So yesterday I found out that when i allowed my car insurance to lapse, upon reinstatement of the same policy, they take into consideration the three car accidents i had last year. These three would have continued to be non-issues had it not lapsed.
This made my new car insurance monthly payment $993.72 for six months. That’s a six grand a half year. They will continue to take these accidents into consideration when deciding my monthly payment for the next three years.
I proceeded to have a small meltdown in my head while i headed home from the bank where I tried to pay my insurance at. A loved one painted a very stern image of what my life could look like if I was caught driving a car like this (with the next state’s license, no insurance, and what we would later realize also to be expired tags by a day).
Aaaaaaaaand like that, I’m now carless.
I’m now an avid biker overnight. My costs in transporation have now gone down to a $100 bus pass a month and costs for bike tune ups. My mental health will skyrocket with the exercise, I’ll get calves and thighs of steel, and I’ll be the fat muscle bear I’ve been complaining that I’m not for years. And if there’s every a town to be a biker and pedestrian, Portland’s it.
I’m scared, I’ll give you that. Biking wasn’t exactly good to me last time, but I still got my falsie tooth instead of a front tooth gap so I got that going for me. Cars are assholes. and hills. and time adjustments. and forcing me into better habits.
I have options. I can get back on the bike and let a 2012 sit on the driveway for three years, ignoring it and trying not to look at it the entire time.
Or I guess I could do something about it. I could try taking it around the block every other day till I can afford to fix the tail light, insure it with just liability, and get new tags. This is fixable with new habits, sweat, time, and sacrifices of blood and road rash to the road spirits. And I’m so unhappy about being forced to grow up. But I asked for help getting my shit together and I sure as fuck got it.
But today I’m skipping class on account of the panic attack I’ve had since I woke up about this. I’m outside, in the only sunshine this week, and finally making that potato container out of the extra trash can in the garage. By sundown, I want to know how much just liability is for a number of companies. And that’s all I’m doing today.
This tumblr is by and for people of color. This is not for you, for your Pinterest, for your magical veiled white supremacy. You are not, and never will be a priority here.
Okay but where did they say they hated white people? They simply said it wasnt for…
That “appreciation” is neither safe for POC nor desired here. We do not exist for you to “appreciate” us. Stop making everything about you.
starbucks (@starbucks) logo traces roots back to Africa.
Info via citizins (@citizins)
When you see that Starbucks logo, you probably think the same thing as me: “There’s that ‘smiling mermaid’ logo, there must be some good, but overpriced, coffee nearby”. Well what isn’t known to the world is that this is a picture of Yemayaa, also know through out West Africa and the Caribbean as Yemoja,Yemowo, Mami Wata, Janaína, LaSiren (in Vodou) is an Orisha – said to be a Goddess of the traditional Yoruba religion that was brought by the enslaved Africans of what is now Nigeria to the west. She is the patron of women, in particular, pregnant women. When slaves were transported across the ocean, it was said to be Yemaya who protected them on their journey and kept them safe. She is kind and giving. She takes a long time to anger but when she does, watch out, you have a hurricane on your hands. She is said to be the “mother whose children number as the fish in the sea” and that is why she is presented as a two-tailed mermaid.Yemaya is said to bring forth and protect life through all the highs and lows, even during the worst atrocities that can be suffered. She reminds women to take time out for themselves, to nurture their own needs and to respect their deserved position in life.
Happy Black History month everyone!
- In 2009, a man married a video game character
- In 2007, a woman married the Eiffel Tower
- In 2008, a man married a life-sized doll
- Also in 2009, a woman married a roller coaster
- And in 2005, a woman married a dolphin
please explain to me why people still say that gays shouldnt be able to be married to preserve the sanctity of marraige
There exist no greater guilty pleasure in my life than object sexual documentaries.
Bonus: my girlfriend does a spot on impression of the lady who’s sexually attracted to the county fair ride and her dirty talk to it: “I want your fluids”
Keep y’alls fingers crossed: I’ll hear by the end of the week if I scored a job at the packing department of the same bakery who’s cafe I’m branding. Pays 9.25 and a solid 24hrs a week.
Just wrapped up the working interview where I packed up bread for an hour. No customers. No selling. Just line up the edges. Yea, ok. I’ll take a $1.50 cut in wages/hr so you’ll leave me the fuck alone.
Gawd I miss paychecks.
Move to Portland, we would have kicked his ass.
"our fake liberal haven is better than that fake liberal haven"
agreed. It’s not perfect but, as a cis white male, the city as a whole does not tolerate that shit. and as far as on the street, there’s a bash back culture. so as far as my opinion goes it might mean shit. solidarity my friend.
Michelle Alexander: White men get rich from legal pot, black men stay in prison
March 14, 2014
Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize.
But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you’ll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than 210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that’s making those white guys on TV rich.
“In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in a public conversation on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the Drug Policy Alliance. “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”
Alexander said she is “thrilled” that Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and that Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts earlier this month. But she said she’s noticed “warning signs” of a troubling trend emerging in the pot legalization movement: Whites—men in particular—are the face of the movement, and the emerging pot industry. (A recent In These Times article titled “ The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization,” summarize this trend.)
Alexander said for 40 years poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.
“Black men and boys” have been the target of the war on drugs’ racist policies—stopped, frisked and disturbed—“often before they’re old enough to vote,” she said. Those youths are arrested most often for nonviolent first offenses that would go ignored in middle-class white neighborhoods.
“We arrest these kids at young ages, saddle them with criminal records, throw them in cages, and then release them into a parallel social universe in which the very civil and human rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement no longer apply to them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “They can be discriminated against [when it comes to] employment, housing, access to education, public benefits. They’re locked into a permanent second-class status for life. And we’ve done this in precisely the communities that were most in need of our support.”
As Asha Bandele of DPA pointed out during the conversation, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Today, 2.2 million people are in prison or jail and 7.7 million are under the control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned.
Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.
Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.