Perfection & the Great Chain of Being (Perfection, pt 2)

When we rank the superiority of life forms on a human-determined, essentially arbitrary, arrogantly immutable hierarchy, we are necessarily isolating entire species. That does not leave space for mutuality or co-evolution, or collaboration or interconnection, all relationships that we know not only exist, but are essential for the sustainability of life.

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Inequity of Olympic Proportions

I used to love the summer Olympics. I did gymnastics, track & field, and long-distance running as a kid (none of them well) and once felt a personal connection to those athletes. I love the tear-jerkers, the close calls, the underdogs, and the obsessive physical commitment to a goal: I’ve always been a little in […]

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Orange & Black & White

I am most intrigued by the White folks’ growth in Orange is the New Black, and that says something about the show. The bad White folks seemed like inferior humans by design, which I found really interesting in a mainstream, White-led series.

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Kill the Patriarchy, Save the World?

Narrow movements – women’s rights, gay rights, Black rights – always fail on some level. Because if you are choosing to prioritize one cause, you are necessarily prioritizing one population in that cause, and relegating others to another category – one that is beyond your capacity to help if your focus is elevating a particular group, rather than bringing down the oppressor. Alternative? Smash the patriarchy!

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Is Anarchy the Answer?

If you’ve heard of this Rebecca Solnit book, you probably know the hypothesis – that people come together and form caring communities in times of crisis, in contradistinction to the myth of scarcity violence and mob mentality that supposedly happens after “natural disasters.” The book is a combination of historical evidence and theory, with examples […]

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Deliberate Accidents & White Complicity

It is both possible and impossible to grab a gun on one side of your belt while intending to grab a taser on the other. I believe she absolutely could have meant to grab her taser and reached for her gun, but that “accident” was born out of an antipathy, hatred, and/or fear of African-Americans nearly endemic to the White population in the US.

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The Fine Art of Voter Suppression

Racism knows no political party. In a country founded on & still supporting White supremacy in culture & policy, holding white supremacist ideas is endemic & pretty much unavoidable. You could argue that Republicans have demonstrated more overt racism, and a Rep candidate is less likely to lose support over some blatantly racist shit than […]

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Flowering out of the Fracture

Our democracy is not inevitable, and neither are the socio-political-economic rules we have tacitly agreed to live by. The fragility of our system of government, or our government itself, is as inspiring to me as it is frightening.

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Black History Month 2021

Hi, friends. My wrist is still in a cast, and much of my typing strength & focus has gone to paid work lately, but I promise I’m working on some posts in my trusty recycled notebook (so much nicer than typing) and you’ll see more before Feb runs out. In the interim, I’m sharing our […]

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