Aniyia and I watched this last night, and I want to share it this morning. We've never heard a white man in elected office talk like this. Clear and direct about the problems of racialized police oppression. I recommend watching it in full.…
What struck me about this is not only that the Governor was saying the things I wanted to hear. It's specifically that the language he is using is the language of the movement. It shows how far we've come in changing the conversation. This is advocacy work.
If we can get every elected official to understand these issues the way that Tim Walz now understands them, we might see meaningful change.
This also stands in stark contrast to Pelosi's remarks yesterday.

The reason we educate ourselves around this movement is so we can develop better judgment when we listen to the people who claim to represent us. So we can tell if they get it or if they're full of shit.
A choice quote from the segment, paraphrased:

"Minnesota is at the top in many categories for quality of life. Life expectancy, personal income, etc. But when you break down by race and look at just Black people, we drop to 50th."

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21 Apr
How do we take back control of our livelihoods? I can tell you where my thoughts are taking me.

One core idea is that we have to create companies that are not wholly directed by the capitalistic profit motive. @operaqueenie is doing a lot of work around things like co-ops.
This has a lot of implications. The company can still be for profit. Just not at the cost of people's health and happiness. Instead, the leadership of the company is beholden to the employees. So it has to balance profit motive with other things that matter.
It's hard for one company to survive in this entrenched market environment though. Instead we also have to think about bringing companies together into a shared ecosystem based on values. One where we choose to do better together and reject the current set of dominant incentives.
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There is a thing I've seen a lot today. It's a "concern" among conservatives and moderates that the Chauvin verdict is not a victory because it was "influenced" by public opinion. I want to talk about that for a second because it is worth addressing.
I want to start by saying that I understand where this comes from. If we're talking about the "spirit" of the court system. A judge and jury are supposed to try as much as possible to decide on cases without being influenced by other parties.
And whenever a crime and a trial get this much public attention, there's always an argument to be made that it's impossible for the outcome to be "unbiased". I agree with that in general. But I also think it's part of a wider narrative that has more nuance.
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18 Apr
"Got a girl next door... and you know I ain't got no neighbors"

Okay I can't hate. These are some bars.
Some British hip hop is pretty good. Aniyia has been into it for a while. Is the cockney accent the must pervasive there? It feels like it's the most expressive for rhyming, so it makes sense to me. But I'm certainly out of my depth in terms of understanding the culture.
They're called Pete & Bas and they're on spotify.…
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16 Apr
Imagine hearing this and thinking "we shouldn't give people relief benefits" rather than "damn these businesses must be paying really low wages".
From the article. Basically:

1) paying people to start home during a pandemic works

2) Businesses that try to stay open, in defiance of public safety mind you, are dependent on low wage labor.…
Something has been bothering me though. I do think there is a disconnect between giving relief to individuals, so they can stay home during a pandemic, and helping people's *businesses* survive the pandemic. We never figured out how to reconcile these.
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15 Apr
You can stay a shitty person and still get filthy rich! Huzzah!
You can completely ignore people's pleas for better treatment. It won't stop you from continuing to hoard unimaginable wealth! Yippee!
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13 Apr
I can't tell you how infuriating this kind of gaslighting is. It comes in lots of different flavors. but this combination of "it takes time" as though it hasn't been decades and decades and "you have a lousy attitude" as though I have to be "nice" in order to deserve to live.
There's also this.

"A lot of white people are dead too. You don't see us caring about that."

It is so not the flex people think it is.
My dude is literally inventing activism on the spot. Nothing was happening before he showed up.
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