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I've been noticing having some conflicting feelings and suspicion about this whole Dixon thing, especially at first when I saw that he was challenging other people to make videos, spearheading a self proclaimed 'movement' to discuss and end white supremacy.

Thing is, there's already a movement for that, and he didn't start it, and he isn't really mentioning it, or funneling his newly woke brethren toward the writings and resources and opportunities to assist that have been provided by the leaders of it. What this looks like to me, so far, is ultimately a deeply embedded white savior complex saying a lot of needed wakethefuckup stuff, but not saying and doing the most important things to actually bring about an end to the white dominance that fuels white supremacy.

While part of me has been hopeful and heartened as his video went viral, and some of the things he's saying in interviews are in line with equity and sound like just the right stuff, some ways he's maneuvering wreak oppressor subconsciousness to me, including immediate dismissal of those who point out the white savior angle to his work. The way he's approaching his advocacy (alias, seeking media attention) has been raising flags for me, too.

My skeptic, who often delves into cynic territory, in this case really hopes Dixon isn't actually #WhiteSharpton in the making. 

It's not particularly popular to do so, but I'm choosing to believe in this (white) persons intentions and potential to really turn the race conversation on its asshole and engage a lot more deeply entrenched (white) people into some serious self reflection. Right now I'm right in the middle opinion wise, neutral, and watching. Perhaps I am gullible, but I think this dude has his heart in the right place. I'm an actor, too, and that doesn't mean that my advocacy is bullshit. 

I'm interested to see how Dixon responds to what I expect will inevitably be a wave of call out for the ways in which he needs to improve his activism, and how he handles his campaign as it grows. If he shows he has the capacity to check himself transparently and move forward, I'll be one happy whiteass fuck. Like, deliriously happy. This viral inertia done right could be fucking awesome.

Many thanks to @Verywhiteguy for spitballing on twitter with me and helping me close these circuits I wasn't quite completing on my own.

http://www.dixonschallenge.org/
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Today is National Equal Pay Day, a day recognizing the fact that, on average, women who work full-time jobs only earn 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. (Fun fact: The day always falls on a Tuesday, which symbolizes the two extra days a woman must work in order to catch up to the amount a
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Been thinking about places I want to be heading when I hit the road next month, and how long I might actually be gone, where I might want to be during winter, etc. Some places I am going just to check them out, some places I am going because I have a…
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Last June, as part of YotN, I repurposed a practice to document three things I was grateful for daily, (and why). I called the experiment ‘the June of noncomplaint’. I’m just calling this Three Things and Why. It’s technically part of YotN, but not in an…
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Last fall, my girlfriend and I sat down to have a street food dinner in Bangkok. It was a tiny street stall with only a handful of plastic chairs and tables, so seating was cramped. Soon another foreigner came and sat down across from us and began to eat silently. A few…
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Look: Take a bunch of 18-year-old men, put them in basic training, stick them with some 30-year-old soldiers, and eventually the new guys figure out how to soldier. Now do the same thing with young people and career criminals in lock-up and you'll see the problem with prisons.

http://www.cracked.com/article_22448_6-nightmarish-realities-life-in-american-prison.html
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I think that is a fair assessment and you missed the point. It's a monkey see monkey do analogy. You have someone older with more knowledge teaching someone who's younger and eager to learn. Does not matter if it's selling cocaine, building a foxhole or making cupcakes. I think bringing back the prison environment of 18th century France is the wrong approach.
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"Because if we citizens keep walking away from the hard problems, choosing instead to just criticize from a distance, things do not get better."
 
After 9 years, I’m leaving Google. Today is my last day.

It’s hard to leave a place that you’ve been at for so long. People love to talk about the perks but really, it’s the people that have kept me at Google so long and it’s the people that I’m going to miss dearly.

So…if I'm going to miss it so bad, why in the world am I leaving?

My friend Roy Chan​ and I used to argue for hours about the role of idealists in the world. He’d try to convince me that change was driven by idealists and I’d tell him safe/sure paths were better…well today I’m going to admit defeat and make the choice of an idealist. I’m joining the US Digital Service working at Veterans Affairs in Seattle tackling electronic medical records.

Why? Because information technology is our generation’s steam engine…getting “digital services” right can make or break an organization (like our government). Because, momentum for change is building and we are at an inflection point for how government uses technology over the next decade. Because veterans and healthcare matter. Because if we citizens keep walking away from the hard problems, choosing instead to just criticize from a distance, things do not get better.

Is this going to be hard? Yes.
Will there be bureaucracy and all the other things that us techies hate? Absolutely.
Will there be legacy software to deal with? Like you couldn’t imagine.
Where is the hope then? The hope is in the people.

I’ve been working with USDS + various agencies intermittently for the last 1/2 year and can confidently say that despite the stereotypes + prejudice leveled against government workers, there are actually very good people in USDS (HQ, 18F, etc) as well as the rest of government. And when I say “very good,” I mean USDS has the highest concentration of talent + passion that I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

So with that, bye bye Google. Hello USDS and hello VA.  First target is a point-of-care web application built using a node.js stack. We’re looking for 5-7 people in Seattle. If you know anyone who has the skills and would find this intriguing, I’m interested in talking to them.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/digital/united-states-digital-service
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"These ads are not about a global revolution in beauty standards. It’s about creating an association between a brand name and a form of surface-level faux-empowerment so that women will feel like buying Dove soap is a triumph for their self-esteem instead of simply a triumph for capitalism."
I don't need to feel beautiful to be happy—i'm great and confident for lots of other reasons.
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When I went into business for myself in 2008, renting a room on the evenings and weekends in the…

When I went into business for myself in 2008, renting a room on the evenings and weekends in the chiropractic office I had managed by day as I put myself through night school, my goal was to some day gross $20k in a year. When I did that, I felt, I would…
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Identity. It’s ideally supposed to be fluid, but not too fluid. Stable, but not stagnant. A…

Identity. It’s ideally supposed to be fluid, but not too fluid. Stable, but not stagnant. A means of psychic survival, context, and reference. A way to form and rationalize our routines and habits. A way to garner an illusion of a security and control in…
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Just a sploosh, which is the word that came into my head when I read "fluid identity", though if it's poop to you, that's cool beans.
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