1. Fight against the proposed CPS School closures. Community members and local organizations are packing meetings citywide to express their opposition to closing more schools in already devastated neighborhoods. On May 18, 19, 20 join the Grassroots Education Movement for a 3 day march city wide rally to save public education. Contact email@example.com or 312-329-6227 for more information about this and other opportunties.
I need to write a much more thought-out post on this. Or possibly organize these into a series. But I also need to get this out there.
Last night, in a moderated debate among nearly a hundred students, I witnessed no fewer than 8 temper tantrums thrown by 3 white men. They were perhaps, not quite yelling, but they had unquestionable aggression in their voices and their gestures. There were also at least a dozen times when one of them interrupted someone else who was speaking, and was then given a “chance to respond”. This was after the fact that their perspective in the argument was very much white-dominated, with primarily men speaking, while the other side had no such skewed ethnic makeup, had been pointed out, after the dynamics of white supremacy had been named.
It did not matter. What mattered was the unconscious sense of authority that person after person ceded to these white men, as well as to the white men on our side though none were so full of temper. I do not mean to say that all white men who get angry will be granted that authority: a visible disability will drastically change that privilege. But very many will. I do not mean to imply that men of color may not be aggressive, loud, obnoxious and take up space, but I cannot recall the last time I saw a man of color show that level of anger in public (outside of a ritualized, spoken-word-poetry context).
Women of today are still being called upon to stretch across the gap of male ignorance and to educate men as to our existence and our needs. This is an old and primary tool of all oppressors to keep the oppressed occupied with the master’s concerns. Now we hear that it is the task of women of Color to educate white women — in the face of tremendous resistance — as to our existence, our differences, our relative roles in our joint survival…
–Audre Lorde, “The Master’s Tools Will Never Dismantle the Master’s House”
Hi everyone. Hi, fellow American white people who want to resist racism starting with your own whiteness, to learn what that means. I’m not asking people of color who might be tired of hearing about whiteness to read this, though of course I welcome everyone to read and comment, and I welcome anyone to ask me to say what I mean more plainly. I am not writing this to imply that racism is the only oppression that matters. I won’t write about how fighting oppression benefits everyone, because it does in so many ways, but I’m not writing for people who want to make change only when they’re convinced it’s the best for them personally. In my experience, having too many selfish or self-centered people brings abuse into social justice movements.
Updated on 1/7/13 with new community additions
Below is a non-comprehensive work in progress checklist for planningaccessible events that Femme Monster and I have started. Great additions have been made by Sasha D. We want this list to grow and be a resource for organizers and programmers. If you would like anything added to the list, please comment below or…
Today (Nov. 23) is Native American Heritage Day. Here are the things I looked up yesterday, a collection of Native or Native-centric perspectives on Thanksgiving.
The one that most tried to answer my questions, but at a 101 level (not that I’m much beyond 101), is called Should you Celebrate Thanksgiving?
A fairly simple thing about how Native Americans, such as the author, might want to celebrate the holiday
A completely non-analytical thing but an example of celebration: Navajo chef Freddie Bitsoie recommends goose for Thanksgiving.
On the more critical side:
Remember how the media freaked out when Iran's President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared his desire to "wipe Israel off the map"? Despite it being an inaccurate translation, the western media never misses an opportunity rehash that remark. Similarly, whenever Hamas makes a vile remark about Israel, mainstream outlets amplify it the world over to make certain that everyone understands that Israel is deeply hated by violent brown folks with funny beards.