This is not exceptional — this is normal. If you are racially not white and have a name that isn’t similar to Cody, Karen or Kelly, how you are referred to is also a way of putting you in place.
“In other words, mutilating someone’s name is a tiny act of bigotry. Whether you intend to or not, what you’re communicating is this: Your name is different. Foreign. Weird. It’s not worth my time to get it right. “…
After a febel attempt at pronouncing your name, I hear — ”such a pretty name, what does it mean in your culture.” I don’t know Alison, what does Alison mean in your “culture” 🤷🏽‍♀️. But I am not worried about how my name is pronounced, am worried what happens come to NOV
*happens come November.

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17 Oct
I taught a credit course in @NUJSKolkata in 2015 & gave a lecture last year. Even in 2015, some of its male students displayed blatant misogyny. Apart from some rude remarks post lecture, I have seen more of its male student behave this way. Not be returning to this campus again
It is not just this campus— or this boy. The number of young men who disrespect the women in public spaces, especially women they disagree with, is now normalized.
Post lecture, one of the students asked, “ what do you have to say for your self. Imran Khan retweeted you.” — the tone was accusatory, and this was the level of discourse. A bunch of female students jumped at my defense, but still a good reflection of where we are.
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This was flagged by many folks, especially Iraqi scholars. by @MaryamSaleh
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Here @PieterFriedrich follows the campaign donations and exposes the systematic efforts of affiliates of the RSS & the BJP to influence the perception of Modi & his hyper-nationalistic agenda through what they call “diaspora diplomacy.”… via @project_polish
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2. Every decision takes away your time and resources. Decide what you will not do. This includes saying no more often than you like.
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Twitter — do you know who this man is ? He and his crew claimed he was a YouTuber,&were filming near union square without a masks. He was ‘acting’ as if he was peeing next to open seating and was filmed. When asked he went on to state multiple times that COVID is a hoax. ImageImage
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