[cut for length - click link for story]I am asking for my followers, Jewish and non-Jewish, to spread this like wildfire. Antisemitism isn’t often discussed in social justice circles, but I need y’all to know that hate crimes are committed against us. So far, I have only been seeing this circulate among Jews on Tumblr, but I want it to go farther than that.I want this to lead to a larger discussion about antisemitism. I don’t want it to be derailed merely as a discussion about gun control. I don’t want people asking if the shooter had mental illness. I want people to acknowledge that the shooter is a blatant antisemite. I want people to know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues. I want people to know why we are still afraid.
As a Jew, I find Cross’s killing spree a horrifying act of hatred. Also as a Jew, I think that appropriating the deaths of three Christians in order to point out that Jews also have it tough is deeply gross.
The reason anti-semitism isn’t something that’s being talked a lot about in social justice circles is because it doesn’t need to be talked a lot about in social justice circles; not the way other social justice issues need to be talked about. Anti-semitism is still a problem in America, absolutely - but not nearly as big a problem as racism, sexism, anti-Islam prejudice and homophobia and transphobia. When a Black person dies, or a Muslim dies, or a trans person dies, do you insist on a national conversation about those deaths, too? Maybe you do; I don’t know you.
But my larger point is that the Jewish community as a whole has been slow to react to the recent hate crimes in America, and for us to demand the spotlight now is inappropriate. What “larger discussion” do you want - what national discussion needs to happen in the wake of Cross’s arrest and prosecution? Because from where I’m sitting, another conversation about gun control is actually a good idea; it’s one conversation closer to getting gun control reform moving. A conversation about mental illness is a good idea, too: how hate groups target people who are more vulnerable to the strict ideology and clear messages that they give, and how we can stop that from happening in the future. As for wanting people to acknowledge that Cross was an anti-semite - he’s a former member of the KKK! Everybody does acknowledge that he’s an antisemite!
But the last section just about takes the cake: “I want people to know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues.”
You know why we often have cop cars parked outside our synagogues? Because we have successfully lobbied local police and sheriff’s offices to send us patrol cars that would otherwise be patrolling mosques, Sikh temples, or even just regular residential streets where a Black kid is getting harassed by a neighborhood watch volunteer. We have successfully made our fear more important than the public’s actual safety. We have successfully played the race card - the fact that American Jews are overwhelmingly white - and used it to prioritize the oppression we experience.
We are still afraid, yes. But our fear doesn’t excuse our behavior. The priority should be increased safety and security for everyone - not increased security for us at the cost of others.
It’s Shakespeare’s 450th birthday! Let’s celebrate! (Full post here - http://goodticklebrain.com/home/2014/4/23/happy-450th-birthday-shakespeare)
Reading about abusive men and the way they think. Very unsettling and an incredible book so far. Here are my very professional notes.
what book is this?
This is from “Why Does He DO That” by Lundy Bancroft.
I’m so glad I’m seeing more and more Lundy Bancroft quotes on my dash because this book CHANGES THE LIVES OF ABUSE VICTIMS.
The programs run for rehabilitating abusive men through the courts? Bancroft DESIGNED THEM. His programs are replicated ALL OVER THE WORLD.
He literally wrote THE book on abuser rehabilitation.
Tom talking about Shakespeare
Tom darling, we all know you’re talking about yourself, you are the one leading people in Shakespeare’s labyrinth
Sam Wilson is my baby and you will catch MAD fade if I catch you slandering him.
I am not the one.
Not today, tomorrow, the next day, or any of the rest of the days of our lives.
If you don’t like Falcon, you better keep that shit to yourself, boo.
This is a hate free zone for Sam/Anthony and if you have a problem with that then the exit, like Steve, is on your left.
do you ever walk to the beat of your music in public and you think you look really cool but you probably just look like a dumbass
I HATE PEOPLE WHO ARE MY AGE AND SUCCESSFUL YOU SHOULD BE WASTING UR LIFE BLOGGING OR EATING DORITOS OR SOME SHIT NOT GOING TO SPACE AND WINNING THE NOBEL PEACE PRIZE
ideal hogwarts students:
- aromantic wizards being absolutely immune to amortentia, it only smelling like the ingredients put into it when they smell it, and teaching other students how to identify the stuff on any food or drink
- gender confused ravenclaw leafing through glossarys of pronouns and accidentally getting 80% of the class to stay up leafing through similar glossarys, screaming out pronouns in the common room when they think they found one that may fit
- slytherin students sometimes taking polyjuice potion to pose as one of their depressed members who was having a bad day and really couldn’t bring themselves to classes
- kids who read about the second great wizarding war and, when reading about Severus Snape’s brave acts, argue “well yeah ok but he was kind of an asshole still?”
—Wizard broomchairs instead of wheelchairs. No need to worry about stairs when you’re floating, right? Just say “up” to it like you would with a broomstick and it hovers a comfortable 7 inches from the ground, though it can be raised and lowered depending on the wizard’s preference/mood.
—No one giving Wizards with ADD/learning/organizational disabilities any guff about the rememberalls they carry on hand.
—Aspie and autistic Wizards with dazzling proficiency in more mysterious and complex branches of magic like Wandlore and wandmaking.
—The books in Hogwart’s library reacting to dyslexic students trying to read them and helping them: breaking up paragraphs, highlighting words, sometimes reading themselves aloud if the student is having a particularly difficult time or has eyesight problems.
—Professors enchanting gloves to use sign language next to them as they teach for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.
—Neville Longbottom instigating a schoolwide program to foster better communication between students and teachers and better regulation of how house points are handed out, and the general effort toward a less stressful learning environment, referred to lovingly by students as ‘Deebass,” from the joking acronym, “Don’t Be A Snape”
there are legitimately men out there who think that by saying “don’t objectify women” we are saying “you are not allowed to find women attractive”
these guys actually cannot see a difference
and that’s scary
I am a Person of Color. I clarify this to make it understood that I use the phrases I’m going to talk about in this post on a daily basis. I use them without thought to those who are around me understanding, and I use them because I’ve always used them. They are my default.
So what does that…