Episode 5: BlackLivesMatter

Kate researched and found 128 names that Rosey reads aloud in this very real, very raw episode. 128 names of black people who were murdered this year by police officers. The most upsetting aspect of this heartbreaking list is, however, that it is not exhaustive. And it was very difficult to compile. Through her research, Kate found that it was near impossible to find bios for the individuals named other than criminal rap sheets; evidence of the dehumanizing of POC in which the media so willingly participates. Join us for some important information on BlackLivesMatter, police brutality, and race relations in the United States as Rosey gets personal about her own family during this time of heartbreak and tension.

Objective: 

Provide a list of names of black people murdered by police in the United States so far in 2016.

Define and discuss tone policing.

Provide information and action steps for being a good ally.

Provide information and action steps for addressing police brutality within your community. 

Vocabulary:

Tone policing: tone policing is a silencing tactic that focuses on the emotionality of the message rather than the message itself. It's part of a set of tools used by people of privilege to prevent marginalized individuals or groups from sharing their experiences of oppression.

Ally: combine or unite a resource or commodity with another for mutual benefit.

Police brutality: the deliberate use of excessive force, usually physical, carried out during law enforcement activities by a police officer engaging the civilian population. This type of behavior also includes verbal attacks and psychological intimidation by a police officer. 

Suggested reading:

Tone policing: http://everydayfeminism.com/2015/12/tone-policing-and-privilege/

Definition of ally: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=ally%20definition

Steps to being a good ally: http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/11-things-white-people-can-do-be-real-anti-racist-allies

Definition of police brutality: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Police_brutality

Steps to addressing police brutality within your own community: https://mic.com/articles/121572/15-things-your-city-can-do-right-now-to-end-police-brutality

Protestors helped police in Dallas: http://usuncut.com/black-lives-matter/black-lives-matter-protesters-dallas/

Philando Castile's story: http://time.com/4397086/minnesota-shooting-philando-castile-role-model-school/

Database of black people murdered by police in 2016: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/national/police-shootings-2016/

Transcript: Coming soon!

Episode 4: Religious Gummy Bears Part 3

This episode is a prime example of how ADHD and over-caffeination make for some interesting observations, albeit off-topic ones. Along with squirrel parties and bug bites, we discuss some more apparent examples of Christian privilege, those in the public school system. Everything from teaching creationism alongside evolution in science classes to requiring students to say the pledge of allegiance, which includes the words "under God" are examples of the way Christian privilege erases other religions and those who choose not to practice religion at all.

Objective:

Provide clear examples of Christian privilege in the United States public school system.

Explain why said examples erase those of other religious backgrounds, including those who choose not to practice religion at all. 

Provide examples of teaching religion in schools that are inclusive and non-imposing.

Provide examples of how Christian schools are protected from laws meant to ensure the safety and well-being of children and explain why this is problematic.

Vocabulary:

Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to a particular person or group of people.

Religion: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. 

Creationism: The belief that the universe and living organisms originate of specific acts of divine creation, as in the biblical account, rather than by natural processes such as evolution. 

Evolution: The process by which different kinds of living organisms are thought to have developed and diversified from earlier forms during the history of the earth; the gradual development of something, especially from a simple to a more complex form.

Suggested Reading:

Teaching creationism in schools: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/education-creationism-104934

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/23/us/texas-approves-disputed-history-texts-for-schools.html

When teachers preach: https://www.au.org/church-state/june-2003-church-state/featured/when-teachers-preach

Parents choosing homeschooling to save children from forced religion in school: https://www.thenation.com/article/as-the-religious-right-forces-its-gospel-into-public-schools-some-secular-parents-are-opting-to-homeschool/

Pledge of allegiance: http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/04/us/pledge-of-allegiance-fast-facts

When Christian schools are protected from laws: http://www.al.com/news/index.ssf/2016/06/former_students_share_harrowin.html

How to teach religion in schools without imposing: http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/profdev027.shtml

Transcript: Coming soon!

 

Episode 3: Religious Gummy Bears Part 2

Our conversation about Christian privilege continues as we discuss legislation and how Christian politicians sometimes serve their faith over the best interests of the people. Prepare yourselves for epic rants about parents making medical decisions based on their faith rather than the guidance of medical professionals, anti-vaxxers, and Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin making decisions that have drastic consequences for Kentucky women and children. 

Objective: 

Provide clear examples of politicians using their Christian privilege to pass legislation in the best interest of themselves and other believers rather than all people.

Provide information about the debunking of the anti-vaccination stance that vaccinations cause autism. 

Provide information about Matt Bevin's destructive decisions for Kentucky.

Vocabulary:

Privilege: A special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available to a particular person or group of people.

Religion: The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods. 

Anti-vaxxers: anti-vaxxer is a nickname given to someone who is anti-vaccination due to a study presented by Dr. Andrew Wakefield that vaccinations cause autism. The hypothesis has since been debunked and Andrew Wakefield has lost his license for fabricating the study and it's apparent evidence. Unfortunately, the anti-vaccination movement persists regardless.

Suggested Reading:

Example of a family who refused professional medical advice and opted to pray: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/apr/13/followers-of-christ-idaho-religious-sect-child-mortality-refusing-medical-help

Information about Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his fabricated study: http://healthland.time.com/2010/05/24/doctor-behind-vaccine-autism-link-loses-license/

Information about the new ark museum in Kentucky: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/danthropology/2016/01/kentucky-will-not-appeal-ark-encounter-ruling-as-politicians-praise-the-courts-decision/

Transcript: Coming soon!

Episode 2.5: Religious Gummy Bears Addendum

We felt a responsibility to issue a statement about the recent Brock Turner rape case as it relates to Episode 2 and our discussion of the bills attempting to determine where transgender and gender nonconforming individuals can use the restroom. Please tune into this impassioned conversation about rape, sexual assault, bigotry, and hate. 

Religious Gummy Bears Addendum: A Commentary on the Brock Turner Rape Case. 

Objective:

- Provide a clear and current example of how sexual assault and rape of women is not an actual concern nor argument against transgender and gender nonconforming individuals using the restroom of their identity. 

Vocabulary: please see vocabulary for Episode 2

Suggested Reading:

In addition to reviewing the suggested reading for Episode 2, please also review the Brock Turner case and follow up links below.

The Case and Sentencing: http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/06/us/sexual-assault-brock-turner-stanford/

Dan Turner's Letter to Judge: http://heavy.com/news/2016/06/brock-turner-father-dad-dan-turner-full-letter-statement-stanford-rapist/

Victim's Letter to Brock Turner: https://www.buzzfeed.com/katiejmbaker/heres-the-powerful-letter-the-stanford-victim-read-to-her-ra?utm_term=.bv9OELJGY#.pb0q7oEQj

Transcript: http://feastingfeminsts.com/episode-2-5

Episode 2: Religious Gummy Bears

Join us for an interesting and in-depth look at the Christian privilege that resides in the recent bills attempting to determine where transgender and gender nonconforming individuals can use the restroom in various public settings. 

Religious Gummy Bears and Why the Red Ones Think They're the Best.

Objective:

Define Christian privilege.

Provide detailed information outlined in the bills affecting transgender and gender nonconforming individuals.

Explain why the language used in the bills is incorrect, offensive, and speaks to Christian privilege.

Provide examples of Christian privilege in addressing individuals in public restrooms.

Explain the illogic and lack of support for the argument that transgender and gender nonconforming individuals will use the opportunity to sexually assault women.

Vocabulary:

Privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available only to people of a particular person or group of people.

Christian privilege: a special right, advantage, or immunity granted or available to Christians.

Cisgender: a gender identity that aligns with the gender assigned at birth.

Transgender: a gender identity that does not align with the gender assigned at birth.

Gender NonConforming: refers to people who do not follow stereotypes about how they should dress or act based on the gender they were assigned at birth.

Gender assigned at birth: most people are assigned a gender at birth, often based upon their sex (genitalia). Usually, the assignments are either male or female.

Transgender vs transgendered: referring to individuals as transgendered implies that their gender is something that happened to them rather than an identity. It might help to think of how we have progressed from calling people of color “colored people”. Colored implied that their skin color was something that happened to them rather than part of their identity.

Suggested Reading:

GLAAD Media Guide: http://www.glaad.org/reference

Nevada Assembly Bill 375: https://legiscan.com/NV/bill/AB375/2015

North Carolina House Bill 2: http://www.ncleg.net/Sessions/2015E2/Bills/House/PDF/H2v4.pdf

South Dakota House Bill 1008: http://sdlegislature.gov/docs/legsession/2016/Bills/HB1008P.pdf

Tennessee House Bill 2414: http://factn.org/portfolio/tn-senate-bill-2387-tn-house-bill-2414/

Texas House Bill 1748: http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/84R/billtext/html/HB01748I.htm

Wisconsin Assembly Bill 469: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/2015/related/proposals/ab469

Target Harassment Stories:

http://www.upworthy.com/one-woman-had-a-strange-eye-opening-encounter-in-a-target-bathroom

http://www.newsweek.com/target-trans-bathroom-policy-american-family-association-455678

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/protesters-invade-target-stores-to-preach_us_5728acf7e4b0bc9cb044862e

http://mashable.com/2016/05/03/target-shooter-bathroom/

Christian Privilege Article: http://everydayfeminism.com/2016/01/believing-christian-privilege/

Debunking the Myth of Transgender Individuals Sexually Assaulting Women:http://mediamatters.org/research/2014/03/20/15-experts-debunk-right-wing-transgender-bathro/198533

Transcript: http://feastingfeminists.com/episode-2