Just a reminder: You don’t owe it to anyone to prove that your experiences are real.
Having to stand up under constant interrogation and “debate” about your own existence is not a fair tax for being able to exist in a public space.
It’s okay to talk to people you relate to, and share experiences, and not give “skeptics” who are miles away from knowing what you’ve lived through the time of day.
These people want you to think that you owe them, that there’s a price for saying that abuse is real, that oppression is real, that your brain is real, that your identity is real, and that price is allowing them to aggressively and continually try to convince you those things are NOT real.
They’re wrong, and you don’t have to.
good to read
Early in my freshman year, my dad asked me if there were lots of Latinos at school. I wanted to say, “Pa, I’m one of the only Latinos in most of my classes. The other brown faces I see mostly are the landscapers’. I think of you when I see them sweating in the morning sun. I remember you were a landscaper when you first came to Illinois in the 1950s. And look, Pa! Now I’m in college!”
But I didn’t.
I just said, “No, Pa. There’s a few Latinos, mostly Puerto Rican, few Mexicans. But all the landscapers are Mexican.”
My dad responded, “¡Salúdelos, m’ijo!”
So when I walked by the Mexican men landscaping each morning, I said, “Buenos días.”
Recently, I realized what my dad really meant. I remembered learning the Mexican, or Latin American, tradition of greeting people when one enters a room. In my Mexican family, my parents taught me to be “bien educado” by greeting people who were in a room already when I entered. The tradition puts the responsibility of the person who arrives to greet those already there. If I didn’t follow the rule as a kid, my parents admonished me with a back handed slap on my back and the not-so-subtle hint: “¡Saluda!”
I caught myself tapping my 8-year-old son’s back the other day when he didn’t greet one of our friends: “Adrian! ¡Saluda!”
However, many of my white colleagues over the years followed a different tradition of ignorance. “Maleducados,” ol’ school Mexican grandmothers would call them.
But this Mexican tradition is not about the greeting—it’s about the acknowledgment. Greeting people when you enter a room is about acknowledging other people’s presence and showing them that you don’t consider yourself superior to them.
When I thought back to the conversation between my dad and me in 1990, I realized that my dad was not ordering me to greet the Mexican landscapers with a “Good morning.”
Instead, my father wanted me to acknowledge them, to always acknowledge people who work with their hands like he had done as a farm worker, a landscaper, a mechanic. My father with a 3rd grade education wanted me to work with my mind but never wanted me to think myself superior because I earned a college degree and others didn’t.
Saluden Muchachxs, saluden.
i have actually always appreciated having this be a thing with family. Even when i am shy and nervous, it keeps me grounded in my work around campus to not think my life is superior to the workers and people who clean the dorms, particularly when they are some of the only dark faces i see around campus that remind me I can exist here.
Teenager from India invents device that can convert breath to speech
A high school student from India has invented a device that can convert a person’s breath into speech, to give millions of people around the world suffering from speech impediment a ‘voice’ for the first time.
Sixteen-year-old Arsh Shah Dilbagi has developed a new technology called ‘TALK’, which is a cheap and portable device to help people who are physically incapable of speaking express themselves. Right now, 1.4 percent of the world’s population has very limited or no speech, due to conditions such as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), locked-in syndrome (LIS), Encephalopathy (SEM), Parkinson’s disease, and paralysis.
His name is Arsh Shah Dilbagi and he’s 16 years old. Gettin tired of sensationalized “mystery baby from a country where people are brown does a science thing!” articles. Use peoples names, don’t act so surprised when people of color are geniuses.
stop pretending women who are racist, ableist, transphobic or classist aren’t feminist. stop erasing these problems from mainstream feminism.
The no true scotsman fallacy is just another way to pretend that there arent problems with a community. It erases them instead of actually dealing with them
this applies to anti-blackness within communities of color. We have to address this shit man. if poc solidarity means anything, it has to be purposeful and acknowledge where pain and mistakes have occurred.
do you ever just
make a friend and think
I am so glad this friend is mine
fell this towards ALL the disabled friends i have. Love y’all
Will Darren Wilson ever be arrested?
abolish the concept of ‘passing’ & start accepting that theres no specific way any gender has to look to be valid
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