Posts Tagged ‘brutality


harold* and the purple crayon (*names have been changed to protect from homophobes)

Bullying is a major problem, we know this. There are anti bullying initiatives, programs, and classes. Schools tell kids to report it. They tell them to stop it. They tell them not to do it. That’s great and all, but me think we are not getting to the crux of the situation. We are pulling at weeds, picking the leaves, and not touching the roots. Yeah, yeah…Enough metaphors. My point?

Parents. We spend millions of dollars per year trying to keep kids from beating the crap out of each other and making each other feel like shit, and yet parents are ignored or enlisted to help teach. This is where so, so, SO many of the teachers need to be the students. PARENTS teach hate. PARENTS teach homophobia. PARENTS teach bigotry. These are not traits that a small child picks up at the local bar on a Friday night. Four year olds don’t judge because someone’s crayon isn’t the right color.

I don’t share a great deal of personal information here, but today it seems necessary. My daughter was upset when I picked her up today because one of the other girls yelled at a little boy for having a purple crayon. My daughter had a blue one. She informed the other girl that if she could have a blue crayon, then the boy could have the purple one, then proceeded to retrieve said purple crayon from the trash (the other girl threw it away) and hugged the little boy.

I get that children have developmental milestones they reach at different times, including indication that ‘blue is for boys’ and (in this case) ‘purple is for girls’. Yeah. I get that. They gender divide. BUT belittling the little boy for the purple crayon? Throwing it away in the trash? THAT is NOT a milestone. That is hateful, mean, and spiteful. I don’t blame the little girl. She did not know that it was hateful, mean, or spiteful, she only knows that is something an adult in her life would never tolerate.


Into the Abyss…

I have actually managed not to post anything on the Occupy Movement. Until now.

I agree with some of it, I disagree with a lot of it. The reality is, those pushing for a full socialism, claiming that they will occupy until they get one, are just delusional. The merits or problems of an absolute socialism aside, it just won’t work here. Period. There will always be those who feel like they are owed something for nothing. There will always be those who feel they have some sort of inherent worth above others. It just won’t work. Period.

What do I agree with? Pay your workers more, you freaking assholes. Waltons. Yeah, you. Pay your workers a living wage. Offer them decent benefits, pull the mass of people employed by YOU out of the bracket of the working poor. You take over small town America and then drag it through the dirt. You take people’s businesses and then offer them a minimum wage job, saying that you are providing a service, building community. Bullshit. Your are thieves and liars. Have fun in your ivory tower.

Now, what brought on this rant? The fine and not so fine folks of The Conservative Tree House. Some of them have been interesting and informative, others have been hateful for no known reason, except that I struck a cord with respectful but socially liberal dialogue. Shame on me.

Yeah, I’m a bit bitter about some of them today. That I would be labeled as having an agenda for being polite, pisses me off. Newsflash: I’m generally speaking a polite person and have to be pushed pretty far to retaliate. Secondly, that anyone would stand up and feel sorry for Gaddafi strikes me as nothing short of hatred toward millions of Libyans. Sure, he killed, maimed, and stole, but he was a nice guy. Whatever.

And the coup de grace…They seem to want their religion in their government. I get this from a number of posts (read through and come to your own conclusion). But don’t let Islam into anyone’s government. That’s not right. You can’t have an Islamic state. You can have a Christian one, but NOOOOOOOO…No, you can’t have an Islamic state. Not acceptable.

Well, that lovely rant aside, I close today with a stock AP photo and a quote from one of the most marvelous Occupiers of the Tree…

“Revolts aren’t calm.
They happen when diplomacy and discussion have failed.
It is a pressure cooker of violence and anger. It is a cataclysmic upheaval of decades of frustration and repression. It is animalistic and degrading. There is no more human compassion in anything of this sort. It is horrifically cruel. When any society has been pushed to it’s bearable limits, these are the repercussions.

There is no way to contain the explosive backlash. You have to let it burn out.

This is the burn.”


Reality check

Generally speaking, in case you might have missed it, I am pretty liberal in my political viewpoints. That being said, I have a couple of things to point out about what happened in Arizona.

1) This is terrible and wrong, but not remotely new. Violence as a political tool is as old as politics itself. This isn’t a “What is the world coming to?” kind of moment. This is more of a “We haven’t quit this crap yet?” kind of moment.

2) This has absolutely nothing to do with Glenn Beck, Sarah Palin, or any other Republican or tea party politician. They do not hold the monopoly on violent political comments or images. Examples: and
“More drama than a junior prom, a shotgun wedding, and a paternity test all rolled into one!”
The Rachel Maddow Show, MSNBC (June 8, 2009)

Like them both. Think they ar funny, but (at risk of using the mosted hated phrase of 2010), I’m just saying.


Women and Violence in the US

At one time, there were a great many issues facing women and the United States. Through the work of suffragists, women’s rights pioneers, and many lawmakers who recognized gender inequality, most of those issues women once faced are no longer at the forefront. Today, however gendered violence is still a problem facing both women and men.
Women are more likely than are their male counterparts to be victimized by a domestic partner, however homosexual men are more likely to face such violence than are heterosexual men. Because domestic/intimate partner violence is most often about power, those who are outside of the gender norm (ie women and homosexual men) are most likely to be victimized based solely on their marginalized status.
While there have been a great many strides in prevention of domestic and intimate partner violence, there is still much work to be done. Laws have been enacted that protect victims after violence occurs. Most recently, the state of Kentucky enacted legislation to require certain perpetrators of domestic violence to wear devices monitoring their whereabouts should an Environmental Protection Order be in place.
The problem with the current laws is that the vast majority are reactionary. There are few programs in existence to prevent domestic violence as opposed to stopping it after it occurs, and even fewer laws to prevent initial acts of violence. The prevention of initial violence is key to reducing overall occurrences.
Also problematic is that perpetrators are incarcerated for their acts (some of the time) but are not educated in how to prevent future acts. Inmates are placed in a violent environment that only serves to increase violent tendencies, not reduce them. Instead, perpetrators should take part in educational and therapeutic activities to teach coping skills and reduce violent outbursts. Maintaining results with group therapy sessions and visits with parole officers is advisable after release.
Despite the fact that violence faces women all over the world, each and every day, there are methods available to reduce violent acts. The importance is to educate people on the signs of abusers to prevent acts and to educate and treat abusers after violent acts occur.


“Brutality Smeared in Peanutbutter”~Arundhati Roy

In his statement, Roy refers to the damage in Afghanistan and around the world that is skewed by US interests, made to appear by those in government and the media to be minimal and necessary for the security of the American people.  In addition it refers to the false presentation that the US attempts to offer aid to help the people of Afghanistan by dropping minimal provisions to people who are starving, war weary, and angry at the government that placed them in the position to require aid in the first place.  Effectively, it is like beating a person to the brink, stealing their property and home, murdering their family, and then offering a cookie so they don’t starve to death.

            I see this attitude in current events and events reporting repeatedly and often.  At present, the current US administration is debating two such initiatives.  First is the troop surge in to Afghanistan (yet again).  Taking time to delve into the problems of additional troops may give the impression of thoughtful planning (as mentioned by one of the fine Senate leaders), but the reality is that all the planning in the world does not equal removing troops already there and providing REAL aid that is long lasting and terribly needed.  The second initiative involves domestic policy.  The bone being thrown to Americans that they will have healthcare, no matter their SES, race, ethnic origin, or gender identity.  Scare tactics are being used to cover up the real need and to support the financial gains of the insurance companies.  There is a reason that private insurers are backing this plan.  They would not if it meant a cut in their profit sharing.

            Another place this is seen (in relation to the readings) is in the minimal “support” offered to the women of the Congo and the people of Africa.  The US sends a minimal amount of financial aid to those in need but pumps a massive amount into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, huge government bailouts of the auto industry, and yes, even absurd amounts to tourism in the US (both through stimulus funds and trips to ensure Chicago’s place in the 2016 Olympic games).

I’m not saying that our government should not look out for the interests of its own citizens, but given that it uses the bulk of world resources in both food and energy while producing the bulk of the worlds pollutants, I think that there is a great deal more that the US could do to repay its debt to the people of the world.

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