The 354th Five Star Mixtape Great Blog Roundup Is Brought to You By Donna Tartt
This week's Five Star Mixtape is brought to you by the toll of microagressions, giving no fucks, the deep value of small kindnesses, challenging narrowness, Indigenous thinkers, and Donna Tartt:
I’ve been having encounters like this regularly for the past twenty years and I haven’t once been able to muster the perfect response. It always stings, but at least these days I’ve stopped trying to pretend it doesn’t. I recognize this hurt as a valid response to something hurtful and I don’t chastise myself anymore for being tongue-tied in the moment. Or for getting mad about it.
What it does mean is that you value yourself, your voice, and your status — specifically, the integrity of your self, your voice, and your status — more than you value how White People™ feel about you, your voice, and your status. You recognize that the “White Gaze” exists, but it doesn’t factor much into the thoughts you have and the decisions you make.
“Jess.” I put my hand on her sweaty shoulder. She was still sitting on the edge of the bench and it took me a while to realize she was waiting for the shower and not simply staying right there for the rest of the day. Sometimes it takes all the energy you can gather just to show up.
This morning I received an email that was, essentially a gesture of censorship. It was a message predicated on the assumption that I came here to corrupt young minds with an agenda. As I mulled it over I wondered how desperately fragile a faith must be if it cannot withstand critical engagement or diverse points of view.
"An Indigenous Feminist’s take on the Ontological Turn: ‘ontology’ is just another word for colonialism" by Zoe Todd at Urbane Adventurer: Amiskwacî:
I waited, through the whole talk, to hear the Great Latour credit Indigenous thinkers for their millennia of engagement with sentient environments, with cosmologies that enmesh people into complex relationships between themselves and all relations, and with climates and atmospheres as important points of organization and action.
It never came. He did not mention Inuit. Or Anishinaabe. Or Nehiyawak. Or any Indigenous thinkers at all. In fact, he spent a great deal of time interlocuting with a Scottish thinker, long dead. And with Gaia.
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