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Delicate Flowers

I would love to report that this is a parody.

I really would.


You Matter

In a verdict that is equally parts utterly shocking and utterly expected, a twit from Illinois had his mommy drive him to Kenosha, Wisconsin to shoot some black people. He was ceremonially arrested for this escapade, everyone knowing there would be no real consequences because of his melanin deficiency.

Degree of Difficulty

Simone Biles withdrew from the team competition Monday because of the need to protect her mental health. I say, good for her, and possibly long overdue.

Credit…Emilee Chinn/Getty Images

Perhaps you recall the story from back in May, when Biles successfully competed a Yurchenko double-pike on vault. The gymnastics gods actually lowered the difficulty score on this, effectively penalizing Biles for doing something that no other gymnast can. And this was not the first time — they had previously done the same thing on a double-twist-double-back dismount from balance beam. Another move that only she can do.

Their stated logic is that what she does is so far beyond the capability of other gymnasts they want to remove the incentive for other gymnasts to try it. “Safety considerations.” Does this remind anyone of “for your security”? The hallmark of petty authoritarians with an agenda, and willing to lie about it?

Given the stories coming out constantly of sexual harassment and abuse that these women — Biles included — suffer for their sport, I would say that the most charitable interpretation of this touching concern for safety must include the word “selective.”

But I also find myself imagining the private conversations that lead to a decision like this. In my imagination, they include the word “uppity“. I would love for the authorities to give me reason not to imagine such things but that doesn’t seem to be in the cards.

As for people criticizing Biles for withdrawing from the team event, I think this tweet I saw perfectly captures my attitude about them:

Critical Condition

Click Through for the Impending Doom!

Right – can’t teach racists’ kids the truth about racism. Otherwise, how will they make a new generation of racists?


As one who was raised celebrating an earlier and much more historically dubious release from slavery, I totally get Juneteenth.

image credit: buffalorising.com

I have to say, however, that the bigger picture makes me sad. How cynical is the message of Rethuglicans’ enthusiastic support for making Juneteenth a national holiday? While they are also busting their butts to make sure Blacks cannot vote as easily as whites. Or that the history of the racism that has been the engine of American history is never taught in schools.

What’s astounding is that they think they can pull it off, and that a vote for another holiday will give them political cover for it. What’s saddening is that they are probably right.

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