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People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence that ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.

Some great quotes about contemporary racism & privilege, including more from Teju Cole (above), included here: 23 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism (To People Who Don’t “See Color”)

if you consider a woman
less pure after you’ve touched her
maybe you should take a look at your hands

(via solacity)

I will never not reblog this

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This. This for DAYS. #YesAllWomen

(Source: anachronica)

My thoughts on #CCSS, in a nutshell. #edujustice #teaching

My thoughts on #CCSS, in a nutshell. #edujustice #teaching

This is some silliness right here. Come #PicketInThePines! I’ll be doing a teach-in, and then we’ll tell M. Night, Cuomo & co what’s really up.
Tomorrow’s the last day to sign up if you’re interested, so get on it if you haven’t already!

This is some silliness right here. Come #PicketInThePines! I’ll be doing a teach-in, and then we’ll tell M. Night, Cuomo & co what’s really up.

Tomorrow’s the last day to sign up if you’re interested, so get on it if you haven’t already!

#tbt: One of my former students made me this birdhouse. I’ve kept it through four years’ worth of moves, typically on my desk or dresser. But, as you can see, it is…not especially well-made. Ok, yes, it’s straight up dangerous. I’ve never put it outside, certain that any bird who entered would die a slow, painful death. And now that I live with a kid and a cat, I try as much as possible to keep it out of their reach. But so far, I haven’t had the heart to get rid of it (this took a lot of effort!). Whatcha think, y’all? Is it time to give it up?

#tbt: One of my former students made me this birdhouse. I’ve kept it through four years’ worth of moves, typically on my desk or dresser. But, as you can see, it is…not especially well-made. Ok, yes, it’s straight up dangerous. I’ve never put it outside, certain that any bird who entered would die a slow, painful death. And now that I live with a kid and a cat, I try as much as possible to keep it out of their reach. But so far, I haven’t had the heart to get rid of it (this took a lot of effort!). Whatcha think, y’all? Is it time to give it up?