My wife and I are off to a conference in Maine this weekend, so I’ll be returning to the Uprooting Racism read-along next Friday. In the meantime, a few things you might be interested in:
1. #TeamHarpy is still seeking witnesses, signatures, funding, and signal boosting. Joe Murphy has still not dropped the lawsuit, so the the two librarians, nina de jesus and Lisa Rabey, continue to face the reality of this hostile environment every day. Consider supporting them at whatever level, in whatever manner, you feel able.
2. #StopGamerGate2014 has been trending on Twitter the past few days (content note: the hashtag timeline contains a lot of anti-#StopGamerGate2014 tweets as well, fair warning) as women in gaming / tech continue to face a wave of hostile, violent abuse and threats of physical harm for participating in … the world. A longform read about this pattern of gender-based abuse can be found at The Atlantic:
The Unsafety Net: How Social Media Turned Against Women
by Catherine Buni and Soraya Chemaly
…All of this raised a series of troubling questions: Who’s proliferating this violent content? Who’s controlling its dissemination? Should someone be? In theory, social media companies are neutral platforms where users generate content and report content as equals. But, as in the physical world, some users are more equal than others. In other words, social media is more symptom than disease: A 2013 report from the World Health Organization called violence against women “a global health problem of epidemic proportion,” from domestic abuse, stalking, and street harassment to sex trafficking, rape, and murder. This epidemic is thriving in the petri dish of social media. …
3. The long shadow of racialized housing continued in the ongoing foreclosure crisis is highlighted at The American Prospect by Nathalie Baptiste in Them That’s Got Shall Get:
What sets Prince George’s County apart from other upscale regions is that most of its citizens are black. No other majority-black counties in the United States are even comparable in terms of numbers of educated citizens and middle-class incomes, but when the economy crumbled, so did the dreams of many homeowners living in Prince George’s. And despite promises of help by President Barack Obama and lawmakers, seven years after the housing bubble burst, the county’s foreclosure crisis has only slowed, not abated.
As the wealthiest black-majority county in the United States, Prince George’s has long represented the pinnacle of black success. The county’s median household income is $73,568—a full $20,000 more than the median household income of the United States as a whole. Only 7.1 percent of U.S. firms are black-owned, but in Prince George’s that number stands at a whopping 54.5 percent.
I hope you find these thought-provoking. I’ll see y’all back here next Wednesday and Friday.