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I’m pissed.

I did an interview for the @LegalExaminer on Pell Restoration. The piece went to print riddled with stigmatizing & derogatory language. I reached out to @WriterElaineS requesting that the article be updated using person-first language. 1/8…
I sent her @MorganGodvin & @szarlotka’s timely article, “The words journalists use often reduce humans to the crimes they commit. But that’s changing,” as a reference. She forwarded my request to her editor @EditorRoy1. 2/8…
Roy wants to keep using words like inmate & convict because the @AP still uses them and because he needs to make “stories clear, concise, and readable.” But Roy, there are a lot of words that make stories clear, concise, and readable that are unacceptable to use (e.g faggot). 3/8
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The BIPOC project writes, that they use the term "to highlight the unique relationship to whiteness that Indigenous and Black (African Americans) people have, which shapes the experiences of and relationship to white supremacy for all people of color within a U.S. context."
And, in using the term, they mean Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. However, I have seen more & more people arguing that using the AND is not only a redundancy, but it is hardly better than PoC. Of late, there's been more spelling out of Black, Indigenous, people of color.
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The second of these posts (I cannot remember what the first word was before) and we’re looking at a very popular word today - dictator/dictatorship.

A dictatorship is a country or region ruled by a dictator. A dictator is a ruler with total power
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Over a COUNTRY, typically one who has obtained control by force. (So first messy man; you CANNOT be a dictator if there is any person of power above you. Like a Prime Minister for example.
If you want to hats yourself & humanity, google the world worst dictator & it’s kinda hard to pick one so I’ve included two. Please compare these two despots to Dan Andrews, and see where we land ok?
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Hello everyone; just so you know it’s @Mavumavu91 here. I’m taking over in preparation for our #LanguageMatters series for Heritage Month. Come back at 6pm SAST Time and let’s start the conversation.

But before that, here’s a picture of me in the field and a brief bio...[cont]
I’ve worked in some of the most prominent hominid sites in both eastern Africa and South Africa’s Cradle of human kind. Sterkfontein, Gondolin, Rising Star, Laetoli, Koobi Fora. As far as I know I’m one of the only few geologists to work on both Cradles of hu(man)kind.
This has seen me collaborate with teams from all over the world; none of which are majority black African.

(Enjoy pics of the Koobi Fora Fieldschool representing about 7 countries and one with the Africans)
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1/ #Blame #shame #language & #chronicpain. I’ve been reflecting a lot on the way language is utilized around chronic pain & how it can reinforce feelings of blame & shame. My husband had #pancreascancer besides a #Whipple, chemo and radiation he became more strict
2/ with diet (imo he already was strict) he added increased vitamins went on depression meds examined faith sought counseling. My point, he did multiple things in attempt to address his overall health. No one would suggest that going on depression meds seeing a counselor
3/ would alone address his #pancreascancer we just wanted a comprehensive approach to his health. That’s the same thing I want for my kids’ health issues as well as #chronicpain. I think & this is just my ho that language used by those working in area of pain causes a HUGE
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A dear friend was in palliative care, dying from a second recurrence of uterine cancer. It was a few days away from her care team finally finding the right cocktail of medications to keep her pain-free, alert, and not wracked with nausea. 1/x
She was restricting visitors. She no longer ate. I was taking dictation for what she intended as a final publication, an overview of her life's work. Her family was gathering for what all assumed would be a last farewell. Into this situation one day popped her oncologist. 2/x
He was no longer involved in her care. I had the impression they had not seen each other for some time. He was full of cheer and promise, and the rhetoric of how they were still going to "beat this thing." No. Nobody was going to beat this thing. 3/x
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Holy #LanguageMatters. I wish I could teleport @RenzaS to where I am. There’s so many poor language choices and stigma happening that I don’t even know where to start as an audience member to this presentation.
Realizing that next week marks *17* years of living with type 1 diabetes and so much has changed but at the same time, nothing has. The stigma I am hearing today in this room as a person with diabetes is exactly how I felt when diagnosed in 2002.
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Why we should walk away from using terms like "giving or capturing voice," in qualitative research. I hope you will read and share. #qualitativeresearch #highered #highereducation #critqual #educolor #decolonial #phdadvice #phdchat #phdlife #languagematters
1. First, the lineage and practices of qualitative research are grounded in western, global north sensibilities. Look at what is being used as dominant texts and who the authors are. Creswell and others rarely ever wrote a word thinking about people who look like me.
2. I've had to unlearn what was understood to be status quo, including the overwhelming amount of agency presumed by the researcher. I wrote about this in a book chapter titled, "Othering Research, Researching the Other (full text in ResearchGate).
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At @OSULawDEPC for the @DrugPolicyOrg @acluohio conference From Punishment to Public Health. I am going to tweet a lot about drug policy in the next two days. I know many people want to focus right now on the critical moment the nation is going through, feel free to mute me.
First speaker, opening keynote, is @SamuelKRoberts: “the War on Drugs has been fairly effective at what it was designed to do, which is to rationalize increasing inequality in health, education, labor, and opportunity in the post-1973 American economy.”
"This [the War on Drugs] was never about the drugs." @SamuelKRoberts drives home the point that the War on Drugs was backlash to the civil rights movement, anti-War movement, and an assault on poor people and people of color.
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