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Family torn apart at movies?

A black family and friends of their children went to see the new Jurassic Park movie in West Philadelphia. The parents left the older kids in their seats while they went to ask the manager for a refund because of a recurrent loud beeping noise that made it impossible for them to enjoy the movie. The refund was given, but when the parents wanted to go retrieve the other children from the theater, trouble started. According to the parents, the manager told them they could not re-enter the theater. An argument ensued, and before you can say "wypipo" the cops were on the scene:

The manager provided the refund but said the Jimenezes could not reenter the theater, Ismael Jimenez said. The couple said they needed to get their children. The manager refused and, upon hearing they were going to get their kids, said he was calling the police, Jimenez said.


A Cinemark spokesman disputed Jimenez’s account and said that “at no time was the family restricted access to their children.”

Jimenez, a member of Black Lives Matter Philadelphia, said the first officer approached him while his wife went to retrieve the children. The officer, police said, had advised radio communications he was responding to a disturbance. But the officer did not answer when they tried to reach him again. That’s when the “assist officer” alert went out, police said.

Jimenez, however, said his encounter with the officer was not initially loud. He questioned why the officer couldn’t hear the radio.

more: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/pennsylvania/philadelphia/black-family-cinemark-theater-philadelphia-police-radio-20180628.html

Why is the fact that the father belongs to BLM relevant? Is he being painted as a troublemaker? (lifts jaw off floor)

Sheshe2's post about white people saying white people without saying white people

reminded me of things I continue to struggle with. I wonder if any other white libs/progressive have the same problems I do.

Some years ago, I was inspired by watching a cop show on tv, where the victim of a crime had to describe the perp so an artist could create a drawing of the man they were looking for, to wonder if I could describe a black person in a way that she could be identified by my description--if an artist could make a picture from my description that would be recognizable as the person I was trying to describe.

I thought about some black women I am close to, women I spend time with almost every day and whom I care about, and tried to describe one of them to myself. I know their faces so well--I could easily locate them in a crowd; hell, they appear in my dreams--but I felt like I didn't have the words to tell what their facial features were like. I could say whether their skins were dark or light and give a fair description of their hair (although for some of them, the hair changes every day!), but I could not describe their eyes, noses and mouths the way I could those of the white people I know. Generalizations like "really pretty" or "always looks mad" came easily, but those don't tell anyone else what these women look like.

Do I not see their faces? Do they "all look alike?" Of course they don't, but giving myself this exercise has made me understand the basis of that canard. (I recently read a New Yorker article about Chinese immigrants in Italy who were having trouble assimilating in part because all the Italians looked alike to them.)

Now when I'm with my black friends I make a point of examining their faces, locking into my memory what color Marlo's eyes are and the shape of Brittany's nose. I am ashamed to tell them what I'm doing and why--thank god for the anonymity of DU which liberates me to talk about things I am ashamed of--but I am making progress.

You can easily test yourself by thinking of a prominent black person--a movie star, say--and try to describe her in such a way that someone else would be able to guess who you're talking about.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders doesn't get to describe her behavior

as "I politely left." It's up to other people to decide whether you are polite or not. You could have flounced out farting with every step, knocking over tables as you went, and described yourself as polite. Not up to you to judge.

The throwing her out of the restaurant is cosmic on so many levels. It illustrates the tone-deafness of this administration in assuming that they are welcome everywhere, that everyone is happy to work for and with them. BZZZT--WRONG. They have a complete lack of awareness of how hideous their behaviors are, and that they each bear personal responsibility for their part in creating the atmosphere of hate they've forced on us.

Her whining about it on official twitter: WOMP WOMP.

Her father calling refusal to serve based on ethical beliefs--like baking a wedding cake for a gay couple--"biased." Well, sure it is, but you guys wanted it this way. Like the border patrol, we're just following the law.

I was so proud of Seth Rogan

On Colbert, he described being invited to speak at an Alzheimer's awareness event, a cause he supports, and two young fans asked for a photo with him. He was happy to oblige. Then the kids' father showed up and asked for a photo. The dad was Paul Ryan. Taken aback, Rogan *refused* to be photographed with Ryan and furthermore told him why: I hate everything you are doing to this country, and I can't wait until you are no longer in a position to do harm to us.

I'm so proud because it was in front of Ryan's kids--Rogan said he was aware and concerned about that, but he felt the sons needed to know about their father--and it was so unexpected and sudden that the normal response would have been "sure," but Rogan kept his head about him and refused.

Go Seth Rogan!

The public shaming we are seeing of members of this administration is heartening. When is the last time we've seen a white woman refused service at a restaurant in Virginia? When has an elected official been hounded out of a movie theater by shouting citizens?

I think the tide may have turned.

Jesus, I hope so. I don't know how much more of this I can take.

Are there any Republican lawmakers visiting the holding facilities

for the children taken from their parents at the border? If no, why not? The optics are glaring: only Democrats care enough about the fate of these innocent children--and babies!--to try to find out how they are being treated.

But we knew that already. Why would Republicans care what happened to vermin and other animals?

Remember "don't impeach Trump because Pence might be worse?"


We were so young and foolish back then.

Melania is headed for Texas

to check on the immigrant children. She will speak Spanish to them. No, really. Spanish. Really she will. It will be a comfort. She speaks Spanish. Yep.

Norsemen on Netflix

This is a funny show, a little homophobic, but funny. It's 1/2 hour episodes and only one season, so an easy binge.

I binged season 2 of Marcella and was disappointed.

Ann Coulter says crying immigrant children are "child actors"

Conservative commentator Ann Coulter has doubled down on her claims that immigrant children in detention camps are actors that are part of a 'political stunt' designed to destroy the United States.

Following her comments, TMZ asked Coutler on Tuesday if she had seen the photos of immigrant children being held in cages after being separated from their parents.

'Yes have you heard the tapes, it's weird. I think they need to improve their scripts. They're saying Mommy and Daddy. You might want to put it in Spanish next time,' she said, implying again that they were just child actors.

On the issue of the young children being separated from their parents, Coulter said: 'They're being separated from coyotes and drug mules'.


Corey Lewandowski mocks immigrant girl with Down syndrome

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