Finally finished this tonight. While some parts were frustrating to me as a reader, I think it was actually an interesting read. At bottom, however, I think Alcoff simply mischaracterizes what it means to "abolish whiteness." When I and lots of folks like me argue for the abolition of whiteness, we are not denying whiteness as an organically forming set of historical experiences. Rather, we want to set up the material conditions of the world in such a way to render whiteness as a *force* meaningless. A precondition for abolishing whiteness is exactly the kind of critical reckoning that Alcoff thinks is elided or evaded by calls to get rid of whiteness. *of course* we can't step outside it or feel better because we've transcended it in some kind of clean conversion (the reading of the Avatar film and Dances with Wolves is strangely both illuminating and limiting); that's not what abolition means. Abolition is restructuring materal conditions and discursive frameworks so that the concept is completely refigured. A "non-oppressive whiteness" would no longer be whiteness. It would be something else. Why should we want to hang onto the concept? #instagrambookreviews#imdoingthiswrong#tldr#academia#phdlife#gradschoolsaturdaynights#abolition#abolishwhiteness
I haven’t been fighting for social justice my whole life. many, many people have. especially black and brown folks. as I (and other white people) make strides to step into the fight for collective liberation I’ve learned (by making mistakes) to support POC lead organizations with the time and resources available to me. my time and those resources are available to me because they are denied to others. let’s respect the years and generations of organizing that have come before this moment. one organization that I admire and support is @criticalresistancepdx #criticalresistance formed in #Oakland 20 years ago and does incredibly vibrant work fighting the prison industrial complex, mass incarceration and systemic racism in the criminal justice system. they believe that “food, shelter, and freedom make our communities more secure”, not prisons. they have chapters in Oakland, #losangeles and #pdx and do work both inside the current unjust systems that exist and inspire through their passion to imagine and build toward a world without prisons. please check out their website www.criticalresistance.org - read about them and consider supporting their work with your time and resources. #abolition#pdx#justice#blm
#Flashback to that time I did a pageant, Mike had braces, and Ryan was probably making a v important phone call.
Can't wait to see @iamtwomey get married in just a few short hours and for the ✨bright and sparkly✨ future Jesus has in store for he and @francesreid as the Twomey's!! 🙌🏻 👰🏼❤️🤵🏼🙌🏻 #fbf
Also, @apple, where's the red head emoji?!!
Human Trafficking is a $150 billion (YES, BILLION) dollar industry. It is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world.
Think about this:
Drugs (I am anti drug, so please don't twist this the wrong way. Drugs are even used to keep victims enslaved. Or used to lure them in.)
But for example to explain the travesty of forced labor or sex trafficking, just think about it this way: drugs are sold each day, right? Someone buys cocaine and uses that "batch" once....ONE TIME. And then it's gone. You can't reuse it...
But these girls, these boys, women and men are being used OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN...sometimes within the same day...or even hour.
NO PERSON should be seen or used as a commodity.
No one should be kept against their will or forced to do unthinkable acts.
I want people to know that slavery still exists, but together we can raise awareness, education and come together to end human trafficking.
The other night I talked on the phone with my best bud Julian who lives in my old building in Brooklyn.
He told me that I remind him of Wonder Woman and, well, life can be really❓⁉️❓⁉️ sometimes and 2️⃣0️⃣1️⃣7️⃣has been mostly weird but I know that God works ALL things together for the good of those who love Him and Julian thinks of me like Wonder Woman.
“‘But It’s Just a Little Bit’ and Dumpster Diving” video from @gary.francione’s YouTube channel and Facebook page
Something that many people do not realize is as vegans we must be very careful about the cross contact of items, things that are made in facilities with animal products, and obscure ingredients that may or may not be sourced from animal products.
ALWAYS check labels for allergen information regarding the manufacturing process to see if there is a possibility of eggs, dairy, or other animal products being in the product, and check ALL of the ingredients and make sure you are positive of where they are sourced from (ask the company if you aren’t sure).
Some odd items that may or may not be vegan are cane sugar, alcoholic drinks, food colorings, and many more. Google has plenty of information about this, so do a little research when needed. I have an app called “Is It Vegan” which I have found to be very helpful too.
Even if the package says vegan, it may not be!! I find many times that items are not. By consuming items containing ANY amount of animal products we are ingesting them and reinforcing the notion that non-humans are resources to consume.
When in doubt, don’t eat/wear/use it!
“Уморих се от жалкото морално малодушие, каращо “защитниците на животните” да употребяват думата “веган” с неохота и да хленчат за “растителноядно, състрадателно хранене” и тям подобни безсмислици. Не е въпрос на “състрадание”. Въпрос е на справедливост. Въпрос е на основни права. Въпрос е на морален дълг. И ако животните имат морална значимост, веганизмът е морален дълг.
~ Гари Франсион @gary.francione .
“I am so tired of the pathetic moral cowardice that leads ‘animal advocates’ to be reluctant to use ‘vegan’ and has them yammering on about ‘plant based compassionate diets’ and similar nonsense. It’s not a matter of ‘compassion.’ It’s a matter of justice. It’s a matter of basic rights. It’s a matter of moral imperatives. And if animals matter morally, veganism is a moral imperative.”
~ Gary Francione @gary.francione .