The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”
"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”
The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.
ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.
"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.
Before pursuing stand-up comedy full-time, Hari Kondabolu was a human rights activist. At first telling jokes was a cathartic release from the intense work he did with victims of hate crimes and workplace discrimination. In today’s interview he recounts how he began to incorporate aspects of his work into his comedy:
"I used to do a bit where I used to read the U.S. citizenship application onstage. I think that’s part of just being overeducated and wanting to do document analysis, but I’d actually bring it on stage and read questions. Because for people who don’t know, this is what immigrants have to go through to gain status in this country and it’s absurd and it’s something we take for granted as American citizens.
Sometimes that was hard in a club on a Friday night and it’s 10 o-clock and everyone’s drunk and there’s a dude on stage reading a form, it’s a strange thing to read a government form in front of a bunch of drunk people.”
Hari’s new comedy album is called Waiting for 2042.
"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."
American Rivers has released its sad top 10 of the most endangered rivers in the United States in 2014. Topping the list is the San Joaquin River, Central California’s largest river. Why is it in such bad shape?
Well, for years the San Joaquin has been managed badly…
Sometimes good people say dumb things, and in those times it falls to other good people to call them out. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actors Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield seem like goodpeople and a sweet couple — they’ve been dating since 2011 — but in a recent kids’ Q&A to promote their upcoming movie, Garfield said a dumb, sexist thing. And co-star Stone coolly challenged him for it. You can watch the video right here.
Asked by an adorable English tyke, “How did Spider-Man get his costume?”, Garfield replies, “He made it. He made it with his bare hands. He sewed it. … It’s kind of a feminine thing to do, but he really made a very masculine costume.”
If Garfield had a spider-sense to warn him when he’s in trouble, this is when it should have tingled. To suggest that sewing is feminine is to imply that certain jobs are more appropriate for a woman than a man. To say Peter Parker made a masculine costume implies that he had to salvage his masculinity from the indignity of women’s work. This is some old fashioned thinking, to say the least.
Thankfully Emma Stone was on hand to challenge the idea that sewing is feminine, asking, “It’s feminine how?”
(This was written late last year; I pitched it a few places but received little interest. I’m posting it here because, well, it’s an important conversation.) As I write this my mother is fas…
my mom is in advanced stage of Alzheimer’s, it’s like having a 4 year old, she cant bathe, remember to eat, how to find things, where to go, basic functions of independence, and we have no money, only her disability, and options are to send her to puerto rico where cost of living is less expensive. all the folks we know in homes in PR have not lasted long. i know when we send her it will be only a few more years we have her here.
deciding to be your parent’s child and NOT their caretaker is a fucking hard decision, but one that a homie helped me understand and realize is the best mode for coping, healing, and mourning. homie said (and i paraphrase) “if you can, you want to be able to mourn your mom’s death not feel guilty that you are relieved she’s gone [bc caretaking responsibilities are over]”
you are not alone homies caring for parents and elders.
i did this podcast and talked about Mad Men, Buffy, gender, queerness, feminism, sexism, and women in comedy and you should listen to it because we left no stone unturned and i explore a theory that Betty Draper is gayyyy.