You, me, him, her—we all have some privilege
So, this morning I was reading some of the comments on Trent’s Facebook page, in response to the story about Stephen Amell‘s not-so-apologetic apology for his statement about clock-building genius Ahmed Mohamed and the public reaction to his arrest. This feels like a good time to say something I’ve said before—we all have [some kind of] privilege. If you’re reading this, you have the privilege of internet access and probably some kind of electricity. If you have an opinion on Amell and can begin your argument with, “I took a class in college…” you have some kind of privilege. The fact that you (and I) have time to debate about white privilege and whether or not Amell was in the wrong, is also an act of privilege. The fact that Ahmed was arrested—and not shot, like many young black teens have been by the police—is also related to his privilege (which we also see in the way so many people have rallied around the boy genius—if he’d been a troubled kid from the hood, we know how people would have responded). Click inside to read an essay that helped me better understand my own privilege and the reason so many of us are reluctant to admit to the fact that we have it.
"Dear Kim Davis..."
If you’re one of those sane people who believe that marriage should be a contract between two consenting human beings who love each other, then this bud’s for you. Kim Davis. Lordt, where do I begin? So many thoughts… so many questions… about her God, and why he is, like, so petty. But anyway. I’m not alone, and this LGBT advocacy group Planting Peace has a very special message for her, and they saw fit to put it on a giant billboard in her hometown. That makes me happy. Click inside for more!
Posted under: Kim Davis, Planting Peace
"We should all take a look in the mirror and ask how we can help"
When I first saw those photos of baby Aylan Kurdi, I did what many others did, and took some time to read up a bit on Europe’s refugee crisis. One thing I really appreciated were the critiques against our society as a whole—we’ve all, at some point or another, heard about a refugee crisis in one of those countries over there, and we’ve heard that people were dying. But it took a particularly heartbreaking image thrown in our faces, repeatedly, before any sort of global outcry took place (check out this great piece: “You Might As Well Ignore #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik and the Photos of Dead Refugee Kids“). The leaders of countries who, before this outcry, were not interested in saving these lives are now singing a different tune. And that’s a good thing, though it comes after the deaths of far too many people. Finland’s Prime Minister is setting an example for millionaires everywhere, who haven’t much to do with their second homes. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Juha Sipila
Censors have decided to approve "Seek McCartney"
We’re all guilty of living in a bubble, and the American bubble is one helluva drug. Often, we don’t have to think much about places like Syria, where refugee children are deemed safer in the water, than on the land they live in (the direct result of wars funded by the American government). And we don’t have to think much about what the people of other countries are exposed to on a daily basis—or what they’re censored from. I had no idea that China had a ban on love stories with gay couples, but apparently they did! And one new film is breaking through that barrier, Seek McCartney. Click inside for more!
And 20-25% are estimated to be struggling with addiction
So far this year, the police have killed 787 people (we were at 674 a month ago). One common defense for this number of cop killings is that the police have a difficult job to do, and their own lives are constantly in danger. However, new studies are showing that, while this is true, the biggest danger to cops is not coming from the people they are arresting or the alleged criminals they deal with. A very sad report shows that cops are, in fact, 300% more likely to kill themselves than to be shot and killed by anyone else. Click inside for more.
Posted under: Black Lives Matter
Prepare to fall in love with this 13 year old phenom!
This story makes me really annoyed with the concept of adults. It’s like, adults act like certain ideas are really hard to accept or understand. Intersectionality, for example, says that if you’re going to talk about one issue (i.e. women’s rights), you should take into account some of the other important issues that pertain to that issue (i.e. race, class, sexuality). If a 13 year-old can understand that—and declare that “police brutality and racism are our issues too”—why can’t all of you crazy people in the comments sections do the same??? Well, Girl Meets World star Rowan Blanchard has clearly taken some time out of her young life to get schooled on some of these issues, and she’s paying it forward by schooling her 2.4 million Instagram followers, and the rest of the world. Click inside to her Insta-essay on the problems with “white feminism.”
Power in Social Media
Last night I was up late and was saddened to see that after an entire day of peaceful marching and gathering (which I’m sure received little news coverage), the Mike Brown one-year memorial protest ended with an 18 year-old boy getting shot by the police. He’s now in critical condition and has been accused of shooting at the police (you can understand why I’m not ready to report this as truth). Black Twitter has been my go-to for so many of these stories—Sandra Bland, Sam DuBose, Christian Taylor—all stories I learned about first online. The New York Times asked [social] activists DeRay McKesson, Johnetta Elzie and Zellie Imani to read some of their tweets and reflect back on the year since Ferguson.
And this: “Everybody want me to be calm—do you know how them bullets hit my son? What they did to his body as they entered his body?”
All about the money
I don’t know how many movie theatre shootings we’ve had in America over the past few years, but I know that it’s enough that it’s beginning to feel like a trend. Like school shootings, they’re starting to feel and sound normal, which is how you know things are horrible. There’s lots of discourse about the root of these problems with mass shootings and mass murders, but none of this discourse has led to any legislative changes. Now that Amy Schumer is tied, in some way, to a recent movie theatre shooting, she’s speaking out more about the issue. It’s clear that she has been affected by the attack that took place during a screening of her movie Trainwreck, and she’s trying to do her part to at least publicize the problem. Click inside for more.
Posted under: 'Trainwreck', Amy Schumer
'The Counted' is an important project in tracking police killings
So I had an incredibly odd experience the other day. I was writing a piece for Salon on the process of mourning and the police-related deaths of Sandra Bland and Sam DuBose, and at the end of it I was making a point about how numb we, as a culture, have gotten regarding murder. Mass shootings, murder by cops—there’s some outrage for the very big stories that get publicized and then there’s a certain numbness to it. I referenced the 500 killings by police, using the Guardian’s special project The Counted. Before I submitted the article, I realized I’d made a mistake looking at the wrong link and the number was actually 664. My article went up the next day, and the new number was already something like 670. Now we’re at 674 (and counting). Click inside for more.
Posted under: Sam DuBose, Sandra Bland