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 Politics.co.uk. The notion of safe spaces was also called into question.

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Shallowness

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.