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We Can’t Talk About Standing Rock Without Talking About Cultural Appropriation
Understandably, the whole thing can be emotionally and mentally draining, but the debate about cultural theft takes up more space than it should. In reality, white supremacy is the battleground; cultural theft is the fallout. It’s one very visible and particularly painful symptom of a power imbalance that is both systematic and directional. The minute a people’s attributes are reduced to fodder, substance, material to be culled and used at the whim of a dominant group, power shifts. When we normalize the cultural theft of indigenous traditions, decorations, images, histories, language — the very details that facilitate identity — indigenous people are reinforced as the playthings of white supremacy.
{article}  racism  culture  social.justice 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare's Historic Accomplishment | The Huffington Post
This, in the end, is what Obama, Pelosi and their allies achieved with the Affordable Care Act ― not the creation of a jury-rigged system of regulations and tax credits, or the expansion of an overtaxed Medicaid program, or any of the myriad smaller policy initiatives the Affordable Care Act. The true legacy of Obamacare is the principle that everybody should have health insurance.
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17 hours ago by talibusorabat
“Whiteness”: The origins and evolution of “whiteness” in the West
This was all done so that the poor white-skinned Europeans would identify with the rich white-skinned Europeans, even though their social positions were vastly different and the poor white-skinned Europeans were still being exploited by the rich white-skinned Europeans. In many ways this was an ingenious way to prevent revolt in rather turbulent times. In past times strong cultural bonds and loyalties to king, country and religion would maintain stability and guard against internal revolt no matter how oppressed the poor were. However, in the turbulent times of colonialism, a time of revolution, of mass immigration, of religious schisms and new opportunities, these old loyalties were unstable. Something new was needed and “whiteness” increasingly became the locus of loyalty that protected against revolt, especially in the American colonies.
{article}  racism  social.justice  history 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
The Case For Inter-Personal Reparations
Interpersonal reparations is a necessary first step for state sponsored reparations. Blacks asking the state to force unwilling white people to pay reparations depends on and therefore invests in the state’s ability to take commit economic violence on its populace. For reparations to not invest in a new ability of the state to commit economic violence it would have to rely on a pre-existing value or structure.
{article}  racism  social.justice 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple
When starting a major company, it is not enough to say, “I will create a successful major business.” The Secret will not work here; you cannot manifest success through your wishes. If you start a major business, the first thing you do is say, “I have a dream, now I need a team.” And you don’t look for people with the same skillset and experience as you. You don’t look for people with the same focus as you. You look to cover your bases. You do not cut out your finance department because you are not personally interested in finance. You do not tell your web designers that their talk about color schemes is distracting you from your main vision. You regularly look around the room and say, “Who is missing? Who do I need to help cover all the angles?”
{article}  social.justice 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
Befriending Becky: On The Imperative Of Intersectional Solidarity
Each of those times I had the wrong way of thinking. I came to that realization by listening and learning and surrounding myself with people who were gracious enough to share insights that I lacked. I believe this has led me to not only be a better feminist, but a better human being. I haven’t quite yet reached the pinnacle of intersectional Shangri-La, but I know some stuff. And in the interest of sharing my own insights, I’ll leave you with three things I try to consider when partaking in liberation work.
{article}  feminism  racism  social.justice  101 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
"Not All"
Unfortunately, non-racist, non-queerantagonistic, non-misogynistic, non-abelist/disableist, etc. systems and institutions do not prevail in this country. They are exceptional–as are the people who, at the very least, grapple with, question, confront, challenge, undo, excise, abolish, and heal their privileged roles in the various hierarchies. And the proof that they are exceptional rests in the fact that oppressive categories, institutions, peoples, and systems not only exist, but thrive. And beyond thrive, they set the tone for existence.
{article}  racism  social.justice  101 
17 hours ago by talibusorabat
The Facts are True, the News is Fake
How to Disagree with Yourself In the summer of 2009, I partook of a an hour long discussion with David Cameron, who was in the running for, and later became, the U.K. Prime Minister. The discussion was about how to make society robust, even immune to Black Swans, what structure was needed for both decentralization and accountability, and how the system should be built, that sort of thing. It was an interesting fifty-nine minutes around the topics of the Incerto and I felt great communicating all the points in bulk for the first time. The room in the elegant Royal Society for the Arts was full of journalists. I subsequently went to a Chinese restaurant in (London’s) Soho to celebrate with a few people when I received a phone call by a horrified friend. All London newspapers were calling me a “climate denier”. The entire fifty-nine minutes were summarized by the press and reported from a tangential comment that lasted twenty seconds taken in reverse. Someone who didn’t attend the conference would have been under the impression that that was the whole conversation. It turned out that I presented my version of the precautionary principle during the conversation, worth restating here. It asserted that one does not need complex models as a justification to avoid a certain action. If we don’t understand something and it has a systemic effect, just avoid it. Models are error prone, something I knew well with finance; most risks only appear in analyses after harm is done. The burden is on those who pollute –or introduce new substances in larger than usual quantities –to show their lack of risk. In fact the more uncertainty about the models, the more conservative one should be. Ironically the same newspapers had lauded The Black Swan in which this very point was flushed out very clearly. I managed to defend myself by making a lot of noise, and with explicit legal threats, forced every newspaper to publish my correction. Even then someone at The Guardian tried (unsuccessfully) to tone down my letter by showing that it was some type of disagreement with what I said, not a correction of their misrepresentation. In other words I was disagreeing with myself. But if I eventually cleared my ideas, thanks to my bully pulpit, other can’t do the same. The London newspapers were actively misrepresenting something to their own public. Someone who read the paper was mistaking the journalist for an intermediary between himself or herself and the product, the piece of news. So
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14 days ago by talibusorabat
The Disturbing Truth That Makes Get Out Depressingly Plausible
Of course, the movie takes this stark difference in how black and white people are valued and exaggerates it to comedic and horrific effect. But this type of parody isn’t possible without an excavation of legitimate and verifiable certainties. Not only does Get Out exist within a racially tinged context that specifically draws from the microaggressions committed against black people, it could not exist if the races were flipped. A movie where a black family kidnaps, controls, and auctions off dozens of white people—mostly white women seduced and lured by the black family’s handsome son—could perhaps exist as some sort of bizarro-universe thriller. But the truth at the center of Get Out that makes it so resonant and terrifying would not translate. It just wouldn’t be realistic enough. No one would believe that this could be possible, even in a pretend movie universe, because we know that the National Guard, the FBI, the CIA, the Navy Seals, Nancy Grace, the United States Postal Service, Bruce Wayne, Mike Pence, Walker Texas Ranger, and even the exhumed skeleton of Charles Bronson would immediately be at the doorstep of any black family who attempted to do to white women what the Armitages did to black men.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
What Becky Gotta Do To Get Murked? White Womanhood In Jordan Peele’s Get Out
Peele’s editorial choices reveals his hand: graphic white male death is okay, and even the fetishizing of the dead body of the one (of two total) black women characters is just fine. But the intentional framing and editing choices Peele makes to conceal and work around the explicit deaths of Missy and Rose show that white women are still valued as fragile and occupy a unique cultural privilege…even in the blackest horror film of this decade.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
The Most Terrifying Villain in Get Out Is White Womanhood
The final subversive trick of Get Out, of course, is that “beauty” doesn’t kill the “beast”—Chris makes it out alive, if now mentally scarred forever. We’re used to seeing black people die first in such movies, but Chris takes his place within the horror canon as an inverse of the Final Girl. The Final Girl is almost always a white woman (and usually a brunette) who manages to defeat the monster and save herself. She is often young and virginal and definitely not a mean girl. We’re supposed to identify with her and wish for her victory. She is who Allison Williams would play if this were a typical slasher film made by a typically white filmmaker—but this is not, and it was not. She is the villain, an exact incarnation of the horror of being a black person in America.
{article}  racism  social.justice  [get.out] 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
Why ‘Get Out’, a Movie About Anti-Black Racism, Had an Asian Character
To understand why the Asian man asked this, you have to consider Claire Jean Kim’s theory of racial triangulation. Racial triangulation posits that Asians exist on a spectrum where they are 1.) perceived as better than Blacks (but not as good as whites) and 2.) categorized as perpetual foreigners who will never be accepted as “full” Americans. According to racial triangulation, Asians are in racial limbo, trying desperately to achieve whiteness and status as “real Americans” by stepping on the heads of Black folks.

So when the Asian man asked Chris, “Is the African-American experience an advantage or disadvantage?” he wasn’t just making small talk, he was wrestling with the decision of whether or not it would be better to trade bodies with Chris and experience anti-Blackness or stay the same and live life as an Asian man in America and experience xenophobia.
{article}  racism  [get.out]  social.justice 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
Get the Fuck Outta Here, the Sequel: Further Consideration of Jordan Peele’s GET OUT
If I’m not mistaken, James Baldwin (my apologies for constantly coming back to him, but he knew, and taught me, mad shit) said that the reason that white people enjoyed certain kinds of black art — particularly protest art — is because it assures them of their power. In other words, our complaints assure white folks that they are still in control, given that they are the source of the complaints and our continued complaining means that they still have the power to inflict the things about which we complain.

If that observation holds true, then the thing that would likely strike the most terror in the hearts and minds of white folk is leaving them out of it and not considering them at all. That is to say, create worlds and art and philosophy and love and movement and spirituality and whatever else, that doesn’t even so much as consider Whiteness whatsoever; treats it as a non-factor, a non-entity, as non-existent; rejects it outright, and completely centers us as though nothing else matters. And there’s evidence to suggest that this actually does terrify them: they bombed Black Wall Street when it became evident that we neither wanted nor needed them in order to survive and thrive.
{article}  [get.out]  racism  social.justice 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
Donald Trump is a Rich Man's Idea of a Rich Man
I freely admit my circumstances weren’t as dire as some. I belonged to what sociologist Loic Wacquant memorably called “the working class aristocracy.” My father’s job gave us health insurance, after all. For others in my family, being “rich” meant being able to go to the dentist. But really, this all makes the point: We didn’t dream of gold faucets, we dreamed of being free from want, something that was once thought of as a democratic right.
{article}  classism  social.justice 
14 days ago by talibusorabat
The Future of Not Working
Moreover, cash might force aid workers and nongovernmental organizations to confront the fact that they could be doing better by doing things differently — often by doing less. “It’s easy to muster evidence that you should be giving cash instead of fertilizer,” said Justin Sandefur of the Center for Global Development. “The harder argument is: You should shut down your U.S.A.I.D. program, which is bigger than the education budget of Liberia, and give the money to Liberians. That’s the radical critique.” Faye put it more bluntly, if half-jokingly: If cash transfers flourished, “the whole aid industry would have to fire itself.”
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16 days ago by talibusorabat
What We Lose When We Give Awards to Men Like Casey Affleck
The standard objection to excluding men like Affleck, Polanski, or Gibson from the entertainment industry is that it's "philistine"; excluding any great artist means we get less art, and anyway, penalties should be dealt out by courts, not bosses. Yet as Affleck becomes more successful, he becomes more of a financial asset to the people he works with—meaning they're more inclined to protect him and less inclined to give his accusers a fair hearing, because dealing justly with the accusations will endanger the bottom line. If the allegations are true, more and more women will be forced to work with Affleck despite the danger he poses to their physical safety and mental health, even as it becomes more and more risky to report any harassment. In the end, many of those women will do what White and Gorka did—they'll quit, either the project or the filmmaking industry altogether. Keeping great male "artists" around while they endanger their female coworkers isn't only unjust, it actively lowers the number of great female artists by creating a workplace in which women are primarily valued for their ability to accommodate and ingratiate themselves to sexist men, and not for their actual talents.
{article}  feminism  social.justice 
16 days ago by talibusorabat
Gay Loneliness is Real but Toxic Gay Culture isn't the Problem
An uncomfortable byproduct of the monomaniacal quest for marriage equality has been the creation of a new form of minority stress—the stress of the gay man who does not find a husband, or who doesn’t want one, or maybe wants two, and therefore cannot participate in this new and strange celebration of conservative values we’ve constructed as the ultimate goal of gay life. At their best, queer ideas about romance could help undo (for everyone) the poisonous idea that long-term unbroken monogamy is the only way to happiness. But now, many gays have bought into that lie. This is what happens when a civil rights movement values the banality of traditional romance over proud assertions of individual and collective identity, when the desire to enter a system supersedes the desire to change it. As an Asian-American friend said to me, not long after the Obergefell decision: “It feels like someone I don’t know gave me something I didn’t want, and now I feel like I have to use it or feel ungrateful.”
{article}  lgbtqa 
20 days ago by talibusorabat
What Does Everyday Radical Activism Mean?
Remember that radical love is both a process and an outcome. Remember the etymology of “radical,” meaning the root. The source of radical activism is below the foundation. The real problems lie at the root, so to solve them, we need to start there. Clipping the leaves is not enough. Charity or pontification throw solutions from the top down. So even if you feel that you don’t have the power to make a real difference in social justice movements, remember to go back to the root. To truly change the system, we must draw upon core resources: our voices, our relationships, and our resolve.
{article}  social.justice  activism 
4 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Who’s Afraid of Nonviolence?
If Israel harasses and prosecutes community organizers like Mr. Amro, the youth of Palestine will have no models of resistance to turn to in their frustration and despair but people like Mohammad Tarayreh, who on June 30, 2016, in the settlement of Kiryat Arba, on the outskirts of Hebron, broke into the bedroom of a 13-year-old Israeli girl, Hallel Yaffa Ariel, and stabbed her to death. In binding the upraised fist of resistance, they will leave only the hand that is holding the knife.
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4 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why I Read to My Middle School Students
Antoine de Saint-Exupery said, “If you want people to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the immensity of the sea.” That’s what reading aloud does for my kids. If they fall in love with books, they’ll develop all the skills they need to read them without the drill and kill that’s been used on them since they were five.
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4 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Divisions of Labor
The old jobs aren’t coming back, but there is another way to address the crisis brought about by deindustrialization: Pay all workers better. The big labor innovation of the 21st century has been campaigns seeking to raise local or state minimum wages. Activists have succeeded in passing living-wage laws in more than a hundred counties and municipalities since 1994 by appealing to a simple sense of justice: Why should someone work full time, year-round, and not make enough to pay for rent and other basics? Surveys found large majorities favoring an increase in the minimum wage; college students, church members and unions rallied to local campaigns. Unions started taking on formerly neglected constituencies like janitors, home health aides and day laborers. And where the unions have faltered, entirely new kinds of organizations sprang up: associations sometimes backed by unions and sometimes by philanthropic foundations — Our Walmart, the National Domestic Workers Alliance and the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United.
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4 weeks ago by talibusorabat
What's Wrong With the Term 'Person of Color' - BGD
POC is a term for building solidarity between movements, not a movement in itself. That distinction is important.
social.justice  {article}  racism 
4 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The End of the End of History
We are now condemned to live in exciting times. Boredom is, quite clearly, underrated. At the same time, I must confess that as Trump’s victory settled, my despair was coupled with a rush of blood to the head. I felt my fear, including for my family, giving me a sense of purpose. I at least knew what I believed in and what I hoped America could still become. And, in one way or another, even if we don’t quite consciously want it, it’s something we all apparently need — something, whatever it is, to fight for. Now Americans on both sides of the ever-widening divide will have it.
{article}  politics 
5 weeks ago by talibusorabat
7 Questions to Help You Balance Self-Care and Resistance
Remember: This will be a marathon, not a sprint. That might feel dauntingly long, but it also means you have a lot of time to find your stride.
{article}  social.justice 
6 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why A New Mixed Race Generation Will Not Solve Racism
The desire for a future filled with tan mixed babies at times looks less like working away racism and more like washing out blackness.
racism  {article}  social.justice 
6 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Intolerant Liberals – Medium
The progressive liberal agenda isn’t about being nice. It’s about confronting evil, violence, trauma, and death. It’s about acknowledging the ways systemic power, systemic oppression, systemic evil, work in our world around us. I’m not fighting for diversity. I’m not fighting for tolerance. I’m fighting to overturn horrific systems of dehumanizing oppression.
{article}  racism  sexism  social.justice  101 
6 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Sally Yates and Kamala Harris Lead the Fight Against Trump
To suggest that women’s leadership is inherently more righteous than men’s is both essentialist and wrong, but the female will to resist is pretty poetic: Trump may have vanquished one powerful female foe in the election, but now a million more women have sprouted in her place.
{article}  politics  feminism  social.justice 
8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Dear White People Who Write Things: People Who Voted For A Blatant Racist Are Fine With Racism (This Is Not Hard)
He made no effort to hide or spin his racism and sexism and hate for Muslims and Mexicans and non-alternative facts, and they voted for him. He’s done nothing since being elected and inaugurated except exactly what he said he was going to do. Perhaps the polling data says something completely different, but didn’t something major happen in America like three months ago that proved much of that type of polling data obsolete? Something that proved that while people know that they’re supposed to feel a certain way about injustices against minorities and women and other vulnerable people, there’s a huge difference — a yuge difference — between knowing they’re supposed to feel that way (and answering questions to reflect that) and actually feeling that way. Maybe they didn’t all vote for him specifically because of the melange of regressive fuckshit associated with him — although A LOT did — but they were fine enough with it. Those kind and nice and simple and just and concerned motherfuckers who are so apparently upset by the actions of that motherfucker voted for that motherfucker.
{article}  racism 
8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The Myth of the Well-Behaved Women’s March | New Republic
Yes, the marchers on Saturday were well-behaved. But when has that ever mattered? John Lewis was beaten nearly to death for marching across a bridge in Selma. Ieshia Evans stood bare-armed and weaponless as police in body armor lunged towards her with plastic cuffs in Baton Rouge. If the cops want to arrest a protester, they will gladly turn her into a criminal—ordering her to disperse while making it physically impossible, for instance, or searching her with or without consent in an attempt to turn up something illegal. (At the march on Washington, organizers said that bags larger than 8 x 6 x 4 were not allowed. Many marchers carried larger bags under their coats. If any cops had checked, they could have had an excuse to detain us, but nobody did.) Bad behavior is enough to lead to arrests, but good behavior isn’t enough to avoid it. If the cops didn’t arrest anyone, it’s because they didn’t want to.
racism  feminism  {article}  social.justice 
8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why Marches Aren’t What They Used to Be
As a result, Tufekci argues, a protest is not necessarily a sign of an actual movement; that’s why some large protests in recent years, like those opposing the war in Iraq or the Occupy rallies, have had relatively muted real-world impact.

“This doesn’t mean that protests no longer matter — they do,” Tufekci writes. “Nowadays, however, protests should be seen not as the culmination of an organizing effort, but as a first, potential step. A large protest today is less like the March on Washington in 1963 and more like Rosa Parks’s refusal to move to the back of the bus. What used to be an endpoint is now an initial spark.”
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8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The MLK History Forgot
As the 1960s wore on, King increasingly viewed American politics through the lens of class. In his 1967 book, Where We Go From Here, he wrote, “In the treatment of poverty nationally, one fact stands out: There are twice as many white poor as Negro poor in the United States. Therefore I will not dwell on the experiences of poverty that derive from racial discrimination, but will discuss the poverty that affects white and Negro alike.” King appreciated, of course, that African Americans suffered a very specific and targeted form of discrimination. But he embraced a radical economic critique that viewed racism as a cultural touchpoint that prevented working-class white people from acting in their better economic interest.
usa  social.justice  history  {article}  racism 
8 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The Road Women Marched On This Weekend Was Paved By Black Resistance
The march that happened on Saturday is exactly the kind of march this Trump presidency warranted. It could not have occurred without it. But there is a sly and disingenuous narrative being spun here. The issues brought up during the march – the water crisis in Flint, indigenous women’s rights, Islamophobia, violence against women (including the specific threat of murder trans women of colour face), the school to prison pipeline and so on – would not have magically solved themselves with a Hillary Clinton presidency. There would still have remained a need to march, to protest, and to resist.
On Thursday night, Angela Davis gestured to the crowd in front of her and said: “This is an inauguration of the resistance to come.” It will take many forms, and it will work in coalitions and on committees, and it will be loud and angry as well as quiet and calm. It will be glamorous and also very gritty. It will be met with opposition at every turn. For some people, the women’s march was their first brush with physical, tangible activism. For many more, the hope is that it will not be their last.
{article}  feminism  racism  resistance 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc
To talk with any romance for the black bloc risks falling into the worst tropes of bombastic revolutionary writing. We don’t don black masks and become instant revolutionary subjects. We don’t necessarily achieve more with property damage than a larger, more subdued rally achieves. In every case, the standard of achievement depends on the aims of the action, and all of us are far from creating the rupture we want to see in the world. One broken window, or a hundred, is not victory. But nor is over half a million people rallying on the National Mall. Both gain potency only if they are perceived as a threat by those in and around power. And neither action will appear threatening unless followed up again and again with unrelenting force, in a multitude of directions. You don’t have to choose between pink hat and black mask; each of us can wear both. You don’t have to fight neo-Nazis in the street, but you should support those who do.
{article}  politics  resistance 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Your Fat Stigma Is Racist – Here Are 6 Ways to Shift That
White supremacy isn’t about individual white people, though they are often the ones who benefit the most from it, and the ones who have the most at stake in upholding it. The intimacy of white supremacy is that whiteness as a standard becomes permeated throughout our lives in the ways we conceive of and conceptualize nearly every aspect.
{article}  racism  fat.acceptance 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why Apologies Are Powerful Tools for Combating Rape Culture —Everyday Feminism ““The mainstream idea of ‘justice’ after rape in our society is ridiculously limited.” Here’s how apologies could help expand our idea of justice for survivors.
Most survivors do not report their assaults to the police, and sadly, the people who are at higher risk of being sexually assaulted  –  such as queer folk, trans people, and people of color  –  report at even lower rates.

There are many reasons for this, but the limited options for justice is one of them: It’s been well-documented that pursuing justice after a sexual assault through the legal system is tough, often referred to as a “second rape.”

If we all acknowledge that rape is a heinous crime, we need to work to create multiple avenues of justice for survivors that can facilitate their healing and promote accountability for assailants and their enablers.
social.justice  rape  feminism  rape.culture  {article} 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
5 Reasons the ‘Poor People Should Get an Education’ Myth Doesn’t Work At All
For one, it places the responsibility on low-income people to “fix their situation” or “better themselves,” instead of on the systemic oppression that keeps people trapped in a cycle of poverty – especially if they’re multiply marginalized.

It also works alongside the bootstraps myth to make people feel as though all their successes are a direct result of hard work and education, and allows them to ignore their own privilege, which in turn allows them to ignore the oppression of others.

It’s a lot easier to believe that poor people can just easily apply to college, get in, graduate, and have all their problems solved than it is to deal with the difficult reality of underemployment, discrimination, systemic oppression, rising student debt, unpaid internships, and underpaid employees.
{article}  classism  racism  social.justice  education 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
3 Reasons Why Calling Bigots ‘Uneducated’ Is Counter-Productive
History makes it abundantly clear that someone’s level of education isn’t inherently linked to how open-minded or progressive they are.

There are plenty of atrocious movements and practices which were supported by well-educated people, including conversion therapy, apartheid, the Holocaust, the eugenics movement, and many other examples, both current and past.

For that reason, it’s important that we rethink where bigotry comes from and what it means. Otherwise we, too, might end up perpetuating oppressive systems.
{article}  social.justice 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The Most Successful Democrat Since F.D.R.
Obama’s glaring failure on that last count leaves his allies needing to fight, hard, to defend their successes, rather than to make further progress on problems that badly need it, like climate and inequality. But it’s a testament to the last eight years that progressives have so much to defend.
{article}  politics  obama 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Food Choices Aren’t Moral Issues – Here’s How to Stop Making Kids Think They Are
Instead of getting upset at individuals who make choices to eat certain foods based on what they do or do not understand about them, let’s take this to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Let’s take this to the USDA. Let’s go to the schools that are educating our doctors and nutritionists and petition to have sponsored education taken off the menu. Let’s get our food manufacturers to own up to their marketing ploys.

Doing this will help us feel empowered, it will channel our anger in the right direction, and it will help prevent the finger-wagging that so often accompanies our discussions of just what should be put on the table for dinner.
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9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why It Can Be Hard to Report ‘Harmless Flirting’ – And Why It’s Still a Valid Option
And the same power dynamics and perceptions of whose life matters more based on our identities makes reporting a high-risk action for those who are less privileged or more vulnerable to attacks on their character than the perpetrator.

In this case, it was relatively low-risk involved for me to report him. I was not threatened by the feeling that nothing would be done or by the feeling that there would be retribution.

It sucks that I was able to report this relatively low-harm scenario easily and attain due process when there are much more upsetting cases, cases where it’s not nearly as safe to seek some sort of justice.
{article}  sexism 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Gossiping Is Good for You, Study Confirms
"It serves a useful social function," she argues. "It brings people closer together than they would be if they were talking about some impersonal topic. And it can help us figure out who to trust, because we can hear information about people we don't know from trusted sources."
{article}  science 
9 weeks ago by talibusorabat
3 Reasons Why ‘Just’ Seeing a Therapist Isn’t That Simple
Therapy can be a really helpful tool in healing from trauma and managing mental health issues, and I encourage people to try it if they can.

But the truth is that seeing a therapist isn’t as easy as we think, and the idea that seeking therapy is simple relies on a lot of false assumptions.
mental.health  {article} 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Trump Shows How to Smother a Scandal: With a Bigger Story
In this sense, the continuing reality show that Mr. Trump creates may help protect him from deep damage by any particular scandal. As in the campaign, he makes so much news every day that few stories ever generate sustained controversy. Instead, public attention lurches from one story to the next, never quite focusing on any particular controversy. He may prefer it that way.
politics  {article} 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
The Health Care Plan Trump Voters Really Want
There was one thing many said they liked about the pre-Affordable Care Act insurance market: their ability to buy lower-cost plans that fit their needs, even if it meant that less healthy people had to pay more. They were unmoved by the principle of risk-sharing, and trusted that Mr. Trump would find a way to protect people with pre-existing medical conditions without a mandate, which most viewed as “un-American.”
{article}  politics  health 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Donald Trump and the State of Conflict
After the news conference, CNN’s Jake Tapper laid out the differences between his network’s story and BuzzFeed’s. But it took minutes of precious airtime to lead viewers through that. Mr. Trump’s charges took seconds to make and will probably be more widely spread. In the meantime, the reporting corps seemed defensive and off-balance, an army marching in formation under guerrilla attack.

This, in a way, was a test run. Is the news media prepared for a norm-breaking president who brings his own props, his own amen chorus and his own facts? For the next four years, this will be the conundrum: how to keep a press confounder from using press conferences to press confusion.
{article}  politics 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Human Rights Group Portrays U.S. as Major Threat, Citing Trump
Human Rights Watch places Mr. Trump’s rise in the context of a populist movement sweeping the Western world, most notably in the British vote to leave the European Union. Beyond the West, the report explores the rise of authoritarian leaders in Turkey and Egypt and the growing appeal of strongmen in Russia and China.

“I wouldn’t say Trump is a trendsetter as much as riding the populist wave,” Mr. Roth said.
politics  {article}  human.rights 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
‘Kompromat’ and the Danger of Doubt and Confusion in a Democracy
Many people in the United States traditionally see the leak of confidential documents by whistle-blowers, like Daniel Ellsberg’s release of the Pentagon Papers, as a way to hold the powerful to account. We tend to believe that transparency serves the public good, and secrecy the interests of the powerful.

Such a belief presumes that there is a fixed quantity of hidden information out there that the news media is or is not revealing. But in a kompromat society, incriminating material, real and fake, will be manufactured as needed to serve a political purpose.

To smear a president, undermine a judge, or sow distrust in an institution or process, all someone needs to do is create a set of documents salacious enough to attract discussion, persuade some corner of the web to publish them, and then wait for the resulting controversy to be reported as news.

That does not hold the powerful to account. And worse, it undermines the institutions that are supposed to do so.
politics  {article} 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
To Stop Trump, Democrats Can Learn From the Tea Party
The Tea Party’s success was a disaster for President Obama’s agenda and for our country, but that success should give us hope today. It proved the power that local, defensive organizing can have.
{article}  politics 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Trump’s attack on John Lewis is also a racist smear against black communities
But this response to Trump’s tweets sidesteps the fact that, in addition to personally insulting Lewis, the president-elect’s comments also rely on an offensive racial stereotype about the black community — one that Trump has a very long history of parroting.

Accusing Lewis, a black congressman who represents a majority black district, of blithely presiding over a terrible, crime-ridden hell hole reveals a lot about Trump’s assumptions about places where black people live.
racism  {article}  social.justice 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
How Clothes Defined Michelle Obama
Just because something appears trivial does not mean it is any less powerful as a means of persuasion and outreach. In some ways its very triviality — the fact that everyone could talk about it, dissect it, imitate it — makes fashion the most potentially viral item in the subliminal political toolbox. Talking heads complained early on in the second term about Mrs. Obama’s allowing the clothes conversation to dominate the substance conversation, but in fact she made the two inextricable.
{article}  fashion  politics 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
In Year of Anti-Muslim Vitriol, Brands Promote Inclusion
With more Americans dwelling in siloed information bubbles, commercials have the potential to reach audiences with diverse viewpoints.
{article}  social.justice  representation 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
This Embrace Between Brian Tyree Henry and Keith Stanfield Is The Blackest Thing That Ever Happened This Week —VSB “Between Moonlight’s win and Tracie Ellis Ross going Peak Tracie Ellis Ross with her win and her speech and her joy and her dress and
It’s apropos that the image of these two men hugging each other would come a week after two of the biggest stories in pop culture were the levels to the fallout from Kim Burrell’s homophobic comments and the analog, Taco Bell beef beef between Soulja Boy and Chris Brown. Because you couldn’t find two better stories to articulate the type of toxic, regressive, and just plain fucking dangerous mores and beliefs about sexuality and masculinity that need to be taken out to a barn and shot in the fucking face, and you can’t find a better image to exemplify the type of love and embrace that needs to be loved and embraced than what Henry and Stanfield did last night. When I saw those two men — those friends and colleagues celebrating their friend and colleague — I saw two men who were free. Free to enjoy, embrace, and encourage each other without any care of how it might be interpreted. Free to just be, and willing to fight for that freedom. Free to be in love with your friend, a person who happens to be a man, with a love that reflects the ideal of genuine platonic love, which is to “inspire the mind and the soul and direct one’s attention to spiritual things.”
sexism  racism  {article}  masculinism  social.justice 
10 weeks ago by talibusorabat
rewire.news
Shetterly continues to work to tell the stories of the Black women computers at NACA and NASA through the Human Computer Project but, the absence of all these stories in this film only makes it clear that there needs to be more films that include and are about women’s involvement in historic events. There are still so many more stories to be told.
racism  history  {article}  social.justice  feminism 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Trump-Sessions Great for Private Prisons, Terrible for Civil Rights
By their nature, private prisons depend on and profit from the mass imprisonment of human beings. And decades of experience have shown that handing people in government custody over to for-profit companies is a recipe for abuse and neglect. For example, at one GEO-run immigration detention facility in Colorado, Evalin Ali-Mandza, a 46-year-old immigrant from Gabon, died of a heart attack after medical staff waited nearly an hour to call an ambulance. One of the nurses even chose to prioritize filling out paperwork over dialing 911.
prison  {article}  social.justice 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Eyes Over Baltimore
Grandpre contends that the use of technologies like this create a militaristic dynamic between citizens and the authorities. "Policing is supposed to be a public service, but they're viewing people as enemy combatants," says Grandpre. "I don't think folks understand how that filters down to interactions on the street, when you set the frame through one of militarization and engagement, cops then follow the frame." This can result in conflicts escalating and idea of community policing being undermined.
police  social.justice  {article} 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Beating of disabled teenager highlights a crime that often goes unpunished
There are probably thousands of other cases just like this one in Chicago, and in some cases worse, that will never see the impact of the justice system because folks don’t know about it,” said Rebecca Cokley, the executive director of the National Council on Disability, a federal agency. “In a lot of cases with people with disabilities, the perpetrators are family members or caretakers, so what happens when the person who would have to take you to the police station is your abuser?
social.justice  ableism  {article} 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Class Privilege and Greek Mythology
Our class system was founded on “private law,” and its structure is maintained by capitalism. A person’s access to wealth and the advantages that come from their proximity to the creators of this system is just like the Olympians’ creation of a power hierarchy based on birth.
{article}  social.justice 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
7 Ridiculous Things You Should Not Say to Mixed Race People
The other issue here is “melting pot” ideology. The melting pot imagines that all cultures can, not only coexist, but borrow from each other and blend together…into a colorblind mush. I can’t speak for all mixed people and POC, but largely, this idea is damaging. We don’t want you to borrow from us without understanding us — that’s cultural appropriation. We don’t want you to divorce us from our unique, distinct cultures — that’s erasure. Colorblindness is racism, and often, when people say they don’t see color, what they mean is they only see the absence of it: whiteness. This doesn’t help us. We want to coexist. We don’t want “separate but equal” but we don’t want to dilute our identities into colorless chaos divorced from context and history. We want to take down power structures that invalidate us and render us inferior. We want to be recognized. You are not like us. I don’t care if you think yoga’s really great for your back, sushi’s delicious, you love rap music — you don’t have claim to other cultures, and it’s not validating to tell mixed people that just because we access multiple cultures, you think you’re entitled to the same.
{article}  racism  social.justice  101 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Rogue One and the Token Protagonist
I’m sure people will argue that gender had no effect on the story, whether the characters were male or female, so we shouldn’t force diversity on them. After all, it didn’t really matter whether the defecting Imperial pilot or the Krennic the Death Star planner were men or women. But that’s kind of the point. It didn’t matter. There was no plot or world building reason why they should be men, but they fell to that as the default, even though the result is a world that really needs to worry about its minuscule female population.
{article}  [star.wars]  feminism  representation  social.justice 
11 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Angela Merkel, Russia’s Next Target
The methods of Zersetzung are to cast doubt on the basic norms of the Western liberal order and its institutions; to distort and thereby discredit the purposes of the European Union, NATO and the free-market economy; to erode the credibility of the free press and free elections. The means of Zersetzung include character assassination and, through the spreading of lies and fake news, the creation of a gray zone of doubt in which facts struggle to survive.
{article}  politics 
12 weeks ago by talibusorabat
How My Sexuality Changed When My Husband Became My Wife
Staying with a trans woman means going against what we’re taught by society about sexuality and gender. In an ideal world, people would fit nicely into one category: gay, straight, bisexual – but they don’t. I learned this the hard way, by being thrust into the world of unknown sexuality.
{article}  sexuality  lgbtqa  social.justice 
12 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Teen Vogue’s Lauren Duca Battled a Fox News “Partisan Hack” and Young Feminism Came Out the Winner
Duca’s Twitter responses are full of messages like these. Because when they go low, we go high. But going high doesn’t have to be 100% demure and polite. It can involve refusal to stay silent. It can mean not backing down. It can even involve the patronizing “Oh, honey” Duca slipped in when Carlson required it, along with calling him “adorable” for insinuating she was “crazy.” Duca demanded respect from a man who clearly brought her on because he thought a young female writer with a passion for pop culture and girls’ issues would be an easy target. The spectacular fashion in which she proved him wrong was nothing short of heroic. If you think that’s an exaggeration, ask that 14-year-old girl from that tweet up there.
{article}  feminism  usa  social.justice 
12 weeks ago by talibusorabat
Why Don’t Women Say “Stop That, I Don’t Like It” to Catcallers? – Medium
The heart of oppression is the denial of someone else’s reality. One of the major ways well meaning white people oppress people of color is by telling them that the stories they’re communicating aren’t real. And, I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I know it’s often not based in malicious intent, but I also know the effect on the other person can be devastating.
Because, I’ve been on the other side of such oppression too. As a woman, I’ve had my reality denied over and over again. Men believe it’s not that I don’t want to have sex with them, it’s that I need a few drinks to “loosen me up.” It’s not that I’m not attracted to them, it’s that I haven’t “realized my true feelings” yet. I’ve even been told things like I’m not really bisexual, that I’m just looking for a strong man to take care of me, etc.
feminism  racism  {article}  rape.culture  social.justice  sexual.assault 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
Its Time To Stop Allowing Ourselves To Be Seduced By Shitty White Women
While both history and the present inform us that we should be impervious to whichever charms we believe they possess — that our lives can literally depend on refusing to be seduced by them — we still allow it to happen. We still want to acknowledge and engage them. We still want to be nice to them. Perhaps with the hope that they’ll acknowledge and engage us in return. But all this does is validate them. It gives them credibility for engaging us; which, in the eyes of their friends and fans and followers, is effectively and bravely slumming. It promotes their brands and boosts their platforms. It buys them more airtime and unlimited bleach. It provides them an alibi for their hate. Because Tomi Lahren can’t really be racist if she’s getting drinks with Trevor and mean mugging with Charlamagne. Look how fun she looks!

And when we allow that to happen, we’re not brave. We’re not sober. We’re not attempting to find a common ground. We’re not extending an olive branch. We’re not being the bigger person. We’re not taking one for the team. We’re not even genuine. We’re just the help.
{article}  racism  social.justice 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
KING: Democratic staffer exposes the soft bigotry of Senate Dems
This is a scandal that must be immediately and proactively addressed by Democratic Party and the United States Senate. What I know is this — when it comes to winning elections and defeating Donald Trump, these same Democrats who refuse to hire black folk for senior management, will want Beyoncé, Jay Z, Oprah and Chance the Rapper to stand on stage with them. They will appear on the radio with Charlamagne, Steve Harvey and Tom Joyner to drum up black support. They will visit black colleges and hold pep rallies. They will film promo videos featuring black victims of police brutality and racial violence and trot out Mothers of the Movement all across the country, but how much do Senate Democrats truly value black folk if they don’t have a single black chief of staff? How much do Senate Democrats honestly and earnestly value African-Americans if less than 1% of their senior staff members are black?
usa  racism  {article}  politics  social.justice 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
The Privileged Immigrant
Not all Indians are documented tech workers and doctors. Not all Mexicans are undocumented laborers. This isn’t about Indians and Mexicans, but about the documented and undocumented, and the gulf of privilege that lies between them. This privilege builds on itself, from visa application to employment to finance to homeownership to education to the next generation.
{article}  immigration  social.justice 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
Trump’s Business Empire Isn’t Just an Ethical Disaster
But it also presents a global security risk. A building branded with the name of an American president — any president, but perhaps especially Mr. Trump — would be a tempting target for terrorists and other enemies of the United States. Who is going to protect the buildings? Will the Trump organization hire a security firm to do the job, or will the American taxpayer be on the line for the bill? Will foreign governments offer to pay to secure the properties — a subsidy of the Trump organization that would probably violate the Emoluments Clause? If a terrorist attack, a botched security operation or some other tragedy happens on a Trump property, the United States could easily get drawn into a conflict abroad. And our adversaries know this. This is one of the most dangerous aspects of Mr. Trump’s conflict-of-interest problem.
{article}  politics 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
I Was A “Terrorist B*tch”: A Dispatch From Trump’s America
Anti-Muslim sentiments have been cultivated over a long time. That’s nothing new. There are racist white men in the world. That story is almost as old as time. The pit in my stomach when I was accosted was because of something else. The scariest part of witnessing this display of hatred was that I actually recognized the man. I spoke to him nearly every week, but his anger didn’t let him realize who I was. It was the well-dressed man with the Tesla. Granted, we weren’t friends, but I thought he knew me at least enough not to curse me in the streets.

In that moment, we didn’t laugh about how as soon as you wash your car it becomes a bird poop magnet. We didn’t roll our eyes at people who walked and talked on their cell phones. In that moment, I was just some terrorist bitch.
{article}  racism  islamophobia  social.justice  usa 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
Progressives: Please stop doing this very annoying thing
It can’t be said enough: simply telling other progressives that they are wrong will never get enough people to issue B. If you want to convince people that something matters, put some time and effort into actually convincing them. Tell them a story. Relate it back. Make it relevant. Get outraged by what outrages them, and then connect it with what outrages you. Wagging your finger at people disgusted by the voter fraud tweet doesn't make them eager to find out about Trump’s other variations of fraud. All it does is create distance and squander an opportunity to build up a big picture for a bigger audience.
politics  {article} 
december 2016 by talibusorabat
Eyeing the Trump Voter, ‘Fight for $15’ Widens Its Focus - NYTimes.com
Some labor experts say that an essential insight of the Fight for $15 campaign was to turn the conventional labor model on its head in many respects. Rather than first organizing workers into a traditional union and then bargaining for wages and benefits, the campaign has effectively bargained for wages first — through protests and public relations offensives aimed at voters, politicians, and corporations — and hopes to build new worker organizations in after these successes
economics  {article}  social.justice 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
But Seriously, Let's Talk About Millennial Poverty — Everyday Feminism
“As it turns out, our deeply racialized view of poverty bears no resemblance to reality,” writes Leonard Pitts, Jr. for the Miami Herald. “Though it’s true that African Americans are disproportionately likely to live below the poverty line, it is also true that the vast majority of those in poverty are white: 29.8 million people. In fact, there are more white poor than all other poor combined.”
racism  {article}  poverty  social.justice  economics 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Why Paid Sick Leave Is Feminist as Hell — Everyday Feminism
Paid leave is a policy that will save taxpayers money, cut down on the spread of disease, improve worker productivity, and maybe even save lives  –  but it will also undeniably help close the gender wage gap.

As women continue to balance the bulk of unpaid work, increasing the number of hours they do get paid for can help create a more egalitarian workforce, as well as ensure that workers at all levels are able to lead their most fruitful lives.
feminism  social.justice  {article}  economics 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Finding Hope in a Loveless Place
The America many professionally smart people woke up to last week is the America many of us have already lived in for at least as long as this memory shut up in my bones.

The irony is that despite our hopelessness, black voters worked overtime to defeat Trump. We did this despite having more barriers to voting than almost any other part of the electorate: gerrymandering, voter ID laws, time constraints, and voter intimidation. Just like we have always showed up. We have showed up to free ourselves, to free the immigrant others who came after us, to perfect this union against its will, and to make democracy great one day.

My hopelessness isn’t nihilism just like my blind spot has always seen clearly the limits of American progress.

My hopelessness is faith in things yet seen and works yet done. It is a necessary requirement for the hard work of resisting tyranny and fascism. It is the precondition for sustained social movements because history isn’t a straight line. It is a spinning top that eventually moves forward but also always goes round and round as it does. Those erasers applied post-mortem confuse us to this, blind us to the defeats that will come and ill prepare us for the reality that most of what we believe in will not come to pass in our lifetimes. A transactional hope is anathema to social progress.
usa  politics  {article}  social.justice 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Why I Left White Nationalism
There are millions of Americans who don’t understand why anyone might worry about the effects of this election. They see it as “feelings” versus their own real concerns. Those of us on the other side need to be clear that Mr. Trump’s callous disregard for people outside his demographic is intolerable, and will be destructive to the entire nation.
{article}  social.justice  politics  usa 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Dear Hollywood: Now’s the Time to Make All Our Favorite Characters Gay
I’m not asking this for myself, as a viewer and fan, though it would make my heart soar. I’m not asking this as a critic who knows these stories would be compelling, even though it would be. I’m not tell you to do this because it will give you a ratings bump (though it definitely could). I’m saying you need to do this is because there are millions of people in your audience right now who are terrified, and we need heroes. I’m asking you to do this because a man who believes that electrocuting me will cure my queerness is a heartbeat from running our country, and if that’s not a good reason for Captain America to kiss a boy, I don’t know what is. Come on, he was created to fight Nazis back in the day; this is a new way he can do it again now.
{article}  social.justice  representation  hollywood 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
#871: Love & Friendship in the Time of Xenophobia
Hateful, violent people test the waters by making cruel “jokes” and other comments to see how others react. They think that everyone secretly thinks just like they do. Your coworkers and your supervisor should be helping you when “John” gets going. “John, really? This is what we’re talking about?” “Wow, that’s offensive, please stop.” “Shocked silence” on their part (if shock is what’s fueling their silence) isn’t the same as resistance. Maybe one thing you could do is to ask people who you know don’t share John’s views to do some of the speaking up and take the pressure off you.
{article}  social.justice  101 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Why I think plus-size fashion is getting it so wrong
If plus-size fashion is creating the rules, then it has likewise created generations of women who follow those rules. You would think that fat women would be excited to see a great diversity of styles, an opportunity to try looks they hadn’t been allowed to before, but no. The rigid orthodoxy imposed by the big brands is so pervasive that choice and diversity is seen as a negative. Clothes that don’t ‘hug your curves’ or ‘flatter your figure’ are treated like a threat. There’s a UK mainstream plus-size retailer with a very active Facebook page, where they sometimes post photos of bloggers or customers wearing their styles. On multiple occasions, these fat women have struck out against others for daring to wear a jumpsuit that clings to their tummy, or a short dress that doesn’t conceal the fact they have fat thighs, always in brutally dismissive, patronising tones and peppered with caveats like, “Sorry, but that’s just my opinion.”
{article}  social.justice  fat.acceptance  fashion 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Why Do Tourists Visit Ancient Ruins Everywhere Except the United States?
The Greek government loves to invest in the Parthenon, and Greeks love to visit it. But Indian sites are more likely to remind Americans of the Trail of Tears and treaty violations than appeal to their nationalism.

“Cahokia doesn’t mesh with the narrative of what the U.S. was like,” explains Dr. Adrienne Keene, a Native scholar and activist. “We are taught that nothing was here, so Native people deserved to have their land taken away. There would be less excitement about making Cahokia a national monument: that’s how white supremacy and colonialism work.”
{article}  racism  history  usa  archaeology  social.justice 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
Salamu’alaykum, Small Screen: The Complicated Role of Arabs in American Television
American television needs more Arab representation, and it needs more Arab representation that has nothing to do with terrorism. There are still plenty of Americans who fear and distrust Arabs, or who have never met an Arab in their life. Having Arab characters on television helps to break down barriers and to show that Arabs are not enigmas, but regular people with their own complex backgrounds.
{article}  racism  representation  social.justice 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
How My Time as a Private Prison Guard Changed the Way I See Inmates | The Marshall Project
But a few weeks into the job, I noticed a good-looking young inmate serving lunch in the staff dining area. He couldn’t have been older than 20, and something about him reminded me of my son, Michael, who died when he was 20.This boy seemed to be enjoying his job, as though he belonged at a high school dance or a football game. I was happy he could to find some joy in such a dreary place.But then I saw him the next day. His face was bruised and beaten, his hands swollen like someone twisted them with a corkscrew. I wanted to know what happened, to know who did this to him. But I couldn’t ask — that would have been frowned upon — and never found out.
{article}  usa  prison  social.justice 
november 2016 by talibusorabat
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