extremely important museum plaque that addresses the language we use to talk about slavery in the american south. @OCRbot
July 4, Hawaii, Independence
Imagine a Native American community who had a Disneyland-like resort built over their villages and ancestor's graves, the people made to do bastardizations of their sacred dances, wear mock 'sexy feather headresses' and entertain the rich tourists for starvation wages, 12 hours a day 7 days a week, living sardine-packed 20-to-a-house. And then be arrested for speaking their own language. It'd be an outrage, right? But that is just everyday life, in US-colonized Hawaii
My take on CWs: be compassionate and use them (long)
For reasons unknown to me, people are now taking stands about CWs and requesting them.
IME using CWs takes relatively little effort, and substantively improves how I interact with others. It lets me choose what to interact with and prepares me for potential stress should I do so.
Others using CWs also helps me boost signals. If you CW your post well, I will have no hesitation hitting that boost button. If you don't, I might choose otherwise.
Obviously, people's ability to CW things well will vary--both from individual to individual and from time to time. Sometimes it's a mistake. Sometimes it's due to neuro processing stuff. CWs help but are not perfect, because humans aren't perfect.
But if I ask someone to CW something, I would hope that the poster cares enough about our relationship (however deep or shallow) to CW that content for me. It might be for my benefit. It might be for others' benefit.
In short: I think CWs are a powerful tool and make the Fediverse much better than birdsite. Use them, please. 💖
Amazon strike, supporting small Twitch streamers
moving out, housing, request for assistance (---)
ok so, i posted about this last night in a followers-only post but
i need to move out asap
it's not because my parents are awful, they've been great
but they're planning to move into a smaller place and that likely won't include me
so if you know anyone in the Fraser Valley/Greater Vancouver area who can take in a 22-year-old mess of gender please let me know
i'm employed and can help with rent, so... idk...
Amazon Prime Day Walkout ++
In protest of exploitative working conditions, workers at Amazon warehouses are withdrawing their labour on Amazon Prime Day. Workers will staging a walk out during Prime Day, on Monday 15th and Tuesday 16th July
This also means avoiding:
- Whole Foods
A helpful strip to point people to if they express frustration at having to use "they/them" pronouns in conversation:
PNC shut down ALL 3 Manhattan branches for the day for fear of being confronted by demonstrations. You can't have more effective direct action! We're still out here at 31st and 7th Ave to #ShutDownICE
mildly nsfw furry art
Some loving topless kisses between me and my girlfriend @VerminVVitch 💖😘💕
Neanderthals and science interpretation
The Neanderthal genome was sequenced recently, and it was found that people from certain regions (including many parts of Europe) have genomes that are 0.5-3% Neanderthal. The rest of the world has genomes that are basically 100% Homo sapiens.
I would like to point out that if the regions of this discovery had just happened to be inverted, it would be used as incontrovertible evidence of the fundamental genetic inferiority of certain people.
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