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Civility As A Tool For Keeping People Of Color In Their Place : Code Switch : NPR |
A "God-ordained" right to civilize others

Such laws and ordinances were designed to contain communities of color, says Gaye Theresa Johnson, who studies the intersection of civility and race at the University of California, Los Angeles. They allowed white citizens to, in effect, civilize people they considered less than.

And many assumed that this civilizing mission came from a higher authority. "It's always been a situation where people assume that civility is something that's sort of God ordained," Johnson says.

That belief would indicate that some people are innately civil, while others need to have civility taught to — or imposed upon — them. Johnson says this is part of the underlying rationale for the enslavement of Africans imported into America and the genocide of Native peoples.
civility  civilrights  stayinyourlane  activism  nonviolence 
march 2019 by kme
riseuplabs / crabgrass · GitLab |
Crabgrass is a web application designed for activist groups to be better able to collaborate online. Mostly, it is a glorified wiki with fine-grain control over access rights.
ruby  rails  wiki  collaboration  activism  webapp  samplecode  webdevel 
february 2019 by kme
What Silicon Valley Doesn't Get About Race | Vanity Fair |
Another way that high-powered tech leaders can help advance social justice? Critically examine the power structures in your own industry. Work diligently to hire more women and people of color—not just to fill quotas, but because it’s the right thing to do. Actions speak louder than a well-intentioned but ultimately ham-fisted tweet.
siliconvalley  techbros  activism 
december 2018 by kme
Opinion | The Best Book for 2018 Is 25 Years Old - The New York Times
It has become fashionable for writers to talk about the transformative power of empathy in fiction. But that potential is realized only when empathy is deployed in conjunction with an understanding of power and how it functions.

Jess continually marks the ways oppressive systems are most damaging — the way they force those who are oppressed to hate themselves and identify with their oppressor. And to navigate them, you are often asked to kill off any feeling or natural part of yourself to survive.
opression  activism  gender  passing 
june 2018 by kme
Luvvie Ajayi: Get comfortable with being uncomfortable | TED Talk
1. did you mean it?
2. can you defend it?
3. did you say it with love?
april 2018 by kme
Go Ahead, Millennials, Destroy Us - The New York Times |
Young people have only just learned that the world is an unfair hierarchy of cruelty and greed, and it still shocks and outrages them. They don’t understand how vast and intractable the forces that have shaped this world really are and still think they can change it. Revolutions have always been driven by the young.

One of my students once asked me, when I was teaching the writing of political op-ed essays, why adults should listen to anything young people had to say about the world. My answer: because they’re afraid of you. They don’t understand you. And they know you’re going to replace them.
millennials  youth  activism 
march 2018 by kme
Hillary Clinton Ignited a Feminist Movement. By Losing. - The New York Times |
After Mr. Trump’s victory, the concerns that women would be reluctant to come forward with accusations of sexual assault and harassment spread, given that millions of Americans and a majority of white female voters seemed unfazed by an audio recording of Mr. Trump bragging about violating women.

“To watch him win was to make women feel like ‘I just exposed myself for absolutely nothing,’ ” said Joan Walsh, a writer for The Nation and a CNN political analyst.

Conservative critics argue that a second Clinton administration would have allowed Mr. Weinstein to maintain his status as Hollywood kingmaker and powerful Democratic donor. “The predators, most of them media and Hollywood liberals, would still be in power,” Michael Goodwin wrote in a column in The New York Post that Mr. Trump recommended to his 46.6 million Twitter followers.

Liberals say, policy advancements aside, Mrs. Clinton’s victory would probably have led to a brief period of euphoria and a return to complacency — or worse, a backlash against ambitious women.

Linda Sarsour, a co-founder of the Women’s March who supported Mr. Sanders in the primary, credited Mr. Trump’s victory — not Mrs. Clinton’s defeat — with the current reckoning among women. “People were so aghast and felt betrayed that so many of our fellow Americans voted for a misogynist, accused sexual predator,” she said.


From the comments:
During that time, I wrote about how we would look back at the Obama years as a time of peace.

Well, that's certainly true thus far, with Hawaiians running for their lives yesterday morning while 45 golfed. And that we are all relieved that he WAS golfing when that alert went out to the people in our 50th state.

Quote by Oveta Culp Hobby, head of the Women’s Army Corps in WW II, inscribed on the WW II Memorial in Washington: “Women who stepped up were measured as citizens of the nation, not as women. This was a people’s war, and everyone was in it.” She served in Ike’s cabinet and it’s said he tried to convince her to run for president. But she went home, ran the Houston Post, and served on numerous boards. I don’t remember people thinking of her as “that woman,” though one member of Ike’s cabinet is said to have called her “the best man in the cabinet.”
hrc  politics  feminism  activism  presidenttrump 
january 2018 by kme
How to Write Effective Letters to Congress
To Your Senator:

The Honorable (full name)
(Room #) (Name) Senate Office Building
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
politics  congress  representatives  letterwriting  advocacy  activism 
november 2016 by kme
Identity Theft: The "Trans" Con
Men and women think differently. It’s a truism. One that virtually everyone on the planet is aware of. It has nothing to do with masculinity or femininity. Macho men, sensitive guys, flaming gay boys – they all share a male way of thinking. The femmiest princesses, the most driven businesswomen, the butchest lesbian bikers – they all think like females. And neither group really understands how the others think. What’s considered masculine and feminine changes from one culture to another. It’s determined by each culture. But male and female? That’s innate. That’s hardwired into our brains. And that’s where our minds – our selves – live. In our brains. It’s our brains that determine who we are. If someone loses a limb, they’re still the same person. If a person loses their sight or their hearing or their sense of smell, they’re the same person. But damage their brain? Change the brain and you change the personality. Change the brain and you change who a person is. You can change the way a person reacts to stimuli, but you can’t change their fundamental sense of self. If you do that, it’s not a change. It’s a destruction of the individual and its replacement with another individual.

I believe that male and female brains are wired differently. And that there are people who – for whatever reason, be it genetic tendency, natal hormones, or even birth experiences – are born with brains wired for a different sex than the rest of their bodies. I can’t prove it, but I expect that it will eventually be shown medically to be the case.

I’ve had people ask me why I don’t adopt the political positions of the "queer" community. The GLBT or LGBT or LBGTQ or TUVWXYZ folks who do the parades. After all, they point out, those people will give me unconditional acceptance. And while I can understand, intellectually, why people might change their convictions for the sake of a more comfortable community, I’m unable to grasp it in my gut. If you really have convictions, how can comfort or its lack change them?

It’s my convictions that require me to write this essay. I’ve been watching the "trans" insanity from the sidelines. The onslaught of the "accept us or you’re evil" crowd and the backlash of the "Ew! Cooties!" crowd. I’ve heard people ask – and it’s a reasonable question – how the whole trans thing has erupted over such a short period of time. I’ve read articles by people who actually started transitioning because they were more masculine or feminine than is usual for their sex, but who abandoned that ship before things went too far. I’m going to link to some of those at the end of this article.

Back in the mid-90s, when I transitioned, I called a local gay organization in hopes that they might be able to point me in the direction of some resources. A therapist. An endocrinologist. Other people in my situation. The public Internet was in its infancy, and there wasn’t much there. Their reaction was, shall we say, less than helpful. I found out quickly that the gay community, including the lesbian community, didn’t like transsexuals. There were two main reasons for this. One was that they suspected we were gays or lesbians who weren’t willing to accept being homosexual, with all the social penalties that came with it, and figured that by "switching sides", they could be socially heterosexual. Another was more fundamental. The idea of changing sex from one to the other reinforces the idea that there are, indeed, two sides. In the language of the left, it reinforces the "gender binary".

Over the past two decades, there has been an extreme shift in the GLB community. The embracing of "transgender" or "genderqueer" or any other challenge to the paradigm of male and female has become the "new civil rights movement." And the question is: why?

What’s the bottom line here? You don’t have to believe that I’m female. And you don’t have to accept the radical trans agenda. You should refrain from being a douchebag and treating someone badly because they’re gay, or because their gender expression looks odd to you. But if you’re gay or trans and you know that the way you look is going to make people feel uncomfortable, don’t you be a douche. Show some sensitivity for the rest of the world. The kind of sensitivity that you’d like for yourself.
transpeople  gender  sexuality  activism  dissentingopinion  dysmorphia  explained 
july 2016 by kme
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because we’re raised to know it’s safer to give a fake phone number than to directly reject an aggressive guy.
because we’re raised to know that evasion or rejection can be met with violence.
because women are still threatened and punished for rejecting advances.
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because why give any old fake number, when you can have bell hooks screen your calls?
so next time, just give out this number: (669) 221-6251
tech to protect.
dating  activism  feminism  techtoprotect 
june 2014 by kme
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volunteering  activism  charity  nonprofit  employment  searchengine  gradschool 
march 2014 by kme
Anonymous is dying. What comes next? : anonymous
Anonymous isn't an ordinary group in the modern sense. It's the first true human superorganism. It's the Type II civilization of groups, unable to be destroyed by any social means. Taking the concept of something so existential as anonymity and forming a collective based off of it has produced something that will literally not die until it's memory is forcefully exstinguishes from the minds of hundreds of millions, if not a few billion. The Anonymous collective, despite it's size, has become as indestructible as other collective identities, such as conservatism and liberalism, or warriors and craftsmen. Anonymous will survive for many, many years.
anonymous  activism  interesting  forthecomments 
december 2012 by kme

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