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August 23, 2014
leanin:

What would have once sounded like a “far-fetched feminist fantasy” – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in Rwanda.
In fact, women are making gains throughout Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement. 
African women are blazing a feminist trail - why don’t we hear their voices? (The Guardian) 

leanin:

What would have once sounded like a “far-fetched feminist fantasy” – women forming the majority of a parliament – is a reality in Rwanda.

In fact, women are making gains throughout Africa, but these achievements have been met with a loud silence from the western feminist movement. 

African women are blazing a feminist trail - why don’t we hear their voices? (The Guardian) 

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August 23, 2014

micdotcom:

Potent minimalist art sends a strong message about police and vigilante brutality in America

Journalist and artist Shirin Barghi has created a gripping, thought-provoking series of graphics that not only examines racial prejudice in today’s America, but also captures the sense of humanity that often gets lost in news coverage. Titled “Last Words,” the graphics illustrate the last recorded words by Brown and other young black people — Trayvon Martin, Oscar Grant and others — who have been killed by police in recent years.

Let us not forget their voices

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August 23, 2014
Hey, White Americans. We Need to Talk.

ami-angelwings:

postcardsfromspace:

According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.

I have never been arrested.

I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.

I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.

When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.

So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.

When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.

And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.

It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.

But here’s the thing:

This happenedThis is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.

And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.

So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all,  no one’s shooting at your kids.

Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.

My friend Rachel says smart things.

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August 23, 2014
"I’ve never seen any life transformation that didn’t begin with the person in question finally getting tired of their own bullshit."

— Elizabeth Gilbert  (via healthyglam)

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August 23, 2014

startorrent02:

konguloarkonan:

someone on metafilter figured out that the ferguson PD is running the support darren wilson gofundme

Just read through ALL of this…these people are INCREDIBLY organized and have collected almost every piece of information out - and they are asking some amazing questions.

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August 22, 2014

sadybusiness:

dragonheartedrabbit:

"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."

"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."

"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."

Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.

Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?

I’m sure everyone else knows this, but GoFundMe has refused to take the campaign down, despite it being in violation of their terms of use (they say they don’t fund anything that encourages hatred, prejudice, or committing crimes; this arguably supports all three). They’ve disabled the comments, which only makes the actual problem invisible while allowing bigots to rally; last I checked, this campaign was less than $1,000 away from its goal. 

I wrote an e-mail to the staff asking them to take it down, and saying that (going off suggestions from other folks reporting on the problem) I’m supporting a temporary boycott of GoFundMe until they completely remove the campaign, and will vocally encourage people to stop using their site, period, if it is not removed. 

If you would like to do the same, here’s the link to the page. No “report abuse” button, sadly, and “report fraud” is inaccurate and doesn’t seem to go anywhere, but you can contact GoFundMe from that page. 

August 22, 2014
fotojournalismus:

Hamad (R) and Mohammed (L) sit in a destroyed apartment building where they lived with their families in the neighborhood of Al-Shaas in the north of the Gaza Strip on August 16, 2014. The men’s families live in a UN-run school where they had taken refuge, but the men remain and sleep overnight in the shell of a building to watch over what little is left. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP Photo)
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fotojournalismus:

Hamad (R) and Mohammed (L) sit in a destroyed apartment building where they lived with their families in the neighborhood of Al-Shaas in the north of the Gaza Strip on August 16, 2014. The men’s families live in a UN-run school where they had taken refuge, but the men remain and sleep overnight in the shell of a building to watch over what little is left. (Roberto Schmidt/AFP Photo)

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August 22, 2014

soprie:

Stop calling what’s happening in Ferguson a “riot”.

It is not a riot.

Vancouver losing the Stanley Cup a few years ago was a riot. It was angry, drunken destruction with no purpose. (And as a Canadian, it was a shameful event)

Ferguson is not a riot. It is a protest. It is an uprising. It is a civil rights revolution. The prople of Ferguson may be angry, but they have a reason to be angry, and they are not violent, and they are not hooligans, thugs or looters. They are protesting for their human rights which are currently being denied.

Look at the difference between a riot and a protest. A riot is chaos. A protest has a purpose.

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August 22, 2014
nodamncatnodamncradle:

burningbrooklynbridges:

grown. ass. men.
you scared she gonna strike out yr precious baby boy? OH TOO LATE.

they were doing a special on her on one of the news channels at the gym. i didnt have the headphones so i couldnt hear the story, but one of the photos they showed was of a little girl in the crowd holding up a sign that said “I want to throw like a girl.” For every pathetic, insecure grown man who is threatened by this amazingly talented girl, hopefully there is another little girl who is inspired. But that she has to put up wit this kind of abuse even though she is OBJECTIVELY the best pitcher in the league right now and can throw a ball SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR is absolutely uncalled for. She is truly phenomenal, and those dads can all go eat shit and live

nodamncatnodamncradle:

burningbrooklynbridges:

grown. ass. men.

you scared she gonna strike out yr precious baby boy? OH TOO LATE.

they were doing a special on her on one of the news channels at the gym. i didnt have the headphones so i couldnt hear the story, but one of the photos they showed was of a little girl in the crowd holding up a sign that said “I want to throw like a girl.” For every pathetic, insecure grown man who is threatened by this amazingly talented girl, hopefully there is another little girl who is inspired. But that she has to put up wit this kind of abuse even though she is OBJECTIVELY the best pitcher in the league right now and can throw a ball SEVENTY MILES PER HOUR is absolutely uncalled for. She is truly phenomenal, and those dads can all go eat shit and live

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August 22, 2014

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August 22, 2014

fingerbacksnap:

if i ever stop reblogging this it’s because i’m dead and in my grave. 

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August 22, 2014
unitedstatesofmeryl:

A CONVERSATION I HAD EARLIER WITH KATE GOSSELIN
KATE: Am I fabulous?
ME: Shut up. You know you are.

HERE’S ANOTHER ONE

unitedstatesofmeryl:

A CONVERSATION I HAD EARLIER WITH KATE GOSSELIN

KATE: Am I fabulous?

ME: Shut up. You know you are.

HERE’S ANOTHER ONE

August 22, 2014
unitedstatesofmeryl:

RANDOM MOM: How is it that you’re so fabulous?
KATE: That’s a great question, thank you for asking that. How am I so fabulous? Really, when it comes down to it, being fabulous is about elasticity—can I wake up in the morning even though my ex-husband has a Twitter and wears Ed Hardy? can I teach my children that with great fabulousity comes great responsibility? does this outfit accentuate my hotness?—and how it applies to my life and my children’s lives. [Pause] Also, a really sick wardrobe.

i dont know why i had this strange urge to look at the past and this was one of my first posts on tumblr wtf

unitedstatesofmeryl:

RANDOM MOM: How is it that you’re so fabulous?

KATE: That’s a great question, thank you for asking that. How am I so fabulous? Really, when it comes down to it, being fabulous is about elasticity—can I wake up in the morning even though my ex-husband has a Twitter and wears Ed Hardy? can I teach my children that with great fabulousity comes great responsibility? does this outfit accentuate my hotness?—and how it applies to my life and my children’s lives. [Pause] Also, a really sick wardrobe.

i dont know why i had this strange urge to look at the past and this was one of my first posts on tumblr wtf

August 21, 2014

dragonheartedrabbit:

"Waste of good ammo. It’s my privilege to buy you a replacement box."

"All self-respecting whites have a moral responsibility to support our growing number of martyrs to the failed experiment called diversity."

"I thank all Police, you are the ‘Thin Blue Line’ protecting normal Americans from aggressive and entitled primitive savages. America is surely at the tipping point."

Just a few quotes (in case it’s hard to read) from that collection of donation messages for Darren Wilson.

Does anyone else want to say it’s not about race?

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August 21, 2014
"I don’t want to look back in five years time and think, ‘We could have been magnificent, but I was afraid.’ In 5 years I want to tell of how fear tried to cheat me out of the best things in life, and I didn’t let it."

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