Friday, March 06, 2015

A silly celebration in social media, and important historical anniversary anyway


“Pundit Press” is reporting on “Black Out Day”, which may be incentivized by the information (in several directions) developing about the Ferguson Police Department and Michael Brown’s behavior at his death.  The banter on social media looks pretty silly, but a good sample is in this report, here
  
But the most interesting thing I saw was on Twitter, where Lindsay Ellis wrote “White people: please stop sharing your opinions on #BlackOutDay.  This isn’t about you.”
  
OK, there was a comedy movie “Dear White People” reviewed on the Movies blog Nov. 4, 2014.
  
I’ve never been much for making a lot of belonging to an identifiable group, as part of one’s identity.  I’ve always been an individualist, even as I see that you can pretend to be non-biased but in your most personal “private” choices you exercise all hour preinstalled aesthetic biases. It if is OK to do this, then a lot of people wind up getting left out.  So I can see why people will confront me in bars, like to dance with them, and prove something.  Okay, that’s easy to say, since I stayed home this last bitterly cold night of the winter.

There's another point in that "hostile" tweet:  if you speak about something, you should have your own skin in the game.  We know the thinking. 
      
Don’t forget, Saturday May 7 is the 50th anniversary of the first Selma march.  I visited the area last May.    

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