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Lady Florida.

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  1. I've been out all day and am trying to catch up in this thread I"m starting to see a trend. In general (and someone will probably say "not me!") most of the people who never heard of blackface or didn't know it was offensive grew up in less diverse areas. I too grew up with a single mom trying to make ends meet. We lived in the projects and often lived hand to mouth. There were whites, blacks and Puerto Ricans in our housing projects, and as kids we all played together. When we moved first to south, then central Florida I attended schools with large populations of black students. I wonder if this is the difference. My friends and I never talked about each other's cultures like that because we all lived close together in the city and we knew those stereotypes weren't true. As for Prince Harry, yeah that was stupid and someone should have said something to him. He was however, about ten years younger than Trudeau was during his stupid moment(s). I must not be much older than you. I graduated in the late 70s. I was in education so yeah, maybe I had more humanties and more sociology classes than a STEM student would take. Mammy? "I"d walk a million miles for one of your smiles, my Mammy". I'd link a YouTube video but it's offensive and I don't want to post it. Look up Al Jolson Mammy if you;e curious.
  2. After my post asking about those who never heard of blackface, some people said they heard of it but didn't know all blackface was offensive. However, looking back over some posts there were some people who said they never heard of it at all. I guess I could see this. Also, my grandparents generation saw blackface from their entertainers so maybe I grew up hearing them talk about it. I don't know how I know about it or that it's offensive, I just knew. I'm also a history buff so I might have learned on my own about this. Still, I can't imagine anyone in my FOO dressing up in blackface or thinking it's okay.
  3. Thank you for explaining. I guess I was reading such posts as having never heard of blackface at all.
  4. I'm going Monday with some girlfriends. Can't wait!
  5. I have a question for those of you who never heard of blackface until a few years ago. Sincere question. Have you never heard of minstrel shows? Vaudeville? Al Jolson?
  6. I'm from the previous generation - the first one that was given a name - and I knew it was wrong when I was in my 20s in the late 1970s - early 80s. No way did someone from such a modern, Western country not know it was wrong in 2001. I have to say I'm so disappointed that he did this, and I've never even been to his country. But a certain group (to which I belong) in the U.S. held him up as an example of what a good leader is supposed to be.
  7. I just grabbed a link and was coming to this thread to recommend that one. So OP, I second the book 8 Minute Meditation. Actually, there's a newer version that also has a Kindle edition. I have the earlier one that @daijobu linked so I don't know what, if any, differences are in the newer edition.
  8. Yes, these are both true. Actually it was my grandparents who held their noses and voted for Democrats. They were on board with FDR's programs/projects but were not fans of segregation. I think they told themselves that since they lived in the Northeast it didn't apply to them, that they weren't like those Southern Democrats. My parents Democratic party was the one that made a major shift and embraced the Civil Rights movement.
  9. Her show had be laughing in every episode but I didn't know she wrote a book. I just looked it up and see that she wrote several. Which one are you reading?
  10. After the outcry any studio that would consider the remake might now be rethinking it. If they're thinking the remake will appeal to younger audiences that doesn't make sense. Younger people were introduced to it by their parents so if they're fans, they're fans of the original. The outcry might tell them the remake will be more than a flop - it might in fact be boycotted by all the PB fans - and we are legion. While I agree with you about interchangeable male leads, to be fair both Cary Elwes and Robin Wright were young (early 20s) and green when they made the movie. He talks about that in his book As You Wish, about the making of the movie. I recommend it to any fan of the movie. The audio book is especially fun because besides being narrated by Elwes himself there are guest narrations by several of the other cast members.
  11. Yes to all of the above. I mentioned upthread that my family and our family friends - all cradle Catholics going back to the old country - were liberal and voted strictly Democrat. They were also all working class immigrants or descendants of recent immigrants. My cousins and I are the first generation on both sides (Irish and Italian) who moved up to middle class. It must have been around the time I left the Catholic church that it started becoming more conservative, as my peers and I became upwardly mobile. Although, not everyone who moved up in economic class changed political beliefs. I certainly didn't. Some of my cousins did, some didn't. I separated this from the other quoted part of your post although it does go along with the Catholics becoming more conservative discussion. It goes farther back than the 2016 election. Back in 2004 a friend whose children went to the local Catholic school said they experienced something similar. They were yelled at and told their mother wants to kill babies because she was actively working to elect John Kerry. They came home crying asking why mommy wants all the babies dead.
  12. That reminds me of something I saw years ago. I don't remember who said it or the exact wording but it went along the lines of "Many who call themselves Christians are actually Paulians".
  13. The early Stephanie Plum books had me literally laughing out loud. When I was reading them dh would ask me what was so funny and I just couldn't explain. After about the 10th one I got tired of them because there wasn't enough character growth, but some people love the whole series. There is language and sex so keep that in mind if it's an issue for you. But they're really, really funny.
  14. That's what I do. I have a 2016 Camry and though I love the car I hate the native heads up system. The navigation is just okay and I like the camera, but everything else is kind of useless. The radio/Sirius controls are clunky, the address book isn't user friendly, and the weather app is ridiculous. The other day it told ds the current temperature was 25 F. In Florida. In September. That's not the first time it gave us crazy weather info. We have an attachment that sticks to the windshield and attach our phones to that. I do think having Android Auto would be great but the third party systems are really expensive now. It's something I'd consider down the road if we keep this car for years (which we hope to do).
  15. Those examples are not remotely the same as a church or religious organization making a choice. And yes, it's a choice, a human not divine choice, no matter what they want their followers to believe.
  16. It's an easy drive. You'll have a bit of I-4 in Orlando to get through and part of it is under construction. I haven't driven to Tampa since 2017 and I'm not quite sure where the construction is. Maybe @Ktgrok or @Jenny in Florida can give you a better idea. Once you get past the Orlando area the rest is a breeze. The highway gets bigger (6 lanes at least) when you get close to Tampa but it's all well marked.
  17. That's the Catholic upbringing I had but everyone we knew was pretty much the same so my parents weren't ostracized or even looked down on for their views. They were also mostly liberal politically. Social justice, civil rights, etc. was always part of our religious teaching by nuns, priests, and adults.This was the 1960s and I think younger cradle Catholics as well as converts actually became more conservative as time went by. Then again, I've also wondered if it's because our parish was Franciscan, and our family and friends also belonged to RC churches of the Franciscan order, even if they didn't attend the same church.
  18. The only special privilege I recall is that as Catholics we could be excused for coming in late or were allowed to leave early on Ash Wednesday. I always wanted to do that but my mother wouldn't allow it. She made us go to the evening Mass, which meant my brother and I didn't get to strut around with ashes on our forehead like our fellow Catholic students. Sometimes I would carefully wash my face around the ash mark so I could go in with it the next day but unfortunately it wasn't as cool by then because it was no longer Wednesday. 😄
  19. Since I was 45 when the attacks happened, I did know a lot about those things. I knew of Afghanistan and the Soviet war there. I don't remember if/how much I knew about bin Laden specifically but I knew we trained and supported the rebels to fight the Soviets in Afghanistan and that they eventually became the Taliban. I knew about the first attack on the Twin Towers. I last flew in 1996 and didn't fly again until 2009. In 1996 "security" consisted of an airport rent-a-cop asking you if your luggage was within your sight at all times and if anyone else had access to it.Yes to the first? No to the second? Okay, you're good to go. It was quite different when I flew again. It wasn't a complete shock because I knew about changes, but knowing and experiencing are two different things. Considering how hard the fight was to get medical care for the 9/11 first responders I completely agree. Unless we have loved ones who were directly affected we do little more than post remembrances on social media and say "never forget" once a year, then go about our business.
  20. Same here. There are 3 (or maybe 4 by now) lunches. When I taught there were 3 lunches. I don't know how the club handled it. I think it was just a group of kids who had one lunch period who got together for bible study. When I coached cheerleading there were some girls who played a sport or belonged to a club. At some point they had to decide which one(s) mattered more to them and make a choice. That's just the way it is. You can't do it all.
  21. When I taught high school there was a student led bible club that met during lunch. Since that's not instructional time it could be an alternative for them.
  22. Where I lived in New Jersey was ethnically diverse, full of European immigrants and their descendants. Most Christians were either Roman Catholic or Greek Orthodox, plus there were quite a few Jewish kids in my school too.
  23. Maybe a lawsuit was threatened? I looked up several other articles on this and none of them had much information. Some said there was no indication what caused the change. I'm always curious about statements like these because I never experienced it. I'm older than most people here and never had religious education in public school. I wonder if it depended on location. I went from K to 8th grade in New Jersey from 1960 to 1969. The first 5 of those years was in Catholic school so of course we had religious education. I was put in public school halfway through 5th grade and there was no prayer or any other type of religious education. We moved to Florida the summer before my 9th grade year. First we moved to South Florida, then Central Florida a year later where I finished in a 10 - 12 high school. Again, no prayer or religious education. As for this situation maybe this was the only club that had been allowed to meet during school hours and they finally were stopped. Or maybe other clubs were also told they could no longer meet but they're not protesting. This from the last paragraph of the article says it all, bolding mine. Walthall County Schools superintendent Wade Carney said district policy states student led organizations can not meet during instruction time. They can continue to meet before or after school. He said this policy applies to all student organizations not just First Priority.
  24. Thanks for sharing. Ds has a friend who has POTS. She and her service dog stayed with us to ride out Dorian though we didn't get anything besides a little wind and rain. I learned quite a bit about POTS while she was here. I'll pass the news to ds so he can tell her if she hasn't heard already.
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