Comments for Alix Jules https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/ Just me, Alix Sat, 08 Oct 2016 06:57:26 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=6.0.3 Comment on 10 Ways My White Friends Can Help Fight Racism by MrFeyerwire https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/10/05/10-ways-white-friends-can-help-fight-racism/#comment-138 Sat, 08 Oct 2016 06:57:26 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=258#comment-138 I just wanted to compliment the writer of this article, his written communication and overall writing skills are among the most concise, functional and applicable that I have ever seen. I am truly impressed by the scope and effect of the content, successfully identifying the challenges faced by white people who do not want to set back idly and wait for conditions to improve for marginalized minorities. For years I have watched racism adjust itself to its new boundaries, I have watched and listened as the same old bigots, found new ways to carry on old practices. In the end we are faced with the reality that while the days of saying the “N” word in the open, may be over. A new bigot has emerged in the face of these challenges, the opportunistic bigot who waits for a ball player to refuse to pledge allegiance to the flag and then attacks him with all his pent up rage and aggression. Of course this bigot never admits it is a race thing, instead insinuating the ball player is “anti-american” or “anti-veteran” as a means to justify their anger. In all reality, I don’t pledge allegiance to my own flag, I refuse to pledge allegiance to a nation with a foundation as perverse and corrupt as ours.

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Comment on 10 Ways My White Friends Can Help Fight Racism by Troy https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/10/05/10-ways-white-friends-can-help-fight-racism/#comment-130 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 11:47:56 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=258#comment-130 I was hoping I would run into you at Skepticon so I could ask you this specific question, looks like you’ve already answered it!

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Comment on VIDEO: The Frustrating Discussion on Race Everyone’s Having by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/07/11/frustrating-discussion-on-race-everybodys-having/#comment-82 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:28:01 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=230#comment-82 My previous comment should have started with this:

“If biology were the primary factor, we should expect to see similar stats, yet we do not.”

Somehow a quote from my last comment on another blog got pasted by mistake.

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Comment on VIDEO: The Frustrating Discussion on Race Everyone’s Having by g2-b837363fe05d124be3384fdddef67d01 https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/07/11/frustrating-discussion-on-race-everybodys-having/#comment-81 Mon, 18 Jul 2016 02:25:00 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=230#comment-81 “Rape is illegal and it hasn’t stopped happening and too many victims (of all genders) don’t get justice.”

Bingo.

Take a kid, raise him in poverty, in a small world where a trip to the end of the street is dangerous, where every man goes to prison, comes back, and goes again, where there isn’t any hope because hope is beyond imagining. Now expect that kid to value long term planning for a better future . . . ain’t gonna happen. When the present sucks, has always sucked, and the future looks like more of the same, prison doesn’t look so bad. It becomes a rite of passage.

If we want change, the first thing we need to do is expand the world for our young people. They have to live in a big world, with places to go and things to do. They have to see better with their own eyes. Nobody can dream big on a dirty street corner.

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Comment on Zootopia, An Inspiring Story of Acceptance, Stereotypes, and Tropes by Eric https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/03/25/zootopia-story-acceptance-tropes-stereotypes/#comment-51 Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:02:29 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=20#comment-51 A couple of stereotypes that stood out for me were the rural stereotypes and the fat stereotypes. I was really surprised at the fat cat’s character. It was blatantly engaging in the kind of practice that the movie preaches against. The same must be said of Hopps’s home town and every character in it. Were these people blind to these forms of stereotyping, or did they purposely set out to engage in the very fallacy they were preaching against? Is this ultimately a movie meant to show preachy liberals how blindly hypocritical they can be? 😉

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Comment on The Controversial Duckling by Tim Smith https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/05/13/the-controversial-duckling/#comment-42 Wed, 15 Jun 2016 15:59:31 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=187#comment-42 Thank you, Alix. This makes me angry and sad, and also grateful for you and others who stay in it, and continue to educate, despite all the ugliness.

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Comment on The Controversial Duckling by Sincere https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/05/13/the-controversial-duckling/#comment-27 Mon, 16 May 2016 15:37:53 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=187#comment-27 All of this. A million times over. And then some.

I feel you. We share the same yoke. I think James Baldwin made the most apt summation of this dilemma when he said, “To be a Negro in this country and to be relatively conscious is to be in a rage almost all the time.”

And yet, no matter how much we tease out these issues, we continue to be met with disregard, denialism or ideological recoil. Mahy times, a mixture of these.

Keep doing what you’re doing though. Allow the degradation to stoke the fire (of passion, of nuanced activism) rather than extinguish it.

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Comment on The Controversial Duckling by DJ https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/05/13/the-controversial-duckling/#comment-24 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:02:02 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=187#comment-24 Thanks for this article. I went to Seth’s site to watch the interview and read the comments. Cannot say I made it through all of them; they are too brutal. They make it pretty damn clear that many in the atheist community want to see you but they do not want to hear you. A voiceless figure used in photo ops would work best. Then no one needs to examine the diversity of experiences and their role in maintaining the status quo.

I often find myself thinking of something Greta Christina often says, “Just because we get one thing (atheism) right doesn’t mean we get everything right.” It’s as if being atheist gives some people an excuse to otherwise be horrific assholes. There is a lot of this in the comments.

I think there are a lot more odd ducklings out there than there are ones that blend right in with the flock. I am glad you are writing and speaking from your “controversial duckling” stance. Helps the next person speak out.

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Comment on The Controversial Duckling by Alix Jules https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/05/13/the-controversial-duckling/#comment-22 Sat, 14 May 2016 19:47:05 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=187#comment-22 I’ve learned that many people don’t actually want change or want diversity, they just want the appearance of it. A truly diverse atheist conference, or organization, usually FREAKs out the ALL LIVES standard bearers. They often feel as if they’re loosing their organizations. Just like they did their neighborhoods when the “Coloreds” moved in. Of course, some of that is more generational.

I’ve also been doing this long enough, that I’ve given workshops and have had the opportunity to revisit the MOST enthusiastic of local atheist groups. Checking up on their progress… And even after giving them a near blueprint – MOSTLY Nuffin.

Have to caveat that because “Not All Groups” … right.

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Comment on The Controversial Duckling by Feminace https://the-orbit.net/alixjules/2016/05/13/the-controversial-duckling/#comment-21 Sat, 14 May 2016 14:41:22 +0000 http://the-orbit.net/alixjules/?p=187#comment-21 I am so looking forward to the appended talk.

I think I’ll skip reading the comment section of this episode enough. I’m already too familiar with that song and dance *shudder*

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