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La Lioness Priyanka

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Name: Priyanka
Gender: Female
Hometown: NYC
Home country: United States
Member since: Tue Jul 8, 2003, 01:35 PM
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Some one made a point to tell me that i had not commented much about the Orlando shooting

and yes, they are right, I have not. And I haven't not because I don't care about dead gay brown kids but because they all remind me of myself, my brother, my best friends etc.

Those kids could easily been my brother and me partying in the early 2000's at a club. Those kids looked so much like us back then too. (yes, i know they were not all kids, but a large number were)

I have not commented because it makes me so very upset and sick. Not because I don't care.

And yes, i do attribute it to homophobia and guns and mental illness and radical religious craziness.

Whether or not it is internalized homophobia or other form of homophobia, we as a broader are responsible for creating a climate against queer people. And that climate is created by laws, politicians, religion, cultural practices etc. So whether a person is straight and holds this hatred, or whether they are queer and holds this hatred, they are still reflecting society.

We as a society have somehow allowed crazy military style guns to be considered normal.

We as a society sort of shrug when religious people talk about gay people going to hell and deserving death.

We have all to some degree allowed this sort of craziness to continue.

And I am sure that a single gun law will not fix it.

And I don't think we should stop with guns, we should rally around these transphobic laws and other things that create this hostile climate to continue against queer people.

But the more the more we choose to do absolutely nothing, the more we allow these climates to foster. The more we say, 'kill more gay brown kids, doesn't really matter, life goes on'


Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Jun 23, 2016, 03:18 PM (37 replies)

Crediting white men with the work of minorities and women

A few times today I've seen on DU the crediting of the ideas/work of minorities or women to white men. I am sure no one is being intentionally racist or sexist, however, this has a long history. Most minorities and women could tell you of a time when a white man was credited with their idea at work or school. This is a very common occurrence, and frequently when women have tried to reclaim their achievement they are seen as being petty/not sportsmanlike/not gracious.

Again, I am sure that NO one on DU is doing this intentionally, but please be aware that this sort of thing has happened to a lot of us in our lives (and is well documented in research/academia), so maybe just try to avoid doing it.





Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 05:29 PM (231 replies)

The Clinton's and HIV/AIDS: again, let's not lie about them/her

..while Sanders’ comments are welcome, his record is nowhere near equivalent to Clinton’s record, as Black AIDS Institute founder Phill Wilson noted on Facebook. He said, in part:

“For folks who are going to vote solely on a candidate’s HIV/AIDS record, including Secretary Clinton’s horrific revisionist statement about Nancy and Ronald Reagan, Bernie Sanders was elected to Congress in 1991, during some of the darkest days of the AIDS epidemic. While our brothers and sisters were dying and we were fighting for our lives, Senator Sanders was largely silent. I do not recall him demonstrating any leadership on this issue. On the other hand, Secretary Clinton has been there on this issue, every step of the way. I first met Secretary Clinton at AIDS Project Los Angeles in 1992 during Bill Clinton’s first presidential bid. Secretary Clinton demonstrated leadership then and continued to fight with and for us on this issue as first lady, Senator, and Secretary of State. When my lover Chris Brownlie died in 1989, President and Mrs. Clinton sent me a letter. Where was Senator Sanders? There are probably many reasons to vote or against Secretary Clinton or Senator Sanders, but if your litmus test is their track record on HIV/AIDS, we should be angry and hurt, but it would be nice if we could also be fair.”


http://www.huffingtonpost.com/karen-ocamb/hillary-clintons-record-on-aids_b_9463134.html


About the Clinton Foundation and HIV/AIDS

Our ruling

Clinton said 9 million people have lower-cost HIV/AIDS medicine thanks to the efforts of the Clinton Foundation and her husband. Bill Clinton started the foundation and its first big project was the Clinton Health Access Initiative. The program focused on using market mechanisms to reduce treatment costs. Costs have fallen dramatically and the initiative remains a key global player in maintaining a steady supply of affordable drugs.

If anything, Clinton understated the number of people who have benefited from the program. We rate this claim True.


http://www.politifact.com/global-news/statements/2016/jun/15/hillary-clinton/clinton-clinton-foundation-helped-9-million-lower-/


Read the articles. Read other things that the Clinton's have done on HIV/AIDS. Stop using the one incorrect statement she made to invalidate an entire body of work on HIV/AIDS activism and leadership.
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Jun 17, 2016, 01:18 PM (31 replies)

Slighly Lounge-y post, but I passed my comprehensive exams yesterday

and wanted to share that with you guys. So I'm in a doctoral program, and in April, I passed my master's thesis and last month I sat for our comprehensive exams, and yesterday I learnt that I passed those.

It's been a really rough few months for me, my mom was diagnosed with Cancer in March (she's actually ok now), then my grandmother who was a huge influence in my life, died just a week before comps. Followed by being doxxed and having to change my phone number, so this is a really welcome piece of news.

Thank you for letting me share this here
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Jun 2, 2016, 10:41 AM (66 replies)

I blame those of you who deny the influence of race and gender on the lives of women and POC

for what happened to me last week.

A recap of what happened can be found in the AA forum, but in case you missed it, here is what happened


So I've had quite the post racial day

I woke with a troll demanding an apology to white men on du on my private email address

Followed by a demand to delete a thread of mine with my phone number attached. Which I complied with because I didn't want crazy crank calls.

Then I received this message 'In future though, don't fuck with white men. Don't post anything negative about white men. Don't talk about white privilege, because there's no such
thing as white privilege. The bullshit and hate speech that white men have
to listen to on DU will no longer be tolerated. Things are going to
change. You can warn the rest too, because they're no longer anonymous
either.'


So I'm thinking we should have a conversation about the level of privilege you have in society where you feel entitled to stalk someone and then instruct them about what they can and cannot discuss publicly


All of you who deny race in multiple aspects of life, whether it be the fact that the large number of trolls on the internet are white men who stalk women and minorities, who deny the existence of discrimination in police practices and hiring, who deny the importance of the black vote, create a climate that allows this to occur in.

The next time you deny the existence of white privilege or male privilege, remember you side with the fucking trolls of the world. Congratulations to you.



Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Mon May 23, 2016, 11:21 AM (212 replies)

So I've had quite the post racial day

I woke with a troll demanding an apology to white men on du on my private email address

Followed by a demand to delete a thread of mine with my phone number attached. Which I complied with because I didn't want crazy crank calls.

Then I received this message 'In future though, don't fuck with white men. Don't post anything negative about white men. Don't talk about white privilege, because there's no such
thing as white privilege. The bullshit and hate speech that white men have
to listen to on DU will no longer be tolerated. Things are going to
change. You can warn the rest too, because they're no longer anonymous
either.'


So I'm thinking we should have a conversation about the level of privilege you have in society where you feel entitled to stalk someone and then instruct them about what they can and cannot discuss publicly

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri May 20, 2016, 10:08 PM (91 replies)

Notice when he wins, even though polls indicated he might not

No one is talking about fraud and cheating and how much the democratic primary rules suck.

Because men earn what they get, the rest of us clearly can only win by cheating the system.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Tue May 3, 2016, 09:28 PM (35 replies)

After the primary season ends (June) will advocating third party runs and stating that one will not

vote for the candidate selected result in being banned from DU?

If not, why not.

Also, some juror commented on something that i had alerted on that TOS does not apply till primaries are over, in specific to advocating third party candidates, is this accurate?
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Fri Apr 29, 2016, 01:17 PM (4 replies)

There was this moment on DU about 8 years that removed all my beliefs that liberals were not racist

or sexist or homophobic/biphobic.

It's a long story, and one that I don't want to rehash all of, but at the time I used to post in the DU lounge a lot. And a 'war' of sorts broke out between me and two other du'ers. In every internet battle people take sides and that was fine and dandy, but so many of the attacks against me were based in race, weight, gender, and sexuality. This happened on DU and several websites off DU. It was also remarkable how many people believed the white people over me, with no proof that i had said or done any of the things I was alleged to have done.

Anyway, prior to that I used to believe that liberals were better than conservatives on interpersonal racism and other ism's. Post that, i realized that fault lines can easily occur based on gender, race, etc and people protect their own.

I moved from India to NYC and while i had faced interpersonal sexism/homophobia, but maybe just one race related encounter. Till this happened on DU.

I'm sure everyone involved will tell you none of this had anything to do with race, but to me this will always be the moment I learnt how much race mattered even among liberals, even in very low stakes situations.

And the moment was brought to me not by conservatives, but by liberals.

(just wanted to say that i am not saying conservatives are better on race, just that a lot of liberals are not as post-race post-gender as they like to think they are)
Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Thu Apr 28, 2016, 01:06 PM (46 replies)

I am deeply suspicious of people posting the article on Obama's criticism of BLM

either on DU or on other social media (facebook, twitter etc.)


Obama is black and has suffered from institutionalized racism. He has black kids and black nieces and nephews, and other family. When he criticizes BLM, one can safely assume he is talking about strategies that work and strategies that don't work. He is coming from a place of actual concern.

When non-black people start parroting these concern, one wonders if they are concern trolling. Do you only care about their strategies in as much as in affects your candidate (Bill, Hillary, Bernie, Jeb, Trump etc.)?

It's hard to say if you actually value black lives, or whether you are concern trolling because this movement is inconveniently timed for you.

Posted by La Lioness Priyanka | Sun Apr 24, 2016, 02:13 PM (57 replies)
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