Mash-Up Round-Up: White People Long for the 1950s
The week of November 21, 2015, a heavy one, was mourning lives lost but also celebrating human resilience; seeing POTUS’s Blackest moment ever (and here’s a few more); also we’re crying-laughing over Oxford Dictionaries’ “Word” of the Year. And we’re digging Marvel Comics’ badass secret weapon.
Our queen Margaret Cho hates emojis and she’s declaring a war on them: emojihad. Oh and she’s on the podcast! Subscribe!
Mash-Ups in the News:
There’s a Boy in this Barbie Commercial
There’s a very fierce little boy in this Barbie commercial and you should probably watch it several times. God bless.
Richard Scarry Updated His Classic Children’s Book to Reflect Changing Times
We missed this story a couple of weeks ago, but one of our favorite children’s books has been updated to reflect us, showing what tiny little changes can do to help kids on their path to embracing their identity. Hello dad cooking in the kitchen! Hello menorah!
Mayor Thinks Japanese American Internment Was Justified — No, Really
Nope. Just no. The mayor of Roanoke, Virginia cited FDR’s mandate for Japanese internment camps as a great example of how to “deal” with Syrian refugees and other outsiders. (On a very important note,George Takei reminds us all that in fact it was Japanese-Americans who were interned, not foreigners.) That mayor may be the only person ever to look back on the internment camps and not see them as what they are: one of the most shameful moments in American history.
The Digital Divide Runs Deep in Native American Communities
Many tribes have no access to power or water, let alone broadband, so some have started building their own networks. But then they have to bid against huge corporations like AT&T and Verizon for rights to the spectrum (which is how wireless works).
via Pacific Standard
Miso — It’s Not Just for Soup
Remember when you made that miso soup and then had a tub of miso sitting in your fridge for four years? Here’s some tips on what to do with it. Tahini, ever 80% full and in our fridge, is next on our list.
This Lesbian Couple Filmed What It’s Like to be Gay in Other Countries
The two women from San Francisco travelled all over the world to meet supergays — people fighting for LGBT rights under very oppressive circumstances — and ended up completely blown away.
Hostility Towards Refugees, Sadly, Is Part of Our Historical Tradition
Well, we are definitely a nation of immigrants, and also a nation of people who fear the next newest immigrants: Jews, Cubans, Haitians, Mexicans, and now Syrians. Here’s to hoping that the arc keeps bending towards justice.
White Americans Long for the 1950s
43 percent of Americans say that discrimination against white people is as big a problem as discrimination against Blacks and other minorities. And they think that American culture was better in the 1950s. Ah, yes, microwaves, Drive-In movies, Leave it to Beaver and Jim Crow laws!
via Washington Post