It’s the same reason that homophobes really don’t bother me.
Nothing anyone says or does can take away any of my achievements. I know I am meant and destined for much greater things than worrying about what inconsequential people say, think or feel about me.
Homophobes currently don’t bother me because majority of them are fighting against the tide of gay marriage, something that I could care less about.
Nativists also don’t worry me because they are fighting against the tide of immigration reform, another issue that won’t really affect me given my heart is set on Canada. Even if that doesn’t work out, they can’t really take away my half-to-full tuition scholarships for law school in the United States, my job(s) and my inner state of peace.
It’s technically pretty simple—I have more important things to worry about. Getting a good number of hours at the gym, 5 meals per day, 7-8 hours of sleep along with 2 hours of scheduled TV time gawking at hot women is priority. Now if those privileges are under attack, I would go after the offender.
Fighting words from closeted people too afraid to reveal their own identity don’t affect me unless I am really bored out of my mind. That hardly happens since I keep myself busy. So when the Washington Post issues a cheapshot like “No, that was not a typo: illegal immigrants,” my first response is to laugh.My second response is to have my ego stoked.
My final response is to store it away for 2 decades, work really hard to become the national pride of 2-3 countries, and make millions from my own autobiography.
When your mom starts arguing about the price of grapes at the store cashier even with a long line behind her. After the cashier finally agrees to a refund, she returns the grapes because it was 50 cents more and gets her refund from customer service. She then drives 2.5 miles more to another store for grapes that are cheaper.
There will be a protest against IndyMac Bank on Jan.4,2010 @ 9am INDYMAC/ ONE WEST BANK CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS. 155 N Lake Ave. Pasadena Ca.
Those who are affected by this UNETHICAL BANK. Bring your friends and families with signs, bullhorns and anything else that will make noise.
There should be a big crowd of affected homeowners supporting one another. All of the executives should be back to work on January 4,2010. The holidays will be over, so for them it should be back to being UNETHICAL as usual.
Let’s protest and get their attention Jan. 4, 2010 9AM. Hope to see everyone there.
“Undocumented immigrants bit the bullet and came out on top during the entire health care debacle. Unlike other American citizens and legal immigrants, we don’t have a mandate to pay health insurance companies anything given that we also don’t get the tax affordability credits to help us pay. And we can still use emergency rooms. Thanks for hating us so much America.”—Prerna
“Making it more difficult to visit India, return here frequently or stay long hurts large numbers of innocents, costs us millions and alienates. Is all that worth it just in hope of making it difficult for a future Headley to Recce? Are we going to allow terrorists to make us less welcoming?”—ShashiTharoor
I wish I had some real skills with graphic designing for it would come in handy right about now.
I saw Avatar in 3D yesterday, and I am still disturbed about the colonial discourse of the movie because I can see a lot of it in my own life as a young crusader fighting for immigrant rights.
In our colony of unrequited dreams, we have the frankly boring old white guys in suits who pose as leaders and try to define our messaging. They seem to be full of white burden. We have the almost clueless people of color and women who work directly for these old white guys, maybe because the non-profit industrial complex pays them well. It is critical to get these people on our side. Of course, there is the completely opposite younger, liberal versions of the white honchos who are full of white guilt and shame to the point that they sway with the wind. It’s important to sway these people as much as possible and use them for your good whenever possible. Then we have some young people of color bureaucrats who try to emulate whiteness (and misogyny) in order to come out on top of it. They are unimportant figureheads for the most part who stand to reap some rewards for following the rules of the white, capitalist order.
There are also some really problematic, trouble-making radical people cast aside as stereotypical “tough and angry dykes” or similarly branded “angry people of color” kicked off lists for trying to have discussions deemed inappropriate or against the guidelines. These are the marginalized people no one really wants to hear or see, because you never know who would bear the brunt of their self-righteous rants on any given day. But they have some very important things to say. And then we have THOSE (undocumented) immigrants. You might have heard about them in the media—THEY are the ones who are breaking the law, invading our country and need to pay fines and taxes to ‘earn a path to legalization.’ These are Other(s) who are defined, categorized and appropriated from above by the very people who claim to help THEM.
When this narrative is actually your reality, you don’t want to watch this movie play out in any dimension.
Ex-Marine from “jar-head clan” finds himself in a lush and rich planet called Pandora, falls in love with an exotic ‘native’ and becomes one with the ‘good indigenous people’ after warding off the evil humans trying to drill the planet for X natural resource. It all sounds eerily familiar.
Some of the characters are reduced to mere caricatures. The scientist is the anti-imperialist, anti-corporate liberal do-gooder whereas the military official takes pleasure in blowing up things and the corporate honchos are only worried about PR and profits.
While perceived as anti-colonial, the entire narrative is still colonial, still about doing the right thing for “those people” from our point of view. Why the beautiful Nabi princess (given all the stereotypical traits of human females) would ever choose to mate with the dull and dud white marine officer escapes all logic — it screams Bollywood. The indigenous population is either put on a pedestal or reduced to some helpless aliens who cannot fight back humans without the heroic, liberal white male yearning to belong somewhere, given his own physical (and mental) incapacity.
Still, the movie gives us solid, entertainment value after spending some $300 million. I do wonder how the Nabi would react to this narrative about them, told from the eyes of someone else.
Now we await the video games enabling us to pick our own Avatars, fall in love with an exotic princess, and escape the horrendous conditions that human beings have created in the world around us. Whiteness is the ultimate privilege.