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Welp, the Missouri House of Legislatures just voted to defund public libraries.
I鈥檓 honestly shocked and dismayed and heartbroken.聽 Like, I knew things were bad, but I didn鈥檛 think it was this bad already.
I鈥檓 also quite frankly shocked at how small the state budget for libraries was in the first place ($4.5 million).聽 I鈥檝e visited so many quality libraries all across Missouri that do so much for their communities.聽 When I was a social worker, the local library was always the first place I鈥檇 visit in the communities I worked in, because I knew they had good services to offer and could help me get connected to other local supports.聽 Like, even from just a heartless financial standpoint, I can guarantee public libraries are worth the money.
I鈥檓 just really sad right now.
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This is recent history. Ruby Bridges is 68yrs old and she is still alive.
Emily Conklin is thee definition of a racist Karen, and she is trying to whitewash the history white children learn by erasing a rated PG Disney movie that has already been shown for years in Pinellas County schools, usually as a part of Black History Month.
Two immediate thoughts that come to mind are:
鈥淭he people who threw rocks at Ruby Bridges for trying to go to school in 1960 now are upset their grandchildren might learn about them throwing rocks at Ruby Bridges for trying to go to school.鈥
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鈥淚F BLACK CHILDREN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO EXPERIENCE RACISM, WHITE CHILDREN ARE OLD ENOUGH TO LEARN ABOUT IT鈥
Look, Ruby Bridges was six years old when racist white parents (men and women) threw rocks and hissy fits because she was trying to get an education. A full year younger than most of the white children who are now being 鈥減rotected鈥 from learning the truth about what their grandparents did.
I guess these delicate snowflakes are so triggered by the racism of their elders that they need to get the Republican governor to whitewash away the truth.
I鈥檓 almost 40yrs old and I used to wonder how it was that in college, white kids my age genuinely believed that Martin Luther King, Jr. died of old age. But somehow, every single Black person my age knew the truth. How does that happen?? This is how it happens. This is a prime example of precisely how that happened and still happens鈥攂ecause to 鈥減rotect鈥 them from the truth, white kids weren鈥檛 taught that he was assassinated. It鈥檚 literally no different than raising generations of white kids to believe that 2+2=5. There鈥檚 going to be serious problems when they hit the real world. But what can I say? Conservatives like 鈥榚m dumb and ignorant.
Anyway, this is how you get generations of fully grown white adults who truly honestly believe foolishness like 鈥渞acism is over,鈥 or 鈥淢artin Luther King basically ended racism,鈥 or, 鈥渨e don鈥檛 need affirmative action because there is no more racism; if anything it鈥檚 white people who are more discriminated against now.鈥 (The majority of white people polled said the same thing in the 1960s too, btw).
Keeping as many white people as possible ignorant of the truth does not happen by accident. It鈥檚 very intentional. And that鈥檚 not to say that ALL white people are ignorant of the truth. Some of them, like Emily Conklin, know the truth, but just do not care.
And make no mistake: The same white people who want to keep their white children 鈥減ure鈥 and 鈥渋nnocent鈥 have ZERO problems criminalizing and sending young Black children directly to jail for even the slightest misbehavior in a classroom.
Evil, racist cowards (redundant, I know).
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lmfao this is so funny 馃槶
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So poor people don鈥檛 deserve to have money?!
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It's about damn time these fuckers learned that they don't get just parade around in their faux gestapo getups without someone showing them what's what.
It's amazing how quickly these wannabe tough guy fascists turn into sniveling snowflakes as soon as they are met with even a little resistance.
"I thought I could come in and harass queers and threaten to kill them in peace!"
You really thought people were going to just let you come in and spout your hateful nonsense without any backlash? The audacity! That's a lifetime of unchecked privilege at play. I'm sometimes afraid to even leave my house while existing as a trans woman, and you thought you could just gamet away with this?
Talk shit, get hit.
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See now why did y'all not tell me this video existed?
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I get it, sis. I get it..
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Stay woke.
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Shortly after the first Gulf War, Iraqi artists installed a 鈥渄og-like鈥 George HW Bush mosaic reading 鈥淏USH IS CRIMINAL鈥 in the Al Rasheed Hotel. Everyone who passed through the hotel, where most foreign dignitaries would stay, would have to walk on the face of the president.
The U.S. military was apparently unhappy with the unflattering Bush portrait. Rumor in Baghdad is that they intentionally murdered the artist, Leila al-Attar, with precision Tomahawk missiles months after installation. A strike hit her house, killing her and blinding her daughter.
U.S. soldiers smashed the Bush mosaic with hammers and chisels in 2003. The notoriously Islamophobic commander, Lt. Col. Rick Schwartz, boasted that he threw a portrait of Hussein onto the floor for soldiers to stomp on instead as they trashed and pillaged the country.
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鈥渁nd then i simply skied away and left his limp ass body lying there鈥
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