it’s ok to blow the whistle on activists of color who are bullies, abusive, manipulative and harmful. it’s ok to admit that someone you respected greatly, and thought had super “radical” politics behaved in fucked up ways. it’s ok to be angry that your allies, and friends and loved ones aren’t helping to hold this person accountable, because the “work” is so much more important than our individual needs/stories. we are the work. truth-telling is not dismantling our ability to organize. truth-telling increases our capacity to create healthy relationships in our own communities.
I think this can be said of Progressives in general. You can disapprove of the way someone delivers the message without disapproving of the message.
I’ve had it with people who can only communicate with vitriol, as if their extreme displeasure with the world excuses their own hate speech and lack of tolerance.
People can be wrong and still deserve to be treated with the kindness that is necessary to live in the human condition. We are all fallible, no matter how righteous. Sometimes, even more so.
Conservative Republicans in our nation’s capital have managed to accomplish something they only dreamed of when Tea Partiers streamed into Congress at the start of 2011: They’ve basically shut Congress down. Their refusal to compromise is working just as they hoped: No jobs agenda. No budget. No…
I don’t believe Tea Partiers want smaller government. They just don’t want equality, or to contribute to the leveling of American society. Patriots, indeed.
Four days ago a group of people most of whom did not belong to any specific organization or ideology got together in Istanbul’s Gezi Park. Among them there were many of my friends and students. Their reason was simple: To prevent and protest the upcoming demolishing of the park for the sake of building yet another shopping mall at very center of the city. There are numerous shopping malls in Istanbul, at least one in every neighborhood! The tearing down of the trees was supposed to begin early Thursday morning. People went to the park with their blankets, books and children. They put their tents down and spent the night under the trees. Early in the morning when the bulldozers started to pull the hundred-year-old trees out of the ground, they stood up against them to stop the operation.
They did nothing other than standing in front of the machines.
No newspaper, no television channel was there to report the protest. It was a complete media black out…
They gathered and marched. Police chased them with pepper spray and tear gas and drove their tanks over people who offered the police food in return. Two young people were run over by the panzers and were killed. Another young woman, a friend of mine, was hit in the head by one of the incoming tear gas canisters. The police were shooting them straight into the crowd. After a three hour operation she is still in Intensive Care Unit and in very critical condition.
This music is the only thing that kept me from walking away from the fuckery that is Vergen. Eventually I learned the layout and finished the game. Imma love RPGs, even incredibly sexist, poorly laid out, frustrating ones. Witcher 3, hell yeah. Double hell yeah to Project CDR’s Cyberpunk 2077 inspired by Akira/Ghost in the Shell.