How should citizens be involved in the decision making of the government?
Suppose that citizens were the people creating the policies being implemented for the police, firefighters, etc. What complications and potential ramifications could arise from such a strategy?’
that, Her misconstruction of black identity is evident to viewers as a tool to process pain inflicted by a kind of white violence. Dolezal is the second child born to white fundamentalist Christian parents whose faith and pro-life stance guided them to adopt four black children, who they raised in a socially isolated and homogeneous community in rural Montana. We learn in interviews that her adoptive sister was beaten with “glue gun glue stick” and “black baboon whip” and, later, that her adoptive brother and now-son Izaiah suffered similar abuses. Though she’s never clear about what abuse she might have suffered at the hands of her parents, Ruthanne and Larry Dolezal (who in television interview clips present a “normal” and “respectable” kind of whiteness familiar to many). But their public efforts to discredit their daughter’s elaborate lie surround her identity was apparently in service to another kind of violence: To defend their birth son, Josh — who at the moment of the Dolezal’s unmasking, faced charges of sexual abuse against his adopted sister Esther. (McFadden) Dolezal’s inability to relate to her white ancestry is one of relatability, myself, being a man of Native American ancestry descended from Big River First Nation, I too struggle and essentially cannot connect with Native American culture, although I identify as Native American, I’m relate more closely with western white culture, but I digress. Not everyone is going to understand the reasoning or mentality behind Dolezal’s transracial lifestyle, however, agree or disagree it is an important topic to discuss and keep an open mind about. If feminists are constantly dictating which feminist groups or individual opinions or methods are valid, or gatekeeping how fellow feminists are allowed or disallowed to identify themselves as, what are we left with? Julia Kristeva, a Bulgarian-French philosopher says The belief that “one is a woman” is almost as absurd and obscurantist as the belief that “one is a man”. I say “almost” because there are still many goals which women can achieve: freedom of abortion and contraception, day-care centres for children, equality on the job, etc. Therefore, we must use “we are women” as an advertisement or slogan for our demands. On a deeper level, however, a woman cannot “be”; it is something which does not even belong in the order of being. It follows that a feminist practice can only be negative, at odds with what already exists so that we may say “that’s not it” and “that’s still not it”. In “woman” I see something that cannot be represented, something above and beyond nomenclatures and ideologies. (qtd. in Kelly). In other words, Kristeva believes that the term feminism shouldn’t b>GET ANSWER