Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Wednesday Reading

On Kindness
by Cord Jefferson
For a few weeks one summer, when I was about eight or nine, my family and I road-tripped from our home in Tucson to the Grand Canyon and then up to Yosemite National Park. We hiked and played and slept for days amid some of the world’s most majestic natural beauty, and yet I can tell you almost nothing about what Yosemite or the Grand Canyon are like from the inside. Instead, my most powerful memory from that trip is an afternoon spent at the beach during a brief stop in Los Angeles.
Read More at Medium


The Hollaback Video is Racist, But That Doesn't Mean Street Harassment Isn't an Issue
by Danielle
I've noticed a trend: white women use white feminism to let white men off the hook for their sexism and Black men use white feminism (or the excuse: well what white women did was racist!) to let themselves off the hook for their sexism.
Read More at 1 Black Girl. Many Words.


I Don't Exist (Yet)
Some time ago, I shared a secret with two friends: I find myself frequently searching for things that move me.  A deep, insightful book.  An exciting new song.  A novel movie.  An unusually critical article.  An event that pulls on my heart strings.  Something that will feed my spirit in a way that most things do not.
Read More at Conditionally Accepted


Henry Giroux's Wisdom and Warnings About 'Zombie Politics' and the 2014 Midterm Elections
by Chauncey DeVega
The Republicans will likely win control of the Senate in today's midterm elections.
I would like to tell folks to panic and that the sky is falling. The reality is that the sky had fallen down to Earth on the American body politics some time ago.
Does this mean that reasonable, sensible, and forward thinking Americans should not vote today? Of course not. The Republican Party is a political entity that has fully embraced white supremacy both on its own "merits", as a means of killing "the useless eaters", and advancing the neoliberal corporate Austerity Agenda.
Read More at ChaunceyDeVega.com


Regarding Chauvinism
by Eugenia Loli
It rubs me the wrong way when people say “I’m proud that the XYZ place exists in my country” (e.g. a monument, or a natural place). Why would anyone be “proud” for something they had nothing to do with, is beyond me.
Read More at Eugenia's Rants and Thoughts


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