Weekend Links – Black Lives Matter

Welcome to another Friday in 2020. Congrats, we made it.

Breonna Taylor’s killers have still faced no consequences.

Jenna Wortham, a culture writer at the New York Times whose work I follow in a lot of streams, wrote a brilliant opinion piece on why #BlackLivesMatter has become a unifying theme now – 7 years after its creation and several years of being treated as “too radical.”

Some international police data for comparison.

Boy, bye.

Had a vigorous debate with a loved one about the difference

Late, but glad you’re here. (Also, when the already powerful “join” up with you, they will inevitably try and claim they were always on your side. It’s bullshit, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s evidence that your movement is winning.)

Late, but glad you’re here.

Police. Are. Not. Soliders!

An economist and public affairs scholar on the moment, the role and power of anger in both economics and policy, performative support from corporations, and elections taking place in a pandemic (which have been a shitshow in places like Georgia…by design):

Noted food writer and editor Helen Rosner on apples, and the rot thereof.

SDS Nation loves a treasure hunt.

What a stupid time to be alive.

Before we crow too loudly over stock market gains, we need to interrogate what exactly is being bought...which is a whole lot of stock in bankrupt companies at the moment. This is speculation in its original form. Maybe they will come back but maybe they won’t.

Friend of the Blog Caitlin on our unique cocktail of rage.

We are learning a lot about who is and is not “essential” in our society, and how incongruent our subsequent treatment of those groups. Agricultural workers have always been uniquely interesting to me because we simultaneously NEED them to make our production work, but we also villainize them with anti-immigrant rhetoric and crackdown on them (rather than the bosses who hire them and benefit from their cheap labor). Our whole attitude towards the people who feed us baffles me.

Amazing that this isn’t just…expected and codified already?

He’s actually unhinged. He just also happens to be dumb and bad at it.

I am 100% certain she is a better negotiator than he is. Big Cersei Lannister energy, which I grudgingly respect, given the deal she’s made and the person she’s shown herself to be.

Over in the world of literature, J.K. Rowling continues to promote some pretty aggressive anit-trans commentary and perspectives. Her platform, her right, but it’s disappointing nonetheless. As is often the case with fantasy and science fiction, those genres frequently serve as the first cultural places kids of all stripes including queer ones feel safe and understood for the first time. It’s hard when your childhood idols turn out to be just as disappointing as other adults. I hope she educates herself and expands her views because as a powerful, rich, and respected white woman with a megaphone, her words carry weight. However, this take from Harry Potter himself seems like a good one to promote rather than linking to any of her vitriol.

ContraPoints to the rescue to explain an actual trans perspective.

Let’s explore what systemic really look like, shall we?

Of course our intrepid leader spewed off his latest vile conspiracy theory after first hearing it from a “journalist” who also writes for the Russian propaganda network. OF COURSE HE DID. We live in the dumbest timeline…

It’s lynching, it’s just foregoing the rope.

Say it with me: ANTIFA is not a thing. At best it’s a VERY loose set of ideas whose adherents are not in agreement with themselves 75% of the time, are not organized in any meaningful way, and have no official representation. Contrasted with, say the KKK. At worst…it’s a fascist propaganda device.

I saw a comment that the current shift we are seeing on racial issues has a lot in common with the trajectory of gay right support. This strikes me a good comparison for a lot of reasons. Centuries of underground history, decades of small-scale protest and challenge, small radical elements advancing the cause with riots (hi Marsha P. Johnson!) while more quiet academic investigation slowly debunked false assumptions. Finally, as it became marginally and incrementally safer to be out in public, enough of the “mainstream” straight population were able to view their LGBT+ friends and loved ones and understand their experience as different but not deviant. By the time we get to enough full scale peaceful protests in support of LGBT+ rights, it’s more of a rubber stamp of majority or overwhelming public sentiment than revolution. It’s shameful how long it takes, but that trajectory makes a lot of sense for me when considering the BLM movement. Unpopular, radical, mainstream (white) resistance, publicity, accumulated public experience and evidence, subtle change, more awareness and empathy for the lived experience of actual people and less reliance on stereotypes…swift and trackable shift in public (white) opinion.

3 thoughts on “Weekend Links – Black Lives Matter”

  1. Thank you again for the link!

    The CNN story is quite something — I pitched a story about this yesterday, but not optimistic to get the assignment as there are writers with much deeper knowledge of these systems.

    It has been an exhausting time here for so many reasons. I hope everyone can enjoy some sunshine and peace this weekend.

    1. Always!

      I’ve been thinking a lot about different kinds of exhaustion and how the various experiences of COVID and civil unrest are hitting us in different ways. There’s professional exhaustion, emotional exhaustion, financial exhaustion, and then it goes DEEPER. There’s injustice exhaustion, anger exhaustion, forced optimism exhaustion, and even depression exhaustion. Every single person I know is tired.

      1. I would add to this long and sorry list — grief (over all sorts of losses, from graduations to deaths) and BOREDOM.

        My mental health has been very good since the start of lockdown (March 9) but I am now losing it. It’s really hard…thank God some activities outdoors are now possible here (went to the golf driving range and may rent a kayak this weekend.)

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