You look hot today.

lecterings:

'where is the pen i was using like 3 seconds ago' an autobiography i'll never write because i keep losing the pen i was using like 3 seconds ago.

postracialcomments:

christel-thoughts:

dynastylnoire:

doriansennui:

think-progress:

Debra Harrell, mom who let her 9-year-old play in the park alone, has been fired from her job at McDonald’s.

This country is sick. Criminalizing WoC no matter what they do.

TERRIBLE
is there a go fund me for her?

yes, there is a youcaring site for her here

Being poor in the US is the biggest crime.
Folks can argue about leaving the 9 year old alone. They can say she should have gotten childcare. But do people not understand the system?
There are people out here that are not making enough to afford daycare on their own. However they are making too much to get childcare subsidies. Meaning theyre fucked. There are several parents that have to take extreme measures for their children or theyre given the option of losing their child, losing their job or both.
Childcare can run from $200-$1000 per month, per child and the price increases every year.

Some people really don’t know what its like to be poor and struggling. It’s so east to judge this woman when you’ve never had to walk a mile in her shoes. 

postracialcomments:

christel-thoughts:

dynastylnoire:

doriansennui:

think-progress:

Debra Harrell, mom who let her 9-year-old play in the park alone, has been fired from her job at McDonald’s.

This country is sick. Criminalizing WoC no matter what they do.

TERRIBLE

is there a go fund me for her?

yes, there is a youcaring site for her here

Being poor in the US is the biggest crime.

Folks can argue about leaving the 9 year old alone. They can say she should have gotten childcare. But do people not understand the system?

There are people out here that are not making enough to afford daycare on their own. However they are making too much to get childcare subsidies. Meaning theyre fucked. There are several parents that have to take extreme measures for their children or theyre given the option of losing their child, losing their job or both.

Childcare can run from $200-$1000 per month, per child and the price increases every year.

Some people really don’t know what its like to be poor and struggling. It’s so east to judge this woman when you’ve never had to walk a mile in her shoes. 

i want to ask
everyone i meet,
what do you read
when you are in love,
and, what do you read when
they do not love you back?

Pavana पवन  (via maza-dohta)

Any person who makes everyone happy is not real, and the Mandela that does so is not the real Mandela but the one the world has constructed, removing the parts of the man some people did not like.

Many use this Mandela to project themselves as real defenders of his legacy while not living according to his values and disregarding what he stood for.

Like hypocrites in religion, they only extract what makes them happy from Mandela and disregard the rest.

It is an image of a very liberal Nelson Mandela who expected South Africa to be perfect within a very short space of time.

It’s an image of a man who is a messiah, who delivered freedom and democracy to South Africa single handedly.

This cropped out image of Mandela from the real one is ingrained in the minds of those who resist transformation and economic freedom of black people Mandela fought for.

These anti-transformation, anti-justice and very ignorant people use this image to protect what they have.

They easily tell people to “get over apartheid” which Mandela spent his life fighting against.

Extract from South African student activist and writer 's piece “There is a Mandela we should all reject and hate”.

Any op-ed piece about Nelson Mandela that doesn’t take on the usual peace-loving, always smiling, ‘Rainbow Nation’ messiah format will undoubtedly be met with great criticism and anger from those who were sold and bought into this image of the late anti-apartheid leader and human rights activist (seriously, just read the comments under the article).

But the fact of the matter remains that Mandela did not become a pivotal anti-apartheid figure by establishing himself as everyone’s favourite docile father-figure. From with his early days as a lawyer and later with the African National Congress (ANC), Mandela was a radical who was deemed a terrorist by the West and co-founded the armed wing of the ANC, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Zulu for ‘spear of the nation/people’). During and after his time spent incarcerated on Robben Island, Mandela made many statements that would not sit well with many who in turn seem to calculatedly omit when reflecting on the importance of Madiba’s legacy.

This is not to say that we cannot or should not refer to Mandela’s social and political views and policies when analyzing the current state of the ANC. It’s clear that in many ways, the current ruling party has failed to deliver on promises made as far back s the 1990s. The danger lies when people use Mandela’s words against each other, for their own gain, or as a means of erasure. Citing the term ‘rainbow nation’ as a case for why affirmative action is irrelevant (because apartheid is over and we’re all equal now) is not only ignorant but spits in the face of justice and true reform.

Too often, leaders not from the West are often cast in one-dimensional roles that make them out to either be heroes or villains with no in-betweens when we know that history and politics are always exceptionally complex.

As Hasane so aptly puts it, there’s a difference between ‘getting over apartheid’, and forgiving as a necessary part of the healing process but in no way forgetting the atrocities and injustices of the past. We’d also do well to remember that Mandela was no saint, nor was he perfect in any way. There is no single Mandela story.

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gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 
Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 
According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 
People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 
Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 

Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 

According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 

People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 

Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.

izanzanwin:

lastrealindians:

The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.
They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.  Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

Just $10 more to $9,000 of $15K. If every single celebrity or hipster who committed cultural appropriation contributed to this, the goal would have been reached instantly. It shouldnt be Native American’s job to educate people on Thanksgiving myths and appropriation. They ESPECIALLY shouldnt be getting punished- sued or even arrested (there are natives this happened to at a sporting event) for calling out appropriation. People always say “well its just a trend. Its good intentioned, its not a big deal”. Well guess what when you have people committing legal conquest suing and arresting native that is direct harm ON TOP of the erasure and perpetuated genocide that cultural appropriation and racist curriculums commit against Native Americans. After everything the United States has done you would think enough is enough but it never is. Freedom of speech should protect EVERYONE, not just the right to commit cultural imperialism. Its sick that Natives are denied rights from the constitution which once again is something else the United States was influenced by Native Americans when it was created.

izanzanwin:

lastrealindians:

The Eagle Bull- Oxendine family is being sued by their child’s school for defamation, because they asked the school to permanently change their offensive and culturally insensitive Thanksgiving curriculum and to honor a two-year scholarship taken from their daughter after they voiced their concern over Native appropriation there.

They’re raising funds to defray mounting legal expenses. Please share this link and donate what you can. If they lose, we all lose. This case has the potential to set dangerous precedent where Natives are effectively gagged from speaking out against appropriation and the abuse of our culture and sacred ways by mainstream society. This is legal conquest. We can’t allow them to play Indian and hide behind judicial robes to do it. Thank you.
Contribute here: http://www.gofundme.com/8f3z30

Just $10 more to $9,000 of $15K. If every single celebrity or hipster who committed cultural appropriation contributed to this, the goal would have been reached instantly. It shouldnt be Native American’s job to educate people on Thanksgiving myths and appropriation. They ESPECIALLY shouldnt be getting punished- sued or even arrested (there are natives this happened to at a sporting event) for calling out appropriation. People always say “well its just a trend. Its good intentioned, its not a big deal”. Well guess what when you have people committing legal conquest suing and arresting native that is direct harm ON TOP of the erasure and perpetuated genocide that cultural appropriation and racist curriculums commit against Native Americans. After everything the United States has done you would think enough is enough but it never is. Freedom of speech should protect EVERYONE, not just the right to commit cultural imperialism. Its sick that Natives are denied rights from the constitution which once again is something else the United States was influenced by Native Americans when it was created.

And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)