Sunday, 21 October 2018

Why Are We Focusing So Much Energy on Racism?

The RLC community is made up of people who’ve experienced psychiatric diagnosis, extreme states, trauma, and a variety of other life-interrupting challenges. Unquestionably, systemic oppression leads to trauma, and interruptions in one’s ability to lead a full life. In other words, racism is trauma, and as our mission statement says, “recognizing and undoing systemic injustices such as racism, sexism, transphobia and psychiatric oppression” is essential to our work.

Why NOT "All Lives Matter":
The issue of 'All Lives Matters' as a counter to 'Black Lives Matters' continues to arise in our community and beyond. As such, we just wanted to take a moment to offer just a few quick thoughts on why 'All Lives Matters' is so very problematic, and a dangerous denial of racism itself.

Arthur Chu: “What is the impulse behind changing #BlackLivesMatter to #AllLivesMatter? Do you crash a strangers funeral shouting I TOO HAVE FELT LOSS?”

GeekAesthete (Reddit User): “Imagine that you’re sitting down to dinner with your family, and while everyone else gets a serving of the meal, you don’t get any. So you say “I should get my fair share.” And as a direct response to this, your dad corrects you, saying, “everyone should get their fair share.”

All Houses Matter

For more on this topic see: "What you Mean by #AllLivesMatter" by Arielle Newton.



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