It is in vain, sir, to extentuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace -- but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

- Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

Quote of the Day

I think because I went to a pretty white school, that I really don’t look Latin, I don’t have dark eyes, I never had dark hair, so I don’t think a lot of people put two and two together. But I was always proud of my Latino roots and proud of my Irish roots. I never felt like, ‘Oh, I should be white, or all Latin.’ I am what I am.

– Christina Aguilera, on being Latin

Stray thought: Is racism on the spectrum with pride in one’s race? It occurs to me that I have a certain degree of pride in my Mexican-American heritage, and of my Scot heritage (just to name two parts of my mestizo/mutt background)– but what does it really mean? Is having pride in what is basically the genetic “cards you’re dealt” just the opposite of something we’ve just made up? In both instances we ascribe importance to something which in the end does not relate to the content of our character. Human beings are so good at ascribing order to the way things work, when often there is no overarching theme to things – they just are. Race is something with little merit, appears scientific, and gets attention – rather like horoscopes and movie grosses.

(yes kids, here at we are free to find the hidden connections between MLK, Christina Aguilera, and pseudoscience!)

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