Thursday, November 23, 2017

Quote of the Day

The Women's March was the biggest single protest in American history.  Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in cities like New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago.  Thousands also turned out in places like Wyoming and Alaska.  In Washington, the march dwarfed the crowd that had gathered to see Trump's inauguration the day before.  And it was completely peaceful.  Maybe that's what happens when you put women in charge.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 13

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Quote of the Day

Imagine if every time a white person committed a crime, especially a mass shooting, all white people had to apologize.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 187

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Quote of the Day

One thing I've learned over the years is how easy it is for some people to say horrible things about me when I'm not around, but how hard it is for them to look me in the eye and say it to my face.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 12

Monday, November 20, 2017

Quote of the Day

To pretend that the solution is to bring back a lost balance between black folk and cops ignores history, ignores racial terror, ignores how things are not, and have never been, equal.  It is to ignore the even more insistent strains of Coptopia, an ideal state of affairs where police can display ghastly inventiveness in traumatizing or disappearing black and brown bodies while demanding even greater public reverence.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 186

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Quote of the Day

Attempting to define reality is a core feature of authoritarianism.  This is what the Soviets did when they erased political dissidents from historical photos.  This is what happens in George Orwell's classic novel Nineteen Eighty-Four, when a torturer holds up four fingers and delivers electric shocks until his prisoner sees five fingers as ordered.  The goal is to make you question logic and reason and to sow mistrust toward exactly the people we need to rely on: our leaders, the press, experts who seek to guide public policy based on evidence, ourselves.  For Trump, as with so much he does, it's about simple dominance.

-- Hillary Rodham Clinton, What Happened, p. 9

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quote of the Day

That metaphor of a few bad apples doesn't begin to get at the root of the problem.  Police violence may be more like a poisoned water stream that pollutes the entire system.  To argue that only a few bad cops cause police terror is like relegating racism to a few bigots.  Bigots are surely a problem, but they are sustained by systems of belief and perception, by widely held stereotypes and social practice.

-- Michael Eric Dyson, Tears We Cannot Stop, p. 185

Friday, November 17, 2017

Quote of the Day

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom.  If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so.  If nothing is true, then all is spectacle.

-- Timothy Snyder, On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century