The flag of the rising sun is a flag that was used by the Imperial Army of Japan during and before World War II. Many pacific countries have complicated opinions about the flag. This is because wherever the flag went atrocity, sorrow, and death followed swiftly, mostly as a package deal. After the endless carnage, the flag would be posted up around the fallen kingdom in high places, banning the one belonging to the country, a symbol of dominance, nationalistic pride, and triumph. This flag had spread throughout Pacific Eurasia, including but not limited to Korea, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam. In the eyes of Imperial Japan the people they invaded were treated as beings less than human – playthings, literal objects of pleasure, bullet catchers, slaves. Worthy only of use and death, the usual when it comes to war crimes. The only problem is that this flag, a symbol of atrocity, is still flown today.
During the fifty fourth Super Bowl this year in 2020, the Half-Time show was a performance put on by Shakira and Jennifer Lopez. The show caused quite the controversy in the media. While everybody is entitled to their opinion, some things are simply facts. Facts and humanity are what we are here to discuss today.
It isn't uncommon to hear people compare the discrimination that they face in an additive manner. For example, if you compare someone who's part of two minority/"othered" groups against someone who is part of four, my additive standards it could be argued that the person who identifies with the four groups faces more discrimination than the other, therefore the person with only two labels is "more privileged". I've seen charts on various social media platforms with titles along these lines for people to find out how much discrimination they face.
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When it comes to the "poor and huddled masses" in terms of taxes, education, and healthcare all political candidates just wanna do is slap a bandaid on it. Slappin that bandaid and skiddadle on your way now! Never have I ever heard any of our lovely politicians speak about microfinance and the role it may play in aiding the poor on climbing out of darkness.
The start of this piece isn’t about Princess Michael of Kent, it’s about a piece of her jewellery. She wore a Blackamoor brooch (above) to a lunch a few years ago that Meghan Markle attended. Some will argue, and many did in 2017, that she was being racist by wearing the brooch.
Yesterday, we were on our way to visit our grandson when the song “United We Stand” by Brotherhood of Man came on the radio. The lyrics are entirely appropriate for today’s turmoil:
" Now I become Death, destroyer of Worlds."