An informational resource maintained by a small community of educational activists at UMass Boston with goals to broaden understanding, promote social justice, and resist systemic oppression.
Resources for resisiting hatred and oppression.
Not My Normal is an informational resource for resisting normalization of hatred, oppression, and discrimination. What is happening currently is not disconnected from our history, and it is not embodied in one person or represented by one election. Immigrants and refugees; Muslims, Sikhs, and other religious minorities; people of color; women; LBGT people; people in poverty; and their allies are fighting oppression. Some people may feel that the current hatred is their “normal,” because it is what they frequently experience. But “normal” suggests something more than frequency. However much oppression has been many people's ongoing experience, we believe it should never be normalized. It should never be accepted as status quo, as customary, as inevitable, or as tolerable. Even those of us who have been coping with oppression a long time can refuse to accept that this should be a personal “normal.” This curated list of resources is maintained by a small community of educational activists with goals to broaden understanding, promote social justice, and resist systemic oppression in the current times.