The Bastardization of Mental Illness

Nick Nakorn:

This really rang some bells for me; having been the victim of several serious racist attacks and countless minor ones, I have experienced the virtual dismissal of therapists who quite simply do not think the issue serious. To be traumatized and depressed by being a victim is apparently less important these days than assigning illness to the violent oppressor. We are told we are making a fuss about nothing while the oppressors are offered sympathy.

If white commentators start to come to a consensus that racism is a mental illness, I think we should counter with – ‘No, denying racism is the mental illness, racism is culturally endemic.’

Originally posted on Media Diversified:

by Maira Butt

The killer in the recent Charleston shootings is already having his horrific racist actions deconstructed under the guise of mental health problems. Already, his case is being treated as nuanced and complex, his history, upbringing, personality and background are being dealt with gently, with a judge even sympathising with his family for what he has done. And as always, we think, why does this same level of sympathy and empathy not translate to any for brown and black people? For any non-white, person of colour?

At the same time we are flaccidly unsurprised. Yet the gall with which the double-standards are being applied is becoming increasingly explicit, if it wasn’t so already. Dylan Roof decked out in a bulletproof vest was…

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The Nagara MG Midget 1500 Continental

I’ve not mentioned much on this blog that I’m a petrol-head.  I think that every-day transport and commuting should rightly take place on public transport, where practical, and that personal motor transport should be reserved for fun and special occasions unless one’s work actually demands the use of a lorry, car, van or motorcycle.

So my petrol-headedness welcomes the advent of electric cars and more cycling as well as more light-rail and integrated transport links. But I still love old classic cars and have at last returned to that love to produce an MG Midget that I think British Leyland should have made themselves back in the 1970s.

The Nagara 100 bhp Triumph 1500 engine being fitted along with a 5-speed gearbox.

The Nagara 100 bhp Triumph 1500 engine being fitted along with a 5-speed gearbox.

The prototype is still under construction though the design work and mechanical alterations are pretty much finished. The new bodywork is next on the list.

For more, please go to the NagaraMG public blog. If you’d like to become a part of this project, please do get in touch.

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