"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)
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.”
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.
A Facebook comment thread by me.
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?
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)
"Sure, movements can be healing. But are they? Many, many broke folks, parents and/or disabled folks who have been forced out of movements would say no. What disability justice and healing justice talks about—and asks—is, are they really? Or are they set up in burnout models that destroy folks’s physical and spiritual health? And I think that a big part of what movements that I’m part of do to *make movements* that aren’t shitty, is to center disabled, working-class and poor, parenting, and femme of color genius. Burnout isn’t just about not having a deep enough analysis. It’s about movements that are deeply ableist and inaccessible."
— Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “for badass disability justice, working-class and poor lead models of sustainable hustling for liberation” (via queerandpresentdanger)
(Source: ethiopienne, via sansrevolution)