Tag Archives: privilege

How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

Facebook’s community standards and reporting feature, like so many on social media sites, is to “make people feel safe when using Facebook“*… But in reality this needs to be taken not just with a grain of salt, but an entire … Continue reading

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“For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege

[CN: examples of TERF arguments, and arguments about “reverse racism”] There is this quote, which I have been unable to find a source for anywhere: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. No example is more proof of … Continue reading

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[Guest] White privilege in South Africa – Kirsten Whitfield

Recenty, after posting on the Zuma Must Fall marches and how it is a protection of white capital, I’ve received messages that were… problematic. I have asked a white friend, Kirsten Whitfield, to write on this from their perspective which … Continue reading

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Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?

[CN: White privilege gone rampant] I am reeling after just reading a recent interview with so-called “the beloved philosopher and author of Gender Trouble” entitled Why Do Men Kill Trans Women? (it’s a donotlink, because I don’t want to give … Continue reading

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An Open Letter to TEDxStellenbosch by KOLEKA PUTUMA

Originally posted on Word N Sound Live Literature Co.:
Dear TEDxStellenbosch Organisers I trust this finds you we I am writing to you concerning your request to publish my TEDx talk with the exclusion of my last poem “WATER”. The…

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A “Crisis”… but for who?

My twitter timeline is abuzz with #RefugeeCrisis… And I am just thinking… Crisis? For who? Why is it that it is a crisis for Fort Europe? I thought the crisis was in Syria? Or if you are talking about the … Continue reading

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On the importance of trigger warning

Browsing through my Facebook feed, perpetually looking for a sign of hope that humanity isn’t actually doomed, I stumbled upon this article: How Trigger Warnings Are Hurting Mental Health on Campuses… The article angered me (dare I say triggered me?) … Continue reading

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