March 9th, 2010

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Monday Roundup

Lots of relevant stuff over the last week, so in case you missed something on a slow day, you might want to check:

"Poem in Progress: A Periodic Table of Elementals"
"Poetry Fishbowl Report for Tuesday, March 2" (with links to all the published poems)
"Poetry Fishbowl WIN!"
"List of Unsold Poems from March 2 Poetry Fishbowl" (what's still available for you to buy)

Over in crowdfunding we are currently discussing how this year's Rose and Bay Awards went, some possible improvements for the future, and plans for a crowdfunding hub site.
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Underclasses

This article makes a good start, but misses the broader issue: a growing tendency to create second-class citizens through the legal system.  This happens more to dark-skinned people, so it is akin to racism.  But it also happens to fair-skinned people, so it is not synonymous with racism.  It involves the practice of creating categories of people who get fewer rights than others, or none at all, and it's getting worse.

That's a problem, because then you can be chucked into a no-rights category at any time.  Anyone can.  That's a bottomless pit yawning under us all.  Doubleplusungood.

The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste
Michelle Alexander, TomDispatch.com: "Ever since Barack Obama lifted his right hand and took his oath of office, pledging to serve the United States as its 44th president, ordinary people and their leaders around the globe have been celebrating our nation's 'triumph over race.' Obama's election has been touted as the final nail in the coffin of Jim Crow, the bookend placed on the history of racial caste in America."

 

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In which I am Mongolian

papyruscrow recently did a free picture day, drawing people as Mongolian.  The line art is slowly appearing on that journal, and is well worth a look.  This one is mine, printed here with permission.  You can read the details in the original thread, such as that the scroll says "Sabeta Writing-Craftsman" in Phags-Pan script.



I sent in a tip so that this will get colored.  I was delighted to discover that mine was the first!  Whee!