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Aug. 31st, 2006 @ 12:02 am we didn't start the fai-yuh
Current Music: Billy Joel - We Didn't Start the Fire

They say the late '60s and early '70s were crazy, but I had no idea they were armed revolution crazy. No wonder our parents' (er, your parents'?) generation was so paranoid--it wasn't just the Cold War and mutually assured destruction they were worried about, but all these earnest yet bizarre calls for bloodshed. The divide between left and right wasn't just over health care and Vietnam, it was over which was more likely, international nuclear war or domestic revolution. While what my parents went through--the Cultural Revolution, which may have at least partly inspired this whole mess in the first place--is probably worse than what most of your parents went through, that's still pretty insane. All those crazy movements we have at Oberlin are part of this legacy, as unwilling as some of them are to admit it. I don't think I can ever again walk through Third World House and look at those "JOIN THE MAOIST INTERNATIONALIST MOVEMENT!" posters without retching or giggling uncontrollably. For all their talk of revolution, you don't see Black Panthers patrolling Afrikan Heritage House with M16s just in case Third World House launches an armed assault to decide the fate of the African American Studies program. (Which is more or less what actually happened at UCLA in 1969, if what I'm told is to be believed. Considering the source, probably not.)

The Black Panther chapter, in particular, makes a lot of what I saw in New Orleans make a lot more sense. Though it's still highly suspicious that the group that eventually became Common Ground Collective started as an armed black militia (formed ostensibly for protection against the white militias that were roaming black neighborhoods), taking up arms must have been a natural response given its leaders' experience with racial violence. They were merely trying to prevent history from repeating itself. Hurricane aside, it's not like this kind of thing is new to them.

No wonder we never learned this stuff in high school--the history book folk are still scratching their heads. Hippies? Watergate? Nixon? Tame. What was really going on in America at that time was Fucked Up, with a capital Fuck. Bush's excesses in the current administration are bloody awful by modern historical standards, but I have to admit that, if Wikipedia is to be trusted (ha), things could have been a lot worse in the Good Old Days.

All of this is making me homesick for Oberlin. why can't it be tomorrow night already
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Aug. 31st, 2006 @ 01:12 am google is racist against humans
Current Music: The Temptations - Ball Of Confusion (That's What The World Is Today)
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This is an OUTRAGE. How DARE they stereotype MY PEOPLE in such a DEROGATORY, INSULTING, and UTTERLY TRUE manner. I demand we MARCH TOGETHER against Google's offices to combat this GROSS INJUSTICE! We will WAVE SIGNS and CHANT SLOGANS and speak in CAPITAL LETTERS until the GOVERNMENT gives us the PEACE, SOLIDARITY, and JUSTICE we deserve. We will not rest until EACH and EVERY human BEING understands that our identity as HUMAN BEINGS defines every aspect of WHO WE ARE, from the CLOTHES WE BUY to the FOOD WE WASTE.


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Aug. 31st, 2006 @ 02:19 pm goodbye
Current Location: san francisco
Finally leaving SF. At last.

Will arrive in Oberlin in the early morning, if all goes well. (Mike and Phil, I'm probably going to stop by the CS lab before I move into the house, so if you guys want to sleep in, leave me a comment and I'll be sure not to disturb you until then.)

The rest of you Obies, call me when I get back on campus. We have much hanging out to do.
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