This reality is a bit harder to swallow: There are more white people in the US and Canada because the US and Canada were established using the systematic genocide of Native peoples, the theft of Native lands, and the labour of enslaved peoples in the past and immigrant peoples currently who were and are never meant to stay or survive.
And now you’re uncomfortable. Good.
When you accept and acknowledge that census figures reflect a long history of marginalization, it is preposterous to use these same figures as the benchmark to which you measure the inclusion of marginalized people.
One recent example of how racialized bodies are abused happened recently. At the New Chaucer Society Conference, I spent a portion of my conference tweeting one night at #NCS14 in a “twitter rant” or “PSA.” In it, I related the incident of another junior colleague who had an incident happen to her at one of the NCS cocktail hours. In it, a cisgendered, male, able-bodied, and white junior colleague decided to articulate vocally his surprise that she, a WOC (woman of color) medievalist, had such a “good job.”
Likewise, he also proceeded to school her in how she should be a medievalist by suggesting that she should teach “ethnic fantasy literature” to undergraduate students. My colleague replied, I have neither expertise in ethnic literature nor in fantasy fiction. However, even this clear response did not seem to stop this male white medievalist from explaining her place in the academic world. And her place is apparently not one of authority in medieval studies—where she has completed a Ph.D., written peer-reviewed articles, and obtained an academic job—entirely because her body is non-normative.
Intersectional racism/sexism means that my colleague’s non-normative body will always have questions and “advice” like this lobbed at her (and yes, also lobbed at me). Likewise, no one will ever ask or “advise” this white, male, cisgendered, able-bodied white junior faculty member to teach ethnic fantasy literature or wonder surprisingly or loudly about the fact that he has obtained a tenure-track job in medieval studies. This is a classic example of white, male privilege. And yes, his comments to my WOC colleague are a form of racism (racial/gendered microaggressions). The structures within academia and our field have imagined authority as white, male, upper-middle class, and cisgendered. Divergence from this standard operating body is imagined as a disturbance.
So I have noticed there are a lot of questions about what I do for a living, framed mostly as “are you a student or a professor?” which is kind of amusing because although I’ve been working in college eduction for the last few years, I’m neither.
I have explained this several times before, but we…
Important reminder to profs about making class materials accessible to students with disabilities
“Because it remains at bottom the only element of sociality…in a world in which exteriority, anonymity, and solitude have taken hold, music—-regardless of type—-is a sign of power, social status, and order: a sign of one’s relation to others…Music has thus become a strategic consumption, an essential mode of sociality for all those who feel themselves powerless before the monologue of the great institutions.”—Jacques Attali, Noise (1977)
Please understand that I will continue to write as long is there is one person left on earth who cares, who wants to learn, who is willing to fight. I will post these works for as long as you are willing to see them.
“The United States has more people in prison than any other country and incarcerates people at a higher rate than at any other time in history. Our crime rate, however, is not higher than in other countries or than it has been historically. Why, then, are so many Americans behind bars? The answer lies in the United States’ use of mass incarceration as a strategy to reduce crime, particularly to fight illicit drug use. Yet mass incarceration has not been effective at reducing crime and illicit drug use. It has, however, destroyed families and communities and has exacerbated racial inequality in that the primary victims of intensified law enforcement have been people of color.”—Race and Racisms: A Critical Approach – Racism and the Criminal Justice System (via oupacademic)
a varsity jacket but it has three arms and it’s melting
your football shoulder pads have grass growing out of them and they constantly hum
you shove nerds not into lockers, but into other planes of existence. your football is always singing, singing, singing. the astroturf changes colors beneath you, and whispers the name of every person you’ve ever loved.
Hit shuffle on your iPod, media player, or phone and write down the first 10 songs. Then pass it on. There’s one rule - no skipping!
—Full disclosure, the shuffle on my iPhone is the. worst. I swear I listen to more than four artists:
Who do you think, Interpol
Song seven, Interpol
Be my druidess, Type O Negative
Girls and boys, Blur
Entertain Me, Blur
In Praise of Bacchus, Type O Negative
Analyse, Thom Yorke
I’m just a killer for your love, Blur
The Undoing, Interpol
Dan Abnormal, Blur
“It saddens me to see girls proudly declaring they’re not like other girls – especially when it’s 41,000 girls saying it in a chorus, never recognizing the contradiction. It’s taking a form of contempt for women – even a hatred for women – and internalizing it by saying, Yes, those girls are awful, but I’m special, I’m not like that, instead of stepping back and saying, This is a lie.
The real meaning of “I’m not like the other girls” is, I think, “I’m not the media’s image of what girls should be.” Well, very, very few of us are. Pop culture wants to tell us that we’re all shallow, backstabbing, appearance-obsessed shopaholics without a thought in our heads beyond cute boys and cuter handbags. It’s a lie – a flat-out lie – and we need to recognize it and say so instead of accepting that judgment as true for other girls, but not for you.”—“I’m not like the other girls”, Claudia Gray (via elisabethofyork)
I really love the music community on Tumblr for small underground artists such as myself. I love the fact that alot of internet people and friends are also musicians and are friends with my friends and it does feel like a large family and for that i would like to thank whitecelicamegwilhoiteexguru and lambentleague for making me feel connected to tumblr in a way that made me feel excited and accepted, for the advice i have been given, and the fantastic music i have to listen to. :)