My feed is currently exploding with the fact that Biden picked Kamala Harris as his veep. I would like to remind my friends of the following points:
1) She's a cop, and we're allowed to be unhappy. We're allowed to be mad, even.
2) We are not just voting for the Presidency. We are also voting for Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement. And a lot of other stuff, but let RBG retire or die secure in the knowledge that doing so will not fuck over this country.
3) "Kamala Harris is a cop and ACAB" and "Kamala Harris's nomination represents a number of important firsts in the field of politics" are both solid takes that do not cancel one another out and in fact coexist because we do not live in a magic Star Wars world where we have just have the Light Side and Dark Side.
4) The immigrants currently being held in cages and doused with weapons-grade disinfectant by our own government will not appreciate the subtleties of our political choices if we elect Trump for a second term through our inaction or dithering. For that matter, the people dying of COVID because Trump gutted the pandemic response team and then mishandled our response to the virus will not appreciate them. Because they're dying or dead. Because we couldn't get our shit together four years ago. My own mother may be one of these people. I'll never know for sure.
You're all adults, and I'm not here to tell you what to do. I will, however, share what I'm going to do: I will vote for Biden and his cop sidekick in November. And then if Trump gets a second term anyway, I'm arming myself and getting my ducks in order to go underground, because my Jewish wife and I are not going into the gas chambers quietly.
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I just wanted to say that the 2nd season of Never Have I Ever tackled SO MANY issues these days.
As a South Asian woman in STEM, I sympathized with Kamala’s situation so much! Dealing with asshole labmates and struggling to get credit for your work, even when people want to discredit you. That scene where she left and smashed the beaker was AMAZING
I love that Devi was still going to therapy and talking through her issues, especially at school. That was so important to see.
It was so REFRESHING to see an Asian student (Paxton) struggling in school and trying his best to succeed. It’s so good to see the Asian dude as the hot/popular jock (that table scene, I swear, it was SO HOT). Also, his story line about his Japanese grandfather at the internment camps in WW2 made me cry. So powerful.
Finally, I wanted to talk about Aneesa. As a Muslim, I’m SO HAPPY we got legit representation without the classic “oppressed teenager stereotype”. She’s funny and witty, but also has flaws and she’s human. She plays soccer and talking about her eating disorder was so important too.
Like, I can’t stress this enough. This type of representation is so damn important and I wish I had it when I was younger.
To finish, here’s a line that’ll stay with me for a while
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It’s Always Been Him
Ok I’ have this idea of all her family realized that Paxton is good of Devi. It’s quite short version of this and hopefully I could come up with more idea and write more!
Hope you enjoy it!
They’ve been dating for a week since the winter dance and Devi still keeps tutoring Paxton. They usually do it at his house and making out after.. sometimes at hers in the bedroom with the door open, obviously, and the watchful eyes of her mother, most of the time it scared Paxton out of his wits that she might yell at him again as the first time he has it, he vowed to himself and prayed to God or whatever above to never have to go down that roads ever again.
but you know teenagers, they couldn’t keep their hands to themselves!.
every time he answers the question right or done perfectly well with the assays she assigns to him. all he wanted to do was swap her into his lap and snog her senseless, her mother be damned.
but all they could really do under the over-bearing Indian mother checking every 15 seconds of their studying, was to keep sending heart eyes to each other, holding hands, tuck her hair out of her face behind her ear, and the unspoken of the midnight spiderman routine that will happen again for sure.
however, this does not go unnoticed by her mother, while they have the door open as she makes it clear every time he comes by to not be sitting near each other, she senses something in the air that she couldn’t quite name. but something is definitely going on with her daughter and this boy for sure and she wanted to find out what is.
so after they finished an hour-long of this Tutoring. when they both coming down the stair while she was preparing Dinner with Nirmala and Kamala set up the table. He was halfway to put his shoes on when Nalini spoke and makes him froze into place.
“Paxton, why don’t you join dinner with us. it must be exhausted with all the tutoring you had ”
Devi eyes went wide and Paxton gobsmack, speechless
“Please! handsome boy, we would love to have you here” Her grandmother was obviously head over heel for Paxton. not only she said that but she pulled him toward the table and put him to sit on the chair, padded his head, and went to grab some bowl
“Good!, we’re having curry, hope you like spicy food” (Nalini secretly add more level of the spicy without anyone noticed)
so he sits across from Devi and the girl sends him an encouraging smile, he nervously smiles back and said thanks to Kamala for tuck the food on his plate. Paxton took one bite and chewing, then he got hit when the taste sink in, his eyes start to sting.
“You ok there, boy?” asked Nalini, looking at him like a hawk, He’s trying to speak but the spice hit him hard to his tongue. he grabbed a glass of water and drink it so fast that it spilled all over his shirt.
“Mom! this is too spicy than we normally had!” cried Devi after she took one bite of her own.
“It’s ok, I can handle wasabi just fine, this is easy pieces,” Paxton said, trying to smile while the tear rolling down his face. Devi now fuming with raged knowing too well that this was all her mother doing.
“How could you do this to him mom!, what is it that you have against him so much,” Devi said
“Honestly Devi, it’s just a spicy food, anybody can deal with that” Nalini deadpanned trying to keep a straight face
“I don’t think he can, oh poor boy, let me get you some more water,” said Kamala while rushing to get the water at the refrigerator
“it’s ok Devi, I’m alright, it’s just I never have this kind of food before,” He said after recovering but Devi is ready to explode at her mother, everyone saw it coming
“Hey, hey, it’s okay, I’m fine, see?” Paxton said while rushing over to catch her hand, to everyone surprise, she calms down immediately
“Can you at least be nice to him?” she directly to her mom and trying to control her temper.
“What is going on with you and this boy, why are you so nice to him? don’t think I didn’t see what just happened there, last time we had the boy, Ben was it? you were really rude to him if I remembered correctly, I don’t understand what so different with this Yamaha boy”
“Ben Gross was here?” interrupted Paxton’s eyebrows twist in confusion
“He’s my friend! and he’s important to me! why can’t you be nice to him like you were with Aneesa!??” now Devi was shouting
“I don’t get it what did you see in him,” Nalini said shaking her head.
“It’s because of him that I could walk again!!!” everybody at the table just freeze at what they’ve been doing and stare at Devi in shock, Nalini mouth hanging open, unable to reply.
after that, Devi bolts out of the table and opens the front door, and ran off, Paxton recovered from the shock rushed over to put his shoes on, and ran after her.
Nalini still shooked from what she just heard, look over the table and see Kamala still holding a water bottle and Nirmala gave her a disapproved look.
“Really, Nalini, He’s the sweetest boy I’ve met. and now we know that he’s helped Devi from that trauma she went through, you could at least give him a chance, you’d see how your daughter is happier since she has that boy come into her life. And His name is Hall-Yoshida. Not Yamaha” Said Nirmala then she cussed in different languages and shaking her head
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