WTF Wednesday

I am so confused about what is going on with the Jussie Smollet situation. All charges have been dropped against him, but he had to forfeit his bail money? What does this mean for the brothers and their involvement? WHAT DOES ANY OF IT MEAN??? I also appreciate the people pretending that if he was a white Trump supporter, then he would be “buried under the jail” and how there is “no justice for conservatives.” IN WHAT WORLD?!?! Anyway, I do not know what to think about this, but I have QUESTIONS.

This is how wealthy people (typically white) influence and cheat the system regularly, so  also be mad at all the people like Brock Turner, O.J. Simpson, Robert H. Richards IV, Robert Blake, Kobe Bryant, R. Kelly, Lindsay Lohan, Ethan Couch, Vince Neil, Paris Hilton and on and on and on. All of this is to say, MONEY AND FAME CAN BUY ANYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY.

I was recently in a conversation with a male colleague about some people who had advanced in their careers despite a long pattern of problematic and lazy behavior. I was deeply frustrated by one person in particularly who I believe to be a DEEPLY TERRIBLE HUMAN, and I remarked that “white guys are so good at failing upward.” The guy I was speaking to said, “You know, I am really sick of that narrative.” OH REALLY.

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I told him that I was really sick of living in that reality. If he is sick of that narrative, then he needs to take a more active role in holding people accountable for their shit work and stop protecting poorly performing male employees because they “have a family.” They should have thought about that before showing up late and leaving early every day and getting nothing done while also being super rude for no reason.

People at work frequently ask me for feedback on something they have written. I recently proofed a position description for someone and removed “he or she” and replaced it with “they.” The person responded that it was not correct and that he would fix it for me. I replied that in order to be inclusive of the community of people who do not identify as a binary gender, then we should use “they” which is not gender specific. He responded that I do not get to make those kinds of decisions about language.

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I told him that English evolves and if we are going to respect the diverse population on our campus, then we need to change with the times. This is a teeny tiny thing that we can do to make our campus more welcoming. He refused to make my edits, but I secretly told HR and was DELIGHTED when they posted it with “they” instead of “he or she.”

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Also, do not waste my time asking for my edits if you do not actually want them. I have plenty to do already!

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