“If we’re to be honest with ourselves “America” the brand is one built on lies. In the declaration of independence it says “All men are created equal” while at that very moment a Black man like me would probably be someone’s property. God forbid you had a vagina then you’d be on the second class citizen list as well. And as I was reminded on Twitter, if you were White but poor, welp. Sucks to be you. But people quote this as if it was anything more than lip service to the majority of society.”—Elon James White, NY Times Explains Downside of Inciting Envy While Missing The Point - VALID (via alltwibeverything)
From my old I.T. job? I was a young punk who didn’t understand corporate. I had this weird idea that good work was all you needed. Maybe that’s the case for some corporate environments but where I was there was a lot of office politics that I didn’t understand and didn’t play very well. I kept yelling about things not being fair and I had older friends who would look at me like I had lost my mind. They kept telling me…
"This isn’t about FAIR. Sooner you get that out of your head the better."
I crossed my arms and pouted and did nothing different. My bosses were egomaniacs who weren’t too amused by the young punk who thought he was sooooo smart and wanted to do things soooo differently.
Then I got fired. But looking back on it, with the knowledge that I’d be homeless and struggle in ways I wasn’t prepared for I still think it was probably the best thing that could’ve happened. Yes, I was good at my job and yes I did work that a lot of my co-workers couldn’t do. But corporate is a game. If you’re choosing to be in that space then you have to shut up and play it.
Hey Elon....looooong time listener. (Even during the Bassey/John Pitts Wiley days)... You follow me on tumblr, we're Facebook friends, and we're connected on LinkedIn... Soooooo... Will you follow me on Twitter? That's the social media outlet I use most... (@TheCoolTeacher_)
"White people be like" is not a good way to start off a sentence about how racist white people are, because it makes you into a racist yourself, since you are stereotyping a group of people for the amount of melanin they have in their skin, which is something you cannot control.
Hi. Although my screen name is “SocialJusticeForReal” I don’t know what the definition of racism is. Let me talk out of my ass for a while.
I have iTunes and Stitcher accounts, but don't use either when I listen to your podcasts because they don't work on my phone. If I were to write a positive review for your podcasts, would it be more helpful on iTunes or on Stitcher - or somewhere else?
Wherever you would prefer! We do lean on iTunes reviews but we’re just happy wherever they pop up!
How much are you looking forward to Netroots Nation?
I’m pretty fricken’ excited. Now that I’ve been name Media Director we’ll be handling the official media coming out of Netroots so I’m hyped for that. But working on the team also means that I can voice concerns about what NN will look like. Members of the #TeamBlackness are also involved in panel committees as well. I think this will be one of the most inclusive and overall awesome Netroots ever.
You once said on Twitter that you hadn't said no to this, and my friends never let me forget it. So I said i would ask sometime and here we go. Want to get brunch sometime? What if it was for my birthday? Group thing. Cool people only. Love your work.
Thanks! It depends where you’re located and if I’ve been punched in the face by unholy amounts of work…and if there’s a bacon bloody mary involved.