I'm Jez, 27, American, Ace, Genderfluid, Spoonie. I used to be in the US Army, but EDS put a stop to that.
On this blog you will find some writing, some politics, occasional art, lots of feminism & Sherlock, and my own personal ramblings. Blog should probably be considered NSFW, just to be, ya know, safe.
I tag the shit out of most things, and am happy to tag anything you're trying to avoid, triggers, spoilers, etc; just let me know in an ask. I also queue almost everything, so I may or may not actually be here for any given post.
Finally got over to the campus GLBT house today, which I’ve been meaning to do for a while. Talked to one of the people who run it, signed up for the mailing list, looked around their library (they have a library entirely devoted to queer issues!!!! With movies and books and documentaries!!!! Which you can check out!!!!!!! Aaaaaahhhhh)
Aaaand then i sat down & talked to them about the Ace group I’m trying to start out here. I had no idea what sort of reception I’d get, but the person I talked to was nothing but positive. They proudly showed me the one book on asexuality they have in the library (there’s a second one, but it’s apparently checked out atm) and were really excited about the prospect of having some real live asexuals to share more resources with them. It kinda seemed like I was maybe the first ace, or one of very few, anyway, that this person had ever actually met, lol. I was honestly just glad they’d even heard of us, and that I didn’t get the cold shoulder right off the bat.
They have a bulletin board there of various queer groups on campus & around town, and said if I brought them info for my group, they’d happily put it up too. So yay, larger queer community! Yay, possibility of wider representation soon! Just generally yayyyy~
Let us be vividly clear about this.
What the New York Times did to Michael Brown today was not merely slander. It wasn’t a case of a lack of journalistic integrity.
Highlighting that a black teenager was “no angel” on the day he is being laid to rest after being hunted and killed by racist vigilante forces is not an unfortunate coincidence.
The New York Times deliberately played into an archaic American tradition in devaluing both the merit of black life and the tragedy of black death.
They chose the day of his funeral, as his family, friends and activists everywhere have to grapple with a human being lost to pontificate about how he was “no angel”. Michael Brown was many things to many people; a son, a brother, a cousin, a nephew and another black causality of murderous police institutions and today, amidst all the racist violence he, his loved ones and community have had to endure, he was going to finally receive the respect and moment of honor he deserved and NYT decided today, of all days, to tune in their audience onto wholly irrelevant facts about his life - that in turn, transform the very injustice surrounding his death and the following police violence that plagued Ferguson into a national panel about whether or not his death is actually worth mourning and their language suggested that to them, it indeed is not.
This was hardly an accident or mistake. This is the perpetual hostility that is met against black life in America. The consensus is that black people deserve no respect and for black life to be legitimized and honored, we must meet a list of prerequisites. Subsequently, if black people aren’t valued, neither are our deaths understood as tragic or murders seen as criminal action.
This has been the atmosphere of America since its inception and much has not improved.