I lost over 100 followers this week standing up for WOC being attacked by white women.
I'm sorry to have lost them because it means those folks missed the point.
White people have an obligation to POC in America because of the damage #racism inflicts even if we aren't #racist.
The hardest words in any language are "I'm sorry."
Acknowledging our flaws goes against ego.
But it's essential.
I know I am a strong person with strong Socialist politics.
I know I can be intense.
But I am a fiundamentally kind person who doesn't want to hurt people.
At times I know I <have> hurt people--we all have.
And that is my point: If people tell you you have hurt them, listen.
I don't mean casual snark, but hurt.
Say you are sorry.
Repentance is under-utilized and under-valued, and that's not just my Catholicism talking.
This entire story deserves to be threaded & tagged. In posting, my focus is not to dwell on the past but look at #Today with critical #EyesOpen. It’s a reminder to #Vote and act for the #betterfuture of our country.
We're at a racial crossroads in America right now. Some of us white people have tried to write about it with passion and humility. Not #AndrewSullivan, who refers back to the atavism of 1920s xenophobia and racism with an appallingly anti-intellectual lack of self-awareness.
This latest screed is a paean to white male fragility. The bluster and outrage #AndrewSullivan reserves for #SarahJeong is typical of his sneering, superior form of racist baiting with a hefty dollop of misogyny folded in.
It's essential to decry such writing when we see it.
Do any of you think about how it feels to victims of sexual assault to have you running around slandering the woman with the most progressive voting record in the Senate in defense of a man accused by nine women of sexual misonduct?
I don't know what is in the water tonight that put this back on Twitter again. Maybe @SenGillibrand leading a protest against #BrettKavanaugh. Maybe @TinaSmithMN being so obviously more engaged in that MN Senate seat than her predecessor.
But why not just stop it?
I liked Al Franken's books. I never was a fan of his jocular sexism.But he didn't bother me in the Senate because he was a back bencher.
Unlike Kirsten Gillibrand, who spent the last decade being the loudest voice for sexual assault victims in Congress. She made it her focus.
You know what makes me incensed with rage? When innocent people are being held in indefinite detention here in the UK. Committed no crime, their only crime is coming to the UK as a child, like the woman in this picture.
Came to the UK when she was just 13... 1/
From Botswana with her mother, obtaining good A-levels, but instead of being able to go on and study at uni, thrown in indefinite detention in Yarlswood Centre. Now thank goodness she is freed and back in Stoke-on-Trent. 2/
And she is just one of many people. Windrush is the tip of the iceberg. Innocent people are thrown into cells, without a timeline. Now the hostile environment is "paused" but not axed. And Tommy Robinson, on the other hand, has been freed. bbc.com/news/uk-englan… 3/
I'm old enough to remember that time George HW Bush didn't know what supermarket scanners were and it made the front page of the @nytimes with the snarky header: BUSH ENCOUNTERS THE SUPERMARKET, AMAZED.
That was back when we shamed presidents for being out of touch with America.
If you are back to pushing #VoterID--or as I call it, #VoterSuppression--maybe go directly to the dog whistle #racism that has been the foundation of your policy all along.
Daisy Osakue, a young talented Italian athlete, (👇🏻) was the case today in #Italy. There is a long recent list of allegedly racially-motivated attacks. Was Daisy attacked because she is black? Is #Italy racist? Or is #Italy becoming more racist, given the new government? THREAD
First of all, I must say that I will try to handle this thorny subject as much sensitive and deep as possible, trying to avoid easy and superficial simplifications, despite it is not simple given the Twitter shortness. But I will try to do my best. #Italy #racism
1. There is a very common saying in #Italy: “Italiani brava gente”, which means “Italians are good people”. This motto spread easily after the Second World War. It was mainly a way for Italians to subtly distance themselves from the German Nazis, former allies. But is this true?
I've had my 2nd coffee and it's time for another #infosec rant. This one is aimed, with love, at my white male colleagues in this biz. I love that many of us are helping our brothers and sisters build their careers in infosec. But PLEASE be careful with the advice you give out.
Before we white dudes give career advice to others, we have to consider that the tech industry (including #infosec) still has HUGE double standards when it comes to race and gender. Thus, what worked for ME might actually be harmful advice for a woman or for a black man.
One obvious example is: "You don't need a college degree." I'm a college dropout myself - I did 2 yrs of a CS degree before deciding that school wasn't for me. By the time my class graduated, I'd already co-founded @rapid7. Great!
"The survivalist in America knows this is a jungle of lies and manipulations. Many of its predators will use deception to trap you for their feeding. Some feed on your money, others want something more from your veins, your extracted compassion."
"Notice the people who claim racism is everywhere, outwardly promote the idea one race is weaker than the other. One is a victim to another. One is stronger than the other. They are incapable of defending themselves."
I’m not surprised that an inclusive, race conscious (not colorblind) Black Conservative, like #TimScott could see right through what his “colorblind” Senate colleagues couldn’t! The judge’s writings sound eerily familiar, so familiar to alt right talking points on gender & race.
And if you look at the publication that the Judge wrote for “The Stanford Review”, whose founder is Peter Theil, it gets even weirder. Why? Because it’s been alleged that Peter Theil (a gay billionaire) has always had major problems with diversity — he even wrote a book on it.
Peter Theil wasn’t born in America; he was born In Germany, and then he later lived in South Africa 🇿🇦. In college one of Thiel’s African American doormats said “One day I heard a rumor that Peter defended #apartheid (which was then still the law of the land in #SouthAfrica)
2. Bruce delivered all the typical supremacist big business standard lines of comradery. Bruce was speaking about the Kinder Morgan protest on Burnaby Mtn & to his audience to keep them focused on the 'right talking points'.
3. Bruce spoke about the water & land protectors in the most dehumanizing terms he’s allowed to on morning radio. He called First Nations peoples DTES homeless derelicts “unaware of what they’re protesting anyway”, merely looking for a place to squat.
If we live on a tiny ball in a ginormous universe with no god then why does the cabal focus so much on manipulating consent? As apex predators, the sociopathic elite have access to sacred knowledge. Their power comes from hiding the truth. #TheGreatAwakening
2/ this means we can extrapolate sacred knowledge by analyzing the stories they tell us. The gnosis is revealed by awareness of the cabal's true nature. So in a way, the truth is coming out regardless of what the cabal did/does. We are seeing this right now with @potus and #msm
3/ i've always thought it tragic and ridiculous we don't discuss cosmology in school. We act like its for good liberal reasons but we are suppressing discussion and exploration. Why would science want this? Is that even science really? Or is it scientism?
Mugshot of Timothy Trybus, the bastard charged with two felony counts of hate crime after his abuse of a woman for wearing Puerto Rico shirt: nbcnews.com/news/us-news/m…. #tRump-ism #MAGA-sucker
Timothy Trybus, the man who abused a woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt, has been ordered to undergo an alcohol evaluation and will be placed on electronic home monitoring. He faces two counts of felony hate crime. trib.al/prObp2a #tRump-ism #bigotry#alcoholabuse
My mentions are full of angry people tonight.
White women who still can't accept that the majority (52%) of white women-- including Democrats and Sanders supporters--voted for Trump.
I agree it's ugly.
And fundamentally about #racism and internalized #misogyny.
Fix it for 2020.
Many of us in the #Resistance, as activists, as journalists, are here of necessity--we are trying to save our families, our friends, our communities, our country.
Part of that fight has to be acknowledging and refuting the structural #racism and #misogyny that elected Trump.
Only 31% of white men voted for Hillary.
White men haven't voted Dem since 1968 (except 1992).
But white women?
Voting AGAINST their own interests & those of every other woman in America when WOC voted 94% Hillary?
I was scanning through historic remarks to quote for a thing, when I found this line from President Grant: "I see no subject more national in its character than provision for the safety and welfare of the thousands who leave foreign lands to become citizens of this Republic."
That's from a letter #Grant sent to #Congress in 1872 on #ImmigrationReform (without using the precise term). No surprise he's today's hottest candidate for most under-rated President, right? He's, like, totes progressive.
Hi everyone thank you for all your support and empathy in the past few days.
To minimize further injuries, the original voicemail with the intended subject's name has been removed, but I am reposting here with name obscured: soundcloud.com/user-251012259… (thanks for tech help!)
I am also reposting my entire Twitter message regarding this incident, with other important ideas I forgot to include:
four days ago my work phone got a rambling but confrontational 3.5 min voicemail from someone questioning my legitimacy to teach based on my presumed #citizenship and #ethnic identity. You can hear the actual message here: soundcloud.com/user-251012259…
3/ Culture. "I still don’t think that the prospect of being sexually assaulted was as bad as watching the next generation of sexual harassers being formed. I think that was the worst part for me." (Nontenure-track faculty) #MeToo#MeTooSTEM#womeinmedicine#MedEd#heforshe
I’ve gotten more racism from that crowd in the past two weeks than I’ve gotten from any #RadicalFeminists in two months. Or any amount of time. Liberals routinely erase the radical #WomenOfColor from history who either called themselves #radfems or influenced radical feminism so
that they can call radical feminism “white”, misappropriate #Intersectionality from #BlackFeminism to try and justify including males in #feminism, argue that “transwomen are women the same way Black women are women”, (racist and dehumanizing comparison of black women to males),
I was denied service at 2 diff. Chinese restaurants in LDN. EP1, my cousin asks the lady why she was asking us 2 leave and “this is not a fast food restaurant” she answers. He calmly tells her that she cant do that. I told my cousin 2 let it go & we walked out #rascismisalive
EP2 My @malaikaaminata friend & I walk in2 another Chinese restaurant. We sit at an empty table. A lady comes over asking us 2 move upstairs. Prepared by my previous incident I say no right away. She starts shouting at us 2 move bcos the table is for 4. #rasicismisalive@kuvie_
2 avoid an incident, I look right over at the next table & notice 2 ladies sitting at another table for 4. I ask them if it’s ok for us to share the table. They agree and make room for us. We sit down and this is what ensues @wanlov@panjianoff@niikotei@tafari#rasicismisalive
@AaronBastani Pretty big flaws aaron. 1. What technical issue makes you say you cant stop brexit which has now been shown in all forms to be detrimental to the country. Why pitch at soft brexit strategy.
Especially if tories disown brexit and jump ship. #LaboursBaby #BlissfulIgnorance
@AaronBastani 2. Even the words progressive migration policy is playing the far rights game.
Migrants are people.
I suggest you treat them as such.
Migrants hugely positive to the country economically and culturally.
Our migrants are spains expats and both groups are vulnerable. #racism
@AaronBastani#FBPE #StopBrexitSaveBritain 3. I will not give up in the face of extreme right and left wing collusion.
Look at who you stand with. Bojo, mogg, davies, corbyn, hoey, farage, lawson, and Golding.
Im with Brian Cox, Attenburgh, ex pms industry, and employees and vulnerable.