White prof terrified of Social Justice… or did he mean white, privileged, coddled US teens?

Weak article on Vox about the worries, no TERRORS of white college profs. Even that photo, I find sickening. Really? The ones that DO the silencing, discriminating, white-washing… are the ones persecuted now?!

That is like saying we discriminate against Christianists when they want to discriminate against homosexuals, lesbians, bi, trans* and intersex people. And we don’t legally allow them to do that. Because discrimination of marginalized folks.

Good to remember I have acquaintances who actually believe this.

Lastly: Are you KIDDING me with the photo? White man not allowed to speak?!?!

“‘Emotional discomfort is [now] regarded as equivalent to material injury, and all injuries have to be remediated.’ Hurting a student’s feelings, even in the course of instruction that is absolutely appropriate and respectful, can now get a teacher into serious trouble.”

How a simplistic, unworkable, and ultimately stifling conception of social justice took over the American college campus.
VOX.COM|BY EDWARD SCHLOSSER
  • Ø. EI can tell you how true this is.
  • T. MAnd who would want to be a teacher now a days. What next.
  • Freddie ArpsDid you check his links though? He cherry picks from one of the women he cites. “Forgets” to mention that what she is talking about is this:
    “”its science black& latinos are dumber! its science women are lesser!” and ppl be like well its science so its law. bamboozled” 


    She is NOT rejecting scientific enquiry, nor dismissing scientific enquiry because it was done by white men. Unless the shoes fits.

    I have heard from female professors similar worries, but why doesn’t he blame the students’ complaints on white privilege and coddling and golden spoons and never seeing consequences? You know… instead of on social justice?

    He is using straw men arguments throughout. And it is a plain lie that in the course of instruction that is appropriate and respectful, he could get into serious trouble because he hurt someone’s feelings.

    That smacks of “feminization” of education misogyny.
    • T.K. It also sounds like the issue is the school administration, not those that complain
      • D.J. I don’t know about that. The fact that people feel justified complaining about hurt feelings is a sea change, imo.
        D. JThe unspoken side of the argument that the author advances is that academics ought to have more license to do whatever they want in the classroom without consequences. As we all know, that also tends to facilitate bad teaching in general. That said, I think students are a justifiably more important stakeholder in the education industry than ever before due to the rising costs of education… of course they expect to be treated like customers (whose needs matter) when they’re billed like them.
      • Freddie Arps D, really, read the page to which he links when he says two women librarians are saying believe an accuser don’t ask for proof. 

        It’s completely false! The women never said that and the writer he links to calls the women who accuse another librarian of sexual misconduct as #TeamHarpy. Not even their supporters say that.

        I am a lover of the Formal Theory of Logic and how it applies to persuasion, and this article falls apart at every corner.

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Trayvon Martin did not get justice.

Trayvon Martin did not get justice.

Something else to remember: Stop and Frisk of and Voting by people of colour.

1. Every day the police stop-and-search policy leads to harassment of young black and Latino men. To prosecution of minor offences that white middle class kids wouldn’t even be checked for.

Only 1 percent of 1 percent of those frisks leads to finding a gun, which was the rationale for this law. It is shameful.

2. And the right to vote is for many of those black men is a right in name only. It is taken away easily. And even when they go vote, chances are that the identification laws or the dearth of voting stations will stop them or hinder them.

You really want to do something about this?

Donate to:
www.naacp.org
amnesty.org

Or tens of other organisations.

Trayvon Martin verdict is not surprising or wrong.

Upset at THE verdict? 

Another young black man dead and a verdict that is not surprising at all.

Witness testimony is unreliable and problematic at its best. 

When the police waits weeks to interview witnesses there is hardly any case left. Especially since it all happened in the dark.

If you couple that to a 911 recording where both families swear the voice calling for help is their man, then you’re left with not near enough for a conviction.

Even if the police investigation had not been shamefully slow, the witness accounts could still have led to reasonable doubts as to whether Zimmerman killed without lawful justification. But now we will never know.

The verdict is not surprising or even wrong.

Link to a poem by a Black Trans Woman to Black Cis/Trans Man- on Black Girl Dangerous

Poem.

“trying to figure out why my body owes the world an apology.”

 

http://blackgirldangerous.org/new-blog/2013/7/14/black-transwoman-to-black-cistransman-an-open-letterpoem-for-trayvon-and-the-rest-of-us

 

For those of us not in the know, this is a clear explanation: 

“When you add an asterisk to the end of a search term, you’re telling your computer to search for whatever you typed, plus any characters after (e.g., [search term*][extra letters], or trans*[-gender, -queer, -sexual, etc.]).”

http://itspronouncedmetrosexual.com/2012/05/what-does-the-asterisk-in-trans-stand-for/#sthash.MOL00r1H.dpuf

Trayvon Martin is dead. And this is what you can do to stop the bleeding.

I can imagine the pain of realizing your body is more likely to invite aggression and hostility and fear and distrust and simple dislike. 

Trans people recognize it and sexworkers, working class people. Women in certain cultures or male dominated places experience it.

And to be in that body every day. 

— I do have white privilege. 

The street at night, the street during the day.

Things I say, things I don’t say. 

Mistakes I make, leeway I am given.

Traveling wherever I want. Feeling at home in all those places.

I have white privilege that extends to education, voting, networking, police interactions, movies, advertisements, shopping. 

It extends to renting places, doctor’s offices, to acceptance of my clothes, of being a bit of a smart-ass, of speaking up whenever I want, to political spaces, online and in person.

This privilege is present. And it really is not a one post/one verdict kinda problem.

So, we have to do something about it.

Ideas.

1. When you attend an activist meeting and there are no POC, leave and publicly state why you are leaving. Announce and set up a new meeting for the same topic and employ all your facebook contacts or POC groups to make it diverse. 

2. If you use volunteers in your job or school, go to high schools and churches in areas where there are more persons of colour. In Toronto, north and west of Eglinton West subway, Chinatown. Scarborough. At those schools and churches ask for the community contact or the social worker. Contact their theatre groups, debating teams.

3. When you look for employees decide that you are going to choose between hiring people who are already part of the class in power and have a cv at 18 that goes on for two pages in extra-curricular activities or decide that diversity is more important than a long cv and spend a longer time interviewing people to suss out capability.

4. When you have hired a more diverse group of employees, spend money on or advocate for spending money on things middle and upper class people take for granted: how to conduct meetings, how to wine and dine, how to network, how to debate, how to lose a battle and win a war, how to ask for a raise.

Teach people how these things are done in your particular field- because that can differ.

5. In diverse groups nothing is more important than to get accustomed to differences. Don’t wait for someone to arrange after work drinks. Arrange it yourself or get a roster going. and keep meeting.

6. Join a group like Justice For Migrant Workers, Trans Pulse project, Maggies the Toronto Sexworkers Action Project, No On Is Illegal. Go once a month. Donate money or time.

 

What?

 

Did you think it wasn’t going to take you too much time?

Right.

 

This inequity; this heartbreaking loss of chances; these interrupted, stopped lives, they are the road generally, thoughtlessly taken by all of us. Every day.

 

And changing this, is going to take us time. 

 

It is going to take time *away*, time that you would rather spend drinking coffee, zoning out, working out, chatting away at the water cooler, laughing with friends…

 

I am not saying you have to do this every day, although some of us do. 

Think of Amnesty International. They have people donating and they have people writing letters. They have people on phone banks. People on the street. People in education… There are so many different things you can do. Do something you like.

 

We live in a fast paced society. We have a thousand and one commitments.

So, commit to one act a week. Do *something*. 

This idea may leave a bitter taste in your mouth. It is not enough. That is true. And it is also true that all those small acts will make a difference. Over months and years.

 

Sorry, there is no band-aid.

No quick IKEA fix-it-for-everyone.

 

But this is how we use our white privilege to include persons of colour.

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