Tag Archive: cultural violence

United States of Sinverguenzas

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By Julio Covarrubias (April 2, 2020) United States of Sinvergüenzas “Intellectuals still argue whether Amerika is a fascist country. This concern is typical of the Amerikan left’s flight from reality. … This is actually a manifestation of the authoritarian process seeping into its own psyche.” —George Jackson   Watching DNC running dogs pile-on on Bernie’s National Press Secretary Brie Joy’s…
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Pandemic Reveals the Harsh Realities of Our Society

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By Natan Rebelde (March 19, 2020) Y’all scared? Good. You should be. I am too. But I have been, for a very long time. I hate that I feel vindicated to some degree. And the reality is, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The disruptions and collapse to come will dwarf this by comparison. But they are part…
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When “Chivalry” is a Mask for Coercion

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By Elle Stanger (March 2, 2020) Standing outside a downtown bar and a gal beside me shivers and a man offers his coat and she says: “No, thank you” but he’s disregarding her No, and so she says it five more times in various polite ways. And he’s insisting because “chivalry” and he’s taking it off and taking steps closer…
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A Prayer for Black Futures and Collective Liberation

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By Chris Crass (February 20, 2020) While Elizabeth Warren was destroying Bloomberg from jump at the Democratic Debate, I was doing bedtime with River and August (but I watched what I missed right away and Warren was incredible). We read Freedom Soup, a gift from their aunt Rahula S. Janowski, and it’s a beautiful picture book about a Haitian Grandmother telling…
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On George Washington, Destroyer of Towns

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By Teka Lark (February 18, 2020) This week we’re honoring George Washington or Conotocaurius (Town Destroyer) as the Iroquois called him, a man who enslaved 316 people and brought nine of them to the White House (Coard, Philadephia Tribune, 2018). When I was a child, I was told that George Washington was our first president and that he had wooden…
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The Everyday Gray Areas of Harassment Toward Women

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By Elle Stanger (January 29, 2020) When I was a teen-adult, I worked in mall jobs for a couple years. One day, a twenty-something man talked at me for thirty minutes in an empty store while I set up the t-shirt displays: He followed me around explaining in GREAT DETAIL all of the tattoos he planned on getting, where and…
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Kobe Bryant, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Kissenger

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By Ted Levine (January 28, 2020) I’m not a basketball fan, or a fan of any sport, and I don’t care very much about the lives of rich and famous people (except when I do). But the reflection below spoke to me about the complexity of feelings about people who have done some terrible things, but also some admirable things….
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What Are the Lessons of the 2019 Conservative Win in the UK?

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By Teka Lark and Christopher J.V. Loughlin (December 13, 2019) Teka Lark So, picking white nationalism over health care and common sense is global. In the English speaking world, I don’t want to hear your class reductionist arguments. The roots of the plant of oppression are fibrous, class does not trump white nationalism in the West, it works in conjunction….
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Pass the Liberation and Let’s Trash the Opression

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By Chris Crass (November 27, 2019) How can we talk with people in our lives during the holidays about our values? How can we challenge the ways that systems of oppression show up during the holidays with family and longtime friends, while also inviting people into liberation values and culture? How can we practice deep love for our people, stay…
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