Go back to the ’50s when I got here. I was in a research lab. In fact, right down below this, there’s a research lab for electronics. It was 100 percent funded by the Pentagon. What it was doing was creating the modern IT technology culture in a high-tech economy on public funds: the internet, computers, microelectronics. It was all coming out of public funds. Thirty years later, it began to be profitable. Then it was handed over to private enterprise. The first marketable small computer was Apple in 1977. That’s after about 30 years of research and development mainly in the state sector, places like this, of public expense. In a capitalist system, there’s a principle that if you invest, especially in a long-term risky investment, if something comes out of it, you’re supposed to get the profit. It doesn’t happen in our system. The taxpayer paid for it and gets nothing - assumes all of the risk, gets zero. The money goes into the pockets of Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, who are ripping off decades of work in the public sector.
“Even off stage and away from the microphone, Tupac’s physical presence generated intense interest. Shawn Chapman, one of Tupac’s legions of lawyers spent a good deal of time with him and observed his effect on everyday people. Chapmen recalls the many times that Tupac “would have to make an appearance in the Criminal Courts Building,” waiting in hall with elderly white jurors. “They had no idea who he was,” “But within minutes he’ have everybody just eating out of his hands, just being so funny and polite. These white jurors were loving him… . He really had that effect.”
— Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupac Shakur, Michael Eric Dyson
When I saw this in Hot Rod I cried laughing and now I laughed even harder.
The photos and information coming out of Ferguson, MO this evening are shocking.
SWAT teams clearing out fast food restaurants, journalists arrested, full-scale police-as-military response to non-violent protest.
And yet perhaps the most amazing thing is that there seem not to be any elected officials willing to tell this police force to stand down.
Do we really live in a free state? Or is it an illusion which is shattered at the mere suggestion at unrest.
U.S. Martin Luther King Jr being attacked as he marched nonviolently for the Chicago Freedom Movement, 1966, which was the most ambitious civil rights campaign in the North of the United States, and lasted from mid-1965 to early 1967.
If only he’d been well-spoken, pulled his pants up and didn’t wear a hoodie… oop… wait…
Nicki Minaj speaking up about the backlash she received for her “Anaconda” cover. There will forever be a difference in how black bodies are viewed even when being marketed the same way. When black women show their bodies they are hoochies and hoes. But when white women show their bodies in a similar or even more revealing manner it is ART or fine. It can be sold in stores, seen in households without a second glance. I’m not agreeing or disagreeing with women showing skin but pointing out there’s no difference between the two. Intersectionality is real. Hard out here for black women. Feminist movement never claimed us.
I have a guest blog post up at the Houston Chronicle's TexasSparkle blog this morning. Of course, you can also read it right here:
Over the past few weeks, extremism and violence once again escalated and finally exploded in Israel and the Gaza Strip. Space for a moderate position on the decades-old conflict shrinks at times like this, especially on the internet where partisans of each side can lash out at one another and at anyone else who doesn’t agree wholeheartedly with the purity of their side’s cause. As someone who teaches a course on Israeli politics and the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, I try to adopt what I consider a balanced position and, as a result, I tend to draw a fair amount of anger from everyone. In the past few days alone, I’ve been called a bigot and Nazi by extremist supporters of the Palestinians, and a self-hating Jew and Nazi by extremist supporters of the Israelis. I tend to view their ire as evidence that my position is a relatively balanced one.