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.