"Nationwide in 2006, the middle-school suspension rate for Black students generally exceeded that of other groups. Within that figure, there are acute racial disparities among girls. Black girls had a suspension rate of 18 percent, compared with 4 percent of white girls and 2 percent of Asian girls. The rates for Black, white and Asian males, respectively, were 28 percent, 10 percent and 6 percent. Native and Latino students fell in the middle of that range."
Today, as I watched a class of eighth graders bust out of one of the trailer-classrooms and run out into the yard, I had one of those moments where I just wished the United States could watch its schools in action and realize that it’s looking in the mirror.
I felt sick—I watched fifteen minutes…
Click through to read the whole thing. Excellent post.
“All these feelings of inadequacy on the part of the writer — this writer, anyway — are predicated on the conviction that literature matters. Matters is surely too pale a word. That there are books that are ‘necessary,’ that is, books that, while reading them, you know you’ll reread. Maybe more than once. Is there a greater privilege than to have a consciousness expanded by, filled with, pointed to literature?”—Susan Sontag (via wordpainting)
Ginsberg:Yeah, but you know, I was trying to imitate Kerouac.
Ginsberg:I was a student of Kerouac's, Kerouac broke ground, and I moved in on that territory. And he said, "You guys," me and Gary Snyder, "you guys call yourselves poets. I'm a poet, too, except that my verse line is longer than yours. I write verses that are two pages long!" Like the opening sentences in The Subterranians. Which are beautiful, poetic sentences, you know.
GP:He was the key influence, then.
Ginsberg:Yeah. I would say him and Burroughs. He was the key vocal influence or verbal, and Burroughs the key intellectual.
GP:And then, of course, as everyone's written about, also Blake and Pound and Whitman and Williams.
Ginsberg:Well, I had a good education, I had a regular Columbia education, but I also had the advantage of an education through Kerouac and Burroughs and the books they suggested, but also through my father, who was very well cultivated in poetry.
“Feminists are made, not born. One does not become an advocate of feminist politics simply by having the privilege of having been born female. Like all political positions one becomes a believer in feminist politics through choice and action.”—bell hooks. (via kalakutaqueen)
“I can say from experience that it’s true that being an unmarried, childless woman is a big boost toward being treated like you’re closer to a man in our culture. I, too, have experienced the pleasure of looking blankly at people who ask me how I manage the work/life balance. After all, my cats are happy to sit at my feet and beg for treats whether I’m engaging in my work life on the computer or taking the occasional dip into “life,” i.e., watching the latest A&E drama or cooking something. No one is feeling neglected when I work all the time. Men can count on someone else handling all that “life” stuff for them, but women can approximate male privilege by simply not having any of that “life” stuff putting demands on their time.”—
I know, I know. Bad feminist body image vibes. But I pretty much sat on my butt this summer (which was much needed) and my scale says I gained 4 pounds in a matter of months. So this is the only way I know how to lose that weight.
If anyone has any better suggestions, I’m open to them.