Sept. 27 11:23 am


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Buy these posters and find more from the amazing Repeal Hyde Art Project!

They are so amazing and speak so many truths - when I have my own clinic I’m going to put all of them up on the walls.  So beautiful!

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Priscilla Ndiaye was a child in 1970, when thousands of residents of the Southside neighborhood moved their belongings, many by hand, from their homes.

“I still remember dragging the chairs.”

Ndiaye, who’s served as a chair of the Southside Community Advisory Board and researched the area’s history extensively, was nine when the home her family rented was condemned as part of a sweeping “urban renewal” program.

From the 1950s through the 1970s, urban renewal was vigorously pursued in Asheville and cities around the country, aiming to end “blighted” neighborhoods by demolishing homes and local businesses, with promises that things would improve as a result. During these years, housing projects sprung up around Asheville, and many of those displaced by urban renewal ended up there.

Over 1200 homes and businesses in the Southside area where Ndiaye grew up were demolished. Through the decades of urban renewal, highways cut through close-knit neighborhoods on Burton and Hill Street. The East End, a linchpin of local downtown business and homes, was similarly struck (today, a major part of it is the city’s public works building). For detailed accounts of the program’s impact locally, this 2010 issue of Crossroads, from the North Carolina Humanities Council, is essential reading.

While its course was a complicated one, today Asheville’s urban renewal is generally acknowledged as devastating for many involved, especially the city’s African-American population. When the program is referred to in local political discussion today, it’s usually as a wrong to be righted. Asheville City Council justified spending millions on an affordable housing development in Eagle Market street, for example, as a way to start correcting a historic tragedy.

But the history of urban renewal runs far deeper than the bad decisions or misguided urban theories of mid-20th century planners. It was shaped by a 1930s federal program that helped set bigotry into the structure of housing for decades to come, by setting up maps defining desirable areas for investment. If a neighborhood was considered unsuited for investment it was shaded red — or “redlined.”

The criteria these maps used were often blatantly racist, considering neighborhoods risky for little other reason than having a high percentage of minority — especially African-American or Latino — populations. Those living in the redlined areas were often cut off from mortgage loans, or could only get them at exorbitant rates.

Now, a mapping project shines some light on the overlap between these two programs and how their impacts struck Asheville, due to Ndiaye’s extensive research.

Richard Marciano, a professor of information studies at the University of Maryland, formerly of UNC, has worked for years to chart the effects of redlining around the country with the Mapping Inequality project.

Over two years, he cooperated closely with Ndiaye to trace the links between, and impacts of, redlining and urban renewal locally. The project was recently featured in an episode of The State of Things, and Ndiaye’s efforts in Asheville specifically cited as revealing how the impacts of these programs continue to shape cities today. One of the latest versions of the maps includes detailed information for both Asheville and Durham.

When one overlays the maps of the Asheville neighborhoods targeted for urban renewal and those redlined in the 1930s due to their African-American populations, Marciano notes, “it fits like a glove.”

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How people can understand why a pudgy white guy with a minimum wage job might want to escape to a world where he doesn’t have to deal with the mundane, but they can’t understand why a black person might want to escape to a world where they’re a human being.  We can understand why you don’t want to be a cashier in the land of Thedas, but you can’t understand why we don’t want to be a servant, backwards freak, or a slave in the same universe?  

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"Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants."

— Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)

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important. watch how you talk about the violence in chicago; understand where it really stems from. if you are blaming communities, get the fuck outta here.

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birchsoda replied to your post “Nextdoor: In case your Facebook feed isn’t racist enough.”

OMG you too!

Are you using Nextdoor, too?  Would you take screenshots?  I just took some because holy shit, this woman called me “politically correct” like it was a huge insult and then used the word “thug.”

Nextdoor: In case your Facebook feed isn’t racist enough.

I joined Nextdoor because I figured, hey, maybe I’ll make some friends in the neighborhood.

So far I am not making friends in the neighborhood. But I should probably start taking screenshots for the next time I teach residential segregation.


-sighs loudly-

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Dress codes are racist misogynist fascist bullshit.

A Facebook comment thread by me.

Got my IUD placed today.

I took a preemptive dose of lorazepam and hydrocodone, and it was only mildly uncomfortable. That this isn’t standard for a procedure that is frequently extremely unpleasant, and for many people so painful that this safe, highly effective BC method is not even a viable option, is total bullshit.

It’s clearly the product of our counterproductive, racist, and violent war on drugs, with a healthy side of misogyny, because OF COURSE people who can get pregnant should suffer for anything that allows us control over our own bodies.

I’m lucky enough to have access to safe, appropriate drug options to make the procedure easy, even without direct cooperation from the providers involved. If I’d needed to convince someone to prescribe for this particular procedure, as a middle-class well-educated cis White woman, I probably could have succeeded. It infuriates me that mine is a special case.

"Many adoptive parents flocking to international adoption were responding to the crowded field of US domestic infant adoption, with more prospective parents than relinquishing mothers. The depressing ratio of would-be parents to available infants drove some parents. In the late 1980s the National Committee for Adoption (which would later become the National Council for Adoption) estimated that there was a hundred-to-one ratio of parents who wished to adopt and healthy children available to them. Some were repelled by the growth of open adoption, where they had to advertise themselves to potential birthmothers, were left vulnerable to mothers changing their minds, and often had to promise more ongoing contact than they preferred. By comparison, in international adoption the chance of birthparents reappearing was virtually nil. And adopting from a third world country made adoption seem like more than just a way to build a family: it was also a humanitarian cause."

Kathryn Joyce, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

In other words, they wanted to adopt under conditions where they wouldn’t be expected to treat birth mothers as humans. And who do you have to treat less like humans than poor women of color?

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Before u make fun of someone’s foreign accent, take some time to think about how they speak more languages than u and how u are a failure

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What’s interesting is that once again, like with Paula Deen, America is captured by an individual white person who says really racist things and kind of conveniently overlooks their actually racist acts.

Donald Sterling had been known to be a perpetrator of housing discrimination. But not many people cared about that. But once he said no Black people at his games… that was when everybody got mad! Or at least pretended to.

Why is that?

America is a lot more concerned with appearing post-racial than actually being post-racial. Time and time again racist acts are ignored and swept under the rug. But every once in awhile a white person will be publicly dragged for saying something very racist.

That’s the unspoken rule in American race relations: you can be racist but don’t sound racist. You can treat people of color horribly, but you can’t verbally express that you want to treat them horribly. That is crossing the line in America. This isn’t 1965 anymore.

So every once in awhile a high profile white person forgets that we’re in “post-racial” America and that saying racist things is not okay and they become the white guilt scapegoat for the season. The white liberals condemn them and the white conservatives halfheartedly defend them on the basis of “free speech” and whatever other excuse. And white America sighs and says, look, we’re not racist!

Meanwhile Black players are still akin to slaves within an elaborate and lucrative plantation system. Meanwhile Black people in general are facing exacerbated economic barriers due to race so that they can’t be at many of these games anyway, even if they wanted to. Meanwhile there are Black and Latino families being denied housing. Meanwhile, in Paula Deen’s case, Black workers are still being under-paid and unacknowledged for the recipes they created.


— excerpt from “Donald Sterling Problem or American Race Problem?" @ One Black Girl. Many Words. (via daniellemertina)

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