So… you’ll notice my posts haven’t been going up at the “normal” time. This plague/infection thing is still kicking my butt. And now I’m pup sitting, which is a lot of fun, but time consuming. Plus you know, the boring real life stuff. I did just think of it though – what time do you prefer posts go up? When do you check and what would be best for you? Do you care? Originally I’d scheduled all my posts to go live at 12:03 AM EST or EDT. I asked twitter, then realized many most of them don’t read my posts 😛 Which is why I love all of you best 😀
One thing many people know about already but is worth highlighting again, is Operation Auction, and here’s a direct link to the ebay store – many things are closing tonight, I believe, so grab what you want quick! It’s an awesome cause, and the support for Fatin and her girls has been amazing.
Next… has the internet become “nicer”? Many people know about the complete author meltdown of one Jacqueline Howett, and it was nice to see Al closed his comments. Of course there was a… just outpouring of attention to it yesterday – as the internet is all about hype, yes? We all can’t help ourselves and look… but I noticed early on there were calls for Al to close the comments, and commenters berating other commentors for their “meanness” – it could have devolved into much worse name calling, etc. I was almost surprised by how relatively civil it all was. Well, aside from JH’s last few messages…
Has the internet gotten nicer? Is it the reading/writing community? Or… have I just become too cynical?
And… to the meat of my post.
I saw the story on my [local] news last week, and wondered if anyone else had heard about it. I asked a general “anyone know who the oldest person alive is?” And… I mean it’s not something we all think about. I wasn’t really paying attention to the newscast/story either, until I heard why she’s not going in the record books.
On the one hand, I get that a birth certificate, or some sort of proof is needed. I get that. I’m sure there are a lot of hoaxes and attempts to break world records just for the attention and fame. But… if there is proof, you know? There’s some question- there’s a Social Security Administration letter that proves her age, but the organization doesn’t itself verify age. So… the hoop jumping, to my mind, can’t be met. I get the requirements. I really do.
I’m just… disappointed it seems nothing else can be done in this case. No exceptions – I mean really. How many more people do you expect to turn one hundred and nineteen? I… that’s incredible. And… so sad. By rights, Rebecca Lanier should be recognized as the oldest person alive. (Possibly ever?) But… she can’t, because she has the misfortune of being black, and being born to slave parents. Yes, slavery had ended in 1892, but I think we can all agree small town Mississippi didn’t so much care for the births of black children at the time.
It just.. it makes me sad, and really made me think. This sort of stuff matters you know? It’s why social justice should be a concern. Yes, Civil Rights, and all that. The movement was in the 50s+. Slavery ended with the Civil War. But… repercussions do still exist and happen. I had a roommate in law school tell me that dog fighting was “just as bad, if not worse than slavery.” I… I really still have no response to that. She was an upper middle class white girl who grew up in a relatively small town in the Midwest. I just…
This matters. This sort of stuff matters to me a lot. We’re doing The Boy in the Striped Pajamas in Street Law Junior now, and it’s been fascinating watching my kids’ reaction to the film and the times. Their outrage encourages me, and gives me hope. Some things, they’re totally clueless about. And some things they can’t understand or comprehend because thankfully, things are different today.
But obviously, that doesn’t mean we can just forget about it. Am I going too far? To my mind, it really does tie together, and such an example shows the impact of how history isn’t a one time deal, or one off. Am I thinking too much?
Thoughts? Examples? Have you heard of any of that?
*ETA: Oops – in my “!!!” I forgot to include links to the article for Rebecca Lanier. What also made me kinda sad was how difficult it was to find them. I mean, I’m even going to accept she might not be 119. The point of my personal “outrage” is… I guess not viewing it on a case by case basis, you know? It’s not as if she’s refusing to produce a birth certificate… she can’t.