Hand of Ananke

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Being “Nice” And Complacency Doctrine

I used to have a real bad temper. I rarely hurt other people, at least in my adult life, but you would not want to be a wall, chair or end table around me when my ire was raised. I could yell with the best of them and whether or not I was right or wrong about the issue at hand is ultimately immaterial, because I was so very wrong in how I reacted. I wreaked havoc on those around me and was…

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As If White Guilt Were Not Problematic Enough (TW: racism, violence)

White people only know a few of the names. By now we all know Trayvon Martin. A few will remember Darius Simmons, and fewer still will remember Renisha McBride. There are no data on this, but I would be willing to bet that most of those of us who do know these, or other, names feel very badly about it. Why they will thump their chests and tell you how terrible it is that we live in such a racist…

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The Dirty Little Secret About Privilege: It’s No Secret

They hide behind hundreds of sinister little catch phrases. They tell you they are about “law and order” when they mean keeping black people in check. They tell you they are about “family values” to keep women and LGBT folk down. They complain about “quotas” to paint themselves as victims in “race baiting.” When they want to pretend to be friends of the gay and trans* people but want to hold on…

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