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 salt mine; the question is: “safe for who?” Of course, Facebook is not the only platform that this applies to, but it being the largest … Continue reading How the Facebook community standards are tools to silence voices from the margin

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

[CN: examples of TERF arguments, and arguments about “reverse racism”] There is this quote: when you’re accustomed to privilege, equality feels like oppression. No example is more proof of this than any discussion around the creation of safe spaces in the context of race, gender, sexuality, class, etc.  Since I can remember I have gotten myself into conversations defending safe spaces that were women’s only, … Continue reading “For Us Only”: on safe spaces, exclusion, and privilege

[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 perhaps is more palatable to the white people out there. *** White privilege has been coming up a lot in the wake of the Zuma … Continue reading [Guest] White privilege in South Africa – Kirsten Whitfield

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 it any more traffic.) At first sight it is simply an academic who shares their views on killings of trans persons of colour in the … Continue reading Judith Butler’s Trouble: Why do white academics speak for trans people of colour?

An Open Letter to TEDxStellenbosch by KOLEKA PUTUMA

Originally posted on Word N Sound Live Literature Movement:
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 talk, which was filmed at the TEDxStellenbosch “Think. Experience. Discover Africa” event on 05 September 2015, consisted of three of my poems which were all… Continue reading An Open Letter to TEDxStellenbosch by KOLEKA PUTUMA