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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On When They Go A-rioting - Is There a Plausible Cause?

This blog's comments on the (race?) riots in England.

Why? Because: "They were al doomed to remain on the spot, like sheep in a pen, till they were sold; they have no apartment to retire to, no bed to repose on, no covering to protect them; they sit naked all day, and lie naked all night, on the bare boards, or benches, where we saw them exhibited."

(The Guardian)

That's in Brazil where an estimated 4 million Africans, yanked out of their lands and herded onto slave-ships to be paraded in "meat markets" like the Valongo Wharf in Rio de Janeiro, were subsequently fattened and carted off to work in coffee and sugar plantations "between 1550 and 1888, when slavery was officially abolished."

Obviously, those in the riots are mostly, but not exclusively, connected in some way with what might have been instead of what is.  Demographics long inured to being the "Other" and when thinking that different dreams were in store for them in the Main Island, were only too aware that no, it ain't so.

It's the same story in the United States: the sixties and the fight for black visibility did little to change what was and what is. The riots we have seen are eerily reminiscent of what happened in Los Angeles some time past. Plus,  we all have seen the Katrina Effect.

In England, one hopes, a major rethink in their sociological policies is of the essence. Hope for the future and jobs are to be materialized today and not to be left to policymakers to quarrel over in public debates on BBC. Education, education, education for their "disenfranchised youths" is what everyone expects. Now!

Lastly, but not leastly, community leaders in the worst hit areas are strongly advised to spread the message that wanton destruction is not the answer. The rule of law will have to take precedence for order's sake, for who is going to pay for the damages inflicted on businesses? The deaths? The heartbreak? And the lingering stereotypes?

Those folks and their "dysfunctional families"  have a tough row to hoe ahead of them. We feel for them.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

On When Straights DON'T Get a Pride Day

This deserves our attention. See post below.

The mayor of São Paulo, after giving it much thought, we think, decided this past week not to sign the ignominious bill (the one that gave straights their Day in the calendar) into law and things get back to what they used to be prior to this inanity coming to light. Phew! That's in less than ten days.

He is quoted as saying that it makes sense that women, blacks and other racial minorities who have suffered brutality and abuse have a red letter day in the calendar for it reminds us of "tolerance and peace."

Activists and the world say "Thank you, Mr Mayor, for you have done a good deed."

So do we!

Friday, August 5, 2011

On When the Straights Get a Pride Day

It's to happen very soon in Brazil. I am not kidding. The São Paulo City Council has recently approved legislation to designate the third  Sunday in December as Heterosexual Pride day.

Activists are all up in arms denouncing the inanity for the obvious reasons: why do straights need a Pride day if  they are not the ones who are suffering discrimination from left and right, high and low? There is a petition by Change.Org on the Internet asking people to plead with the mayor of São Paulo not to sign the ignominious bill into law.

Ah, a conservative councillor, the one responsible for the measure, (and  i am not naming him..) says he does not want a parade with all the bells and whistles but he felt he should help to preserve Brazil's eroding "morals". Apparently, gays commit a lot of excesses and he should be the one to put the kibosh on it.

LGBT activists are not happy with the  whole thing and are busy, very busy, doing their utmost to toss the bill in the waste bin.

A man's work is never done... Vey iz mir!!

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