*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY, 7 AM ***
Our Do’s today combine our support of Standing Rock with our continuing development of Intersectionality, and our support of our media to be fearless in the face of the bully-in-chief. Tonight we’re going to take a little break with Do’s that are more fun, so give it all you’ve got this morning! Let’s go!
Standing Rock needs us. Our Sioux brothers and sisters continue to fight on the front lines of this battle – against big oil, against PDJT’s conflicts of interest and attempts to silence the media, against the destruction of our Earth. We cannot abandon them.
1. Social media helped put Standing Rock on the map… today we are talking about Oscar noms. It’s time we stood up again.
Yesterday, PDJT flat-out ignored a question from a reporter: "Mr. Trump, any comment to the Standing Rock community and the protesters out there?"
Flat. Out. Ignored.
Silence is compliance. Clear your throats, people.
Today, let’s meet PDJT in his favorite place, and tweet that question back to him. And then let’s tell everyone we know to tweet it to him. Let’s tweet to news stations and news-celebs and politicians and EVERYONE.
I’ve already tweeted a bunch – you can find me at @yokatykatikate. Copy and paste, retweet, whatever. Let’s do this.
2. Do you have $10 in your bank account? Can you imagine a better use for that $10 than defending our planet’s ability to sustain our lives? I can’t.
Do it, share it, tag people, email them, text them. I am serious, if it’s not the 11th hour, it’s the 10th and a quarter. I know you care. So let’s all stop being worried that people will see you caring about something and let’s care out loud here, where it will actually do some good.
(Sample email in comments.)
3. #IndivisibleU #Race101 #ThisIsOrProblem
On Monday we talked about awareness of our society’s total compliance with whiteness as “normal,” and valuable. On Tuesday, we talked about colorblindness and our first experiences with race.
At this point, we should all up on the foundational principles that: a) racism exists; b) the omnipresence of racism is invisible to the majority of white people; c) the omnipresence of racism is a daily stressor to the majority of people of color; d) “colorblindness” is just another way of saying, “I’m uncomfortable talking about race,” which supports the system as it exists today. We all agree on that? OK. Next.
Let’s start building our conversational toolkit. #1: Microaggressions. PART ONE… Identifying Microaggressions.
What are microaggressions? They are “indirect, subtle, or unintentional acts of discrimination against members of a marginalized group. “
Microaggressions are NOT RARE. We see them a lot. Or rather, many of us DON’T see them a lot, but they are all around us. Yes, YOU have done many, many microaggressions.
Note the definition above, and particularly this part: “UNINTENTIONAL acts of discrimination.” How many times have we seen someone get challenged in this group for unintentionally saying something that was discriminatory, and that person responded immediately with “That wasn’t what I meant!” I have said exactly that, so many times.
When the office coffee pot is empty and someone says, “Alice, would you mind?” Even though Paul, Todd, Jeremy, and Mike are all closer? Microaggression.
When you ask someone “what” they are, or “where” they’re from? Microaggression.
When you pay someone a compliment by being like, “You’re not what I expected you’d be like.” Microaggression.
Need some more examples? http://bzfd.it/2krFZB2
Comment in this thread with a microaggression that you have experienced, witnessed, or performed. How did the offended person respond? Did anyone call out the aggressor? How did the aggressor respond?
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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