In Search of the Happiness Max
ami-angelwings:

snailchimera:

jeffygiraffe:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.
The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson
This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:
Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Update: GoFundMe totally looked at the comments and decided that they were breaching the T&C so they removed the comments, making the campaign seem less racist. But the campaign is still up.

…Seriously?

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/502902545527103488
and apparently 4chan is actively trying to promote the site in order to get it more money because they seem to regard this entire situation as just another case of net drama to get kicks out of watching people be upset. -_-

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ami-angelwings:

snailchimera:

jeffygiraffe:

kateceratops:

People are giving Wilson money to thank him for killing an unarmed black teenager. Please report this to GoFundMe, as it violates their Terms of Service and they get 5% of the tens of thousands of dollars being donated. Click to report.

The “Support Officer Wilson” page url: http://www.gofundme.com/supportofficerwilson

This is my message, in case you want to copy and paste:

Your Terms of Service prohibit “items that promote… hate, racial intolerance, or the financial exploitation of a crime.” Take a look at the comments that come with the donations on this page and tell me that doesn’t violate your terms. “Support Officer Wilson” is a thin veil for people rewarding Wilson for killing a black kid.

Update: GoFundMe totally looked at the comments and decided that they were breaching the T&C so they removed the comments, making the campaign seem less racist. But the campaign is still up.

…Seriously?

https://twitter.com/ShaunKing/status/502902545527103488

and apparently 4chan is actively trying to promote the site in order to get it more money because they seem to regard this entire situation as just another case of net drama to get kicks out of watching people be upset. -_-

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chryswatchesgot:

Chrys Watches GoT [x]

Taking a break from all the, uh, racist violence in the real world…

17percenttheory:

rainnecassidy:

istudypirates:

ediyank:

ringasunn:

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Are you fucking kidding? People are completely disgusting. And I’m sure Mark is glad to be rid of these idiots.  EWWWWW.

This is disgusting…

The idiocy makes my head hurt.  Also, why do people think that YOU JUST LOST A FAN FOREVER matters to someone of that caliber forever.  trust me, he’s got LEGIONS of us, he ain’t gonna notice y’all.

…wow.

Pssst…former Mark Ruffalo fans, your racism is showing. That expectation of due process and presumption of innocence that you’re demanding for Mike Brown’s killer? All that was denied to Mike Brown himself. And you’re okay with that. Summary execution based on suspicion is not in a cop’s job description. A cop’s job is to execute the law, not to execute the people to whom the law applies. Fuckwits.

It’s worth having this as a reminder that a lot of people are not seeing the news we are seeing or reading it the way we are. I dearly hope justice will come out. But there’s a very good chance it won’t.

Also: Mark Ruffalo, confirmed as a stand up dude.

Ferguson from my TL- August 18 (2/3)

thewilsonblog:

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Ways you can help:

https://twitter.com/SheSeauxSaditty

http://afro-dykey.tumblr.com/post/95096989345/things-you-can-do-for-ferguson

https://www.change.org/p/president-barack-obama-please-enact-new-federal-laws-to-protect-citizens-from-police-violence-and-misconduct

Each morning brings a new depth to human sadness.

And I am aware that stuff like this happens all over the world and we just ignore it because we don’t think of it as ‘us’.

My heart goes out to all the wonderful people who continue to resist this.

martininamerica:

thechanelmuse:

thechanelmuse:

thechanelmuse:

BREAKING: Black Man Shot and Killed by Police in South L.A.

A 24-year-old man has died after being shot by police during an encounter in the Florence neighborhood of South Los Angeles, officials said Tuesday.

The incident began at 8:12 p.m. when officers responded to a report of a shooting at the intersection of West 65th Street and South Broadway, said Lt. Ellis Imaizumi of the Los Angeles Police Department.

Eight minutes later, at 8:20 p.m., the officers stopped a man who was walking in the 200 block of 65th, authorities said.

“A struggle ensued” and police opened fire, according to a statement from the Police Department.

The man was transported to a hospital where he underwent surgery, according to Officer Sara Faden, spokeswoman for the LAPD. He later succumbed to his injuries. No officers were hurt in the incident.

It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations, police said.

A woman who said she was the deceased man’s mother identified him as Ezell Ford.

Tritobia Ford said her son was lying on the ground and complying with the officers’ commands when he was shot.

Yet another one…It’s always a “struggle.” And why bring it up if it’s unknown. They know exactly what they’re insinuating. Be fearful of black people and not the police… This is insanity. 

EZELL FORD WAS UNARMED. This happened just two days after Mike Brown’s murder. (8/11)

UPDATE: It has been reported that Ezell Ford was mentally disabled.

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An eyewitness to the killing, Leroy Hill, describes what happened: “He wasn’t a gang banger at all. I was sitting across the street when it happened. So as he was walking down the street, the police approached him, whatever was said I couldn’t hear it, but the cops jumped out of the car and rushed him over here into this corner. They had him in the corner and were beating him, busted him up, for what reason I don’t know but he didn’t do nothing. The next thing I know I hear a ‘pow!’ while he’s on the ground. They got the knee on him. And then I hear another ‘pow!’ No hesitation. And then I hear another ‘pow!’ Three times.”

At one point while the police had Ford on the ground, but before the shooting took place, Hill said, he heard an officer yell, “Shoot him.”

Unrest has rocked the suburb in the days following Brown’s death. At least four people, including two police officers, have been hurt and 47 arrested in the aftermath of the shooting.

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On Wednesday morning in South LA, a group of about 10 young and middle-aged men gathered at a makeshift sidewalk memorial lined with candles and signs that read “Police brutality must stop.”

The men at the memorial near the sight of the shooting were visibly shaken by the events that had unfolded there Monday night. They expressed anger toward the LAPD. They said that Ford wasn’t a gang member at all — that he was a “good guy,” a local man who was born and raised in the neighborhood, one whom everyone knew and liked, who routinely played basketball and who also suffered from some form of mental illness.

While all of the men said Ford suffered from some mental illness, they couldn’t confirm what it was. One young neighbor, who requested to not be identified, said that while “he wasn’t all there, he was there enough to follow orders and know to stop when the police tell him to stop. He did nothing wrong.”

Another eyewitness told KTLA that Ford’s mental state was well-known in the neighborhood and to the police.

"They laid him out and for whatever reason, they shot him in the back, knowing mentally, he has complications. Every officer in this area, from the Newton Division, knows that — that this child has mental problems," the man said in an interview with the local network. "The excessive force … there was no purpose for it. The multiple shootings in the back while he’s laying down? No. Then when the mom comes, they don’t try to console her … they pull the billy clubs out." The young neighbor described the incident as "racial bullshit."

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jesus christ

That this shit can happen in 2014 is STAGGERING. Freakin’ DO something about it, someone with power!

georgetakei:

Some will be “offended” and say this plays off a stereotype, i.e. the mistaken belief that all Asians study all the time. Others do not take the world or the Internet so seriously, and are able to laugh both at ourselves and at silly stereotypes. I hope, friends, you fall into the latter category.

Wow. Wow, wow, wow.
This is seriously one of those times where white people need to remember that one PoC’s thinking a stereotype is funny does not make it OK for you to just go ahead an run with that joke. I know I’m not best placed to talk about this, it’s not my lived experience, but it is something I have taken the time to listen to the people who are affected by it about. This was one of the issues discussed at the Reading SF While Brown panel. In fact, I specifically asked about ‘positive’ stereotypes like this, and, whatever George Takei thinks, a lot of people there really did think it was a problem.
More, as was pointed out to me, the problem isn’t just that it leads to Asian people being portrayed only in a really narrow range of roles (and that IS a problem) it is also used as code for saying that Asian people don’t have emotions. That they can devote themselves to study like this because they don’t feel things in the full way that white people do. That’s some grade A dehumanising shit, as well as paving the way towards exploitation. ‘It’s OK to have clothes made by children in Asia! They have that whole “work ethic” thing!’.
Stereotypes are damaging. Seriously damaging to real people. I don’t care if George Takei told you it was OK. Don’t reblog this toxic shit.

georgetakei:

Some will be “offended” and say this plays off a stereotype, i.e. the mistaken belief that all Asians study all the time. Others do not take the world or the Internet so seriously, and are able to laugh both at ourselves and at silly stereotypes. I hope, friends, you fall into the latter category.

Wow. Wow, wow, wow.

This is seriously one of those times where white people need to remember that one PoC’s thinking a stereotype is funny does not make it OK for you to just go ahead an run with that joke. I know I’m not best placed to talk about this, it’s not my lived experience, but it is something I have taken the time to listen to the people who are affected by it about. This was one of the issues discussed at the Reading SF While Brown panel. In fact, I specifically asked about ‘positive’ stereotypes like this, and, whatever George Takei thinks, a lot of people there really did think it was a problem.

More, as was pointed out to me, the problem isn’t just that it leads to Asian people being portrayed only in a really narrow range of roles (and that IS a problem) it is also used as code for saying that Asian people don’t have emotions. That they can devote themselves to study like this because they don’t feel things in the full way that white people do. That’s some grade A dehumanising shit, as well as paving the way towards exploitation. ‘It’s OK to have clothes made by children in Asia! They have that whole “work ethic” thing!’.

Stereotypes are damaging. Seriously damaging to real people. I don’t care if George Takei told you it was OK. Don’t reblog this toxic shit.

wordswindow:

"The first immigrants to Europe arrived thousands of years ago from central Asia. Most pre-contact Europeans lived together in small villages. Because the continent was very crowded, their lives were ruled by strict hierarchies within the family and outside it to control resources. Europe was highly multi-ethnic, and most tribes were ruled by hereditary leaders who commanded the majority “commoners.” These groups were engaged in near constant warfare.

"Pre-contact Europeans wore clothing made of natural materials such as animal skin and plant and animal-based textiles. Women wore long dresses and covered their hair, and men wore tunics and leggings. Both men and women liked to wear jewelry made from precious stones and metals as a sign of status. Before contact, Europeans had very poor diets. Most people were farmers and grew wheat and vegetables and raised cows and sheep to eat. They rarely washed themselves, and had many diseases because they often let their animals live with them.

"Religion infused every part of Europeans’ lives. Europeans believed in one supreme deity, a father figure, who they believed was made of three parts, and they particularly worshiped the deity’s son. They claimed that their god had given humans domination over the earth. They built elaborate temples to him and performed ceremonies in which they ate crackers and drank wine and believed it was the body and blood of their god, who would provide them with entrance into a wondrous afterlife called heaven when they died. Many wars were fought over disagreements about the details of this religion, each group believing their interpretation was the right one that should be spread across the land."

Now imagine that is part of a textbook that has entire chapters on the Mississippian polities of the 1200s and a detailed account of the diplomatic situation of the southeastern provinces in the 1400s and 1500s, an enormous section that goes through the history of the rise of the Triple Alliance in Mexico and goes through the rule of each tlatoani and their policies, the heritage of Teotihuacan and its legacy in later Mesoamerican politics, elaborate descriptions of the trade routes that connected and drove various nations in North America. Long explanations of the rise of various religious movements such as the calumet ceremony and Midewiwin, and how they affected political agendas and artistic trends. Pages and pages and pages going through the past thousand years of American history century by century.

And these three paragraphs are the only mention of European history before the year 1500.

If your textbook of North American history goes into the details of the Middle Ages, the Reformation and Renaissance, the Silk Road, and European monarchies, and you don’t include equal description of the Mississippian coalescence and dispersal, Haudenosaunee-Algonquian relations, the Woodlands, trans-plains, and southwestern trade systems, the Mexica conquests and the Fifth Sun ideology with explicit naming of various places and leaders, then your textbook is inadequate.

Why do you include those “pre-contact” European things? Because they explain the motivations and reasons for what Europeans did. But people largely imagine North America as this timeless place and don’t recognize that pre-contact American history had just as much of an effect on post-contact history because it provides explanations of the motivations and reasonings behind indigenous peoples’ actions.

But of course, that would require people to recognize that indigenous people had their own histories and agendas and agency that affected the course of history rather than making them a passive recipient of European historical force.

allofthefeelings:

capristargetsmad:

allofthefeelings:

Every time I see the quote about Marvel having “a lot on its plate” and that’s why we don’t have a movie with a female lead, I’m just like

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I fucking love mashed potatoes, you guys.

But as much as I would happily eat…

Reasons why I won’t see Guardians of the Galaxy because I am fed the fuck up.

politicalsexkitten:

yukaryote:

Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana

Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.

100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.

medievalpoc:

[TW: harassment, threats, stalking, violence, slurs, racism]

So, someone decided to post this submission with a link to medievalpoc to a subreddit called “Tumblr In Action” this morning.

I’ve posted about this before.

Let’s stop pretending we have no idea where this comes from:

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And can we stop pretending as if these supposed “rules” actually mean anything, or are ever actually enforced:

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Medievalpoc has received tens of thousands of hits from this particular subreddit from more than 60 separate threads, some of which have hundreds of derogatory comments, using slurs, threats, and racist ‘jokes’.

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And it is somehow a “coincidence” that I have had to speak to police four times and make official reports due to threats, stalking, harassment, and other nastiness? That people have followed me around in person without my knowledge or consent because of this? People have circumvented the “ignore” function by creating accounts just to send racial slurs and threats.

The rest of this is going under a cut, because it is truly horrific. Please proceed with caution.

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jfc.

This makes me so angry and sad that I can’t even express it. They feel so threatened by diversity - by recognising reality. They’re really launching a full-scale assault. And they think we’ll give up if they bully us enough. But they don’t get it. This isn’t some petty ideology. Fighting for social justice isn’t a hobby or a phase. When you’ve been erased you don’t have a choice but to deal with this shit and keep dealing with it. As a woman I experience this. I am not a woman of colour, I recognise my privilege in this. But because I have experiences oppression I know how important this stuff is.

You think you’re oppressed because people are demanding the space you have usurped? Honey, you have no idea. And that’s why you won’t win. Because this isn’t a game to us. This isn’t our tender, privileged feelings being hurt, these are our lives. And they don’t go away just because you express your inconvenience at it. You have no idea what strength it takes for an oppressed person to just get through the day.

And guess what? Your privilege has raised you tender - easily smarted - you don’t have it in you.

My heart really goes out to MedievalPoC. You shouldn’t have to deal with this. I admire your strength.

I hope some of these shitbags go to jail and have themselves a wake-up call that their actions are real and aren’t funny and do have consequences.