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plantasia

Member since Jan 2013 • Last active Jul 2020
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I'm a wealthy industrialist and philanthropist and, uh, a bicyclist. And, um, yes, I'm looking for a place where I can settle down with my, uh, peculiar habits, and, uh, the women that I frequent with.”

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    No anthropologist with valid field experience advocates the use of the term tribe anymore- it just doesn’t describe any specific form of social/political organisation. It’s profoundly anchored in 19th and 20th Century evolutionist thinking about ‘primitive’ others that were commonly contrasted with the ‘civilised’ west. I would go as far as to say that the use of the term today is in itself racist.It is true that in many indigenous cosmologies around the world (especially in the Amazon for example), humanity is thought to conincide with one’s own social group, and everyone beyond that is a barbarian. I would however say that the kind of racism We are talking about in the context of BLM, the racism that underpins empire and colonialisation, is clearly a fairly modern western invention and unparalleled in the ethnographic record.

    Also the ‘tribes’ in Ghana and Nigeria that you know, I would be interested to know how the colonial experience has reconfigured relations between them, especially in Ghana and Nigeria where the British used indirect rule very effectively.

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    This becomes a problem in that it gives the alt right and centrist dad crowd an easy target for mockery. It’s a bit counterproductive when designations get in the way of effective political action. Reminds me a bit of postmodernist writing and the way any statement has to qualified by a host of caveats about the conditions of possibility for making such a statement. I am definitely not Saying ‘it’s political correctness gone mad’ cause we all know what people really mean by that

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    Now it’s specifically “west African heritage” that is the problem. Amazing the cultural and historical insight this man has...

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    But the ex-police chief swatted away the anchor's critcism and insisted that 'this is not a BAME issue, this is an issue relating to people of West African heritage in terms of the relationship between the police and the public

    LOL... couldn’t be any more racist and nonsensical if he tried to

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    Having read the comment section on the Daily Mail article about the plane stunt, I am also less optimistic. Lots of people falling for the culture war distraction

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    Thanks so much for the reply. I have been looking into damp resisting products but wasn’t sure whether that would be enough. How would I address the exterior problem? I can’t see any humidity on the brick wall?

    The curtain solution will be my backup;)

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    I have a question concerning flaking paint (please see pictures). The flat was newly painted last year when we moved in but overall it's a shoddy job and we will repaint everything in the future . I am fairly sure it's happening due to the drain pipe alongside the exterior wall. There are no other problems on the wall or in the room in question.

    So, my question is how do I go about fixing it in the most effective way given that my wife is 6 months pregnant and I wouldn't want to cause major disruption if possible.

    Thanks so much for your help!

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    I also agree with the sentiment in the Banksy post. White People cannot just leave all the emotional labour involved in calling out racism to black people.

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    There is going to be a lot of defensiveness in the years to come and we all gonna make mistakes but this is long overdue. For me personally as a teacher of German-Turkish background, it has really been a matter of understanding that one can do racist things without really being a racist, of understanding that words, gestures, jokes or symbols that look innocent to oneself can be hurtful depending on who says them and who hears them.

    That something as arbitrary and superficial (literally) as skin colour has been used to prop up such an enduring system of global inequality is absolutely astonishing from a historical perspective. I am always reminded of how the Belgians introduced the very concept of ethnicity into Rwandan politics by way of the Hamitic hypothesis, which later exploded into the violence between Hutu and tutsi.

    Young people today make me hopeful though. But the history of empire has to feature much more prominently on school curricula.

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    They are full builds both of them. My thinking was more ‘just get a new bike and no need to faff around with moving parts over’

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