During the 1970s sterilization became the most rapidly growing form of birth control in the United States, rising from 200,000 cases in 1970 to over 700,000 cases in 1980. It was a common belief among Blacks in the South that Black women were routinely sterilized without their informed consent and for no valid medical reason. Teaching hospitals performed unnecessary hysterectomies on poor Black women as practice for their medical residents. This sort of abuse was so widespread in the South that these operations came to be known as “Mississippi appendectomies.” In 1975, a hysterectomy cost $800 compared to $250 for a tubal litigation, giving surgeons, who were reimbursed by Medicaid, a financial incentive to perform the more extensive operation — despite its twenty times greater risk of killing the patient.
when someone tells you they aren’t ready for a relationship
just believe them
it is not a test, it is not some riddle for you to figure out, there is no hidden meaning
just believe them
do not take it personally, do not pout, do not think it in any way means they don’t care about you
just believe them
hear them, really hear them, appreciate their honesty and understand their own personal struggle
sometimes it’s not always about you, and that’s ok
I know that I’m always going to do what I want to do. So I pray for the wisdom, faith, and fortitude to want what is right for my life.
Someone knows my life..
There is a job shortage in America, but a recent solution implemented by the Obama administration has been to create infrastructure jobs through the Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Its tag line is “Putting Americans to Work”. Consider if, as part of this act, a new organization called The Engineers of America (EoA) was created. Recruits would be degree holders from top universities in America, and their degrees would be proof of their academic success. These degrees would span all majors and disciplines from educators to scientists to linguists to engineers. Motivated by a greater desire to improve America’s roads and bridges, these individuals would apply for and be accepted to EoA by signing a two-year contract. They would participate in a six week training program that would prepare them by teaching skills in planning, structure, and building techniques used to construct bridges in high needs areas where the bridges are dilapidated and unusable. At the end of this training period, EoA recruits would be individually responsible for their creations. Now answer me this - would you willingly drive a car containing your family across a bridge built by a biologist or English major whose only experience in engineering amounted to a six-week crash course?
The point of my hypothetic scenario is nothing new in the ongoing criticism of Teach for America (TFA) within the field of education. This conversation has become recently relevant to my life in light of my graduation from a four year university with a B.Sc. in English Education. Founder of TFA, Wendy Kopp, was my commencement speaker, and she delivered a speech that was a thinly veiled sales pitch for her organization and life’s work towards reducing the achievement gap, a phrase popularized by her organization. The problem with TFA is not with its well-intentioned ideals, but with its execution. As highlighted above, I take particular fault with the lack of preparation given to those who commit to the program due to its implications for the teaching profession as a whole.
me wanting to sit on your face is not the same thing as me wanting to be your girlfriend.
So there’s that.
YEA….THERE’S DEF THAT. >_>
Leave it to Kamms for the hashtags.. I love it, lol
Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War Draft
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