Oberlin easy and simple ways to make money microaggressions

In these crescendos of terror and hurt, we offer up our passion for each other. We bring powerful testimonies, fierce questions, amazingly moving articulations of bravery and strength. We are met with fuzzy roundabout words like: ‘investigating’ ‘accountability’ ‘safety.’ our administrators wearing their defensiveness baldly, uncomfortably.

Watching the webcast, i reveled in the words of the students and faculty. I am in awe of their brilliance and deeply moved easy and simple ways to make money by their words, still echoing for me. As we moved into the q&a, i longed for more shared stories, more ideas and demands. When the mics repeatedly passed into the hand of an easy and simple ways to make money administrator, i curled inside myself a little. They do not speak the language of liberatory action. We cannot expect them to. Oberlin is a hierarchical institution, woven into the fabric of capitalism. It breathes in the oppression of the wider world.

In the panel, it was aptly and beautifully noted that some students of easy and simple ways to make money oberlin college enter into an institutional space that was not easy and simple ways to make money made for us. This institutional space will never be more than somewhere from easy and simple ways to make money which to take what we need, to meet each other, and to move on. It will never be a utopia. It was not built as a place for us to easy and simple ways to make money thrive.

The presence of a body in kkk robes is terrifying easy and simple ways to make money and extreme. I was shocked and enraged, and yet not surprised. Even in my privileged role as a white student, a person whose presence would never be questioned because i easy and simple ways to make money am accepted at face value as an ‘obie,’ i never experienced oberlin as a bubble, in the utopian sense. A bubble in its insular, inward-focused nature, yes, but not as some secure, joyful place tucked away from the rest of the awful easy and simple ways to make money world.

My time in oberlin was marked by a continually dawning easy and simple ways to make money awareness of the trauma all around me, in conjunction with a growing ability to articulate my own. As i gained language with which to speak of this easy and simple ways to make money trauma, i was also increasingly aware of the oppressive environment of easy and simple ways to make money the college. Most of my own focus and work was around sexualized easy and simple ways to make money violence. As i navigated my way in that work, i was reminded again and again of how manifestations of easy and simple ways to make money oppression entangle, so that one bigoted act is never without myriad tensions easy and simple ways to make money and tugs-of-war. I grew evermore aware of racism, queerphobia, fatphobia, sexism, poor treatment of college workers, ageism, ableism, rifts between college and town communities, the effects of being a student on the health of easy and simple ways to make money my friends, and a host of other struggles within and outside oberlin.

I don’t think oberlin is worse off than most institutions. My intention is not to bad-mouth it. I do think it is generally more aware, as is evidenced by the way people gather together in easy and simple ways to make money the wake of these crescendos of hate to voice their easy and simple ways to make money rage, their demands. It is something even to have explicit recognition of these easy and simple ways to make money acts being unacceptable. However, i have never seen oberlin as a place where ‘this stuff doesn’t happen.’

When i worked with college administrators, i did my best to be clear with myself about easy and simple ways to make money what their power was and why i needed to access easy and simple ways to make money it. I was not upfront about my priorities with them, as i quickly learned they would warp my deeply held easy and simple ways to make money beliefs into something i no longer recognized. I experienced the maddening loops of doublespeak and never-quite-answered questions. I spoke to them in their language of liability (i.E. Fear of being sued) and safety (i.E. Need to control image presented to potential customers). I did my best to work the system so i easy and simple ways to make money could look out for myself and my communities. Often, that meant recognizing ‘they’re not gonna give us shit’ and then doing it ourselves.

As an advocate, i asked myself: ‘what can we do if someone is unsafe in their easy and simple ways to make money living space and the college will do nothing? Who can offer a place to sleep? Who can offer an attentive, validating, listening presence for someone in crisis? How can someone access what they need from this institution easy and simple ways to make money but avoid the potentially traumatic impacts?’ i challenged myself always to notice the inadequacies of our easy and simple ways to make money strategies. Our failures to be in solidarity with other movements and easy and simple ways to make money to find strength in unity. I did my best to share what options i knew easy and simple ways to make money of, inside and outside the institution, with everyone around me. What power they themselves held that the administration could not easy and simple ways to make money touch or know.

There are knots of profound brilliance and radical community within easy and simple ways to make money oberlin college. I am in awe of the people who are drawn easy and simple ways to make money there. Students, alumni, professors. There are institutions within the college that make space for easy and simple ways to make money incredible work and strong relationships, like the elc and the mrc. Certain departments and professors hold miraculous and challenging space in easy and simple ways to make money which to learn. It is not the college that makes those things possible, it is us. In fact, the very things oberlin college exploits to bolster a progressive easy and simple ways to make money image are often under-supported by the administration. Every pocket of radical light within the college was demanded, fought for, and is constantly and fiercely defended.

I am not and never will be surprised by the easy and simple ways to make money administration’s failure to care for us. In fact, in the name of keeping us safe, some real scary things can happen (security cameras, racial profiling, information control, further disempowerment of those who have been hurt). Oberlin college is not outside the institutions of militarism, surveillance, and policing that pervade our wider culture. I do not trust their sense of justice. We must look out for ourselves.

Build trust. Share stories. What are the threats to your safety? Where does your communal power lie? Create your own vision of how to support one another. Be real about what resources you have available, what skills you can offer each other. Listen when it hurts, check yourself when you feel defensive or threatened by calls easy and simple ways to make money for accountability.

Establish support systems. Have each other’s backs. A walk-line is great, keep each other company. The microagressions tumblr is an efficient way to connect experiences, document them, make them public. Prioritize institutional memory and storytelling. Practice self-defense with each other. Make a plan for how to respond to threatening situations easy and simple ways to make money that arise on campus or off.

Envision what a safe environment would feel like. Consider and re-consider who your community IS, who is valued, who feels safe and why? (shout out to the one town campaign). Forget the haters and those who will confuse and distract easy and simple ways to make money with the messiness of their own guilt. Stick with your crew, with those people you feel affinity for, those who you trust, and build solidarity with others when you can.

It’s really upsetting to me that more people are complaining easy and simple ways to make money about A.D. “embarrassing” the college than are complaining about the oberlin PD, whose misleading statements about a student spotted with/wearing(?) a blanket led the nytimes (and other online news sources) to circulate reports misrepresenting monday morning’s events as “merely a case of mistaken identity.” (it seems like a request for “no bullshit” could be applied to pretty much all of the reporting easy and simple ways to make money surrounding the events, even if one doesn’t personally consider them applicable to statements made by school easy and simple ways to make money administrators.) I sincerely hadn’t heard about the CNN chanting until after I heard easy and simple ways to make money about the petition currently circulating, but friends at other schools have already asked me whether easy and simple ways to make money or not it was really just a person in a easy and simple ways to make money blanket. (I directed them to read the article in the oberlin easy and simple ways to make money review.) most of these articles don’t mention that students have been chased and physically and easy and simple ways to make money verbally assaulted. Reporting that essentially labels the students involved as reactionaries, engineers of a hoax, or gullible fools, and reporting that diminishes the legitimacy of a student’s eyewitness report as essentially an unsubstantiated, fear-based hallucination, feels like a microaggression on the national level. (you know those liberals and their hair-trigger responses to imaginary racism! You know those liberals and their tendency to fabricate reports easy and simple ways to make money of racist attacks!)

But all that aside, it’s more important now to participate in productive discussions about easy and simple ways to make money the state of our school environment and what we can easy and simple ways to make money do to improve things for everyone, especially helping people to feel less threatened and afraid, instead of focusing on ancillary stuff. I want to affirm that people’s feelings of fear and anger this week are far easy and simple ways to make money from a hoax. And let’s especially try not to divide our already-fragile community into smaller opposing factions when we should be easy and simple ways to make money trying our best to come together, listen, be understanding, and support each other. I think that’s the best way to represent ourselves as a community.

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