Sister Outsider's Journal
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Date:2003-07-11 13:19

Caribbean Tales

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Date:2003-05-25 14:38

So I joined Friendster. Now you all think I'm weird. But you should too! I have been back in the journal reading mode, so I noticed this on a friend's webpage. Maybe i'm just trying to waste valuable time.

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Date:2003-05-22 15:41
Subject:For L

HELLO?? You comin' tonight?

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Date:2003-05-08 09:12
Subject:The White Anti-Racist is an Oxymoron: An Open Letter to "White Anti-Racists"

This is an interesting article, that I believe has been said MANY MANY times. But alas, sometimes repetition is needed.

One issue I do have though is with this line:

White people's bodies are not generally the site of fear, repulsion, violent desire, or hatred.

For me, this centers whiteness. Sure, white supremacist organizations and structures have led to whiteness being seen as devoid of these things (fear, replusion etc.) whereas racialized as non-white bodies have alwasy been the recipient of these characteristics, but I am also concerned that no one seems to be asking non-whte folks how they see whiteness. I don't know. Often, for me, whiteness, because of the real adn true effects of its domination, often means fear to me. Whiteness is terrorizing just because it is whiteness and linked to so many acts of violence - systemic, institutionalized and interpersonal. I mean, bell hooks explained it so well when she said that in the black imagination, whiteness is not all sunshine and roses and goodness. But is FEAR and TERROR.

For my of colour self, sometimes the way I feel safe is to cross the damn street when I see a white guy coming.

But anyhow, read the article, it is not bad.

By Tamara K. Nopper

I received an annoying e-mail about white people and their struggle to do anti-racist work. I keep reading and hearing white people talk about their struggle to do anti-racist organizing, and frankly it gets on my nerves. So I am writing this open letter to white people who engage in any activist work that involves or affects non-whites. Given that the US social structure is founded on white supremacy, and that there is a global order in which white supremacy and European domination are at large, I would challenge any white person to figure out what movement or action they can get involved in that will not involve or affect non-white people.

More on white folks and anti-racism )

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Date:2003-05-06 19:55
Subject:Blast from the past

May 6, 2001 in my livejournal:

I find it very interesting that whenever a discussion about race is occurring, many white people feel the need to be "defensive" about their thoughts/actions. Why? And why does anti-racist work have to be easy for white people? Because I can tell you, as a person of colour, it sure isn't easy for me. I don't know why discussion always has to be easy when it is about histories of hatred, genocide, sexist racism and oppression that keep playing themselves out on my coloured body.

Wow. The revelations.

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Date:2003-05-06 19:51
Subject:My god

I have the biggest crush on you L, and it is soooooo unproductive.

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Date:2003-04-27 22:34

All nighter #2.

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Date:2003-04-25 00:37

So, i'm doing the all nighter thing. i've been at this computer for too many hours...and to think i'll have to do this all over again on sat. night. fun!

i'll keep checking in.

Question: if you added me as a friend, why? just curious in the wee hours.

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Date:2003-04-24 15:09

I hate essays.

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Date:2003-04-23 22:23

Wow. I need to get back into this.

Have you ever heard of the lesbian magazine called The Ladder? Yah, neither had I, until I had to do this paper (due on Monday). I also found out that the first (and maybe only) black woman pictured on the cover used a fake name and now we can't find her. Which I guess is how she wanted to be, but...ah well, so she's gone. I wonder if that is how I will be in 50 years. Gone Gone Gone.

But am I really a lesbian? For the moment I'm gonna say no. More on that later.

So, do any of you have access to the Journal of Lesbian Studies? More importantly, Volume 5 number 3 and 4? I need two articles, one by Florence Conrad Jaffy and the other by Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin.

Anyhow, just an attempt.

Oh, and if any of you are thinking of coming to Toronto, supposedly the World Health Organization says you shouldn't.

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Date:2003-04-23 21:52
Subject:Thank you

Thank you both so much for the birthday greetings.

I need to start coming by blurty more often to make me feel better! :)

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Date:2003-04-05 14:48

The good thing is, I don't turn on the TV anymore. I listen to crap ass CFRB and read shit on the internet.

The bad news? I missed all the assholes having a pro america rally on TV. Bad news cuz I didn't get to see those idiots freeze in the hail storm we had Friday night.

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Date:2003-04-02 10:29
Subject:Watch this video

A bit "save the brown children" type of stuff, but still worth watching. Go here.

I can't even string together sentences these days. I can't even figure out what to say.

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Date:2003-03-27 11:13
Subject:No Poetry After Auschwitz

No Poetry After Auschwitz

said Adorno, but there are still

poems, in a mark of arrogance or hope,

maybe both.

This is not a poem

it is a rock

through a window--

it is a smash

and run--

it is a broken capitalism machine
Read more of this amazing poem )

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Date:2003-03-19 14:03
Subject:A Letter from Michael Moore to George W. Bush on the Eve of War

Monday, March 17, 2003

George W. Bush
1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Washington, DC

Dear Governor Bush:

So today is what you call "the moment of truth," the day that "France and the rest of world have to show their cards on the table." I'm glad to hear that this day has finally arrived. Because, I gotta tell ya, having survived 440 days of your lying and conniving, I wasn't sure if I could take much more. So I'm glad to hear that today is Truth Day, 'cause I got a few truths I would like to share with you:

1. There is virtually NO ONE in America (talk radio nutters and Fox News aside) who is gung-ho to go to war. Trust me on this one. Walk out of the White House and on to any street in America and try to find five people who are PASSIONATE about wanting to kill Iraqis. YOU WON'T FIND THEM! Why? 'Cause NO Iraqis have ever come here and killed any of us! No Iraqi has even threatened to do that. You see, this is how we average Americans think: If a certain so-and-so is not perceived as a threat to our lives, then, believe it or not, we don't want to kill him! Funny how that works!

2. The majority of Americans -- the ones who never elected you -- are not fooled by your weapons of mass distraction. We know what the real issues are that affect our daily lives -- and none of them begin with I or end in Q. Here's what threatens us: two and a half million jobs lost since you took office, the stock market having become a cruel joke, no one knowing if their retirement funds are going to be there, gas now costs almost two dollars -- the list goes on and on. Bombing Iraq will not make any of this go away. Only you need to go away for things to improve.

3. As Bill Maher said last week, how bad do you have to suck to lose a popularity contest with Saddam Hussein? The whole world is against you, Mr. Bush. Count your fellow Americans among them.

4. The Pope has said this war is wrong, that it is a SIN. The Pope! But even worse, the Dixie Chicks have now come out against you! How bad does it have to get before you realize that you are an army of one on this war? Of course, this is a war you personally won't have to fight. Just like when you went AWOL while the poor were shipped to Vietnam in your place.

5. Of the 535 members of Congress, only ONE (Sen. Johnson of South Dakota) has an enlisted son or daughter in the armed forces! If you really want to stand up for America, please send your twin daughters over to Kuwait right now and let them don their chemical warfare suits. And let's see every member of Congress with a child of military age also sacrifice their kids for this war effort. What's that you say? You don't THINK so? Well, hey, guess what -- we don't think so either!

6. Finally, we love France. Yes, they have pulled some royal screw-ups. Yes, some of them can be pretty damn annoying. But have you forgotten we wouldn't even have this country known as America if it weren't for the French? That it was their help in the Revolutionary War that won it for us? That our greatest thinkers and founding fathers -- Thomas Jefferson, Ben Franklin, etc. -- spent many years in Paris where they refined the concepts that lead to our Declaration of Independence and our Constitution? That it was France who gave us our Statue of Liberty, a Frenchman who built the Chevrolet, and a pair of French brothers who invented the movies? And now they are doing what only a good friend can do -- tell you the truth about yourself, straight, no b.s. Quit pissing on the French and thank them for getting it right for once. You know, you really should have traveled more (like once) before you took over. Your ignorance of the world has not only made you look stupid, it has painted you into a corner you can't get out of.

Well, cheer up -- there IS good news. If you do go through with this war, more than likely it will be over soon because I'm guessing there aren't a lot of Iraqis willing to lay down their lives to protect Saddam Hussein. After you "win" the war, you will enjoy a huge bump in the popularity polls as everyone loves a winner -- and who doesn't like to see a good ass-whoopin' every now and then (especially when it 's some third world ass!). So try your best to ride this victory all the way to next year's election. Of course, that's still a long ways away, so we'll all get to have a good hardy-har-har while we watch the economy sink even further down the toilet!

But, hey, who knows -- maybe you'll find Osama a few days before the election! See, start thinking like THAT! Keep hope alive! Kill Iraqis -- they got our oil!!


Michael Moore

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Date:2003-02-23 10:20
Subject:don't it make you sad about it?

Girlfriend is stuck in conference city, so her plane will be delayed. kinda upset about it, mainly cuz i was hoping to cuddle her by noon today, and now i will have to wait until this evening. A's girlfriend is leaving today as well, and is a bit nervous due to the weather. i hope things go ok.

wriiting this paper about my experiinces in grad school, looking at books called "the PhD experience" i wonder why i feel i need some stupid quote to back up what i'm saying. yes, racism exists. and yes, it exists on my body, daily, weekly, yearly. yes, homophobia is rampant, within our department and within the classroom. if one more person wants to know if i was born that way, i might just scream. how much more pathologizing of my blackness and my queerness can i take? not much more.

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Date:2003-02-21 18:26
Subject:Open Letter On Movement Building

by Numerous Authors - February 21, 2003

Dear Sisters and Brothers in the anti-war movement,

Attached is an open letter raising issues of racism in the anti-war movement. In it, we identify racist practices that have hindered our ability to work together and will continue to do so, unless movement organizers take aggressive steps to overcome these dynamics.

We wrote and signed this letter before the recent historic Feb. 15 rallies in NYC and around the world.

Many of us were active in organizing for the demonstration in NYC. We believe the assertion of the anti-racist politics outlined in our letter was critical to achieving an event with unprecedented inclusion of the majority, people of color, communities in NYC (as well as labor and working class people) in both the leadership, the program and the entire demonstration. These were important steps forward, and we welcome this progress.

At the same time, the racist dynamics we discuss in our letter were and remain a powerful factor in our work together, preventing the fullest unity and effectiveness. There are already signs that, with Feb. 15 behind us, long-standing racist patterns of operating are reemerging.

In order for future demonstrations and coalitions to build on the advances that
were made and increase participation of all of our communities, it is urgent
that the issues we raise in our letter be forthrightly addressed by the entire

We urge you to give immediate, focused attention to this letter in that spirit.

To respond to this letter, please email the signers

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Date:2003-02-20 16:02

Pictures From Saturday's March

Absolutely Amazing.

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Date:2003-02-19 07:41

In recent news...

spent some time with A and her partner. Nice folks. Although, while watching Buffy things got a little, well, *weird* shall I say. Yes, all the drum beating and black "primitive" folks around, I'm not sure why they instantly thought "oh no! cannibals" /direct quote.

so yah, thinking through my own transphobia, I wonder why it seemed so hard for me to challenge cunt=woman. I suppose there was so much to say, i figured i could let their and my transphobia slide. how fucked. it was feeling like the vagina monologues over there.

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Date:2003-02-18 17:59


Friday February 21, 2003
@ 7 PM
CEDA, 2515 Delisle Street (Metro Lionel-Groulx)

* Mohammed and Sumiya: Action Committee for non-status Algerians, Montreal
* Subhash Khateel: Project Freedom for Families, NYC
* Dorothy Igharo: recently won status after a courageous public battle against the deportation of her family, Toronto

This event is open to the public. Free childcare
Whisper translation into French. Snacks provided. Wheelchair accessible.

For more information: email
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