"What happens when you become the representation you’ve been fighting for?” Racist Sandwich co-creator Soleil Ho on the pressure, anxiety, and risk of commodification that comes with the SF Chronicle naming her their newest restaurant critic. https://youtu.be/DM6Xe3wgycY
And of course there is an intellectual component to decolonization. It is very important to look at how language and the way we see the world has been colonized and to undo those processes. But academics, especially white academics, are using that work to look smart and to avoid the work of actually dismantling their own positions of power.
Just like intellectuals made 'queering' into a toothless thought experiment that doesn't really effect queers, they seem to be doing the same to the verb 'decolonize'.
To decolonize means to stop the process of colonialism and get the colonist out.
So you can't decolonize a museum by changing the wording of the signs, you have to actually return the stolen art, ALL of it.
You can't decolonize Anthropology by writing papers. You have to actually stop studying POC to advance your white career.
So, coming from a white semi-academic: if you are white and you wanna decolonize:
- Stop trying to get any sort of career advancement out of it. No thesis. No published paper. No grants. You do not get to exploit this.
- Be prepared to give stuff up. Be prepared to dismantle and destroy stuff that you’ve been taught to respect. Be prepared to not be liked.
- Focus on the physical. Stop the process of colonialism and get the colonist out.
- Listen to people of color, for fucks sake.
As Black Belt Eagle Scout, radical indigenous queer feminist Katherine Paul makes intimate indie rock shaped by her family and upbringing on the Swinomish Indian Reservation, creating space for others like her to follow. https://youtu.be/KXegN2LKXrM
@hierarchon this video wasn't *not* an inspiration :p
I stretched the chorus of mmm watcha say to a four minute ambient thing and I don't know if it's a joke or not https://carrybriefrecord.bandcamp.com/track/meditation-on-derulo-heap
because i gotta affirm this for myself:
"trans" just means "has a gender identity that doesn't align with what was assigned at birth"; it doesn't matter how that gender is expressed, it doesn't matter what, if any, professional or medical care is involved, it doesn't matter how happy or sad you are, it doesn't matter who else knows or cares or accepts it
i don't understand why i've been so reticent to claim this term for myself even as it is so screamingly obvious to me
@haskal heck yeah congrats and welcome to the enby club
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