anti-liberal

This telling other PoC that hashtags and social media actions like #BrownandProud or #AsianInvasion are anti-black bothers me. I’ve seen folks calling these events co-opting, but I am wondering how broadening the narrative and base to dismantle white supremacy co-opts black struggle less other PoC are using black people’s labor. Our struggles manifest in different, however, and this is crucial, just as sinister ways. I haven’t supported folks using [insertgroup]livematter because that uses phrasing that was made distinctively for black people by black people, but replicating a tactic like using social media for visibility is hardly co-opting. And it’s not even a new tactic, it’s just gained popularity with newly strategized deployment. As I see it, the only way to consider it co-opting is if a person is concerned solely with their own people’s liberation, or if they expect their liberation to take precedence over another oppressed group’s struggle. And if either of those are the case, shit, we got a hard road ahead. 

But this has been indicative of a larger trend. I have also seen black people and so-called allies equating disagreement over this and other issues to anti-blackness, which in the current sociopolitical climate is an extremely effective mechanism to shutdown difficult discussions. It assumes that at all times other PoC should defer to black leadership about issues which effect brown and indigenous communities too, no matter how problematic that leadership can sometimes be. I have seen this on the ground in the movement, not just in social media, and non-black PoC are so scared to be equated as being as bad as white supremacists that they’re shamed into silence. There’s this assumption that non-black PoC gain power with closer proximity to whiteness, yet this assumption denies that non-black PoC simply CANNOT become white, and therefore will remain Otherized until white supremacy is dismantled. It also assumes non-black PoC all want incorporation into instead of liberation from white power structures, which is downright untrue. 

There’s just a lot of shit going on and I keep seeing this expectation that non-black PoC should defer judgement when, for example, the narrative around police terror being popularized centers around black men (and to a far lesser degree black women) when other folks, Native Americans, trans and disabled people, and brown Latinos are impacted significantly, and in some cases to a degree we haven’t begun to fully document (such as how many non-American brown Latinos are being killed on the border or as undocumented farm laborers). This expectation asks us non-black PoC to center dismantling anti-blackness at the direct expense of being concerned with our own liberation too. Seems to me this thinking somehow suggests that if we all just focus on dismantling anti-blackness, then white supremacy as a global system will crumble – and I think that’s just folly. i plan to flesh this out A LOT more in the near future, but this is a staring point. in time I hope to see more recognition of each others’ struggles, and without the assumption that with momentary windows into each others’ lives we can assume one or the other has it worse.  

… it is now necessary for advocates of feminism to collectively acknowledge that our struggle cannot be defined as a movement to gain social equality with men; that terms like “liberal feminist” and “bourgeois feminist” represent contradictions that must be resolved so that feminism will not be continually co-opted to serve the opportunistic ends of special interest groups.
Something I have noticed

I always see people from the left claim that people on the right are anti-gay, anti-choice, anti-poor, anti-black, etc. 

However, I have never stated that a Democrat or Liberal is anti-anything. You know why? Because I actually understand their position and attack their views and reasoning, rather than using stupid buzzwords to make my point. 

I think most Conservatives and Libertarians are really good about this.

I think half the time, liberals have no idea why we evil right-wingers believe what we believe. They just say we are anti-whatever because it’s easier. 

If you took the words of a Gator and swapped every instance of “anti-GG” with “liberal media” it would make the exact same amount of sense and retain more a less the same meaning.

‘This is a declaration of war’ – campaign against closures continues

Protest in Broome last month against the forced closures

The campaign against the Western Australian government’s plans to close remote Aboriginal communities in the state’s north continues.

Aboriginal people and supporters once again rallied in Perth on 23 April to protest the closures. Hundreds gathered in the CBD and marched to Parliament House. Masses of Aboriginal flags were carried, as well as banners bearing “Black Lives Matter” and anti-Liberal slogans.

Addressing the rally, Sydney activist Uncle Albert Hartnett said: “This is a continuation of the genocidal practices of the invaders and what they brought when they colonised this country 227 years ago … To all the brothers and sisters in the north, to the Kimberley mob, to the people in the Pilbara, to the people in the goldfields and the wheat belt – this is a declaration of war.”

Coonana, 170km from Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is a testament to the years of neglect. Several months ago, the community had its power and water shut off by the state government without warning. In a 15 November ABC article, the minister for mining and housing, Bill Marmion, blamed the “anti-social behaviours of residents and visitors” for the poor standard of housing and social problems leading to its demise.

However, pastor Geoffrey Stokes, who is currently involved in the campaign against the closures, said: “I think they’ve been moved out quietly and quickly, the government has come in and taken over.

“The funds for the shop stopped, the water and electricity, and the other thing they took out was the health services, and that’s the most important service that they had out there.”

Similar reports of power and water being shut off without warning have also come from the towns of Yandeyarra, Jigalong and Cotton Creek in the Pilbara.

The Overcoming Indigenous disadvantage, key indicators 2014 report shows that the number of people with access to clean water and functioning sewerage and electricity services is declining. The proportion of Indigenous people living in houses with “adequate” services fell from 83 percent in 2008 to 78 percent in 2012-13.

The government’s current expenditure of $45 million per year was stretched over 270 communities. It is an insulting slap in the face for those who are in desperate need of help. Successive governments have systematically defunded these communities, watched them struggle, and then destroyed them.

Contrast this with the hundreds of billions of dollars mining companies make digging up Aboriginal land and the tens of billions of dollars that the government has reaped in revenues.

Activists, however, are defiant. Hartnett says, “It has come to a time now where the world is starting to recognise the genocide and the apartheid that exists in this country. And we will stand together to beat these barriers down.”

Source:- https://redflag.org.au/article/%E2%80%98-declaration-war%E2%80%99-%E2%80%93-campaign-against-closures-continues

With the rising tide of interest in all things feminist, there has been a rush to promote a popular brand of ‘feminism-lite’ or ‘fun feminism’ that does not offend or overtly threaten existing power structures. The mainstreaming of the feminist brand has left ‘feminism’ as little more than a sticker that anyone and everyone can now apply, largely because it has lost all sense of intellectual rigour or political challenge. This version of populist feminism embodies notions of empowerment, choice, and the individual above all else. It has been shaped, primarily, by liberal feminism, and the contributors in this volume also refer to it as third wave feminism, popular feminism, or choice feminism.
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“Obvious arguments against keeping Orcas in captivity are that they’re large, far-swimming, and deep-diving. They can reach speeds of 30 miles per hour and they can travel 100 miles in a day. They’re going to suffer when they’re put into small spaces.”-Dr, Naomi Rose, Scientist

I hate when liberals who want a silver spoon put in their mouth from birth but hate successful rich men in politics.

Why do you hate people like Mitt Romney, George Bush, Tony Blair and Cheney?

They’re more successful than you?

They’ve worked their butts off in school, they worked their butts off campaigning, They actually do something with their lives other than bitch and moan in their comfortable ventilated room on their laptop.

They’ve faced war, they faced world wide criticism, they faced death threats, they faced shit you couldn’t even begin to imagine.

Do they complain about it? Nope. A politician always has to be happy and saying one cuss world will shock and anger the world.

They face problems and actually have to DO SOMETHING about it.

Instead of bitching about women’s rights, they go to the third world countries where it’s the worst and try to create peace. They build charities and provide money for those charities.

Politicians are called war criminals, for trying to prevent war. And I’m so fricken sick of seeing it.

Did anyone call Saddam Hessian a war mongrel?? This man who killed millions and started the attack that brought on the war. No instead they try to convict Bush and Blair for war crimes.

For you to complain about how they do things, why don’t you get out and try to do it better? Because none of you could ever do what they do, you don’t have the heart or the stomach for it.

To complain about war, do you think the bombings and attacks and human sufferment would’ve disappeared if we put our hands over our ears, closed our eyes and did nothing? Is that what Bush and Blair did wrong? You never have to face these hard choices that effect the world, you never have to face world wide criticism from your decisions, so shut the hell up.
Individualism lies at the heart of liberal feminism, championing the
benefits of ‘choice’ and the possibility that freedom is within reach, or
occasionally, that it already exists should women choose to claim it. It also pushes – sometimes overtly and sometimes covertly – the fallacy that substantive equality has already been achieved and that the pursuit of opportunity lies solely in women’s hands. Liberal feminism has helped recast women’s liberation as an individual and private struggle, rather than one which acknowledges the systemic shortcomings of existing systems of power and privilege that continue to hold women back, as a class. Women’s liberation has been reduced to a series of personal statements about whether women like or dislike particular aspects of themselves or their lives.
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On a scorching day last July, a few months after Guidry [former dolphin trainer] quit Gulf World, we make the one-hour drive to Fort Walton Beach to visit Chopper [a dolphin she worked with at Gulf World] at the Gulfarium. It is a dinky, rust-flaked facility that sits just off the beach. Opened in 1955, Gulfarium’s 2007 Marine Mammal Inventory Report lists dozens of dolphins who died there between 1974 and 2013, from all manner of illness and infection (one dolphin, called Herman, somehow drowned). Gulfarium is notorious within the Florida marine park world for losing three sea lions who separately managed to escape their enclosure, only to be torn up and killed by Gulfarium’s guard dogs. Another sea lion there asphyxiated, and three others died of either heat stroke or hyperthermia. As you walk toward the entrance from the parking lot, which takes you to a bustling and well-appointed gift shop, there is a sandy area on your right. According to dolphin advocate Russ Rector, who used to work in the Florida marine park industry and has been a longtime critic of Gulfarium, more than 100 animals that died at Gulfarium are buried there.

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As Natalie Jovanovski notes in her chapter, it should not be surprising that liberal feminism has risen to prominence. It is generally seen to be less threatening to the status quo and reassures mainstream audiences that feminists are not a scary ‘other’. But far from occupying some middle ground of inoffensiveness, the emphasis on ‘choice’ in much liberal feminist writing is actually rather extreme. It strips women’s lives of context and makes it sound as though our ‘choices’ are made in a political and cultural vacuum. Each of our contributors, therefore, seeks to talk about the importance of power, context and culture, rather than individual choice and agency alone. Understanding and acknowledging the environment of women’s inequality goes to the heart of what is meant by the ‘freedom fallacy’ of this collection’s title. That is, there can be no freedom, no liberation, when the available choices are only constructed on the basis of gross inequity. More ‘choice’, or even a greater ability to choose, does not necessarily mean greater freedom.

I love how anti-feminists always say “THERE ARE ONLY A FEW GOOD FEMINISTS!!! LIKE CHRISTINA HOFF SOMMERS!!!!! WHY CAN’T YOU BE LIKE HER!!!”

You do realize that they only reason you like her is because she is one of you, right? She is an anti-feminist/liberal feminist (honestly there’s no difference) using the label “feminist” without actually understanding it’s meaning. She isn’t a feminist, “feminist” is not another stupid fucking tumblr “identity” that you can choose to “identify” as, it has an actual meaning and you can’t be a feminist if you don’t fit that definition.

Claiming to be a “feminist” while supporting antifeminist/MRA beliefs is like calling yourself transgender but not having dysphoria.