Halloween is part of the Carnival tradition, a holdover from the traditional Catholic year full of commemorations of the lives of Jesus and his saints. As part of that tradition, Halloween should be a time when the world is turned upside down, when the powerful are mocked and those with less power play pretend games in which they imagine "what if" they ruled the world. This year however, our Carnival -- Halloween -- racist costumes that mock the powerless are worn by rich celebrities, and privileged young white men don blackface. Welcome to Trump-o-ween 2016.
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member David Crosby rose to Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen's bait Wednesday, when he shared his evaluation of musicians Kanye West, Jim Morrison, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift. He also offered that one of the reasons Bob Dylan had failed to acknowledge his recent naming as Nobel Prize Laureate was not due to arrogance, but rather, because "Bob doesn't have a cell phone and he hasn't checked his mail yet."
If the 2016 election has taught us anything, it is that attacks against powerful women politicians will focus on the fact of their being "imperfect females" as if those mythical imperfections are disqualifications for office. Having a voice as a woman in 2016 is no different than being a powerful woman five centuries ago: when political opponents cannot beat you on the issues, they'll revert to the old chestnuts: powerful women are monsters, bitches, and, according to the British conservative tabloid The Daily Mail, "lesbians."
Trump dismissed Clinton as a 'nasty woman' -- and now women will give him a nasty result at the polls
"Such a nasty woman."
Pity the male white supremacist: he began the year hopeful that a man who made no attempts to hide his racist rhetoric would ride white resentment all the way to the highest office in the land. But now, with three weeks until the general election, the great white behemoth is sinking under the rain of harpoons launched by angry women, and no matter how they try to spin the numbers, Donald Trump cannot win the election with the sole support of white men.
A Trump supporter, worried that there were other "closet" Trump supporters who felt unheard in Virginia, stood outside a Congressional candidate's campaign office for twelve hours while displaying a loaded firearm. Daniel Parks said that his protest was peaceful, but that he intended to "stand his ground" on behalf of other Trump supporters.
Black NYC parks worker humiliated when supervisor orders her to clean dog poop off white artist's shoe
If one needed more evidence that the gap between the haves and the have-nots in New York City is an uncrossable ravine, the most recent story from Manhattan's Upper East Side may have kicked out the last strut holding up the mythic bridge to equality. City Parks worker Tasheema Chatman was ordered by her supervisors to bring cleaning supplies over to the park to clean dog feces off the shoe of an artist.
Paranoid Trump thinks Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is trying to bring him down with groping allegations
Donald Trump was set to launch an attack on Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim on Friday morning, sources told the Wall Street Journal. Trump is reeling in the polls after a week of revelations about the Republican candidate's behavior toward women. Allegations surfaced in the New York Times against Trump, made by two women who came forward to tell of how Trump touched them inappropriately and without their consent.
Proving once again that plenty of Christians still don't have a clue what Jesus was talking about, a Dallas-area church's members have been publicly shamed by a gay man who was ejected from their community after revealing his sexuality to them, Pink News reported. On the one-year anniversary of his being cast out of the community, Jason Thomas posted his response to the Elders on Facebook
Fortune is a woman, and if you wish to keep her, you should beat and ill-use her.
-- Niccolo Machiavelli (The Prince, Chap. 25)
The Sunday event that had been promoted as a "town hall debate" should have come with a trigger warning for survivors of sexual violence. In a debate performance described by the New York Times as "Mr. Trump Goes Low," Donald Trump stalked Hillary Clinton in the enclosed space of the stage, causing many, including W. Kamau Bell and others to report that Trump was "creeping up" on her while she was talking.
Elon Musk announced earlier this week that he intends to send a mission to Mars as early as 2022. The mission will be called "Heart of Gold," in honor of the late, great Douglas Adams, and his classic work, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Musk envisioned that the initial voyage could carry up to 100 people, but that there is a "high" chance that participants could die during the mission.
White people spend a lot of time telling black folks what their stories mean. If it's not white writers insisting that they can tell a person of color's story better than a black writer can, or Trump running mate Mike Pence telling black people that they talk about systemic racism too much, or Iowa Congressman Steve King telling Colin Kaepernick what his protest against police brutality "really means," or folks who insist that "slavery wasn't that bad," there's no shortage of white folks who insist that they know better than black folks when it comes to interpreting what happens to black bodies. It would be tempting to dismiss it all as the ravings of a minority of kooks if it weren't for the ubiquity of the phenomenon. Everywhere, it seems, white people just can't help themselves.
Jimmy Marr, the Trump supporter who drives a truck emblazoned "Trump: Do the White Thing" messages, was arrested for disorderly conduct, station KATU reported. Police charged that Marr had put a hate message on continuous loop.
"There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.”
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