"If [chiropractors] ever did take informed consent seriously and informed their patients fully about the evidence and risks of their treatments as well as those of other therapeutic options, they would probably be out of business for ever,…"
Friday, February 28, 2014
The best ending to Black History Month I could find:
If you want a true taste of America's higher aspirations, watch this clip and smile,...
It's a crying shame this treatment by whites sounds so familiar:
Maddy had had it. The trial wasn’t over, but she was out of there. Rules or no rules, she was leaving. “If they had to put me in jail for going home, then put me in jail.” Three weeks of sequestration with five white women who didn’t understand the first thing about her, who demeaned and mocked and trivialized her, was more than enough. As the only minority juror in the nation’s most watched and most racially charged case in decades, she was done.
A Swiss business school teacher accidentally taught his students more than they bargained for when he forgot to turn off the overhead projector before browsing sexy videos of amputees.
In 1986, a Texas court convicted Timothy Brian Cole, a black man, of raping Michele Mallin, then a 24-year-old white coed at Texas Tech University in Lubbock,...He and Mallin did not know each other.
According to records obtained in 2008 by the local paper, Mallin had identified Cole as her attacker during a line-up,...Cole maintained his innocence throughout, and while imprisoned, refused parole in exchange for admitting guilt.
In 1999, Cole, a lifelong asthmatic, died in prison. A decade later, and more than 15 years after the true assailant initially confessed to Mallin’s rape,...Cole became the first man in Texas history to receive a posthumous exoneration,...the state also passed the Timothy Cole Act to provide wrongfully convicted people with $80,000 for each year of their incarceration plus reentry services. It also set up an investigative panel, the Timothy Cole Advisory Panel on Wrongful Convictions. For its part, Texas Tech established a scholarship in his name,...And ,...the city will unveil a life-sized bronze statue of Tim Cole and rededicate a park in his memory, establishing perhaps the first public memorial in the United States to a wrongfully convicted man.
Perez Hilton Declared ”Inside Every Gay Man Is A Fierce Black Woman!” (Then Black Women Strongly Disagreed)
When confronted with the fact that Black women are neither cute accessories whose identities white people are free to take on and off at will, nor homogeneous sassy ghosts whose sole function in life is to inhabit the shells of gay men and make them outrageous, Hilton has been predictable — offering up such defensive classics as, “I AM genuinely hurt/saddened. Go back to your superiority complex and overreacting,” “I didn’t attack. They did,” “The whole overreaction has really bummed me out. ￼ ,” “I only apologize in life if it’s with sincerity. I’m not sorry,” “I’m not racist,” “They should probably just ignore me and/or stop reading my tweets then.”
Two days after Spike Lee's anti-gentrification rant, someone spray painted "Do the Right Thing" several times on a house next door to Lee's old home in Ft. Greene, Brooklyn.
Of the 445 individuals Google has celebrated worldwide with its famed doodles, “an overwhelming 357 of those people were men–and 275 of those men were white.”
…Since their inception, there have only been 19 doodles honoring women of color – and the first woman of color to be honored with a global Doodle (one seen by users worldwide) was Ella Fitzgerald, just last year,...“White people made up 91% of global doodles and 74% of total doodles honoring people from 2010 to 2013.”
…Continually singling out the same kinds of humans again and again,..is plain lazy. It reinforces the prevailing notion that we live in a world that is white and male and straight. And yo, look around, we don’t.
"Every single Romney donor we spoke with this week listed the former Florida governor as their top choice."
"The American Civil War is one of the few demonstrable cases in which the losers gained control of the narrative of history,…"
Republican Stephen Colbert Is Celebrating Black History Month Only One Day Before Black History Month is Over
“I believe we can use America’s inescapable racism to finally defeat America’s inescapable racism.”
"As many as 163 Vedic pandits, who were brought to the US from north Indian villages, have disappeared from the Maharishi Vedic City in Iowa during the past year, according to a media report on Sunday.
“That he was not interested in cultural assimilation is an indication of psychological security and confidence. It may also be taken as a political stance. To insist on the value of vernacular culture and to reject assimilation was not an idle position to take. There were considerable ideological pressures working in the other direction.”
"I think a lot of people right now, certainly Republicans and conservatives, feel like a guy in a batting cage taking ball after ball from an automatic pitching machine. He's hitting the ball and keeping up and suddenly the machine starts going berserk. It's firing five balls a second, then 10. At first he tries to hit a few. Then he's just trying to duck, trying not to get hurt.
That's how people feel about the demands and dictates. The balls keep coming at them politically, locally, culturally,…"
"This is the tough thing for African-Americans to try to reconcile ourselves to our only home, and that is the tradition to treat us as subhuman; to treat our labor, our families and our lives as basically usable by people who are not black."