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Gansu: Majestic Danxia Landform after rain

Travelers are enjoying the spectacular Danxia Landform scenery in Zhangye, northwest China, on September 8. Zhangye Danxia Landform Park is located on the border of Nijiaying Village and Baiyin Village in Gansu Province, northwest China, having an area of 510 square kilometers. [Photo: Xinhuanet]

Travelers are enjoying the spectacular Danxia Landform scenery in Zhangye, northwest China, on September 8. Zhangye Danxia Landform Park is located on the border of Nijiaying Village and Baiyin Village in Gansu Province, northwest China, having an area of 510 square kilometers. [Photo: Xinhuanet]

I found this awesome image at Absolute China Tours.

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Heavy Metal: the Black and Silver

into the whirlpool, where matter vanishes
degenerate star
arm of orion
an iron sun
the forbidden circle
it’s a mountain, it’s a black horizon

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never one

by starlight, the heaviest will rise up
magnetic mirror, scattered body slow
a chaos of metal, river of fire
unlighted crossing the countless blue and glows

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never one

falling matter, from the cross
freedom that was never lost
beyond the end, we’ll be coming
beyond time, space and control

direction – sun light
creation – done right
foundation – before the einstein splits the night
spans a river – star light
become tired – stars bright
world – light up darkness
without end – light up night

heavy metal, black and silver
falling matter of the sun
pulls itself into the past
where there was never, never, never, never one

–‘heavy metal: the black and silver‘, blue oyster cult

A 13-Year-Old’s Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School | Race on GOOD

 

Frederick Douglass, circa 1860's

In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him,” Auld says. “It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”

Williams wrote that overcrowded, poorly managed classrooms prevent real learning from happening and thus produces the same results as Mr. Auld’s outright ban. She wrote that her white teachers—the vast majority of Rochester students are black and Hispanic, but very few teachers are people of color—are in a “position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom.”

Instead of truly teaching, most teachers simply “pass out pamphlets and packets” and then expect students to complete them independently, Williams wrote. But this approach fails, she concluded, because “most of my peers cannot read and or comprehend the material that has been provided.” As a result, she continued, not much has changed since the time of Douglass, “just different people, different era” and “the same old discrimination still resides in the hearts of the white man.” Williams called for her fellow students to “start making these white teachers accountable for instructing you” and challenged teachers to do their jobs. “What merit is there,” she asked, if teachers have knowledge and are “not willing to share because of the color of my skin?”

According to the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle, Williams’ parents transferred her to another school, then withdrew her altogether. The conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation gave Williams a special award , saying that her essay “actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography.” They have also reached out to the school for an explanation of the 13-year-old’s treatment.

via A 13-Year-Old’s Slavery Analogy Raises Some Uncomfortable Truths in School | Race on GOOD.

 

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