I think this is the most concise summary of privilege I’ve seen yet
Honestly I don’t mean this offensively but the way they keep their wrists all rigid is kinda hilarious #notgonnalie
By now most readers are likely familiar with the idea that the American middle class is shrinking. Most income and wealth gains over the past 40 or so years have gone to the richest Americans, while poverty is spreading and getting deeper. As a result, the percent of Americans who can reasonably claim to be middle class is shrinking.
Rant by @DarkMatterRage on why folks who are able should donate grassroots activist organizations. Inspired by a pitch to get followers to give to Audre Lorde Project and Queer Detainee Empowerment Project and other queer organizations for #GiveOutDay and beyond.
Click the link to read all the tweets, but some parts I found particularly powerful:
I don’t care if you have a political analysis, I’m more interested in what work you are doing in solidarity with social movements
One of the best ways to be in solidarity is to redistribute capital and resources to people doing community organizing work
Not everyone has the privilege or the ability to ‘organize’ communities directly, but organizing resources is political work
I wanted to write this essay for students – to tell them it is ok not to understand Gender Trouble. That reading and not understanding, and keeping on reading is one of the singular pleasures and engagements of the life of the mind (and, I guess, the body too). It is so not because it is fun to be confused, but because being lost in this particular way is related to having – or developing – a political life: to the extension of ourselves into the world and to the forming and care for the collectivities that we will need to survive this world, and that, perhaps more importantly, we want to survive us into a different future… [R]eading without understanding is something different. It has something to do with not giving up on your desire.
Wow. Well this is stunning and feels particularly meaningful to me right now. The article speaks to those of us who were young adults turning to books to try to make sense of our queerness, why we bought impossibly theoretical texts that we couldn’t understand (Michael Warner and Simone de Beauvoir for me), and why there was something we got out of that reading-without-understanding, even if at the time we might have traded it for community and a girlfriend.
A five-year-old boy has been banned from a church run after-school club in Rugby, because he likes to dress up as a princess.
“Georgina’s son is still allowed to attend Buzz Children’s Club but has been asked to wear clothing of the gender stated on his registration form, which states male… Buzz Children’s Club seeks to follow our usual safeguarding guidelines and we did so in this case in order to avoid any confusion or possible conflict or teasing from other children.”
Uh, but Buzz Children’s Club, as the uncle of a five-year-old, it seems to me like you get rid of conflict and teasing by explaining that it’s not nice to be mean to people, not by being big, gender-regulating bullies yourself. Also, kids have remarkably flexible ideas of what the world can be, so perhaps you ought not project your confusion onto the youngsters when I bet they’d all love to have more options for what play looked like if you weren’t teaching them that it was only okay to live life by your model.
Dr. Brittney Cooper on #BringBackOurGirls, US imperialism, and demanding safety for Black women and girls
This quote isn’t a summary of the main argument, but I appreciate the differentiation in the ways “our girls” is being used. Politics can exist on multiple scales. The Obamas are obviously symbols and agents of US empire, but perhaps they can also be positioned within a transnational Black community that demands safety for Black girls without claiming the US as saviors? Another way to say this: Katie Couric and Michelle Obama are obviously differently positioned with regards to this issue. Dr. Cooper breaks it down:
"When I see the hundreds of Nigerian mothers and family members crying out “Bring back our girls,” I see not only mothers and daughters, but black mothers and daughters. Black women and girls are not only invisible in U.S. political discourses about terror, safety and protection; they are invisible globally. This diasporic racial connection – the fact of these girls’ blackness — matters for two reasons: first, because imperialism and racism are inextricably linked, and people of color are most vulnerable to shows of imperial power. And two, because these girls are not all “our” girls. They are not the girls of those well-meaning white folks who otherize African countries, secretly see them as primitive, and think that what Nigeria needs is a kind of secular military-missionary intervention. But they are the girls of those of us who have a diasporic race consciousness and a commitment to respecting the right of Nigerian people to self-determination on this issue."
Attanya: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because I love science fiction and fantasy books, but I’m tired of authors treating dragons and robots and magic as more plausible than black and brown characters
Jennifer: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because… when I was 13 a white girl told me it was selfishthat all of the protagonists in my stories were Latina because she “just can’t relate to nonwhite characters.” She made me feel guilty for writing about people like me.
Aiesha: #WeNeedDiverseBooks because…Black Girls are more than sidekicks or “sassy, ghetto friend”
Facts and Figures About Race/Ethnicity in YA and Children’s Lit:
- 88% of the books on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were about white protagonists
- 93% of the authors on the 2013 Publisher’s Weekly YA Bestsellers were white authors
- 85% of the books on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were about white protagonists
- 90% of the authors on the 2014 Young Adult Library Services Association’s Best Fiction for Young Adults list were white authors
- 91% of the authors on the 2013 New York Times’s Bestseller Lists for YA and Children’s Lit were white authors.
- According to the 2012 Cooperative Children’s Book Center, only 3.3% of books were about African-American protagonists; only 2.1% were about Asian and Pacific Islander protagonists; only 1.5% were about Latinx protagonists; and only 0.6% were about Native American protagonists. That means over 90% of children’s books surveyed were about white protagonists.