Links For March 10, 2015

What happened when I confronted my cruellest troll

We talked for two-and-a-half hours. He was shockingly self-aware. He told me that he didn’t hate me because of rape jokes – the timing was just a coincidence – he hated me because, to put it simply, I don’t hate myself. Hearing him explain his choices in his own words, in his own voice, was heartbreaking and fascinating. He said that, at the time, he felt fat, unloved, “passionless” and purposeless. For some reason, he found it “easy” to take that out on women online.


Twitter CEO: 'We suck at dealing with abuse'

We HAVE to be able to tell each other the truth, and the truth that everybody in the world knows is that we have not effectively dealt with this problem even remotely to the degree we should have by now, and that’s on me and nobody else. So now we’re going to fix it, and I’m going to take full responsibility for making sure that the people working night and day on this have the resources they need to address the issue, that there are clear lines of responsibility and accountability, and that we don’t equivocate in our decisions and choices.


A Black Mississippi Judge’s Breathtaking Speech To 3 White Murderers

I asked the question earlier, but what could transform these young adults into the violent creatures their victims saw? It was nothing the victims did … they were not championing any cause … political … social … economic … nothing they did … not a wolf whistle … not a supposed crime … nothing they did. There is absolutely no doubt that in the view of the court the victims were targeted because of their race. The simple fact is that what turned these children into criminal defendants was their joint decision to act on racial hatred. In the eyes of these defendants (and their co-conspirators) the victims were doomed at birth. … Their genetic makeup made them targets.


Deaf Rappers Fight to be Heard in a Field Dominated by Sound

Rapper Darius “Prinz-D” McCall grew up in Birmingham, Alabama’s projects and there’s a trace of twang in his deep, smooth flow. He’s worked with a speech therapist for years to eliminate audio evidence of his Deafness and frankly, considering his performance and recordings, his hustle paid off. In general, his Southern-fried trappy style is on par with the chest-puffed, slurry delivery of say, Soulja Boy. Or T.I.


Oregon's Kate Brown just became the first openly bisexual governor in American history

In an essay for Out and Elected in the USA, Brown wrote that, after she came out, some of her “gay friends” called her “half-queer,” and an elderly conservative legislator said to her, “Read in the Oregonian a few months ago you were bisexual. Guess that means I still have a chance?” She continued, “Some days I feel like I have a foot in both worlds, yet never really belonging to either.”