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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.

 

The closing of American academia – Opinion – Al Jazeera English

But all Americans should be concerned about adjuncts, and not only because adjuncts are the ones teaching our youth. The adjunct problem is emblematic of broader trends in American employment: the end of higher education as a means to prosperity, and the severing of opportunity to all but the most privileged.

Anthropologists are known for their attentiveness to social inequality, but few have acknowledged the plight of their peers. When I expressed doubt about the job market to one colleague, she advised me, with total seriousness, to “re-evaluate what work means” and to consider “post-work imaginaries”. A popular video on post-graduate employment cuts to the chase: “Why don’t you tap into your trust fund?”

via The closing of American academia – Opinion – Al Jazeera English.

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Manta | Bucket List Publications


Manta roller coaster

Flying over the half-mile course in our giant manta ray-shape ride car, we felt the exhilaration of pulling 3 to 4 G’s through more than a dozen twists and high-bank turns, and a thrilling 54-foot drop.

via Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like a Manta | Bucket List Publications.

Whoo hoo! I do love a good roller coaster! ^_^

John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube

They come from the cities

And they come from the smaller towns

Beat up cars with guitars and drummers

Goin crack boom bam

Voices from nowhere

And voices from the larger towns

Filled our head full of dreams

Turned the world upside down

via John Mellencamp- R.O.C.K in The U.S.A – YouTube.

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