White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves | Ijeoma Oluo | The Establishment

And when white people across America started doing Nazi salutes in high school gymnasiums and political gatherings, when white people started adding swastikas to their profile pictures and painting swastikas on walls, I had to watch you turn to the nearest person of color and ask, “how did this happen?”

And while I get it — I understand how the entire history of this blood-soaked racist country and its entrenched self-delusion would lead us here — I do not actually know what it will take to get you to see it as well.

The Urgency of Intersectionality | Kimberlé Crenshaw | TEDWomen 2016

Now, you might ask, why does a frame matter? I mean, after all, an issue that affects black people and an issue that affects women, wouldn’t that necessarily include black people who are women and women who are black people? Well, the simple answer is that this is a trickle-down approach to social justice, and many times it just doesn’t work. Without frames that allow us to see how social problems impact all the members of a targeted group, many will fall through the cracks of our movements, left to suffer in virtual isolation. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

Israel Bulldozes Democracy | Ayman Odeh | The New York Times

In the Naqab, the state claims “planning irregularities,” trespassing or environmental concerns as justification for refusing to recognize the villages and for destroying them. This is a grim farce. The reality for Arab citizens is Kafkaesque: The state refuses to create municipal plans to accommodate growing communities, and instead destroys homes that are built without permits it makes impossible to obtain.

The Toronto Star Editorial Board is Not Your Ally | Andrea Houston | Torontoist

The Toronto Star editorial board should ask itself why it is allowing Saunders to shut down this urgently needed debate. Don’t they see what police are doing here? Police are using Pride to divide the community, delegitimize the lived experiences of Black queer and trans people, and completely dismiss very valid concerns. It’s patronizing and insulting. These are concerns that are far from new. LGBTQ people have been protesting these issues for years. Gay officers know this, and if they don’t, they should.

Asian, queer and dancing defiance: ‘Everything we do now is resistance’ | Kim Wall | The Guardian

“I waited for this party all my life,” said Coco Layne, who kept finding herself at “white people’s parties in Bushwick”, wondering for years if she was the only queer Asian in New York. “This is a really beautiful way of celebrating each other, while the world is burning down outside: we’re here, we’re not going anywhere.”

#Milosexual and the Aesthetics of Fascism | Daniel Penny | Boston Review

While there are parallels to be found between Milo and historical and contemporary fascist figures interested in homoeroticism, he remains singular: an ultra right-wing pundit with a high-femme persona who is nonetheless largely embraced by a political bloc synonymous with contempt for homosexuals and feminine men. Understanding the sources of his appeal is crucial to developing sophisticated insight into the way alt-right media—now the sanctioned news of the White House—uses spectacle and irony to persuade, bewitch, disrupt, and overwhelm the public.

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