The Ugly Truth to Social Media’s Reaction to ‘Transability’

I highly recommend giving this blog post a read Transability and the Downfall of Society. It is an excellently written piece which delves into the ableism which was rife on the social media networks a couple weeks ago in reaction to the idea of ‘transabilism’. I highly enjoyed it and would recommend other pieces written on Jeff Preston’s blog as well.

The Birth of Stormwings

“I heard somewhere that immortals are born in dreams. Or our dreams give them shape—something like that. Now, I can see folk dreaming winged horses and unicorns. Even dreaming that a winged horse or unicorn would go bad makes sense. Haven’t we all thought somethings a joy, only to find that it’s evil inside? But—forgive my saying it; no offense intended—how could anyone dream a Stormwing?”

His smile was cruel. “Ages ago, a traveler in the mortal realms went from place to place and found only the leavings of war—the starving, the abandoned, the dead. It was the work of armies, fighting over ground they soon lost again. That traveler sickened of waste—of death. She wished for a creature that was so repulsive, living on war’s aftermath, that even humans would think twice before battle. That creature would defile what mortal killers left, so that humans couldn’t lie about how glorious a soldier’s death is. She dreamed the first Stormwing.”

Daine shivered. “But it doesn’t seem to make a difference, most of the time.” Leaf, who had trickled down to pool in her lap, nodded.

“That’s humans for you,” said the immortal cheerfully. “Nothing slows them down for long. But—if one person asks himself—or herself,”—he nodded politely to her—”if the matter to be fought over is worth his corpse being ripped to pieces and smeared with our dung, and decides it isn’t, that’s all we need to justify ourselves. You’d be surprised how many people changed their minds, knowing that we’d come to live on their pain and play with their bodies. The barrier changed that, Humans forgot us. We’ve had to start all over. It will take a century before we’ll make a difference again.”

– Tamora Pierce, The Realms of the Gods, Rikash and Daine, chapter 7
The Bastardization of Mental Illness

The Bastardization of Mental Illness

Tris Chandler:

Mental illness is not a demon, it is not a systemic mandate of hate, it is an illness. This killer was not ill he was hateful, ignorant, and he wanted to spread terror. We should not attempt to excuse away the reality of what he is and his reasons for doing what he did because he’s white. That is unacceptable.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Maira Butt

The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for what he has done. And as always, we think, why does this same level of sympathy and empathy not translate to any for brown and black people? For any non-white, person of colour?

At the same time we are flaccidly unsurprised. Yet the gall with which the double-standards are being applied is becoming increasingly explicit, if it wasn’t so already. Dylan Roof decked out in a bulletproof vest was…

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The Problem with White Liberals

The Problem with White Liberals

Tris Chandler:

Yep. This is a problem white liberals have.

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Shane Thomas

When one has to live with oppression as an everyday facet of their existence, how does it feel?

It feels isolating. It’s a parasite that clamps onto one’s self-esteem, and metastasises into a calcified affirmation that one is worthless.

So what can be done to counter such an outcome? Maya Goodfellow recently wrote about Bahar Mustafa, who nearly lost her job as Welfare and Diversity Officer at Goldsmith’s University after arranging an anti-racism event in which only women of colour and non-binary people were permitted to attend.

Mustafa was denounced for this in a number of places, ranging from the comments on Maya’s aforementioned piece, to The Spectator, to Ian Dunt – editor of The notion of safe spaces was also called into question.

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Kel: “You know, ogres only sound stupid. Most are pretty smart.”

Neal: “And it’s a shallow person who judges anyone by the way they sound. I’m so shallow I’m surprised I don’t reflect myself.”

― Tamora Pierce, Protector of the Small: First Test

Asking for the Preformance of Whiteness When it is Unnecessary is Implict Racism

Excellent read.

In the Library With the Lead Pipe. Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship

It is incredibly important as the new cohort of librarians we remember to include the values that our generation wishes to espouse (inclusion, diversity, etc.) in our work lives and remember not to allow biases to influence our work or workplace.