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What's going on. [Thursday, Sep. 27th, 2007|12:04 pm]
The richest girl in town.
In the last week or so, I have

- been subjected to "secondary" security screening at SFO that caused me to miss my flight to LAX
- missed meeting a four-week old baby named Eoin and seeing his mama because of my air travel shenanigans
- woken up at 7:30 in the morning on a Saturday to canvass in Pasadena for a marriage equality campaign
- been really busy at work planning for an event in Palm Springs in a week and a half
- seen claudelemonde
- carried a beating heart into a bar in Silverlake
- attended a volunteer award ceremony at the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center
- discovered the wonder that is "The Newsroom"--which "The Office" TOTALLY ripped off
- sat through the first three-hour session of a six-month long study group on gentrification at Just Cause Oakland
- had a long and interesting conversation about the same-gender marriage debate with TDM, during which we largely disagreed but kept smiling the entire time
- fleshed out the outline for an annual report
- possibly booked a gig dancing on Halloween
- gone to a casual games mixer sponsored in part by two of my former employers, which is sort of like going to a party and finding a bunch of my exes there
- begun to process the fact that TDM is moving here on Monday
- watched Java the Mutt charm the pants off of people at work, the Noc Noc, and assorted other locations

And, from freewillastrology.com:
Cancer Horoscope for week of September 27, 2007

Move the furniture around. In fact, why not move some of it right through the front door and out of your life? If we're lucky, this will get you in the mood to launch a purge of everything that no longer belongs under your roof. Maybe you could throw a Simplification Party, complete with an exorcism. Or corral your friends for a haul-it-all-away caravan to the garbage dump. I don't care how you do it, Cancerian. Just get rid of all knick-knacks, wall hangings, funny mirrors, broken dreams, balls and chains, and formerly cute mementos that have lost their cuteness. It's time to liberate your home.

Anyone want a cat?

[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-28 11:43 pm (UTC)

Re: Part 1.

Maybe they would be more welcome if more of them took it upon themselves to move there? Sure, there are still a lot of racist assholes out there, but I grew up in a fairly affluent town (not suburban, but not urban either) and there was a lot of diversity in my high school (black, white, hispanic, asian, east asian, middle eastern, you name it). Maybe I'm just naive but I don't think I ever heard a racial slur uttered the whole time I was there. And there were a lot of not-rich people at my school, too. Frankly I think telling white people to not move to a neighborhood that is lower-income and primarily non-white is a great way to increase interracial tensions.

And again: I don't have the time to get into how back-asswards so much of this is and how disappointed I am in you for even saying it. If you go to my memories, you'll find a list of books I love. Start there.
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[User Picture]From: mooflyfoof
2007-09-28 11:52 pm (UTC)

Re: Part 1.

I'll check it out, but I really don't appreciate your condescension.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-28 11:57 pm (UTC)

Re: Part 1.

And I don't appreciate having to have this conversation.

You clearly don't know what you're talking about, but you're speaking as though you have authority instead of asking questions, or better, looking for the information elsewhere. Can you imagine how tiring this gets for me? It's insulting.

It's not up to people of color living in a white supremacist society to somehow make it less racist. It's not our job.
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[User Picture]From: mooflyfoof
2007-09-29 12:02 am (UTC)

Re: Part 1.

Oh for fuck's sake, I asked like a bazillion questions, and have learned a lot as a result of this conversation. In the same breath you insult me for my ignorance and perpetuate the fact that I, someone who doesn't know anything, can't approach someone like you, who does, about it.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-29 12:06 am (UTC)

You can lead a horse to water but you can't make 'em think.

No, actually--you've been arguing the same points with me ALL DAY because you haven't gotten the answers you want. THAT'S tiring.

Then, on top of it, there's your awful assumptions about what racism looks like, which blame PoC and poor people for their lot. You mention casually that yeah, okay, there's discrimination, but still seem to think it's their fault, which is really insulting. Having to counter that? TIRING.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-29 12:11 am (UTC)

A reading list:

Some good essays online:

From my book list (though I'll copy the ones pertinent here):


A Taste of Power: A Black Woman's Story - Elaine Brown
Women, Race & Class - Angela Y. Davis
The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics - George Lipsitz
A Small Place - Jamaica Kincaid
Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations - bell hooks
Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center - bell hooks
Killing Rage: Ending Racism - bell hooks
The Fire Next Time - James Baldwin
Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches - Audre Lorde
"Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?" and Other Conversations About Race - Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD


Waiting for the Barbarians - J. M. Coetzee
The White Boy Shuffle - Paul Beatty
Maud Martha - Gwendolyn Brooks
Invisible Man - Ralph Ellison


Presenting... Sister NoBlues - Hattie Gossett
City of Coughing and Dead Radiators - Martín Espada
Rebellion is the Circle of a Lover’s Hands - Martín Espada
Poetry Like Bread: Poets of the Political Imagination - Martín Espada (ed.)


There are more that aren't on this list--are you on Goodreads?
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[User Picture]From: mooflyfoof
2007-09-29 12:17 am (UTC)

Re: A reading list:

Thank you, I'll look into those. I'm a fairly slow reader so I probably won't ever make it through that list, sadly, but I will do my best to educate myself.

I wasn't before, but I'm on Goodreads now. The email address I used was mooflyfoof@gmail.com.
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[User Picture]From: fightingwords
2007-09-29 12:24 am (UTC)

Re: A reading list:

Cool. I'll add you. At some point, I need to update my books with shelves to categorize them. But I'd suggest the Tatum and the Lipsitz first and foremost.
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[User Picture]From: mooflyfoof
2007-09-29 12:31 am (UTC)

Re: A reading list:

Ok, I'll get those first. Thanks!
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