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April 16, 2014

ratchetmelancholy:

White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective. 

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April 16, 2014
"Malcolm [X] was one of the most beautiful and one of the most gentle men I met in all my life. He asked the boy a question which I now present to you: If you are a citizen, why do you have to fight for your civil rights? If you’re fighting for your civil rights, that means you’re not a citizen. In fact, the legality of this country has never had anything to do with its former slaves. We are still governed by the slave codes."

— James Baldwin on Malcolm X, 1979. (via floricanto-desnuda)

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April 16, 2014

reverendmother:

silversarcasm:

[Gifset: Laverne Cox speaks at the GLAAD media awards, she says,

"Each and every one of us has the capacity to be an oppressor. I want to encourage each and every one of us to interrogate how we might be an oppressor, and how we might be able to become liberators for ourselves and each other."]

femmeanddangerous:

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This woman is goddamn everything.

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April 16, 2014
"When I first got this role I just cried like a baby because I was like, “Wow, next Halloween, I’m gonna open the door and there’s gonna be a little kid dressed as the Falcon.” That’s the thing that always gets me. I feel like everybody deserves that. I feel like there should be a Latino superhero. Scarlett does great representation for all the other girls, but there should be a Wonder Woman movie. I don’t care if they make 20 bucks, if there’s a movie you’re gonna lose money on, make it Wonder Woman. You know what I mean, ’cause little girls deserve that."

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April 15, 2014

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April 14, 2014

thee-renaissance-man:

blackculture:

Congressman Bobby Rush dons a hoodie in support of Trayvon Martin, violating House dress code. 

Never forget

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April 14, 2014

manamana6672:

missespeon:

outofcontextarthur:

can we talk about how this fucking pbs show aimed at little kids easily talked about how anxiety is stressful but normal

Ok no but can we talk about this entire episode? 

It was called April 9th, and it was actually a response to the 9/11 attacks. It didn’t talk about the attacks themselves, but rather focused on teaching kids to deal with the all of the emotions that they might be feeling as a result. They set up a situation that might evoke similar emotions in children: a massive fire at the school.

Arthur’s dad was in the fire, so (as you can see above), Arthur is constantly worried about his dad’s safety.

Sue Ellen is grieving because her journal, which contained a huge amount of precious memories, was destroyed in the fire. Muffy is confused why she can’t just cheer Sue Ellen up by giving her a new journal.

Buster wasn’t at school that day, and feels confused and guilty that he isn’t sad about the fire like the other kids. He then befriends the school janitor, who has to retire due to an injury that, at his age, is pretty serious.

Binky actually saw the flames, and is constantly traumatized by the event. He doesn’t tell anyone because he feels like he would lose his tough-guy reputation if he admitted that he was scared.

The episode teaches kids that all of these emotions are perfectly normal and natural, that there’s not one right way to feel, and that even if it takes a while, things are going to be okay.

The thing that makes this show so great, in my opinion, is that it knows that kids are intellegent and strong enough to deal with these things if you present them in the right way. It doesn’t hide them, it doesn’t sugar coat them, it just presents them in a way that children can understand and shows them how to deal with them.

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April 9, 2014
"

To be white, or straight, or male, or middle class is to be simultaneously ubiquitious and invisible. You’re everywhere you look, you’re the standard against which everyone else is measured. You’re like water, like air. People will tell you they went to see a “woman doctor” or they will say they went to see “the doctor.” People will tell you they have a “gay colleague” or they’ll tell you about a colleague. A white person will be happy to tell you about a “Black friend,” but when that same person simply mentions a “friend,” everyone will assume the person is white. Any college course that doesn’t have the word “woman” or “gay” or “minority” in its title is a course about men, heterosexuals, and white people. But we call those courses “literature,” “history” or “political science.”

This invisibility is political.

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— Michael S. Kimmel, in the introduction to the book, “Privilege: A Reader”  (via aimmyarrowshigh)

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April 8, 2014

policymic:

Afghan women defy the Taliban and vote

"The people out there are scared as hell of the Taliban," a U.S. Army officer who recently returned from Afghanistan told the Daily Beast. And given the 39 suicide bombings, countless threats of death and mutilation and the murder of an Afghan provincial council candidate just before the elections, they have legitimate reason to be so. 

However, the imminent danger from the Taliban did not stop the people of Afghanistan from heading to polling stations on Saturday to elect President Hamid Karzai’s successor. It’s the country’s third presidential election since the U.S. led invasion in 2001, and its first time transferring power from one elected leader to another.

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April 8, 2014
Poverty ‘ages’ genes of young children, study shows

aljazeeraamerica:

The stress of growing up in a poor and unstable household affects children as young as 9 years old on a genetic level, shortening a portion of their chromosomes that scientists say is a key indicator of aging and illness, according to a study released Monday. The researchers say their findings are the first that document this type of genetic change among minority children, and make a strong case for the importance of early-childhood intervention in vulnerable communities.

Researchers examined the DNA of a small group of 9-year-old African-American boys who had experienced chronic stress as a result of growing up in families with poor socioeconomic status. They found that the boys’ telomeres were shorter than those of boys the same age and ethnicity who came from advantaged families.

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April 8, 2014
"I continue to do abortions after 25 years because the voices of gratitude and relief from my patients drown out the hatred and intolerance from the protesters outside. In the small still hours of the night I am at peace with myself and with God, who gave me this mission in life."

Mary Smith, MD. Dallas, TX.

Physicians for Reproductive Health - Why I Provide Abortions

Celebrate Abortion Provider Appreciation Day!

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April 8, 2014

guardian:

'Get your arse out, mate': we turn the tables on everyday sexism

Leah Green goes undercover to see how unsuspecting men react when sexist situations experienced by women are inverted. 

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April 8, 2014

supahbeefcakes:

supahbeefcakes:

supahbeefcakes:

javeliner:

hang on, wait a second

female privilege is not having to belligerently demand someone every time you want a sandwich

oh my god it’s not a satire

ON THE NEXT EPISODE OF MAURIE

UGH GIRLS DON’T WANT NICE GUYSSSSS

AH HA HA HARGBNKLK

IF PATRICK STEWART CAN DO IT BROTHER SO CAN YOU

OH JESUS IT CAN HEAR MY THOUGHTS

NAH WE USUALLY JUST GET CALLED A DUMB BITCH WHO BELONGS IN THE KITCHEN INSTEAD. POTATO POTAHTO

THAT’S NOT EVEN WHAT PRIVILEGE MEANS

?????

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April 7, 2014
"This is for the first time I heard the word, ‘heteronormative’ and felt like I was handed a corkscrew after years of opening the bottle with my teeth."

Lauren Zuniga, Confessions of an Uneducated Queer [x] (via hurryuppleaseitstime)

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April 7, 2014
IN OTHER NEWS: THE PETITION TO LEGALLY RECOGNIZE NONBINARY GENDERS IS 30,000 SIGNATURES FROM HITTING ITS GOAL

clrama:

SIGN IT HERE

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