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Clear Language on Slavery

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I’ve posted before about how the language we’ve been conditioned to use about slavery and the Civil War obscures reality. From historian Michael Todd Landis:

Likewise, scholar Edward Baptist (Cornell) has provided new terms with which to speak about slavery. In his 2014 book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books), he rejects “plantations” (a term pregnant with false memory and romantic myths) in favor of “labor camps”; instead of “slave-owners” (which seems to legitimate and rationalize the ownership of human beings), he uses “enslavers.” Small changes with big implications. These far more accurate and appropriate terms serve his argument well, as he re-examines the role of unfree labor in the rise of the United States as an economic powerhouse and its place in the global economy. In order to tear down old myths, he eschews the old language.

@absurdistwords had a great thread on this recently, urging us to “stop obscuring the horror with detached, antiquated, euphemistic terms”.

Clear Language on Slavery:

Slaves = Hostages
Slave Owners = Human Traffickers
Slave Catchers = Police
Plantations = Death Camps
Mistresses = Rape Victims
Discipline = Torture/Murder
Overseers = Torturers
Trading = Kidnapping
Profit = Theft
Middle Passage = Genocide

For example:

“The prominent slave owner never publicly recognized the offspring of he and one of his slave romances but allowed him to serve in the house”

is really

“The rich human trafficker raped his female hostage and then held their son hostage as well at the death camp he owned”

And from an earlier thread:

When you replace

“Owned slaves” with

“Was an active and willing participant in a vast conspiracy to kidnap children from their families in order to force them into industrial and sexual servitude”

It becomes harder to write slave owning off as just a blot on one’s record.

For instance:

George Washington was our first President and was an active and willing participant in a vast conspiracy to kidnap children from their families in order to force them into industrial and sexual servitude

They continue:

America treats slavery like an oopsie rather than a centuries-long campaign of nightmarish, brutal terrorism.

America sees the systemic and sadistic destruction of Black families as an etiquette violation.

Which is why it will excuse slave owners so readily.

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My Family Got COVID in March. Six Months Later, I’m Just Beginning to Walk Again.

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Being a “long-hauler” has changed everything, especially the way I parent.

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All Animal Crossing: New Horizons Players Will Receive A Ring Fit Adventure Item In-Game

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“Your sweat is so shiny and beautiful!".

In a cool little bit of cross-promotion, Animal Crossing: New Horizons players will soon be treated to a free Ring-Con from Ring Fit Adventure to display in-game.

Perfect for placing inside your living room next to the already-available Switch and TV combo, the Ring-Con will be given to all players who download the game's free, upcoming fall update. It's a nice touch, especially for anyone who does actually have a Ring-Con sitting about in the real home.

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Alex Gordon to retire

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2015 World Series Game One: New York Mets v. Kansas City Royals Photo by Rob Tringali/MLB Photos via Getty Images

It has been a great ride, Alex.

Royals Gold Glove outfielder Alex Gordon will retire, according to MLB.com reporter Jeffrey Flanagan. The Royals have made an official announcement.

Gordon has spent his entire 14-year career with the Royals after they made him the second-overall pick in the 2005 draft out of the University of Nebraska. He was named Minor League Player of the Year in 2006 by Baseball America and made the 2007 Opening Day starting lineup as a third baseman. Gordon had some ups and downs early in his career, but the turning point came in 2010, when he was demoted to Omaha to work on changing positions.

Gordon moved to left field and his efforts to learn the position have now become legendary. The young Gordon impressed Royals coaches with his work effort and his insistence on “power shagging” to learn angles on balls hit to the outfield. He quickly became one of the best defensive outfielders in the game, earning the first of his seven Gold Glove Awards in 2011.

The move to the outfield also helped his bat, as he enjoyed a breakthrough season in 2011 by hitting .303/.376.502 with a career-high 23 home runs and 7.3 WAR, earning MVP votes. He led the league in doubles with 52 in 2013, and in 2013 he earned the first of three All-Star appearances.

Gordon was a huge part of the club’s post-season runs in 2014 and 2015, finishing 12th in MVP voting in 2014 with a line of .266/.351/.432. His single-turned-triple in the ninth inning of Game 7 of the World Series against the Giants nearly tied the game and provided one of the most thrilling endings to a World Series game in recent history.

Gordo saved his post-season heroics for the following season, when he homered off Jeurys Familia in the bottom of the ninth of Game 1 of the World Series against the Mets, tying the game and allowing the Royals to win it in extra innings. His finger pointed in the air as he circled the bases became one of the most iconic images from the Royals’ run.

After that season, Gordon signed a four-year, $70 million deal, the largest in club history. his bat began to decline at that point, but his defense continued to be as good as ever with Gold Glove Awards in every season from 2017 to 2019, and he is expected to be a finalist again this year.

Gordon ranks in the top ten in club history in virtually every offensive category.

Alex Gordon will soon be in the Royals Hall of Fame, and the only question will be whether his #4 is one day retired by the club. It has been a career with ups and downs, but Alex Gordon left us with many amazing memories and a legacy of being one of the hardest working players in club history. We salute him for a career to be proud of, thank him for the memories, and wish him the best as he embarks on the next chapter of his life.

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A New American Manifesto. From time to time in human societies… | by AbsurdistWords | Sep, 2020

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From the People of the United States of America: From time to time in human societies, things get so bad with the governments that we set up that we have to take a step back, stop being citizens of that government and just be basic humans again, loyal only to the primary needs of humanity. This is one of those times and it’s only fair if we are going to take such a drastic step, that we first explain why. We owe everybody that.

First of all, we start by taking for granted that nobody’s life should matter more than anyone else’s. Everyone should have the right to live their life without people oppressing them. At minimum everyone should have the right to live. Nobody should be prevented from moving around freely or doing whatever they want as long as they are not causing harm to someone else. More than that, every human has the right to seek out things that bring them joy.

These are basic things that humans need.

The whole reason we create governments is so that communities can come together and agree among themselves to set up structures that make sure that ALL the humans among them have access to these fundamental needs. If the structure that they set up stops functioning properly, if it becomes corrupted, if it stops serving the needs of the people, then it is critical that those humans be allowed to dismantle that structure in order to build one that does a better job. They need to be allowed to create new structures that are better at keeping them safe and happy.

Nobody is suggesting that we take the dismantling of a government lightly. Things must have gotten really bad for this to be the only option left. Humans, by nature don’t like change and even when they’re being harmed, they’re more likely to just endure that harm than to break down a whole system that they’re comfortable with and used to. But if things get so bad that the government starts abusing and harming its citizens in the name of gaining more power, it’s every human’s moral duty to burn that government down and build one that protects them better from would-be dictators.

The American people are now facing down these exact same kinds of abuses. We have tried to be patient, but now we’re fed up and the whole thing needs to come down.

The entire Trump administration has been a long list of human and civil rights abuses and every single thing he has done has been to gain absolute power over the government.

Here are the Receipts:

  1. He is lawless. He has no respect whatsoever for the rules of this country
  2. He has interfered with state Governors’ abilities to take care of their states in times of crisis, constantly breaking promises and being unreliable, just to wear them down so that they will do whatever he wants and then neglects them even when they do it.
  3. He has abused the powers of the Presidency, leveraging people’s rights for business purposes.
  4. He turns public events into personal campaign stunts, wearing all the rational people down with his antics and erratic behavior
  5. He has repeatedly fired the heads of critical agencies for refusing to support his illegal and abusive orders.
  6. He routinely leaves these positions unfilled so that Congress doesn’t have a formal say in confirming nominations. This allows him to keep unconfirmed lackeys at the heads of agencies where Congress can’t touch them and they can sabotage and exploit the agencies without consequence, leaving the public without the safety those agencies provide. This causes chaos.
  7. He has imposed harsh immigration laws and is directly attacking the economies of States and cities that allow people he doesn’t like into their borders.
  8. He has rigged the Judicial system, conspiring with Congress to break rules to secure his judge appointments.
  9. He has made shady deals with judicial appointees to influence them.
  10. He is inventing personal secret police squads to terrorize and harass the population
  11. He has flooded our cities with militarized personnel against the wishes of local populations and their governments.
  12. He glorifies violent law enforcement and elevates them above the rest of the humans in the country
  13. He has corrupted the Justice Department and Congress, using them to help him create a wholly unconstitutional set of policies
  14. He pardons and covers for crimes committed by these henchmen and refuses to allow any accountability for their treason
  15. He has started costly and economically damaging trade wars
  16. He supports extrajudicial killings and encourages a lack of due process by law enforcement.
  17. He uses tax laws to steal from the poor and give to the rich.
  18. He supports the use of black sites, torture and other brutal authoritarian measures
  19. He has leveraged the oversized jurisdiction of the Border Patrol to impose their power on areas and people they were never intended to.
  20. He has trampled the rule of law, all protocol and policy. He shows no respect whatsoever for the institutions of government.
  21. He is overreaching with Federal jurisdiction, overriding local jurisdictions with his own teams.
  22. He isn’t protecting America, he’s waging war on us.
  23. He has withdrawn us from crucial environmental treaties, deregulated industry, refused aid for wildfires, and has allowed over 200,000 people to die needlessly from a preventable pandemic
  24. His federal forces have been stockpiling weapons for use against the civilian populace
  25. He turns dissidents against each other, threatening them with high crimes if they don’t turn against their fellow protestors.
  26. He starts riots and leverages those brutal, merciless folks embedded in our every community, the police, whose known rules of engagement are “anyone who’s not a cop can die”

Over and over again we have pointed these things out. We have complained. We have petitioned. We protested in the streets. None of this has worked and instead of listening to us, Trump has merely responded with increased violence. To put it plainly, a President whose every act is the same as a dictator isn’t fit to run a country. And a government who lets him isn’t fit to govern.

We tried to be empathetic to those who support Trump and his nationalism. We tried to give them the heads up that they had made a terrible choice. We tried to remind them that we are a country of immigrants and should remember that none of us deserve to be here. We tried to appeal to their sense of honor. To their sense of civics. To their sense of duty. We tried to appeal to the fact that we’re all in this together and that we are all one nation. We tried to explain that backing authoritarianism would be terrible for everyone. But they wouldn’t listen. We tried. We wanted to fight Trump together. But they mock justice and shun the idea of unity. So nothing personal, but they picked a side.

So we, the true Patriots of the United States of America, in the name of all that is good and holy, declare that we aren’t standing for it anymore. This country failed to live up to its promises and it’s time to build something new and better.

We can do better than this.

We intend to.

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Dear Care and Feeding: We’re Raising Our Daughter Gender-Neutral, but She Only Wants Pink Dresses

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Parenting advice on pink dresses, misleading projects, and confused names.

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