I told myself that I’d see it in my lifetime, but there was always a little voice that wasn’t quite convinced. I’m in a bit of a state of shock, but I have a feeling that will fade very quickly during this weekend’s Twin Cities Pride celebrations.
“I have to do it. You rape our women and you’re taking over our country. And you have to go.”
I am a white woman and I do not consent to your use of me as a tool to oppress black men and women.
You didn’t kill nine people for me, you selfish, hate-filled human being.
I am overwhelmed with grief that yet another white man has decided that at he can treat black people however he likes. That he can treat his black neighbors as Other. That he has decided that he has the right to choose whether they live or die.
I remember these names, these people who are no longer here:
Ethel Lee Lance
Rev. Depayne Middleton-Doctor
Reverend Clementa Pinckney
Daniel L. Simmons
I’m so sorry they are gone, that their lives were stolen from them by a racist ideology of which we can not seem to rid ourselves. I keep their families, friends and community in my thoughts.
Update: Also see Stephanie Zvan’s “Not Yours, Not Ever” for a more eloquent denouncement of the killer’s claim to be protecting white women.
On Saturday night I attended a showing of a new play presented by Twin Cities-based Fearless Comedy Productions called Jenny Bandage and the Unpronounceable A.K.R.O.N.Y.M. It was very silly. There were NERF guns, over-the-top loud mad scientist laughs and groan-inducing jokes.
Tim Wick, local writer and entertainer, has created a show that calls out bad science and bemoans the harsh realities of doing “good” science: mingling with donors, writing grants and flying coach. The show is a send up of traditional spy movies such as James Bond – but think more along the lines of Spy Hard. There is one part where a waiter asks Scientist Spy Jenny Bandage if she’d like her margarita “shaken or stirred,” to which she scoffs and replies, “Why would I care?”
Cross-Country Connections is a Biodork (mostly) weekly blog entry dedicated to telling stories in pictures of three family members – me, my sister and Mom – living in different locations across the country. Every week we choose a different theme and then take or contribute a personal photo that fits the theme. This week’s theme is Scent.
From me in Minneapolis, Minnesota:
I found these scent pots all over Australian tourist shops when I was there in October. Eight months later, I can still smell the original eucalyptus oil drops that were poured inside.
From Erin in Rockville, Maryland:
Yeah its time to make some banana bread. I can small these across the kitchen.
From Mom in Hagerstown, Maryland:
The scent of the aquarium: is it different for him than me?
Wow. Have you seen the trailers for this movie?
Here’s the UK Trailer from YouTube:
The other trailer that I’ve seen is from Huffpo, which you can see here (redirects to Facebook).
I’ve almost not managed to sob after watching them through four or five times. Each.
Have you heard of it? Looking forward to it? Any thoughts or concerns?