman is auctioning off the gun that killed Trayvon Martin and Hillary Clinton is caught in the crosshairs
The Internet Age has brought us many revolutions that many thought impossible. One of these things is the advent and ascension of the Online Auction. Sites like eBay make it extremely simple to sell anything you want to a wide breadth of people, much more than you would a brick and mortar store. This has... Read more »

The Power of Perception: The Philosophy of How We View The World

The Power of Perception: The Philosophy of How We View The World
How often do we take stock of exactly what is going on around us? We seem to take so much for granted, the beauty of the sun and the cool of the glorious night. The smells that set our stomachs aching and the cold ice that seizes upon our hands. The wind blowing through the... Read more »

Mavis Staples for President 2016: The Anti-Trump!

Mavis Staples for President 2016: The Anti-Trump!
“I think it’s time for the whole nation to start listening to something that means something…this is everybody’s land, this is not just my land, this is our land. This land belongs to everybody; if they would think like that, we’d have a better United States. You know it’s really rough what the colored entertainers... Read more »
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The Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird

The Importance of To Kill a Mockingbird
     Flashback to St. Paul Lutheran School. Addison, Illinois. A Seventh Grade classroom, each teenager with a book in their hands. The cover is Pepto-Bismol pink, featuring a gnarled tree with treasures inside, all presided over by a glorious mockingbird. Little did those teenagers know that from the first moment they opened that book,... Read more »