The 340th Five Star Mixtape Is Brought to You By Svetlana Alexievich

This week's Five Star Mixtape great blog roundup is brought to you by the problem of the treatment of Indigenous knowledge in universities, a stripey mohawk, raising a black daughter, life's minutiae, change and fear, why it matters to tell the hardest stories, the messiness of democracy, and Svetlana Alexievich:

by Elke Wetzig (own work) [ CC BY-SA 3.0 ],  via Wikimedia Commons

by Elke Wetzig (own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Reality has always attracted me like a magnet, tortured and hypnotized me, and I wanted to capture it on paper. So I immediately appropriated this genre of actual human voices and confessions, witness evidences and documents. This is how I hear and see the world—as a chorus of individual voices and a collage of everyday details.
— Svetlana Alexievich —

"'Indigenizing the Academy' without Indigenous people: who can teach our stories?" by Erica Violet Lee at Moontime Warrior:

The centering of Indigenous knowledges in universities is important, and it must be done right. If the foundations of the settler colonial state are not challenged, the incorporation of so-called “Indigenous content” into classrooms is a method of continuous recolonization; furthering claims of ownership and authority over Indigenous knowledges and Indigenous lands.

"Wait, so THIS is the Midlife Crisis?" by Milk at Milk & Whiskey:

I’m apparently having a midlife crisis. Getting a mohawk at 37 seems pretty midlife crisis-y, amiright? And now I’m letting a mad hairdresser put stripes in the mohawk in my living room during knit club. When I should be knitting – like a f*ing lady.

"Things I Will Tell My Daughter" by Joel Leon at Medium's Those People:

That she is not her hair, or curves, or any label that they will use to affix meaning to her. I will wish that her first home loan will be approved and no, they will not question her kinks or bronze skin, sunshine with hints of God sparkles dancing about.

"Julie Getting Groceries" by Ira Brooker at Dead Housekeeping:

Walk to the grocery store.

Accept a ride from your sister if she offers. Never ask. If she is not available when you plan on going, do not wait for her. Never let her plans dictate yours.


"What Is Within My Silence?" by Stacy Morrison at Filling In the Blanks:

The quiet inside me is a much more dangerous villain than the dozens and dozens of storms I have stared down and raged through in my life.

"Why Would I Want to Read Someone's Rape Story?" by Apryl Pooley at The Egghead Agenda:

Sexual trauma comes with an unparalleled amount of social shame and blame attached to it. The societal attitude toward survivors of sexual trauma needs to be changed, and I don’t know how else that can be done without attaching the words “rape” and “sexual assault” to a human being.

"Fascism" by Tressie McMillan Cottom at tressiemc:

Historical narratives about Great Men can be a trap.

These narratives are important but they also have the benefit of hindsight. They can make events seem pre-determined. The actors in them appear uniquely gifted to bring about social change. Resistors always seem weak because we know from the outset that they lose.

These stories, which we love, can lull us into thinking that social change is polite when historically and presently it is anything but.

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