As protests around police brutality continue in Baltimore, this Salon/Radical Faggot article breaks down why “smashing police cars” and rioting are “legitimate political strategy,” and how calling protesters and rioters “uncivilized” or unconstitutional is racist and hypocritical.
This Washington Post article discusses the disgusting and unsurprising celebration by mainstream media of a mother desperately striking her son who is protesting in Baltimore: “Beatings are not transformative. They don’t empower. They simply punish the victims and accelerate the trauma, bringing the pain from the streets into the home.”
Black Girl Dangerous discusses the glaring double standards in media treatment of trans POC vs. trans rich white people like Bruce Jenner.
For Harriet’s list of 7 Black Women Writers to follow in 2015 is a great resource for those seeking solace from “a society hellbent on discounting the importance of Black women’s voices and stories.”
Remember when Weezer’s Pinkerton came out and Rivers claimed that feminist critiques led him to making less personal music, and then everything Weezer did sucked forevermore? That happened right? This essay by Jenny Zhang is super smart and personal and gets into fetishism, white supremacist capitalist patriarchy, and her changing relationship with perhaps the most problematic song on the album:
“The more I listened to the song the more I knew I wasn’t in it. No one was. The only person present in these songs is the white man imagining all of it. The one who told SPIN, “I was really touched by the emotion in my voice, especially with the Pinkerton songs. It struck me that there’s so much sensitivity and pain in my voice.”
This conversation between Sarah Gerard and Weird Bro-ster Ben Fama gets into misogynist cyberbullying, mansplainations of women writer’s “influences” and the vanishing distinction between life online and life life.
Weird Sis contributor Jennifer Tamayo’s guest bloggership at the Poetry Foundation wraps up with a message/book list from the Mongrel Coalition Against Gringpo. Here are some outtakes:
BUT I ASSIGNED CITIZEN!: FINANCING AN ANTI-RACIST REPUTATION WITH MINIMAL EFFORT ON A SHOESTRING BUDGET
THE FORCE OF A SNOWFLAKE: WHITE & WINDSWEPT 21ST CENTURY POETICS
MARTIN, MY MENTOR: HOW DR. KING DIED SO WHITE PEOPLE COULD QUOTE HIM”
This weekend in sports:
The New York Times provides a perhaps too-gentle reminder that the “fight of the century” happening today features Floyd “Money” Mayweather, a man who serially abuses women and children.
P.S. His opponent, Manny Pacquiao opposes gay marriage.
P.P.S. I’m going to watch Spurs/Clippers game 7 instead.
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