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China denounces America’s treatment of Afro-descendants

“In conclusion, The People’s Republic of China demands that America stop using their cry of human rights violations against other sovereign nations in order to declare war on them to steal their resources when America flagrantly violates the human rights of Afro-descendants and other minorities within its own country.”

this article just drops stat. after stat. on the racial inequalities in the U.S. good read.

When China calls out your shit about human rights. And has the numbers to back it up. Then you know you’ve fucked up.

always reblog

OOP 

not this again. i hate that fucking comment

“when China calls out…”

it is so fucking racist (and — how surprising — written by a white person)

look. China has human rights problems. And so does the us. Acting as if China’s are somehow more extreme, and thus, ‘omg, China, the worst human rights offender ever is calling the usa out!!! so it must be bad’

completely erases the point the original statement is making about us white imperialism and us exceptionalism, and the ways that the dialogue and discussions about human rights always portrays the white/western countries as ‘better’ while being used to push a neo-colonial agenda

and this despite the fact that if you ask pretty much any member of the Black American community, the usa has always and continues to have an incredibly shitty record for human rights abuse for their community. it is simply never framed as such. Like, outside of Black american discussions, it is incredibly rare to see the history of slavery in the usa framed as part of their long record of human rights abuses.

and all that comment does is reify the white supremacist narrative that white people are always kinder, gentler, and more humane

and given that it is uttered by a smug white european, i question the way everyone is just sort of cheering this on

because this statement by China isn’t saying or doing anything novel or new, or that hasn’t been said by Black americans for a long time and this only seems amazeballs once you forget who has what to gain by this framing

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Only in America can you be pro-death penalty, pro-war, pro-unmanned drone bombs, pro-nuclear weapons, pro-guns, pro-torture, pro-land mines, and still call yourself ‘pro-life.’

John Fugelsang  (via pregnat420)

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Why I almost defriended everyone who had an HRC logo... →

agnesgalore:

It’s becoming increasingly clear to me that, though I didn’t think about this at the time, I probably started a blog because I need somewhere to vent my boundless rage that is not random people’s Facebook walls. I mean, one thing among the many thousands of things that are guaranteed to raise my blood pressure is when folks get all “the internet isn’t real, and it’s not a viable platform for communication,” but also like, Facebook fights are dumb, I’m supposed to be an adult now.

So here’s the thing that got me all het up this week: gay marriage.

Specifically, these goddamn things: 

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Israel is rounding up and deporting Africans and will soon be putting tens of thousands of them in detention camps

Meanwhile, they invited 350 Jewish north American immigrants to the country, 127 of whom will be serving in the Israeli army.

The immigrants arrived today and were greeted by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu himself at a special ceremony, a stark contrast to Israel’s treatment of Africans. The Zionists were welcomed with open arms, while Knesset Members Miri Regev and Danny Danon called Africans “a cancer in our body” and “infiltrators”.

More than 4,800 American, Canadian and British Jews have or will be making aliyah (“ascent”) this year; immigration to the Land of Israel — one of the basic principles of the Zionist ideology.

(Photos: Getty Images / Reuters)

nope nope nope fuck no

“Detention Camps”. Okay Israel, whatever you want to call them.

*Shade has been tossed*

don’t fucking tell me this isn’t colonization

(via fyeahcracker)

Having conversations about race is so exhausting. Over the years, I have opted to just not have them when it’s dealing with K-pop fans. It’s not my responsibility to educate anybody, but sometimes I feel like I should at least help out fellow fans who DO put in the work to educate. Those who are patient, humble, resilient, and have way more goodness in them than I have. They don’t get angry, they follow through, and they are good-hearted and smart. I also do it sometimes because there are people not willing to stick their necks out for issues that are removed from them, that don’t really affect them.

So I do it, I have those conversations. And then I get shut down, viciously accused of insinuating that their idols are being small-minded, discriminatory, and radically hypocritical, and I lose sight of why I have these conversations to begin with.

I would also like to say, in light of the many, many new followers I got from my Exo post, I’m not here to defend your oppas. In fact, those who followed me thinking that I wrote my post because I was offended they got called “nugu” by some journalist should probably unfollow me now. I spent the last year deep in this fandom, writing too much about them and generally thinking too much about them, but I am not here for anyone’s “oppa didn’t mean it” bullshit, because fuck that. They don’t need me to defend them, don’t care that I pay them to entertain me, and will be just fine with the extraordinary privilege they have for being stars.

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canikon-bokeh:

Exactly. 

Imagine a wall full of circular holes, that circles can keep walking in and out of with no difficulty.

Now imagine that the triangles manage to get the resources together, after years of not being able to fit through the circle’s holes, to drill a single triangle space into the wall.

Now imagine that the circle — who previously supported the triangle’s efforts because they are well-rounded (har) and value equality —  comes along and sees the construction project. But instead of being happy, they get angry.

“Well, I won’t be able to fit through your hole!!!!” the circle cries.

“I helped you get the drill!!!!” the circle shrieks.

“Make it fit me too!!!!” the circle demands.

The triangles, barely holding it together enough to get a triangle hole together, stare at the circle in confusion. 

“You have all the holes you need,” the triangles explain. “This is for us. You don’t need to fit through our hole, too.”

“YOU’RE BEING UNEQUAL AND HURTING MY FEELINGS!” the circle wails. “I DON’T SUPPORT YOUR HOLE IF IT DOESN’T FIT ME TOO. GIVE ME MY DRILL BACK.” 

“It’s not your drill, it’s our drill. You helped us get it, because you said you cared.”

“I ONLY CARED WHEN I THOUGHT YOU’D MAKE A HOLE EVERYONE COULD FIT THROUGH. YOU’RE PERPETUATING INEQUALITY!!!”

“Why is it up to us, the small group that has never been able to fit through the wall at all, to make a hole everyone can use? Why isn’t it up to you, the people who have been able to cross back and forth at will for years? We just want to see the other side; why are you yelling at us?”

“I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN A CIRCLE, OMG. I’VE HAD TO WORK HARD ALL MY LIFE TOO. YOU’RE JUST BEING BIGOTED AGAINST ME BECAUSE OF SOMETHING I CAN’T CONTROL, JUST LIKE EVERYONE IS AGAINST YOU.”

“You are interfering with our project and asking us to comfort you while we’re trying to make progress. Please leave.”

“I’m going to tell everyone about this,” the circle warns. “Nobody will support you now.”

“Apparently nobody ever did,” the triangles sigh, getting back to work.

It’s kind of sad

That we have to draw comics using colorful shapes

To explain systematic inequality to people

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slattern:

hollywood sure has an easy time finding brown and black people to play terrorists, thugs, drug dealers, gangsters, servants, “barbarians”, hypersexualized or desexualized caricatures but all of a sudden you need a lead role and

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gosh where did they go i swear we put them here right after zero dark thirty??

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ianthe:

Harlem Reacts To “Harlem Shake” Videos

YES

And this is what i been saying about the Harlem shake song and meme with it.

Disrespect

another white dude capitalizing off POC art/lifestyles

same white supremacy crap.

Then shunning a WOC NYC rapper off the beat

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blue-crow:

It could be said that James Bond is a cultural icon meant to reinforce a number of ideas about what it means to be a man. He’s surrounded by trappings of traditional masculinity - the perfectly fitted suit, small handgun (because a real man doesn’t need a Rambo-style machine gun to do the job), straight razor shave, uncomplicated and unsweet cocktail. For succeeding at manliness, he’s always rewarded by saving the day and having unrestricted sexual access to women.

In this scene, Silva threatens not only James Bond, but all of the masculine ideal, with rape and attempts to make that masculine ideal into an object instead of a subject. This act instantly identifies Silva as the villain - as he’s not only threatening England, but manliness as a concept. But Bond refuses to let Silva make him into an object - he returns the serve by implying that it might not be his “first time,” and by doing so, that there’s nothing inherently lesser or unmasculine about having homosexual relations. After this scene, Silva stops using emasculation as a technique and starts to go after Bond’s true weakness - his relationship with M.

(via stayforthecredits)

How to be a fan of problematic things

vasundharaa:

socialjusticeleague:

I like things, and some of those things are problematic. I like Lord of the Rings even though it’s pretty fucked up with regard to women and race (any narrative that says “this whole race is evil” is fucked up, okay). I like A Song of Ice and Fire even though its portrayal of people of colour is problematic, and often I find that its in-text condemnation of patriarchy isn’t obvious enough to justify the sexism displayed. I like the movie Scott Pilgrim vs The World even though it is racist in its portrayal of Matthew Patel, panders to stereotypes in its portrayal of Wallace, and trivialises queer female sexuality in its portrayal of Ramona and Roxy’s relationship. For fuck’s sake, Ramona even says “It was a phase”! How much more cliche and offensive could this movie be? Oh wait, remember how Scott defeats Roxy, his only female adversary, by making her orgasm? Excuse me while I vomit…and then keep watching because I still like the rest of the movie.

Liking problematic things doesn’t make you an asshole. In fact, you can like really problematic things and still be not only a good person, but a good social justice activist (TM)! After all, most texts have some problematic elements in them, because they’re produced by humans, who are well-known to be imperfect. But it can be surprisingly difficult to own up to the problematic things in the media you like, particularly when you feel strongly about it, as many fans do. We need to find a way to enjoy the media we like without hurting other people and marginalised groups. So with that in mind, here are my suggestions for things we should try our darnedest to do as self-confessed fans of problematic stuff.

Firstly, acknowledge that the thing you like is problematic and do not attempt to make excuses for it. It is a unique irritation to encounter a person who point blank refuses to admit that something they like is problematic. Infuriatingly, people will often actually articulate some version of the argument “It can’t be problematic because I like it, and I’m nice”. Alternatively, some fans may find it tempting to argue “Well this media is a realistic portrayal of societies like X, Y, Z”. But when you say that sexism and racism and heterosexism and cissexism have to be in the narrative or the story won’t be realistic, what you are saying is that we humans literally cannot recognise ourselves without systemic prejudice, nor can we connect to characters who are not unrepentant bigots. Um, yikes. YIKES, you guys.

And even if you think that’s true (which scares the hell out of me), I don’t see you arguing for an accurate portrayal of everything in your fiction all the time. For example, most people seem fine without accurate portrayal of what personal hygiene was really like in 1300 CE in their medieval fantasy media. (Newsflash: realistically, Robb Stark and Jon Snow rarely bathed or brushed their teeth or hair). In real life, people have to go to the bathroom. In movies and books, they don’t show that very much, because it’s boring and gross. Well, guess what: bigotry is also boring and gross. But everyone is just dying to keep that in the script.

Especially do not ever suggest that people not take media “so seriously”, or argue that it’s “just” a tv show. The narratives that we surround ourselves with can subtly, subconsciously influence how we think about ourselves and others. That’s why creating imaginary fantasy and sci fi worlds that have more equal societies can be a powerful thing for marginalised people, who mainstream media rarely acknowledges as heroes. But even if you don’t think that media matters, there is still no reason to focus exclusively on unequal or problematic fictional worlds and narratives. If it doesn’t matter, why don’t YOU stop taking your media so seriously and stop fighting us on this? You with your constant demands for your narrow idea of “realism” (which by the way often sounds a lot like “show me naked skinny ciswomen, and gore”). If in your framework tv shows aren’t serious business, why does realism matter? Why can’t you accept that it would be totally cool to have AT LEAST ONE BIG MEDIEVAL FANTASY EPIC WHERE WOMEN AND POC WERE LIKE, EQUAL TO WHITE MEN AND STUFF. STOP TAKING IT SO SERIOUSLY.

Secondly, do not gloss over the issues or derail conversations about the problematic elements. Okay, so you can admit that Dune is problematic. But wait, you’re not done! You need to be willing to engage with people about it! It’s not enough to be like “Ok, I admit that it’s problematic that the major villain is a fat homosexual rapist, but come on, let’s focus on the giant sandworms!”. Shutting people down, ignoring or giving minimal treatment to their concerns, and refusing to fully engage with their issues is a form of oppression. Implicitly, you’re giving the message that this person’s feelings are less important than your own. In fact, in this case you’re saying that their pain is less important than your enjoyment of a book, movie or tv show. So when people raise these concerns, listen respectfully and try to understand the views. Do not change the topic.

Thirdly you must acknowledge other, even less favourable, interpretations of the media you like. Sometimes you still enjoy a movie or book because you read a certain, potentially problematic scene in a certain way – but others read it entirely differently, and found it more problematic. For example, consider the scene in Game of Thrones where Drogo rapes Dany (which he does not do in the books). One of my friends feels that it was portrayed like rape fetish porn, sexualising the act and Dany’s pain. But I feel that the scene focuses on Dany’s pain and tears in a manner that is not fetishising them (though even so the narrative is still totally fucked up because Dany and her rapist then go on to have a good, sexyfuntimes relationship…uh, no, HBO). I don’t agree with my friend’s interpretation but I recognise it as a totally valid reading of the scene.

Also, as a fan of problematic media, you need to respect the fact that others may be so upset or angered by media you love that they don’t want to engage with it at all. In fact, one of my best friends won’t watch HBO’s Game of Thrones because of the racism and misogyny. That’s a completely legitimate and valid response to that tv show, and me trying to convince her to give it another shot would be disrespectful and hurtful. If you badger others to see what you see in something when they are telling you it’s not enjoyable for them, you’re being an entitled jerk. You’re showing yourself to be willing to hurt a real person over a television show. That really is a sign you’re taking things too seriously.

As fans, sometimes we need to remember that the things we like don’t define our worth as people. So there’s no need to defend them from every single criticism or pretend they are perfect. Really loving something means seeing it as it really is, not as you wish it were. You can still be a good fan while acknowledging the problematic elements of the things you love. In fact, that’s the only way to be a good fan of problematic things.

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millsinabout:

(I saw this because people I like and follow posted it, enjoyed it, agree with it. I want to note right at the outset that many of my best friends adore these sorts of remarks, and that what I’m about to say is about this, not about people who like this, and certainly not about the people who reblogged it and because of whom I saw it. I like those people).

Ricky Gervais is embarrassingly stupid. This is obnoxious, moronic, destructive. “Religion” isn’t a person; “Science” isn’t a person, and especially isn’t a snarky person who believes in a specious, facile, tit-for-tat reckoning of evils and goods, since —after all— it is science which gives us the laser-guided missile, the atomic bomb, the crematoria gases, the bombers. It was indeed science’s race for ways to kill that gave us NASA —far more important than Neil deGrasse Tyson or even Neil Armstrong is Werner Braun— but the point is that this is not a methodologically sound analysis.

“That’s not what he’s going for!”

True: he is going for RTs, rhetoric-points, the swell of the choir. And he hits his mark, naturally: this pat little homily, as errant in its logic and structure as the worst Sunday sermon in some snake-charm shack in the South, makes his congregation howl with agreement. Yes! Religion kills! Science is awesome!

You all love science so much, it is true; you are all critical rationalists, reductive materialists, no room in your hearts for superstition or romance. You are part of this: you were on Mars with Curiosity, standing firm against George W. Bush’s reactionary medievalism and the Taliban’s hatred of new truths. You followed it on Twitter, wrote breathlessly about it on your very thin gadget —which you relate to the computer on the Apollo ships with analogies and infographics— and now you find yourself allied with it.

But here’s the shit of it: the real basis of most of the mass violence in human history is something even more ubiquitous than religion. It is political-categorical thinking: the subsuming of humans into groups, the stripping from these groups of their “humanity,” the development of oppositional and “othering” rhetoric, etc. etc. 

Nothing could be more continuous with the evils Gervais ostensibly deplores than his tweet: “Dear [billions and billions of diversely religious people], This week I [now personally contiguous with the ideological movement with which I merge] safely dropped a man from space while you [you, you, you: he is addressing you, billions of believers! You all shot the girl: there is no difference between the killers of children and praying Native Americans and meditating Buddhists and so on] shot a child in the head for wanting to go to school. Yours, Science.”

Well, no: this was in fact written by noted-non-scientist Ricky Gervais. To sum:

  1. The nauseating aestheticization of science on the Internet continues. “Nothing is cooler than science,” says everyone all the time. “I bathe myself in the aura of this science video,” implies the cadence of the caption. You’d think there would be more actual scientists, more people working to solve human problems, what with how we all RT it ALL THE FUCKING TIME!
  2. The more general a thought is, the likelier that it is a lie. Thinking about people in groups is always a kind of dishonesty, of varying severity. Neitzsche: “The will to a system is a lack of integrity.” But Gervais, like us all, needs a system: what is the system that makes me a moral hero and others unworthy?
  3. “Science” doesn’t do things; neither does “Religion.” People do, but it’s too difficult for hacks like Gervais to work on that scale: the honest scale of human reality. The ideas-scale is way more fun, I know it. That’s where it’s all so clear! And no need to do research, defend your claims, etc.
  4. Science definitely didn’t drop F. Baumgartner, right? That was Commerce and Media, right?

Dear Science,

This week we increased a brand’s notoriety and set some arbitrary records while you continued to fail to cure death, and many diseases besides, as well as most current problems. 

Yours,

Media and Commerce

Dear Media and Commerce,

Your existence is entirely dependent on me. I am humanity’s most significant accomplishment, and I continue to transform the universe. I’ll let you know what you’ll run on next, okay?

Yours,

Science

(This has been the stupidest post ever. May I reiterate that I like Writer B and Altidude and anyone else who posted this? I just hate Ricky Gervais and the astonishing, literally embarrassing arrogance he evinces).

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Cultural Locusts or Why I don’t like Gentrification

karnythia:

Can someone explain why so many hipster white people see predominately POC neighborhoods with low rents, and nice places to go, & decent neighbors and decide they want to live there but without the POC? Because I don’t get it. You don’t like your neighborhoods with high rents, and too many businesses and not enough parking and crappy overpriced apartments. You get upset that your neighbors aren’t friendly, and you can’t get a sense of community like you see in our neighborhoods.

And instead of moving in to share that, you complain about the people on the stoops and the corners. You start lobbying to bring in the same businesses you left behind, you complain about the block parties, the festivals and the noise from the kids playing in the parks & the old men playing dominos or checkers or whatever (guess how you build a sense of community), and you start trying to push POC out. Only to complain that the neighborhood isn’t what it used to be & move on again to do the same thing all over again.

Then after the white flight is over, you talk about the decline of our neighborhoods and blame us for what happened in the aftermath of your destruction. Never mind the community centers you forced to close, or the cops you encouraged to harass residents. Never mind the small businesses that were destroyed, or the teachers, social workers, and other civil servants who left because they couldn’t afford the new rents or higher property taxes. Never mind the services for poor people that were pushed out by you (never to return), no, it’s all our fault that having gutting our communities, you abandoned them, & left those with the fewest resources to clean up the mess.

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The Whitewashing of Susie Carmichael

blue-mage:

This is a screencap from Rugrats Season 8, by which Susie had an established color palette. 

In the All Grown Up spin-off, Susie’s hair had been noticeably lightened, as had her skin to a lesser degree, though there isn’t a strong amount of whitewashing there. 

However, by season 2, her skin was drastically lightened, and her hair became a light reddish brown, as opposed to its original near black. This color palette became the standard for all of the following seasons. 

For comparison, let’s look at Angelica’s color palette:

As you can see, although her colors experience minor changes, they more or less remain static. It’s clear that Susie’s fluctuate to a much greater degree.

(via stopwhitewashing)

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