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chiefelk:

Dear Eve Ensler,

I want to start off by saying thank you. I appreciate the time you took to reach out to me, because I know you’re incredibly busy. I know there are much more important people in this world than myself, so I appreciate you engaging in dialogue with me and my colleague Kelleigh…

brandx:

bonzananza:

the-jackals:

can an austrlian explain this to me thnks

1788 was the year Australia was ‘settled’ which is a word here that means ‘invaded by white people’ and like it’s a pretty great country nowadays except for the fact that when you bring this up and the fact that it’s had horrible, horrible continuing effects on our indigenous population like in the early 1900s they started up a thing called the Aborigine’s protection act which sounds nice but they used to literally STEAL CHILDREN ‘FOR THEIR OWN GOOD’ and then in 2000 AS IN LIKE FOURTEEN FUCKING YEARS AGO they were like ‘was there really a stolen generation tho lol like i mean it wasn’t that many kids i mean we can hardly call it a generation lmao’
literally the people in power sort of tend to stick their fingers in their ears and go LALALALALALLALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU Australia is actually so fucked up on this front it’s really gross
but yeah a lot of people call australia day ‘invasion day’ and for good reason we have a pretty shitty past that doesnt get talked about like literally all we learned in school about pre-1788 was ‘the aboriginals walked around and did stuff like there was the dreamtime and stories and stuff’ I could go on but that’s it in a nutshell

What do you mean they “used” to steal children in “a pretty shitty past”
Published as of 2013: More Aboriginal children are being taken into foster care now than during the ‘Stolen Generations.’ This exact same headline has been running in North American newspapers, delineating the exact same “phenomenon.” Just replace ‘Aboriginal’ with ‘Native’, and ‘Stolen Generations' with 'Residential Schools' if you wanna get specific, but in reality they're just synonyms of the same epidemic.
As it is in Australia, as it is Canada, as it is the U.S., as it is in every nation and region that white Europeans have invaded, ripped up, and colonized.
Of course the number indigenous children in foster care today far outnumber the heights of the Stolen Generations and Residential Schools combined. Every class bastard knows this. Bio spawn should probably get a clue by now.
Just don’t talk about this shit as if it were in the past. Cuz it’s not.

brandx:

bonzananza:

the-jackals:

can an austrlian explain this to me thnks

1788 was the year Australia was ‘settled’ which is a word here that means ‘invaded by white people’ and like it’s a pretty great country nowadays except for the fact that when you bring this up and the fact that it’s had horrible, horrible continuing effects on our indigenous population like in the early 1900s they started up a thing called the Aborigine’s protection act which sounds nice but they used to literally STEAL CHILDREN ‘FOR THEIR OWN GOOD’ and then in 2000 AS IN LIKE FOURTEEN FUCKING YEARS AGO they were like ‘was there really a stolen generation tho lol like i mean it wasn’t that many kids i mean we can hardly call it a generation lmao’

literally the people in power sort of tend to stick their fingers in their ears and go LALALALALALLALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU Australia is actually so fucked up on this front it’s really gross

but yeah a lot of people call australia day ‘invasion day’ and for good reason we have a pretty shitty past that doesnt get talked about like literally all we learned in school about pre-1788 was ‘the aboriginals walked around and did stuff like there was the dreamtime and stories and stuff’ I could go on but that’s it in a nutshell

What do you mean they “used” to steal children in “a pretty shitty past

Published as of 2013: More Aboriginal children are being taken into foster care now than during the ‘Stolen Generations.’
This exact same headline has been running in North American newspapers, delineating the exact same “phenomenon.” Just replace ‘Aboriginal’ with ‘Native’, and ‘Stolen Generations' with 'Residential Schools' if you wanna get specific, but in reality they're just synonyms of the same epidemic.

As it is in Australia, as it is Canada, as it is the U.S., as it is in every nation and region that white Europeans have invaded, ripped up, and colonized.

Of course the number indigenous children in foster care today far outnumber the heights of the Stolen Generations and Residential Schools combined. Every class bastard knows this. Bio spawn should probably get a clue by now.

Just don’t talk about this shit as if it were in the past. Cuz it’s not.

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runawayrenki:

RACE SWAP: THE AVENGERS

Idris Elba as Tony Stark / Iron Man
Sendhil Ramamurthy as Bruce Banner / The Hulk
Byung-hun Lee as Steve Rodgers / Captain America
Devon Aoki as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Jason Momoa as Thor Odinson
John Cho as Clint Barton / Hawkeye

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womenwhokickass:

Image Caption: “On Thursday 6th February 2014, Shelia Oakley was TASERED IN THE EYE at home by a police officer who was a highly experienced Taser trainer. Four police officers threw her to the ground, put their knees into her back, then handcuffed her.
Commissioner says officer acted in self-defence.
She is now blind.
Australia, the world is watching.”
abo-futurist:

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womenwhokickass:

Image Caption: “On Thursday 6th February 2014, Shelia Oakley was TASERED IN THE EYE at home by a police officer who was a highly experienced Taser trainer. Four police officers threw her to the ground, put their knees into her back, then handcuffed her.

Commissioner says officer acted in self-defence.

She is now blind.

Australia, the world is watching.”

abo-futurist:

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Never be afraid to apologize to your child. If you lose your temper and say something in anger that wasn’t meant to be said, apologize. Children need to know that adults can admit when they are wrong.
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yagazieemezi:


YEVU is a brand that was inspired by, and developed in Ghana in 2013. The idea was to celebrate and harness the beauty of West African wax prints and the craftsmanship of Ghanaian tailors and seamstresses, to create unique and fun apparel that fit the lifestyle of my friends in Summer in Sydney. 

Each piece is unique. The fabrics were hand picked from the markets of Accra, Kumasi, Togo and Cote d’Ivoire. Each garment has been constructed by hand in Accra in collaboration with local businesses. Its an ethically produced range which attempts to connect the buyer with the marketplace of West Africa.

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Dedicated to the Cultural Preservation of the African Aesthetic

extremeluminario:

people gushing about how ‘kawaii’ and ‘anime’ that japanese figure skater is is

creepy, to put it very very lightly

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cocoabutterxxs:

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suprchnk:

kimkanyekimye:

Kanye gave away his award cause he felt he did not deserve it !

this is exactly what i was talking about the other day

Macklemore can keep his damn apology text messages. 

this is why whenever we talk about “privilege” i fall asleep because of the way white folk have hijacked the conversation and ground their praxis to some invisible knapsack as opposed to “wages” like DuBois was talking about. you can talk, analyze, and even apologize for your privilege but not ever have to do anything about said privilege. Then besides the response does this newly defined anemic privilege really capture what is going on? Because I’m pretty sure we are seeing the appropriation of (cultural) property from propetised (black) people. Does privilege really cover that level of violence?

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Asker Anonymous Asks:
I think its so stupid you're questioning why you prefer black women. Why does it matter "why" you prefer them? Because you're white? If you preferred blondes over brunettes nobody would care! This shouldn't be a controversial topic. Its fucked up that we still see white men liking black women as edgy. So much has changed but not the fact that we still have this underlying feeling to separate races. Love who you want.
whatexists whatexists Said:

yesiamtheblack:

strippedsoul:

blunthought:

this is a great comment and question; i will happily answer from my perspective.

1) “why does it matter that I prefer Black women..”

  • The relations of Black women and white men have a very long history, involving rape, murder, dehumanization, fetishization, exotification, etc.. This needs to be taken into consideration when getting involved in interracial relationships. It needs to be examined. These people are people who looked like me, who committed these atrocities. I need to examine my reasons for being attracted to Black women because they could be problematic and impact others in oppressive ways.
2) “If I preferred blondes over brunettes, nobody would care..”
  • Race and hair color are not even remotely similar. Hair color is not a socially constructed system that oppresses, marginalizes, and dehumanizes. Therefore, hair color is irrelevant and quite belittling and condescending to this conversation, if your intention was to actually have this conversation.
3) “This shouldn’t be a controversial topic, it’s fucked up we still see white men liking Black women as “edgy”…”
  • it is a controversial topic because white supremacy still dominates our society. It is a controversial topic because I still see white men objectify, exotify, fetishize Black women every day—viewing Black women as sexual conquests to be explored and discarded with. This is why interracial relationships are seen as taboo. This is why they still need to be thought of critically.
4) “so much has changed, not the fact we still have feelings of separating races.”
  • This point needs to be unpacked and requires a lot of jargon to be used so I will do it as brief as possible.
  • "Changed" is not the word I would use. "Adapted" would better represent the systemic, institutional, and individual racism still running rampant. It has adapted into a colorblind racism, which involved many subsets and examples; one, which you are displaying very well, the "we are all human, so why should this matter" example. Yes, we are all human, but that is beside the point. Race is a socially constructed system, which has real life impacts and consequences. Racially, we do not have the same starting line, or the same obstacles we face throughout life. 
  • The words “separation” and “segregation” are entirely different words. 
  1. Segregation is systemic and continues to this very day. (spacial mismatching, urban disinvestment, white flight, zoning, etc.)
  2. Separatism can be used in a few different contexts and it depends who is doing the separating; often the group having the agency in this motion. Separatism can also be used as means for survival (example, the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa, led by Steve Biko)
5) “Love who I want”
  • I will love whom I want, but not without critical self-evaluation and introspection to make sure that these “personal preferences” are not based on racist socializations that I have been conditioned to perpetuate and believe. 
  • Why would I want my love to be based on power dynamics that benefit me? Instead of actual complementary love which helps me and my partner grow with one another rather than dehumanize..

I love him 

I wish this way of thinking was more prevalent.

  • me most of the time: people are okay, I guess. like no one is 100% bad.
  • me after reading the comments section in any article, ever: this world can only be cleansed with fire.

yagazieemezi:

Celebrating One Photographer’s Rare 20th-Century Look at Africa

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Forty years after the death of Life magazine photojournalist Eliot Elisofon, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art is celebrating the legacy of the photographer who offered an extensive look at post–World War II Africa over several decades. “If you look at the history of how Africa was represented in photography in the 20th century, you’d would be hard pressed to find someone who was more prolific in shooting photographs of Africa and had more of an impact than Elisofon,” said Amy Staples, the curator of “Africa ReViewed: The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon.”

Elisofon went on 11 trips to the continent, including a tour as a war photographer in which he accompanied Gen. George Patton through North Africa and a four-month trip from Cape Town, South Africa, to Cairo in 1947 that culminated in a Life cover story. Elisofon’s images are significant for the way they helped change American perceptions of Africa in the 20th century, which had for the most part been informed by inaccurate literary and film representations. “He was looking for authenticity and despised these films like Tarzan and safari films. He really felt they were a disservice,” Staples said. “He wanted to illuminate what he considered to be the richness and the dignity and the beauty of African culture and society.”

fuckitfireeverything:

teengrrrlsquad:

why isn’t there a STRAIGHT pride parade?? why isn’t there WHITE history month? why isn’t there an international MEN’S day!? why isn’t there a hospital for WELL people?? why isn’t there a soup kitchen for RICH people??!?

#WHY ARE THERE NO CEMETERIES FOR ALIVE PEOPLE

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afro-native-goddess:

This speaks to my soul.

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  • klu klux klan members/ white people: *lynches black people*
  • hitler: *kills a bunch of ppl based on race/religion*
  • trujillo: *creates actual policies to out the blackness from the dominican republic and create a system against haitians and black caribbeans*
  • white people in the past and today: *uses, abuses, misuses black culture while dehumanizing, demonizing, killing, objectifying or fetishizing black people*
  • me: lol white people
  • white person on anon: you are literallt eth most rasicts person to exist you make me sikck