This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”
*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy. If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.
"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"
My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice.
I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action.
Fuck everything about this.
Wearing one of these shirts is flat out advertising a person’s disgusting racism and should be reviled as such. The KKK is also raising a defense fund for Darren Wilson. Let that sink in for a moment.
The cops met the 125 protestors on bicycles and on foot, with no riot gear, tear gas or SWAT. As opposed to tonight, when they gassed the crowd and threatened to shoot a reporter.
Spread this shit like wildfire, y’all.
i own The Lesser Blessed and would totally recommend!!
I was watching the Linsanity documentary on Jeremy Lin (obviously) and while I have very little interest in basketball as an entertaining sport, the documentary was well put together about Jeremy Lin’s life and his love of the sport and his struggle with facing such immense odds when being made into such an underdog by the media.
It struck me very vividly how nonchalant a lot of the commentary was about how racist the sport was, and how racist the fans of the sport were. It was very casual racism, and I somehow expected the documentary to have more progressive commentary on why that sort of racism was so wrong and how backwards the sports industry still is, but … nothing. I don’t have much experience with documentaries, but it was very factual: this was what happened, instead of an actual discussion on the issue.
But Jeremy Lin’s experiences and his struggle are perfect examples of how Asians (specifically East Asians) are stereotyped in America as the “perfect minority”. We’re seen as always doing well in school because we’re just “smart” or we “study all the time”. We excel in academia and very little else.
But then we get a shining star in an area that doesn’t fit the mold. But the media’s view isn’t because he’s excellent in sports or he’s great at basketball, it’s because the people he was matched up against wasn’t as good as everyone thought they were. His achievements were taken away so that he could be put back in the mold of mediocrity regarding sports. It’s not because he was good, it’s because the other guy was bad.
That’s also seen in the area of academia as well. So many times I’ve seen Asian students do well on tests or projects, and others will comment: “because you’re smart” or “oh that’s not surprising”. The stereotype prevents them from considering: “oh, you worked so hard to achieve this success”. The effort and hard work is negated by the stereotype.
The documentary was very well made and I loved it despite my indifference to basketball, but it definitely highlighted some very poignant things about the sort of subtle racism that still exists.
Respectability politics are so trash. Black men/Latinos in hoodies and baggy pants don’t deserve to be shot or mistreated just like women in short skirts don’t deserve to be raped. Any idiot with two brain cells to rub together would know that Martin Luther King was murdered in a suit and women in the 1800’s that were wearing long, complicated, thick ass dresses were still sexually assaulted. Stop that nonsense.
"Catching Fire" and People of Color: How the racist casting of "The Hunger Games" is why we STILL can’t have nice things.
To begin, let me say how interested I am to see that many members of the THG fandom have now come to understand that the casting of White actors for the roles of Katniss, Gale, Haymitch, and the Seam characters was a deliberate and racist action by the film’s executives.
Never mind that numerous PoCs in the fandom have been saying this since Jennifer Lawrence was cast, but obviously since a few White people on tumblr make posts about how racist the casting was suddenly it is now okay to be a dissenting voice; after all, you yourself will never suffer the direct physical, emotional, and psychological consequences of whitewashing, while PoC/WoC voices are still silenced and mocked mercilessly for saying the same thing.
With the impending release of information regarding the casting of Johanna Mason and Finnick Odair (among others), many people have voiced the opinion that, yes, these characters should be played by actors of Color. Yes! Non-White visibility from major characters that don’t die immediately (I’m looking at you, Rue and Thresh) is something desperately needed in cinema.
However, let’s look closely at the characters that fans are so eager to support as PoCs. Finnick Odair and Johanna Mason are complex and interesting characters; coincidentally, they are the characters that are the most hypersexualized and sexually objectified in the entire series.
some local radio hosts were discussing the washington redskins issue and their comments consists of “no one’s cheering for the redskins using hate” and “i think it’s flattering”.
The Board ruled that the name was “disparaging to Native Americans” and could not receive trademarks under federal law.
ABOUT. DAMN. TIME.