Archive for the ‘sad’ Category

say it with me now,

August 15, 2007

Someone handed me a flier for this movie yesterday, just shortly after I left a THREE HOUR dentist appointment. I was a little too out of it to appreciate the full what the fuckness of this, but seriously —

WHAT

THE

FUCK?

I mean, I loved EO with Professor Davis Evans as much as the next guy, but really?

On a related note, has anyone else noticed that there is now a student blogs section on the MLAW website? Do you think the alumni bloggers can get a little love?

In case you missed this sick, ugly, story

July 18, 2007

I know I somehow missed, until today, the story of the Jena Six — six black teenagers being charged with crimes varying from aggravated assault to attempted murder, based on a fight at a high school, a fight which it is not at ALL clear that they were all involved in and which followed months of racial tension erupting out of a hate crime committed by white students at the school, characterized as a “youthful prank.”

It does not appear that the New York Times has even mentioned this story — at least nothing came up when I did a search on the website.

See here, here, here for more.

Too sick for comment. I don’t even know what to say.

I read in one of the stories that groups such as the Legal Defense Fund and SPLC have just begun to take an interest now, after Mychal Bell was convicted (by an all-white jury, after his PD failed to call a single witness, etc.) of aggravated assault based on the clever theory that his tennis shoe was a “dangerous weapon” under Louisiana law. Well, I hope those groups or someone else gets it together to help the rest of the students defend their cases, and help Mr. Bell appeal this madness.

P.S. Here’s a petition you can sign to the Louisiana governor, and one to the D.A.

Yes, this post is depressing too.

April 18, 2007

In continuation of my recent quest to make this blog sad and serious, i would just like to send the reader’s attention to this picture, taken today in Baghdad:

massacre

I would never seek to belittle the magnitude of the atrocity at Virginia Tech this past Monday.  I merely ask: where is the touching New York Times “Victims” page for the one hundred seventy one innocent lives that were lost today in Iraq’s capital? I know that this disparity is frequently noted, and I don’t particularly mean to condemn the NYT for its lopsided coverage of the two massacres.  I don’t really know what I want to say, except that a life is a life is a life, whether it is an Iraqi graduate student studying hydrology or a Virginian one. I find myself more and more inured to the daily fact of more Iraqi lives lost. Let’s all try to maintain our shock and anger at their deaths, just as we felt those emotions when we learned of the events in Blacksburg, VA.