This Week’s Event Horizon in t-rex’s, ridin’ derby, eating meatballs and more[ Mon Mar 27 2017 12:47 PM ]
The Daily Word in the myth of Millennials, the death of Garry Shandling, and the wealth of white people
“Younger generations aren't narcissistic, you're just old and mad at them.” Adam Conover lays down some truths.
Why so sad, Ben?
This is so embarrassing. I don't know how to tell you this, but you've been singing “MMMBop” all wrong.
Knife bra, here to protect and serve.
Rock your baby to sleep with some Rihanna lullabies.
Did you remember to return that rental VHS 14 years ago? This guy didn't, and got arrested for it.
Get Bouncy With It
Saturday, Mar 26: Inflatable Obstacle Course
Saturday, Jan 16: Rise Up! You are the Dream
Inevitable reflections of the artist as a black man
The Daily Word in fiery semi, unchicken, stripper database
Minority births are the majority in the U.S.
A semi truck carrying lighter fluid just combusted on I-40.
If you're wondering why there are throngs of people in Albuquerque on Sunday, it's the eclipse.
Will drones spy on us?
Council plans for a stripper database delayed.
Tape dress. Neat.
The world's oldest yoga teacher is 93. And she's a badass.
Republican Super Pac plotting extreme attack ads about President Obama.
Limbless man attempting to swim between five continents.
Coffee drinkers live longer, says my new favorite study.
Fake chicken meat-maker promises new nonflesh will be even better than the real thing.
Gale-force wind in yo face.
Wear Your Hoodie Wednesday
A friend who moved here from another part of the country told me he calls the hoodie the Albuquerque raincoat. I’d argue it’s our suncoat, too. And our hanging-
Well, tomorrow folks can break out the 505 all-weather, all-eras jacket of choice to show solidarity with Trayvon Martin.
Martin was walking home from a convenience store in Florida, talking on his celly with his girlfriend, when he started to feel like he was being followed. He was approached by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, who shot and killed the African-American teen.
People around the country are outraged and demanding the gunman be arrested.
Tomorrow demonstrators will gather in Union Square and march to the United Nations. Wednesday also marks the UN International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
In solidarity, you can wear your hoodie, and upload a picture of yourself to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #millionhoodies. Or you can sign this petition on change.org, which was started by Martin’s parents.
Class action payout for Native farmers
Alibi reporter Carolyn Carlson drove out to Gallup at the end of December to speak with claimants for a $760 million settlement. The payout is the result of a class action lawsuit—Keepseagle v. Vilsack— brought by Native American farmers who were denied USDA loans by a prejudiced Department of Agriculture.
The court battle was 13 years long.
After it was over, lawyers went to different parts of the country to find people who qualified for part of the settlement. About 300 people from New Mexico filed claims.
This isn’t the first time the Agriculture Department’s been in hot water for discrimination:
• In October 2011, African-American farmers settled their case against the Agriculture Department for $1.2 billion.
• In March 2011, women and Hispanic farmers settled their lawsuit for $1.3 billion.
Justice for Native Farmers
Class action settlement to benefit New Mexicans
NAACP Sues the City
The Daily Word in the end of the Iraq War, the NAACP and the Golden Globes
The Iraq War is over, and the remaining troops are coming home.
Feds issue a scathing report of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, saying his treatment of Hispanics constitutes extensive civil rights violations.
Man sentenced to 10 years for distributing oxymorphone pills at a party. A 15-year-old died.
Top five places your car will get stolen in Albuquerque.
The Army made a sandwich that's good for two years.
Golden Globe nominees.
CEOs in America enjoyed a pay hike between 27 percent and 40 percent last year.
African-American legislator called the governor a Mexican.
Nob Hill merchants are banding together for a sales day today after that apocalyptic windstorm besieged the Shop and Stroll.
Girl forced to eat jalapeños on nacho day at a Rio Rancho elementary.
Michael Jackson's daughter on that mask her dad made her wear.
The AG's looking to throw the book at Jerome Block Jr.
Chomsky encourages occupiers to keep going through neighborhood-based political organizing.
The most boring celebs of 2011.
The NAACP is suing the city
Yesterday, the local chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People filed a discrimination lawsuit in District Court against the city of Albuquerque. It accuses the city of treating African-American employees differently on the basis of race.
The lawsuit charges that the city does not promote African-American workers, pays them less and asks extra work of them without compensation. They are also subject to harassment and intimidation, according to the lawsuit.
The city demands that African-American employees “perform menial and demeaning tasks,” states the lawsuit, and requires them “to adhere to unwritten policies and procedures” that don’t apply to other city workers. “This conduct is continuing and is pervasive,” according to the suit.
In June, the NAACP filed a discrimination complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a national agency that ensures federal discrimination laws are enforced. In September, the commission told Albuquerque’s NAACP that it was within its rights to take the issue to court.
The African-American employees of the city will be represented as a class by the Law Office of Brad Hall. The suit says they’ve suffered “loss of income and benefits, damage to their reputation, severe emotional distress, [and] disruption of their career,” among other things.
The Daily Word in Gaddafi, tattoo Barbie and electronic whips
Gaddafi is dead.
Was the Elephant Butte killer really a killer?
New Mexico is considering opening a "foreigners only" DMV in Albuquerque.
Maybe the Declaration of Independence was illegal.
The State Fair is insolvent.
Who runs the world?
In Alabama, "Mexican" is a dirty word.
Authorities capture or kill all the animals freed from a preserve in Ohio—except for one monkey.
Disneyland big brothers hotel workers with a system employees call the "electronic whip."
Archeologists unearth a street from the 1600s in Santa Fe.
We are using a lot of antidepressants.
The new Cranberries single—their first in a decade—is not so great.
The real Sybil says the multiple personalities weren't real.
African-Americans in New Mexico
This week, columnist Gene Grant called for African-Americans to speak up against injustices in New Mexico. In particular, he looked at the case of 16-year Journal photographer Adolphe Pierre-Louis, who spent 30 minutes cuffed on the side of I-40, though he committed no crime. Grant also pointed to the case of state trooper Dexter Brock, who was cuffed to a telephone pole by coworkers in 2000. Grant writes:
What happened to these two New Mexico brothers would not stand in many other states, and it should not stand here. It's time to put disapproval from African-Americans on the record for all to witness.
The piece reminded me of a brilliant essay we ran in 2007 called “Can I Touch Your Hair?” by Virginia Lovliere Hampton. It’s really one of the better discussions of race in our state that’s been published, and it’s one of my favorite articles that’s run in the paper. She writes about the positive aspects of living in New Mexico, as well as the downside of being in a region where African-Americans are a small percentage of the population.
One of those common experiences is having our hair “touched” if we have or wear our hair “nappy.” In Albuquerque—and, I hear, in Santa Fe, too—“nappy-headed” people of African descent are confronted regularly with having perfect strangers reach toward us to touch our hair or, worse, that of our young children—often without asking—like we’re dolls or other merchandise to be handled. It's unsettling, objectifying and rude, especially for those of us who, like me, are from the South, where, apparently, white folks are raised a little better.
I hear all the time that racism isn’t so prevalent in New Mexico—particularly against African-Americans. But it’s worth considering the insidious problems ignoring these issues can create.