Epistemic threats challenge what you think you know.

Ontological shocks challenge what you think is real.

And if you can't accept you don't know everything & that reality is FAR more than you, you're likely to CONFLATE those w/ Existential Threats:

Challenges to your very life
But, and I just don't know how many times I'm going to have to fucking say this, a threat to your understanding of reality, a threat to your values and beliefs, a threat to your "WAY OF LIFE" is not the same thing as a threat to your literal and actual life.
And to those of us for whom your episteme (knowledge, beliefs) & ontos (reality, status quo) ARE a threat to our existence, the constant mental gymnastics you pull to make yourself the aggrieved & "endangered" party, are both exhausting & INSULTING to have to experience.

Stop it
Confront what you don't know.

Accept that the ground beneath you is not solid but a net of shifting sands we all hold in place, together, & that the lives & existences in that net ARE at stake if you remain as narrow-minded & selfish as you were when you felt that Fear Of Change
WORK to CREATE a BETTER WORLD than THIS.

A more just world, a more compassionate, openly inquisitive world in which we seek communion & understanding.

THAT is what embracing epistemic & ontological shocks— what learning about marginalized peoples' lived experiences— can provide

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11 Jan
The part that fucks me up— the part that too many of you still aren't really coming to grips with— is that Donald John Trump told us that this is who he was, every day, for 35 years, and then tens of millions of people voted for him anyway.

TWICE.
And the questions you need to be asking yourself, right now, are

1) How many people would STILL vote for him AGAIN?

and

2) What the fuck do we DO about THAT?
Read 4 tweets
10 Jan
So. Something just occurred to me:

Anyone got the rundown on exactly how many tweets Nunez, Gaetz, Cotton, Jordan, McCarthy, Graham, Cruz, Rubio, et cetera have all deleted?

Because some of their feeds are lookin mighty empty today, for how chatty they were these last 2 months.
See this is the kind of shit I'm talking about:
These republicans & @FoxNews pundits are actively trying to rewrite history, & even @NPR @NBCNews @ABC @CBSNews @CNN & @MSNBC reporters & various tv personalities are trying to act like they didn't have a hand in normalizing this fascistic violence as it rose.

Don't let them.
Read 5 tweets
8 Jan
Holy shit.

They did it.

Twitter permanently suspended Trump.

Just 3 years late.

But they did it.
(Note: I'm counting from when he started actively calling for violence on the platform.

If we keep going back, we get to the point where he should have been sued into destitute and oblivion for his treatment of the #ExoneratedFive and we never should have heard from him again.)
Read 19 tweets
8 Jan
Thank you.

Y'all motherfuckers tripped over yourselves & each other in your rush to confirm each & every one of his nominees— not just SCOTUS but key federal judges & cabinet secretaries— before we could raise too much of an outcry, but now 2 weeks "isn't enough time?"

BULLSHIT
Legislators were FAST to enable this damage but now that it's played to its next logical stage you not only want to distance yourselves from what you did but ALSO, when presented w/ a CLEAR REMEDY of impeaching & barring trump from future office, want to ABDICATE RESPONSIBILITY…
…by claiming it would be "rushed?!"

HELL no.

Apologize for what you did, and then work to FIX IT.

Do Your Jobs. Make This Right.
Read 4 tweets
7 Jan
Today Neo-nazis, neo-confederates, and other white supremacists stormed the US Capitol in an attempted coup and the ousted & outgoing republican president* told them "keep doing what you're doing; we love you."

Yes this country has a white supremacy problem.
Antifascists didn't do this.

FASCISTS AND THOSE WHO NUTURE AND FOMENT THEM DID.
Nazis & white supremacists did this.

This is who maga and qanon were the whole time.

This is who they were waiting for the slightest excuse to be.

And this is who trump ENCOURAGED them to be, every.

Single.

Fucking.

Day.

And THIS is what we started telling you 5 YEARS ago.
Read 4 tweets
6 Jan
I'll say that again:

If the people trying to storm the United States capitol in an attempt to stage a coup because they refuse to understand that they fairly and completely lost the presidential election were Black, they would have been immediately shot and declared "terrorists"
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