We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Finally: Remember that the fact that your relatives are engaging with you at all is a good thing.
Is this ditz on drugs? The majority of engagements with this kind of relative are either (a) an attempt to suck you in to some godawful hillbilly version of A Streetcar Named Desire, or (b) a thinly-veiled dodge to "borrow" money.
I look forward to Rachel Miller's follow-up article, "How to Talk to Relatives Who Think You're a Waste of Space."
I think it might be right to ask "which black lives matter"? I'm thinking of the ex-police captain in St. Louis who was killed. Or the senior citizen who no longer has a place to buy groceries. Or the shop owner who was already living on fumes because of COVID and now has lost everything. Travesty is the word, not protest.
This is silly. BLM is a racist left wing activists group. It isn't about black lives at all it is about profiting from racism. The only meaningful result from this latest racist craziness is that more black youth will be killed and of course blacks will seek out whites to kill in "retribution".
There’s abut 15 people I like more than my dog and maybe 60 I like more than a random dog....soooo...long winded appeals to my race, gender, class or whatever else about what I “should do” are unlikely to have any effect whatsoever.
I think black lives are a matter for black people to take care of. They keep saying white people are the problem, and it's up to white people to fix it, but what are THEY doing about black lives? Are they telling their young men to stop killing each other? Are they telling their young women to stop having babies by multiple men, none of whom are going to marry or support them? Are they going to run the drug dealers out of their neighborhoods? Are they going to stop burning down the minority-owned businesses in their neighborhoods? If they do all that, then maybe we have something to talk about.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 1976 and 2011, there were 279,384 black murder victims. Using the 94 percent figure means that 262,621 were murdered by other blacks.
BLM is full of BS