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  1. Oh whiteness

     radicalqueerbrownboy asked: peace, just to let you know, the photo you posted on your blog of the guy riding his bike has really classist and racist ass taggs. Inappropriate man, what gave you the idea that was cool?

    sir-laughsalot answered you: please get off the internet if you can’t take a joke.

     
     
  2. Yasiin Bey - N****s in Poorest

    This shit so soooo hot!  Political message in this is dope.  I have a huge crush on Mod Def, it has been magnified now.

     
     
  3. mytongueisforked:

    Vikki Law, author of Resistance Behind Bars, explains how the police often protect the interests of the privileged, while failing to protect women of colour and poor women from violence (while also being the source of violence within their communities). She talks about alternative ways in which we can respond to gendered violence and how violence is also racialized as well. 

     
     
  4. "

    On this day, 50 years ago, Frantz Fanon passed away. A psychiatrist, Pan-Africanist, writer, and revolutionary, he was born in Martinique in 1925. In 1952 he published Black Skin, White Masks, which exposed the negative effects of colonization on the mental state of subjugated peoples.


    As a psychiatrist in Algeria, he joined the FLN (National Liberation Front), which waged a war of independence against France. In 1961, Fanon published The Wretched of the Earth, a book on decolonization that has remained a classic and influenced revolutionaries the world over, including Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, Che Guevara, and the South African Steve Biko, founder of the Black Consciousness movement. Fanon died in Maryland, where he had sought treatment for leukemia, and was buried in Algeria.

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  5. I have serious reservations about this video which captures children enacting Bon Qui Qui at King Burger for an elementary school talent show. 

    My Reaction to this video was: Is this real life?  Why is this happening to me?

     
     
  6. thetendergravityofkindness:

    crunkfeministcollective:

    radicallyhottoff:

    thecurvature:

    This horrific story offers a window into the reality of life for low socioeconomic status minorities:

    Ikenna, a 28-year old construction worker, went to deposit a $8,463.21 Chase cashier’s check at his local Chase branch, only for the teller to decide that neither he nor his check looked right and he got tossed in jail for forgery, KING5 reports. The next day, a Friday the bank realized its mistake and left a message with the detective. But it was her day off, so he spent the entire weekend in jail.
    By the time he got out, he had been fired from his job for not showing up to work. His car had been towed as well. It ended up getting sold off at auction because he couldn’t afford to get it out of the pound. He had been relying on that cashier’s check for his money but it was taken as evidence and by the time he got it back it was auctioned off.
    All this while the cashier’s check had been issued by the very bank he was trying to cash it at.
    Chase didn’t even apologize, not even after a year.

    Meanwhile, in his freshly pressed khakis, the young white college student who used to live across the hall managed to cash, on two separate occasions, two checks he stole out of my mailbox and forged without the slightest problem.

    But hey, I’m sure this has nothing to do with race or class.

    Whaaaaat the fuck.

    I can’t even articulate in words how this angers me. I really can’t. When are we burning this whole thing down? Tomorrow? I’ll be there.

    Holy fucking shit. 

    (Source: abbyjean)

     
     
  7. borninflames:

Saul Williams, from the zine “Excuse Me, Can You Please Pass the Privilege?” — click the link to download, the whole thing is a fucking great read. And thanks to garconniere’s reblog which pointed me thataway!

    borninflames:

    Saul Williams, from the zine “Excuse Me, Can You Please Pass the Privilege?” — click the link to download, the whole thing is a fucking great read. And thanks to garconniere’s reblog which pointed me thataway!

     
     
  8. fuckyeahqueerswithdisabilities:

cdandor:

Words that Hurt poster for the UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center.  Displayed for Principles of Community week in the Memorial Union until  March 14th, 2011.

[Image Description: Poster that says: 
“Bitch — Targets and dehumanizes women, even if used toward men — including gay/queer men. Devalues women and feminity. Reinforces sexism.
Ghetto — Describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc. Reference to housing communities that are impoverished and disproportionately impact people of color. Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.
Illegal Alien — Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.
No Homo — Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. Goes to great lengths to avoid association with anything queer. Reinforces that to be queer is bad.
Retarded & Lame — Targets mental, emotional, and physical disabilities as objects for ridicule. Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” “un-intelligent,” “incapable,” etc.
That’s So Gay — Stigmatizes gay and queer people. Uses their identities to describe something as undesirable and bad. Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.
Whore/Ho & Slut — Dismisses anyone seen as “too” sexual — particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. Perpetuates negativity toward sex itself. Regulates who is allowed to have it.
Words that HURT and WHY
These words create and environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against women, people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.
People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. This is a personal decision. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others.
Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the time to educate yourself about language and histories of oppression.
For more information, contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center … lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu … 530.752.2452”]
I agree with almost all of these…and how they could for sure hurt somebody…except one of them.  It’s news to me that “lame” is found as an insult to someone in the disabled community — and I’m in it!  I say that word quite often…since I agree with calling something “gay” is not good…PLUS it makes no sense when you think about it! How can a situation or object be homosexual? Seriously.  But I don’t know what other words to use besides “lame”. Would “dumb” be bad to use? I really don’t know.  If I ever say anything that offends somebody, I really hope they would let me know…as that is DEFINITELY not my intention.  I just have always said “lame”.  … Hmm… I’ll have to think about this one.

    fuckyeahqueerswithdisabilities:

    cdandor:

    Words that Hurt poster for the UC Davis Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center. Displayed for Principles of Community week in the Memorial Union until March 14th, 2011.

    [Image Description: Poster that says:

    Bitch — Targets and dehumanizes women, even if used toward men — including gay/queer men. Devalues women and feminity. Reinforces sexism.

    Ghetto — Describes something or someone as cheap, worn out, poor, dangerous, etc. Reference to housing communities that are impoverished and disproportionately impact people of color. Associates people of color with these negative characteristics.

    Illegal Alien — Reduces undocumented immigrants to something less than human. Fixates on legal status instead of people as individuals. Asserts that some people belong here more than others do. Ignores political, social, and economic factors that negatively impact people of color.

    No Homo — Stresses the speaker’s heterosexuality, masculinity, and/or other traits to avoid being perceived as gay/queer. Goes to great lengths to avoid association with anything queer. Reinforces that to be queer is bad.

    Retarded & Lame — Targets mental, emotional, and physical disabilities as objects for ridicule. Used as synonyms for “worthless,” “bad,” “un-intelligent,” “incapable,” etc.

    That’s So Gay — Stigmatizes gay and queer people. Uses their identities to describe something as undesirable and bad. Replaces negative adjectives with words related to queer/LGBT identity.

    Whore/Ho & Slut — Dismisses anyone seen as “too” sexual — particularly sex workers, women, queer people, and people of color. Perpetuates negativity toward sex itself. Regulates who is allowed to have it.

    Words that HURT and WHY

    These words create and environment that perpetuates violence and discrimination against women, people of color, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, and other marginalized communities.

    People can reclaim these words for themselves as a form of empowerment. This is a personal decision. Don’t reclaim words on behalf of others.

    Sometimes we say words without realizing the impact they may have on others. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Take the time to educate yourself about language and histories of oppression.

    For more information, contact the UC Davis LGBT Resource Center … lgbtrc.ucdavis.edu … 530.752.2452”]


    I agree with almost all of these…and how they could for sure hurt somebody…except one of them.  It’s news to me that “lame” is found as an insult to someone in the disabled community — and I’m in it!  I say that word quite often…since I agree with calling something “gay” is not good…PLUS it makes no sense when you think about it! How can a situation or object be homosexual? Seriously.  But I don’t know what other words to use besides “lame”. Would “dumb” be bad to use? I really don’t know.  If I ever say anything that offends somebody, I really hope they would let me know…as that is DEFINITELY not my intention.  I just have always said “lame”.  … Hmm… I’ll have to think about this one.

     
     
  9. tenderlovingcare:

“Mara Savatrucha, or MS-13, is one the most notorious gangs in the world. Yet MS-13 and other gangs such as Calle 18 originated just decades ago among the Salvadorian immigrant community of Los Angeles. Soon the US authorities began deporting gang members back to El Salvador, exporting LA gang culture to a country rife with weapons from civil war and sparking an explosion in vicious gang-related crime. MS-13 currently has over 50,000 members in the US, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Cities like San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital, experience some of the highest murder rates in the world.” 

    tenderlovingcare:

    “Mara Savatrucha, or MS-13, is one the most notorious gangs in the world. Yet MS-13 and other gangs such as Calle 18 originated just decades ago among the Salvadorian immigrant community of Los Angeles. Soon the US authorities began deporting gang members back to El Salvador, exporting LA gang culture to a country rife with weapons from civil war and sparking an explosion in vicious gang-related crime. MS-13 currently has over 50,000 members in the US, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Cities like San Salvador, El Salvador’s capital, experience some of the highest murder rates in the world.” 

     
     
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  12. OLDY, But Important: U.S. apologizes for syphilis experiment in Guatemala

    By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor

    Fri Oct 1, 2010

     

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States apologized on Friday for an experiment conducted in the 1940s in which U.S. government researchers deliberately infected Guatemalan prison inmates, women and mental patients with syphilis.

    In the experiment, aimed at testing the then-new drug penicillin, inmates were infected by prostitutes and later treated with the antibiotic.

    "The sexually transmitted disease inoculation study conducted from 1946-1948 in Guatemala was clearly unethical," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a statement.

    "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health. We deeply regret that it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices," the statement said.

    Guatemala condemned the experiment as a crime against humanity and said it would study whether there were grounds to take the case to an international court.

    "President Alvaro Colom considers these experiments crimes against humanity and Guatemala reserves the right to denounce them in an international court," said a government statement, which announced a commission to investigate the matter.

    Guatemalan human rights activists called for the victims’ families to be compensated, but a U.S. official said it was not clear there would be any compensation.

    President Barack Obama called Colom to offer his personal apology for what had happened, a White House spokesman said.

    The experiment, which echoed the infamous 1960s Tuskegee study on black American men who were deliberately left untreated for syphilis, was uncovered by Susan Reverby, a professor of women’s studies at Wellesley College in Massachusetts.

    696 EXPOSED TO STD

    Reverby found out about it this year while following up on a book about Tuskegee and, unusually for a researcher, informed the U.S. government before she published her findings.

    "In addition to the penitentiary, the studies took place in an insane asylum and an army barracks," Reverby said.

    "In total, 696 men and women were exposed to the disease and then offered penicillin. The studies went on until 1948 and the records suggest that, despite intentions, not everyone was probably cured," she said in a statement.

    Her findings, to be published in January in the Journal of Policy History, link the Tuskegee and Guatemalan studies.

    "In 1946-48, Dr. John C. Cutler, a Public Health Service physician who would later be part of the Syphilis Study in Alabama in the 1960s and continue to defend it two decades after it ended in the 1990s, was running a syphilis inoculation project in Guatemala, co-sponsored by the PHS, the National Institutes of Health, the Pan American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health Organization) and the Guatemalan government," she wrote.

    "It was the early days of penicillin and the PHS was deeply interested in whether penicillin could be used to prevent, not just cure, early syphilis infection, whether better blood tests for the disease could be established, what dosages of penicillin actually cured infection and to understand the process of reinfection after cures."

    The full paper is available here%20Reverby%20’Normal%20Exposure’.pdf

    Dr. Francis Collins, director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health, said regulation prohibited such “risky and unethical” research today. He said the revelations could damage efforts to attract volunteers to take part in medical research today.

    "I think the track record in past 20-30 years has been quite remarkable," Collins told reporters in a telephone briefing.

    "But we all recognize that the Tuskegee study, which involved this same Dr. Cutler, did great damage to the trust … particularly from the African-American community and for medical research."

    Arturo Valenzuela, Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, said it was not yet clear whether any compensation would be offered. It was also not clear whether any of the people who were experimented upon could be traced, but he said an investigation had been launched.

    Collins said there were no records of the study at NIH other than the title of the original grant.

    Cutler retired as a professor at the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 and died in 2003.

    (Additional reporting by Sarah Grainger in Guatemala; Editing by Anthony Boadle and Todd Eastham)

    (Source: http)

     
     
  13. feministindianmanifesto:

    firesandwords:

    Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids to White School District

    An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge…

    Please read the full article. It’s truly disturbing.

     
     
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  15. Oooff! Truth hurts huuh, lets open our eyes.

    Oooff! Truth hurts huuh, lets open our eyes.