In Response To The Amy Schumer Saga

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I’ve tried for the past week to ignore all the hubbub over that Washington Post article complaining about a few out-of-context Amy Schumer jokes and singling them out as “racist.” It dominated the internet news (i.e. Facebook) for a period of days, but I figured it’d go away with the usual 24-hour media cycle/American attention span.

But it hasn’t. It’s lingered around like a bad prescription drug infomercial, minus all the common-sense warnings. And yesterday it popped up on one of friend’s feed — someone I respect a lot and usual agree with, who was quite critical of the Comedy Central comedienne.

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“Me, I Am Looking Around, And The More I Look The Less I Like What I See”

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That’s a great quote from Allen Hibbard’s Conversations with William S. Burroughs, the much-beloved, much-maligned beatnik literary giant.

Toward the end of his life, Burroughs became increasingly concerned with the environment. In The Cat Inside he wrote:

The magical medium is being bulldozed away. No more green reindeer in Forest Park. The angels are leaving all of the alcoves everywhere as the forests fall to make way for motels and Hiltons and McDonald’s. The whole magic universe is dying. The rain forests of Borneo and South America are going to make way for what?

Burroughs died in 1997, but I’d imagine if he were to look around today, he’d like even less of what he sees; our whole magic universe really is dying. Continue reading

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I’m Not A Socialist But…

Something Has To Change.

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Earlier today I received a comment from a long-lost friend on Facebook. It was in reply to a post I had made about a disgusting Change.org petition to remove the African American Monument on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds in the wake of last week’s Confederate flag removal.

“All this crap is only being used to distract us from what is really going on,” my friend wrote, before digressing into a diatribe against the government and taxes, much like many of the diatribes against the government and taxes we’ve all read on social media. Continue reading

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Rep. Jenny Horne’s Flag Speech Should Make Us All Proud

The whole world is watching us right now. They are looking at South Carolina to see if we can take a huge symbolic step toward recognizing and overcoming our checkered past of slavery, segregation and racism.

Earlier this evening, Rep. Jenny Horne, a Republican from Dorchester who represents part of Charleston County where nine innocent souls were lost in an act of blatant racism, made an impassioned plea on the House floor to remove the Confederate battle flag from the Statehouse grounds.

“I cannot believe that we do not have the heart in this body to do something meaningful such as take a symbol of hate off these grounds on Friday. We are telling the people of Charleston we don’t care about you. I’m sorry, I have heard enough about heritage. I have a heritage, I am a lifelong South Carolinian. I am a descendent of Jefferson Davis; that does not matter. It’s not about Jenny Horne. It’s about the people of South Carolina who have demanded that this symbol of hate come off of the state house grounds.”

I am honored to call Jenny my client and my friend. She made me proud tonight and I know she made so many others here proud, as well. Here’s hoping her colleagues do the right thing and heed her words to take that flag down right away.

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Cost Of Climate Change On Cuba’s Coast Crystallizes Need For Quick Action

Al Jazeera ran an excellent piece this afternoon on the impact of the climate crisis along Cuba’s northern coast. It’s a clear warning that we need to act to decarbonize — and soon.

“What was once a thriving community has been consumed as the sea level rises,” reports Al Jazeera’s Nick Clark. “Scenes like this are becoming more evident across the world and, in part, they’re responsible for an increasing momentum in the effort to deal with global warming.”

Later this year in November, France will host the UN’s 21st annual Climate Change Conference to achieve a universal agreement on the crisis from all the nations of the world. As the real-life effects of global warming become more and more visible, the UN conference becomes increasingly important in a world struggling to cope with the grim reality that what we now see clearly in Cuba and elsewhere will soon be impossible to ignore in our own backyards.

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