obama and racism

As you may (or may not) know, Barack Obama delivered a speech today in Philly on racism in America. Here’s a link to the New York Time’s full text of the speech. And below are some bits I find particularly interesting. In sum, my belief that Obama is a very smart politician has been reassured, and I am incredibly impressed that he was this honest about an issue that a lot of people in the country choose to ignore. And as a result of that choice, they have no idea how to talk intelligently or honestly about race.

transition, transition, transition

What I really want to say is that I can’t help but feel different. The dissertation was huge. I’ve turned that very important corner in my professional academic career. And losing Kai was rough, no doubt about it. But we’ve been making new routines, new habits, since he left, trying to get used to coming home and not being greeting by him. And when we move, I’ll be moving to a place that will have no memories of Kai attached. Which is pretty big deal when you think of all the places I’ve lived in the past nine years and how each of them was effected by that dog in some way. So things are going to be different. They already are.

tibetan protests

In case you’ve been living under a rock (on Mars, with your fingers in your ears), there’s much happening in Tibet right now. As the world gets ready for the Olympics, many folks know that this is as good a time as any to shine a spotlight on China and it’s long laundry list of human rights violations (despite what the State Department says).