Linkspam, 6/21/13 Edition

Written by Natalie Luhrs

I'm a lifelong geek with a passion for books and social justice.

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June 21, 2013

"The Moon", Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2012.

“The Moon”, Paul Roden + Valerie Lueth, 2012.

Finally, this sums up my feelings about people who try so hard to build community only to have it thrown back in their faces: Sad Trombone.

Also! Late breaking! Bryan Thomas Schmidt is still telling people they’re doing it wrong! (screencap) I am so glad that he is around to tell us how to do things! Man. I mean, just MAN. I love how he claims that the people telling him that he’s upholding the status quo and arguing in bad faith (as proven by his actions and his words) are “uninformed assumers with no credibility”.  I think that means he doesn’t know who we are?

Bryan Thomas Schmidt: you do not get to set the terms of engagement. You do not get to tell people who have been told, in various ways throughout their lives, that they need to be nice and polite if they want you–or anyone else–to listen to them.

You think you are an authority. You are not. Authority is earned, not assumed.  You haven’t earned it.  The difference between us? I know I’m not an authority. I’m just an opinionated woman with a website and a low tolerance for bullshit. And I’m okay with that.

Why are you so interested in dictating terms of engagement? What do you get from it? How does it hurt you, personally, if people talk about how racism and sexism in our community make them angry? It doesn’t. It just makes you uncomfortable–and, for whatever reason, you value your comfort over justice. And I find that to be appalling.

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  1. jennygadget

    Thank you for the links and your kind words!

    I’m actually rather fascinated myself how many people are using words like “fascinating” to describe my post. I tend to forget that not everyone has collection development in mind when talking about books! But since I do, I tend to hear arguments or indifference to diversity as “but the library is for ME, not all those other people.”

    Also, I’m still very curious what kinds of responses BTS is categorizing as “attacks” :p I suspect it’s anything short of “I agree with you and think you are the best!”

    “I think that means he doesn’t know who we are?”

    I think this means he’s an ostrich. Or toddler. And thinks that if he doesn’t look at us closely enough to learn our names and address us as individuals, then no one else can either.

  2. Natalie

    @jennygadget: Well, I’m not a librarian! And while I worked in a library for a few years in high school (I was a page), I didn’t recognize until I was older and had librarian friends that librarianship was much more complicated than it looked to me when I was 15 years old. I really wish the librarians I worked for had talked to me more about it–I didn’t even know at the time that it required an advanced degree!

    As for BTS, I suspect you’re right. I know for a fact that some of the comments he’s characterizing as attacks are no such thing. I thought his “circle the wagons” comment was very telling. Not quite as telling as “rabid jungle cats” but still quite revealing nonetheless.

  3. SL Huang

    Oh, man, the citizenship test was fascinating! I did almost exactly what you did — I mixed up 3 of the Justices and mixed up the Gettysburg Address with the Declaration of Independence in the quotes section (which I find rather embarrassing considering how much I’ve studied them in the past). The test seemed kind of crazy — I don’t really think being able to identify landmarks by sight or Justices by face is really all that important; isn’t knowing watershed Court decisions more important than knowing faces? And what about current laws, or the Bill of Rights? It was kind of weird to me what they chose to put on there. I also found it fascinating how many points I got for having exercised all of my petitioning/protesting rights — kind of cool that that’s considered a positive.

    As for BTS: I just don’t know what to say anymore. Condescension is sometimes harder for me to deal with than anything else. Maybe I should just tell him that my inclination to write angry protests against authority apparently makes me a better citizen than he is. *snerk*


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