Here’s a word of advice: avoid people who use words like “visibilize.” They’re bad people, in the same vein as people who use words like “heteropatriarchal” and throw the word “paradigm” around far more than is healthy. Anna Shireman-Grabowski of Middlebury College in Vermont (who is also a Salon contributor) could have used this advice before no doubt falling under the sway of a few pseudo-intellectual professors who filled her head full of garbage, leading her and a small group of friends to remove 2,977 flags from in front of the college’s Mead Chapel on Wednesday to protest a September 11 memorial.
My intention was not to cause pain but to visibilize the necessity of honoring all human life and to help a friend heal from the violence of genocide that she carries with her on a daily basis as an indigenous person. While the American flags on the Middlebury hillside symbolize to some the loss of innocent lives in New York, to others they represent centuries of bloody conquest and mass murder. As a settler on stolen land, I do not have the luxury of grieving without an eye to power.
When you use the word visibilize, you have been listening to your Transgendered Native American Theory professor too much.
When you listen to your Transgendered Native American Theory professor too much, you destroy a September 11 memorial.
When you destroy a September 11 memorial, everyone in the comments section of the school’s blog thinks you’re a douche.
Don’t use the word visibilize.
Oh, looks like her illiterate friend Amanda Lickers made a statement:
yesterday i went to occupied abenaki territory. i was invited to middlebury college to facilitate a workshop on settler responsibility and decolonization. i walked across this campus whose stone wall structures weigh heavy on the landscape. the history of eugenics, genocide and colonial violence permeate that space so fully like a ghost everywhere descending. it was my understanding that this site is occupying an abenaki burial ground; a sacred site.
Good job, Anna. The people on campus hate you, but maybe you can get a job cooking frybread when you graduate with your Gender and Ethnic Studies degree.
Update: Huh. Had I known so many people would show up, I would have worn something nicer. Welcome The Other McCain and Regular Right Guy readers. Proof that Wombat-socho really is the King of the Internet.
Update II: Aaaaand a twofer. Linked again at The Other McCain, this time by the proprietor. Words of wisdom:
Although she has attempted to atone for her existence by denouncing pipelines, fracking and the genocide of indigenous persons, the real problem is Anna Shireman-Grabowski herself.
The United Nations is considering a resolution to condemn her, but this will probably be too late to save the endangered penguins.
Mic drop. I’m putting the blog to bed for the evening. Tip your waitresses.
Update III: Welcome to readers from The Daley Gator. Talk about a good weekend.