White Privilege, This Is America

Through African-American Eyes

By Conney D. Williams

I didn’t sit down to write all of this, but here I am. The election seems like a dream, but I’m not one of those caught off guard. I don’t see it as such a surprise. As an African American, this is the normal America I’ve seen my entire life. Although the mindset the election reflects had been underground, more covert, this segment of society no longer wants to hold it all in or swallow the medicine of “change” or “inclusiveness.”

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We went to the polls on November 8

And then it was the day after

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Election Day

7 a.m.

I’m working the public library polling place in my little Republican-majority town, nestled amid the gray-green groves of North San Diego County.

The Poll Inspector opens the doors and declares to the waiting line, “Here ye, here ye, the polls are now open!”

I offer ballots in three languages to those who rush in, eager to vote and get to their jobs, to save the nation from the other party. Some voters bellyache that ballots are available in anything other than English. I try to quiet their amplified xenophobia by noting the beauty of Tagalog, it’s Spanish influence, by making mitigating quips these voters don’t care to hear. I also lead cheers for first-time voters, deflect others who assume the right to challenge the suffrage of one brown person or another, and think of my Latina daughter at home.

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Trump Wins, Liberty Weeps

Trump wins, and Liberty weeps—for Mexicans, for women, for LGBTQ folks, for peace, for those who are differently abled, to people of color, for health, for people of other religions, for people living in poverty, for immigrants, for civility, for the republic, for liberty and equality and justice for all.

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Losing My Mother Twice

By Penny Perry

After the funeral,
I peer through peepholes
in the oak door that leads
to the living room.

Clink of glasses. Ginger ale.
Manischewitz. My parents’ friend Arthur
wears a white shirt and sports jacket.
His wet eyes blink behind glasses.

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Driving Distraction

By Sharon Thompson

This is the third time today
I’ve shamelessly made a wrong turn
past the same construction site.

once again at the traffic light,
one shoulder
rounds forward, nearly to dashboard,
single finger on radio button.
Shoulder again; shrug.
Nothing important here,
nothing more than a wrong turn.
Casual serendipity. Lashes flutter.

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Take that patronizing pat and stuff it

While I yell from the rooftops: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

I annoyed a man at dinner recently. It’s happened before. I’m pretty good at it. But this time I didn’t do that female thing, that doubt-y obsequious internal questioning thing—oh gosh, was I being mean? That thing we do because men’s egos are purportedly more fragile than ours, and it’s woman’s job to shore up man. Just sit there and engage in some clever repartee, not too flirty. Look pretty. Be nice. And for the great-white-heterosexual-male god’s sake, don’t challenge him!

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The Donald Trump Apology, Annotated by Donald Trump

Because he does it better than anyone

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

My campaign advisors told me I gotta apologize for my pussy comments in that leaked Access Hollywood video, and for trying to boink a married woman—bitch turned me down, even after I took her shopping—but jeez.

I’ve never said I’m a perfect person, nor pretended to be someone that I’m not.

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for my mother

By Penny Perry

Inside the Rialto movie theater
the little usher, in her maroon uniform
lights the aisle for a man carrying popcorn
and dripping water from the brim of his hat.
After the feature in English, Black Friday,
a German newsreel.

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Writers Read at Fallbrook Library Presents Ruth Nolan

Ruth Nolan, chronicler of the California desert, will read and discuss her writings, October 11, 2016

Ruth Nolan writes about the California desert. Her fiction and nonfiction writing and poetry have been published recently in Rattling Wall; Desert Oracle; Women’s Studies Quarterly; Rhino Baby; News from Native California; Sierra Club Desert Report, Lumen and The Desert Sun, Palm Springs.

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History Today? “The White Race and the Negroes”

White supremacy isn't just for anti-government loonies

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Political polling suggests the worst could come to pass in the November presidential election; another gunman goes on a mall rampage; refugees and rapes, police shootings and racism; horror dominates the news.

I escape to my womb of an office and read old newspapers, mostly local weeklies. They’re filled with nineteenth century sarcasm and local gossip—who planted crops too soon or too late, who paid whom a visit the weekend last, whose chickens got loose, who had one too many pints at the tavern. Like much of today’s supposed newscasts, these papers offered more opinion than fact, but the distance of time renders them quaintly entertaining.

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Share this video: Save the Day Vote by Josh Whedon

Josh Whedon's new PSA video culls some favorite entertainers from popular shows* to joke to the rooftops: Save the Day – Vote!

If you haven’t yet registered to vote in the presidential election, on Tuesday, November 8, do it now—before your state’s deadline. Visit Save the Day – Vote! today to determine your deadline and learn the easiest way to register.

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Did she deserve it?

And when, if ever, is misogyny funny?

By Kit-Bacon Gressitt

Disclaimer 1: I know it is not wise to watch videos posted on social media. More often than not, their contents suggest that weird folks create them to get their jollies from the number of viewers who choose to watch weird stuff.

Disclaimer 2: I don’t always act on my hard-earned wisdom.

So, a few days ago, I watched a video on Facebook, because I love the artist who posted it (Ladislao Loera) and because the female subject of the video’s comedy was a public figure I previously enjoyed critiquing.

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