Apples wrote:Kassiane posts a thread called "Stealing an education?:Kassiane wrote:So what I've got on this is a feministing article & a now closed petition.
http://feministing.com/2012/02/28/homel ... education/
http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-pr ... norwalk-ct
Summary (TW for racially motivated heavy-handed application of rules, classism)
Norwalk, CT charged a homeless woman who enrolled her 5 year old son in school using the babysitter's address with stealing an education & sentenced her to 5 years in prison.
...for utilizing our public education system. You know, that one that says every child is guaranteed a free education and in fact is required to be there from ages 6 to 16 unless the parents make homeschooling arrangements. Racism is a factor, in addition to classism. THey don't want THOSE kids in their kindergarten class. Assholes. I dont even see what they're trying to fucking accomplish here.
Wow. That's pretty shocking - 5 years?Iguananaut wrote:Because putting a woman in jail for nothing and taking her away from her children whom she was only trying to provide an education is exactly what's best for society. I hope these racist fuckers pull their heads out of their asses.
Relative newbie e4e5 weighs in:e4e5 wrote:Umm, it seems that she was sentenced for selling crack cocaine to undercover policemen. Twice.
http://www.ctpost.com/news/article/Tany ... 437974.php
So ... does Kassiane apologize, or does anyone else call her out, for being completely misleading in the OP? I'll give you three guesses.
The thing about people like this (i.e. Kassisne et al) is they don't really believe their own rhetoric. It's a sick fantasy of sorts. This wasn't an honest mistake by Kassiane; she knew the charge of various and sundry isms at work here was dubious at best. She doesn't care. The me-so-oppressed identity politics thing is like a perverse role playing game. They know damn well the US and other Western democracies aren't oppressive places dominated by racists, but get off on pretending it's so, and that they are on the receiving end of the oppression. A+ isn't so much a 'safe space' for 'the marginalized' as it is a club where people with oppression fantasies can play "let's pretend we're like blacks in the Jim Crow south!" together. To be blunt, they're sick fucks.
As to WHY they get off on this, I can only speculate. It's clear they imagine being part of an 'oppressed' group makes one in some sense 'special'. Clearly there is some sort of fetishisation of ethnicity and oppression at play here, and a perverse fascination with being in some way or other disadvantaged. But I think it's telling that so many of them are white and/or have paper thin claims to 'marginalized' status.