Eat Your Ancient Computer and Don’t Be a Racist #FridayRecommends

Friday RecommendsOne of my go-to cookbooks is The Art of American Indian Cooking. The link I just dropped leads to an awesome site called Eat Your Books, which I really MUST use Real Soon Now. Do any of you use this site? Is it really really useful, or a time suck? I can see it going either way. And I like my physical cookbooks in case the interwebs ever go dark, y’know?

There’s news about my imaginary ancient computer boyfriend, The Antikythera Mechanism! They found what might be anudder piece!

Now, I’ll tell you what: Racism sucks. And don’t try to tell me that white people in America suffer from any form of racism, because we don’t. Our color or culture or way of talking or habits might be mocked by people of other races, but that isn’t racism. Why not? Because racism is the dominant culture using race as a weapon to oppress people they want to define out, that’s why not. If a black woman calls me a honky, she might hurt my feelers but she isn’t doing me any harm. I have a whole big pile of white privilege to fall back on. There is no systemic racism involved.

Non-whites, however, suffer economically, emotionally, and physically from systemic and personally directed racism. Lookit:

And what goes for racism goes for every form of systemic and personal discrimination. So don’t do it, ‘kay?

A WRITING PROMPT FROM ME TO YOU: Imagine being negatively judged on the basis of something you can’t help.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Eat Your Ancient Computer and Don’t Be a Racist #FridayRecommends

  1. dan antion

    November 23, 2018 at 7:37am

    It’s hard to believe that 50 years after the 60s, we still need a message on racism…but we do. Thanks.

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  2. Ally Bean

    November 23, 2018 at 8:49am

    Isn’t it something that in this century we have to even discuss racism? Haven’t we as a society figured out that it is bad for all of us? Obviously we haven’t… but really! *shaking my head, wandering off to avoid humanity*

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      Marian Allen

      November 23, 2018 at 10:31am

      I’m with you, Ally. I’m the opposite of Schroeder in the Peanuts comic strip. He loves humanity; it’s people he can’t stand. I love people, but humanity grieves and infuriates me.

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  3. joey

    November 23, 2018 at 10:06am

    I liked that video.
    I say this all the time, about how people in the sticks don’t live, work, school with people different from them and to me, this represents an enormous effect on the beliefs of millions of people who have no firsthand experience with ‘other’, which makes media representation even MORE critical.
    Ultimately the ideal is to not see ‘other’ and to only see us, cause we are all us.
    Have I mentioned I love living here? My community within the city is beautifully diversified.
    Ancient computers are very exciting and I always enjoy that kinda thing.
    As for the cookbooks, I don’t use any. I own a few, but mostly, I have recipe cards — all sticky and floured with stains on them, and I’m really okay with that.

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      Marian Allen

      November 23, 2018 at 10:38am

      For a certain mindset, it doesn’t matter if you work with people who aren’t exactly like you. It’s always, “Oh, the person I work with is great, but they’re the exception that proves the rule.”

      Your community within Indy sounds ideal. But any community would be ideal with a joey in it.

      Your recipe cards sound like my cookbooks. My cookbooks are like the Velveteen Rabbit: loved on until they’re broken, stained, and scarred. I tried making my own recipe book of just recipes I like, but I couldn’t find anything. I have to grab that red ring-bound book and find the page where the tab is broken off and stick my finger in the place where the pages are held apart by dried bread dough and–bingo!–there’s the recipe I want! lol

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      • joey

        November 27, 2018 at 7:17pm

        My mother spent a good chunk of time typing hers and printing them and putting them behind plastic sheeting and binding them, but like all good things, it came to an end as new things came along, and now bits and bobs are tucked away in there.

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          Marian Allen

          November 28, 2018 at 7:40am

          I have a book like that. I bought it from one of the nephews in a fundraiser when he was in elementary school. Now his hair is gray, so you can imagine what the book looks like!

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  4. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt

    November 23, 2018 at 10:53pm

    Yeah. The buried racism of ‘this black person is okay for me to work with, but other black people are inferior’ is horrible, because the speaker pretends not to be racist while being horribly so.

    They think they’re ‘good’ white people.

    They even think they’re Christian.


    It’s built into the system to ‘other’ other people, but it’s also necessary to keep fighting that instinctive response because it’s not right.

    Keep not accepting it.

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