the personal blog of Jennifer Meyers

February 12, 2005
Wow, the last couple of weeks have been a real eye-opener for me! I was planning to start this interfaith Kabbalah study group which I was going to call the Kampus Krusade for Kabbalah, and I talked to my new friend Antwan about designing a logo for it. Well, it turns out that there's this racist group that's already called the KKK. I mean, I had heard of them, but I didn't know they were still around. I thought they were like the Nazis or something that flared up a long time ago, but now they're all dead, and you just make fun of them in sit-coms. But apparently not!

I had always assumed that "Civil Rights" came out right after the "Civil War," but according to Antwan they didn't come out with that for like another hundred years! That sounded crazy to me, like he must have mis-heard something, but I went to the library (which, it turns out, there's one right here on campus-- so convenient!), and I looked it up, and he was right! I mean, I know sometimes things get stuck in committee or whatever, but OMG-- a hundred years?! Some people don't even live that long!

I mean, what's the point of even having a Civil War if you're not going to get Civil Rights out of it? Frankly, that is what Daddy would call "a half-assed job." That would be like, if you had a really good reason to bomb Iraq, but then you didn't even bother to get rid of Saddam Hussein. What kind of retard would do that?! I'm sorry, I know Lincoln was supposed to be this "great president" and all, but it just makes me wonder what the heck he was doing during his whole second term? Anything?!

Well, needless to say, I asked Antwan to bring me up to speed on the oppression of my African brothers and sisters, and he willingly obliged. He is really sooooo intelligent. And well-spoken! If he weren't going to be an artist and then start a clothing line, I think he would make an excellent teacher. He is really soooo smart, and his voice is just so deep and rich that when he tells you about things you can't help but be inspired and want to hear more, and he really connects with people, you know? His eyes are so gentle, yet sooo piercing. He's taught me soooo much already. It's amazing how many things you just don't learn in high school.

And luckily, it turns out February is African American History Month, so they're showing "Malcolm X" at the Student Union this Wednesday which Antwan is going to take me to see. They're showing important films from Black Culture all month, and we've already been to see "The Color Purple" and "Waiting to Exhale" which were good, but Antwan invited me over to his apartment tonight to watch a dvd that he says is soooo much more important, called "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song." I can't wait!!!

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