It’s not super relevant to my blog, but two areas of Johannesburg described in The Economist here: http://www.economist.com/news/middle-east-and-africa/21612238-urban-communities-remain-divided-along-racial-lines-can-be-changed-still
White people are in the neighborhood on the left (top picture), blacks are on the right.
South Africa has some of the highest income inequality in the world; Apartheid hasn’t gone away yet.
A fairy ring, also known as fairy circle, elf circle, elf ring or pixie ring, is a naturally occurring ring or arc of mushrooms, in his case Marasmius oreades. The body of this fungus, its mycelium, is underground. It grows outward in a circle. As it grows, the mycelium uses up all of the nutrients in the soil, starving the grass. This is the reason a fairy ring has dead grass over the growing edge of the mycelium. Umbrella-shaped fruiting bodies, called mushrooms, spring up from just behind the outer edge of the mycelium.
Being exposed to media about Gaza makes me feel angry. Being exposed to all this media about Ferguson makes me feel deeply sad and helpless in a way that tragedy communicated to me over news media generally does not. Finding out that there’s an official media blackout in Ferguson makes me very unsettled in a less emotional but extremely troubling way.
Here’s a link to the bail fund for arrested individuals:
Here’s the phone number of the Ferguson police: (314) 522-3100.
Neither option is going to fix this, but if you’re looking for a way to engage, now you have one. I wish I could feel like this was going to change anything.