“We need to love the oppressed more than the oppressors. We need to see the world through the eyes of the most vulnerable people, and demand the same from every single one of our leaders.”
—Maxwell Alejandro Frost
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We're living in a climate of fear. People are not experimenting or taking risks and we are in the process of really losing our sense of humor as a society.
The way cancel culture works is that somebody often transgresses a norm that is not yet set and then it goes beyond that, a kind of stigma attaches to that person so that they're not supposed to be redeemable and this is what makes cancel culture so dangerous and very unnerving.
While I do support accountability it should never equal cancellation. What happens with cancel culture It often operates with the logic and velocity of a sucker punch you're being hit from many angles blindly and you don't often have the opportunity to face your accuser, to face your attacker and before you know it the institution that you're associated with simply wants the beating to stop and you're discarded. That's not being held accountable in my book. That's something else entirely.
disagreeing or having different points of views with someone does not equal hate. I don't think we should encourage the most easily upset, the most easily offended people in our culture to establish a cultural norm.
What is and isn't funny will always be subjective. Knowing what is and isn't offensive can be equally illusive. Yes, I am 100% for accountability, especially when it comes to racism, human rights and social justice, it should be confronted and dealt with but a cancel culture is not the way to do it.
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no one should have to sacrifice their body and mental health to help placate your hurt feelings.
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I wonder when politically inclined people are going to move past revenge-based-moralism towards a more direct and actionable mode of politics. This site leans heavily moralistic so I’m not surprised it’s “Bad Person is Bad and deserves Bad because their a Bad person”. ””bad “” and “”good”” are subjective terms and also ones I try to avoid as it sounds more like a Christian school teacher lecturing their grade 1 class than people actually engaged in political goals.
It never hurts to be specific; ‘i aim to do this because this is the desired outcome’, ‘i support this action because the consequence is materially beneficial for xyz and necessary for zyx‘ instead of Bad meanie did something bad so I will do bad to them to rid the world of this Impure Evil energy and increase my moral status.’ It’s the difference between unproductive never ending circular revenge vs actual desired outcomes.
the term “vice signaling“ has come up. It is basically the opposite of virtue signaling. so instead of saying something with the intent of looking like a virtuous person, you say something with the intent of performing rebelliousness and subversion with out any of the risks involved in actually behaving that way.
think of the people who would say “retweet to assasinate trump”. the intention is to look edgy while actually doing nothing. There is no intent of action here, as op is probably sitting at home on a laptop not plotting an actual scheme. you can communicate not only that you are moral and virtuous, but also countercultural; that you are brave enough to stand up to Power and Authority, ‘the man’ if you will. this goes without saying, but there are those who will use this to rack up likes and retweets from others who want to perform subversion.
There is the argument that vice signalling helps to discourage Good people from doing Bad things, but most people are motivated by their material predisposition and to a lesser extent, ideological beliefs (formed in tandem with their reality), not because of an attempted edgy tweet. it’s actually not as actionable and effective as some claim. it’s akin to the “”raising awareness“” of social activism, at best, a disengenous, self aggrandizing performance of ’rebelliousness‘, at worst.
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did you know ICE builds its prison camps on poisoned land?
it’s no surprise how much the US government and people in power hate black and brown migrants seeking asylum, even though they’re fleeing after decades of economic suppression through Amerikkka’s neoliberal policies. the immigration industrial complex doesn’t stop at indigenous and latin peoples, they’ve also been incarcerating black immigrants, as seen with people immigrating from Haiti.
ICE is literally one of the largest funded police systems, and it upholds white supremacy and abuses its power regularly. it was designed to torture and harm BIPOC ever since its creation.
now, environmental injustice isn’t only in BIPOC neighborhoods. In April 2021, one of the largest youth migrant detention centers in the US was supposed to open and was deemed to be environmentally toxic for humans by the EPA. Located in San Antonio, TX, the water was contaminated by PFAS at levels 2x higher than what the EPA seems as safe. Even the air pollution was horrible. But again, this isn’t an organization designed for environmental and migrant justice, it’s designed to punish BIPOC peoples.
abolishing these industries is the only way to achieve true liberation, not through reforming them. we’ve already seen this administration make false promises & its clear we can’t just bring justice into our cities- we need to bring it into toxic institutions, like the prison, immigration, and military industrial complexes.
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A Twitter Thread from David Bowles:
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I'll let you in on a secret. I have a doctorate in education, but the field’s basically just a 100 years old. We don’t really know what we’re doing. Our scholarly understanding of how learning happens is like astronomy 2000 years ago.
Most classroom practice is astrology.
Before the late 19th century, no human society had ever attempted to formally educate the entire populace. It was either aristocracy, meritocracy, or a blend. And always male.
We’re still smack-dab in the middle of the largest experiment on children ever done.
Most teachers perpetuate the “banking” model (Freire) used on them by their teachers, who likewise inherited it from theirs, etc.
Thus the elite “Lyceum” style of instruction continues even though it’s ineffectual with most kids.
What’s worse, the key strategies we’ve discovered, driven by cognitive science & child psychology, are quite regularly dismissed by pencil-pushing, test-driven administrators. Much like Trump ignores science, the majority of principals & superintendents I’ve known flout research.
Banking model --> kids are like piggy banks: empty till you fill them with knowledge that you're the expert in.
Lyceum --> originally Aristotle's school, where the sons of land-owning citizens learned through lectures and research.
Things we (scholars) DO know:
-Homework doesn't really help, especially younger kids.
-Students don't learn a thing from testing. Most teachers don't either (it's supposed to help them tweak instruction, but that rarely happens).
-Spending too much time on weak subjects HURTS.
Do you want kids to learn? Here's something we've discovered: kids learn things that matter to them, either because the knowledge and skills are "cool," or because .... they give the kids tools to liberate themselves and their communities.
Maintaining the status quo? Nope.
Kids are acutely aware of injustice and by nature rebellious against the systems of authority that keep autonomy away from them.
If you're perpetuating those systems, teachers, you've already freaking lost.
They won't be learning much from you. Except what not to become. Sure, you can wear them down. That's what happened to most of you, isn't it? You saw the hideous flaw in the world and wanted to heal it. But year after numbing year, they made you learn their dogma by rote.
And now many of you are breaking the souls of children, too.
It's all smoke and mirrors. All the carefully crafted objectives, units and exams.
WE. DON'T. KNOW. HOW. PEOPLE. LEARN.
We barely understand the physical mechanisms behind MEMORY. But we DO know kids aren't empty piggy banks. They are BRIMMING with thought.
The last and most disgusting reality? The thing I hear in classroom after freaking classroom?
Education is all about capitalism.
"You need to learn these skills to get a good job." To be a good laborer. To help the wealthy generate more wealth, while you get scraps.
THAT is why modern education is a failure.
Its basic premise is monstrous.
"Why should I learn to read, Dr. Bowles?"
Because reading is magical. It makes life worth living. And being able to read, you can decode the strategies of your oppressors & stop them w/ their own words.
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i haven’t heard the word “cyberstalking” in a long time but it used to be a recognizably bad thing to stalk someone online, to try to dig up everything you can on them, follow their every move online, obsessively post about them, barrage them with messages, block evade, etc - but now it’s just normalized and seen as something totally “ok” to do if the person in question is “problematic” in some way - like the same people who say “if your partner does this run” will turn around and do the same thing to a stranger online they dont even know and they don’t even think twice - it’s abuse, it’s harassment... just stop it
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Art by Liberal Jane
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Burnout is honestly such a mild word for what people use it to mean. I'm not experiencing "burnout", which sounds so casual and routine that some face masks and a little rest is going to fix it.
My body and mind and even nervous system are stretched to the point that it's going to take a lot more than just a "break" or a few self care tips to recover, and even then, my recovery is just so that I can reenter the spaces that contributed to me being this way in the first place. I'm a little bit more than just burnt out by this.
Workplaces and educational institutions aggressively overwork us, expose us to all kinds of discrimination, which they overlook and gaslight us out of acknowledging, and then constantly ask us to ignore our mental, emotional, and physical needs so that we don't inconvenience them.
We're not burnt out. We're borderline traumatized. Burnout is always talked about like something transient and mild that a little rest and relaxation will fix.
But we're exhausted. We need deep rest and healing. We need new systems. We need new ways of being. The language around burnout just seems like a way of upholding these current violent systems and downplaying their impacts.
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LGBTQ+ USAians: hey can we have equal rights
conservatives: stop shoving your AGENDA in my face!
Black USAians: can you stop killing us
conservatives: wow ok that is un-American. Respect our police!
Asian USAians and Latino USAians: we're part of this country too, can you stop treating us like we don't belong and respect our culture
conservatives: are you trying to ERASE this country?!?!?!
Indigenous USAians: how about you admit all the atrocities you committed and also stop further hurting Native communities
conservatives: what sort of anti-white PROPOGANDA is this?!?!?
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I’d like to tell you a little story today about why a lot of problems need social workers, not cops.
a long long time ago...like 2010, I worked 2nd shift (2pm-10pm) in a homeless shelter. I worked on a floor specifically for men with addiction and mental health problems. For most of the shift, I was the only staff working. Most of the time, the job was chill to the point of being boring. My job was to do the little things that needed doing, and be always ready to respond if shit went down. Most of the time, nothing much happened.
So one day I’m sitting at my little desk, trying to get up the motivation to organize the food pantry a little bit, and I head SCREAMING.
By the time I’m on my feet, one of the residents was in view. Dude was 6ft 4, with a shaved head, and a SOLID build. He was screaming down the hall, and in his raised fist he had, I shit you not, a blood-covered meat cleaver. He was spattered in blood all over. I knew the man- I knew all the residents. He mostly kept to himself. Sometimes he’d talk to me about his hallucinations and paranoid delusions. (no question these ones were delusions, kids. Man eating pythons can not fit in a half inch radiator pipe.) He had a history of getting pretty worked up.
Switch the camera around 180 degrees. I was 120 lbs and 5ft 4 on a good day, and all by my self. Totally unarmed.
Ask yourself- what would an armed cop do in that situation- alone, with a huge man running at them with a huge bloody knife?
I’m not gonna pretend for one second that my fight and flight instincts didn’t kick in. The ancient parts of my brain that exist to protect me from danger by fleeing or killing something saw this and screamed a great big NOPE.
But by this point I had like 8 years of other training, to. De-escalation training. Training on keeping a cool head in a scary situation. Training that reminded me that I was responsible for the safety of the other 17 men who called this floor their home.
Training that told me that this man was my responsibility, not my enemy.
In short, the opposite of what many police departments train their officers in. They are trained to view people as hostile, to treat their beat like a war zone. To act immediately. I wont say none of them have de-escalation training, but I will say it’s a bit of a useless add-on when they’re taught to go with their gut feeling of whether or not a situation is dangerous.
Because my gut sure as hell perceived a danger.
Anyways, I didn’t run, and I didn’t attack. I rooted my feet and I asked him what was going on.
That was when I saw that he was weeping. He was terrified.
He had bought a new cooking knife off the tv- he liked cooking, and had been looking at it. But one of the side effects of his meds made him clumsy, and he’d dropped it. He’d sliced open the back of his knee, where there’s a huge vein or artery or something- and was bleeding a LOT.
He was understandably alarmed at the river-like quantity of blood gushing out of him, and had run to the nearest help- me.
In his rush and his fear, he’d just forgotten to put the damn knife down.
The other residents had, thankfully, all stayed in their rooms, because a month before I’d got on several people’s cases for coming out to defend me- with the very best of intentions- during a previous incident. Their motives were good, but de-escalating a situation when other people are ready to throw hands is WAY harder. I’d told them to keep their buts in their rooms unless I actually called for help, and God bless them, every single one of them had done it.
This is the point when I called for help. One of the residents got the first aid kit. One called an ambulance. One gave me the literal shirt off his back because our damn first aid kit didn’t have a tourniquet so we ripped the shirt up to make one.
We helped calm the poor injured guy down, and he got a few stitches, and everybody was proud of how we’d come together to help each other out.
Nobody was hurt beyond that one initial injury. Nobody was traumatized. If anything, the guy who’d been hurt was happier, more engaged with the rest of us, having seen that everyone here would take care of him when he was in need. He hadn’t had much care given to him in his life.
So when you see meme’s of “lol what are those social workers gonna do NOW huh?” please remember that 1) we’ve been out here doing this work ANYWAYS and 2) We’ve been doing it unarmed and level headed, which is better than the cops.
Now, does social work ALSO need reform? Does social work ALSO contain racism and ableism and every other social evil? You bet! Just look at...like anything to do with CPS to look at how these systems break down.
But do not use social workers de-escalation training as some kind of “gotcha” to prove we need armed and militant enforcers on every damn corner. And please don’t let others do it, either.
A better way is possible.
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When we talk about why we hate landlords, we need to tie gentrification into the conversation. We can't just assume people understand why renting is bad, because renting is insanely normalized. Everyone knows someone who rents, which is precisely why we should be talking about this more.
When someone asks, well why do you hate landlords? We say: Because of gentrification. Because we are losing housing as we speak. Because when poor neighborhoods are renovated and re-valued, they run poor and middle class people out of their homes, their communities, and then sell back to us the properties that were already ours. We say, because it's why we have homelessness. Because when we adjust incomes for inflation, housing continues to get pricier and pricier and if it doesn't stop, none of us will have housing.
There will be a point when rent is too expensive for any of us lower, middle-class, working-class people to afford, and we are reaching that point, and landlords telling us nicely that we can pay them insane amounts of money for houses and communities that were ours 10 to 20 years ago is the most shameless scam that we have ever normalized and it needs to go.
Our wages are getting smaller. Our costs of living larger. It really is an encroaching problem, and it doesn't stop if you're a homeowner, it doesn't stop if you're a renter. It will get worse, and if buying a home is expensive now, be assured that your children will not be able to buy or rent in the coming decades.
This is a problem that concerns the vast majority of people painted as an issue that only influences minorities because we were the ones who were hit first. Why do you think those in minority groups are always the first to become advocates for these issues? First it's us, but then it's you.
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