A Research Post on how Racism, Capitalism, and Sexism created American Slavery (prelude)

I’ve been spontaneously researching this the last few days after I saw a post making a shocking claim that “only 1.4% of people owned slaves in 1860!”, followed by claims that the first slaveowner was in fact, black.

Obviously, these are pretty big claims, and I realised I knew nothing about the start or timeline of slavery, despite having studied the following civil rights movement in GSCE history. All I knew was that slavery had happened, was influential in the American and British economy, and had ended…I wasn’t even sure exactly when it had ended.

Over the following few days, I’ve filled myself in through some vigorous wikipedia-mining, and now feel confident enough in my basic knowlege to assert firstly that:

  1.  Yes, if you manipulate the ownership statistics, you can find a 1.4% statistic, but this ignores joint ownership and profits by families, the wider effects of people who did not directly enslave others, the fact this is only one point in time, and most importantly, the fact that slavery was already illegal in the Northern states by the time of this census!
  2. Yes, Anthony Johnson was the first man legally declared a slave-owner, with the word “slave” used to describe the lifetime servitude that worker John Casor was legally bound to following a dispute over ownership of his contract. However, this ignores the fact that there had already been men enslaved for life, as punishments, and that first usage in a court document does not reflect the first practise of slavery.

But there is so much more, most interestingly in how sex and capitalism intersect with the already obvious racial dynamic at play, and also how religion played a far stronger role than one might expect.

I’m looking forward to finding more resources from author’s other than “Wikipedia”, and magnifying their insights and words too in my research.

Social Model of Disability: Autism

Amazing report on autism in the workplace by Janine Booth for the Trade Union Congress. Could not recommend reading this more, it presents an in depth view of how the social model of disability interacts with the workplace for autistic individuals:

https://www.tuc.org.uk/sites/default/files/Autism.pdf

Scope, the disability charity, covers the social model of disability in more breadth from a variety of disability advocates in this beautifully straightforward video:

Female Autism

Actually amazing resource on female autism… It’s considerably underdiagnosed in AFAB people (note: the data lacks a distinction between sex and gender), so this is a really interesting and educational read.

https://taniaannmarshall.wordpress.com/2013/03/26/moving-towards-a-female-profile-the-unique-characteristics-abilities-and-talents-of-asperwomen-adult-women-with-asperger-syndrome/

The stigma around autism is, like most stigma’s, incredibly pointless. Life is a spectrum and we all have traits, and autism is just a name for having this particular group of traits, to some degree, and that is okay, because we are not all the same, and it definitely doesn’t mean there is, or has to be, a hierarchy involved. In fact, the talents of autism are often hidden or shamed, because of needless stigma.

One of my major pet peeves is people who make distinctions between “high” and “low” functioning autism, which is particularly influenced and elegantly explained in this post, by actually autistic and “low” functioning adult autistic woman with an amazing educational blog.

Another very important factor to remember is that, even in the images in the blog post about symptoms, it’s illustrated with only white women, and that is reflective of the general norm. Alongside the higher male-coding of autism, it is also massively under-diagnosed and recognised in black and latinx people, often mistaken for Borderline Personality Disorder or psychosis. (More on that in its own post later.)

More information (US-based) of diagnosis trends can be found here, in the CDC website (though autism is not a disease of any form, only a neurotype, so this is a misleading site name.)

TEDWomen Shout-Out! (Plus some collaborative resourcing!)

In one of my first collaborative posts, my friend has posted one of her favourite TEDWomen talks.
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Here is a link to the TEDWomen talks, as they relate to this page (though they are likely more I missed, but I had to narrow down content somehow).
There are some amazing ones, it’s well worth watching them! (Sheryl Sandberg and Maysoon Zayid are a couple of my favourites).
https://www.ted.com/talks?page=1&q=women&sort=newest

I also wanted to link one of the videos on here to entice people in, so here is another of my favourites:

(Cue me rushing to find a way to embed youtube videos properly into blog posts!)

Inter-feminism discourse (as I call it) doesn’t really get talked about much, it’s the meta of social activism. But it’s also really important to be aware that how we interact with each other, can say a lot about how effective we can be together. Bigger post from me coming on that one day, but for now, watch Roxane’s video, and I’ll set up a proper link in my resources page to the TED Talks site, an organisation that produces both fantastic and seriously suspicious content, but when it’s right it’s almost too much to bear.

Deafness, Lyrics and Music Videos

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Amazingly educational post by tumblr user andreashettle; about how deafness covers more than people with zero hearing, and how music can be made more inclusive with the addition of lyrics. It’s actually ridiculous how misrepresented disability is in mainstream media and education, resulting in many people not understanding how blurred the spectrum of ability really is, and what disability really entails, and how to genuinely make a difference to being inclusive. A similar point would be the ability of some wheelchair users to stand or even walk short distances, and how this too is erased in popular media, resulting in public ignorance and assumptions about “lazy” wheelchair users. More on that later.

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Facebook Pages

I will add a specific resources page for the facebook pages which I follow and recommend. But not tonight, not all in one go! But watch this space, or more specifically, the Resources tag on my page. Looking forward to getting a really comprehensive list, as there’s some really amazing content creators out there that I simply can’t remember all in one go.

Plans for Blogifying My Social Justice Media experience

The PLAN: The plan will be to post links initially on facebook, with links to a permanent and tagged version on WordPress, with additional write-up and description. I also plan to add an organised resources page, filed by type of structural force, to help people find new and relevant resources for various conversations and research.


The big question is, where to start? I’ve been blogging and actively sharing posts about social justice causes for about 3 years solid now: that’s a lot of links, and a lot of topics! I’ve also swapped out my browser a couple of times, making my bookmarks more than a little spread-out, and definitely less accessible than they could be!

However, I said I’d start yesterday, and it’s better late than never! I’m going to start today by sharing some excellent posts from tumblr, and a couple of articles that I shared recently on Facebook, and then attempting to add these to a resources page. Should be a start!

I’m also very excited about collaborating with the National Feminist Student Society to create an interactive map of Social Justice events taking place in the UK, that is, if they give me permission to use the information shared on their page () and that is if WordPress contains a widget capable of recording and displaying events on a google-maps plug in….so quite a lot of if’s really, but exciting for me nonetheless…think of the potential! Accessible displays of justice events all in one place? We might even get more people discovering them! Big dreams.