the EXPLOIT/TAKE-ADVANTAGE sign for privilege* was coined by a Black DeafBlind PanQueer Woman in the Signing community. i’m constantly seeing her sign be denigrated and passed over for signs coined by white Deaf people, which really saddens me to say the least. it shows the Signing community’s routine actions of passing over/ignoring/rejecting the creations and efforts of multiply-marginalized DDBDDHH folks.
the sign was created in order to emphasize that merely having privilege means that immediately, others are experiencing access barriers, exploitation, violence, and so forth. carrying out the privilege you have, however conscious you may be of it, is as natural as breathing. that’s not a reality many people want to accept. initial resistance makes sense, but continued resistance becomes deeply problematic.
i have discerned a pattern in many people’s reactions to the sign, which is rooted in a very specific, social justice framework that acknowledges Power-Dominance-Oppression, and that society is made up of dominant structures that trickle down into individuals’ consciousnesses. it’s one thing to say that you don’t embrace this framework/paradigm— it’s another to seek ways to downplay the ideas behind the sign, which means that, in essence, a person is attempting to opt out of accountability of carrying out privileges in conscious and unconscious ways. and that is the very essence of privilege, ironically- to reject the reality of privilege(s) or to redefine the paradigms of privilege, according to the privilege holders’ preference.
or more simply put:
You know that when you say “I know my what my privileges are and I know when I carry them out and when I don’t,” you are redefining what your privileges are and what they aren’t and establishing how you can carry them out— which means that *YOU ARE ACTUALLY EXERCISING YOUR PRIVILEGES.*
*[Note: see this video for reference on the specific sign.]
-Elena Ruiz-Williams, multiracial/multiethnic Queer Femme Xicanx Sordx political radical
Pistorius has taught abusers everywhere that they can come up with the flimsiest of lies and will be believed. Women everywhere have learned that their partners can terrorize and abuse and even murder them and get away with it.
She must have been terrified.
The most racist time of the year is upon us!
- Celebrate Genocide of POC Day (Columbus Day)
- Celebrate This Genocide By Dressing As The POC That Were Slaughtered In Order For My White Privilege To Exist Day/Night (Halloween)
- Give Thanks To My White Ancestors That Drove The Native Americans To Extinction So I Can Live Here (Thanksgiving)
We weren’t driven to extinction, but Thanksgivings still celebrates our mass genocide. Never forget that.
Chican@ is about many things. Most you cannot define.
But to me, chican@ is about both reclamation and identification. Chican@ is decolonizing the restraints put on us the second we were born brown and American.
At Stanford there was this Professor who was a total bitch and she taught British Literature, which was cool. Except she taught only her opinions of the books and it didn’t help me as a writer. I went to school to learn new things to improve my craft, not have someone else’s opinions carved onto my forehead.
So anyway, for our final project, she asked us to write a ten page paper on why the color symbolism in Othello was so significant. I did some research and it turned out that she did her entire graduate thesis on this very subject. I was mad. This wasn’t teaching, this was boosting her ego. SO I wrote a ten page essay on why color symbolism in Othello wasn’t significant, satirizing it to the point of no return, saying that her opinion was an opinion and shouldn’t be taken seriously.
SHe failed me, needless to say. So in retaliation, I responded by baking a batch of brownies laced with weed and laxatives and delivered them myself to the professor hours before her big graduation speech. I told her that it was a peace offering, my way of apologizing and asking if I could do anything to fix my grade.
She refused to fix my grade.
In the end, she shit herself on stage.
I didn’t regret it.
so tricking someone and drugging them (illegal) and wrote a shitty paper (failing yourself apparently) and you were responsible for publically embarrassing a human being on stage. i’m not saying that your professor wasn’t a shitty person. i’m just saying that you are a fucking criminal as well as a potential fucking murderer or sexual predator you sick fuck
not to mention the way you fucking try to justify it
you drugged a woman and made herself shit onstage. you should be removed from fucking society. the concept of prison exists because people like you do
also completely unsurprised you are the kind of asshole with a ‘deep thoughts’ tag
i just want everyone to make this dude famous because if you piss him off he’s going to drug you and feed you fucking laxatives
you are a fucking monster
Also, college professors WILL teach you about what they are best at. Your teacher wasn’t looking for an ego boost, she was trying to teach from a standpoint where she is an expert at, because that is her field. She tried to fucking TEACH, and no one in college is going to give you a pat on the back if you’re going to be a dense shitstain about your essays on purpose and miss the point of your class.
I’m not usually one to wish bad shit (pun intended) onto others, but I sure as hell hope that one day someone feeds you laxatives so you can be publicly humiliated—in a professional setting, no less—by a dense jerkwad that thought you trying to do job was a slight on their ego.
By the fucking way, Literature classes are not where you’re going to get feedback as a writer. Take a creative writing class for that.
great example of how students propagate abuse in the classroom.