“I know a guy, a serious reporter and a grown adult, who, when he finds out that people have unfollowed him, blocks each and every one of them permanently, as a matter of course. It’s genius! I don’t really know why he uses Twitter in this way, it’s not my cup of tea (I just follow people who amuse, interest or inform me, no matter if they care about me or not), but I think it’s terrific! Making people DEAD TO YOU is so important.”—The Joys of Blocking People | The Awl (via felixsalmon)
you’re too damn old to sit up there and say something so stupid about trayvon’s case not being about race and to also say we live in a post-racial society
so i assume now that you say it because you’re a fucking idiot
i’m not really here to educate you or guide you to help you feel better about yourself and then we hug it out like two friends at the end of a disney flick. this is my life and i’m not taking it lightly
i’m not a history book and i don’t even owe you the explanation. if your ass is old enough to sit at the computer and bring up the conversation then you automatically already know better
“If your experience is that your water comes from the tap and that your food comes from the grocery store, then you are going to defend to the death the system that brings those to you because your life depends on them; if your experience is that your water comes from a river and that your food comes from a land base then you will defend those to the death because your life depends on them. So part of the problem is that we have become so dependent upon this system that is killing and exploiting us, it has become almost impossible for us to imagine living outside of it and it’s very difficult physically for us to live outside of it.”—Derrick Jensen (via cultureofresistance)
I never said black guys are terrible or anything. Honestly compared to white guys, black guys are a lot nicer AND not dicks. I’m just saying they come on too strong.
I’m just being honest, can’t handle it? then don’t read it :]
Sorry I’m Not Sorry :]
Laughing at “can’t handle it? then don’t read it.” You generalized all black men. Next time add ‘some’. And if black guys are nicer AND not dicks compared to white guys, why does that make them un-dateable to you? Try again.
Alright so I’m not into black guys however I have been with one before. So people think that I’m being racist, I’m not I just don’t want to date a black guy.
I have a big ass for a white girl… no, I’m not fat. So I have a lot of black guys hit on me. No I’m not being cocky, just honest.
About two weeks ago (the giving blood drinking night) I blacked out and got two black guys numbers. I have no recollection of meeting or even talking to them but lately they have been texting me a lot… black guys are different between white guys in that they will actually text you and really try to hang out. The difference is the black guys come on WAYY too strong… well at least for my liking.
They keep asking when we will get to hang and I just respond ohh I’ll just see yeah at the bar next time.
-the one guy said he wanted to hang out in a “more intimate setting. not so public.”
-this is the conversation I had with the second black guy I met … this was last night through texting..
Guy, “We gonna have sum fun soon?”
Me, “ahh idk maybe, might see ya at the bar sometime.”
Guy, “Thats fun also but i had sumtin more extravagant in mind ;)”
Me, “and what is that?”
Guy, “I was thinkin more make u tingly between the thighs eyes roll back of your that good feelin ;)”
Me, “haha well that sounds nice although I don’t know you.”
hahahah ahh to the first guy, he wasnt as forward but I said the same thing to him in how I didn’t know him.
to the second guy
I don’t know you
Learn how to spell, you’re in college.
I don’t know you
I don’t know if some girls are actually that big of a whore to go meet with a guy being this forward but its gross.
Guys: Get some game and stop thinking with your penis. It’s not cute and it’s definitely not going to get me in the bed with you.
ohh and later in the convo with the second guy I just said “brahh shut up, you’re just horny.”
..I’ve had many experiences like this when talking to black guys so I’m not judging only based on these two guys.
I went black and I don’t want to go back.
Sorry I’m Not Sorry :]
Lol @ I’m not being racist, “I just don’t want to date a black guy.”
“There is no such thing, at this date of the world’s history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of rich men behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes.”—
John Swinton, 1830 - 1901 - Chief Editorial Writer, The New York Times
I’d say this would apply to the bulk of major journalistic institutions today, the papers and outlets people consume news from the most.
I’m not so hopeless to just point out the flaws in a system and whinge about it. I’d like to think as long as people care, things can be fixed as idealistic as that may sound. How does a society go about in reverting this prostitution of our journalists? How do we change this?
On Saturday, February 18, 2012, theFrederick Douglass Foundation of New Yorkpresented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student. Miss Williams wrote an essay on her impressions of Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography the Narrative of the Life. This was part of an essay contest, but her essay was never entered. It offended her teachers so much that, after harassment from teachers and school administrators at School #3, Miss Williams was forced to leave the school.
We at the Frederick Douglass Foundation honored her because her essay actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography, even though it might seem a bit esoteric to most 13-year olds. In her essay, she quotes part of the scene where Douglass’ slave master catches his wife teaching then slave Frederick to read. During a speech about how he would be useless as a slave if he were able to read, Mr. Auld, the slave master, castigated his wife.
Miss Williams quoted Douglass quoting Mr. Auld: “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him. It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”
Miss Williams personalized this to her own situation. She reflected on how the “white teachers” do not have enough control of the classroom to successfully teach the minority students in Rochester. While she herself is more literate than most, due to her own perseverance and diligence, she sees the fact that so many of the other “so-called ‘unteachable’” students aren’t learning to read as a form of modern-day slavery. Their illiteracy holds them back in society.
Her call to action was then in her summary: “A grand price was paid in order for us to be where we are today; but in my mind we should be a lot further, so again I encourage the white teachers to instruct and I encourage my people to not just be a student, but become a learner.”
This offended her English teacher so much that the teacher copied the essay for other teachers and for the Principal. After that, Miss Williams’ mother and father started receiving phone calls from numerous teachers, all claiming that their daughter is “angry.” Miss Williams, mostly a straight-A student, started receiving very low grades, and she was kicked out of class for laughing and threatened with in-school suspension.
There were several meetings with teachers and administrators, but all failed to answer Miss Williams’ mother’s questions. The teachers refused to show her the tests and work that she had supposedly performed so poorly on. Instead, the teachers and administrators branded her a problem.
Unable to take anymore of the persecution, they pulled her from School #3. Wanting to try another school, they were quickly informed that that school was filled and told to try “this school.” During her first day at this new school, she witnessed four fights, and other students asked her if she was put here because she fights too much.
Long story short, they took an exceptional student, with the radical idea that kids should learn to read, and put her in a school of throwaway students who are even more unmanageable than the average student in her previous school. To protect their daughter, her parents have had to remove her from school, and her mother has had to quit her job so she can take care of Miss Williams.
To date, the administrators of School #3 have refused to release her records, even though she no longer attends the school, and they have repeatedly given her mother the run around. We at theFrederick Douglass Foundation have contacted school administrators in regards to this situation and have also been told to hit the pavement.
That’s what we intend to do. If this school will sacrifice the welfare of an above-average student whose essay, that they asked her to write, they find offensive, we intend to make everyone aware of this monstrous injustice. The school has a job, and it is not doing it.
We would like as many folks as possible to call the Principal of School #3 and complain about this injustice. Her name is Miss Connie Wehner, and she can be reached at (585) 454-3525. This treatment of Jada Williams cannot stand.
Betty Oyella Bigombe fights and tries to draw attention to the Joseph Kony situation in Uganda for 23 years.
No one gives a damn.
White people make a 30 minute documentary to tell us it’s a serious issue.
Everyone acknowledges it.
I’m not demeaning their message or questioning the intention…
this is white privilege, the fact that this has been going on for years but it’s not until the white bourgeois registers interest that it grows wings and “matters” to anyone aside from what is essentially a handful of people.
not only that, there’s so much outrage about Kony’s atrocities as if he was solely responsible for the inevitable post-imperial fallout that faces many former subject states.
if we are going to condemn people we ought start with the complicit Western powers and work our way down. after all how else do so-called third world African nations come across large caches of firearms and ammunition.
more of same white guilt and revisionist history, apologies if i can’t get on the bandwagon.
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I do not doubt for a second that the students involved in the Acadia KONY 2012 page have great intentions, nor do I doubt for a second that Joseph Kony is a very evil man. But despite this, I’m strongly opposed to supporting the KONY 2012 campaign.
KONY 2012 is the product of a group called Invisible Children, a controversial activist group and not-for-profit. They’ve released 11 films, most with an accompanying bracelet colour (KONY 2012 is fittingly red), all of which focus on Joseph Kony. When we buy merch from them, when we link to their video, when we put up posters linking to their website, we support the organization. I don’t think that’s a good thing, and I’mnotalone.
Invisible Children has been condemned time and time again. As a registered not-for-profit, its finances are public. Last year, the organization spent $8,676,614. Only 31% went to their charity program (page 6). This is far from ideal, and Charity Navigator rates their accountability 2/5 stars because they haven’t had their finances externally audited. But it goes way deeper than that.
The group is in favour of direct military intervention, and their money funds the Ugandan government’s army and various other military forces. Here’s a photo of the founders of Invisible Children posing with weapons and personnel of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army. Both the Ugandan army and Sudan People’s Liberation Army are riddled with accusations of rape and looting, but Invisible Children defends them, arguing that the Ugandan army is “better equipped than that of any of the other affected countries”, although Kony is no longer active in Uganda and hasn’t been since 2006 by their own admission.
Still, the bulk of Invisible Children’s spending isn’t on funding African militias, but on awareness and filmmaking. Which can be great, except that Foreign Affairs has claimed that Invisible Children (among others) “manipulates facts for strategic purposes, exaggerating the scale of LRA abductions and murders and emphasizing the LRA’s use of innocent children as soldiers, and portraying Kony — a brutal man, to be sure — as uniquely awful, a Kurtz-like embodiment of evil.” He’s certainly evil, but exaggeration and manipulation to capture the public eye is unproductive, unprofessional and dishonest.
As Christ Blattman, a political scientist at Yale, writes on the topic of IC’s programming, “There’s also something inherently misleading, naive, maybe even dangerous, about the idea of rescuing children or saving of Africa. […] It hints uncomfortably of the White Man’s Burden. Worse, sometimes it does more than hint. The savior attitude is pervasive in advocacy, and it inevitably shapes programming. Usually misconceived programming.”
Still, Kony’s a bad guy, and he’s been around a while. Which is why the US has been involved in stopping him for years. U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) has sent multiple missions to capture or kill Kony over the years. And they’ve failed time and time again, each provoking a ferocious response and increased retaliative slaughter. The issue with taking out a man who uses a child army is that his bodyguards are children. Any effort to capture or kill him will almost certainly result in many children’s deaths, an impact that needs to be minimized as much as possible. Each attempt brings more retaliation. And yet Invisible Children funds this military intervention. Kony has been involved in peace talks in the past, which have fallen through. But Invisible Children is now focusing on military intervention.
Military intervention may or may not be the right idea, but people supporting KONY 2012 probably don’t realize they’re helping fund the Ugandan military who are themselves raping and looting away. If people know this and still support Invisible Children because they feel it’s the best solution based on their knowledge and research, I have no issue with that. But I don’t think most people are in that position, and that’s a problem.
Is awareness good? Yes. But these problems are highly complex, not one-dimensional and, frankly, aren’t of the nature that can be solved by postering, film-making and changing your Facebook profile picture, as hard as that is to swallow. Giving your money and public support to Invisible Children so they can spend it on funding ill-advised violent intervention and movie #12 isn’t helping. Do I have a better answer? No, I don’t, but that doesn’t mean that you should support KONY 2012 just because it’s something. Something isn’t always better than nothing. Sometimes it’s worse.