Panama Jackson of Very Smart Brothas asked his readers, “what do you have saved in your drafts?” He then listed ten draft posts, each of which provided a brief insight into a brilliant topic. (At least the ones I understood; his music references went over the head of this middle aged white nerd.) He urged readers to share their top ten unpublished drafts in comments. Here are mine — could only find seven worth listing:
- “Unlearning” about all the racist, colonialist crap I learned in high school, and since, that I’m working hard to unlearn.
- “Professionalism” which so far consists of one sentence: “I care about all the wrong things — and all the wrong people — to ever be considered ‘professional’ or ‘respectable.’ I don’t belong here.” Hmm. Bad day in court, perhaps?
- “Announcing WhAMBAM: White American Male Bad Actor Manifest:” My attempt to counter the Trump Administration’s list of criminals who are immigrants. I’m guessing I never finished because the news kept supplying new examples of White American Male Bad Actors.
- “Why my freak-out shows my privilege.” An undeveloped essay about why my post-Trump freak out shows how ignorantly privileged (and privilegedly ignorant) I was pre-Trump.
- “Facebook reactions we really need.” Disability-rights version. I did the graphic, but didn’t really write anything
- “Before ‘we’ were so easily offended”: Picking up on a meme noting that fragile white people used to be unwilling to drink from the same water fountain as black people, so the whole safe space sneer is bullshit. Ended up writing this instead: “You want a safe space? How about Yale College, 1924.”
- “Fatal Disability Discrimination:” Calling bullshit both as a disability rights lawyer and linguistics major/nerd (and major nerd) on the concept of “after birth abortion” for disabled infants.
- “The Orange Dog:” a photo essay on an orange plastic poodle that my father and I exchanged as a gift in the most awkward circumstances we could dream up for the other. For example, me at some just-pre-law-school-graduation event: