July 8th, 2010

can't brain

(no subject)

I keep finding posts in Tagalog among the peripheries of my social group. What's strange to me is how I can read them and kind of spot out that Tagalog has taken a hell of a lot of words from European languages and made them its own.
And then I find myself reflecting on how odd it seems, to me, for a language to have not had a word for 'masculine' for hundreds of years of being spoken. Does this mean they also didn't have 'feminine' before the Spanish turned up? Does this mean there wasn't a concept of masculinity? Does this mean that I think too much?
fog and bridge

white-washing the neighborhood

So the NOPNA (north of panhandle neighbor's association) puts out a 10-15 page piece of bad high-school level journalism about once a month. Among announcements of this community center's opening or that neighborhood block party, they put an actual story on the front page. This month's was execrable: apparently, a batch of my neighbors are protesting that the Bay to Breakers is run through the Western Addition. Like it has been for most of the last 100 years. Cringingly badly, the article complains about 100,000 to 150,000 people passing through the neighborhood- some of whom weren't even participating in the race, oh horror! Nevermind that the website for the Bay to Breakers race itself defines the race as having 60,000 participants. Uhm, if there's more than 60,000 people there, NOPNA, doesn't that imply that perhaps MANY OF THEM are not participating in the race?

Now, who's complaining? Every name in the article about complaints was whiter than Millard St.Smyth.
What really sticks in my craw about this, though, is this: I'd bet money that at least one of these folks whining about it has run in the Bay to Breakers, back when my neighborhood was deemed by many to be too threatening to stand around in. But that was okay, because they wanted to run in the race and nobody important was in this area who would really be inconvenienced (a comment on aversive racism belongs here, but I can't come up with a way of phrasing it genteelly).
And now that it's been pretty substantially redeveloped into somewhere pleasant to be, they want to whine about something that's been a feature of the neighborhood longer than they've been alive?

Fuck you, you NIMBYist cunts. Go back to Whitebreadistan and get out of my interesting, colorful, and diverse neighborhood.