@redandgreen @MoMartin

Gonna take a new position and say: urban life and rural life are the same thing these days and most rural communities are just really spread out tiny cities, in how they function.

@MoMartin @emsenn
As a white man that lives in the rural US (2.5m/4km outside a town of 600 people), I do feel it my responsibility to fight capitalism, racism, and all bigotry in my community. In particular with white/cis/het people in my community.

As a friend reminds me of regularly (I don't put it as eloquently as he) and I was reminded of in a podcast last night; I must continue to stand in solidarity and in the fight with those oppressed and without a voice in rural communities (mine and elsewhere) and ensure their voices are the ones heard, not mine.

To your point though, I also think people in rural communities also fetishize and glorify city life. Whether that's buying the newest phone or shoes, or listening to certain music, or seeing certain movies. The list goes on.

In both rural and urban communities there is racism & other bigotry, poverty, unemployment, lack of housing, food deserts and more.

Capitalism perpetuates this all.

@MoMartin @emsenn
In some ways, I think that's two different questions. Agreed, it's sometimes not the people who live in rural areas. However, there are many people in rural areas who are racist (amongst other things). Rural life isn't (IMO) in opposition to city life. Rural communities face the exact same challenges as cities, all of which are forced upon us by the institutionalization of capitalism.

Is it the responsibility of those who live in cities and idealize "it" (as you define it) to break that down?

I also question the definition of cities as being strictly about race, ethnicity, and other people. I think that oversimplifies and flattens it. Yes, the fetishization of rural life can be and is used as a tool to erase people. Though, I think that is due to capitalism.

@Bashabez @ArtistMarciaX Perhaps not my place to comment but otherwise it seems like these people aim to tokenize their identity for political and social clout that they don't actually have substantive claims to, yeah? Whiteness definitely comprises part of the problem here, but certainly Warren's lack of a history in indigenous/tribal activism worries me.

serious answer to a probably jokey question 

@alexis @emsenn
Having read both (not to mention been at work and delayed in responding - wait I still am at work), I would partially agree with this analysis. I do think Gramsci meant in the carry a sword way too. Not in the aforementioned hero manner of speaking, however. Rather, more along the lines of taking action. We need both to fight.

Agreed on Beowulf.

In addition to My Finest Work Yet by Andrew Bird, I'm gonna advocate I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning by Bright Eyes as "comfortable music for white people to get more comfortable criticizing their life."

@Bashabez@myasstodon.xyz
After 10 hours of work and 2 more to go, all with the flu; that made me laugh. Thanks. That made my day a little better.

The emotional impact of white people's juvenile taunts and attempts to demonize my name pales in comparison to the messages I get from Black and Brown folks who recognize what I'm trying to do and affirm my continuous efforts to bring about an authentic community that affirms and protects them.

There will never be a moment where I get tired of creating better online spaces for them.

@Are0h Aye. The incensing of the dominant group has always provided a compass for the visionaries of liberation.

Remember your AEIOUs:

Agitate against your employer

Educate coworkers on the cause of their strife (y'all's mutual employer)

Inoculate them against the risks of resistance (bosses bite back!)

Organize for mutual protection against those risks

Unionize to act for y'all's own best interests.

re: meta, racism 

There is one thing white people can do though and it is to draw attention to a little-known injustice from POC/ethnic groups that have low to no representation in the place they're at. But, that discussion without a POC voice to point to is incomplete at best. Otherwise, your perspective will always be second-hand, and no matter how good your intentions are, you're bound to get it wrong, or worse, sound like you're talking over someone who desperately needs a voice. Give them a megaphone, don't just read what they wrote and repeat it.

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meta, racism 

It isn't an easy thing for white people to be told "you're not the victim here," because a lot of people want to have sympathy and solidarity.

Sympathy and solidarity are fine but be mindful you are not experiencing any of this directly.

They are.

And be mindful the racist system benefits you on their backs.

In that context, what could you possibly say? That it's fucked up and wrong? No shit it's wrong. But if you're not directly affected, you can't say much more than that. Even if you heard it from a POC, point people to them, don't pretend to be enlightened and that you're doing a good thing for them, that's what colonialists do. You're silencing them to say your piece instead.

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meta, racism 

best things white people can do:

1) listen

2) tell other white people to listen

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meta, racism 

there's nothing white people can add to discourse about racism

this was something we had to realise a long time ago

so shut up and listen to POC

especially the shut up part

they are the ones who should speak on racism, not white folks

you can't add anything to this discussion because it's not yours, you aren't affected to be honest, /they/ are

you might mean well but you're not helping

@cypnk That said, congrats on moving forward and hosting your own email. Dovecot+Postfix+Roundcube+SA make email a truly lovely experience. More people should really do it.

That said if using SA, use a DB backend. Filebackend is a bit twitchy.

likeable.space/notice/9qwGokns

Hey, techbros! Repeat after me...

DON'T SCRAPE WITHOUT CONSENT

For those of you who run mastodon 3.0+ and wanna make it way more difficult for scrapers, enable auth fetches and disable anonymous access to the public tl

.env.production: AUTHORIZED_FETCH=true
/admin/settings: [uncheck] Allow unauthenticated access to public timeline

You know what infuriates me (one of many)? That primary school history courses in the United States often still attempt to justify the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Can we not even show the slightest remorse for different cultures overseas? From youth, the US trains people to adopt nationalistic perspectives on the rest of the living world. God knows how many adults today need to unlearn that shit.

Anti-Indigenous racism. 

Annoyed with my father's characterization of Indigenous cultures as anti-science because of the "Kennewick man" case in 1996. Indigenous Americans do not *reject* science (see the various ways in which different Indigenous groups practice methodologically finding empirical knowledge, i.e., science), they resist *exploitation*. "Science" has long been a tool of the US government (*especially* through genetic studies) to oppress indigenous people (see blood quantum laws).

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