Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Wednesday Reading



Empathy Won’t Save Us In the Fight Against Oppression. Here’s Why.
by Hari Ziyad
Within 20 seconds, a bullet had sailed through Sam Dubose’s skull and his lifeless body accelerated his car toward nowhere in particular – a ghost not yet aware of no longer being alive, still desperate to run away. 
I wanted to run away, too.
Read More at Black Girl Dangerous


We Already Know: White Liberal Racism Denies Black Personhood
By Danielle Fuentes Morgan
Trauma often feels inevitable for bodies of color. It is the leitmotif of life in the United States. And regardless of the safeguards we may have, either intentionally-structured or as benefit of birth, the impact is real. We often speak in terms of macroaggressions and microaggressions, terms I hesitate to use because they imply that without hoods and burning crosses the assaults should be tolerated. It feels like another way to discount the feelings of people of color—a nuanced way of telling us to get over it.
Read More at Racialicious


Hollywood Rewrites History (again)
by Cheryl Morgan
The problem with [Stonewall] is that Hollywood, being Hollywood, has found it necessary to re-write the events at Stonewall so that they center around a white, cis-normative gay man. The reality was quite different. The New York police targeted the Stonewall Inn precisely because it was a known as hangout of trans people of color. As this article in Huffington Post makes clear, what followed was at least as much a race riot as it was a gay rights riot.
Read More at Cheryl's Musings


It’s 2015. Why Is Male Nudity Still Funny?
by Aph Ko
While raising this excellent point (albeit one feminists have made before) seems like a promising start, it quickly becomes clear that this is not an earnest message, but a satirical PSA.
Read More at F Bomb


The Homeless Stereotype
by Jade Hearsum
Empathetic, caring and genuine are words I very rarely hear people use to describe the homeless. I regularly hear words like bum, low-life, and users. The classic and most painful sentence I hear is that “they bring it on themselves,” or even worse, that they “CHOOSE this life.” Trust me, I’ve slept outside for a night with just a sleeping bag, no-one would ever choose this.
Read More at Zusterschap Collective


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