one of the worst things about becoming educated on social issues is when people are like ‘you used to have a sense of humor’

no i used to have internalized prejudices which i’ve worked really hard to overcome and i realize now that your jokes are shitty

Always reblog this because becoming more socially aware makes you dislike a lot of people

I think about this a lot at work. But fortunately, most of my co-workers are fairly progressive. Well, they’re well-intentioned progressives I guess. I still hear the occasional problematic statement or joke, but they’re all good people. Leaving my job in a few weeks will be bittersweet.

It’s why we launched in Dollar Tree recently. My dad needs to be able to buy this mayo and not even think about whether it is healthy or affordable. Food should be healthier and more affordable for regular people or it won’t even mean anything.

Hampton Creek CEO Josh Tetrick • Discussing why his company chose to introduce its plant-based mayonnaise Just Mayo—which relies on food science to match its egg-based equivalent as closely as possible—to Dollar Tree, a store that sells most of its items for just $1 each. Tetrick’s approach here, inspired by his dad’s own choice to shop at Dollar Tree, is unlike most veggie food companies; he says that’s important, because his goal is ultimately to bring his vegan food substitutes to the mass market. (via titotito)

Here is how the internship scam works. It’s not about a “skills” gap. It’s about a morality gap.

1) Make higher education worthless by redefining “skill” as a specific corporate contribution. Tell young people they have no skills.

2) With “skill” irrelevant, require experience. Make internship sole path to experience. Make internships unpaid, locking out all but rich.

3) End on the job training for entry level jobs. Educated told skills are irrelevant. Uneducated told they have no way to obtain skills.

4) As wealthy progress on professional career path, middle and lower class youth take service jobs to pay off massive educational debt.

5) Make these part-time jobs not “count” on resume. Hire on prestige, not skill or education. Punish those who need to work to survive.

6) Punish young people who never found any kind of work the hardest. Make them untouchables — unhireable.

7) Tell wealthy people they are “privileged” to be working 40 hrs/week for free. Don’t tell them what kind of “privileged” it is.

8) Make status quo commentary written by unpaid interns or people hiring unpaid interns. They will tell you it’s your fault.

9) Young people, it is not your fault. Speak out. Fight back. Bankrupt the prestige economy.

The moral bankruptcy of the internship economy | Sarah Kendzior (via brutereason)

solarbird added: see also the intrinsic fraud of the prestigious internship. (via solarbird)

this comes from the top rope.

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I pretty much hit reblog on this after point 1 alone.

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The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.

Scott Woods (X)

he motherfucking dropped the truth.

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I had a conversation with an archaeologist at my company who identifies as a lesbian. She’s a 35 year old latina divorcée (her ex was a woman). They got married, presumably right after it became legal circa 2008. But anyway, the conversation we had had to do with what rights queer people lack in comparison to our straight counterparts. It became clear to me that even though she is only 11 years my senior, her place in the [queer] community and her views and opinions of certain issues were very…not modern? She seemed to prioritize tolerance and being treated as an equal, whereas I feel there are a multitude of queer-specific issues of great(er) importance (mental health, homelessness, and racial injustices to name a few). She also seemed to put a great deal of value on our ability to marry, and get all those tax benefits and what have you…legal shit. I didn’t use to think this, but fortunately I’ve come to learn that the “fight for marriage equality” is a bit of a sham.

We’ve talked at length about her ex, the merits of marriage, and how she became jaded after the divorce. But still, in thinking of equality for LGBTQA folks, her mind goes to things like marriage and workplace/commonplace discrimination. I guess I just think of those as low-priority issues, because being able to marry, and stopping people from making their discriminatory views public doesn’t prevent our community from experiencing all the different forms of violence that it does. Coincidentally these are the issues that are at the forefront of the media’s portrayal of “the fight for LGBT rights” [womp womp]. I guess my point is that it’s interesting for me to hear the views of a community member who is moderately older than me (i.e. not college age). Particularly of someone who shares many of the same privileges that I do.

I’ve missed interacting with QPOC. She’s been a refreshing person to talk to in the sea of middle-class, white, kid-raising, 30/40-somethings that make up the majority of our company.