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Matt McGorry  Maker of feels and procurer of LOLs. Activist and intersectional feminist. Bennett on #OrangeIsTheNewBlack and Asher on #HowToGetAwayWithMurder


2 days till #HTGAWM is back on! @howtogetawaywithmurder

A few years ago on MLK day, I posted, "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that." I saw that a woman of color had commented, "why do all white people post this quote?" I remember feeling defensive. I thought, how could she disagree that love was a good idea? How could she disagree with MLK about love?
It wasn't until quite a while later that I saw the limitations of my thinking. Now, 3 and a half years into making a life priority out of confronting white and male supremacy head on, I can better understand what I was missing. It is not that the quote that I shared is "bad" or "wrong," or that I am either of those things for posting it. The problem is in the fact that I posted this quote, and then the next day, went about living my life the same way that I always had. I rarely thought about racism. Being white, I never HAD to think about it. Despite considering myself liberal, I wasn't politically engaged, and I certainly was not engaged in consistently exploring my whiteness or working to change the systems that gave me those privileges.
So the problem with posting the quote...and ONLY doing that, is that it let me (and often lets most other white people) off the hook of having to continuously think about and engage with whiteness and racism that shows up even in liberal and progressive circles and cities. MLK wrote, “Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn.” #
White folks...we must do more than be angry at the current president. The is work to be done in our hearts, our minds, and our communities...no matter how liberal or progressive they are. Will you honor his true legacy?
Follow #McGReads to see the books I've learned from in my "reeducation". Check out White People 4 Black Lives in LA @wp4rj AWARELA.org and Showing Up for Racial Justice #SURJ showingupforracialjustice.org/ for tools to get more deeply involved in the struggle against white supremacy. #ThankYouMLK50

#TBT to whining and dining in #Napa

After a day of wine tasting, the topological map on the wall of @archerhotels Napa is nice to look at and also to stabilize oneself on while “walking” to the elevator. #tbt #archergrams @howelltalentrelations #travelpartner

New episode of @wearemanenough drops tomorrow morning on WeAreManEnough.com !!! Thankful to Dr. Michael Kimmel for this framing of how societies expectations about what it means to be “real men” often stands in the way of us having the integrity to be “good men.” #WeAreManEnough #DrMichaelKimmel

“When They Call You A Terrorist” by Patrisse Khan-Cullors & Asha Bandele @osopepatrisse @ashabandele713
Available for pre-order on Amazon. Official release 1/16
Cant recommend this book highly enough. It’s a beautifully written memoir that moves seamlessly between the political and cultural war on Black people to the very real personal impact on Cullors and her family. Feeling deeply inspired by the perseverance and vision of this amazing woman.
#WhenTheyCallYouATerrorist #BlackLivesMatter #PatrisseCullors #AshaBandele #McGReads

Perspective. @ajanaomi_king #htgawm

If this doesn’t make sense to you, watch “13th” on Netflix and read “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. Photo repost from @guerrillafeminism

“Body Positive Power: How To Stop Dieting, Make Peace With Your Body and Live” by Megan Jayne Crabbe aka @bodyposipanda .
Most of us have spent an enormous of time focused on hating our bodies and trying to change them while obsessing about exercise, food, and our “flaws.” And this is especially true for many people around New Years as they set goals for 2018. I would encourage you to pick up this book and add a different perspective instead of starting the next of countless diets and attempts to “finally attain your dream body.” How many times does it take before we realize that this doesn’t work in the long run? Megan’s story is compelling and vulnerable and allows the reader to reflect on their own relationships with diet culture. Diets create weight loss temporarily, but nearly everyone gains the weight back eventually. And we often do a great deal of damage to our mind and our bodies in the lifelong process of trying to attain unrealistic ideals (especially the standards that women are up against). What would happen if we instead focused on loving our bodies, removing the shame of body fat, and cultivating a healthier relationship with our mind and our eating? A lot of good things would happen, as I’m experiencing on my own journey to eliminating the bullshit around food and bodies that holds me back. 😊❤️ #McGReads

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