This is what the school-to-prison pipeline looks like. This is how black youth criminalized.
- She was doing a science experiment
- She’s being charged as an ADULT
- She’s being charged with a FELONY
If this all goes the way the prosecution wants, this young woman will be LEGALLY discriminated against for the rest of her life. No voting, housing discrimination, employment discrimination (as if getting a job while black isn’t hard enough), etc. etc.
There is a petition up … spread the word.
Hey, remember this from yesterday? Go ahead and hit up the petition.
I’m just going to keep reblogging this. Followers, PLEASE sign the petition.
I’m going to be forced to see the newest Trek film. Not by any particular person, but by my own sense of fatalism.
And to explain? I am a Trekkie. I have been since the age of eight or so, when a teacher recommended that I give it a shot. I watched TNG growing up, and I loved it. Loved it so much. I loved these people and these ideas and the things they tried to do.
My first crush was on Wesley Crusher. DON’T YOU JUDGE ME, I was the damn target audience for that boy!
I never quite got DS9. I didn’t get Enterprise, but I watched it. And I loved the beginning of Voyager. It’s still my favorite, before it became “Seven of Nine and her Backup Band!”
And I resent the new reboot movies.
I resent them because Star Trek, for me, was always about limitless possibilities. I resent them because instead of moving forward, it feels like the world is clinging to the familiar. I resent them because if they had been called anything other than Stark Trek, I’m sure I’d be a huge fan.
I resent them mostly because they feel like an excuse. An excuse to exclude long time fans. To exclude those who know the history. To exclude women, and POC and representation at large. Because they can just fall back on canon, and canon is a huge swath of white dudes.
And Uhura is awesome. Zoe Sandala’s portray of her is awesome! But she bears the weight of every single female voice, and that’s horrible. You have Kirk’s mother, Spock’s mother, and Uhura. Do non-fans even know what the names of the first two characters? Do they know Amanda? Do they know Winona?
TNG had a female counselor, a female doctor, a female security head. There were women at the helm and in engineering and in the sciences. Women in uniform and not. Women in skirts and pants and civilian clothes. There was a mix of people on that ship. I know, it’s a tv show, and not a movie. There was more room. There was way more room.
But you know what? I kind of feel that the Trek movies aren’t using the room they’ve got very well. And I feel like Abrams is just using canon as an excuse to do the things he wants to do and ignore the things he wants to ignore, and screw over the fans at the same time.
And the depression I feel when the commercial focuses in on an unfamiliar blonde woman in her underwear is just staggering. After Crusher and Troi, Pulaski and Nerys, Yarr and O’Brien, Geinan and Leeta, Dax and Dax, Janeway and Torres and Seven and Kes?
That the Trek world, for women, has once again, been shrunk down to Uhura, and a cheap shot of a woman in her underwear, strikes me as being so unbelievably depressing.
Yeah—I think the TV shows represented race (which I know you mention) at least a tiny bit better, too. There’s basically Uhura and Sulu and nobody else in the new movies. (The new one, of course, is even whitewashing a character who was played by an actor of color in TOS.) TNG was not a whole lot better (other than Worf, you basically just had recurring, not regular, characters in Guinan and Keiko O’Brien), but DS9 had a number of major characters of color.
I definitely agree that they could be using what space they have in the movies a lot better. There’s no way that either of the new movies passes the Bechdel test, and I doubt that they pass the race version (two named characters of color talking to each other about something other than a White character) either.
I will be seeing the new one, but I feel pretty damn resentful of the lack of women and POC, too.
— Michelle Haimoff, on privilege (via jatigi)
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback MICHAEL VICK, after adopting a dog back in October. He was recently spotted inside a pet store in New Jersey attending a training / obedience course for his dog.
(via the New York Daily News)
I understand people not liking Michael Vick to a certain degree but it’s incredibly off-putting when people are like, frothing-at-the-mouth passionately angry about him being allowed to play football again or, idk, be alive
Especially when it’s people who have never gotten remotely as mad over NFL players with histories of abusing women
Like, what is the fucking point of the justice system if we’re not going to allow people to do their time and then come back and have lives again, might as well just shoot anybody who’s committed a crime if we’re going to be like that
Black man tangentially involved in the abuse of dogs does hard time and still gets shit for it, white man directly involved in multiple sexual assaults gets a slap on the wrist from the league and nobody cares
Honestly, it sounds like he is legitimately trying to ensure that his kids grow up respecting and caring for animals so that they would never treat animals cruelly—against all odds (considering how we structure and run our institutions), a case of real rehabilitation.
In case you didn’t catch it in the original post let me reiterate.
Often in my life in situations where I’m told by usually Nice White Ladies that you’re just so angry, fuck yes I am angry.
It makes me angry when I feel like I am in danger because some White dude(s) catcalls or follows me and I tell them no and they call me a nigger bitch.
Maybe in your world when things like that happen, everyone is calm and polite. Maybe in your life a man who would do that, after you politely explain that it’s inappropriate says, “aw shucks I’m sorry ma’am.”
In my life that does not happen."
— Wherein I talk to an anon who does not deal with anger well and is I guess trying to tell me that being angry never helps. BIG Tw y’all. Some of the stuff I talk about is no bueno. I actually took out a bit I feel is maybe too raw for right now. (via nudiemuse)
— Race + Hip-Hop + LGBT Equality: On Macklemore’s White Straight Privilege By Guest Contributor Hel Gebreamlak at Racialicious (via glitterlion)
I am the first African American editor in comics.
I’m sorry if this somehow displeases you. I’m sorry if it causes you to involuntarily groan in annoyance at my bringing it up. These are common reactions among industry pros when I mention this fact. If it’s not true, by all means, please prove me wrong: I’ll be happy to celebrate whomever was the first black guy in, but it is a reasonable and important distinction for many African American fans and pros. I’m sorry if it annoys you, but it has significance for many of us.
I am also, to my knowledge, the first African-American writer in comics, though people in this biz are quick to haggle and parse that claim. I’m not sure why none of the various self- congratulatory histories of comics ever mention this. Amid all the wonderful histories that have been written, noting the pioneers of the Golden and Silver and Modern Ages, trumpeting these firsts, I am not mentioned anywhere. And, whenever I mention it myself, it is, every time, excised from the published text. I haven’t figured out if the companies think I’m arrogant in making the claim, or if they’re embarrassed to have been in business nearly fifty years before allowing a black man a seat in their front office."
Imagine that: people do better when they feel good enough about themselves to counteract the bullshit that attacks them. Across the board.
we all know sites of racial profiling for men, i need to know why we’re in the year 2013 and nobody has done any racial profiling type organizing around hospitals and birthing women.
Excellent fucking question.
I have a migraine or I would write more about the experience of reading my medical records from my labor & delivery, and how clearly my race & class privilege shone between the lines of nurses’ notes. But it was so blindingly obvious.