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I cannot stress this enough: you do not get props for not being homophobic. Thinking you do is part of the problem.
Few things make me angrier than presentation of charity as apolitical. Tax dodgers getting teary-eyed watching an NHS hospital treating kids
And she's kicking off her new tour in Florida, where an anti-sodomy law remains and is only unenforceable due to the Supreme Court. Dick.
One of the early dates for her last tour was also in Singapore, where male homosexuality is illegal.
Hold on, Lady Gaga thinks we should boycott the Olympics cos of Russia's treatment of gays? She didn't boycott her own bloody concert there!
They become completely removed from our current context to the extent that we think great evils are signposted for us.
to approach them - we as individuals would never be part of it. But the terrifying thing is that by and large it was people exactly like us.
easily have been part of it. Things like that and apartheid are such enormous, unequivocal historical wrongs that I think that's how we tend
think about Nazism in a new way, one in which ordinary individuals were part of it rather than monsters, one in which most of us could..
It reminds me of the profound effect reading Alone in Berlin had on me ( http://howupsetting.tumblr.com/post/19339116764/aloneinberlinanddecency …). Sounds really crap but it really made me..
Fascinating, if grim, look at Mandela in power & how end of racial apartheid gave way to widening economic apartheid: http://www.counterpunch.org/2013/12/06/the-mandela-years-in-power/?utm_source=feedly …
And as ‘liberal’ white people it’s easy to say we’re ‘on side’. Harder to think abt how we may unconsciously hinder the fight in some ways.
And, of course, racism. Which remains very real and very harmful.
Unfortunately there will be plenty of that now. Hagiography presenting Mandela as an icon of Western liberalism. Truth is far more powerful.
Do we need our 'great' leaders to reject violence, even when faced w the systematic violence of apartheid? Does it make Mandela less great?
Seeing loads of variations on 'Mandela achieved change using peace rather than violence'. Quite an insidious myth, that.
Instinctively just can't grasp that it happens *all the time*.