Weird and wonderful: robot saints in the Middle Ages.
I thought I was done, but I'd be a bad medievalist if I didn't also point out that, among other things, we have universities and tons of philosophy thanks to Islam. Thomas Aquinas worked from Islamic translations/preservations/commentaries of Aristotle, for example. This kind of thing always deepens the tragic irony of white supremacists going after Muslims: dude, your "western culture" literally exists BECAUSE of Islam.
Also, a work of Islamic scholarship on Sodom & Gomorrah made the most rigorous argument I've seen for the destruction of those cities being about catastrophic failure of hospitality, rather than for homosexuality. Fantastic, illuminating, and powerful work towards equality and equity. Islamic feminisms have also been important to me. 2/2 💜
I'll answer my own question today. I have so many memories with Muslim friends being open to rigorous conversations in ways that were unprecedented for me. We can be having long, wandering, sometimes heated exchanges, and I never once feel less cared for or disrespected by them. It was also my Muslim friends who most looked out for me when I was abroad and terribly sick. 1/2
(No, this isn't aimed anyone here. I am more using the space to vent, with the hopes that perhaps it will spark conversation.)
Found out a couple of hours ago that, due to the threats following radical statements by someone in my building, there will be an indefinite police presence at my building.
It's hard to learn and work when you're being re-traumatized, as many people are by police presence.
So I'd like to remind white radicals that white privilege means that you never bear the full brunt of the consequences of your radical acts: POC do. Please be mindful of that when you're performing "allyship."
A while back, a few people were asking me where to start learning about Thing Theory. Finally now responding, though I can't find who it was who asked-- I'm so sorry! Here is an article I recommend: https://www.jstor.org/stable/1344258?seq=1#page_scan_tab_contents
@madisonlmc Just a check-in in to see how you're doing! Sending a hug.
@mike Kindergartener me wants Kindergartener you to know: I was the little 8w9 who beat the crap out of the third grade boys who were teasing my Aspie sister, and I 💯 can take on your class. Space/time bending not even a problem here.
@mike, I've been curious for a while how you get access to research you mention. Do you subscribe to a library and get access, or is it open source, or?
I read old stuff, and talk about it in surprising ways • critical race theory • social work • ecojubilant nihilism • she/her
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