“I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.”
I was in my mid-20s and a promotion opened up in my division at work and I planned to apply for it. Given the hierarchy in our department, one male coworker and I were the natural ones to consider for the job. When the topic came up, that’s what he said to me: “I’m not going to apply for the job because I want you to get it.” I don’t remember what I said in the moment, but I remember quietly seething and thinking, “Don’t do me any favors. Go ahead and apply and I’ll still get it.” (more…)
One of the only things worse than seeing right-wing Republicans sweep an election is seeing Democrats take that drubbing and interpret it as an indication that they need to act more like Republicans. Which is why I wanted to yell “hallelujah!” when I read these comments from Dannel Malloy, the governor of Connecticut and the person poised to take over the Democratic Governors Association: (more…)
protestors flood the Capitol in Wisconsin after the death of Tony Robinson (via latimes.com)
I could hear to person in the row in front of me breathing heavily. It sounded like more than the light panting of someone who ran to catch the train. Something was off about it, and it made me wonder if he had been running away from something or someone.
Before long, I saw a person out of the corner of my eye, heard a gruff “Stand up!”, and saw that it was a police officer. He wrestled the young black man to the ground trying to handcuff him and yelled at him throughout to stop moving and give him his arm. When he had him upright and in cuffs, the young man responded to everything with “Yes, sir” and “No, sir” and seemed like he was trying to explain what he saw as some kind of misunderstanding. The cop told him to never run from the police. I didn’t see what led up to this interaction, but he looked like a scared kid–he couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15–who got spooked and ran away from the cops. The officer shuffled him off the train at the next stop as someone yelled out at the kid to not say anything and just do what the officer told him to do.