So I’m at home with the folks, and mom just received an email from the homeowners association that I find hilarious. This email is like ‘everyone beware and be careful because Donna was walking Betsy earlier and saw a roaming albino skunk — its white with black instead of black with white and looks like a cat but don’t come close.’ And I’m just here like who the fuck are Donna and Betsy? Is Betsy a dog? Who names their dog Betsy? Apparently Donna. This is the whitest neighborhood. Even the skunks are white.
I was just scrolling through the TV guide and noticed Sharknado is on, and was doubly excited when I saw ‘Sharknado 2’ after it, saying, ‘aw man the second one too?!’ Only to click on it and see that the sequel’s title is actually “Sharknado 2: The Second One.”
These guys are TOO MUCH
George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.
What was your undergrad major?
I majored in Politics and minored in African-American Studies :)
As I think I’ve mentioned before, a bunch of my pals will be taking Intersectionality with Kimberle Crenshaw this semester. This devastates me because that topic is clearly my shit, and I wish I had the opportunity to take the course; but I just had a thought that, y’know, everyone should have the opportunity to take it. More than opportunity — everyone should have to take it.
I already know that Intersectionality is going to be awesome. Columbia is putting the leader in the field of racial/gender justice in a room of roughly a dozen passionate people — greatness is bound to happen. But I see two issues here. First, it’s probably gonna be like preachin’ to the choir. The people enrolled in Intersectionality will learn some cool new things, but they’re not the ones I’m most worried about: I can think of multiple people who need to take a class like that but they’re not the ones who sign up for it. And as a related second point, these are topics that every single law student needs to have at least some exposure to, and at least some awareness of. Because I can’t turn on the TV, step outside, or live my life without being made dangerously aware of society’s lack of understanding about race, gender, and the justice system. Legit, I can’t live. This understanding is most critically needed in the legal profession, and that starts in law school.
At Columbia, first-year law students take a three week course called Legal Methods that is mostly just seen as a time to make friends and learn how to read a case before school really starts. Both of these are laudable goals, but let’s make it mean more than that. I think Legal Methods would be a great opportunity for Columbia and other law schools to diversify the curriculum. Social justice issues permeate the law — they shouldn’t just be electives for second and third year students. They can be interwoven from day one. Let’s read some of those cases. Let’s teach students upfront that - while it’s a fine principle in theory - Lady Justice is Not Blind. Homegirl sees just fine. She sees color, she sees gender, she sees the intersection of marginalized identities. Its lawyers who don’t. And if we as lawyers want to make a positive impact on our communities, we need to get our eyes checked ASAP.