Correlation

One of the strange things about scheduling something to post is that you never quite know what is going to erupt on those days you’ve designated a post to. Take the shooting of Michael Brown in a small Missouri city. I know that I am days and days late in commenting about this, but the thing that I have to say is rather short and to the point. Every time someone young and black gets shot there’s this scramble to question their history, what they were wearing, how they were talking and acting. It’s assumed, at least on some level, that they deserved it. Not in the way that anyone would have done the same thing, but more like the kind of thing where someone just says, “What do you expect?”

Does this sentiment sound familiar?

It should. It’s the same one that someone has when they tell rape victims that they should have known better than to get drunk at a party or to dress the way that they did. Questions about clothes and behavior are the same things the media and community and the prosecution ask when they’re taking time to further victimize the actual victim.

Society needs to seriously evaluate how it looks at black personhood and why they’re considered sub-human (because I believe that is the root of the issue) and society needs to look at women and why they are seen almost as property. The concerns of both groups need to be treated as if they matter and not just as if they’re people bitching needlessly. Until that happens, we can pretend we’re as civilized as we want to, but we really haven’t gotten that far.

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On Cumia

In the middle of a lot, but according to a post that I came across on Jezebel, Anthony Cumia should have totally been fired because he’s a huge racist. Quoting him here for clarity:

“When you watch any of the footage of any of the Apollo programs over the years and you look at the control room of mission control, what do you see? Do you see diversity there? Honestly, let’s be honest. You’re seeing white males smoking cigarettes, drinking coffee at the console and putting people on the moon. How is this a horrible thing? How is this something to look at and say, ‘We need to change this by injecting people that do not pay attention to the laws of this country, do not assimilate to the cultures, do not work and contribute to this nation’?”

Anthony-CumiaThere doesn’t need to be much context given to this quote. It doesn’t really warrant much of one. Just like I talked about back when I wrote the post on the racism in Bioshock, there’s not really an easy line to draw between the excuses that people will use to justify what they think. Like the above quote by Cumia illustrates the racism and sexism of the time. Non-Caucasian men and all women were barred from holding many high level jobs. It’s not surprising that Mission control looked like it did. There was an entire institution of sexism and racism behind it.

Cumia is so far up his own ass that he doesn’t see that and that he defends his racism as a right because whites have earned it. The sad fact is this attitude is common and not all that surprising.