"If memes take off, they start conversations within thought leaders and the press about why they took off. When people start asking that question, they are seeking for the grain of truth that started the meme in the first place. Texts from Hillary inspired article after article about what makes Hillary so popular, whether she still has presidential ambitions, what her popularity says about us as a society. Also, making something that’s actually interesting to the 99% that are not political junkies is huge.
Meh. Romney confirmed a lot of what has made Republicans so restless in their primary: Why is Mitt Romney so boring? Why has he been on both sides of every issue? Why couldn’t he seal the deal early?”
A Meh. Romney sign posted in an office in Los Angeles.
Renowned civil rights historian Taylor Branch penned a piece last September that I still haven’t been able to forget. I re-read it again this weekend, and it shook me to the core. Fans of college sports need to get over the sentiment of being fans and realize that the NCAA has grossly violated civil rights (often of African-American kids) to make billions of dollars over the past 6 decades.
For anyone who cares about race relations, sports and civil rights in general, this article is required reading:
“Slavery analogies should be used carefully. College athletes are not slaves. Yet to survey the scene — corporations and universities enriching themselves on the backs of uncompensated young men, whose status as “student-athletes” deprives them of the right to due process guaranteed by the Constitution — is to catch an unmistakable whiff of the plantation.”
"The conservative movement in America, or at least its most radical wing, seems determined to repeal much of the 20th century and even its constitutional and social roots from the transformative 1860s.
The Civil War is not only not over, it can still be lost. As the sesquicentennial ensues in publishing and conferences and on television and countless websites, one can hope that we will pursue matters of legacy and memory with one eye on the past and the other acutely on the present. The stakes are high.”
Loving this track. In the true tradition of Biggie’s Juicy. Put Nitty Scott, MC in the family of new faces like Kendrick Lamar, BJ the Chicago Kid, Soul Khan, and Clear Soul Forces that currently give me hope for the state of hip hop.