So at work today I wasn’t wearing my nametag, but this guy came up to the cash register and said “Hi, Victoria!” to which I responded “Wow, I’m impressed you remember my name!” His response? ”You’ve made quite an impression on my heart-I mean head” and I COULDN’T STOP LAUGHING!!! I couldn’t see his face since I was laughing so hard so I hope he wasn’t serious…
Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour, McMaster University
"The impact of perceptual interference on recognition memory"
when your parents are telling embarrassing stories about you to other people
When people of colour are expected to educate white people as to their humanity, when women are expected to educate men, lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world, the oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions.
- know they’re problematic
- know why they’re problematic
- don’t dismiss people’s feelings/dissatisfaction with them
- don’t silence people when they’re talking about the problems in your media, because your enjoyment is not more important than that discussion.
A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
The statue depicts Jesus as a vagrant sleeping on a park bench. St. Alban’s Episcopal Church installed the homeless Jesus statue on its property in the middle of an upscale neighborhood filled with well-kept townhomes.
Jesus is huddled under a blanket with his face and hands obscured; only the crucifixion wounds on his uncovered feet give him away.
The reaction was immediate. Some loved it; some didn’t.
"One woman from the neighborhood actually called police the first time she drove by," says David Boraks, editor of DavidsonNews.net. "She thought it was an actual homeless person."
That’s right. Somebody called the cops on Jesus.
"ooh! a poor person in need of help! i better make sure they get arrested!" to me, that’s the issue that’s most troubling. Apart from that, the statue, and the idea behind it, is one of the parts of Christianity that even a grouchy atheist like me has to admire…
OK I know calling the police on a homeless person is probably THE least ideal thing to do but think about the perspective of an (oblivious) middle-upper class woman in a wealthy neighborhood. A single (older or middle middle aged) probably white woman who’s been taught from a young age that police help people sees a homeless person sleeping in broad daylight. Most homeless people don’t sleep in the open in “nice” neighborhoods in broad daylight, and if they are, something is wrong. For all she knows, they could be sleeping off a high or dead of illness/hunger/etc. She doesn’t feel equipped to deal with the worst scenarios (being small/old/paranoid/whatever), so she does what her (white middle-class) parents would have urged her to do and calls the people she’s been told will always help- the police. If she’s living in a white middle class bubble, she probably didn’t know that if it HAD been a homeless person, best case scenario would have been “move on” (not exactly helpful.) The woman probably hoped that by calling the police, she’d help a sick person get access to the resources they need. She probably didn’t realize the person would have probably just ended up in jail. That being said, she obviously needs to educate herself. But vilifying her seems a little out of line, unless it’s clear she wanted the person (really the statue) arrested.