This is a Geosiris. It grows in Madagascar. It is also a parasite. More specifically it’s a myco-heterotrophic parasite, meaning it takes it’s nutrients from fungi without contributing back to the fungi. Like many parasitic plants, the beautiful purple flower is the only visible part of the plant. It lacks chlorophyll (thus lacks leaves) and most of its body lies underground.
I want to hear the news call that anti-Semite a terrorist. I want to hear no excuses about how he worked alone, or how Neo-Nazis are a “fringe” group. If brown people don’t get that excuse, neither should this guy. It’s time we treat killers equally in our media’s discourse.
And really, neo-Nazis are just used to excuse the rest of the antisemitism floating around, when they’re more just the people who took those ideas to their conclusion. They exist because we are a profoundly anti-Semitic society.
And a profoundly racist society too. We have mainstream politicians pandering to these people, after all. I mean between the horde of people defending the murder of a black child to the horde of people saying it’s Hobby Lobby’s constitutional rights to not serve Jews, can really calim neo-Nazis are a “fringe group”? And it sickens me that this is the second Neo-Nazi shooting in the last five years (remember the Sikh temple shooting anyone?) and everyone acts as though these are “isolated events”. But apparently when its brown people it’s the norm.