White Supremacy is in the Small Things

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  Hey, fellow white folk: I really appreciate all the folk standing up lately against white supremacy. Really.  And. Standing up against something egregious is *easy*. You look to your left and your right, and you see lots of people smiling and nodding at you. So it’s easy to chant along.  And. I have to ask. What are you doing about white supremacy when it’s not so obvious?  When Colin Kaepernick takes a knee and can no longer work in his field.  When your uncle (aunt, father, brother, daughter) says “But what about those thugs in #BLM?They’re exactly the same.”…

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In the Room With Sexual Assault Survivors

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(CN: Graphic discussion of the effects of sexual assault. Really graphic.) Hey, Betsy DeVos. Nearly every workday I have at least one extended conversation with a fellow survivor of sexual assault, usually acquaintance rape, that is either about that sexual assault directly, or about the effects it has had on that person’s life. In the years I’ve worked as a therapist, well over 80% of the women and over 50% of the I have worked with have had at least one encounter in their lives that is legally defined as sexual assault or molestation. I realize this is not a…

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It’s Time for Resisters to be Intolerant: The Paradox of Tolerance

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What is the Paradox of Tolerance? Guess what, Resistance: you don’t have to be tolerant of intolerance. Intolerance of intolerance has a proud history. The paradox of tolerance, first stated by Karl Popper in 1945, states that if a society is tolerant without limit, their ability to be tolerant will eventually be seized or destroyed by the intolerant. That means that whether or not you punch Nazis, you’re not required to tolerate their words. Or the words of white supremacists — or the words of misogynists, or homophobes or transphobes or Islamophobes. Right about now, as good as that sounds,…

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The Big Tent: Social Justice Builds It Better

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Kiteo, His Eyes Closed* (refusal to understand) Democrats have long used the “Big Tent” metaphor for the varied sometimes shaky coalitions that make up the party. In the past, Big Tent has not always meant “take the needs of marginalized people seriously”, in part because we have assumed that rights are a zero sum game and if we give them to some people, we remove them from other and in part because privilege by its nature makes those with privilege blind. But neither of these is excuses going forward. If we want the Democratic party to succeed, we need to…

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