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xfools asked: I'm not trying to offend you, I'm sorry. I guess it's just me but I don't care for race, people are people

lordbape:

You don’t get to say that. You don’t get to say “people are people” when Black people are intentionally being killed for being Black— people clearly aren’t people. People aren’t “people” when a white felon can more easily get a job than a Black person who has never committed a crime. You don’t get to pretend you live in an alternate reality in which the construct of race doesn’t exist because it does. It doesn’t help anyone for you to pretend that race doesn’t exist and “people are just people”. Psychologists link that thinking to people being racists because it shows that you’d rather ignore reality than realize that people are oppressed for their races and it shows you don’t know how to empathize.

aquaticspacepussy:

Why is it that removing race makes white people feel so comfortable.

You should be insulted that your racism is so deep you need to remove a person’s heritage to see them as a person. You need to change the context of events just to understand them. How do you have the nerve to call yourself enlightened when in order to see the picture you have to blur the whole image.

Get out of here lol!

aloryandaneaglet:

what a great feeling to make the radar!!    COMPLETELY unexpected.    i’m so flattered and a bit teary-eyed (the good tears).    i’ve received some wonderful messages and i’m so grateful to all of you who appreciate what i share.    thank you.

aloryandaneaglet:

what a great feeling to make the radar!!    COMPLETELY unexpected.    i’m so flattered and a bit teary-eyed (the good tears).    i’ve received some wonderful messages and i’m so grateful to all of you who appreciate what i share.    thank you.

1 month ago

I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: ‘I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action’; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a ‘more convenient season.’ Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

An excerpt from Letter From Birmingham Jail. I believe the great came for White liberals’ wigs here. Yep. He did. Oh and this stance he is critiquing is also White supremacist; one doesn’t have to be a vitriolic and violent KKK member to be racist and proliferate White supremacy. Simply allowing the violence by turning one’s back on violence itself via excuses shaped by privilege is an act of violence. Coretta Scott King elaborated on this as well, how violence isn’t only physical.

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missjia:

via Marissa Sargeant on Facebook:
This is my 14 yr old son who was brutually tortured By 2 Tully town officers he was handcuff but they say he resisted arrest that yall tazzed him in his face …not only that they took him to lower bucks hospital with out his mother consent they broke his nose n both eyes were swollen shut these prejudice cops need a rude awakening any one know anyone that can help my son please help they took him to the police station n told me I could not come up there but as a mother who loves her child I did Go to the station they would not let me n at all they talked to me through the door I didn’t see my son for tree days n the cops says o he’s fine we ordered him pizza really? Any one who can help me get justice please comment I’m torn mad angry just can’t deal # HELP

missjia:

via Marissa Sargeant on Facebook:

This is my 14 yr old son who was brutually tortured By 2 Tully town officers he was handcuff but they say he resisted arrest that yall tazzed him in his face …not only that they took him to lower bucks hospital with out his mother consent they broke his nose n both eyes were swollen shut these prejudice cops need a rude awakening any one know anyone that can help my son please help they took him to the police station n told me I could not come up there but as a mother who loves her child I did Go to the station they would not let me n at all they talked to me through the door I didn’t see my son for tree days n the cops says o he’s fine we ordered him pizza really? Any one who can help me get justice please comment I’m torn mad angry just can’t deal # HELP

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4 months ago

"These social justice bloggers need to calm the fuck down," said the young white male blogger, bewildered and angered by the idea that anyone could take issue with a world that suits him so perfectly. ayiman (ayiman.tumblr.com)

(Source: rumbledrubbins, via thisiswhiteprivilege)

The Decline of Wikipedia: Even As More People Than Ever Rely on It, Fewer People Create It

invisiblelad:

seekingwillow:

The sixth most widely used website in the world is not run anything like the others in the top 10. It is not operated by a sophisticated corporation but by a leaderless collection of volunteers who generally work under pseudonyms and habitually bicker with each other. It rarely tries new things in the hope of luring visitors; in fact, it has changed little in a decade. And yet every month 10 billion pages are viewed on the English version of Wikipedia alone. When a major news event takes place, such as the Boston Marathon bombings, complex, widely sourced entries spring up within hours and evolve by the minute. Because there is no other free information source like it, many online services rely on Wikipedia. Look something up on Google or ask Siri a question on your iPhone, and you’ll often get back tidbits of information pulled from the encyclopedia and delivered as straight-up facts.

Yet Wikipedia and its stated ambition to “compile the sum of all human knowledge” are in trouble. The volunteer workforce that built the project’s flagship, the English-language Wikipedia—and must defend it against vandalism, hoaxes, and manipulation—has shrunk by more than a third since 2007 and is still shrinking. Those participants left seem incapable of fixing the flaws that keep Wikipedia from becoming a high-quality encyclopedia by any standard, including the project’s own. Among the significant problems that aren’t getting resolved is the site’s skewed coverage: its entries on Pokemon and female porn stars are comprehensive, but its pages on female novelists or places in sub-Saharan Africa are sketchy. Authoritative entries remain elusive. Of the 1,000 articles that the project’s own volunteers have tagged as forming the core of a good encyclopedia, most don’t earn even Wikipedia’s own middle-­ranking quality scores.

The main source of those problems is not mysterious. The loose collective running the site today, estimated to be 90 percent male, operates a crushing bureaucracy with an often abrasive atmosphere that deters newcomers who might increase participation in Wikipedia and broaden its coverage.

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I was reading this article, scrolling down, wondering when or if it’d bring up the culture. And then it gets one line, to one paragraph and no in-depth into anything ABOUT that culture.

I don’t think updating the interface is going to change ‘the culture’.

My personal example with wikipedia? Was starting a page on something I utterly loved, only to be shouted down over my oft times British spelling, over US spelling; my writing style, how I phrased things, how I organized things, etc…

I went scouring the net to find links and info and at one point the highlight of it all was someone officially related to the thing, leaving me a note and answering questions, having found it and appreciated it.

And then not being able to go back for a month, only to check in and see EVERYTHING changed when I wasn’t there to fight every day; by someone who obviously was not involved ‘in the thing’, but claimed to be better at writing about it, and obviously ‘more dedicated than I was about Wikipedia itself’.

So I just stopped.

My love for the thing, could not compete with having to continually prove myself for every line I wrote. And I couldn’t bear anymore seeing someone write who didn’t know - but who was ‘in’ so them putting in their ‘interpretations’ rather than the facts of the thing, was fine.

I use wikipedia now to dual check as a dictionary, and to scroll down to the source links. Cause I’m always aware it’s possible the person who hunted down those links or started the article, may not be the people currently maintaining it and who knows which way the bias flows.

Heck, Chelsea Manning’s talk and contributions and feedback page is a damn war zone of misogyny and transmisogny and transphobia.

I’d heard about the Chelsea Manning “turf war” and found it too strange to dwell on long. Thanks for the personal experience here, it definitely fleshes out the way the site works a little more. 

(Source: azspot, via so-treu)

blackamazon:

jcoleknowsbest:

nezua:

historyisaweapon:

dirtyverbs:

Statement of Ramon Reyes, 13 yrs old, whose only parent detained by Border Patrol after Tucson police traffic stop

Something is very wrong with this place.

Yes, that Something came and never left.

^^^^^^^

I need this to have more notes.

blackamazon:

jcoleknowsbest:

nezua:

historyisaweapon:

dirtyverbs:

Statement of Ramon Reyes, 13 yrs old, whose only parent detained by Border Patrol after Tucson police traffic stop

Something is very wrong with this place.

Yes, that Something came and never left.

^^^^^^^

I need this to have more notes.

6 months ago

gradientlair:

pizoxuat:

Christian Louboutin puts out a line an ad campaign that acknowledges that “nude” isn’t another word for “light beige.”  I don’t like nude shoes, I prefer statement footwear, but it’s good to see big names acknowledging that we come in a beautiful range of colors.  And then arranging us in terrifying circles.

While I cannot afford his shoes at all, I like this campaign idea. Because I cannot express how much I TIRE of “nude” and “flesh toned” and “neutral” marketing. Just the other day at a department store the White bra saleswoman asked me do I want a “nude” bra. For what ma’am? When I said “it doesn’t match my skin” she stood there stunned. As if she never considered this before.

tayarijones:

Trust me. 2014 is going to be EPIC for black women novelists.  Roxane Gay, Tiphanie Yanique, Natalie Baszile, Bridgett Davis, Pearl Cleage, Jacinda Townsend.  All with new books dropping next year. (top to bottom, left to right.)

(via strugglingtobeheard)