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periodic reminder that there are people who are allowed to get away racist, colorist, anti-black bullshit because they're insulated from consequences by a group of people who refuse to address their own low-level shitty behaviour while claiming to be anti-racist

who deal with any effort to draw attention to this with handwaving, equivocation, deflection and bullying

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fedi/personal meta 1/3 

since the turn of the year i was getting progressively turned off by the fediverse

this was in part due to my own worsening mh but also after seeing the same cycles repeated over and over

so many times PV called out bad actors and got slammed, or worse, got dragged into conversations they weren’t even a part of just to get slammed for calling people out

i didn’t know what to do, so i did nothing

and i knew that made me part of the problem, so i slipped into solipsism

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intro post 

hello! i'm Ciarán/kiki, nonbinary boy living in the northwest of ireland with my wife Mairéad

i've been floating around the fediverse since august 2018, trying to unlearn all my decades of white-cishet-man training

i love music, film, photography - i also love talking about philosophy/social theory but it's a while since i've been deep into reading it

happy to chat and make friends with folk on their own journey to understanding

looking forward to a godforsaken life :blobcheer:

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intro - communication notes 

will block for racist, anti-black, colorist, ableist, transmisic, homomisic, or any prejudiced talk – zero tolerance if you’re called out and refuse to acknowledge/change

i’m an anxious person so unless we interact regularly i’ve probably reworded any message/reply to you at least 5 times

i am not flirty/forward, so if any response potentially reads that way, you can assume it’s not intended that way – also i get really uncomfortable if i feel i’m being flirted with

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intro - projects 

i make music under the name drembot: drembot.bandcamp.com/

new album is €5 but hmu for a free download code as i still have loads, other bits are free/pay what you like

also on spotify: open.spotify.com/artist/5Pjdfd

i sometimes do music/sound design for my friend John's story podcast: yarnpodcast.com/

i also work on my wife's wedding photo/video business - love to celebrate the love so get in touch if you're getting married: remaininlightphotography.com/

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today is so if you're able to give some money to a musician for some of their work, today is a good day to do it

i'm gonna plug my friend Sara's work with her band S.A.A.R.A again, please do check it out - saaramusic.bandcamp.com/

also Black Bandcamp has gone through a bit of a revamp and is now called BAD (Black Artist Database) and has a fancy new UI - it's a great way of finding new music blackartistdatabase.co/#/

i feel a bit cheeky being all "hey look at me" and boosting myself after not being around much for the last few months but also this is my first new music work in a long while and i'm feeling pretty happy with it

here's a picture of lil búbú lying in a sunbeam as bonus content

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also a video was released for the single a couple of weeks ago, please watch/like/share!

S.A.A.R.A - Forest

youtu.be/uNxdBpx_Fok

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so i've been keeping quiet about this (and just generally been keeping quiet) but just before Forest was released out Sara asked me to do a wee remix, and it is due to be released on July 28, very excited 💜

spotify pre-save here, will post other links when they are available: ffm.to/forest-drembot-remix

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northern ireland, politics 

it is weirdly gratifying that the british government is going to intercede to guarantee the irish language act that the DUP have been blocking for years now on blatantly sectarian grounds

maybe if they could give an apology and some compensation to the family of Margaret Keane while they're at it, that would be great

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northern ireland, politics 

funny that arlene foster was bulletproof when it came to a scandal that cost NI around £500m in public money, but ended up getting ousted because she failed to deliver a hardline brexit which northern ireland voted *against*

aaaaanyway, while it's nothing short of delightful to watch the DUP dissolve ever further into farce, the other side of the coin is the already potent threat of violence as the situation further destabilises and Sinn Féin play smug

howdy folks, i hope all are well! 💜

after 36 years of never having gone to the giant's causeway, i finally made my first visit yesterday and it was pretty great

my phone died unfortunately so these are pretty much the only decent pictures i got

one of the nice things about living in donegal has been getting to know the north coast of ireland for the first time and folks it is so fucking beautiful

(cw selfie, sunglasses/no eye contact)

Happy Africa Day!

for us non-african folk it's a good time to think about our cultural relationship and understanding (or lack thereof) with Africa, its people, its history, and its cultures

also a good time to think about what we can do for anti-racism work

for irish folks - please consider volunteering for, donating to, or otherwise supporting AkiDwA - a national network highlighting the issues faced by migrant women in Ireland

akidwa.ie/

How the Irish Became White (Ignatiev, 1995) 

The need to gain the loyalty of the Irish explains why the Democratic Party, on the whole, rejected nativism. It also explains why not merely slavery but the color line became so important to it.

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How the Irish Became White (Ignatiev, 1995) 

In the combination of Southern planters and the “plain Republicans” of the North, the Irish were to become a key element. The truth is not, as some historians would have it, that slavery made it possible to extend to the Irish the privileges of citizenship, by providing another group for them to stand on, but the reverse, that the assimilation of the Irish into the white race made it possible to maintain slavery.

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How the Irish Became White (Ignatiev, 1995) 

infamous of all aristocracies. White supremacy was not a flaw in American democracy but part of its definition, and the development of democracy in the Jacksonian period cannot be understood without reference to white supremacy. As it became the pillar of the Democratic Party, Jeffersonian reservations over slavery and willingness to entertain notions of natural human equality (expressed in his Notes on Virginia) gave way to militant racial ideology.

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How the Irish Became White (Ignatiev, 1995) 

The Democratic Party Van Buren built was the first political party based on popular constituencies instead of parliamentary caucuses. It represented, as he wrote, a “political combination … between the planters of the South and the plain Republicans of the North.” At first sight its constituent elements would appear to have had little in common. They were held together by white supremacy, which yoked the Party’s popular Northern base to the most (...)

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Happy May Day and solidarity from your local DC wobblies and anti-capitalists! :iww2: :plantifa: :ancomheart:

Designed myself, my pals! A little soviet imagery didn't hurt anyone! 🤗

#mayday #iww

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