myreleaseyouraddiction said: 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 — The I
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)
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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. —
Poverty is America’s #1 Education Problem
It’s time to get real about this.
Anonymous said: 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.