So it crosses my mind, after a bit of searching to find out if there's a new Finder trade either out or in the works, to put the question to some of the comics professionals who tend to lurk hereabouts. Or the more informed fans. I'm flexible.
I mentioned this not being a comics blog, yes?
I can do politics. Sort of. I mean, reading In Iraq, the Job Opportunity of a Lifetime reminded me of why enthusiastic young white conservatives shouldn't be allowed to leave the U.S. without adult supervision, let alone being put in charge of rebuilding a country.
The next day, wearing flak jackets and helmets, Ledeen and Greco went to visit Raghad in the hospital. As they moved to embrace Raghad -- who was covered with cuts and bruises and had lost hearing in one ear -- the mother of another injured woman told them to leave, saying they should have never come, that it wasn't safe.
"It's okay," Ledeen told her.
"It's not okay, little girl," the woman snapped back. It was only then that Ledeen understood the mother wasn't worried about her safety. She was concerned about the Iraqi women who, as workers for the CPA, were seen by insurgents as collaborators.
It is good to see that sometimes smacking 'em like that has the desired effect -- making them realize that they are not, in fact, the center of/only thing of value in the Universe. Never works when I do it, but I might be smacking too hard. . . That article was linked at Eschaton, by the way. And there's probably lots to say about the Presidential Material? entry at A Small Victory that doesn't include charges of blatant hypocricy, but I admit to blanking.
Apparently, when news of Bush's bike spill made its way to Kerry yesterday, he said to reporters "Did the training wheels fall off?"
You want this petty, childish man as your president?
Wait, got it. *Ahem* "Which petty, childish man were you talking about, dear?"
No, that's no good. . .
Update: Oh, fine.
Been thinking about white skin privilege and how it totally fucks with how you see the world ever since that little disagreement with Gray several months back. Well, actually longer, but that was when it went from background speculation to overt, effnic, "Bitch, you seriously needs to back the fuck off right the fuck now" pissiness. Think part of the problem is that even white people willing to grant that such exists -- which most likely excludes the conservative children in Iraq -- generally take great pains to immediately point out how it certainly doesn't apply to them, they're down with the brown people, et fucking cetera.
There's no effective way to explain to someone, calmly, slowly, and using very small words, that yeah, it kind'a does. Well you can, God knows I've tried, but it doesn't work. Does succeed in bringing their internalized racism up to the surface, but since they're also not willing to admit that that's what it is. . .
And this is why I avoid the politics more often than not these days.