Someone called me their “Burrito Spirit Animal”
Best compliment ever.
a thirty-something queer feminist asian designer living the good life in chicago trying to fix the world one pixel at a time. cats.
Best compliment ever.
I mean. I used a gallon in all my pickling nonsense and I finished a jar of pickles already.
20 years later, my diet is just like when I was 11 and my parents weren’t home.
(instacart is evil).
Every time I buy produce, at least half of it will go bad before I can get to it. My fridge is always full. I have enough groceries for a family of four.
I can’t throw away food. I hate throwing away food. I also get deep anxiety if there isn’t a certain amount of food in the fridge.
The answer: pickling.
In my fridge:
Yeaaaahhhhh… so. There’s that.
Source: Truths You Won’t Believe
Debunking more lies and racist misinformation about black men. Stop the ignorance and start to question why these myths exist in the first place, if not to demonize black men and promote the image of us as inherently criminal and violent and incapable of being educated.
What many people do not know is that the use of standardized tests has its origins in the Eugenics movement, where basic tenets assert that certain races are inferior to others biologically and intellectually.
Karen Lewis, President of the Chicago Teachers Union
A MUST read by Chicago Teachers Union president Karen Lewis. Standardized testing isn’t about improving education, it’s a way for the system to sort out which kids are meant to succeed and which are destined failure.
Admissions essays, and essentially the modern college application process, were developed to keep “undesirables” (Jews) who had aced these standardized tests out of Ivy League schools in the early-to-mid 20th century.
"In 1905, Harvard College adopted the College Entrance Examination Board tests as the principal basis for admission, which meant that virtually any academically gifted high-school senior who could afford a private college had a straightforward shot at attending. By 1908, the freshman class was seven per cent Jewish, nine per cent Catholic, and forty-five per cent from public schools…
The enrollment of Jews began to rise dramatically. By 1922, they made up more than a fifth of Harvard’s freshman class. The administration and alumni were up in arms. Jews were thought to be sickly and grasping, grade-grubbing and insular. They displaced the sons of wealthy Wasp alumni, which did not bode well for fund-raising. A. Lawrence Lowell, Harvard’s president in the nineteen-twenties, stated flatly that too many Jews would destroy the school: ‘The summer hotel that is ruined by admitting Jews meets its fate … because they drive away the Gentiles, and then after the Gentiles have left, they leave also.’
…Finally, Lowell—and his counterparts at Yale and Princeton—realized that if a definition of merit based on academic prowess was leading to the wrong kind of student, the solution was to change the definition of merit.
The admissions office at Harvard became much more interested in the details of an applicant’s personal life. Lowell told his admissions officers to elicit information about the ‘character’ of candidates from’ persons who know the applicants well,’ and so the letter of reference became mandatory. Harvard started asking applicants to provide a photograph. Candidates had to write personal essays, demonstrating their aptitude for leadership, and list their extracurricular activities.’ Starting in the fall of 1922,’ Karabel writes, ‘applicants were required to answer questions on “Race and Color,” “Religious Preference,” “Maiden Name of Mother,” “Birthplace of Father,” and “What change, if any, has been made since birth in your own name or that of your father? (Explain fully).”’
At Princeton, emissaries were sent to the major boarding schools, with instructions to rate potential candidates on a scale of 1 to 4, where 1 was ‘very desirable and apparently exceptional material from every point of view’ and 4 was ‘undesirable from the point of view of character, and, therefore, to be excluded no matter what the results of the entrance examinations might be.’ The personal interview became a key component of admissions in order, Karabel writes, ‘to ensure that “undesirables” were identified and to assess important but subtle indicators of background and breeding such as speech, dress, deportment and physical appearance.’ By 1933, the end of Lowell’s term, the percentage of Jews at Harvard was back down to fifteen per cent.
If this new admissions system seems familiar, that’s because it is essentially the same system that the Ivy League uses to this day. According to Karabel, Harvard, Yale, and Princeton didn’t abandon the elevation of character once the Jewish crisis passed. They institutionalized it.”
From "Getting In" by Malcolm Gladwell in the New Yorker.
How social conditioning works as oppression.
i hope we’re all agreed that shrimps chips:
are WAY BETTER than shrimp chips:
(tho i love them both)
Yes! I’m not a huge fan of the fry-shaped ones.
YESSSSSSSSS REAL SHRIMP CHIPS ARE THE SHIT
does anyone else lick them and let their tongue stick to it like glue for a bit before eating
The fry ones are better with frostees. This is both a Wendy’s strategy and a shrimp chip strategy.
That’s my bad shopping habit. I don’t even know what I’m buying half the time.
You and Anderson Cooper have the same coming out calendar week in common, but in many obvious ways, you couldn’t be more different. Anderson Cooper is an heir to one of America’s great Industrial Age fortunes and a network professional whose maleness and whiteness backed by his considerable accomplishments guarantee him work. You are a young Black man from New Orleans who fled your still struggling city. You didn’t arrive in Los Angeles with generational wealth and privilege, only the beautiful lyrics and melodies that danced through you and your dream of making it in a music industry whose sand castles were crumbling.
Oh my god I have fucking shivers
I LOVE this essay, and when i read the whole thing, i was like omg Jay… but LISTEN!: a black woman named dream hampton wrote this! NOT Jay-Z… it was posted on his life + times website, but again HE DID NOT WRITE IT.
Apparently, she ghostwrites on the regular, so she’ll write shit and her name will not be on it… it’s officially credited to somebody else… celebrity autobiographies often have a bunch of ghostwriters. On Jay-z’s website, this beautiful letter to Frank Ocean is credited to dream, just in little letters, top-left.