(Source: hipocampo, via projectqueer)
Meet Alex, first ‘Sesame’ Muppet to have a dad in jail
Those friendly, fuzzy Muppets from “Sesame Street” have helped kids open up about all sorts of serious subjects, from hunger and divorce to military deployment.
But they’re now tackling a much more unexpected issue: incarceration.
Just to let you know how bad the incarceration rate has gotten, it’s now a sesame street issue.
I posted about this a few days ago, and was surprised how many people messaged me to say that they grew up with a father or mother who had done time.
I know that we all have our blind spots, the little things we don’t so much ignore as fail to see because our own experience has yet to open our eyes. Very few people in the United States think about Incarceration, and if they do, they generally put it right back out of their minds by dismissing those inside as being deserving of their fate. As silly as it sounds, I hope that the media attention on this Sesame Street character leads to a new generation that understands the humanity of those behind bars, the impact of incarceration on families and our broader society, and how casually and callously this imperialist power that seeks to govern us will take away a person’s freedom. Remember, we live in a country where people are doing time for defending themselves from rapists, for smoking pot, for feeding themselves after capitalism stole their other means to do so, and for fighting back against animal abusers, earth destroyers, corporate rule, and police brutality. Before you ignore the plight of the incarcerated and their families, consider that with incarceration (and poverty) rates rapidly increasing, it may not be long before you no longer have the privilege of turning a blind eye.
Reblogging for Harper being completely on point, as always.
OKC Pride’s theme this year was “The New Normal”. We had a response to that #queer
Dear White Queers,
Your twerk wall is appropriation. Stop it.
Thank you, Jun. #pompadour
Let’s have another moment for Marco’s hair.