14 4 / 2014

tierracita:

The half-life of trauma is a thousand years. 

14 4 / 2014

"White people like going back in time, which is always a problem for me. I can only go back so far. Any farther and my black ass is in chains."

Paul Mooney

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I don’t know who this guy is but this plagues me.

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14 4 / 2014

whiteamericanman asked: As for the thirst for space and aliens n shit, you misinterpreted the motivation behind it. Some individuals hold truth and meaning higher than justice, which imo is the ONLY meaningful pursuit. Some would sooner die reaching across the unknown than live on this limited and hopeless world mired with humanity's self-inflicted turmoil. You cannot change this world, but you can make a new one. We SHOULD make a new one. Meet NEW people that can show us the next new question to ponder.

sourcedumal:

I know the motivation behind it just fine

And my point still stands: If we cannot overcome the societal forces that have created the great inequalities on THIS PLANET, what makes you think that we’ll do so with another species? WE WON’T

Take that Star Trek. Because it has always baffled and irked me how people think justice is less important and they’re just going to shuttle off to somebody else’s planet when they can’t even deal with injustice on their own planet.

Okay, I don’t know how this conversation started and that’s all I have to say.

(Where have I been, I can reply-reblog other people’s  published Asks now???)

14 4 / 2014

if I had money

I was sitting here getting super excited over “if I had money” daydreams. Because if I had money, I could afford to rent a room and not stay in burning ranchero hell. I could sleep there, work there, and stay somewhere quiet for a while. Unlike many people, I actually prefer quiet surroundings with minimum interruption. That would be heaven! I might actually be so at peace I’d be forced to finish…

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13 4 / 2014

lonely empty inbox and Black writers in denial

you took the bait, tools, congratulations

Welcome to the land of compromise,

my race will soon be a dead race like hollow white ghosts wearing brown skin,

doing the Harlem shake whenever Scandal and Sherlock comes on,

or whatever, pick your poison,

or should I say anesthetic

come one, come all, reserve your place at the Museum of Natural History–

don’t forget to pay for your ticket

–Queens

My…

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12 4 / 2014

Over at Ars Marginal, I guess I should have posted what I was thinking on my comment of the recent article “What I Want to See” instead of saying I don’t understand it because the author got low-key snarky. The point of the post was a desire to see women of color characters portrayed three-dimensionally and along all avenues of potentially, I get it okay. Look it up if you want to read it but…

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05 4 / 2014

A lot happened last month, and of course it was accompanied by several unpleasant and unhappy situations, such as the death of my grandma, Mary. She died last Monday and was 86 years old.

Like most people, she wasn’t perfect. For example, she participated in the body policing that led to my current engrained negative perceptions of my own body during my formative years, something I don’t forgive…

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11 2 / 2014

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Overseas, Culture of ‘Impunity’ for US Soldiers Guilty of Sexual Assault
Members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan are receiving almost no punishment for committing sexual assault, according to a new trove of Department of Defense documents revealed by the Associated Press Monday.
More than 1,000 records, obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal that military personnel accused of sex crimes were often not given jail time and instead received “light punishments” such as fines, demotions, restrictions to their bases or removal from the military.
According to AP, in about 30 casesa letter of reprimand was the only punishment.
The victims of these crimes include other military personnel as well as civilians living near the U.S. bases in Japan. The documents further reveal that a growing number of the victims of sexual assault are “dropping out of investigations” by either retracting the allegations or declining to cooperate further.
AP reports:
Of more than 620 serious sex-crime allegations against military personnel, at least 323 of the alleged victims also were in the military. Civilians were the accusers in 94 cases, but in nearly 200 cases the alleged victim’s status was unclear. Among U.S. military sexual assault reports worldwide in the 2011-12 fiscal year, 2,949 of the 3,604 victims were service members, according to the department’s annual report to Congress on sexual assault in the military.
The lack of punishment, according to the report, “pain[t] a disturbing picture of how senior American officers prosecute and punish troops accused of sex crimes,” underscoring a recent push by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for strong reforms within the military legal system.
Further, the data echos decades of accusations by Japanese civilians against U.S. military service members who, they say, have committed crimes such as rape with “impunity.”

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

Overseas, Culture of ‘Impunity’ for US Soldiers Guilty of Sexual Assault

Members of the U.S. military stationed in Japan are receiving almost no punishment for committing sexual assault, according to a new trove of Department of Defense documents revealed by the Associated Press Monday.

More than 1,000 records, obtained by the AP through a Freedom of Information Act request, reveal that military personnel accused of sex crimes were often not given jail time and instead received “light punishments” such as fines, demotions, restrictions to their bases or removal from the military.

According to AP, in about 30 casesa letter of reprimand was the only punishment.

The victims of these crimes include other military personnel as well as civilians living near the U.S. bases in Japan. The documents further reveal that a growing number of the victims of sexual assault are “dropping out of investigations” by either retracting the allegations or declining to cooperate further.

AP reports:

Of more than 620 serious sex-crime allegations against military personnel, at least 323 of the alleged victims also were in the military. Civilians were the accusers in 94 cases, but in nearly 200 cases the alleged victim’s status was unclear. Among U.S. military sexual assault reports worldwide in the 2011-12 fiscal year, 2,949 of the 3,604 victims were service members, according to the department’s annual report to Congress on sexual assault in the military.

The lack of punishment, according to the report, “pain[t] a disturbing picture of how senior American officers prosecute and punish troops accused of sex crimes,” underscoring a recent push by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) for strong reforms within the military legal system.

Further, the data echos decades of accusations by Japanese civilians against U.S. military service members who, they say, have committed crimes such as rape with “impunity.”

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16 1 / 2014

chillona:

hiphopfightsplaque:

it’s so hilarious how when people of color talk about their oppression some white person butts in with “well the irish were oppressed too

yeaH BUT BY WHO

*siiiiiiiiiipppppppp*

I hate when some white folks say this shit….urgghhh

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08 1 / 2014

"Comrades, there is no true social revolution without the liberation of women. May my eyes never see and my feet never take me to a society where half the people are held in silence. I hear the roar of women’s silence. I sense the rumble of their storm and feel the fury of their revolt"

Thomas Sankara (via redplebeian)

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