The FBI and Chicago Police literally and factually murdered anti-racist activist Fred Hampton. His "crime" was to unite black/white/brown/asian/etc people against our mutual enemy.
The US government has factually conducted biological experiments on US citizens, repeatedly, over decades; and on god knows who else.
So much money has been wasted on ways to supress/kill people by the US government alone since WWII that they could have completely ended poverty, not just in the US but globally.
It's time to wake up and realise that peace, equality, equity; a truly civilised agenda is never going to happen in a world where death is more profitable than life, and human rights are dependent on fickle populism and the profit motive.
While the wave of #BlackLivesMatter support has wavered and decreased since last summer, the work and movement still live on. There is still so much that needs to be done to ensure people understand systemic racism, implicit biases, and unconscious & conscious biases. Racism exists in common language. It exists in media. We see white supremacy still exist. Until everyone understand this, there is learning and listening that needs to happen. We need to understand one another and listen to Black folks and their negative experiences.
Racism did not suddenly go away when slavery was abolished nor did it end when segregation was overturned. Enslaved people were not suddenly treated equally. People still bear the pain of it; some were alive for it.
Overcoming years of discrimination takes time. It takes accountability and difficult discussions. People must be willing to address the issue at the core. Glossing over racism, claiming it to be made up in our current society will not solve anything. There is a difference between choosing not to see an issue and there not being an issue to see.
I’m absolutely disgusted at the rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans in this country!
As a mixed race Asian girl I grew up in various states including Alabama and Florida where my white classmates would pull their eyes at me, sing “Ching Chang Chong” and laugh when I got mad. Every. Single. Day.
White men would stop me on the street to ask me where I’m from or shout “nihao!” In my face. White families would openly stare at me while I walked through public places (malls, parks, grocery stores”. I was asked “what are you?” as if I was a rare breed of animal and not a human being.
I was constantly reminded that in their eyes I was not American and I never would be and I would never fit in. Every. Single. Day.
I would try to educate my friends and family about how these tiny little things would add up and build up to something much more harmful and how they were not just rude to me (1 person) but insulting to an entire CULTURE of people. But I was always told that I was overreacting and I should learn how to take a joke.
Asians have always been in this country. We have been in this country for centuries. We built your railroads, we worked in your factories, we lived in your internment camps, we fought in your militaries. We have always put our heads down and done the hard work no one else wanted to do in silence. We never complained.
We played the nerds, the martial arts masters, the weird wise old men and exotic girls in your tv shows and movies.
We were never respected or seen as equal AMERICANS.
When COVID hit, we were spat on and sneered at. Told “go back to where you come from” and “your the reason Covid is in America”. People called it China Virus, Wuhan Plague and Kung Flu (spoiler - they don’t care if you’re not Chinese, they don’t care if you’re Taiwanese Thai Korean Japanese Vietnamese etc, they will still say you’re the reason Covid is in America if you’re Asian)
Enough is enough.
It’s time we all stand up together to #StopAsianHate
We had Isis Artze-Vega today for a teaching conference. The top two slides had me thinking about the difference between these and the usual fence and boxes image. (Source.) Here's my notes for the day. The other idea I liked is that equity is only measured by outcomes, not intentions.
I want my presence on this earth to impact all that I can.
right the wrongs of past generations
create equity where inequality reins
fight for those who have no idea their in a battle
raise awareness on the injustice that is our existence.
I have a lot to learn and a long way to go to accomplish these dreams but I know I can do it, and I know I will get there. Sociology is trident to wave in the face of society, to right our wrong doings.
(some slides from a museum seminar I'm taking this summer with some statistical findings on the roles POC obtain in museums)
When museums praise themselves for filling some kind of diversity quota, remember to ask them pointed questions: what positions are these new hires taking? Do they only end up in educational positions, or are you appointing them as your curators, directors? Are they on your board of trustees? Or are they only working your retail stores? Serving as museum guards, putting their bodies on the line to protect your white artworks? That isn't to knock on the kinds of caring or mothering security guards perform in these spaces, but security guards are often hushed, ignored, in some cases discouraged from speaking about the art with patrons even though they're the ones who spend the most time with the objects in any given room. And not to leave out the fact that they receive some of the lowest pay for their role in safeguarding the works and people from the potentially hazardous materials artists use.
Also let's ask: what is the retention rate of your new staff hires? How many people of color are staying and what are their salaries? Are you just hiring POC just to say that your staff is "diverse" but not paying attention to the culture of the workplace? Are your employees nervous to bring up race in front of higher-ups? It isn't enough to bring people in, but we need more of us in these spaces so that we can transform them. So that we can see more than just one major show every five years at large institutions that highlight artists of color. So that these institutions don’t get comfortable, don’t pat themselves on the back and make Black-focused exhibitions a one-time event. So that they can’t say, "we did it, we did the job, we don't need to do it anymore."
Museums need to change because right now, they care more about their Michelangelo's and paintings by dead white men than they do the people that make them up. Art institutions are nothing without their visitors. Museums need people because otherwise they are simply fancy houses with stolen objects, shiny things, and no one to see them.