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laceblade ([personal profile] laceblade) wrote2007-05-13 11:27

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Time has elapsed; Things have happened
Whoa. The last couple of days have been a whirlwind of events. Friday was the last day of classes, which could be sad if I wasn't so concerned about my final projects. Almost immediately after class, I went over to Bleakhouse Books, a book publishing company at which I'll be an intern on weekdays when I'm not working full days at the Capitol. From what I can glean, they publish mostly mysteries and dark crime fiction. This article explains why I find them badass. They were uninterested in my resume, gave me books to read (and keep? I'm not sure yet), and are located in a part of town that I haven't yet explored, but is still within walking distance of the Capitol. Needless to say, I am very excited.

So. That's obviously amazing. I think it's really cool that I'll enjoy both my jobs and my co-workers this summer, and believe in what I'm doing all the time, which definitely provides a stark contrast to last summer.

Last night was the end-of-the-year party for The Daily Cardinal staff. I'm sad to have to be saying goodbye to my fellow copy editors, although I never really got too close to anyone else there, aside from Eunice, who I already knew. I might be back copy editing one night per week next year, but I don't know for sure yet. I'll see what happens. It was an okay party, so far as those go, although I didn't say too long.

Yesterday, I spent all day finishing up my Anne Frank paper, and now all that's left is some editing and polishing for today. Now I can move on to the three classes I have left. If anyone is going to be interested in reading over a "feminism in sci-fi/fantasy" paper, let me know, because I'll be working on one later in the week.

I did grant myself small bouts of reprieve by going out for dinner at Vientiane Palace with friends and Antoine, and later browsing through Borders with Antoine.

Linkspam (Random)
Someone decided to create their own Sephiroth/Aeris dating scenario using the Cloud Date Scene in Final Fantasy VII. So funny! Probably only if you've played the game, though. Yes, I am an elitist geek.

Shakespeare is getting turned into manga. Awesome? It could be awesome. That Romeo and Juliet image looks pretty lame, though. Romeo and Juliet could be so badass - at least Gonzo is doing a good job.

Racism
I overheard two people talking a few days ago. One, a white male from northern Wisconsin, was pontificating about how the United States was the best country in the world. The people around him were politely listening until one person finally asked him why. He listed a couple over-broad reasons, and ended with, "Here, it doesn't matter what you look like. Everyone is treated the same." A previous listener-only to the conversation, who happened to be a black male, interjected:
"Are you serious?" The white male smiled nervously and said yes, at least up here "in the North," if not in Louisiana or Texas, and at that point a nearby conversation that had already started spilled over into theirs, so they just dropped the conversation without resolving anything.

I'm often surprised when people assume that racism is something that only occurs in the South of the United States, or confined only to areas in which slavery used to occur. In my experience, a lot of people in Wisconsin (in areas that aren't Milwaukee) believe this - that racism is "over," and never bother to realize that their entire school is full of white people and a sizable percentage of Asian people, but no black people, no Latinos. Being racist is about seeing black people or Latino people walking on the sidewalk and assuming you're in a "bad neighborhood." It's assuming that someone who is Asian can't speak English. Being racist doesn't always happen because a person intends it to, or because a person is full of hatred, or even because people realize that they have misconceptions in their head, but because somehow, society has trained us to be that way, even though we don't need to be.

I have a few relatives who are racist in a conscious way, and it disgusts me. It makes me want to shake them and scream at them until they "understand." It's scary when people think that racism is "over," or that it only happens in far-away places that are hundreds of miles away. I really hope that our generation can be the one to start having real compassion and a real understanding of the implications of history on every aspect of the present and how society orders itself and treats its members, and how to build a better future.
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[identity profile] snowystingray.livejournal.com 2007-05-13 20:05 (UTC)(link)
Re: racism, I have had much the same experience as you recently. Although I lived in a couple of different areas of the U.S. as a child, I've grown up mostly in the South. Of course a lot of the Southern stereotypes are true, and there are plenty of racist people who live in this region of America, but I'm always surprised by the number of people who think that racism is only limited to white crackers who drive around with Confederate flags on the back of their pick-up trucks. My high school had a pretty large population of people like that, but for the most part I think there was less racism there, simply because we'd all pretty much grown up around each other. We had a pretty fair ethnic split -- about half white, and then a quarter each black and Hispanic.

This past year at college, I feel like I've encountered much more racism than I ever did in high school. I go to a small private college with an overwhelmingly white population; here's the Princeton Review (http://www.princetonreview.com/college/research/profiles/studentbody.asp?listing=1023384&ltid=1&intbucketid=) profile for it. I'm pretty sure the only way they came up with a number as small as 86% for the percentage of white students is that a lot of people must have checked "other" or chosen not to respond. Anyway, despite the racial imbalance, I still didn't really expect people to be racist... I guess there's just that whole assumption that well-educated young people from a middle class background would know better than to be so bigoted. I think the only difference, though, is that they aren't blatantly hateful. I just think a lot of them are kind of ignorant about the problems, maybe because they were distanced from them while growing up? But there were just some things I heard that definitely rubbed me the wrong way.

One of my friends would volunteer to pass out food in one of the poorer neighborhoods, which was predominately black. When she was getting ready one morning, she was rushing around to change her shirt. "Oh, that one is too low cut!" she claimed. "I don't want anybody to rape me!" Um... what?? So you're going out to help people, but at the same time you assume that they're all rapists and criminals?

Another thing that I noticed a couple of times was the rooming arrangements for the black students who lived on campus. They were invariably roomed together, regardless of whether they had anything in common or not. All three of the black girls who lived on my floor were put in the same room. Another guy I knew was stuck with a roommate he was completely incompatible with -- but wait, they're both black! We can't stick them with anybody else!

Anyway, errr... this is a pretty long comment, sorry. I guess the point is that, yeah, I can completely see where you're coming from, and it's pretty upsetting to see people living with such biased views while still convincing themselves that racism is a thing of the past.

[identity profile] all-that-i-seek.livejournal.com 2007-05-16 05:10 (UTC)(link)
Yeah the party was pretty chill. The neighbors were having a party and their pipes burst, and low and behold, the toilet at gallentine's house apparently 'exploded.' poor dude.

I am content with the end of the year at the cardinal and i am looking forward to next semester. However, Peck and I made a promise to each other to step aside after our editorships and not get in the way of our replacements. showing up after a month or so to copy edit, chill, relax and have fun. trust me, the cardinalistas who don't let go and lay low for their last semester are the most bitter and sad. i don't include the seniors who are still editors their 2nd semester because they are occupied with something to do. however, for those who aren't editor/columnist, etc their last semester should definitely take it easy and let others take the reigns.