I posted this awesome article by Ben Fountain on the Resident Alien Facebook page, but that only has fifty readers. So here it is as well, my borrowed submission for yesterday’s writing prompt “Inevitable“. (And it’s never too late to like my page for more stuff that’s relevant to my blog posts.)
How the Republican party slowly but surely got Americans ripe for a …hm…
man, person, specimen, angry goldfish like Trump. Also, I now know what “dog whistle politics” is.
Posted in Government, History, Migrate, Society, US Politics
Tagged Donald Trump, GOP, history, KKK, Ku Klux Klan, Opinion, Presidential Election 2016, Racism, Reagan, Republican Party, Tea Party, white supremacists
And now for the post that I’ve been working up to: Meridian, Mississippi.
To us, it was just a random dot on the map on our way home to Austin, Texas on a recent trip. We were going to spend the night in Jackson, but I stupidly stuck my credit card in the dollar slot of a vending machine at a rest stop outside Meridian. The vending machine, very happy with the change in diet, promptly ate my card. We wanted to cancel the card as soon as possible, but first we needed it to check into a hotel, so we stayed in Meridian.
Posted in History, Migrate, Slavery, Uncategorized
Tagged African-American History, America, American, Black History, Civil Rights Act 1866, Civil War, history, Ku Klux Klan, Meridian Mississippi, race riots, Reconstruction, slavernij, Slavery
There is nothing quite as frustrating to me as American freedom of speech.
Political correctness was pretty much non-existent when I left Holland, and judging by the percentage of racial slurs on a website with Dutch swear words that I visited recently, it still is. I have to say that living here, I have been influenced by the whole political correctness thing, and when I see those racial slurs on that Dutch website, neatly collected in alphabetical order, I cringe. I would have cringed before, but now I feel shame–yes, shame, ladies and gents–for my country. Continue reading
Posted in Society, US Politics
Tagged Amerikaanse politiek, anti-gay activists, freedom of speech, hate speech, homoseksuelen in Amerika, Huckleberry Finn, Ku Klux Klan, n-word, neo-nazis, politics, Westboro Baptist Church