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The US Is a Country, Not a Business

By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Both Trump and Clinton believe US hegemony is a natural world order that needs to be restored. In reality, we should be having a conversation about how we navigate the decline of US hegemony, and balance the drastically uneven distribution of resources at home.

Living While Black in the US Is to Resist Being Defined by Others

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00 By Tamika Butler, Speakout | Op-Ed

Sometimes when I get really down, I just write. Not for anyone but me. Not to share (but my wife encouraged me to share this), but to get out my feelings and emotions. I write because as a woman of color, we aren't allowed to lose it. We have to keep it together. I'm successful and doing well professionally. I'm not naïve. I know that my ability to make a joke, flash a dimple, and be laid back and chill helps. What if I wasn't into jokes, didn't smile as much, and was angry all the time?

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Safe [White] Spaces

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00 By George Ygarza, Speakout | Op-Ed

Over the summer, I finally had the time for some much needed restitute and reflection over my recent cooperative living experience. Since September 2015, until this past June, I had been living in a "radical" collective co-op in the ever-changing Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Coming from a similar working-class, migrant area in Passaic County, New Jersey, I was looking forward to continuing my academic career in the culturally-rich and historical neighborhood of BedStuy. As an activist and organizer of color embracing the traditions of cultural roots in horizontalism, community and challenging power structures, I felt that living in a radical co-op was an easy decision to make. But what I soon came to realize through my naïvety that the dominant culture of liberal color-blindness and overemphasis on hollow "democratic" structures had obfuscated and further marginalized the experiences of the oppressed while serving as yet another tool of gentrification. All hip buzzwords aside, what I found was a toxic environment patched up by self-righteous, superficial white liberal gentrifiers -- una cagada.

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  • FB description My time at Brooklyn Co-op taught me a lot about how liberal democratic spaces fail to identify intersectionalities of exploitation.
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The US Is a Country, Not a Business

By The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program | Op-Ed

Both Trump and Clinton believe US hegemony is a natural world order that needs to be restored. In reality, we should be having a conversation about how we navigate the decline of US hegemony, and balance the drastically uneven distribution of resources at home.

Living While Black in the US Is to Resist Being Defined by Others

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00 By Tamika Butler, Speakout | Op-Ed

Sometimes when I get really down, I just write. Not for anyone but me. Not to share (but my wife encouraged me to share this), but to get out my feelings and emotions. I write because as a woman of color, we aren't allowed to lose it. We have to keep it together. I'm successful and doing well professionally. I'm not naïve. I know that my ability to make a joke, flash a dimple, and be laid back and chill helps. What if I wasn't into jokes, didn't smile as much, and was angry all the time?

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  • Author 52466
  • Label Op-Ed
  • Related Content 37385,37436,37530
  • Disclaimer Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.
  • FB description How I define myself and my Black joy, pain, hope or sadness in those moments is insignificant to them and how they define us.

Safe [White] Spaces

Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00 By George Ygarza, Speakout | Op-Ed

Over the summer, I finally had the time for some much needed restitute and reflection over my recent cooperative living experience. Since September 2015, until this past June, I had been living in a "radical" collective co-op in the ever-changing Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Coming from a similar working-class, migrant area in Passaic County, New Jersey, I was looking forward to continuing my academic career in the culturally-rich and historical neighborhood of BedStuy. As an activist and organizer of color embracing the traditions of cultural roots in horizontalism, community and challenging power structures, I felt that living in a radical co-op was an easy decision to make. But what I soon came to realize through my naïvety that the dominant culture of liberal color-blindness and overemphasis on hollow "democratic" structures had obfuscated and further marginalized the experiences of the oppressed while serving as yet another tool of gentrification. All hip buzzwords aside, what I found was a toxic environment patched up by self-righteous, superficial white liberal gentrifiers -- una cagada.

Additional Info

  • Author 50319
  • Label Op-Ed
  • Related Content 17631,19755,32511
  • Disclaimer Copyright, Truthout. May not be reprinted without permission.
  • FB description My time at Brooklyn Co-op taught me a lot about how liberal democratic spaces fail to identify intersectionalities of exploitation.