On the corner of North Lamar and Koenig, there was a field next to a shopping center that reliably had bluebonnets every single year and wild flowers every single summer. Regardless of the amount of rain, the amount of sun, or the amount of development that appeared around that field, the flowers remained. One could always drive to the corner — or in my case, take the bus to the corner of Koenig and North Lamar and see bluebonnets, and be reminded that there are some people who can still appreciate natural beauty without having to consume it. This February…


While Texas has had some of the worst problems with the pandemic, Abbott has elected to reopen the state. Despite tangible evidence of loss, the federal government braced itself for a resurgence of an attempted coup on March 4, 2021, due to rumors provided by Qanon. Lest anyone believe that I only offer one-sided criticism, the Biden administration has failed to offer stimulus payments, but found money to bomb Syria. The “liberal” and Democrat-led City of Austin was one of many places where the wealthy barely lost power. Many people are constantly screaming about voting, as if none of the…


There is consistent advice when countries, jobs, cities and communities become too difficult to maintain a healthy lifestyle: just move. Just move. Just leave the country. Just leave the job and find another one. Even Cult45’s daughter said, “Try something new.” While we have this mentality of existential flexibility, reality dictates that most societies are conditioned to see somebody in the same way in one location as they do in another. Being a person of “low class” in the eyes of society means that most other people will fail to see such people as holding inherent worth.

If somebody is…


After an attempted coup, the nation’s emotional temperature is decidedly varied. On one hand, there are those who recognized all along that certain people were unable to manage the idea of consent, and would act violently to force their will on the populace. On the other hand, there were those who had been enabling the fantasy of somebody who refused to acknowledge that he had been wrong — at any point in time. While Mary Trump has gotten a lot of attention for claiming to understand a great deal about her dysfunctional uncle, everybody else knew that he was a…


In the movie “Home Fries,” Catherine O’Hara plays a supposedly grieving widow who has lost her husband twice, through adultery and through death. In the movie, she is constantly crying, which magically stops when attention is not focused on her. Because of those tears, her sons are inspired to attempt to murder the second party to the affair, who is still alive. Towards the end, Luke Wilson’s character finally sees the light and calls out her inauthenticity, leading his brother to surrender and renege on any promises of vengeance. Authenticity is a huge problem in this country regarding racism. There…


On November 7, 2020, the election was called for Joe Biden. On November 8, 2020, Eva Longoria conducted an interview in which she said that Latino women were the real heroes of the election. The population in the United States is roughly 330 million. To give her half a point, Black people are 12% of the population, meaning that if there were no Black people in prison, and every Black person were able to healthily engage without effort, that would be 39.6 million “guaranteed” votes for Democrats. Latinx people are 18% of the population, which means that if none of…


By now, everyone has heard and/or viewed the “60 Minutes” interview with Cult45. True to form, he began by demanding softball questions and then proceeded to lie his way through the process. Once it was clear that nobody was accepting either his lies or his bluster, he ran away, and hid behind his press secretary. The theme of this presidency has been a whirlwind of Cult45 demanding that people be impressed with him, and his pitching fits when people are indifferent. The truth is this: he willingly chose to run for office. No one made him, and he had plenty…


by Stephanie Webb

Photo by Ian Spence

When Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died, everyone was up in arms, lamenting that the fate of the country was ruined. Her long legacy of being a supposedly liberal justice and an upstart made several women immediately fret over the strength of Roe v. Wade. Ironically, her death came at the end of a week when a Black nurse named Dawn Wooten blew the whistle on a doctor who was forcibly sterilizing women in ICE detention camps. Some people had just started discussing the acceptability of sterilizing women of color versus the unacceptability of withdrawing the right of…


There was a brief uproar about words that were supposed to replace “nigger.” Because many White women were being called “Karens” in deference to weaponizing Whiteness to provoke before playing the victim, some were saying that “Karen” was the new “nigger.” As many people became radicalized by the horrific responses to COVID-19, many conservative people are claiming that “conservative” is the new “nigger.” As Black and brown people and communities continue to be ravaged by everything going on in the United States, we would take issue with these complaints, except that we know why people want everything to become the…


Senior Airman Elijah Thompkins, 75th Medical Group, hands a prescription over to a beneficiary March 23, 2020, at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. Photo by Cynthia Griggs

Everyone has a fantasy about what they would do in the face of danger, whether in the form of a fight, falling off of a cliff, or drowning in a river. For most people, this fantasy is harmless, just another example of how all human beings imagine themselves empowered. Problems arise when those fantasies of empowerment leak into the real world and are used to enact real danger on others who have no choice to escape. During this era of accountability, the United States has seen pain beyond anything that anybody could have imagined. There is a global pandemic, people…

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