Who gives a shit what one white kid thinks?
Here’s a Frank King strip from almost exactly 100 years ago, just for the conservation of it.
An American court-room claiming it can be color-blind is a drug addict claiming he can walk away after just one more hit.
[I]n 1990, in an issue of the American Sociological Review, E. M. Beck and Stewart Tolnay reported a strong correlation between cotton prices and lynchings in the post-bellum south. […] [P]oor whites, who were in direct competition with blacks for low skilled agricultural jobs, sought to force blacks out of these positions when the market experienced a downturn so when cotton prices were high, the number of lynchings decreased, but when cotton prices dropped, the number of lynchings rose considerably.
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Dehumanization itself isn’t the initial impetus for mistreatment as much as it is a way to rationalize and defend mistreatment. […] Whites didn’t steal [indigenous Americans’] land because they were less than human; they framed indigenous people as less than human because they stole and desired to steal their land.
[Members of the dominant group] are led to believe their love is enough, that it’s enough to not say nigger or bitch and to decry the Klan and rapists, but that’s not nearly enough. Hate and lack of love have never been our problem (after all, many slave owners sincerely loved their slaves, but that love didn’t result in emancipation). Our problem is a society that fails to see the long term benefit of equal resource allocation, and resource hoarding isn’t necessarily a hateful enterprise. That’s what we’re combating: resource inequality: not hate.
@drivingincarswithpocketsquares: “It’s come to the point for me where if I’m not wearing a tie and I want to wear a button-up shirt, I only wear button-down shirt collars: 1) so the collar points don’t flap around like an extra in American Hustle; and 2) the collar stays above that of my jacket to help frame my face better.”
the existing social construction of exercise is very harmful in a lot of ways, i think, even to the people it’s “for”, not to mention how exclusionary it tends to be. devotion to exercise and healthy eating are creepily entangled with notions of purity and virtue that are not so different from the idealized ways i remember the girls on the ward talking about our eating disorders. mainstream diet and exercise culture unmistakably exist on the same spectrum as my anorexia, which was just an obsession taken to its natural extreme.
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i am choosing now to ascribe [exercise] with a meaning of putting in work to change and to be kinder to myself, of opening myself up to things that scare me, of valuing and caring for my body as the place where i live. it’s a bit of an uphill battle to do that in a site like a gym, which has been designed with a different meaning in mind, and where the machines determinedly beam the number of calories i’ve burned at me, shining lights into dark, neglected corners of my mind and waking up the spiders in the cobwebs.
The elites are doing better than ever; everyone else is struggling, but cultural myths around merit make it difficult to organize around that struggle. To the extent that education was the preferred apolitical answer to economic struggle, an extended recession has suddenly cast college as the god that failed. Put differently, public higher education struggles to the extent that it’s trying to create a middle class for a country that no longer understands what it takes to create one.
There is the common problem of conflating individuals with structure. When many of us critique the pervasiveness of white beauty norms we are not critiquing beautiful white women. There is you, and there is a thing bigger than you, and almost all the time critiques about race and beauty are not at all about you. Normative beauty ideals diminish black women not by making us hateful, envious spiteful persons but by excluding us from meaningful social interactions and resources. It matters less that you think my fat black body is gross in yoga class and matters a great deal more that because fat black female bodies are viewed as undisciplined, they are more likely to be policed and sanctioned. The difference is instructive for how we center whiteness in dialogues about race and gender and class.