"White people in America are a trip… they exterminate the Native American and then try to dress just like them. What kind of necrophilia is that?"
A Huey P. Newton Story
Publishing professional. Expect a lot of: Avatar: the Last Airbender, Doctor Who, feminism, and book quotations, among other things.
Listen, I know ALS is a serious disease and that the ice bucket challenge has raised crazy amounts of cash for a good cause, but it aggravates me that a bunch of my (white) friends are falling all over themselves to do this challenge and/or blindly donate to this cause, but haven’t said a damn word about what’s happening in Ferguson, or anything remotely political or racial. The ice bucket challenge is very safe: you appear to be fun and philanthropic without really educating yourself. Let’s be honest, who actually took the time out to research the disease and the ALS Association before, during, or after completing the challenge?
It’s also an issue our “colorblind” friends can get behind. No one wants to rock the boat on social media talking race politics, but everyone can participate in this challenge because ALS doesn’t discriminate, unlike our government and criminal justice system.
We live in a country where some citizens don’t even have access to clean drinking water, while others are pouring ice water on themselves for the sake of “charity.” You don’t even need to drag out the tired “there are kids in Africa who…!” line for this one, it’s happening right here.
We live in a country where people—citizens— are getting terrorized by the police, and children are going days without going to schools which might be their only safe haven and place to get a meal, while others are pouring ice water on themselves for the sake of “charity.”
We live in a country where a black person is killed every 28 hours—every. twenty. eight. hours.— by a police officer or vigilante, while others are pouring ice water on themselves for the sake of “charity.”
If this comes across as damning, that’s because it is. If you did the challenge and donated, great. You helped a great cause. But don’t just throw money at an issue and walk away. Study it, learn something, get involved. And get involved and speak out against something less fun and more polarizing too.
Jenika: What does it say about me that I was following the Ferguson thing closely even though I was in Amsterdam and London for two weeks, but only found out today what the ice bucket challenge is?
ferguson rly teaches a lesson in the lengths police will go to protect each other and white supremacy. they’d rather do all this than arrest one man.
because he is a cop, and he’s white.
they ‘have each other’s backs’ so doggedly and determinedly that they would sacrifice a town of black people for one white cop
You know what really gets to me, and I’m sure many know this, is the blatant abuse and betrayal that white photogs display in POC countries. Every time a photo has gotten famous like this photo did in history, the actual focus of the photo is left behind in the dust while the white photog is hailed as a hero for displaying the ills of that country. He didn’t even fucking ask her name. He didn’t ask for 17 years. The world knew nothing about her life and her story. He captured one moment that made him famous and she got nothing.
Every time I see this photo, I seethe.
whats her name though
Can’t go over it.
Can’t go under it.
Can’t go around it.
Gotta go through it.
Trying to explain depression or anxiety to someone who’s never experienced it.
This belongs here.
this is so accurate
Tell someone you have a debilitating vision problem that interferes with your ability to function on a day to day basis, no one’s going to question your need for glasses. Tell someone you have debilitating anxiety that interferes with your ability to function on a day to day basis, everyone says, why do you need medication for that? It’s all in your head. Just get over it.
"Love is what we are born with. Fear is what we have learned here. The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts."
Marianne Williamson (via thatkindofwoman)
I’ve got a lot of fear to unlearn.
This is what it means to age gracefully…
God save the queen
I’m sick of the media telling us women can only be beautiful during a very tiny portion of their lives. Look at this amazing person, and tell me she hasn’t always been and remains to this day drop dead gorgeous.
Ladies, you’re always and forever beautiful. Remember that.
I’m not saying that beauty is the most important thing, I’m only saying your age will never steal it from you. So just keep rockin’ it.
Beautiful human being inside and out for all time.