“There’s a set of biracial twins in the UK who are turning heads because one is black and the other is white.” That’s how the New York Post introduced a profile of Lucy and Maria Aylmer, 18-year-olds whose father identifies as white and whose mother is “half-Jamaican” (and, we’re to assume, thinks of herself as black).
It’s just the most recent story of fraternal twins born with such dramatic variations in complexion they’re seen by many — and even see themselves — as members of two different racial groups.
Each of these situations and their accompanying striking images, is a reminder of how fluid and subjective the racial categories we’re all familiar with are. (more…)
I’m traveling today. I have been busy, but I have also been a little depressed. I didn’t feel like posting anything. I was watching the events in Boston and then I was trying to figure out the Ricin thing. I mean, what the hell? Then a factory blows up and basically levels a whole town. Seriously? Oh, Texas has cut their government services (remember, business doesn’t need oversight) back so far that this plant hasn’t been inspected since 2006. Is that date correct? 2006? The Senate forgets its first responsibility, protect its citizens, and holds up sensible gun legislation.
The AP reports this afternoon that lab tests confirm the presence of ricin in the letters sent to President Obama and Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). The suspected mailer, Paul Kevin Curtis, was formally charged by federal officials today.
National Review, a conservative magazine, blasted Gabrielle Giffords’ New York Times op-ed as “childish” and “an embarrassment.” Take a look at the piece for yourself and see if you agree.
Oh, New York Post, maybe you should go enjoy a little quiet time for a while.
Keep a close eye on this: “Britain and France have informed the United Nations that there is credible evidence that Syria used chemical weapons on more than one occasion since December, according to senior diplomats and officials briefed on the accounts.”
Texas: “A former justice of the peace who had come under increasing suspicion in recent weeks was charged on Thursday with the revenge killings of the Kaufman County district attorney and a chief aide, who had successfully prosecuted the man for burglary and theft last year.”
Congress passed a law to help the first responders who spent days, weeks and months going through the rubble and helping the wounded and sick after the 9/11 attack. Unfortunately, the law didn’t go far enough. In my opinion, Congress should’ve written a blank check to these brave men and women who showed nothing but compassion for their fellow man.