The big rule that I was taught in minimalism is that you have got 7-10 minutes to read your story, and in that 7-10 minutes you have got to make people laugh—that’s most important.
You have got to make them feel something, some sympathetic physical reaction. Disease does that, illness does that, violence does that, sex does that.
And third, and most important is you have got to break their heart at the end. When they’re laughing the hardest or when they are feeling the sickest, you have got to break their heart. It’s talking about the things we cannot talk about that is so incredibly powerful. It gives people freedom not just to talk about those, but to laugh about those things. And that, my god, we don’t need anything beyond that.
It’s interesting how viewing race as a non-issue actually is an issue in and of itself. Denying there is a problem doesn’t mean it goes away.
Arrington’s awkward commentary on race is a symptom, not a problem, of Silicon Valley’s arrogant assumption that it is above the fray.
With that said, the only people that have the opportunity to be truly color blind are those who don’t have to worry about their own color and societal stature in the first place. As a black man living in America, I do not have the opportunity to be color blind.
The officials at this school disgust me for allowing this to happen. Twice.
The girl was raped, convinced to recant, forced to formally apologize to her rapist, and then expelled. And then she was raped again.
The girl was also examined and found to have been sexually assaulted. However, she was suspended from school for “disrespectful conduct” and “public display of affection,” her lawyers wrote in the lawsuit.