70th Read This Week feature! Just about every week (I’ve missed some) I post articles, essays, and/or journal articles/papers that I’ve read and think you will benefit from reading based on your interest in Gradient Lair.
The MHP Black Feminism Syllabus is by Melissa Harris-Perry and includes a nice book list of resources on Black feminism. This was sparked by the disgusting anti-intersectional post in Politico that targeted Michelle Obama. The video for this though…heh. There’s a “Miss Ann” line that is EPIC. I love MHP!
The Nine Types of People You Meet When You Come Out As Asexual by Anagnori on Tumblr is so good. It’s even better than the Asexual Bingo chart. The categories included are the unbeliever, the unwanted sympathizer, the intrusive questioner, the asshole questioner, the unnecessary therapist, the angry uninformed progressive, the angry uninformed conservative, the creep and the decent person. Very informative post!
Dating White vs. Dating Light by guest writer Danielle Small on Racialicious is a good read on being a dark skinned Black woman who dated a White man, then a Black man with light skinned privilege, and experiencing similar responses from people. There’s many factors involved; racism, sexism, misogynoir, colourism, White supremacy and rigid notions of masculinity/femininity as based on dark/light. Interesting piece.
Secularism and Social Justice is an interview of Black feminist, atheist and secular humanist activist Sikivu Hutchinson by David Niose on Psychology Today. It is so illuminating, providing a nuanced portrait of secular humanism where intersectionality and social justice are relevant. Not the restrictions of theism, not the White supremacy of mainstream atheism. Further, she provides great context for The Black Church in political terms; something that evades most White atheists’ thinking since they rarely explore Black history beyond blaming Black people for being theists as if White supremacy is nowhere involved there. Very nuanced interview. Good stuff.
The Privilege of Expecting Community by Robert Reese of Still Furious and Still Brave is a good read about how White privilege produces community in spaces where Black people are alienated; major example used is graduate schools where White women leave for lack of professorial support and affirmation of their research yet most Black students can never expect that in the first place. Good read on a facet of education/employment often overlooked.
"But I Don’t Benefit From Racism! And Who Does In The Modern Age?" by skyliting on Tumblr is an amazing post that touches on the tip of the iceberg on how Whites benefit from racism TODAY; RIGHT NOW. Multiple areas are discussed including names, employment, shopping, social situations, education and more. MUST READ.
This short post (in response to an Ask Box question) by racismschool on Tumblr is great. It is about how non-Black people, which would be Whites AND non-Black people of colour CANNOT use the N word. Being a person of colour who isn’t Black is not a doorway into that term.
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions!