Ｈａｕｔｅ Ｃｏｕｔｕｒｅ ｃｏｌｏｒ ｐｏｒｎ： ｐｕｒｐｌｅ／ｖｉｏｌｅｔ
Ommggg these colors
I want the one in the center…and several others.
"Let me tell you what’s happening to me. I’m on the PTA at my child’s school, the Secondary School of Journalism in Park Slope. I’m currently advocating on behalf of my child, and seventeen other children whose parents don’t speak English. These kids are from Ecuador, Peru, El Salvador, Dominican Republic, everywhere. These kids have all done very well on their Regent’s exams— I’m talking 90/95th percentile. Very smart kids. They were on their way toward qualifying for an Advanced Regents government scholarship,that would give their parents badly needed money to help in their education. But the fine print of that scholarship says the children need three full years of a foreign language.
And the principal at the school FIRED the Spanish teacher. She is not hiring another foreign language teacher for an entire year, effectively disqualifying all these kids from that scholarship they need. When we try to talk with her about it, she acts like she doesn’t owe us an explanation. When we try to call the Board of Education, they tell us to put it in writing. They get us all excited. They have us think if we write a nice letter, and use good grammar, and use all the correct punctuation, something will happen. Meanwhile another year passes, and nothing. And the kids don’t get their scholarship. You know something like this would never happen at a nice Manhattan school like Stuyvesant.
We’ve got a new mayor and a new chancellor. So we aren’t blaming them. But they need to know how impossible they’ve made it to help our kids. Trying to get something fixed in these schools is like praying to some false God. You call and email hoping that God is listening, and nothing happens. Meanwhile the kids suffer. All these parents that I’m representing are good, simple people. They say: ‘Don’t worry Annette, God is going to fix it. God will make it right.’ I love them. And I love God. But I tell them: ‘God won’t fix it! We’ve got to fix it!’”
"What was the happiest moment of your life?"
"When I graduated from basic training in the Air Force."
"What was the toughest part of basic training?"
"Probably just putting mind over matter. Some people take it too personally when they’re getting yelled at. You have to take a step back and say: ‘It’s part of the training. These people don’t know me.’"
She is beautiful. Like a young Sade.
you will stumble upon
someone who will start
a fire in you that cannot die.
However, the saddest,
most awful truth
you will ever come to find––
is they are not always
with whom we spend our lives.
"Both my parents died when I was fifteen. So I knew early that I needed to learn how to make it on my own. So when it came time to go to college, I took a bunch of small pieces of paper and wrote down every state where I didn’t know a single person. Then I shuffled them up, and picked out Michigan. Then I got on google and typed: ‘cross country, advertising, Michigan, university.’ And that’s how I ended up choosing my school."
Who is this handsome and brave man?!