White Fragility Leads to White Violence: Why Conversations About Race With White People Fall Apart

A piece I wrote for The Root earlier this week on the difficulty of having conversations about racism with white people.

“It just so happens that the political category of whiteness means nothing but ‘I am better than something else,’” he told me in a recent conversation on racism. “What whiteness means is that I’m not black and I’m not nonwhite, and therefore I deserve extra privileges.”

What those privileges mean is being above reproach and critique and being able to feel safe and comfortable in all spaces, wrapped within a bubble of whiteness. And because that hold on whiteness and white supremacy is so important, the unpleasant side effect of white fragility often rears its ugly head.

“What is important to remember about white fragility and white discomfort is that when white people are scared, people die,” Ciccariello-Maher said. He cited the example of Jordan Davis, who dared to sit in a car with music loudly playing as a white man was present.

Source: White Fragility Leads to White Violence: Why Conversations About Race With White People Fall Apart

Twitter Analytics

The blue check mark has made me pay much closer attention to my Twitter analytics. In looking at the stats for this month, I’ve had more engagement in December than in the last two or three months combined it would seem. I need to maintain that level of engagement. For a writer, it is a good thing.

My Twitter analytics as of December 27

Twitter Profile Update

I updated my Twitter profile to include my PayPal and Wishlist information. All writers and educators should have a tip jar on their profiles. People want your knowledge for free when they should be paying you.

Display Name: Monique Judge

Bio: journalist. womanist. big hair enthusiast. coffee lover. tips@thejournalista.com. tip jar:

Link: http://www.theroot.com/author/monique-judge/

GTA Online: Import/Export Update Coming in December

Rockstar Games obviously wants all of my free time and yours too. That can be the only explanation for the newly-announced DLC for December: Import/Export.

Savvy CEOs know there’s always more for the taking. While Special Cargo business in Southern San Andreas is booming, another opportunity to expand your hold on the city awaits. With GTA Online: Import/Export it’s time to muscle into the lucrative and specialized field of high-volume exotic car theft.

 

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“yeah, I did that.”

I’m having one of those “yeah, I did that” moments. I used to shy away from talking about or sharing them for fear of sounding arrogant, but I realize I need to allow myself these moments, because they give me the boost I need to keep on pushing even when there are 100 other things going wrong.

Twitter profile update

After thoughtful consideration, I am finally removing “first of all, bitch” from my display name. I use this account to tweet about the articles I write, and it make sense to make it more readily accessible through search via my own name.

Display Name: Monique Judge

Bio: journalist. womanist. big hair enthusiast. coffee lover. foodie. information curator. your auntie’s favorite auntie.

Gratitude is a daily exercise

As I sit here drinking my coffee and reading the news, I am humbled and grateful for the opportunity to work from home doing what I love. There is no longer a rush to be anywhere first thing in the morning, and it makes waking up each day that much easier. I find myself rising without an alarm clock, feeling unstressed, and loving this new life I am crafting for myself.

May I be ever present and ever mindful of the gifts I receive from the universe.

 

Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

NPR National Security Editor Philip Ewing says Clapper’s resignation “was expected and does not appear to indicate that Clapper is in any trouble or is being forced out.”

Saying “it felt really good” to step down, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, 75, tells a House panel that he has submitted his letter of resignation.

 

Source: Clapper Resigns As Director Of National Intelligence

Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey

When I watched “Making a Murderer on Netflix last year, I felt the greatest miscarriage of justice in that documentary happened to Brendan Dassey, the then 17-year-old nephew of Steven Avery who was railroaded into a confession by two overzealous law enforcement officers who wanted a way to pin a murder on Avery and used his naive and mentally confused nephew to do so.

A federal judge in Wisconsin has ordered the supervised release of Brendan Dassey.

Dassey was convicted of being a party to the first-degree murder, mutilation of a corpse, and second-degree sexual assault of Teresa Halbach. He was sentenced to life in prison with the possibility of parole in 2048.

In August, U.S. Magistrate Judge William E. Duffin of Milwaukee, Wisc., overturned Dassey’s conviction on the grounds that his confession was involuntary and coerced. The federal judge has issued a new ruling that states a U.S. Probation Officer must ensure a smooth release for Dassey, who is now 27 years old.

The conditions of Dassey’s release include a requirement that Dassey obey the law, appear in court, abstain from using a gun or weapon, avoid possessing controlled substances, and not have any contact with Avery or the Halbach family.

Source: Judge orders release of ‘Making Murderer’ subject Brendan Dassey – NY Daily News

Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win

President Obama and Hillary Clinton have both come out to ask that everyone fall in line, accept President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and support his transition into power as the White House is set to become Republican for the first time in eight years.

The calls for a national political reconciliation underscored the seismic political realignment now underway in Washington after Clinton’s crushing loss to the New York businessman. Both the president and his former Secretary of State told their supporters not to despair as Republicans rejoiced at the idea that they will control both the legislative and executive branch in two and-a-half months.

I’m not sure how we are all supposed to function in the wake of what is happening in the country right now. Sure, the government won’t officially change hands for another two months, but the writing is already on the wall — we’re doomed.

The Clinton loss exposes the national divide along the lines of race and class, and still she encourages those who supported her to give Trump “a chance to lead.”

She also called on women to pick up where she left off and continue to make the push for the White House, an indication that she will not run again in four years.

“We need you to keep up these fights,” Clinton said in New York, making special mention of the many women who hoped she was on her way to become the first female president.

“I know how disappointed you feel because I feel it, too,” said Clinton, less than 24 hours after calling the president-elect to concede after his history-shaping run that defied pollsters and galvanized legions of aggrieved voters in a loud repudiation of the status quo. “This is painful, and it will be for a long time.”

Indeed it is. Clinton is encouraging her female supporters to continue the push to the White House in a world where a xenophobic misogynist just won the presidency. A man who had no shame in admitting he sexually assaults women and sees nothing wrong with it is the leader of our country, and young women and girls are supposed to believe that they can comfortably ascend to that position.

As if.

President Obama made his remarks at the White House in front of reporters in the Rose Garden.

“Now, everybody is sad when their side loses an election, but the day after we have to remember that we’re actually all on one team. This is an intramural scrimmage,” Obama said, vowing to work to ensure a smooth transition for the president-elect.

“That’s what the country needs — a sense of unity, a sense of inclusion, a respect for our institutions, our way of life, rule of law, and respect for each other.”

It is disingenuous for both Obama and Clinton to encourage us to embrace ideals that are the complete antithesis of what won Trump the election. He campaigned on everything that divides us as a nation, but most especially race and class. To pretend otherwise is to do a disservice to us all, and to expect those of us left in the trenches to do all the work of putting it back together again is akin to telling the abused to go back and make up with their abusers.

That shit just won’t happen anytime soon.

 

 

Source: Clinton, Obama urge disappointed backers to reconcile themselves to Trump’s win – The Washington Post