Costa Rica. There were no cats on the hot tin roof of the appliance repair shop, but the sky still stayed blue and the hills still rolled beyond the horizon.
My favorite history teacher was Mr. Yanko, and as Mr. Yanko guided us through European history he would always always stress how Russia needed a warm-water port. “The Bosphorus and the Dardanelles!” he would proclaim, explaining Russia’s frequent conflicts with Turkey.
The Bosphorus and the Dardanelles are the two Turkish straits that divide Turkey and Asia from Europe. If Russia has access to them, it has access to the Mediterranean and the rest of the world. Basically, the two straits were forever tied to Russia’s projection of power. Because the Black Sea is Russia’s only warm-water port.
And now here we are again with Crimea and Sevastopol. A huge Russian navy base on the Black Sea. The infrastructure in place, deep water for larger ships. If Ukraine becomes closer to the EU, it becomes more distant to Russia. Eventually maybe Ukraine no longer wants a Russian navy base right there. And then what for Russia?
It is always a chilling reminder that history is never over. We’re always dusty old chess pieces, trying to win the game.
Duh. White men can’t jump!
Also, white people can’t dance? I think that’s it.
I had this weird epiphany last night.
You know how they always say that politics is “controlling the message”, or maybe more importantly, perception is reality? Man, this is it right here.
I mean, you know stereotypes about every other race, right? And women have their own stereotypes. But you can’t come up with a stereotype specific to white men. Sure, you can say “white people watch Downton Abbey and drink frappuccinos (??? I am terrible at even making them up!)”, but that’s not a stereotype, that’s just a funny bit. Stuff White People Like is worth a chuckle, but it’s not propagating culturally ingrained ways to mock said white people.
Yes, we have nerds and jocks and rednecks or whatever, but those are just subsets. Furthermore, we (I?) almost immediately picture those subsets as white people. I wonder, do non-white people hear the word “nerd” and picture someone of their own ethnicity? Because then I think maybe it’s just because we all have our own self-perception. But if everyone is picturing a white nerd, that seems to be indicative of some Brown v Board of Education level wrongness.
Anyway, I don’t think there’s some Illuminati conspiracy happening to make sure white men can’t be made fun of, but it seems like a pretty short and simple (and obviously extremely general) representation of where we’re at, or have been for hundreds of years. Whoever has the gold makes the rules, and the rules are about everyone else, you know?
The Daily Cartoon by Tom Toro: http://nyr.kr/1hpHjNj
Clearly the New Yorker is behind on True Detective.
"We are not so very different, you and I. We’ve both spent our lives looking for the weaknesses in one another."
Here is what’s weird is that I reblogged and criticized a thing for being too reactionary, but my reblogging was just as reactionary and that’s a legitimate criticism. And so sometimes I put my mouth before my brain (heart? Where do feelings live?) and end up being a bit of a prick myself.
Basically, the most important and hardest lesson I have ever heard is that it’s better to be kind than to be right. I am still terrible at it and most of the time not even right.