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Jul 2 karrefisher commented on Seattle Times' Treatment of Musician Hollis Wong-Wear Is a Perfect Example of #JournalismSoWhite.
That comment about "sidelining" her "apparent outrage" is called TONE POLICING. It is extremely common defensive maneuver in conversations about oppression. I know people in seattle who support Hollis 100% and have all the "right values" who i have witnessed do the same thing or worse when faced with other people's experiences of oppression.....so how do we deal with this?? I don't know but i do know it isn't the responsibility of the marginalized/oppressed to voice their experiences in such a way as to not trigger any defenses which is in many cases impossible especially when they are facing a perpetrator. I also know we won't get anywhere unless we abandon the culture of "respectability politics" that is overtaking seattle and which is reflected in comments to this article. I'm all for respect but respect is about tolerating and understanding people's feelings not about controlling them or judging them for expressing them. the seattle times needed to, at a minimum, apologize to Hollis and remove their references to her as a sidekick. She doesn't owe them anything in return, she doesn't have to be their friend, and she definitely doesn't have to like the apology/outcome. She is entitled to whatever feelings she has about the situation. That said she also doesn't get to control anyone else's feelings or reactions to her legitimate, justified anger (ie the editors at the times). The rest of us though are more than capable of giving her grace and allowing her to feel how she feels about the situation by acknowledging that the world is messed up, that Hollis's experiences of racism can't be retracted and that maybe there isn't any response the seattle times could give her that would make things better. We can acknowledge the validity of Hollis's anger while also acknowledging that maybe at least some people at the seattle times are trying and did all that was in their power to do. If for some reason we are not capable of that kind of grace, could we at a minimum refrain from multiplying the problem by describing her continued anger about the situation as "whining like the pretty-girl-who-went-to-a-40k/year-high-school she and basically spat the apology?" This comment is an example of how tone policing and respectability politics maintain and perpetuate oppression not to mention it is overtly sexist. have you heard the studies about how when women express anger they lose respect but when men express anger they gain it??
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May 19 karrefisher commented on Transit Riders Union Concerned Two Class-Based Public Transportation Systems Taking Shape in Seattle.
A u-pass for UW employees is ONLY 44$/month for unlimited rides on metro/LINK. Other major employers offer their employees similar or better public transportation benefits. Are these employers actually paying the city for the bus fares that their employees use??? My guess is that they are not. I am deeply concerned with how it is legitimate for these organizations/companies to parasitize the public transit infrastructure that the city is spending billions of dollars creating while low-income, marginalized and homeless populations are subjected to humiliation and fines from fare enforcement if caught attempting what amounts to essentially the same thing. Why is OK for UW employees to parasitize public transportation but not homeless people??? Shouldn't we be creating public infrastructure using public funds for those most vulnerable among us such as the disabled and homeless?? Seattle is creating the new transit for the mainstream and the rich and legitimizing their parasitism of it while criminalizing those who can't afford it (fare enforcement.) This a HUGE change from public transportation 10 years ago and i am surprised how easily people accept it and even celebrate it.
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May 16, 2014 karrefisher commented on Art Space and Race.
Thank you for this article. there is a long history of artist catalyzing the gentrification of poor neighborhoods. I think this is often a strategy utilized by developers in modern day times. I think the lack of diversity in artist housing is a huge issue especially in the context that it often catalyzes the displacement of minorities from their homes. Thank you for writing about this!!
Nov 15, 2012 karrefisher joined My Stranger Face
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Nov 15, 2012 karrefisher commented on 216 Nipples Later.
I think in discussing this we need to define employment from the perspective of an employee. Obviously every person is an individual and each person will have vastly different inner and emotional responses to the same object/experience. Art couldn't "push" boundaries or even be interesting if we didn't all have such diverse responses to art and to the world. The thing about employment is that our ability to support ourselves, our families, and even our art depends upon our employment. If a piece of artwork has the ability to effect someone's job performance, to hurt them in their place of employment then i believe it needs to be removed. There is simply too much at stake for those individuals who are hurt. This doesn't reflect on the art or the artist or even those who respond with discomfort to the art. It reflects on the tremendous power that employers have over their employee that extends even to their employee's families and loved ones. I respect this. I don't want to persecute or judge those that experience discomfort in response to the art. They are individuals and entitled to have unique experiences. i know what it is like to fear for your job, to be mistreated by your employer and i won't ever judge someone for speaking up about discomfort in their workplace. In fact i celebrate employer's that have the insight to recognize the power they have over their employees and to take action not to hurt them. -Karre
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