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If you’ve liked my recent posts on white fragility and have any income, please consider donating to @ArtistMarciaX - my intellectualized articulation of antiblack racism on the fedi is their actual lived experience.

Subscribe to their art here: artistmarciax.com/subscription
Another way to make a monthly contribution: en.liberapay.com/ArtistMarciaX
Make a one time payment here (minimum donation €5): gofundme.com/f/on-the-road-to-

If you’re nonblack and you can’t donate, then you can’t. You don’t have to beat yourself up about it - that doesn’t help you or anyone else. But also don’t attack black people on the fedi for having needs or expressing emotions. Don’t make your limitations black people’s problem.

60 people favorited or boosted my post. If all those people donated €5 to Marcia’s GoFundMe, that would be €300. That would certainly be a start.

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my ethics 

I can't promise that I will never make a mistake.

I also can't promise that I can improve my actions in response to call-ins or call-outs. Some of this is due to mental illness and disability reducing my ability to do *anything*, but whatever my reasons/excuses, that doesn't negate harm I do or make it invalid for people to be angry at or disappointed in me.

I try to look for cues that my input is unneeded/unwanted before I add to it. I can back off if I've been previously aggressive or derailing in a discussion, and I respect people putting up boundaries around interacting with me (whether that be an explicit request to not interact, or a nonverbal but clear signal like being blocked).

Will add more to this thread as needed.

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Does anyone have any advice for running an online group? It's one thing to start one; it's another thing to make it sustainable and as helpful as possible to those who really need it. "Start a Facebook group!" advice overlooks security and logistics issues with the site. A public mutual aid group I joined was quickly overwhelmed by too many posts and was predated upon by a bad actor. Really REALLY want to avoid similar issues if I end up organizing.

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Pitfalls of organizing: perfectionism, sense of urgency, defensiveness, quantity over quality, worship of the written word, paternalism, either/or thinking, power hoarding, fear of open conflict, individualism, progress is bigger/more, objectivity, and right to comfort.

From White Supremacy Culture
From Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun, ChangeWork, 2001.

cwsworkshop.org/PARC_site_B/dr

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Don’t be afraid to tell someone “none of your business” to their face

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🛑🛑🛑IMPORTANT PLEASE READ🛑🛑🛑

THE US GOVERNMENT is currently passing a bill that literally LIMITS OUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH on the internet. A violation of our first amendment rights. No one has heard about this bc our gov. is keeping it quiet from the mass media so it can just get passed!!!

we have the right to VOTE ON IT, but we can’t do that unless everyone knows about it.

if you have a link with more info. please share & stay aware

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link to the twitter thread I got this info from: https://mobile.twitter.com/azariarussell/status/1267907104628789251

you can message your representative to vote no on the bill under the ‘take action’ button at the bottom of this: https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2020/06/join-eff-reddit-ama-earn-it

a petition against it: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/dont-let-congress-kill-encryption

another petition: https://act.eff.org/action/protect-our-speech-and-security-online-reject-the-graham-blumenthal-proposal

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trayvon martin’s mother sybrina fulton, is running for office in florida please share/donate to her campaign if you are able!

https://sybrinafulton.com/

post cred: diorhive.tumblr.com

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I know a lot of us posted about ordering Chinese food when covid hit and I strongly believe we should be doing the same to support local Black owned restaurants in the same way now.

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Just learned that George Floyd was a part of the legendary group Screwed Up Click back in the 90s. Billboard’s got a good summary of his career and links to several of his songs. https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/9391100/george-floyd-screwed-up-click-rapper

While we protest his horrific death at the hands of police brutality, I also want to learn about his life and celebrate it. Black lives matter, and his black life matters.

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I am just tired of a very particular kind of white trans man being the voice and face of the community, and their very loud lack of suffering being held up as the norm for a community that is disproportionately raped, beaten up, unemployed, and homeless.

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If you're a white middle class trans men, consider how that whiteness and that class privilege feeds into how people may perceive you, and how people might perceive a black trans man or a trans man who is not middle class and well-connected. Maybe don't rush to emphasize how easy you, personally, have it when people are talking about their pain.

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Part of the whiteness of the trans male community manifests in white trans men emphasizing how trans men are seen as nonthreatening and treated more gently by TERFs than trans women.

That is not true across racial or ethnic or class lines.

Poor trans men and trans men of color are often viewed as aggressive, threatening, and dangerously mentally ill.

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@popstar
Thank you for the reading suggestions. Some of my favorite novels I've read in the past year have been written by black authors.
* "The Salt Roads" by Nalo Hopkinson. Can't recommend enough! You might learn some history from this fantasy novel.
* "Binti: The Complete Trilogy" by Nnedi Okorafor. Sci-fi, 3 novellas collected together in one volume.
* "A Taste of Honey" by Kai Ashante Wilson. Fantasy, main character is a bisexual black man. 3rd work of his I've read

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talking to your racist family might not work, but at the very least if you talk to them at all give em hell whenever the opportunity arises (use your own judgement on when is appropriate). spiciness is good. if they want a relationship with you, make it with the whole you, not just your work persona

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getting spicier in the family group chat and got the rest of my family to agree that basically every job a cop does could be done better by a social worker without weapons

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do it don’t say it. do it for black ppl don’t say it to do your penance for the day. that doesn’t help anyone but you.

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I'm weary of people that make this issue about them in any capacity. How much they're going to miss out, how sad they're going to be, how little now theyre going to learn etc.

I'm not impressed by ppl that try to 'center' Blk voices by forcing us to view the situation thru their gaze. It's counterproductive & vain.

Blk folks aren't the heuristic device from which ppl gain respect for you. You're using us as a stepping stone.

Antiblk af

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What's happening on the fedi in regards to BLM, anti-blackness & harassment, is leading Blk folks to leave and shift gears in response to how ppl are behaving.

This is not about white folks & how embarrassed or sad they are that ppl are leaving. It feels like its making mammies out of Blk thinkers on here. Dont. Theyre not here to provide you labor in any capacity.

This also isn't abt NBPOC-white passing folks. This exodus is not abt you. Most likely you've benefitted from it all anyways

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oh wow it's more than that, lego is asking cop playsets to be pulled from shelves.

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Life is really hard when you wanna call people out and name names but you are viewed as a black femme and therefore automatically aggressive and vicious and *insert dehumanizing vocabulary here*.

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Honestly black users on mastodon are painted as magic mythical fairies in the stories of legends but don't actually exist OR heartless demon animals that will rip off your limbs and drink your blood and therefore we need to be caged and defanged or some shit and the metaphor isn't lost on me.

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request for help finding Filipinx/black reparation donation groups, from nonblack ppl if possible. It’s ok if you can’t help, don’t feel guilty 

My Google skills are failing me. I can’t find orgs to donate to for:

1. Biracial black/Austronesian Filipino people, in the US or elsewhere
2. Indigenous Filipinos who are racialized as black/blak, such as the Aeta

Help?

Boosts/replies appreciated but also understand if you can’t do this

Thanks

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Rage.love

Generalist Hometown instance with a strong focus on community standards. No TERF, no SWERF, no Nazi, no Centrist.