As a university tutor in my hometown, a city which is roughly 40% black and 37% white, I still had students asking me, “Do they just never learn how to talk right?” I pull up a chair when this happens, “Listen up, gang.” So what do I tell them? Well, the goal is to convey that, scientifically speaking, non-standard varieties of English such as the English spoken by Rachel Jeantel and the ‘proper English’ they’ve been taught are equally communicative. I go over the differences and point out that both have a rule system that must be followed to speak convincingly.
But then, I don’t see why there should need to be that justification. So I end up trying to teach respect. If they have a student that speaks a non-standard variety of English, they need to understand that that student is therefore competent in understanding at least two versions of English: the version they speak at home and other safe environments, and the one forced upon them when listening to you. Respect that.
The alarmingly pervasive idea that standard English equates to ‘good grammar’ and non-standard English equates to ‘bad grammar’ is false and exclusionary. When it’s used in conjunction with intelligence and credibility of a young black woman, it’s reminiscent of the faulty scientific racism of “The Bell Curve.” But language shaming is currently acceptable behavior in the status quo. It is one of the last bastions of unabashed racism and classism."
"It turns out procrastination is not typically a function of laziness, apathy or work ethic as it is often regarded to be. It’s a neurotic self-defense behavior that develops to protect a person’s sense of self-worth.
You see, procrastinators tend to be people who have, for whatever reason, developed to perceive an unusually strong association between their performance and their value as a person. This makes failure or criticism disproportionately painful, which leads naturally to hesitancy when it comes to the prospect of doing anything that reflects their ability — which is pretty much everything."
I’ve posted this before but I’m posting it again because it’s just so important and really gets at the heart of why so much advice about procrastination, much of it targeted at people who have ADHD but are just considered “lazy,” fails. Before you can tell someone to “just do it already,” you need to think about the reasons they’re NOT doing it, like all the meanings they’ve attached to vague terms like “success” and “failure.”
That resonates too much. As I sit on tumblr at 1 in the morning, avoid studying for a test I have at noon today.
I wish I did more actual finishing of drawings so I could post all my pretty arts to dA and tumblr and become famous art person. Become famous art person who gets paid to draw cute chibis.
Instead, I somehow manage to spend two hours I should have spent sleeping looking for art on the internet to make into buttons… and then making a family tree for my new tabletop rpg character I’ll be playing for the first time this Saturday.
Also finding cool gift ideas but that’s just a whole ‘nother bag of worms.
WALLAH I’M SORRY I KEEP POSTING STUFF FOR DIFFERENT PROJECTS
But since Bee is doing her Magical Girl Challenge this month, I wanted to revive this old project we dreamed up a while back but lost momentum on. A lot of our backburner projects tend to ebb and burst randomly like this, so I’m sorry if we seem really unfocused, ahhh orz
Adelaide and Wen are the same girls from this picture
Anyway, most of the info is in the pictures themselves, so enjoy!
Can you pick a favorite? :D
I totally wanna look like Wen
I need this in my life so badly
That is literally some of the best character design I’ve ever seen.
Some more redesigns for the Repair her armor contest. This time the lingerie “armour” and the creative healer stereotype. These are all the redesigns I managed before the deadline.
Which one should I choose to finish properly and submit?
Now that the contest is over, I can finally show these WONDERFUL designs!