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Do you have pride? What’s the sources of your pride?

1. To have urned a higher education degree? With your own sweat, blood and money? Working several jobs at minimum wages to get the diploma?

2. To have finally graduated, regardless of how long it took, based on your sheer determination for having a degree in your pocket, forgetting that age is a critical factor in the job market?

3. To be simply a citizen of a powerful country that has a veto power in the UN (has a nuclear arsenal), even if you are a homeless person and not enjoying any health coverage?

4. To be the son and daughter of an elite family class, knowing full well the shameful source of its wealth?

5. To be the son and daughter of feudal lord, a minister in the government, a deputy…

6. To have managed to be inducted in one of the public service institutions, based solely on your qualifications?

7. To be a citizen of a developed country, even though you never voted or got engaged in any social politics?

8. To have avoided getting in trouble with the forces of orders?

9. To have shun demonstrations and marching on the basis that these are futile undertaking that cannot change the power-to-be?

10. To have frequently marched and got politically engaged for the benefits of the downtrodden and valuing human rights of every person living among you?

11. To have left an imprint or stamp on a worthy cause that is higher than your miserable living conditions?

12. Are you proud that you led an adventurous life, packed with excitement, imprevisible events and overcoming hunger and the lack of daily amenities?

Better be proud of yourself for anything you did that you think is of value, was of value or will be valued by the next generation.


Notes and comments on FB and Twitter. Part 22

The meaning of life is What your brain sensed and pressured you to act, behave, experience and feel.

La fugue eternelle: Il y a quelque chose au-dela de ce qu’on peut atteindre

On ne peut pas negocier des abstractions. Surtout pas les trahisons aux concepts religieux, qui n’ont aucun sens rationels

On negocie pour sauver la face: qu’ on a eté manipulé tout au long et qu’on est des idiots. Comme tout le monde, meme les plus rusés.

Your opinions have no values, until supported by your credibility. Establish that you have knowledge, moral standing and acting humanly.

There was this custom of spreading salt on the land of the vanquished village to annihilate its existence: Nothing would grow again

Les rideaux sont faitent pour separer les femmes des hommes durant les discussion pour ne pas etre influencé par les maris, frères…

Et les gréffiers qui se substitutent en juges et avocats et ne transcrivent que les orders

Les peuples ont elaborés des rituels et des traditions et puis ils ont crées et institués leurs Dieux pour unifier,  protéger et devenir l’idol de la communauté. Ils choisirent de ne plus reflechir and ouvrire d’autre choix

On sait lire mais ne comprent pas. Seul les humbles savent ce que les auteurs humbles dissent

The veil was used by nobility in all civilizations. Hard working women could Not suffer a veil. Those who fled Mecca to Yathreb (Al Madina) made sure their women wore the veil to discriminate against the local families who worked the land (even if they were Not from the noble class in Mecca). As the local women gained status and didn’t have to work the land, they jumped on the band wagon.

Those who fled Mecca with Muhammad to Yathreb had no land or properties in their new location. Razzia in the name of spreading the Message was a lucrative business

The milion $ question: Can a couple figure out when they start the process of tacit punishment of one another? This is a sure way to break a marriage.

Idol Allah in Mecca could not compete with the other practical idols to generate wealth to the clan owner. Allah of Islam destroyed the other idols and retained the monopoly

Wahhabit Saudi Kingdom rediscovered this economic principle: Destroy all the shrines in Islamic world and retain monopoly of Al Kaaba.

Tu a beau ne pas etre marriée, tu es trop vieille pour te montrer téte nue
Tu es peut-etre du genie artistique et tu as du talent: ils te feront crever de faim. Surtout, fait gaffe des maladies veneriennes
Il vaut mieux avoir quelque miette de gateau, de chocolat, de noix dans ses poches si on veut etre aimé d’une maniere désinteressée
Toutes les apparences de tendresse et de compassion ont l’avantage de me render heureux
L’homme ne peut pas etre ridiculiser: il doit apprendre  a ne pas craindre le ridicule
Je suis un des rares hommes restés fidéle a un conte de nourrice, une image féerique de héros et de vertus exemplaire
Apparement, l’abime n’a pas de fond: tout ce qu’on fait est de battre le record de profondeur.

Why human species exhibit this consistent strain (and stain) of morbidity?

As usual, I cut through the chase before attempting any explanation or developing on a theme.

I conjecture that the final development of our species, after hundreds of extinctions and near extinction periods, was left with a set of parasites that prefer the human body for their incubation periods.

These parasites disturb the communication links between the over developed Cortex and the two other primitive brains (reptilian and lower mammalian).

The parasites attack the nervous system and stop the growth of the emotional intelligence and save the rational brain.

The end result of these affectation render the human species more prone to kill, maim, physically harm his own species.

Pop culture, white privilege and widening the lens

This aspect of white privilege has bubbled under the surface of recent debates about college admissions policies and unpaid internships.

As a recent post on the Web site Journos of Color noted, for instance, “The only people who can afford to work full-time for free come from wealth, and generally, if you’re wealthy in America, you’re white.”

Outlook published this July 27, 2013 on the WP Opinions section:

Ron Koeberer/AP – Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in a scene from “Fruitvale Station.”

Many people, especially white people, don’t realize the extent of the disparities that persistent structural privilege creates. According to some estimates, whites on average possess 6 times the accumulated wealth — in the form of home equity, savings and retirement accounts — of blacks.

That discrepancy is explained Not by financial savvy or luck, but by the legacy of now-illegal practices in housing, education and employment that formed the foundation of America’s enduring — and widening — wealth gap between non-Hispanic whites and minorities.

As mortified as some white people may be at the suggestion that we’ve enjoyed career advancement at someone else’s expense, we need to acknowledge that one can benefit from privilege even if it isn’t explicitly claimed.
Indeed, perhaps the ultimate marker of privilege is Not having to be conscious of it.
Thanks to other people’s positive projections and expectations, I’ve often been able to view the world as a welcoming, or at least benignly neutral, meritocracy.
I’ve never been followed in a department store by anyone other than an aggressive perfume lady with a spritzer.
I haven’t had to pay an “anxiety tax,” expending untold physical and psychic energy managing other people’s reflexive fears.
Obviously, gender, geography, economic and social class, and temperament play a part in my outlook as well.
No one’s experience, positive or negative, can be reduced to just one characteristic. But it didn’t always occur to me, nor was I ever taught, to consider race as part of my personal bundle of x-factors.This is where popular culture can be particularly helpful. Granted, the 1947 film “Gentleman’s Agreement” didn’t eradicate anti-Semitism. Nor did “Tootsie” stamp out sexism or “Philadelphia” erase homophobia. But each of those films reframed its subject matter in ways that galvanized audiences into reaching “aha” moments about prejudice.Perhaps it’s time to make a modern-day “Black Like Me,” the 1964 film based on John Howard Griffin’s memoir of impersonating a black man in the Jim Crow South, this time for the 21st century: a story that throws the condition of whiteness, with its myriad unseen, unspoken advantages, into clarifying relief.

The challenge is creating characters that can transcend polarized and entrenched perceptions of race. This past week, a Washington Post poll found that a sobering 86% of African Americans say blacks and other minorities do not get equal treatment under the law, whereas a majority of whites — 54 percent — say there is equal treatment for minority groups.

In a recent interview about their book “Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites,” political scientists Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley described a “gulf” between African Americans, who largely lack faith in the criminal justice system, and white citizens, who consider it essentially color-blind.

Just as the roots of blacks’ mistrust of the system lie in their unfair treatment over generations, the roots of whites’ optimism can be found in our own history.

Like compounded interest from an investment we never made, the advantages white people enjoy derive from past racist practices and present-day unconscious behaviors that create channels no less wide, deep and real for being largely invisible.

If movies are equipped to do anything, it’s to make those channels visible. And the best films can show viewers how to navigate them.

“Fruitvale Station” does that, in just one brief encounter. The San Francisco street scene may begin with an acute observation of separate realities, but it ends by suggesting a possible bridge, in the simple act of a black character taking the business card of a white man he’s just met.





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