Amherst Bulletin Police Report under “Suspicious Activity” for Friday April 25, 2014. Amherst, Massachusettts, USA
Shit we can’t do NOTHING in peace.
Like… one of the biggest schools in the state is RIGHT THERE. 28.5K students. Half the damn town carries backpacks. More than half of the students at UMass-Amherst live off campus. And they are *definitely* not all White (a bit over 20% of the undergraduate student body is PoC; not sure what the number is for grad students). And while specifically Black American enrollment has dropped a ton (24%!) during the current UM-A president’s tenure (number of non-Black PoC have risen correspondingly), still—it’s 28.5K students. 5.7K of color. A good quarter at least—1.5K—will be Black.
There are gonna be 1,500 young Black adults walking around with backpacks at any given point during the schoolyear. Come the fuck on.
They consider themselves super-liberal, and being a university town it’s automatically going to be more diverse than its neighbors, but the small-town all-white mentality is stubborn as fuck.
alright there phoenix
Wait wait wait, people actually believe that the diseases were spread intentionally? No one even knew what germs were.
During the American Revolution, the British were accused of biological warfare, accused of spreading small pox. During the French and Indian Wars, the British deliberately spread small pox to Ottawa Indians by giving them blankets from people who had succumbed to small pox. In Virginia, people believed the British would do something similar to their army by using sick slaves to spread the disease.
Jefferson told Meriwether Lewis “Carry with you some matter of the kine-pox; inform those of them with whom you may be, of it’s efficacy as a preservative from the smallpox; & encourage them in the use of it.” Of course, the debate about who to inoculate against the illness was vociferous and, surprise, racist. (Jefferson believed that, unlike black people, “Indians” were closer to whites and would more easily assimilate into western civilization. He valued them more than slaves. Read about his beliefs in Notes on Virginia.)
There were riots over inoculation because vaccinating requires injecting the disease into the bloodstream and some people died from it. The early vaccine was very potent, the strain of the disease virulent.
Baskin-Robbins JP “Halloween Sundaes” evoke spooky Halloween day and night, and will be available from 9/26
Wonder Woman & Hawkgirl flying high.
—Wonder Woman #249 (1978) cover detail by Rich Buckler & Dick Giordano