Memo to white families:
Black parents have to counteract with outside learning and study the wrong, misleading, ignorant, whitewashed messages transmitted in public schools LITERALLY ALL THE TIME.
"Patriotism education" is just a new phrase for the same BS that usually goes on during the white-centered, Western-loving, washed and erased fairy tales y'all been calling "history" since you colonized and conquered shit.
So, yes, if you want Junior to grow to be something other an ignorant propaganda-fed sympathizer for an America that was *never* all that great, you have to do some outside work. You might have to go the extra mile to *expose* your kids to books they won't teach them in school.
That urgent need to counteract the one-sided lessons they hear in school IS THE LIVED EXPERIENCE of every educated black person out here. WELCOME to the world where you have to explain why teachers are wrong and where they can look for additional information.
And be thankful that you live in the age of the internet as you start this journey. *My* parents had to hook me up in the NYPL with goddamn MICROFICHE when I came home spouting some crap I "learned about in school."

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25 Oct
I'm watching @60Minutes because fuck @realDonaldTrump. Ratings that, asshole.
That said, jesus christ, the lies.
"This is 60 Minutes, and we can't put on things we can't verify." -- Leslie Stahl on tape as 60 Minutes puts on Trump claims it can't verify.
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One of the key takeaways I'm left with from this debate is that we fully can't even talk to each other anymore. That was the president of the united states, 11 days out from a general election, speaking in a way that reasonably informed people outside his niche COULDN'T FOLLOW.
It's really, it's gotta be like walking into a mass, knowing nothing about Catholicism, and sitting there and hearing "this is flesh now and you MUST EAT IT TO BE SAVED."

Like, WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON?
I know there've been ENDLESS articles about how Fox creates its own self-fulfilling cultural ecosystem. I've WRITTEN some of those articles. I get the *general problem* here.

But, just, DAMN. When I was 10 I had a better grasp on what Bush/Dukakis were REFERENCING than Trump.
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I finally got around to reading the Rod Dreher dreck and, wow. Wow. What passes for intellectualism among Republicans these days is just, wow.
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Then our guy says: "He wrote this in 1947. Zimmerman missed the Baby Boom coming, but otherwise, he was right on target."
WUT?
How you gonna quote a guy warning about declining birth rates, and then just wave away "HE MISSED THE BABY BOOM." Talk about: Other than that, how was the play Mrs. Lincoln.
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Season 6
Season 8
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Season 2
Season 4
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NOW, if McConnell tries to accept the nomination, they could ACT.
If Lindsey Graham pushes through the nomination without a quorum, Dems will ask the full Senate to reject that nomination. At that point, McConnell needs 51 votes (or 50, not sure if Pence gets to break the tie) to ignore regular rules.
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That's... the story... I'm supposed to believe from these people?
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It was Trump fluffer John Ratcliffe who said that it was being done to "help Trump" and that I don't believe at all.

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