typeonetrend replied to your post : the table next to mine is advertising a country… haha
thank you for your concern and sympathy stevie
HOW DOES ONE LISTEN TO THINGS LIKE, “BABY, YOU ROCK. HIT THE SPOT… LIKE A FIREBOMB SHOT”
the table next to mine is advertising a country concert
which means they are playing country music
send help i’m here for another hour and a half
As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong. I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!
Danièle’s husband, Brian Lucas, who is white, says he believes they were targeted because they are an interracial couple.
i would follow you to the ends of the earth with only mild complaining
Eggs freeze too…? O.o Are you ok?
THE EGGS FROZE. I just wasn’t expecting this.
the eggs froze though
lee held an entire egg in his hand
When I first saw the ice bucket challenge, I wanted to stay away from it. I think that it does come from a good place for a lot of people, but the challenge and what it’s turned into is problematic. So, when I got challenged, I really decided to read up on it before completing the challenge.
I want to get this out of the way first: please, please, please do not say that this is meant to recreate the sensation of having ALS. Assuming that you know how a person with this disease feels just because you spent ten seconds shivering from a bucket of ice voluntarily being tossed on you is incredibly ableist. It’s trivializing this disease, and it’s gross. Don’t be that person.
Also, be aware that the ice bucket challenge is also a waste of clean water. All of that is good fun, but try not to toss clean water for no reason.
That being said, the biggest negative point people seemed to be making is that the ice bucket challenge is a form of slacktivism (the Joint National Programme on HIV/AIDS defines slacktivism as “people who support a cause by performing simple measures are not truly engaged or devoted to making a change”). That’s something I can’t argue with.
To a lot of people, the ice bucket challenge is a way to donate a few dollars to a charity and feel like you’ve filled some “do-good” quota. And the ice bucket challenge is a silly task that sort of encourages people to feel like they’ve made some vast difference in the world.
I don’t want to say that this has done absolutely nothing. Just yesterday, the ALSA reported that as of yesterday, the organization has raised 94.3 million dollars this year. It has raised awareness of a disease that a good deal of people had never previously heard of. And I do think that money (that, by the way, will mostly go to fund stem cell research because that’s how people are going to find a cure for ALS) is useful.
But I do think that many of the people who donated will forget that this disease ever existed – unless directly affected by it – when this “fad” is over (because – admit it – it’s kind of a fad right now). And as glad as I am that celebrities and public figures have donated money, I think there are problems with it as well. Not only is it a great publicity stunt, but many political figures who have actively been against stem cell research and have had an impact in cutting funding in places that have directly impacted ALS can now hide under the guise of an activist. “See, I did the ice bucket challenge and donated $100! I care!”
Nobody likes the cynic – I know. But it is important to recognize the problematic aspects of this, especially if you’re planning on participating.
That’s part of the reason why I say that you should donate to something that is important to you. And when you do, do your research. Think of ways of getting involved with what you’re doing beyond just a five minute commitment in which you dump water on yourself and donate some money. The ice bucket challenge shouldn’t be about sitting on the sidelines and going, “Wow, that sucks that life’s like that.” It should be about finding ways to get people active in making a change. Money is important for funding research and investing in public education, but then consider looking up fundraising walks in your area or groups dedicated to raising awareness. Participate!
But for those who are challenged (and even those who are not), if you’re considering donating to an organization, just make sure you know where your money is going to and that the organization you’re supporting is a good one.
And one more thing – don’t consider it an either or. If you have the funds, don’t say, “I dumped water on my head, so I don’t need to donate.” And don’t make it a, “do it in 24 hours or else” game. If you have the cash, please donate.
Below are a few links you might want to look at:
I also want to remind everyone that some people can’t participate, whether it’s because of a different illness (like me) or because of a lack of funds, and that shaming these people makes you a POS.