Weekly Round-Up & Open Thread
Lusana Taylor // 29 June 2015
The news has been pretty depressing recently, but last week provided some joy in the form of America finally legalising same-sex marriage nationwide. It truly is fantastic to see this happening so soon after the Irish referendum result and we’re sure everyone who attended a Pride event at the weekend found it an extra special experience! You can read more about America’s landmark decision in some of the links below.
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An Interview With @AfAmHistFail (The Toast)
From the article: “One of my favourite Twitter accounts is the frustrating and important @AfAmHistFail, run by an anonymous (for obvious reasons) docent who gives slavery presentations at a historical plantation. She shares the ups and downs of her job, the struggles to keep composure in the face of racist questions and monologues, and the difficulty of puncturing the romanticization of the antebellum South. She was kind enough to answer some questions for us.”
Why I’ll be livetweeting my next period (New Statesman)
I Don’t Want to Be an Excuse for Racist Violence Anymore (New Republic)
From the article: “There is a centuries-old notion that white men must defend, with lethal violence at times, the sexual purity of white women from allegedly predatory black men. And, as we saw yet again after this shooting, it is not merely a relic of America’s hideous racial past.”
Why I Can’t Forgive Dylann Roof (NY Times)
From the article: “I do not forgive Dylann Roof, a racist terrorist whose name I hate saying or knowing. I have no immediate connection to what happened in Charleston, S.C., last week beyond my humanity and my blackness, but I do not foresee ever forgiving his crimes, and I am wholly at ease with that choice.”
Carrie Dunn (who has previously written for the F-Word) suggests you support the England Women’s football team all year round in this Eurosport article. You can read more of her writing HERE.
Abortion Drone Is the Best Drone (Gizmodo)
From the article: “And yes, ‘Abortion Drone’ sounds like the name of an anarchist punk band, but this is the most badass drone aid mission yet.”
In Defense of Casual Romance (PurrVersatility)
The Problem with White Liberals (Media Diversified)
From the article: “But why would I stand alongside anyone who refuses to listen when we speak? This is more important than identity politics. It’s about what people’s identity means in relation to how they are treated. The content of your character should be all that matters? Well, to castigate the admissions policy of safe spaces, rather than focus on why they’re needed, says a lot about the content of one’s character.”
‘Orange Is The New Black’ actress fronted a punk band in the ‘70s (Alternative Press)
This Is Why Everyone Cheering Gay Marriage Should Stand With the White House “Heckler” Now (Black Girl Dangerous)
The image is used under creative commons license, with thanks to nathanmac87. It depicts an American flag against the backdrop of blue sky and a green tree, half in shot. Rather than the usual red, the stripes of the flag are all the colours of the rainbow.