You know, I don't think Neo Nazis, out and out racists, sexists and homophobes are the real issues in the fedi. We know where to put those overt displays hate, so it will handle it self.
The biggest problem is how many seemingly good people see this behavior in their friends and just let it ride because it happens to something they don't like or know.
That's when the waters get muddy. When you see your friends being bigots and just let it slide.
i don't know who needs to hear this but
it is not the job of vulnerable marginalized people to deprogram the alt-right.
our ancestors, our grandparents, our parents, and now us have had our conversations and pleas for humanity denied and ridiculed.
our job now is to rebuild the communities we had torn apart and survive together.
white people out here thinking you're safe from harm are out of your minds, as if they won't start targeting class status, then curly hair, then glasses wearing etc
Never cross a picket line.
Don't even browse Amazon on July 15-16.
uspol, news aggregation
Recently, I've found myself increasingly distanced from the news. There are plenty of reasons for this, but I have little conscionable justification for being so out of touch with what is happening.
Since Twitter used to be my news outlet, and the fediverse has a pretty strong culture of not blasting news constantly, I went in search of an aggregate that I can check occasionally to stay on top of things. One I found is: http://www.newsyoumayhavemissed.com
The people running the site probably fall around liberal/borderline "socialist," which is meh. BUT, they frequently give information on how to follow-up on what you're reading and how to start taking action. Imo, this is invaluable. It's just first steps, but those actions can lead a person a long way toward even more radical praxis.
When we say ‘never again’, we don’t mean ‘never again a Holocaust’, or we do mean that, but we mean more. We mean never again the yellow stars, never again krystalnacht, never again the work camps. Never again the laws that single out a group for persecution out of fear and hate.
Because if you wait to say ‘never again’ until the cattle trains are rolling, you’ve waited too long.
@phoenyxgreene omg people need to stop teaching boys "persistence works" like no you're just harassing people lmao
legal support for portland antifa
Trans thoughts, on certainty
One of the things which really delayed my willingness to explore transition was the narrative of "I've always known". I haven't always known, so that to me meant I probably wasn't trans.
Then I had a conversation with a friend of mine very recently, and she told me that it was never clear to her that she was going to become a woman, or whether she was butch or femme. Her transition instead was a series of small experimental steps, seeing how it felt, and then taking the next small step that seemed clear and obvious from her vantage point at that moment.
It was so important for me to hear that, as someone whose experience of gender is characterised by uncertainty and ambiguity. Transitioning doesn't have to be one single, big decision. It can simply be following a gradient of small certainties to whatever conclusion you arrive at.
There were riots and protests before Stonewall, but there was something in that night that history now remembers as a turning point. 50 years ago tonight, things started to change for us. We stopped being people living in shame and darkness. We fought for our place in the light.
And slowly, bit by bit, we have been getting that place. Fight by fight, struggle by struggle. It's long and hard, its far from over, but we won't go back.