Matt McGorry. Maker of feels and procurer of LOLs. Activist and intersectional feminist. Bennett on #OrangeIsTheNewBlack and Asher on #HowToGetAwayWithMurder http://bit.ly/2JQosiq
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Repost from @shaunking - “Swipe over.
First images are of a Black father who killed a man for trying to rape his daughter.
Second images are of a white man who killed his own two daughters, and his pregnant wife.
This disparity is no accident. It’s how Media advances racism. We must demand better.
Images and text from @authorqasimrashid “
From Matt- Perfect example of how we learn racism in ways that are so subtle to most of us white folks that we barely notice. And that “barely noticing” is called normalization. And it’s how the culture around us influences us, training us to have anti-Black bias, and then we put that out into the world again, like the people that chose the pictures to use for these news stories. If you’re not noticing racism, you are unconsciously absorbing it, and then you are putting it out into the world again without even consciously doing it. And guess what that does to your beliefs about who is dangerous, trustworthy, redeemable, etc?
I like drinks that are sweet. Sweet as fucccccckkkkk. (And also that have paper straws and look like snow cones and are preferably at vegan restaurants like @gmweho )
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Here, Tatyana describes her definition of what an “ally” is. It is important for those us that are white to recognize that allyship is not a self-appointed badge that we wear. Whether or not we are allies can only be determined by the people that we seek to be in solidarity with, and is based on our ACTIONS not just our beliefs. It doesn’t really matter if you say you “believe in equality” if you’re not pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to make that a reality. Most white liberals and progressives say they want racial equity, yet so few of us are willing to put in the actual work. No white person is born knowing how to be an ally, but we have to understand that it requires consistent, intentional work, discomfort, listening to POC activists on the solidarity they’re asking for, and often times some sacrifice to make this a reality. Let’s stop patting ourselves on the back for being “less racist” than “those people” and look at how our daily thoughts and actions line up with our beliefs. If we’re only talking about racism/anti-racism around People of Color, then we are missing out on the important work that we need to be doing, which is educating other white people.
Repost from @tlynnfaz - “My thoughts on allyship, particularly white allies. It means to me that you don't just do the work when you are around POC and black people. It's a constant work. The pieces that I created here were during my residency in Seattle with @amplifierart where I interviewed several residents about living in white spaces. The final pieces read "Look Past Your Liberalism to See Your Own Racism", "Not Your Token Black Person", and "Engage Others Past Their Visual Identities”. “
67691074 days ago
Think about it. Deeply. Especially if you’re not someone that’s been told to lose weight “for your health”. Think about how you’d feel looking at a thin woman that is a model eating french fries in public vs a fat woman doing the same thing. What judgements might you feel and blame would you assign and how would it be different? Most of what we think we know about “obesity” and it’s relation to health is plain wrong and deeply rooted in anti-fat bias (after all, there are billions of dollars to be made from it). And yet we excuse our prejudice as “concern” for someone’s health. But there are much greater health concerns being a fat person living in a fatphobic culture than can be “helped” by additional fatphobia. Additional shame, blame and systemic marginalization are not the answer.
The pages after the first slide are from “Health At Every Size” by Dr. Linda Bacon and may just blow your damn mind. I know they did for me despite a decade of being a personal trainer. #HAES
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“Amateur: A True Story About What Makes A Man” by Thomas Page McBee @ThomasPageMcBee
“Amateur” comes out today. I really enjoyed reading the story of McBee’s life and how it led him to being the first trans man to box at Madison Square Garden. From exploring the culture of boxing, New York City, and charity fights to the complicated task of parsing apart the harmful aspects of toxic masculinity in order to discover what is beneath, his writing-style and self-reflection makes for a moving read.
Repost from @thomaspagemcbee - “Amateur comes out today 🥊🎉and I have some GREAT NEWS:
Because it’s important to me that all readers have access to stories that center trans bodies, I’m happy to announce that copies of my book will be donated to the LGBT Books to Prisoners project, an organization I really admire for creating community through reading, & supporting readers’ rights to knowledge and growth. Everyone, especially the most vulnerable among us, has a story to tell, and I know how important it can be to see yourself in other peoples’ stories. It saved my life.
You can help make this happen by posting a photo of your copy of Amateur and tagging it #AmateurBook. For every post, an incarcerated reader will receive a copy of Amateur (while supplies last). Thanks so much in advance for spreading the word, and for supporting my work and the work of this rad organization 🖤
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Repost from @wp4bl - **TICKET LINK IN @wp4bl BIO!** Just a week away! Join us on August 18 for a Courage Against Racism event, which will feature “The Bail Trap" (@bravenewfilms : ) followed by a panel discussion and performances.
Host and Moderator: Lana Parrilla (actress, Once Upon A Time)
Keynote: Jane Fonda (actress, activist)
Panelists: Essie Justice Group, Pete White- Los Angeles Community Action Network, Ivette Ale-Californians United for a Responsible Budget, Zack Mohamed-Black Alliance for a Just Immigration and Jayda Rasberry-Dignity and Power Now.
Closing address: Dr. Melina Abdullah, Black Lives Matter LA
Special Guest: Goapele
Performance by Funmilola Fagbamila (www.funmilola.com)
Commemorative poster designed by Erika Barbosa () The funds for this event will be split between Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and @justicelanow#courageagainstracism#thebailtrap “ @funmi_lola@docmellymel@goapele@janefonda@mz_razberri@blmlosangeles@justicelanow
2412186:49 PM Aug 13, 2018
Screenshot captions after the 1st graphic are from me. I constantly hear people praising weight loss. But we need to think about those “compliments” more deeply and critically.
Repost from @bodyimage_therapist - “Usually, the word 'judgement' brings to mind something negative. However, judgements are judgements. There may be more acceptable judgements, or more taboo judgements. For example, it's more acceptable to say 'oh wow you've lost weight, good job!' and more taboo to say 'you've gained weight, what happened?'. Just because one is more socially acceptable, doesn't mean the praised-based 'positive judgement' serves the person. Whether it be praising or scolding, judgements create a hierarchical interaction. It is implied that the person doing the judging has more ability than the person being judged. If a person thrives off praise, praise will always be based on the values system of the person dishing it out. .
If you've noticed someone's weight change - it is not your task to pass judgement on that - positive or negative. If you thrive off people commenting positively on your body, especially after weight or body related change, what are you really seeking from them?
I understand this is a topic of debate. This is the angle I take. If this doesn't vibe with you, that's okay. May it be food for thought.
“White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism” by Robin DiAngelo (foreword by @michaelericdyson)
Highly recommended read. For white liberals and progressives, most of us have great disdain for racism. Most of us were taught that racism is bad, and tend to think that only the worst of people commit acts of racism or have beliefs of white supremacy/superiority. The problem is, every single person has prejudice (yes even people of color, although that is often brought up as a deflection by white folks from thinking about our own bias and the work that we should be doing as white people). This prejudice is the natural result of growing up in a society where systemic racism results in white people always having been valued above people of color in ways that are mostly invisible to us on the conscious level. This is how socialization works*, and none of us are capable of fully escaping it.
What we can do, is work to unlearn our socialized racial prejudice. But this takes work. Intentional and oftentimes uncomfortable work, and the ability to move past our defensiveness that takes a wide range of forms. Too often, white fragility prevents us from understanding HOW we are inevitably going to enact and/or perpetuate racism because when we are called out, we spend all of our energy defending our intentions or the belief that we “don’t see race” or that we “don’t care if you’re Black, white, pink, blue, or polka-dotted.” This shuts down and derails the conversation (in its most benign forms), and we get to return to racial equilibrium (which always involves white comfort and superiority). And then we don’t get to learn.
Ingrained and unconscious racism is not just something that Trump supporters need to unlearn...WHITE LIBERALS AND PROGRESSIVES MUST UNLEARN IT AS WELL...YES, EVEN YOU. Without that understanding and without doing the work, we will never be capable of being the best allies we can be, and both systemic and individual racism will continue to destroy the lives, communities and potential of people of color.
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462747324:48 PM Aug 8, 2018
I saved this for a year and then forgot to post it on July 4th. Unfortunately, I think it’ll still be applicable for AT LEAST a fewwww years. (Also maybe consider making those hot dogs vegetarian/vegan if your “unshakable fear” is partly based in climate change, as animal agriculture is one of the largest contributors to it. K thanx byeee) (Image from @j_dot_viv )
1828724810:53 PM Aug 6, 2018
I am so damn thrilled that we made AND ENORMOUSLY EXCEEDED the cutoff to make this onto the 2020 ballot. The people want change and we, the people, are going to MAKE IT HAPPEN. So many people were a part of the @reformlajails effort thus far, and I am grateful for every single one of you. There is much more work to be done to making sure this passes. If you say you want change, then BE ABOUT IT. Follow @reformlajails for chances to be a part of this work. Special appreciation and shout out to @osopepateisse and @jcannick for making this possible and for their leadership in making Los Angeles actually live up to its professed morals. Thank you to the people and to the families of those that have been impacted by this racist, classist state-sponsored terrorism, for speaking your truth and for your resilience that inspires us all to work for justice and freedom.
Repost from @osopepatrisse - “Today we made history. A mostly Black and Brown team submitted 246,000 signatures to the Los Angeles County Clerk’s office. We are going to change this county through protest, through policy, through engagement on the grassroots level.
This campaign is not over, it really has just begun. It’s been almost two decades since the Sheriff’s almost killed my brother. They messed with the wrong family.
If this initiative passes ( it will ). Our civilian oversight commission will get subpoena power and investigative power. It will also push forward a report detailing every single way LA county can actual prioritize people most vulnerable to incarceration. It will help us think about real alternatives to incarceration. #ReformLAJails#DignityandPowerNow#ThisIsForMonte “