racists aren’t too stupid for rebranding: h-2 visas are sharecropping is slavery. we call them “mexicans,” now.

Based on what staff at old plantations say, many Americans have only the vaguest idea what slavery actually is: In their minds, they’re not sure what slavery was all about, but they know it’s over because “slavery ended after the Civil War.” Everybody knows that. You cannot understand American history without realizing that slavery was…

maybe circumcision explains a lot

This is an excellent explanation of why Foucault said gender and mental health labels are exercises of power: Marginalized people notice these dynamics, because they come into conflict with them, but the rules seem like natural parts of the universe for people whose identities are well-accounted for by standard categories. The most stable power relations…

adolf eichmann’s son: A few weeks ago, I got a call from Australia, from a man who said, ‘Eichmann was OK.’ I said he most certainly was not.

It definitely sucks knowing that I’m descended from a slave owning rapist, and also that my grandfather was a Nazi POW who’d been working in a munitions factory. When your direct ancestors were atrocious people, you have to get your sense of identity from somewhere besides family tradition. Well, unless you want moral failure to…

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