This Racism Thing

I’ve seen too many polls as of late regarding this racism thing in the United States. 080804racism1_h5fv8d4-1More than anything, I am confounded by the manner in which the ‘information’ is delivered, newscasters frowning as they read, “Black people don’t trust authority and white people can’t understand why that is.” racismIt’s like the damn gun issue – everyone talking and no one listening.

Here’s my dime: It’s going to take a long time yet for this society to recover from the abomination that was slavery.barclays+protestersAnd for any positive changes to occur, whites need to be a hell of a lot more understanding, accommodating and trusting toward blacks. (Exclamation point.)

How to Make Rude People Feel Uncomfortable

I went to see Bernardo at The Rock Shop on Friday. The show was awesome.20140131_213140However I was in the back – where the sound is best – and had a couple of people talking in front of me, talking non-stop, their backs to the music. Normally I would tell them to shut up or move, but I am trying to better, kinder version of myself and so employed a different method. I used the flash on my phone. 20140131_220041And it worked, sort of; they hated it – ducking and turning away and stopped for a moment. 20140131_220102But then, after I had done it twice, they went back to talking. 20140131_212759The show still rocked.

Bathroom Graffiti

I’m not a fan of graffiti because it makes things look generally worse.

Ilulissat, Greenland

Ilulissat, Greenland

However, the one exception to this aesthetic is the public bathroom.

Hank's Saloon, Brooklyn

Hank’s Saloon, Brooklyn

While many scrawls are crude and offensive,they seem to enhance the environment.

Clinton, New Jersey

Clinton, New Jersey

And they give you something to read.

The Aquarium, Fargo, ND

The Aquarium, Fargo, ND