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Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing “fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you.

Okay, here’s the problem with the idea that oppressed groups can “alienate allies” by not being nice enough:

You shouldn’t be an ally because oppressed groups are nice to you. You should be an ally because you believe that they deserve basic human rights. Hearing “I hate men” shouldn’t make men stop being feminist. Hearing
“fuck white people” shouldn’t make white people stop opposing racism.

Your opposition to oppression should be moral, and immovable. Your belief that all humans should be treated with equal respect shouldn’t be conditional based on whether or not individual people are nice to you. 

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#DumpTrump: Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country is only the latest outrageous example of his racism. A coalition of student, Muslim, antiwar, immigrant and anti-racist groups are gathered outside of Trump Tower in New York to oppose the racism being promoted 24/7 by his campaign and the media. 

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#DumpTrump: Donald Trump’s call to ban Muslims from entering the country is only the latest outrageous example of his racism. A coalition of student, Muslim, antiwar, immigrant and anti-racist groups are gathered outside of Trump Tower in New York to oppose the racism being promoted 24/7 by his campaign and the media. 

They say you shouldn’t settle for just being “not racist”, that you should be actively anti-racist. While I agree, I think you can take it a step further: you should also be anti-race altogether. By that, I don’t mean some liberal conception of “colorblindness”; I mean that you should actively research the political origins of race and educate yourself on how racial designations are arbitrarily crafted by ruling classes for their material interests. Similar to Manifest Destiny, there’s nothing scientifically real about race, but people are still structurally privileged or oppressed based on the social construct of race, as wielded by a ruling class in a stratified class society. There’s nothing innocuous about racial designations – they were set along a hierarchy at their conception, with whiteness sitting at the top. With all of this in mind, it becomes necessary to acknowledge structural racism and oppose white hegemony; seeing as these structures are held in place materially by a capitalist class society, the logical conclusion is to fight said system that elevates a white-racialized bourgeoisie and disproportionately oppresses people who don’t fit that “default” notion of humanity.

washingtonpost.com
Hawaii Republican resigns from party after criticizing Trump
A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party.

A Hawaii lawmaker who says she was pressured to give up her leadership post at the statehouse after criticizing President Donald Trump resigned Wednesday from the Republican Party.

Rep. Beth Fukumoto said members of the GOP refused to oppose racism and sexism including a suggestion by Trump to create a Muslim registry during his campaign.

“As a Japanese-American whose grandparents had to destroy all of their Japanese artifacts and items and bury them in the backyard to avoid getting taken and interned, how could I not have said anything?” Fukumoto asked. “And how could my party have not said anything?”

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Grassroots campaign shuts down far right art gallery!
The Shut Down LD50 campaign can happily disclose that the landlord of the LD50 Gallery has asked the tenants, Lucia Diego and Alexander Moss, to vacate the premises. The gallery sign has been taken down from the building at 2–4 Tottenham Road, Dalston, London, and there is no indication that any future events will be taking place in the space. As of April there will no longer be a racist cultural centre operating in Hackney.

We must continue to think about how to oppose racism and fascism more broadly. Whilst some of the events at LD50 were openly fascist, it is clear that the space also took inspiration from the more everyday forms of political authoritarianism that have proliferated during the last few years, including Trump. Shutting down fascists in the long term requires that we transform the culture in which they can begin to gain popular and institutional support (and the art world is not the neutral space it often believes itself to be). We need to be able to ask larger questions, such as how to oppose Britain’s own violent border regime.

One way is by working in and alongside the many groups who helped to support our campaign. All of these different organisations are doing exceptional work in the fight against racism, fascism and oppression. Their struggles are becoming increasingly necessary, and we encourage you to get involved with them. To that end, we include a list of groups who have supported us below.

Friendly reminder that Democrats are the party of slavery, the KKK, of racism, of opposing voting rights, of opposing civil rights, of segregation and Jim Crow laws, of Japanese internment, and of keeping minorities in poverty by keeping them reliant on the state.

And another reminder that the “party switch” never happened, and is simply their attempt to shift blame away from themselves and onto Republicans, who have historically been opposing them.

Yulin.

If you disagree with Yulin but tell people to shut up about it because they aren’t vegan or vegetarian, you either aren’t truly concerned with animal welfare or do not see how you contribute to stopping support for animals.

Any support against the torture of animals is positive. Basic truth.

The problem with Yulin is the brutal torture of cats and dogs. To oppose this is not racism or disrespect for another culture. It is the opposition of the torture of animals. The treatment these living creatures suffer when kept in horrific conditions, beaten, tortured, blowtorched, skinned alive and then boiled alive, is the problem.

A lot of meat eaters have cats and dogs as pets, therefore the identify and empathise easily with these. In an ideal world that level of empathy would be applied to all creatures. The approach that would HELP ANIMALS would be to find ways to help people empathise with more species. Attacking people simply closes them to your argument/opinion.

While you’re arguing on the Internet an animal is in a cage watching what I described being done to other animals. That’s the issue.

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“I don’t want people to be afraid of living, which I think is everybody’s biggest fear. I want people to express themselves how they want. If that means dressing up in women’s clothing, so be it. I’m very opposed to intolerance, racism and sexism. Men are still being called “faggot.” I see women being treated as second-class citizens, even in punk rock. So if it’s happening there, it’s happening everywhere. I’m very much into acceptance.” 

The Confederate flag is a symbol of racism, betrayal, and hatred. Its very existence is based on the idea that an entire group of people should be seen as property, not human beings. South Carolina, the first state to secede from the Union, currently flies this flag over their state capitol. Governor Nikki Haley should immediately take down this flag and outwardly oppose racism and all of its symbols.


SIGN AND SIGNAL BOOST!! 

LET’S GET THIS FLAG TAKEN DOWN!!!

nytimes.com
Suspect in British Lawmaker’s Killing Is Said to Have Neo-Nazi Ties
Thomas Mair, who was reported arrested, bought books on how to make a gun from a neo-Nazi organization in the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
By Stephen Castle

It seems that Jo Cox’s murderer was connected to Neo-Nazis. Cox was against Brexit. She was also a vocal opponent of anti-semitism. Her loss is mourned by all those who oppose racism and discrimination.  

If that’s not bad enough, I also read a story about how a Neo-Nazi who lives 20 minutes from my Holocaust surviving grandmother was arrested on Long Island with a veritable armory of assault weapons.  If he had decided to attack before he got arrested, he could’ve targeted my grandmother since she’s living at a Jewish Memory Care center. 

I think we’ve reached a point where people need to stop it with the “cool” Nazi crap. I’m not talking about fiction where Nazis are portrayed as monsters or where they’re mocked and made to look like losers. I’m talking about the whole stupid “Hail Hydra” type Nazi crap that makes them seem awesome. We don’t need artists playing Leni fucking Riefenstahl to make obvious “points” that can easily backfire.

This is also why I support gun control in the USA. We are allowing hate-fueled monsters to buy weapons designed to kill dozens of people in seconds. Why? So that the Einsatzgruppen can be legally resurrected?

Make no mistake, so long as we are lax about fire arms, genocidal monsters will be arming themselves and targeting vulnerable groups. The second amendment was about forming a militia to protect the country, not about allowing the enemies of freedom to arm themselves with weapons the founding fathers couldn’t have dreamed of in an era where guns were muzzle loaded and could barely fire one round per minute.

These are frightening times

A New Chapter

More than 20 years ago, I started my activism journey. In 2002, I protested (alone, I might add) a salon that charged black people more money for the same services, compared to white customers. Activism has always been in my blood. 

Several months after BLM became a movement/cause, I mentioned multiple times that someone with the backing (a large account with lots of support) should look into bringing a similar platform, and protests, to schools, one of the first places our youth learn about and experience racism. No one said a thing. No one responded. So, I sit here on tumblr and post articles from time to time, hoping you will call and email to voice your concerns when stories of racism and abuse make the headlines.

I do not have the backing and support, but I’m going to do this anyway. Yesterday, I stopped my life to create EDIS - Eradicating Discrimination in Schools. I chose the word discrimination, as opposed to racism, because this platform will speak to racism, Islamophobia, indigenous discrimination, and trans discrimination in schools, too. 

Reblogs and amplification are wonderful, but just like BLM saw us all in the streets, we need you to email and call these schools. Protesting works. Hold all racists and bigots accountable.

I’m going to spend a lot of time to get this off the ground. I need to write Articles of Incorporation, apply for tax exempt status, design workshops, write bylaws, find board members, secure office space, and a host of other things. 

Many of you followed me because of the stories I share about racism in schools. Please follow @edisorg to get the latest news and happenings. If anyone wants to volunteer to curate news, let me know. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, WordPress, Scoop.It, and Paper.Li

“A lot of you people don’t get it. Black History Month is being "celebrated” with Paige because it’s like “screw pale skin, imma spray paint you with black because it’s better.” It’s like opposing racism. Throwing Naomi or Alicia to the title scene from out of nowhere wouldn’t make any sense because Paige was already in a previous storyline with Natalya.“

sorry guys, but sticking an ‘egalitarian’ label on yourself isn’t actually good enough. if you don’t actually care about marginalised groups, then that label means nothing. if you don’t oppose classism, racism, sexism, queerphobia, ableism, xenophobia etc… you aren’t for equality.