dynastylnoire:

compactiscute:

So natural hair is being targeted by the U.S. Military. 
“More than 30% of females serving in the military are of a race other than white. As of 2011, 36% of females in the U.S. stated that they are natural, or refrain from chemically processing their hair. Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair. In the proposed changes, unauthorized hairstyles include twists, both flat twists as well as two strand twists; as well as dreadlocks, which are defined as “any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair.” These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.” 
There is a petition to reconsider the changes added to AR 670-1 and you can sign here. 

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dynastylnoire:

compactiscute:

So natural hair is being targeted by the U.S. Military. 

More than 30% of females serving in the military are of a race other than white. As of 2011, 36% of females in the U.S. stated that they are natural, or refrain from chemically processing their hair. Females with natural hair take strides to style their natural hair in a professional manner when necessary; however, changes to AR 670-1 offer little to no options for females with natural hair. In the proposed changes, unauthorized hairstyles include twists, both flat twists as well as two strand twists; as well as dreadlocks, which are defined as “any matted or locked coils or ropes of hair.” These new changes are racially biased and the lack of regard for ethnic hair is apparent. This policy needs to be reviewed prior to publishing to allow for neat and maintained natural hairstyles.” 

There is a petition to reconsider the changes added to AR 670-1 and you can sign here

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"Sure, movements can be healing. But are they? Many, many broke folks, parents and/or disabled folks who have been forced out of movements would say no. What disability justice and healing justice talks about—and asks—is, are they really? Or are they set up in burnout models that destroy folks’s physical and spiritual health? And I think that a big part of what movements that I’m part of do to *make movements* that aren’t shitty, is to center disabled, working-class and poor, parenting, and femme of color genius. Burnout isn’t just about not having a deep enough analysis. It’s about movements that are deeply ableist and inaccessible."

Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, “for badass disability justice, working-class and poor lead models of sustainable hustling for liberation” (via queerandpresentdanger)

(Source: ethiopienne, via sansrevolution)

phloeticexpressions:

So by now, I’m sure all, if not most of you have heard of the senseless murder of Brittney Cosby & her girlfriend Crystal Jackson down in Texas.

Brittney was a friend of one of my frat bruhs, literally one degree of separation between us.

Currently Brittney’s family is having trouble paying for funeral costs. I’m asking all of you to contribute to get gofund me page to help lessen the costs. Literally every dollar helps. Thanks!

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tranqualizer:

save-wiyabi-project:

"A Jacksonville woman whose case generated outrage when she was sentenced to 20 years in prison may end up behind bars for 60 years for the same crime.

The Office of State Attorney Angela Corey will seek to put Marissa Alexander in prison for 60 years, essentially a life sentence, if it succeeds in convicting her for a second time for firing a shot in the direction of her estranged husband and two of his children. Her trial is scheduled to begin on July 28.

Alexander, 33, was previously convicted in 2012 of three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was sentenced to 20 years in prison by Circuit Judge James Daniel under the state’s 10-20-life law. Daniel actually imposed three separate 20-year sentences on Alexander but ordered that they be served concurrently, which meant Alexander would get out in 20 years.”

please boost her fundraiser for a strong legal defense team!!!

here here here 

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so-treu:

inothernews:

This is Michael Dunn, presumably confused as to how he just got away with murder.  
Dunn, who repeatedly fired his gun at a vehicle in which 17-year-old Jordan Davis was killed, claimed to have been threatened with a shotgun.  Police never found a shotgun; no witnesses reported seeing one.  Though one thing is clear: Dunn told the kids to stop playing their “thug music” loudly, and later decided the best way to end the resulting dispute was by firing a gun at Davis’s car ten times — even as it pulled away.
Dunn invoked Florida’s well-used-by-threatened-people-who-aren’t-black “Stand Your Ground” defense.  While the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge — for Davis’s killing — they found him guilty in the attempted murder of the three other teens in the car and he now faces up to 60 years in prison.
But still, bottom line is a white man got away with killing a black teen in Florida.  And shit isn’t ever going to change in the Sunshine State.
(Pool photo: Bob Mack via the New York Times)

stop using the words “white privilege” when talking about this case THIS SHIT IS WHITE SUPREMACY. PLAIN AND FUCKING SIMPLE.
A WHITE MAN SHOT A BLACK KID BECAUSE THE BLACK KID DIDN’T SHOW ENOUGH DEFERENCE TO HIM. THIS IS RACIST VIGILATISM. THIS IS THE MAINTAINING OF JIM CROW ETIQUETTE. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A “JUSTICE” SYSTEM BASED ON LAWS THAT AT FIRST DIDN’T RECOGNIZE BLACK PEOPLE AND HUMAN BEINGS AND THEN ONLY RECOGNIZED THEM AS SUCH WHEN THEY COMMITTED A CRIME. THIS IS WHITE SUPREMACY. THIS IS ANTIBLACKNESS.
CALL IT WHAT THE FUCK IT IS.

so-treu:

inothernews:

This is Michael Dunn, presumably confused as to how he just got away with murder.  

Dunn, who repeatedly fired his gun at a vehicle in which 17-year-old Jordan Davis was killed, claimed to have been threatened with a shotgun.  Police never found a shotgun; no witnesses reported seeing one.  Though one thing is clear: Dunn told the kids to stop playing their “thug music” loudly, and later decided the best way to end the resulting dispute was by firing a gun at Davis’s car ten times — even as it pulled away.

Dunn invoked Florida’s well-used-by-threatened-people-who-aren’t-black “Stand Your Ground” defense.  While the jury was deadlocked on the murder charge — for Davis’s killing — they found him guilty in the attempted murder of the three other teens in the car and he now faces up to 60 years in prison.

But still, bottom line is a white man got away with killing a black teen in Florida.  And shit isn’t ever going to change in the Sunshine State.

(Pool photo: Bob Mack via the New York Times)

stop using the words “white privilege” when talking about this case THIS SHIT IS WHITE SUPREMACY. PLAIN AND FUCKING SIMPLE.

A WHITE MAN SHOT A BLACK KID BECAUSE THE BLACK KID DIDN’T SHOW ENOUGH DEFERENCE TO HIM. THIS IS RACIST VIGILATISM. THIS IS THE MAINTAINING OF JIM CROW ETIQUETTE. THIS IS THE RESULT OF A “JUSTICE” SYSTEM BASED ON LAWS THAT AT FIRST DIDN’T RECOGNIZE BLACK PEOPLE AND HUMAN BEINGS AND THEN ONLY RECOGNIZED THEM AS SUCH WHEN THEY COMMITTED A CRIME. THIS IS WHITE SUPREMACY. THIS IS ANTIBLACKNESS.

CALL IT WHAT THE FUCK IT IS.

(Source: so-treu)

bjtheprofessor:

Michael Dunn was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of shooting a firearm but HE WASN’T CHARGED FOR KILLING Jordan Davis. Please be apart of the solution and work for social change equity and justice. #wematter #hematters #BlackLivesMatter #justiceisthepnlychoice #blacklove #standupandfight #justice #jimcrowisstillalive

bjtheprofessor:

Michael Dunn was charged with 3 counts of attempted murder and 1 count of shooting a firearm but HE WASN’T CHARGED FOR KILLING Jordan Davis. Please be apart of the solution and work for social change equity and justice. #wematter #hematters #BlackLivesMatter #justiceisthepnlychoice #blacklove #standupandfight #justice #jimcrowisstillalive

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"

Xojane like so many other place (ahem the entire fucking world) prioritizes and centers White Lady Tears.

Women of Color are here to gently guide racist and racist leaning Nice White Ladies to the promised land of not being racists.

It is too hard for White people to be at all conscious of their behavior when it comes to people of color because it is all about them.

So thanks Xojane again for making sure us mean old WOC know our place.

"

I blogged about how deep XOjane failed again.

LOL here’s the link.

http://blog.nudemuse.org/2014/01/xojane-fails-again-and-hard.html

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deliciousdannydevito:

burn these statistics into your mind. never forget who it is experiencing the brunt of the prison system’s violence

deliciousdannydevito:

burn these statistics into your mind. never forget who it is experiencing the brunt of the prison system’s violence

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"Originally, in the 20s and 30s, the stereotype of someone who was schizophrenic was the housewife who was sad and withdrawn, and would not do her duties as a housewife; would not do the housework. This was the typical case of schizophrenia. And then, in the 60s, something shifted. The actual criteria for schizophrenia shifted. A lot of psychiatrists and hospitals and police were encountering young, angry black men who were part of the civil rights movement. Who were part of the riots – the uprisings – in the Black Power movement. Who were angry. Who were perceiving a conspiracy of power against them, that was called paranoia. They would see it is white privilege, but it was called paranoia. And so we actually see the diagnositc criteria for schizophrenia change. So now you have anger and paranoia and hostility being included as criteria, whereas 30 years before they hadn’t been. Because the stereotype has changed. So there’s a way in which the DSM and the perspectives of the psychiatrists and the doctors who were giving these diagnoses is thoroughly politically constructed, and thoroughly dependent on the culture and context that they’re within."

Will Hall at Unitarian Church Vancouver Canada March 2012 - Transcript | Madness Radio (via blinko)

for anyone interested in reading more about how schizophrenia moved from being a diagnosis assigned to white, middle-class women to one used to pathologize and institutionalize noncompliant black men in the 1960s, jonathan metzl’s the protest psychosis: how schizophrenia became a black disease is a good place to start. i have a PDF scan of it, too — just ask.

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juliammore:

The FREE CeCe documentary needs your help! Let’s make this better and better with every dollar donated!
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-cece-documentary/x/6227341

They’re up to ~$3000 with 58 days to go, but that’s still only ~5% of their goal. 

juliammore:

The FREE CeCe documentary needs your help! Let’s make this better and better with every dollar donated!

http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/free-cece-documentary/x/6227341

They’re up to ~$3000 with 58 days to go, but that’s still only ~5% of their goal. 

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"

If I put a gun to someone’s head, say, a 30-year-old healthy male, pull the trigger, and kill him, assuming an average life expectancy of, say, 84, you can argue that possibly 54 years of life [were] stolen from that person in a direct act of violence.

However, if a person is born into poverty in the midst of an abundant society where it is statistically proven that it would hurt no one to facilitate meeting the basic needs of that person and yet they die at the age of 30 due to heart disease, which has been found to statistically relate to those who endure the stress and effects of low socioeconomic status, is that death, the removal of those 54 years once again, an act of violence?

And the answer is ‘Yes, it is.’

You see, our legal system has conditioned us to think that violence is a direct behavioral act. The truth is that violence is a process, not an act, and it can take many forms.

You cannot separate any outcome from the system by which it is oriented.

"

Peter Joseph, from this lecture. (via universalequalityisinevitable)

this is so fuckin important

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tranqualizer:

[image description: two Black young women sitting in what appears to be a court setting with their hands cuffed in front of them. they are both wearing orange-red jumpsuits.]
Black Girls Overrepresented in Confinement and Court Placement via forharriet.com by Monique Morris
Nationwide, African American girls continue to be disproportionately over-represented among girls in confinement and court-ordered residential placements. They are also significantly over-represented among girls who experience exclusionary discipline, such as out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and other punishment. Studies have shown that Black female disengagement from school partially results from racial injustices as well as their status as girls, forming disciplinary patterns that reflect horrendously misinformed and stereotypical perceptions.While academic underperformance and zero tolerance policies are certainly critical components of pathways to confinement, a closer examination reveals that Black girls may also be criminalized for qualities long associated with their survival. For example, being “loud” or “defiant” are infractions potentially leading to subjective reprimanding or exclusionary discipline. But historically, these characteristics can exemplify their responses to the effects of racism, sexism, and classism.More than 42,000 youth were educated in “juvenile court schools" located in California correctional and detention facilities in 2012, according to the California Department of Education, and a disproportionate number of them were Black girls. In the state’s 10 largest districts by enrollment, Black females experience school suspension at rates that far surpass their female counterparts of other racial and ethnic groups. Little has been shared about these girls’ educational histories and experiences inside the state’s juvenile correctional facilities or out in the community.

tranqualizer:

[image description: two Black young women sitting in what appears to be a court setting with their hands cuffed in front of them. they are both wearing orange-red jumpsuits.]

Black Girls Overrepresented in Confinement and Court Placement via forharriet.com by Monique Morris

Nationwide, African American girls continue to be disproportionately over-represented among girls in confinement and court-ordered residential placements. They are also significantly over-represented among girls who experience exclusionary discipline, such as out-of-school suspensions, expulsions, and other punishment. Studies have shown that Black female disengagement from school partially results from racial injustices as well as their status as girls, forming disciplinary patterns that reflect horrendously misinformed and stereotypical perceptions.

While academic underperformance and zero tolerance policies are certainly critical components of pathways to confinement, a closer examination reveals that Black girls may also be criminalized for qualities long associated with their survivalFor example, being “loud” or “defiant” are infractions potentially leading to subjective reprimanding or exclusionary discipline. But historically, these characteristics can exemplify their responses to the effects of racism, sexism, and classism.

More than 42,000 youth were educated in “juvenile court schools" located in California correctional and detention facilities in 2012, according to the California Department of Education, and a disproportionate number of them were Black girls. In the state’s 10 largest districts by enrollment, Black females experience school suspension at rates that far surpass their female counterparts of other racial and ethnic groups. Little has been shared about these girls’ educational histories and experiences inside the state’s juvenile correctional facilities or out in the community.

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"

As a sociologist, I think it is best to turn to the evidence: Do Asians face discrimination? The labor market is one of the best places to take this question because this is where many people believe Asians have reached parity with white Americans.

Asian Americans have among the highest earnings in the United States. In 2013, Asians’ median weekly earnings were $973, as compared to $799 for whites, $634 for blacks, and $572 for Latinos. It seems as if Asians do not experience discrimination. However, these aggregate numbers hide many disparities.

First of all, Asian men earned, on average, 40 percent more than Asian women. The gender gap between Asian men and women is the highest of any racial group. Secondly, these numbers hide the diversity within the Asian community: the 2000 U.S. Census reports Hmong women had an average weekly earnings of just $389 per week – putting them far below average. Whereas Chinese and Indian men earn more on average than white men, the opposite is true for Laotian, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Hmong men. In sum, some Asians earn more than whites, yet this is the case for only some nationalities – those that have, on average, higher levels of education.

Chinese and Indian Americans have higher educational attainment than their white male counterparts. This helps explain some of the earnings disparities.

Studies that take into account educational achievements find that Asian men earn less than their white male counterparts. Sociologists ChangHwan Kim and Arthur Sakamoto found that if you compare white men to Asian men with similar characteristics, the white men often earn more. In other words, if an Asian American man and a white man both live in New York, both went to selective universities, and both studied engineering, we could expect that the Asian American man would earn, on average, 8 percent less than the white man.

The fact that Asian Americans do not earn as much as white men with the same qualifications points to the fact that Asian Americans face labor market discrimination. In other words, there is a real monetary cost to being Asian American. Over the course of one’s career, this disparity can amount to significant amounts of money.

Labor market discrimination against Asians is not unique to the United States. A study conducted in Australia also uncovered labor market discrimination against Asians. Alison Booth and her colleagues conducted an audit study where they sent 4,000 fictitious job applications out for entry-level jobs, where they varied only the last name of the applicant – thereby signaling ethnicity.

The results were that the average callback rate for Anglo-Saxons was 35 percent. Applications with an Italian-sounding name received responses 32 percent of the time – with only a small statistically significant difference. The differences were starker for the other groups: indigenous applicants obtained an interview 26 percent of the time, Chinese applicants 21 percent of the time, and Middle Easterners 22 percent of the time. According to these findings, Anglo-Saxons would have to submit three job applications to have a decent shot at getting a callback whereas Chinese applicants can expect to submit five.

"

"Hashtag Sparks Discussion About Asian American Discrimination", Racism Review, 12/17/13

Besides the debunking of the “Asians don’t face discrimination in hiring, they show that Americans don’t see race and hire only by qualification” myth, note the massive wage gap between Asian men and women.

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dear every white dude who has told me that “Asians have more power than white people” -

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"When Madonna came out with her hit Vogue you knew it was over. She had taken a very specifically queer, transgendered, Latino and African-American phenomenon and totally erased that context with her lyrics, “It makes no difference if you’re black or white, if you’re a boy or girl.” Madonna was taking in tons of money, while the Queen who actually taught her how to Vogue sat before me in the club, strung out, depressed and broke. So if anybody requested Vogue or any other Madonna track, I told them, “No, this is a Madonna free zone! And as long as I’m DJ-ing you will not be allowed to Vogue to the decontextualized, reified, corporatized, liberalized, neutralized, asexualized, re-genderized, pop reflection of this dancefloor’s reality!"

DJ Sprinkles, “Ball’r (Madonna-Free Zone)” from Midtown 120 Blues, 2008 (via seki-gahara)

I posted this back in June of last year and it’s more relevant than ever. Fuck Madonna.

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let’s drag madonna some more

(via howtobeafuckinglady)

Reblogging because I literally know people negatively affected by Madonna’s song.

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(Source: prince-abibos, via sansrevolution)