phoenix-ace:

How people can understand why a pudgy white guy with a minimum wage job might want to escape to a world where he doesn’t have to deal with the mundane, but they can’t understand why a black person might want to escape to a world where they’re a human being.  We can understand why you don’t want to be a cashier in the land of Thedas, but you can’t understand why we don’t want to be a servant, backwards freak, or a slave in the same universe?  

(via jhameia)

"Please stop calling this a nation of immigrants. We are not a nation of immigrants. We are a nation of colonizers, ex-slaves, ghosts of genocide victims, and preferred immigrants."

— Maurice Lucas Goes IN (via sonofbaldwin)

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(Source: projectqueer, via blackmagicalgirlmisandry)

sevenseventhree:

important. watch how you talk about the violence in chicago; understand where it really stems from. if you are blaming communities, get the fuck outta here.

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birchsoda replied to your post “Nextdoor: In case your Facebook feed isn’t racist enough.”

OMG you too!

Are you using Nextdoor, too?  Would you take screenshots?  I just took some because holy shit, this woman called me “politically correct” like it was a huge insult and then used the word “thug.”

Nextdoor: In case your Facebook feed isn’t racist enough.

I joined Nextdoor because I figured, hey, maybe I’ll make some friends in the neighborhood.

So far I am not making friends in the neighborhood. But I should probably start taking screenshots for the next time I teach residential segregation.

loudblackram:

-sighs loudly-

(via angelsscream)

Dress codes are racist misogynist fascist bullshit.

A Facebook comment thread by me.

Got my IUD placed today.

I took a preemptive dose of lorazepam and hydrocodone, and it was only mildly uncomfortable. That this isn’t standard for a procedure that is frequently extremely unpleasant, and for many people so painful that this safe, highly effective BC method is not even a viable option, is total bullshit.

It’s clearly the product of our counterproductive, racist, and violent war on drugs, with a healthy side of misogyny, because OF COURSE people who can get pregnant should suffer for anything that allows us control over our own bodies.

I’m lucky enough to have access to safe, appropriate drug options to make the procedure easy, even without direct cooperation from the providers involved. If I’d needed to convince someone to prescribe for this particular procedure, as a middle-class well-educated cis White woman, I probably could have succeeded. It infuriates me that mine is a special case.

"Many adoptive parents flocking to international adoption were responding to the crowded field of US domestic infant adoption, with more prospective parents than relinquishing mothers. The depressing ratio of would-be parents to available infants drove some parents. In the late 1980s the National Committee for Adoption (which would later become the National Council for Adoption) estimated that there was a hundred-to-one ratio of parents who wished to adopt and healthy children available to them. Some were repelled by the growth of open adoption, where they had to advertise themselves to potential birthmothers, were left vulnerable to mothers changing their minds, and often had to promise more ongoing contact than they preferred. By comparison, in international adoption the chance of birthparents reappearing was virtually nil. And adopting from a third world country made adoption seem like more than just a way to build a family: it was also a humanitarian cause."

Kathryn Joyce, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

In other words, they wanted to adopt under conditions where they wouldn’t be expected to treat birth mothers as humans. And who do you have to treat less like humans than poor women of color?

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isxbelle:

Before u make fun of someone’s foreign accent, take some time to think about how they speak more languages than u and how u are a failure

(via itchesandtugs)

"

What’s interesting is that once again, like with Paula Deen, America is captured by an individual white person who says really racist things and kind of conveniently overlooks their actually racist acts.

Donald Sterling had been known to be a perpetrator of housing discrimination. But not many people cared about that. But once he said no Black people at his games… that was when everybody got mad! Or at least pretended to.

Why is that?

America is a lot more concerned with appearing post-racial than actually being post-racial. Time and time again racist acts are ignored and swept under the rug. But every once in awhile a white person will be publicly dragged for saying something very racist.

That’s the unspoken rule in American race relations: you can be racist but don’t sound racist. You can treat people of color horribly, but you can’t verbally express that you want to treat them horribly. That is crossing the line in America. This isn’t 1965 anymore.

So every once in awhile a high profile white person forgets that we’re in “post-racial” America and that saying racist things is not okay and they become the white guilt scapegoat for the season. The white liberals condemn them and the white conservatives halfheartedly defend them on the basis of “free speech” and whatever other excuse. And white America sighs and says, look, we’re not racist!

Meanwhile Black players are still akin to slaves within an elaborate and lucrative plantation system. Meanwhile Black people in general are facing exacerbated economic barriers due to race so that they can’t be at many of these games anyway, even if they wanted to. Meanwhile there are Black and Latino families being denied housing. Meanwhile, in Paula Deen’s case, Black workers are still being under-paid and unacknowledged for the recipes they created.

"

— excerpt from “Donald Sterling Problem or American Race Problem?" @ One Black Girl. Many Words. (via daniellemertina)

(via evelark)

freemarissanow:

“Marissa spent almost three years in a Florida prison away from her children which impacted all [of them]. Her children came with family members to the trial that sentenced her and then visited her in prison,” [Sumayya Fire] recalled. “These are images and questions her children will have, always. Since Thanksgiving Day 2013, Marissa has been under house arrest with an ankle monitor and can’t leave the house. She can’t visit her children’s school events, take them to church or to the movies.”

To support Alexander and her family Sumayya, Touré and other women organized the Free Marissa Now Mobilization Campaign, which is calling for a Mother’s Day Week of Action from May 9-18 to build support for Alexander’s emancipation.

Mother’s Day Week of Action: May 9-18!
Support Marissa Alexander, Mothers in Prison, & Mothers Everywhere!

Send Marissa love by donating to the Marissa Alexander Legal Defense Fund.  Your donation will help her win her trial, reuniting her with her children, family, and community for good.

(via so-treu)

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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(via chonklatime)

"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)