Not all that shocking in Memphis

So, Ms. WPMAT and I are vacationing down in Memphis, TN for a week, since neither of us has been here before and it has a lot of cool stuff that we like (great history, cool music history, awesome barbecue, pandas).

We arrived Wednesday afternoon and spent most of Thursday doing the requisite music-related touristy things (Graceland, Stax, Sun Records, Gibson, etc.). On our way from Stax to Sun, we were held up at some train tracks, while a seemingly endless train slowed to a stop, remained motionless for minutes, moved a little, stopped again and then started going backwards. Not knowing the area, I was pretty beholden to the directions my GPS was giving me, so I was ok just hanging out in the car with the engine off while the train did its thing.

There were two white railroad workers, though, who came up to the car and asked us where we wanted to go, noting that it would be a while until the train was out of the way. We told them we were trying to get to Sun Records and they gave us some general directions that eventually led us to an underpass that got us past the train. Before we took off, though, they warned us:

"Make sure you keep your doors locked," one said.

"Oh, I’m sure we’ll be fine." I noticed that we were in a lower income neighborhood, but there was nothing that made me feel unsafe to be there. I had seen a guy in the house we were stopped next to take out a few aluminum cans to his recycling bin and then hop on his bike to ride somewhere. There was also an old woman pushing a child in a stroller.

"You’ll be safe after the 30th," he said "when they have your tax dollars in their mailboxes."

From what I could see, the neighborhood was predominantly African American. It wasn’t at all surprising to me that one of these guys was wearing a Duck Dynasty sweatshirt. I thanked them for the directions and drove away.

I realized later that it had taken less than 24 hours in the South for me to have my first experience of overt racism on my trip.

Other than that, though, Memphis is a lovely city.


no…dark…chocolate
realllllllllly?

no…dark…chocolate

realllllllllly?





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Dude, can you seriously fuck off with this anti-MRA shit? I get it, women have it bad, but there are unfair things happening to men too, and just because women get it bad most of the time doesn't mean that we should ignore the bad shit happening to men So please stop taking the piss out of people who are fighting for equality. It's like giving money to fight the flu instead of cancer. It's still bad, and it's still helping, so let them help.
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wilwheaton:

Yeah, I’m probably not going to do that, and your false equivalency is embarrassing to you, and insulting to the rest of us.

Off-topic, but relevant nevertheless. On his own personal Tumblr he goes off on a tangent about how the people who give MRAs shit also believe that all white people are racist. Because, you know, straw man.

On a related note, I don’t think I’ve ever encountered MRA POC (but maybe they exist? maybe?). It could just be that I haven’t taken the time to notice since whenever I see people describe themselves as MRAs or use the word “misandry” without air quotes or sarcasm (or both), I just ignore them.


will-you-be-electric-sheep:

coca-cola just announced three new flavors:

  • white tears
  • lágrimas blancas
  • dieta lágrimas blancas

Ha!



Q
This tumblr is so racist omfg. You generalize all white people as racist asshole republicans who hate every other country and race beside their own. Grow the fuck up. :)
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That’s precisely what I’m NOT doing, you realize. Nowhere do I generalize about all white people. I showcase xenophobic, racist and homophobic white people expressing their anger at minorities, foreigners and LGBTQ people publicly. I do this both for the entertainment value as well as to debunk their bad arguments.

If that seems racist to you, then I’ll suggest you don’t understand what racism is.






Submitted by a reader. Context for people who may not be familiar with the names and terms:
Idle No More is a protest movement among Canadian Aboriginal people and their allies focusing on empowerment, education, the environment, treaty rights and indigenous sovereignty
Stephen Harper is the prime minister of Canada. I don’t know who this Steven Harper is, but I think this Angry White Person is posting on a fake FB page but doesn’t realize it.

Submitted by a reader. Context for people who may not be familiar with the names and terms:

  • Idle No More is a protest movement among Canadian Aboriginal people and their allies focusing on empowerment, education, the environment, treaty rights and indigenous sovereignty
  • Stephen Harper is the prime minister of Canada. I don’t know who this Steven Harper is, but I think this Angry White Person is posting on a fake FB page but doesn’t realize it.