Here’s another filler post, since I’ve been doing better at reading than writing lately. Inclusion here has more to do with whether I remembered to bookmark a post that struck my fancy than with anything else. 😉
BTW, I finally split up the blogroll into rough categories (with all the limitations of doing that!). If you think yours would fit better somewhere else, please let me know.
The Tao of Chaos
* Yelling At The Universe
“The work we do doesn’t always go right, and when it does it takes time to build results. That’s how stuff works, and no form of temper tantrum is going to alter that. Things work how they work, so it is best to learn how to work along with them. That’s the very short version of just about every decent Taoist story ever. It means nothing more profound than work for what you want, no matter what that is.”
The Trouble Is… (via FWD/Forward)
* It’s easy.
“Just because I look like you doesn’t mean I am like you. When you belittle the struggle the making a phone call or looking you in the eye is, it’s like a slap in the face. Just because you can’t see the fight doesn’t make it not real.”
Normal Is Overrated
* Of privilege and auditory processing
* ‘Normal’ and the Dominant Narrative
“What this quote tells us is that getting through school, having a ‘good’ job, and getting married are the paragons of normality. People with disabilities who accomplish this triad of goals are role models. We should all aspire to this. Anyone who doesn’t is just giving up. Anyone who doesn’t want a college degree, a good job, and a spouse is clearly a social failure, no matter what ‘reasons’ can be mustered to explain why these goals are not of interest.”
* Science Says ‘Go Outside and You’ll Feel Better!’ — This has been an access problem for me lately.
“What we should be concluding from this study is not ‘hey, people should go to the park more!’ but ‘hey, we should make it possible for people who want to go to the park to do that! That would be awesome!’”
* New VA Research Could Explain Lasting Effects of PTSD
“It’s nice that they are starting to get around to looking into things like the correlation between living with PTSD for years and developing other conditions. Things like cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, asthma and diabetes are common among Vietnam vets who have been living with PTSD for decades, and according to the article there are some who believe even the immune system is affected by years with PTSD. But you can’t help anyone when you aren’t doing the research to find out how.”
Song of a Traveller
* Fear, flinch, and social justice — Interesting discussion, which I’ve been meaning to respond to with a post. docstrange offered some thoughts on the way violence has been fetishized in Western society:
‘By meaning, I mean its relationship to other actions, people, meanings. I almost wrote “violence has earned a…” – see how easy it is to talk in such language which gives animus to abstractions? We even learn to do so broadly in society. Anyhow, for many, “violence” has a meaningful, heavy bias to the negative. Based on experience. It’s not an abstraction but a very strongly contextualized thing. We all see it in some context, but for those who fetishize something, very likely, they in effect learned they cannot control it, nor can others. Violence. Guns. The market. They probably learned that the hard way. To them it is a thing alive.’
And, from elenbarathi, a bit of information on cane self-defense. Did not notice the post was f-locked!
But, here are some cane self-defense links:
* Recommended as introduction: The Beginner’s Guide to using the Cane
* The “Walking Stick” Method of Self Defense — “This manual was written by Mr. H.G. Lang who was a British Officer of the Indian Police. It was written in 1923, and describes itself as a method of fighting that although is a scientific one does not require special training and can be practised by men, women and children.”
* Self-defence with a Walking-stick: The Different Methods of Defending Oneself with a Walking-Stick or Umbrella when Attacked under Unequal Conditions (PartI) — “By E.W. Barton-Wright [EN1] From Pearson’s Magazine, 11 (January 1901), 35-44.”
The commenter also suggests a Google search to find further sites and videos. Yes, I looked into this kind of thing just about as soon as I started using a cane. While I may not like the idea of needing to whack people with it, neither do I like the idea of being viewed as more prey-like because I need a mobility aid.
Cat in a Dog’s World (via FWD/Forward)
* Meet the “New” Autism Speaks
“The poem’s content isn’t much better, describing autistic people as having ‘infected minds.’ While the poem does state, correctly, that ‘autism isn’t like cancer,’ this is only in the context of lamenting the lack of a cure…
Short version of this post: Meet the new Autism Speaks, same as the old Autism Speaks.”
Racebox.org: The Census since 1790. — Interesting illustration of just how the available categories developed in the US. Note that there wasn’t even a space available for FPCs–which included Natives and anyone else insufficiently White–until 1830. Hmm, I wonder why someone with AAIWV is, in 2010, still advocating (PDF, p. 2) not lying or dodging it entirely (like my mom was continuing to do)…
Viva la Feminista (via Shakesville)
* I’m still not White, but am I American Indian?
“Last month my daughter came home with a note asking us to re-identify her (our) ethnicity for school records [Link is not to her school, just an example]. There was no “other” option (see below). OK, I”ll just leave the second question blank and check the yes for Hispanic/Latino. Then I read further on that if I did that, someone at her school would check a box for us. WTF?”
* Feminist Intersection: Indigenous Feminisms and Resources – Without Apology and More
feminist.com (via Racialicious)
* The Untold Story of The Iroquois Influence On Early Feminists
‘Surely these white women, living under conditions of virtual slavery, did not get their vision in a vacuum. Somehow they were able to see from point A, where they stood — corseted, ornamental, legally nonpersons — to point C, the “regenerated” world Gage predicted, in which all repressive institutions would be destroyed. What was point B in their lives, the earthly alternative that drove their feminist spirit — not a utopian pipe dream but a sensible, do-able paradigm?’
* Discussion: Invisible Minority by Guest Contributor Anishinaabekwe — Excellent (and much-needed) discussion!
‘Tired of my issues being swept under the rug. Tired of not being the “apparent minority.” Tired of exclusion in the activist community. Tired of being labeled as a women of color but being treated as otherwise. Tired of judgment. Tired of censorship of Native issues in the mainstream news. Tired of being Invisibly Native.’
From a comment by Zora:
‘As far as the “invisible minority” question goes, yes. I have heard many non-Native people (whites and POC) say “I’ve never met an Indian!” In some cases that may be true, but in a lot of cases I know for a fact that the person sits in a classroom next to a Native person and interacts with them… and just doesn’t recognize them as Indigenous … And that complicates a lot of interactions. And given that I don’t know any Native person around here who hasn’t been asked at least once if they live in a teepee, it doesn’t surprise me that Indigenous folks sometimes opt not to speak up about their identity.’
* “Respecting Your History:” Jessica Yee on being Asian, Aboriginal, and Canadian — Another great (older) post by Jessica Yee.
“I believe what it boils down to is the importance of our right to self-determination, and of knowing and reclaiming our history. Especially as youth today, we were not alive when initial colonization happened, but we are alive now, and indeed it’s still happening. We may not have been able to choose what our ethnicity was going to be, but we can own it now and stand as allies with other communities of colour. We can work together in our common struggle for the autonomy to live as our authentic selves in the face of oppression and bigotry. We need to celebrate our rich heritages in peaceful solidarity so we all survive, while together honouring the ancestors who lived so courageously to give us those few bits of raw culture we cling to today.”
Michael Chihak at SF Chronicle (via Buffalo Post)
* The great grits caper of 2010 — From the tearjerkingly abysmal ignorance files, if people need to be told that “[a]lthough identified with Southern cuisine, they are originally Native American” (why might they not be considered Real Food where people have not continued to eat them?!). Hominy, as in Chickahominy, the coarse ground corn people. Then again, in the ignorant appropriation files… (Hint: if your original-ingredient | pone turns out “dense, gritty, and hard as bricks”, you’re doing it very, very wrong indeed. Urgh.)
Indian Country Today (via Buffalo Post)
* First Nations women on 300-mile march against Indian Act — And in the Canadian pen-and-ink witchcraft files…
‘At the act’s core was a policy that deprived women, who married non-Native men, and their children of Indian status. A Native man who married a non-Native woman could keep his status, and his wife and children would gain status. But if a child’s mother and paternal grandmother did not have a right to Indian status other than by virtue of having married Indian men, the child had status only up to the age of 21.
“It’s a slow genocide,” Audette said. “It’s not the same as genocide in Africa, but it’s a kind of genocide to make sure we no longer exist as First Nations.”’
* Gulf Coast Indian tribes – among those hit hardest by BP oil disaster – face aid crisis, too
“The 17,000 Houma peole are recognized by the state, and live a mostly subsistence lifestyle – one that they worry will be destroyed for years to come…
Adding insult to injury is the fact that oil companies once petitioned the Bureau of Indian Affairs against recognition of the tribe, Dardar-Robichaux says.”
* Tetona Dunlap – ‘Remember the Removal’ traces Trail of Tears in 1,000-mile bicycle ride
‘This month 10 members of the Cherokee Nation will retrace their ancestors’ journey on the Trail of Tears, not by foot, but on bicycles.
The ride is called “Remember the Removal” and this is the second time the ride has taken place since its resurgence last year. The first ride took place in 1984.’
* Dear White Feminists Stop Erasing my Womanism — I keep identifying with what Renee is saying, different as our backgrounds are.
“This is about colonialism…
What I see is a continuous oppositional approach to women’s organizing that leaves many women on the margins. You cannot theorize a meal, or fucking indoor plumbing okay. There are real world problems that no amount of theory can explain, and yet when womanists say this is my life, my knowledge, my history, it is soundly rejected to instead preference some esoteric feminist who has no knowledge of our experiences. There is a place for theory and there is a place for communal solutions. It is time for White feminists to seriously be quiet and just listen.”
* Too Disabled To See Your Children
“Unfortunately for Abbie, during the delivery she began to bleed and went into cardiac arrest, which deprived her brain of oxygen for twenty minutes. When her children turned one year old, her husband divorced her and ended visitation. At this time he feels that it would be too damaging for the kids to see their mother…
Abbie may not be able to communicate conventionally, but she feels. To separate her from her children after all that she has gone through is not only cruel, it is inhumane. It further suggests that there is no value to her being.”