It is quite a thing, on the day before the first anniversary of the Tree of Life massacre, to see some of the most powerful people in the world defending including an organization with a reputation for outright lies, casual misinformation, racist smears, and antisemitism in a “news” platform on the grounds of “preserving freedom for diverse views.”
Imagine that. Imagine that, then remember that we live that. Because we are all affected by the consequences of this being the perspective that informs the engineering and product and design decisions of the platforms that shape (and in some cases, destroy) lives and economies and democracies. And some of us are affected more than others.
The question, as always, remains: what, exactly, are we doing about it?
There is no time left to wonder what we would do when the historical fork in the road comes. It is whatever we are doing, or not doing, right now.
some days i don't recognize my city anymore
the new dressed-up oakland i can't afford
some days i become a circus attraction in my own home
become the diversity factor of a room and everything my oakland is or used
to be becomes display case
and i become relic
an artifact worth framing but not saving and some days i have to force myself
to break the glass they trapped us in
— from Cirque De Chênes by Samuel Getachew