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Discussion of “great literature” must include critique of systems that decided & still decide what qualifies as “great.” The “Canon” is a construction: it was constructed & is maintained by interests that aren’t necessarily inclusive of the full range of human exp. #DisruptTexts
Too often I see real critiques of the “canon” met with a brief acknowledgment of the importance of diverse texts but then a doubling down of the value of the “canon” / “great literature” / “classics” #DisruptTexts
When legitimate concerns about #RepresentationMatters are brought up, the response is either outright defensiveness or performative agreement. #DisruptTexts
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When I first started writing, the prospect of creating a pen name was enough to get me jumping with anticipation. Finally! A chance to give myself a more exciting last name than the one I was born with, or the unhyphenated, double-barrelled one I got through marriage... A THREAD
Great! I thought. Not only could a good pen name give you ideal placement on the shelves, it could also make you more memorable, accessible, and marketable. In a crowded and competitive world of writers, it was important to be smart about these things.
But the truth is, somewhere deep down, I also believed that no one would buy a book by someone with a Korean name. I feared I’d be written off as an ‘Asian writer’ who was too niche to reach a mainstream audience.
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Guys, I just learned that *A LOT* of people are ableist. 😲
Institutionalized ableism? Check. Welfare spending, scientific research, the medical system, public access, hiring & employment, consumer design, the media. We don't even do the minimum rational, in everyone's self-interest stuff yet.
But then #Afflicted happened and I LOOKED INTO THE SOULS OF MEN.
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Brave, powerful, painful piece by #KellyMarieTran on online harassment of women and POC that is a must-read.
We can't say it enough: #RepresentationMatters.
Our kids are growing up on social media seeing this kind of harassment of people like them.
It must stop.
I stupidly read the thread below @nytimesarts tweet and it was just horrible. I saw ONE supportive tweet. The rest were vicious, calling #KellyMarieTran leaving sm a PR stunt, calling her a terrible actress, etc.

This seems pretty poignant to me, though.
I wonder some days how it is possible for white people (yes, I know I'm white, don't @ me) to go through so much of our American life not seeing the sheer breadth of #racism in this country and how interconnected it is with #misogyny for WOC.

We really must do better.
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Hello friends! As you may have noticed, I’m not the biggest Tweeter. Over the weekend, I'd mostly avoided the interwebs. I’m so happy to see that my story resonated with so many POCs, who’ve grown up with the absence of their stories, their faces on screen.
Part of me is also sad. Nobody should ever feel like they don’t belong in a nation full of colors, built by immigrants. All our stories prove that though we may have all felt isolated growing up, we were by no means alone.
We all need to support diverse media -- whether it be movies, television, news, books, music… The list goes on. Imagine how differently so many of us would’ve looked at ourselves (and others) had our people been regularly reflected in the media we consume. #RepresentationMatters
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I saw #CrazyRichAsians today and it was really good. But since there are some VERY VERY specific white people complaining about why black and Asian Americans are making a big deal out of this movie. I'll break it down for you.(A thread)
The last Hollywood film with a predominantly Asian cast was the "#JoyLuckClub" which was released 25 years ago. From the Motion picture association of America, on average 600 films made in America, are released every year. So about over 15,000 films have been made since 1993.
People like to point out since America is predominately white, they have more white cast movies. Asians are minorities in America (they make up about 5.6%). So by fair logic 5.6% of 15,000 movies (IN AMERICA) is about 840.
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You’re 8 years old.
Your 3rd grade class orders chinese food & your father delivers it. You are so excited to see your pops in school. He’s your hero. But apparently other kids don’t think he’s so cool. They laugh at him and mimic his accent. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.
You’re 9 years old.
You attend ballet camp. Someone tells you that another girl *hates* you. She thinks your eyes are an “ugly shape.” You don’t have the vocabulary to describe why that’s hurtful. But now, you hate your distinctly Asian face. You don’t want to be Chinese anymore.
You’re 16 years old.
It’s Halloween & 2 students come to class dressed as “Asian tourists.” They’ve taped their eyes back, strapped cameras around their necks and chucked up peace signs. You feel uncomfortable. When a teacher asks if you find the costumes offensive, you say no.
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It's the incomparable @CJ_the_Actor!! 🙌 #UnitedShades #DeafTalent
My mom is scrambling to find her glasses right now so she can watch #UnitedShades...HILARIOUS
The disability community is not a monolith. There are worlds within worlds each w/ unique identities, languages, practices, and cultures.

We are part of every community.

There's no way to cover everything in a single episode of tv but it’s a start. #UnitedShades
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CA Dems declined to endorse @SenFeinstein for senate this past weekend calling for "new blood." Before we dismiss the 84 year old senator who broke gender barriers by becoming the first woman senator from California, let's look at Dianne Feinstein's long history #ImWithDianne
Dianne Feinstein began her career in 1970 when she was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. She was the 1st female president of the board in 1978 when Mayor Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk were assassinated. Feinstein discovered Milk's & and announced his death
Feinstein succeeded Moscone as Mayor of San Francisco as the 1st woman to hold that position. In 1992 Feinstein & Barbara Boxer were elected to the senate on the same ballot. They were the 1st women CA senators. In 2012 she claimed the record for the most popular votes w/ 7.75m
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It's taken me all the time between the original tweet and right now to answer this question in a way anyone who doesn't get it could comprehend.

I mean if you're used to seeing yourself glorified, to you it's the norm that black people are commonly portrayed the way we are.

And you might believe that *we are how we are portrayed* on film.
When we say #RepresentationMatters we don't mean just to us. Black people are shown as stereotyped and it is believed widely that us all we are.
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There’s been a lot written about @hillaryclinton’s new book this week. We want to share a few notes. *thread*
Clinton says American electorate wasn't receptive to a history-making narrative, consistent w/@kdittmar research:…
.@HillaryClinton also says sexism played a role in 2016. We explain how in our #GenderWatch2016 report:
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1/ Once upon a time, a Black boy really loved Batman, so he dressed up as him for a school party. All was right with the world until...
2/…another kid, White, told him he couldn’t be Batman because Batman wasn’t Black. That Black boy got his first real taste…
3/…of what it meant to be different. He asked God why he made him Black and didn’t understand...
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