1/2 I'm back after my fediverse boycott where I removed myself for a month in order to reflect better on the injustices done to many Black people that had tried to enter the fediverse and found it so hostile that they'd either abandoned it, felt they had to make themselves smaller to survive here, or been met with such hostility that they'd been pushed out from participating within this space.

2/2 I spent the time I would have otherwise spent here coming up with absolute frivolous fucking nonsense reading some books instead (though frustratingly slower than I'd hoped 'cos dyslexia). The reading, though I'm back now, will of course continue. Here are some choice excerpts I'd like you to read whilst considering the social structure of this space, I hope that you feel encouraged to do further reading from these books, and that it creates actions =)

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"The tyranny of a movement without structure claiming that there is no leadership is a common scam known to Anarchism, where hidden 'shot callers' perpetrate the farce of equality, internal democracy, consensus process. It is worse when it is a corrupt and fraudulent white leadership designed to frustrate the desires of peoples of color to raise their issues and have representation in the movement. 1/2

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.. It is crucial that Peoples of color organize their own internal caucuses for equal representation and to pressure this white leadership to afford them the same rights as any member, and end these internal racist abuses."
- Lorenzo Kom'boa Ervin (The Progressive Plantation) 2/2

"In theory, nobody has a problem with anti-racism. In practice, as soon as people start /doing/ anti-racist things, there is no end to the slew of commentators who are convinced anti-racists are doing it wrong. It even happens among people who consider themselves to be progressive"
- Reni Eddo-Lodge (Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race)

"As we learn to bear the intimacy of scrutiny and to flourish within it, as we learn to use the products of that scrutiny for power within our living, those fears which rule our lives and form our silences begin to lose their control over us."
- Audre Lorde (Sister Outsider)

I need a "don't make me tap the sign" for this top-tier tip

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