It is with great regret that I have decided to cancel my public lectures scheduled at Seattle’s Town Hall and at the University of California, San Diego this week. I am canceling my appearances for fear of my safety and my family’s safety. Since last Friday, I have received more than fifty hate-filled and threatening emails. Some of these emails have contained specific threats of violence, including murder. Earlier this month, I delivered the commencement address at Hampshire College’s graduation ceremony. My speech at Hampshire was applauded but Fox News did not like it. Last week, the network ran a story on my speech, describing it as an ‘anti-POTUS tirade.’ Fox ran an online story about my speech and created a separate video of excerpts of my speech, which included my warning to graduates about the world they were graduating into. I argued that Donald Trump, the most powerful politician in the world, is 'a racist and sexist megalomaniac,’ who poses a threat to their future. Shortly after the Fox story and video were published, my work email was inundated with vile and violent statements. I have been repeatedly called 'nigger,’ 'bitch,’ 'cunt,’ 'dyke,’ 'she-male,’ and 'coon’ — a clear reminder that racial violence is closely aligned with gender and sexual violence. I have been threatened with lynching and having the bullet from a .44 Magnum put in my head. I am not a newsworthy person. Fox did not run this story because it was 'news,’ but to incite and unleash the mob-like mentality of its fringe audience, anticipating that they would respond with a deluge of hate-filled emails — or worse. The threat of violence, whether it is implied or acted on, is intended to intimidate and to silence.
In some sense, then, they have been successful. In the last few weeks, white racists have committed heinous acts of violence. On May 20, a white 'alt-Right’ sympathizer, Sean Urbanski, murdered an African-American Bowie State University student, Richard Collins III, on the campus of the University of Maryland. Urbanski was a member of a Facebook group called 'Alt-Reich: Nation.’ And just this past weekend, a white supremacist in Portland, Oregon, murdered two men and attempted to murder another, when all three stepped in to stop an Islamophobic and racist attack on two young women riding public transit. President Donald Trump finally decided to release a half-hearted and subdued tweet to oppose the murders in Portland, but with not nearly the same vigor he has used to incite his base against immigrants, while also whipping up anti-Muslim hysteria. The lethargy of the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security in responding to the actual threat of white supremacist, terrorist violence encourages the development of its networks and organizations across the country. The cancelation of my speaking events is a concession to the violent intimidation that was, in my opinion, provoked by Fox News. But I am releasing this statement to say that I will not be silent. Their side uses the threat of violence and intimidation because they cannot compete in the field of politics, ideas, and organizing. The true strength of our side has not yet been expressed in its size and breadth, and so they believe they are winning. We have to change this dynamic and begin to build a massive movement against racism, sexism, and bigotry in this country. I remain undaunted in my commitment to that project.
From Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, a most brilliant thinker and activist, regarding the threats against her and her family. Please share widely. And read her work.
“Are you sure?” you asked, wide eyed and breathing deeply.
Besides you, your phone buzzed incessantly. Spencer was away
on a case—something in Oregon about six men found dead in the woods—and was
instantly overcome with worry when you told him you were thinking of visiting
the doctor, your temperature having spiked to 103 degrees for the past three
days. You didn’t need to look to know that your phone was filled with messages
asking if everything was alright. Spencer was a worrier, after all.
“Absolutely. Congratulations, you’re going to become a
mother,” the nurse chirped with a bright smile. “And I wouldn’t worry, it seems
like you just have a fever—it seems like it’s going down and can be managed by
some over the counter medications. I’d recommend acetaminophen—not ibuprofen,
because of the little one of course.”
How about we treat every young man who wants buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion- mandatory 48hr waiting period, parental permission, a note from his doctor proving he understands what he’s about to do, a video he has to watch about the effects of gun violence, an ultrasound wand up the ass (just because). Let’s close down all but one gun shop in every state and make him travel hundreds of miles, take time off work and stay overnight in a strange town to get a gun. Make him walk through a gauntlet of people holding photos of loved ones who were shot to death, people who call him a murderer and beg him not to buy a gun.
It makes more sense to do this with young men and guns than with women and health care right? I mean no women getting an abortion has ever killed a room full of people in seconds, right?
So, there was a stabbing in Portland Oregon recently, three white men defending two muslim girls that were being harassed by a racist. two men died, one is badly injured, but survived. People, including the survivor, are saying that Portland has a white savior complex because himself and the families' of the two men who died are getting more attention and money donations than the shaken but unharmed girls
How is that a “white saviour complex”? The men that died deserve to be honoured for their bravery, the same as the badly injured man.
Don’t get me wrong, the racism and abuse that those Muslim girls is totally wrong, but families and friends have lost their loved ones, or nearly lost a loved one. Of course they should get more donations. They have funerals to pay for, just as a start.