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Romancing the Border: Or, Making (Self) Deportation Sexy

There’s this new bit of “activism,” the latest from DREAM activists, who succeed at keeping themselves relentlessly in the news through bits of staged political theatre.

 

Illinoi's Gay Marriage Disaster: An Autopsy

June 19, 2013

An excerpt:

To ask who was to blame is the easier task, but to understand what happened yields a more complicated picture about not just the failure of mainstream Chicago gays but the failure of the nation-wide marriage campaign.

 

Recent Work: The Omnibus Edition

June 10, 2013

It's been a while since I've posted here, and that's in large part because I've been busy with some long projects.  This is only a sampling, and I'll have a more detailed post later.  But for now, here are some snippets and news...

Stop Blaming Media for Sunil Tripathi's Death

25 April, 2013

Let's not turn this into yet another Tyler Clementi equation. Clementi wasn't killed by Dharun Ravi, and chances are whatever drove Tripathi to his death had less to do with the mis-identification and more to do with a host of issues unrelated to all that.

Cut Schools! Build Prisons!

First came the news, on March 21, that no less than 54 Chicago Public Schools (CPS) schools would be closed.  Rahm Emanuel, in a manner befitting his always imperious and uncaring Mayoralty, chose to be on vacation when the news flooded out to stunned Chicagoans.

Gay Marriage's Economic Underside

March 26, 2013

The Supreme Court takes up gay marriage this week.  Utterly incapable of understanding or relaying nuance, mainstream media continue with their myopic portrayal of all this as a battle between the goodies and the baddies.  Here, sweet, sad gays who just want to express their love are pitted against evil meanie Rightwing fundamentalists skewering gays and their children for breakfast.

This picture erases the complicated matter of what will happen if the gays win or lose.  We're screwed either way, no matter the outcome.  

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