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July in Retrospect: Car Fires, Utopian Visions, and the Fourth

There's this quote at the beginning of The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin, where it gets its title. It essentially states, and I'm paraphrasing, that in Genesis the rainbow was a sign sent from God, a solemn promise, that He would never flood the earth again. That next time, He would simply set it on fire. Pardon my sacrilege, but that always struck me as kind of a fucked up trade-off.

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"Dear White People..."

Seriously guys, and I'm asking as one of you, what's the fucking problem here? All I saw in that trailer was an intelligent, well-spoken young woman expressing that frat-boys and sorority-sisters should refrain from going out in black-face. Like, that was it. I'm pretty sure we can all get behind that, it's pretty simple, pretty reasonable. Then towards the end there was the suggestion of a group of black students crashing a frat-party, presumably in which said frat-kids were painting their faces in apart of some appalling segregation-era racial pastiche, like in the original film. Which I'm fine with, it was played out to a wonderfully Kubrickian effect with a classical soundtrack, and then at the end, by the time the kid knocks over those speakers, I found myself laughing.

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