Liked Why Are Pregnant Black Women Viewed as Incompetent? (Time)
Pain, like pregnancy, is inconvenient for bureaucratic efficiency and has little use in a capitalist regime. When the medical profession systematically denies the existence of black women’s pain, underdiagnoses our pain, refuses to alleviate or treat our pain, healthcare marks us as incompetent bureaucratic subjects. Then it serves us accordingly.
Liked Through THICK and Thin by Tressie McMillan Cottom (The First and the 15th)
If you are on the fence about this whole essay collection thing, I understand. Test drive it by reading a couple of excerpts; see how it feels to you. Medium.com ran an excerpt on class and social reproduction this week. And, Time magazine published an excerpt on race, class, gender and structural vulnerability.
Bookmarked Academic Outrage: When The Culture Wars Go Digital by Tressie McMillan Cottom (tressiemc)
This isn’t an issue for individual professors. This is an organized effort. Sociologists may know a little something about those. Learn how to organize, then organize.
Tressie McMillan Cottom discusses the challenges of being critical in online spaces. She says to learn how to organise and then organise. Some take-aways include:

  • Beware the hand-wavers and the hand-wringers
  • On the flip side, don’t be a hand-waver and hand-wringer
  • If you or a colleague is under attack, help your institution to help you
  • Take care of your family
  • Master platforms
  • Get long-term

I wonder what this means for K-12 educators and the call for connected educators?