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A post-#DemDebate2 thought: I too was a beneficiary of bussing. Except now I understand how damaging that framing is. Really, bussing allowed white schools to benefit from *me,* all for the low price of student budget dollars they were wasting anyway.
My mom was like most black parents then -- doing the best she could. The private schools in town cost the earth. The black-neighborhood schools had 12+ yo textbooks, no AP, underfunded everything, tired teachers. White public schools were a good middle ground. But.
I struggled for years with poor self esteem because I had somehow absorbed the idea that black =/= smart, and that I should be grateful to sit by white kids. That my school was doing me a favor by making me get up predawn to ride a bus for an hour. I had that Joe Biden thinking.
But in retrospect, I made those schools look good as hell. Won academic awards left & right, mostly bc I loved to read and that was half my education right there. The much-vaunted AP classes were a joke; I mostly did self-study and busted 4s and 5s on the exams.
There were dozens of black kids like me in those white schools. Probably more. But I don't know, bc we were parceled out so there would be only a few of us in each class. Enough to look good, diversity-wise. Not enough to support each other, or make the white ppl uncomfy.
My most vivid memories of high school aren't social, but pathological. I remember being on prom committee and fighting to get *any* black music played; the principal still banned rap. I remember the school pulling shenanigans to bump a black valedictorian to 2nd place.
Battles like that every day, every step of the way. We did well, and everyone expressed surprise, and told us it was because we'd been "given" an opportunity to share space w/white kids - not that we'd earned it. If we struggled, though, of course it was because we were black.
On balance, they got bragging rights. Scholarships! Ivy League acceptances! *I* got an early introduction to how racism covers for white mediocrity and ego, and probably a couple of extra years of therapy. Also maybe an early start on a few novels. Was so bored I wrote in class.
So I'm like most black Americans of my gen in having mixed feelings about integration. Structural racism worked as hard to erase whatever we gained as our parents had worked to give us those gains. And a big part of the struggle was people like Biden. "Not racist" racists.
The equivocators, the pleasant moderates, so happy to appease blatant racists at our expense. Sure, integration, but not if it forces white kids to sit alongside inferior black kids. (We're always inferior.) Sure, "states rights"! Sure "school choice" (to reinstate segregation)!
White liberals who would be appalled to be called racist... but who believed, same as white conservatives, that we really *weren't* as good or smart as them. But at least they were willing to do us a favor -- a limited one, dependent on their generosity and continued primacy.
Not going anywhere in particular w/this. I'm not a Harris supporter. She did say a thing that needed saying, tho -- a thing that moderate white Dems really need to think about when they wonder why we don't trust them. We *remember.* We see you. That's why.
You are as much to blame for where we are as a country right now as Trump & his ilk -- because you won't push back. You have principles but won't stick to them. You're weak and cowardly when lives are on the line, but you tell yourself you're being smart and diplomatic.
We need strength and courage right now. We need conviction, and obstinacy, and anger. If you won't fight, what fucking good are you? Looking deadass at Nancy Pelosi right now.
::sigh:: My pressure's probably up, and I'm harshing my own post-vacation mellow. Rant over. Toodles.

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🔖 What I Learned at Domains ’19: Back to the Future | Cassie Nooyen

Bookmarked What I Learned at Domains ’19: Back to the Future by Cassie Nooyen (techbar.crnooyen.knight.domains)
This past week, June 9th-12th, I had the opportunity to attend the 2019 Domains Conference hosted by Reclaim Hosting in Durham, North Carolina. The experience was truly more unique than any other experience I have had. This was my first education conference, and therefore my first Educational Techno...

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Liked a post by Marty McGuireMarty McGuire (martymcgui.re)
It looks like I will be speaking at IndieWeb Summit! Specifically, I’ll be giving a keynote about how to “Own Your Mobile Experience”. As a long-time enthusiast for these tiny computers we carry, I try to make most of the things I can do o...

This promises to be interesting! I’m particularly interested in seeing demos of the reader portions.

It may be more compact if you could do a full circle set of posting, syndicating, having a few people comment, get backfeed (someone in the audience can help hurry Brid.gy along if necessary), read notifications in your reader, and then reply back via mobile. Then a few one-off’s of other stand-alone pieces would be fantastic. We definitely need to see Kapowski!

Is there a way to broadcast your mobile screen for folks to see it easily?

❤️ bamadesigner tweeted I finally got tired of not finding exactly what I want out of social media automation and started building my own system. So, basically that means the @wpcampusorg account will be excessively tweeting a tad bit over the next few days while I tweak the algorithm. :)

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❤️ MelMitchell1 tweeted Bound galleys of my new book arrived today! It will be published in October. https://t.co/VmC51EzL53

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❤️ All 28 conference sessions for #domains19 are up!

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❤️ btopro tweeted @johnmattdavis V unique venue. Look up reclaim hosting on YouTube. Couple of the videos are up, more should go up next few days including a particularly ranty form of me…even for me. Lots of interesting indieweb stuff that aligns w. Dweb even if not outright doing it

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❤️ KeeganSLW tweeted “What are the responsibilities of ownership within #DoOO and indieweb?”

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🔖 Student Privacy Syllabus Statement Project

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The following document is an in-progress draft of a statement that might be included with a syllabus to help raise student awareness about controversial data collection practices carried out in many of the technologies they use for learning. Though we cannot always change, fully understand, or opt out of these practices, we feel that ignoring their presence contributes to the broader helplessness in confronting the mass exploitation of personal data at large. This is meant to be a template statement that a professor could revise for inclusion in the syllabus, regardless of the subject matter of the course. We recognize that some power dynamics may not allow for such a statement and that each person should decide for themselves if such a statement in their syllabus is possibile considering their context. If anything we feel the idea of such a statement makes for an excellent thought experiment to address questions of the use of problematic collection and use of student data and to develop conversation around these issues. This draft was started by Autumm Caines and Erin Rose Glass and then opened to group comments during their "Architecture of Student Privacy" workshop during the Domains 2019 conference. We are now soliciting further comments in order to create a template for circulation and plan to write up the process for publication.

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❤️ jessreingold tweeted “Use your website to host your voice. Make your website a place of self-expression. Become less reliant on social” – @confusedaccent #Domains19

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🔖 ❤️ meredithfierro tweeted .@confusedaccent #domains19 https://t.co/bPQV6HzLG7

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I love the text in this slide. It’s very IndieWeb.

Stop relying on a broken social media environment

Reinvest in our own personal websites

❤️ JohnStewartPhD tweeted @jimgroom For #Domains21, could we think about the #pressEd model of conferences. Maybe parallel sessions or have presenters line up tweets (or whatever other platform) that come out during their talks to share the talks with the web.

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