Late last year Jeff Lemire said that he had created a new hero for his new Justice League book - a teenage Cree girl from James Bay based in part on a real-life person, the late activist Shannen Koostachin.
When the cover for Justice League United #0, by Mike McKone, was revealed, however, the character was nowhere to be seen. And several folks were disappointed to see a cast that was, well, very not diverse.
The variant cover for JLU #1 by
Gene HaMcKone didn’t look any more diverse, either.
But that second cover is actually going to look different and diverse when it hits the stands.
It’s awesome that she’s part of the JL, but i looked at the cover multiple times before I saw her. She just melts into the background. It’s a little disconcerting.
Charda Gregory abducted, humiliated, violated, restrained, scalped and tortured.
If this were reversed, with black police officers who were sworn to uphold peace and justice but instead were documented victimizing a white woman (who was already a victim), this news would have trumped the Olympics!
Truncated version: drugged at a party, abducted to a motel, wakes up during unwanted sexual violation in a motel room full of strangers, fights like hell to escape, motel employee calls the authorities, she gets arrested for destroying motel property and it just gets worst from there.
Every officer who participated in it and even those who witnessed it and did nothing should be punished but instead they just fired the woman?
No rape kit, no police report on the people inside the motel room, no investigation of her claims, no accountability for missing motel entry records, no video from the motel but she gets detained for fourteen days?
(Btw, when did your tax dollars begin purchasing Abu Ghraib type water boarding chairs?)
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I made this powerpoint for this week’s lesson - Regional/Iconic American Foods. I went back through and replaced all the text with my student’s reactions.
I had a Japanese roommate back in DC who grew to love grits — flavored with soy sauce, furikake, and nibosi. Sometimes dried seaweed. As a Texan, I was horrified. I tried it: still horrifying, but tasty.
The new version of the exam has tougher questions and a higher registration fee—plus it requires computer proficiency.
Key point: "GED Testing Service is now a for-profit entity"
This actually makes me quite angry.
There is no reason education should be profitized. All this does is hold it hostage from people who already had difficulty obtaining it.
This test is already way fucking expensive.
wow antiblackness in action when the cost in North Carolina jumps the most, from $35 to $130. i took the ged in 2004, passed it officially at the beginning of 2005 and dont remember even paying $65 for the GED, now $120 out here in Mass?!?!!? i think i paid $40 at most. and it was a paper test that i could take. i passed and was able to enroll into community college less than a month after and that was the beginning of my college journey after dropping out from high school for about a year. this shit makes me so fucking mad.
disgusting. they are raising the gates higher and higher on opportunity. you can see them with a sieve in one hand, mashing us into it, calling whatever gets through ‘fairness.’
the GED was my way to enter college, after dropping out at 16. if these people had their way, i’d never had a chance to get into college. like has been said, know your enemy.
how? they will call that which injures you ‘progress.’
The higher standards on the GED test will be paired with another change—starting next year, students will take the GED test on computers only. Pencil-and-paper tests will no longer be allowed. Students will need to know keyboarding skills such as ‘drag and drop,’ scrolling, and clicking on multiple choice questions. Turner sees this as a sign of progress.
class barrier. tech access/literacy barrier. some drop out as teens to raise kids. might not have computer skills or access. might need to spend money on food, yanno. instead of costly tech. but why should they get an opportunity to raise up? to step out of the mire? because the elites need their fast food workers, ticket takers, maids, soldiers, and flunkies. that’s why.
Adult educators also worry about the increased cost of the new GED test. In Illinois the price has jumped from $50 to $120, in North Carolina from $35 to $130, and in Massachusetts from $65 to $120. Turner calls the $120 price tag “rock-bottom pricing.”
yeah, that’s the really delicious part. how these fools keeps saying how this is great, progress, choices, value, blah blah fucking blah. it sounds like R-Money telling us that if we are having a hard time, move in with our (wealthy) parents! of courrrrrrse. that’s all. it’s progress in terms of further class divide. so progress, yeah. like cancer progresses. i mean, hell. this is progress. for dropouts with lots of loot. that is the crowd we should focus on, after all.
what the hell happened, anyway? why is this valuable program that has helped so many who were disadvantaged, now being turned into yet another thing out of reach to many?
same reason social security gets more and more reviled by the elites. same reason that all safety nets now feel threatening to the white elites. programs which once seemed UNIVERSALLY beneficial now are seen as going, in large part (even if untrue), to People of Color. Black, Mexican, and others. (you’ll note the observation above in the comments about how the Blackest areas, according to this article at least, are the ones raising the GED test the highest. not subtle!)
and then, there is this succinct paragraph:
The GED test was first launched in 1942, as a boost to the veterans whose education was interrupted when the U.S. joined World War II. The test allowed thousands of service members to get a credential they could use to go on to college. Since then, its reach has grown dramatically. By 1958, there were more civilians taking the test than veterans. Today, it’s known to some as ‘America’s Largest High School.’ Thanks to government incentives, the test has become a ticket to some federal jobs programs, college grants, and, for prisoners, a chance to get out of jail a little sooner. It also has given many undocumented immigrants a better shot at staying in the U.S.
With all the new obstacles—the tougher standards, the computer requirement and the higher price—some states, including New York, Maine, and Montana, have decided to abandon the GED test entirely, no longer offering it as an alternative to a high school diploma.
Progress. Smell that bright fucking future, kids! Whiteness rages on. And in its path is the smell of cinder and blanch.