Some bouji company in town has a fucking Emma Goldman quote on the side of their building and I couldn't be more pissed ://// I hate gentrification and appropriation of Anarchist semiotics so fucking much
@cocoron I figured it'd be this fucking quote... smfh
historic San Francisco
@cocoron I’ve seen this in San Diego and San Francisco as well
(It’s fuxking sickening, that the gentrifiers in the Mission District are painting other murals OVER the local , historic, mission murals; with bullshit the gentrifiers THINK the mission is.
Idk WTF is wrong with them, when they are staring at the things that make the mission the mission, while sanitizing it- and still thinking it has the same culture and heart.)
@cocoron "Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere. In freedom it gives itself unreservedly, abundantly, completely. All the laws on the statutes, all the courts in the universe, cannot tear it from the soil, once love has taken root." - E.G.
maybe a bit wordy to add with a spraycan tho
@cocoron "Ask for work. If they don't give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread." is short n sweet tho
"First, there is the scientific aspect, the contention on the part of the most eminent men of science who tell us that an overworked and underfed vitality cannot reproduce healthy progeny. Beside the contention of scientists, we are confronted with the terrible fact which is now even recognized by benighted people, namely, that an indiscriminate and incessant breeding on the part of the over-worked and underfed masses has resulted in an increase of defective, crippled and unfortunate children. So alarming is this fact, that it has awakened social reformers to the necessity of a mental clearing house where the cause and effect of the increase of crippled, deaf, dumb and blind children may be ascertained. Knowing as we do that reformers accept the truth when it has become apparent to the dullest in society, there need be no discussion any longer in regard to the results of indiscriminate breeding."
regardless of the political identity of anyone holding eugenical beliefs, eugenics has never been okay for its victims and survivors, and it is a child of white supremacy.
these events took place well before the second world war, so i'm not sure how that's relevant.
Emma Goldman was particularly nasty to Lucy Parsons, who was a Black Indigenous woman, apparently because of their differences in feminist theory.
anti-semitism and attempts to “cleanse” society (feels nasty to type that out) didnt start with the second world war, i intended just to highlight that i’m certain that she didn’t look at this from a race perspective (even though thats obviously what eugenics was based around) but from a class perspective based on the bullshit pseudoscience shoved at her
Its not an okay position, but she was offered false information (it was standard in education systems, and there werent really too many dissenting voices in ‘science’… especially in america) and came to a conclusion from that. I just think that context is important - again, not a justification, but it doesn’t overwrite her good.
their feud seems to, like you said, mainly stem from feminist theory - I wouldn’t describe it as super racist, at the least
though, I’ve not that much interest in defending a woman been in the ground almost a century regarding that whole deal
@gaja @scottishwobbly her actions are racist because Lucy Parsons was a Black and Indigenous person. if you read the link i provided, she did something particularly mean spirited by distributing a fictionalised version of the events of the Haymarket riot. Lucy Parsons was widow to Alan Parsons, one of the Haymarket Eight who were hanged. this and her stance on eugenics make her so-called feminist, anarchist politics look pretty damn white.
re: eugenics, racism
re: eugenics, racism
likewise with Marx, Kropotkin, Proudhon, Bakunin, etc., i don't suggest totally discarding what they wrote because of some terribly shitty politics practised by these people, and their lack of racial consciousness.
but i do suggest taking them with a certain flavour of salt because that kind of thinking does colour their work, and maybe putting them much lower on your reading list to give room for authors who are Black, Indigenous, People of Colour.
@cocoron is this supposed to be a mural?
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