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Like symbols on a map, these posts offer our readers touchstones with which to construct their own tours both through and around the art center’s program.In addition to these texts, editorial cartoons punctuate this section so as to stoke the mind through other means.To this end, authors reach back into the past so as to uncover a wealth of—possibly forgotten—wisdoms, while also projecting through recent developments, new plans, and newer models which consider what is present or to come.The cities themselves—organized here as local editorial desks in the fashion of a newspaper—have been chosen due to two complementary factors: while the older locales may uncover how ancient stories and ways of living together are adapted to our current climate, many of the younger points offer innovative techniques that have lead to their growing economic and geo-political strength.When you bring this up, people just deny they’re doing it and call you paranoid. Also because most people score poorly on implicit association tests, because a lot of white people will get anxious if they see a black man on a deserted street late at night, and because if you prime people with traditionally white versus traditionally black names they will answer questions differently in psychology experiments. We know this because he made a racist comment in the privacy of his own home. To which I would respond that this is exactly the point.When you record examples of yourself and others getting accused of privilege or mansplaining, and show people the list, and point out that exactly zero percent of them are anything remotely related to “interrupting women in a women-only safe space” and one hundred percent are “making a correct argument that somebody wants to shut down”, then your interlocutor can just say “You’re deliberately only engaging with straw-man feminists who don’t represent the strongest part of the movement, you can’t hold me responsible for what they do” and continue to insist that anyone who is upset by the uses of the word “privilege” just doesn’t understand that it’s wrong to interrupt women in safe spaces. My suspicion about the gif from racism school dot tumblr dot com is that the statements on the top show the ways the majority of people will encounter “privilege” actually being used, and the statements on the bottom show the uncontroversial truisms that people will defensively claim “privilege” means if anyone calls them on it or challenges them. It is no shame to be racist as long as you admit that you are racist and you try your best to resist your racism. As a result, he was fined .5 million, banned for life from an industry he’s been in for thirty-five years, banned from ever going to basketball games, forced to sell his property against his will, publicly condmened by everyone from the President of the United States on down, denounced in every media outlet from the national news to the Podunk Herald-Tribune, and got people all over the Internet gloating about how pleased they are that he will die soon. I don’t know if racism school dot tumblr dot com has a Rosetta Stone with Donald Sterling on the top and somebody taking the Implicit Association Test on the bottom. A sinking feeling tells me it probably isn’t that easy. I think I speak for all straight white men when I say that sounds really bad and if I was doing it I’m sorry and will try to avoid ever doing it again. Can’t believe that took us however many centuries to sort out.
This project seeks to foster a new collegium of knowledge partners in a purpose-built infrastructure so as to address how the world is shaped today as a consequence, or in spite of national, international, and other group ideologies.
The closest analogy I can think of is those religious people who say “God is just another word for the order and beauty in the Universe” – and then later pray to God to smite their enemies.
In the comments section of the last disaster of a social justice post on my blog, someone started talking about how much they hated the term “mansplaining”, and someone else popped in to – ironically – explain what “mansplaining” was and why it was a valuable concept that couldn’t be dismissed so easily. At this point I jumped in and commented: I feel like every single term in social justice terminology has a totally unobjectionable and obviously important meaning – and then is actually used a completely different way.
How do these factors pressure the humanities, and, more so, how do the humanities in turn respond to, and co-form, these contexts?
Considering the ‘now’ as a period of continual transition and transformation toward a potential, and hopefully, better future, these texts circle our precious, yet precarious present, by tracing an extended temporal arc.