“She does not know her beauty. She thinks her brown body has no glory. If she could dance, naked, under palm trees, and see her image in the river, she would know. But there are no palm trees on the streets and the dishwasher gives back no image.”—Nina Simone - Images (via iyaricorazon)
did anyone else see the edward snowden interview in the guardian about two days ago where he said that most of the NSA agents doing checks through people’s data are men aged 18-22 and that when they access photographs of attractive women naked they all send them to each other for reasons that are 100% not professional
like, if you have naked selfies on your phone, even if you have never sent them to anyone or moved them anywhere, these fucking mouthbreathers could be downloading them and sending them to all their friends
A federal appeals court struck down a law aimed at closing the state’s lone abortion provider.
The last abortion clinic in Mississippi has been on the brink of closure for nearly two years. But the fight to shutter the Jackson Women’s Health Organization may have ended Tuesday, when the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the strict anti-abortion measure that would have closed its doors forever.
The court fight to save the clinic began in 2012, after state lawmakers passed a bill requiring abortion providers to have admitting privileges at a local hospital—or else face criminal charges. Restrictive anti-abortion bills had already closed several clinics in the state, and, had the Fifth Circuit not ruled against the state, Mississippi waspoised to become the first state since Roe v. Wade without a single abortion provider.
Attorneys for the Jackson Women’s Health Organization argued that admitting privileges were unconstitutional and not medically necessary for the safety of its clients. (The clinic, after all, already had a patient-transfer agreement with a local hospital for rare cases in which a patient required hospitalization.) A federal judge was receptive to this argument and blockedthe law from going into effect; in response, the state of Mississippi appealed the ruling to the Fifth Circuit.
Amid the legal wrangling, the Jackson Women’s Health Organization attempted to obtain admitting privileges to comply with the law. As Mother Joneshas reported, all seven hospitals where the Jackson Women’s Health Organization was eligible for admitting privileges turned the clinic down. This was partly because its providers travel to Mississippi from out of state, and partly because hospitals refused to be associated with abortion.
The doctors’ applications have been rejected by every hospital they’ve approached. Two hospitals wouldn’t let them apply at all. Five others denied the applications for “administrative” reasons, before even completely reviewing the doctors’ qualifications. Their rejection letters cited their policies regarding abortion and “concern about disruption to the hospital’s business within the community.” The clinic wrote follow-up letters to make sure the hospitals understood that the doctors were only seeking privileges to comply with the new law and wouldn’t actually be providing abortions at the hospital, but no dice.
But on Tuesday, the appeals court ruled, “Mississippi may not shift its obligation to respect the established constitutional rights of its citizens to another state.” It is not yet clear if the state will appeal to the US Supreme Court. But the decision—short of intervention from high court—means the clinic will remain open for the foreseeable future.
this isn’t shade to anyone, but yall need to stop acting surprised when your fave celebs fuck up. they’re part of a ruling class who are thoroughly isolated from concrete global issues and catastrophes and actually rely on the disenfranchisement of others to sustain their status. their entire persona is inherently problematic as ultimate beneficiaries of capitalism. what ethics do you expect, idgi
Everything comes in steps.
Negative step one: Get the white out of your hair.
Negative step two: Get the white out of your mind.
Negative step three: Get the white out of your parties.
Negative step four: Get the white out of your meetings.
BLACK STEP ONE:
Get the feeling out - this may be painful - endure.
BLACK STEP TWO:
Outline and implement the program.
All honkies and some negroes will have to die.
This is unfortunate but necessary.
Black law must be implemented.
The Black Liberation Front must take responsibility
for Black people.
If the choice is between the able and faithful,
the faithful must be chosen.
Blackness is its own qualifier.
Blackness is its own standard.
There are no able negroes.
White degrees to not qualify negroes to run
the Black Revolution.
The Black Liberation Front must set the standards.
There are international rules.
Acquaint yourself with the Chinese, the Vietnamese,
and other Black Revolutions.
We have tried far too long to ally with whites.
YouTube comments aren’t “just the Internet.” They’re not the product of a group of otherwise nice guys who suddenly become evil when they wear a veil of anonymity. YouTube comments are actually a nightmarish glimpse into the sexist attitudes that define the fabric of our own existence in the “real world,” a world that, like YouTube, is owned and dominated by men. The most terrifying gift that the Internet has given us is that it’s shown us how men honestly perceive the world: as a place where women exist exclusively for their sexual pleasure.
In the wake of VidCon, and as more and more women start speaking up about the harassment they face online, it’s time to start realizing that our narrative of progress is deeply flawed. Things aren’t getting better for women on the Internet; they’re deteriorating and ignoring the problem amounts to being complicit in it.
“The primary causes of poverty lie not in individual behavior at all, but in specific social and historical structures, in forces outside any single person’s control. If you haven’t lived it or even seen it firsthand, there’s almost no way to imagine it. Living in the ghetto, one faces problems with public housing, family violence, drug and alcohol abuse, the drug trade, negligent landlords, criminals, illness, guns, isolation, hunger, ethnic antagonisms, racism, and other obviously negative forces. Even forces that might seem positive in other circumstances- the law, the media, government, neighbors, police- can, in the ghetto context, make life miserable for the poor. And one has to contend will all of these forces- any one of which might be overwhelming- all at once, without a break. Turn to deal with one problem, and three attack you from behind. Experience a little unexpected bad luck, and you find yourself instantly drowning. The cumulative effect of the ‘surround’ is more than the sum of any of these individual forces. There is simply no space to breathe.”—Urban Injustice: How Ghettos Happen by David Hilfiker, M.D, xii & xv (via socio-logic)
Cops raid the wrong house, shots are fired…You know where this is going, right? It’s another innocent person plugged by police officers who can’t read street addresses, or another sleepy homeowner charged with murder for shooting an intruder who happened to be a government employee with a bad sense of direction.
But this story has a happy-ish ending. Nobody was injured. And the man who fired at the late-night wrong-way raiders was ultimately cleared by jurors who thought the police behaved poorly.
Brandon remembers, “We ran upstairs very quickly … she saw guys in all black from right here in this window looking down.” Watson said he couldn’t immediately find his cell phone to call 911 so he ran downstairs with his firearm and stood at the foot of the stairs, shielded by a wall.
"I announced myself, ‘Who is that? Who is that? I have a gun.’ And as soon as I said that, two red laser beams were on my chest," Watson said. "so I looked at the red laser beams on my chest, and I fired a warning shot."
A single shot through a window, and then Watson ran to get help from his neighbor across the street, a Virginia State Police deputy.
As I came out of the house … they said, ‘stop,’ and I said, ‘Who?’ They then said, ‘Who just fired the shot out the back window?’ I said I did … and I was holding a gun, and they said, ‘put down the gun.’”
Watson dropped his handgun and said he received shocking news.
"They said, ‘we just got news you shot at an officer.’ I said, ‘An officer? Nobody came to my door. What do you mean an officer? I didn’t know there were any officers in my backyard,’" he told WAVY.com.
Then he learned the dark figures in his backyard were Portsmouth police officers who had not announced themselves.
Watson was charged with misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm for the shot he fired, after a warning, at assailants who hadn’t identified themselves.
His first trial, before a judge ended in a guilty verdict. He appealed.
The second trial ended in a mistrial.
The third trial took place before a jury, which found Brandon Watson not guilty.
Jurors believed Watson showed restraint by firing one shot, and that police had no business raiding the wrong address (they counted down houses along the block rather than check number plates). They also thought the laser sight indicators on Watson’s chest proved the cops were full of shit when they claimed to have their weapons aimed at the ground.
"The police kept saying they had their weapons pointed at the ground at all times. At the same time, they said they were using their TAC lights on the gun to illuminate whatever they were looking at," Barnes said. "You can’t be doing both at the same time, that’s contradictory."
WAVY asked Chief Hargis if a light could have gone into the window.
"Yes, but I don’t think it was there for any long period of time," he said.
We asked him if the red lights appearing on Watson’s chest were possible.
"It is possible, sure," he replied.
The incident could have ended a lot worse. Cory Maye, whose case was highlighted by Radley Balko in Reason, spent 10 years in prison for killing a police officer during a wrong house raid. Kathryn Johnston was among those killed for trying to defend their homes.
Watson essentially lost a year of his life. But he’s free. When cops screw up, it’s rare for the subject of the screwup to come out the other end so relatively unscathed.
Maybe public attitudes toward police raids are changing. Earlier this year, a Texas grand jury declined to indict Henry McGee who killed a police officer during a raid actually targeted at his house.
(referring to those idiotic old china dolls that all look like drunk clowns covered in mud no matter what they’re actually supposed to be. You know the ones. Your grandparents might have a few. They don’t actually look like black people any more than a strawberry looks like a corncob.)
Anyway, on to the idea. You know what we, as Tumblr, should do with these things?
Buy that shit up. These were once very sadly common, and a lot of them go for cheap. Buy ‘em. Make sets—if the set is supposed to include white dolls as well, make sure to include them (you’ll want them later). Do research on the brands, years, etc. of the figurines you’ve removed from the market. Write it up.
Then call your local museum. Tell them you have a selection of figurines that demonstrate historical racism in America, and that you would like to donate them along with research you’ve done that will allow them to be curated and displayed. Suggest that they could be displayed, for example, during Black History Month, as part of an exhibit showing just how deeply and casually pre-integration racism permeated esvery aspect of society. If the set you’ve put together includes white dolls, this is the point where you bring ‘em up—because such figurines will be cute, delicate, and petite, while the black ones in the same set will be large, gross-bodied and clownish.
Donate that shit. Get it off the market and out of private hands, and set it in a museum where people can be reminded just why we no longer make figurines like this, because they’re fucking wrong. You can find these dolls fucking everywhere—yard sales, flea markets, estate sales, antique shops. If you find an antique shop owner who has a ton of them, they may be willing to make you a deal to get more of them out of their shop—and if you’re in there regularly, you may find out those dolls don’t sell so well, and they will literally give you shit to get it out of there. (Don’t count on that. But I’ve had it happen with some antiques I collect that nobody else wants, like old pocket-size books.)
I live in a town full of antique shops and once I start my job, I think Imma hop down there. We manage, by and large, to keep Nazi memorabilia out of anything but the most private of markets—there’s no reason we can’t do this, too.
On his first visit to Martin Luther King Jr.’s house in Montgomery, Alabama, the journalist William Worthy began to sink into an armchair. He snapped up again when nonviolent activist Bayard Rustin yelled, “Bill, wait, wait! Couple of guns on that chair!” Worthy looked behind him and saw two loaded pistols nestled on the cushion. “Just for self-defense,” King said.
In his new book, This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible, Charles E. Cobb, a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and a visiting professor of Africana Studies at Brown University, explores what he sees as one of the movement’s forgotten contradictions: Guns made it possible. According to Cobb, civil-rights leaders recognized that armed resistance was sometimes necessary to preserve their peaceful mission. Guns kept people like King alive.
Danielle L. McGuire, an assistant professor of history at Wayne State University, argues that armed self-defense was also far more common for black women in the South than has generally been acknowledged. In her 2010 book, At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance, McGuire contends that the decision by women to combat sexual abuse and violence—sometimes with force—was one of the sparks that led to the modern civil-rights movement.
On the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer, McGuire and Cobb discuss the legacies of nonviolent resistance and community organizing—and how hidden histories complicate familiar narratives about the civil-rights movement.
Cobb and McGuire’s exchange has been edited for concision and clarity.
I'm sooo tired of white people thinking they can relate to what it's like growing up black in America. Regardless of how many black friends you have or how "hood" you think you are, you are still not black! and there is a HUGE difference between being "hood" and being black. being hood or rachet does not make you black! that's just the way T.V. makes it seem. I am NOT hood! I am however black in america. I know what its like to be followed around a store or treated badly by a cop, you dnt!
“The problem with metaphors like “I was blind and now I see” is they overwhelmingly position the disability as the negative. When you’re “blind to the consequences”, when your voice “falls on deaf ears”, when you need to “stand up for yourself”, those are all negative situations that should be rectified. In contrast, having your “eyes opened”, being “all ears” and “standing your ground” are situations that are generally applauded. Sadly, I never hear anybody being told to “sit their ground”. Disability is synonymous with lack of insight, inability to communicate and not having the power or the intelligence to have agency over your own life. Sound familiar? Those are all stereotypes that are associated with all kinds of disability.”—“The Trouble with Ableist Metaphors" @ That Crazy Crippled Chick (via disabilityhistory)
I received a txt saying “We are having a prayer & fasting meeting next week in my church to pray for peace in the DR Congo & in Africa, & I’d be glad if you can make it since you’re so concerned about the continent. What do you think?”.
I had tears in my eyes, & I asked myself if she was aware that in the Eastern part of the DR Congo the majority of our sister, mother, father & brother are Christians? She doesn’t think they prayed to come out alive from that mess?
Unfortunately she asked me what I thought of it… “Waste of time! If you want peace you prepare for war, but if you don’t want war… Remove the word peace from your vocabulary”.
It’s not prayers that keeps the Palestinians alive. It’s individuals on different levels of life dedicated their time some to inform people about what’s going on & they put the information right in your face, some organize & put money together then use the power of economic to try to influence things in certain ways, some physically go on the ground & try to help there ect… People on many level.
In the 60s it’s not prayers that helped African countries to gain independence it was all sorts of struggle throughout the continent political struggle, wars struggle, art struggle, life struggle all sorts of struggle were touched just for freedom & a freedom which the majority of those who stood up for it, haven’t even tasted the fruits of their work Patrice Lumumba, Steve Biko, Amílcar Cabral, Dedan Kimathi, Marcus Garvey, Sekou Touré, Thomas Sankara, Kwame Nkrumah, Kwame Toure, & many more… They had a vision, they stood up right, sensibilize the people, organized then centralized… In fact if it was just for prayers we’ll still be in chains
“Under colonial constructions of beauty and desire, being fat and brown and queer and femme means being ugly. It means feeling unlovable, being unlovable, and no one disagreeing. Being fat and brown and colonized means to value, desire, and prioritize romantic love—a love that doesn’t want you, that will never have you, and to not know how to liberate yourself from the belly of that beast.
Ugly is how I move through the world, how I am viewed by strangers, coworkers, potential lovers, employers, family, community members, doctors, professors, service industry workers, et cetera, and this perception affects how I am treated daily. I have been denied job opportunities because of my body. I do not fit into restaurant booths, airplane seats, or school desks comfortably—which serves as a constant reminder that this world was not built to accommodate me.”—Caleb Luna, On Being Fat, Brown, Femme, Ugly and Unlovable (via ethiopienne)
“If America was serious about fixing the troubled parts of its education system, then we would be having a fundamentally different conversation.
We wouldn’t be talking about budget austerity — we would be talking about raising public revenues to fund special tutoring, child care, basic health programs and other so-called wraparound services at low-income schools.
We wouldn’t only be looking to make sure that schools in high-poverty districts finally receive the same amount of public money as schools in wealthy neighborhoods — we would make sure high-poverty districts actually receive more funds than rich districts because combating poverty is such a resource-intensive endeavor.
More broadly, we wouldn’t be discussing cuts to social safety net programs — we would instead be working to expand those programs and, further, to challenge both parties’ anti-tax, anti-regulation, pro-austerity agenda that has increased poverty and economic inequality.
In short, if we were serious about education, then our education discussion wouldn’t be focused on demonizing teachers and coming up with radical schemes to undermine traditional public schools. It would instead be focused on mounting a new war on poverty and thus directly addressing the biggest education problem of all.”—
Fox News is complaining that 911 operators are "forced" to help illegal immigrants in life-threatening situations. I don't understand how even racist Americans can't feel even a twinge of disgust at this blatant evil.
There’s nothing to be gained by trying to figure out why racists are so fucking evil.