im another privileged white male 1st world socialist and a grump
every episode of x files
mulder: scully u dtb
mulder: down to Believe
….[The fallacy] of being a-political, which Stephen Bond once wrote on a perfect line on purity:
"To claim to be apolitical is a contradiction. Every public stance is a political stance: all social acts can influence others, however subtly or imperceptibly. A political absolute zero is unattainable; just as all matter at a finite temperature radiates heat, all social acts radiate politics.
In truth, to be “apolitical” is to be politically white-hot, to shine brightly in the colours of the status quo. Purists are invariably reactionaries of one form or another, whether they call themselves liberals, libertarians, or conservatives. To retreat into eternal truths is to accept the current structures of temporal power. And it’s a luxury possible only for those already well up in the hierarchy. (via dialecticsof)
If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.
Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.
The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so.”
— (via nativnuance)
via Kim Katrin Crosby
Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth, on September 30, 2013