Welcome to my short form Tumblr blog. My name is Flavia Tamara Dzodan, I am a business developer, writer, public speaker, ideas instigator, content creator, media facilitator and trend watcher living in Amsterdam.
This Tumblr is about the spaces and intersections between politics, culture, race and gender matters with some humor and pop culture thrown in the mix.
My long reads blog is Red Light Politics.
I also blog at Tiger Beatdown.
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I’d be very upset if I worked at Fage USA and had to drive every (Monday) morning to:
1 Opportunity Drive.
I suppose that neighbourhood has...
by Mia McKenzie
Yesterday, I wrote a post called Michelle Obama...
“I’m an American citizen … I’m allowed to stand on American ground”
“The Italian government has ordered an investigation into slurs on rightwing websites against the country’s first black minister, a case that has put Italy’s racial problems back under the spotlight.”
“Primary schools are structurally refusing to accept children with an ethnic minority background because of fears they may drive down test scores, experts from multicultural institute Forum say in Friday’s Trouw.”
“Bangladesh is a lot poorer than the United States, and there are very good reasons for Bangladeshi people to make different choices in this regard than Americans.”
“I think that’s wrong. Bangladesh may or may not need tougher workplace safety rules, but it’s entirely appropriate for Bangladesh to have different—and, indeed, lower—workplace safety standards than the United States.”
“The result of this constitution of neoliberal feminism as “the neutral” or the default, has also led to a sense of “amplified agency”. We are told to “maximize our freedom”, we should “brand ourselves better”, we should “choose our choices” and demand a better distribution of the resources. In the process, we are left with a feminism that imposes on us the moral task of maximizing our own value. This is a feminism of the individual with an inflated sense of the self that is devoted to the creation and administration of individual business opportunities in detriment of systemic change or, at the very least, in detriment of an analytical approach that examines our individual relations as part of a whole and our interactions and participation in a system of inequalities we cannot escape.”
“What I have tried to do is to use the stories as my explanatory devise, so at one level it is about the use of policy to keep doing things as they always have been done. It is very hard to get organizations to change fundamental habits. Secondly what we, diversity workers, are trying to do is to redistribute social privileges. It is not only about organizational change, we are also thinking about how worlds become more open to some more than others. And any work that is challenging privileges is going to come up against a brick wall because privileges can be used to defend privileges. People do not want to hear about racism or inequality; they want to hear much happier stories and there is a whole emphasis on toolkits, policies and techniques rather than the description of the problem.”