Not Like Other Girls

I’m sure you, like me (assuming you use any form of social media) have, at some point, come across a meme (of varying descriptions) where the creator states she’s not like other girls. She may state that, unlike other girls, she’s into sport. Really? That makes you “unlike other girls”? When I was in high … Continue reading Not Like Other Girls

Contacting the Supreme Court

Writing Radiation

Recently, I shared
a cartoon
by my friend, Clay, about the
growing attacks on women’s reproductive rights by individual states. I promised to share the Supreme Court’s
contact info in my brief introduction to his post.

After hours & days of searching (OK, so it was a 30
second Google search), I found it.
What’s even better, I found an article claiming to know how Supreme Court justices prefer you
contact them.

The article comes from a site called Legal Beagle. The website has posts in various areas of
U.S. law that people with law training review, even if they don’t write them
themselves.

I want you to have the website’s credentials. You want to make an informed decision on
whether it’s trustworthy or not.

I’m going to give a brief (as brief as I can manage,
anyways) summary of the article. I also
invite you to check

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The Times Chickens Out

claytoonz

cjones06132019

The New York Times is probably the best newspaper in the United States, if not the entire world, but they have never respected editorial cartoons or cartoonists. While they have reprinted syndicated cartoons (I know this because they’ve reprinted mine), they have never employed a staff cartoonist, and for this, they are quite proud.

However, their international edition has made use of them for years, using syndicated cartoons and hiring cartoonist Patrick Chappatte. Now, after running a cartoon a month and a half ago that drew condemnation for antiSemitism, the Times has decided to stop running political cartoons entirely.

The Times would never ditch opinion columns over one offending columnist, which proves their disrespect for cartoons.

This news gained widespread attention after Chappatte, who did NOT draw the offending cartoon, published a blog post about the Times’ decision. Previously, the Times dropped using syndicated cartoons after the controversy and…

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No Soap For you

claytoonz

cjones06262019

The accusation that detention centers holding migrant children are concentration camps doesn’t necessarily mean they’re being compared to Nazi death camps. But, there are definitely some soap Nazis among Customs and Border Protection.

In fact, this week, the Trump administration went to court to argue that migrant children detained at the U.S.-Mexico border do not require basic hygiene products like soap and toothbrushes in order to be held in “safe and sanitary” conditions. Hell, they even argued that forcing minors to sleep on cold concrete floors in crowded cells, CELLS, with low temperatures also fulfilled the “safe and sanitary” requirement.

News broke this week that there are not enough diapers for the babies currently held by the Trump administration (which would make sense if the big orange baby requires them all). Also, children are being forced to care for toddlers. There are toddlers sitting around in urine-soaked onesies. There is…

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9 Black Character Stereotypes to Avoid in Your Writing

Writers Anon - Taunton's Writing Group

Congratulations, you’re writing a story with a diverse set of characters. This is a great thing and needs to be supported. A fear of political correctness mustn’t stop writers from creating characters from other races, religions or walks of life. Writing from beyond your own experience takes a little bit more thought and work, but that’s our job, right?

The first step to writing non-white characters is understanding the mistakes of the past. So here’s my checklist for avoiding the most common black character stereotypes:

  1. Angry Black Woman/man: This character is often angry for no reason and there for comic effect. We get the pursed lipped, finger clicking, head wobbling ‘sassy’ black woman, who bursts into the scene and then disappears after we’ve finished laughing. The haranguing wife/mother/grandmother all feature. Then the black man is the loud, swearing, angry figure, who may seem violent and threatening. The angry black person…

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Dear White Authors: Here’s Why You Suck at Writing POC

Coco by Monthly Press

Lately in my writer’s groups and circles I’ve been seeing a lot of white writers saying that they feel as though they can’t write POC, or it will be inherently seen as offensive. They bemoan POC as being controlling and over sensitive, or even rightfully concerned, but that it shouldn’t be that way. White authors, they posit, shouldn’t have to fear that their work will be taken the wrong way. They didn’t  mean it that way. They are really trying, or they’ll just only write white people then. The story I see is they’re told by friends, editors, etc. that they shouldn’t write POC as a white person. How goddamn un-American blah blah blah. The funny thing is if they looked around plenty of white folk are writing great and enjoyable POC characters that are praised on the page and screen. So what gives? Why can they write POC and…

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Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I Received A Bad Result On My Report Card, But I Worked Really Hard. I’m Scared My Parents Will Be Angry.

Personally, as a teacher, I regularly make phone calls home to students who have worked really hard to achieve their result, even if their hard work is not reflective of their result. I do this for two reasons: We place a lot of demand on what students should be achieving. However, a "C" actually means that you're performing … Continue reading Ask A Teacher (Student Edition): I Received A Bad Result On My Report Card, But I Worked Really Hard. I’m Scared My Parents Will Be Angry.