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Jennifer @jennifer1972 ?

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"http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/opinion/coates-the-good-racist-people.html This is a great article. As a country we need to have a lot of consciousness raising exercises for white people. While I was not raised to be racist, my education did not include much about civil rights and [...]" · View
  • Jennifer commented on the blog post White womanhood, protectionism, and complicity in injustice for Trayvon   1 year, 2 months ago · View

    AMEN!! Since three of the six felt Zimmerman was guilty I can’t help but wonder why they caved to the other three.

    “Until we are all free, we are none of us free. ” ― Emma Lazarus

  • Jennifer posted an update:   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/07/opinion/coates-the-good-racist-people.html
    This is a great article. As a country we need to have a lot of consciousness raising exercises for white people. While I was not raised to be racist, my education did not include much about civil rights and nothing on redlining, blockbusting or the discrimination in jobs and education. I was taught that women and people of color were discriminated against but everything was kept vague and in the past. It is absurdly easy to never have a friend of color for much of the white people in this nation. The lies of my education would never have been challenged without meeting some great friends in my life. This concept that racist are monsters and not regular people makes it easier for the ignorant to make excuses for not actively opposing the status quo. The “I’m not a bad person who would consciously discriminate” is a barrier to thinking about how as a white person I am the beneficiary of racism just by being white even if I never “personally discriminate”. Being a beneficiary of discrimination means either we make a point to only live in mixed neighborhoods, push for diversity at work, have friends from diverse backgrounds and support equality laws or we are part of the problem.

  • Jennifer commented on the blog post Bring your feminist self to work (every) day   1 year, 6 months ago · View

    I feel exactly the same way Melanie about doing enough. Thank-you for the article. My workplace is a very male, traditional roles oriented place. Speaking up has been a learning experience.

  • Jennifer commented on the blog post The performance model of sex, now in video form!   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    That book is a definite must read. While some essays will speak to you more than others depending on where you are, they were all fairly good. A few were harder to read than others. The essay that the video compliments was one of the ones that spoke to me most. Great video, thank-you for [...]

  • Jennifer commented on the blog post The dangers of a gender essentialist approach to sexual violence   1 year, 7 months ago · View

    cis, genderqueer, two spirit?? Not everyone has a degree that required a women’s study class to know these terms. If the point of the article is expand a conversation then making sure everyone has the same vocabulary is important. Please provide at least a link to a glossary for those who do not know those [...]

  • Jennifer Branton commented on the blog post 2012 brought second highest number of abortion restrictions ever   1 year, 8 months ago · View

    We have to start taking the marketing of this issue seriously. 77% of Americans think abortion should be legal in some cases but 52% call themselves pro-life. Why? Because choice is a weak word; it’s what we use when ordering dinner or picking out a shirt. We need to drop the pro-choice banner. Republicans for [...]

  • Jennifer Branton became a registered member   1 year, 8 months ago · View

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