Eclectic Eats: Which “burger” is for you?

In an attempt to reverse a three-year sales slump, KFC China is trying out something new. No, they’re not giving anything away, and they aren’t offering any ‘buy 1, get 1’ coupons. No, some exec at KFC China hit upon the bright idea to-get this-dye their burger buns.

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Eclectic Eats: Which "burger" is for you?

In an attempt to reverse a three-year sales slump, KFC China is trying out something new. No, they’re not giving anything away, and they aren’t offering any ‘buy 1, get 1’ coupons. No, some exec at KFC China hit upon the bright idea to-get this-dye their burger buns.

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Eclectic Eats: Which "burger" is for you?

What a privilege indeed

Content Note: Discussion of slavery and white supremacy, disturbing imagery

For much of my life, I thought I knew about slavery and white supremacy in the United States. Not everything mind you. But I knew about that ‘peculiar’ institution. I watched ‘Roots’. I saw ‘The Color Purple’. I knew stuff.

  • I knew that millions of Africans were enslaved and brought to the United States where they had no rights.
  • I knew that these Africans were not considered full human beings, and had no rights.
  • I knew that they could be bought, sold, traded, and bartered like property.
  • I knew that male slave owners often raped their female slaves and bore illegitimate children which they sold when the children were of sufficient age.
  • I knew that families had been ripped apart and destroyed. I knew that black families sought to form whatever communities they could, often in the form of churches, though white people would have none of that.
  • I knew about slave patrols, which played a role in the development of modern policing.
  • I knew about black people being whipped, chained, disemboweled, and brutally beaten.
  • I knew the tools often used to keep black people enslaved.
  • I saw the images of black people before, during, and after they were whipped.
19th century medical missionary and anti-slavery advocate David Livingstone sent weapons and tools such as these to Britain as evidence in the battle against slavery.

I knew all of that and more still. I knew that slavery was a vile institution; one that dehumanizes its victims (in this case, African-Americans), treats them as things…as property. I knew that the Civil War was fought over slavery; that slavery was the bloodiest conflict in US history. I knew the Emancipation Proclamation declared an end to slavery. But there was much I did not know. Oh boy, was there ever. Here are three things I’ve learned about slavery and white supremacy in the last year, one of which I learned about today.

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What a privilege indeed

Another phrase that irks me

Yesterday I discussed how much I want to take a certain phrase out back, put a stake through its heart, chop its head off, and burn the body. Today I’m going to share another one that irritates the holy heck out of me. This time though, I’ll skip the guessing game and get down to it.

I hate reading or hearing “I don’t see race”

 

On the one year anniversary of the execution of Michael Brown, Jr. an article at CNN takes a look at the views of several residents of Ferguson, Missouri. The perspectives on display are intriguing, and I think the article is worth reading just to get inside the heads of Ferguson residents. But one of those residents was a police officer who said she “doesn’t see race”:

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Another phrase that irks me

Michael Brown, Jr. was killed a year ago today

 

Note:

Today is the one-year anniversary of the execution of Michael Brown, Jr at the hands of ex-police officer Darren Wilson.

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Michael Brown, Jr. was killed a year ago today

One phrase is causing the destruction of the United States

There’s a phrase people say that annoys me. Like, annoys me worse than people who leave shopping carts in parking spots rather than wheeling them over to a cart rack. Worse than people who leave their turn signal on for miles when I’m driving behind them and cannot ignore that damn blinking light. Worse, even, than parents who let their kids run rampant around a restaurant when employees are trying to deliver food or drinks.

Actually the use of this phrase does more than simply annoy me. The examples I gave above are mere annoyances. This phrase exasperates me. It gets my hackles up. It causes me to…well, I’ll let Mrs. White describe the feeling I get upon encountering this phrase:

Mrs. White, from the 1985 move, Clue, describing how much she despised the woman who had an affair with her husband. Clue is among my most favorite of movies.

Also, when I hear this phrase, I roll my eyes in disgust, because the people using the phrase are condemning something that is good, reasonable, and progressive. Something aimed at changing the discourse in society such that people from marginalized groups are crapped on just a little less. Something that’s about showing respect and decency to women, LGBT people, people with disabilities, and People of Color. Still not sure what phrase I’m talking about?
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One phrase is causing the destruction of the United States

Attempting to flee from police, man climbs wall, is shot with taser, dies

Another day, another police killing. Sometime late Thursday evening, police officers in Dekalb County, Georgia conducted a routine traffic stop of two men as part of a robbery suppression detail they were assigned. Upon learning the driver had a weapon, the police asked him to exit the car. Shortly after doing so, his passenger attempted to flee the police by climbing an 8-foot wall. Which was apparently all the justification needed to tase him:

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Attempting to flee from police, man climbs wall, is shot with taser, dies

Your antidote for the GOP “debate”

Right about now, a lot of people are probably so inebriated from playing GOP “debate” drinking games that they’ve said “screw the bathroom…screw getting up outta this chair…I’m gonna pee riiiiiiiiiiight here”. Those who aren’t are either the fucking assholes who vote conservative (I have a few middle fingers around here for them), or those few brave souls like Ed Brayton who live-blogged the 2015 clownfest so that others wouldn’t have to. If you’re one of those brave souls and you need something to purge your mind of all the hate, bigotry, and sheer inanity, I have the cure!

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Your antidote for the GOP “debate”

Your antidote for the GOP "debate"

Right about now, a lot of people are probably so inebriated from playing GOP “debate” drinking games that they’ve said “screw the bathroom…screw getting up outta this chair…I’m gonna pee riiiiiiiiiiight here”. Those who aren’t are either the fucking assholes who vote conservative (I have a few middle fingers around here for them), or those few brave souls like Ed Brayton who live-blogged the 2015 clownfest so that others wouldn’t have to. If you’re one of those brave souls and you need something to purge your mind of all the hate, bigotry, and sheer inanity, I have the cure!

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Your antidote for the GOP "debate"

Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round-Up 8.6.15

The United States is saturated with guns. We have a population of more than 300 million and there are nearly enough guns in this country for every child, woman, and man. Thankfully out of that 300 million, only a minority own guns (source). Unfortunately, among that minority exists a number of people who are irresponsible gun owners. When I speak of responsibility, I’m referring to the moral obligations of a gun owner, not necessarily the legal ones. Each and every person in the United States who owns a gun lives in a society where they coexist with others.  That means their actions have the potential to affect the people around them. If gun owners are to have their lives and existence valued and treated as having worth, they must extend the same to the people around them. That mean treating their lethal weapons with care. That means proper storage and maintenance of their guns. It also means taking care not to brandish their firearm unless a situation calls for the use of extreme force (and situations that call for U.S. citizens to use lethal force against one another are few and far between). Sadly, whether the result of negligence or recklessness, there are daily examples of gun owners who fail to live up to their moral obligations, and when that happens people suffer and even lose their lives. Here are five recent examples:

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Irresponsible Gun Owner Link Round-Up 8.6.15