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Orlando Whiplash – Yall We Forgot the Intersectionality

The massacre at a gay club in Orlando has created a groundswell of unfortunate responses by both the political right and left on the issues of immigration, guns, and policing. These poor responses include erasure of a queer identity and (un?)intentional racially/immigration status oppressive politics.

I have been trying to hold back my initial reactions to the Orlando shooting. Some of that has been a deliberate with holding of opinion, and some has been due to how numbing these sorts of events can be. Processing the news, the grief, the fear, and then the responses on all sides is a major intellectual and emotional undertaking. A lot of my friends in LGBTQ communities around the world have been struggling with the fear, sorrow, anger, etc. that the massacre created.

What I have noticed is similar to the observations of others – mainstream reaction to the Orlando shooting involves a lot of jumping to conclusions and ignoring the victims and survivors. What this does is add insult to injury for lgbtq and poc communities, and ultimately I say leave the door open for more future oppression and violence against those communities.

The reality that the shooting at Pulse happened on Latinx night and involved many people of color and immigrants seems to have been overshadowed by outside agendas to promote an anti-immigrant response. Even though the shooter was a man of color and american citizen born and raised. Outside forces are twisting this tragedy to fit the narratives they have already written. The anti immigrant crap is largely coming from the political right. Were this a white shooter, it would be a lot easier to suggest it was a racially motivated attack. The shooter being of color himself, and a first generation American makes it not so cut and dry. However, the issue of the identity of the victims must not be ignored in analysis. Many of the victims were immigrants, the children of immigrants, from the colonized territory of Puerto Rico and some undocumented folks as well. Responding to this shooting with anti immigrant legislation, and legislation which will ultimately result in more racial profiling is NOT honoring the victims and survivors. It is basically spitting on their graves.

The political left has their own contradictory bill of malarky to sell the public in response to this incident. The anti gun whiplash response is in full effect, largely ignoring the facts about existing gun laws, guns, and the not great political implications of their suggested gun laws.

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November Haiku

Composting terlet
cuz fuck the city sewer
I’ll handle my own shit

Wanted to take a
nap. dogs sleep in yard in sun
they have the right idea

Have you climbed pancake
mountain? syrup and butter
await at the top

I always go for
the sauciest chips! Please sell
chip powder to me!

In Charlottesville for
the night. Chad! Ashley! I’m here!
lets drink Natty ice!

Monthly, use blood
chalice. Most metal menstruation
keepers of the cup

Tammie says I should
clean out my truck, but it was
just one little roach

I nerd out over
some windows – pulleys, weights and
sash bead, oh baby

camping down by the
river gets real fucking cold
with pee in the bed

Up on the roof top
Santa falls, hope he’s got real
good insurance yall!

hygeine choices like
what day should I take a bath
not today, no sir!

derby hats make me
think about swindling- would
you buy some snake oil?

a bored old man with
a backhoe is hell on the
landscape and old sheds

words mean less these days
actions mean more anyways
put up or shut up

internet news is
less important than dishes
idling in my sink

tired of critiques
of celebrity actions
they are meaning-less.

I choose terrorism
in an Orwellian world
double speak, don’t think

voting either dont
work or means using power
over others, yuck!

new hybrid car- safe
mom says- left it on, silent
it drove off, I ran!

chewing tobacco
is a nasty habit but
I’m a nasty man

have you ever heard
of a vinyl repair man?
NO I don’t think so

I dust my V H
S tapes. Its 2014
get on my level

house looks good. siding
covers rot beneath, just like
local politics

Fast Food Worker Strikes in a Southern Context

http://profanexistence.com/2013/12/04/fast-food-worker-strikes-in-a-southern-context/

A new article I wrote is online at Profane Existence, check it ou!

On the Fast Food Worker Strikes happening December 5th!

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