commented on Portland May Be Less Diverse than Salt Lake City
Charles, don't you remember the Battlestar Galactica episode where they visit a "Ronald D. Moore" they look up in the phone book, who turns out to be a retired Black man, and make him sit down and write new episodes of BSG? That was pretty hilarious actually, he was into it.
commented on The Cost of Light Rail Will Be Cheap in the Long Run
@1, that's a weird and arbitrary comparison to make since so many things have changed besides inflation since 1904 when the first NYC lines opened, but currently, the under-construction 2nd Ave subway line in NYC is costing $4.45 billion for 3 stations at 2 miles of underground track.
commented on Ask Us Anything About Our Caucus Endorsement(s)
This election in particular has created polarized worlds of Facebook sharing where conspiracy theories and bad information flourish—yes, even among liberals. If that’s the world you want to live in, where reality changes based on the link you click, you should actually really like the way we did our endorsements. If it isn’t the world you want to live in, we should all strive to be better informed—and support good journalism.
So is this an admission by the Stranger that they aren't adhering to "good journalism" practices? Rather than being a "commentary", most people I talked to were simply confused by it, not realizing there were actually 2 endorsements. The fact that the widget stores your answer in a cookie means that you can't go back and see what other people are seeing. I fail to see this as a commentary on the "social media echo chamber", where at least you can dig up information on the other side if you're looking. This was just awkward and ageist.
Aug 19, 2015
commented on Ferguson Transformed Marissa Johnson in a Good Direction, but Her Use of the Phrase "White Supremacy" Is a Big Problem
To me an important breakthrough, I felt, in my work and that of others was the call to use the term white supremacy, over racism because racism in and of itself did not really allow for a discourse of colonization and decolonization, the recognition of the internalized racism within people of color and it was always in a sense keeping things at the level at which whiteness and white people remained at the center of the discussion.
In my classroom I might say to students that you know that when we use the term white supremacy it doesn’t just evoke white people, it evokes a political world that we can all frame ourselves in relationship to….
And so for me those words were very much about the constant reminder, one of institutional construct, that we’re not talking about personal construct in the sense of, how do you feel about me as a woman, or how do you feel about me as a black person?
… We have to problematize nationalism beyond race, in all kinds of ways that I think there’s a tremendous reluctance […] to have a more complex accounting of identity.
Aug 13, 2015
commented on Why Bernie Sanders Is Only Preaching to White People
That's exactly why tons of BLM activists are starting to say, "don't take my vote for granted. Don't vote for any candidate that isn't vocal in support of BLM". They understand this, and are starting to leverage it.