Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)
nighttime me is a straight-up dick
“ [A] federal minimum wage in 1968 could have lifted a family of three above the poverty line, now it can’t even do that for a parent with one child, working full-time, 40 hours a week and 52 weeks a year (yes, this calculation assumes that the parent takes no time off). ”
THIS IS WHY LOW MINIMUM WGE IS A PROBLEM YOU FUCKING ASSHOLES.
DONE. SO DONE WITH EVERYONE WHO IS AGAINST MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES.
“ This solemn regard for the employer as untouchable and beyond the realm of persuasion unless in violation of the law permeates the culture of American antipoverty efforts, with only a few exceptions. The most socially minded physicians and psychologists who treat malnourished children, for example, will advocate vigorously with government agencies to provide food stamps, health insurance, housing and the like. But when they are asked if they ever urge the parents’ employers to raise wages enough to pay for nutritious food, the doctors express surprise at the notion. First, it has never occurred to them, and second, it seems hopeless. Wages and hours are set by the marketplace, and you cannot expect magnanimity from the marketplace. It is the final arbiter from which there is no appeal. ”
Expressed in terms of percentage growth, one minute on the internet has grown along these lines:
One reason the internet minute is now richer is simply that there are more people online (Excel file). The proportion of the global population using the internet rose three percentage points to 38.8% this year. More significantly, average global broadband speeds are up 17% on last year. Together, those two things mean that more people than ever are searching, uploading, networking and buying. As Google and Facebook continue their campaigns to bring the rest of the world online, expect the internet minute to get denser—and the revenues of the world’s biggest internet businesses to grow larger.
I am a person of color, but I am not Black.
I need to take a moment to address this because, 99% of the hate mail I receive is directed at Black people very specifically, which is a lot of why I do not usually publish it. Because why bother to intercept a killing arrow if you’re just going to continue throwing it at its intended target?
But I am getting the impression that lot of people believe that I am Black because of a mistaken assumption that anyone emotionally and/or intellectually invested in positive representation of Black people must be Black themselves. I find that very, very saddening. And it makes me angry.
It’s also a complex issue because I’m not qualified to speak for or over Black people about how they are represented in images, historical or modern. That is why I focus on making information accessible above all, because institutional barriers to access are openly anti-Black in nature in the United States, and my academic conclusions or assertions do not trump or negate anyone’s lived experience.
I’ve published hate mail that was anti-Black in sentiment two or three times since this blog’s inception, and I honestly wonder if I was right to do so. It’s my concern that readers will think that racist backlash against this blog doesn’t exist, or that it’s not complete racist garbage. But on the other hand, it’s wrong for me to claim that this kind of specifically anti-Black racism harms me personally, because it does not.
The very nature of my blog’s thesis requires complexity of thought and analysis, and it resist being boiled down for anyone’s comfort levels, including mine. The purpose of this disambiguation is not to distance myself from being perceived as Black; the purpose is to make it clear that I am absolutely accountable for claims I make.
I don’t derive some kind of megalomaniacal joy from being “right all the time”; some of you might have noticed I can be wrong as well. I am fine with that because I am in love with the dynamic, interactive and living nature of History as a discipline and Historiography as a dancing partner to accompany the stories we’re creating here.
That being said, anyone who upholds this blog as some kind of “example” of how to be polite or respectable needs to seriously re-examine their motives and nasty prejudices involving their entitlement to police other people’s behavior or responses to violence.
Thanks for reading.
This goes for this blog as well.
Non Black POC acting in solidarity without pretending to be Black is incredibly important. I’m glad to see this being talked about too.