I wish conservation biologists would build their field using indigenous (to whatever area) knowledge.
It’s exhausting, as a Native scientist, to watch colonialist framings constantly set up unjust precedents and then subtly (or not) blame nonscientists for issues.
That’s a lot I’m asking for because in order to do it nonextractively, (mostly white) folks who want to do their science in (mostly) not-their-backyard would have to really come to grips with the imperialist idea that parachuting in to study A Species isn’t privileged af.
It would require building authentic, culturally relevant, mutually respectful LONG TERM relationships with indigenous people who live near That Species.
It would require being told “no” and respecting it.
It would require dismantling baked-in white supremacy in STEM.
Here's the thing. I am overjoyed, thrilled, and grateful to see what I am interpreting as the gates (the ones kept by science gatekeepers) being ajar and potentially open to indigenous knowledge.
Simultaneously, I am furious that what it takes for me to discover this, is dressing up indigenous knowledge in language that is deemed 'sufficiently smart' by the academy.
Gwen Benaway did a great thread recently about how poetry written by indgenous people is often coded as 'plain' and 'simple' and 'raw', and how those words are used to other and dismiss the messages and humanity of the writers.
Encoding “violent totalitarianism using theology as an excuse” as trademarkedly a property of Islam is a pretty great example of the pervasive antipathy towards other belief systems, that I was talking about in my initial tweet.
The reply was especially disquieting because, well
Because first off the person was situating themself as an outgroup—as in “not one of those violent religious bigots”...
...while using an Islamic extremist group as the holotype example.
That’s so obviously bigoted along religious lines that I almost don’t know what to say
An attorney in Tennessee and has been cc-ing me on emails thinking I was his wife (we have similar names), for the last 18 months.
They have progressed to calling me.
I’ve tried calling them to explain. I’ve tried emailing. This guy does not give up.
I am unhappy about this.
I may have typos in my tweets but I know my partner’s email.
Today I called his business associates to ask if they could remove me from THEIR lists.
They were like “oh...well....his wife’s name is Katherine Crocker”
This guy has a law degree though am I wrong in being concerned that he doesn’t realize YOU CANNOT JUST PUT SOMEONES INITIALS OR NAME OR WHATEVER IN FRONT OF @-EMAILSERVER.COM AND HAVE IT AUTOMATICALLY GO TO THE PERSON YOU ARE THINKING ABOUT.
Hi for everyone who knows me as a scientist—I have scaled back pretty intensely on my countertrolling.
Occasionally I will do it though. Part of this is pedagogy, believe it or not.
This is a thread about countertrolling as educational justice praxis.
I have a few jobs. One is to do & communicate really good science: I do that with most of my time. Probably about 50% of my waking hours total are spent on science thought/communicating it.
This is my duty to my supervisors, my colleagues, and especially my funders (taxpayers)
But a thing a lot of my white colleagues may not know is that as a visible/known Native presence in the academy, it is my duty to make more room up here for other marginalized folks to join if they want to.
I find this profoundly disquieting, and I’m not 100% sure why, but I think it has to do with how she valorizes oppression rather than strikes out at its existence.
The idea that oppression is freedom is ~exactly~ why white women like The Handmaid’s Tale.
The idea that a secret bonus of oppression is that “at least you don’t have to acknowledge your privilege anymore” (because that’s rough and takes heavy emotional lifting, I agree) ... is so very deeply rooted in having a metric crapton of privilege.
For anyone who secretly kind of thinks that: (a) you’re wrong and (b) that’s not how it works.
(A) Folks are always gonna have privilege, and what that means is that it’s easy to do violence to another person based on where you can be comfortable.
Briefly breaking hiatus because I've been noticing a really dangerous reframing of the world. It's been coming at me from several entirely independent directions, and so I think it's worth mentioning.
Let me start by saying, I believe that compassion is the way forward.
If you check out my big threads (some of which are in my profile as moments) you'll notice that pretty much every time, I come back to the idea that regardless of our personal feelings, we need to consider the feelings of other humans, if we want to make any kind of progress.
As I've grown, I've come to believe this more strongly.
We can decry behaviors without forever condemning the people doing them (people can change. But they have to actually change to get that credit). It is an effective strategy because it's both kind and politically expedient.
Jon’s game is “ooooh I hate callout culture, and I realize I fight it by doing it, but the difference is that ~I~ I like y’all trash FNMI and allies, actually engage”.
Please note this is factually incorrect (that’s the Canadian spelling for Fake News).
What he actually does is pretend to hate callout culture so that he can use his considerable reach to support all sorts of anti-indigenous, sexist bigotry under the disguise of respectability. Fox News tried this with “Fair and Balanced”
Hi new followers. I poking my head in from a couple weeks’ semi-hiatus to say hello and tell/remind folks what they can expect from me.
I am here to dismantle settler colonialism. I am here to push against the general idea that Natives are irrelevant to the lives of nonNatives.
I am here to support Native youth. I am here to challenge the zeitgeist that prevents IBPOC and especially IB women, trans, non binary, agender and queer folks from accessing education, opportunity, and healthcare.
I am here to show that you don’t have to be a pompous, cis, white, straight, or a man to be an excellent scientist.
I am here to take up space. I am here to encourage youth who may identify with me, that they can do what society might believe they can’t.
This is a great two-tweet thread about white fragility.
- Twitter is upsetting
- because I got called out for being problematically mid-key racist
- Just because I was racist that once doesn't mean I'm always racist
- People need to stop with the identity politics.