i know frida kahlo didn’t like white people (and rightly so) but white people are still allowed to like her art. it’s beautiful.
it’s the constant white girls dressing up as her and putting her face on everything that is annoying.
“After this I go to work at a pizza shop. My wife and I were college professors in Bangladesh. I taught accounting. But one dollar in America becomes eighty dollars when we send it back home.”
People forget, when immigrants come to this country they start from scratch. They could have been lawyers in their home country, but in the US..it means nothing. You think a HS diploma from Bangladesh means anything in this country? My mom was a top student in the country, went to all the best school and got the best of everything…but when she got here it meant squat and she was cleaning other people’s homes and scrubbing their toilets. This is why I get pissed of when people talk smack about immigrants. They at least are doing something…..heading for a goal..making sacrifices…what are you doing with your life?
^ My parents were college-educated teachers in their home country and came to the U.S. with nothing but empty pockets, a dash of hope, and a belief in God. They also scrubbed toilets in people’s homes to make enough to provide for their children, and that’s probably not something a lot of educated professionals would be able to do. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Pride would get in the way.
THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT.
hey so um
i am a man
and i don’t oppress women
i am also white
i don’t oppress black people though
shut the fuck up
stop treating me like i’m some big oppression machine here to destroy the world
i’m just a white dude
and if you don’t treat me with respect because of that fact, then you’re the problem, not me
I couldn’t pass this up
Kris Kobach Calls for Criminal Investigation and Tells Protesters: “Don’t Come to My Home and Don’t Scare My Family”
Today, after conservative bloggersexpressed outrage about “a mob” of 200 people using…
LOL. Pa que se le quite a este cabron
Listen up peeps, facebook currently erases the identity of non-binary individuals by forcing them to use either a male of female pronoun. PETITION THEM TO CHANGE THIS.
definitely boosting BUT you can totally reset your pronouns on Facebook to “they” which is nice in the time being
Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?
Most people haven’t heard of him.
But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.
His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.
He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his “business transactions” as philanthropic and scientific efforts under the banner of the “International African Society”. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.
Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Its bad to “say racist things” (sometimes), but quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs.
Mark Twain wrote a satire about Leopold called “King Leopold’s soliloquy; a defense of his Congo rule“, where he mocked the King’s defense of his reign of terror, largely through Leopold’s own words. Its 49 pages long. Mark Twain is a popular author for American public schools. But like most political authors, we will often read some of their least political writings or read them without learning why the author wrote them (Orwell’s Animal Farm for example serves to re-inforce American anti-Socialist propaganda, but Orwell was an anti-capitalist revolutionary of a different kind – this is never pointed out). We can read about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but King Leopold’s Soliloquy isn’t on the reading list. This isn’t by accident. Reading lists are created by boards of education in order to prepare students to follow orders and endure boredom well. From the point of view of the Education Department, Africans have no history.
When we learn about Africa, we learn about a caricaturized Egypt, about the HIV epidemic (but never its causes), about the surface level effects of the slave trade, and maybe about South African Apartheid (which of course now is long, long over). We also see lots of pictures of starving children on Christian Ministry commercials, we see safaris on animal shows, and we see pictures of deserts in films and movies. But we don’t learn about the Great African War or Leopold’s Reign of Terror during the Congolese Genocide. Nor do we learn about what the United States has done in Iraq and Afghanistan, potentially killing in upwards of 5-7 million people from bombs, sanctions, disease and starvation. Body counts are important. And we don’t count Afghans, Iraqis, or Congolese.
There’s a Wikipedia page called “Genocides in History”. The Congolese Genocide isn’t included. The Congo is mentioned though. What’s now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo is listed in reference to the Second Congo War (also called Africa’s World War and the Great War of Africa), where both sides of the multinational conflict hunted down Bambenga and ate them. Cannibalism and slavery are horrendous evils which must be entered into history and talked about for sure, but I couldn’t help thinking who’s interests were served when the only mention of the Congo on the page was in reference to multi-national incidents where a tiny minority of people were eating each other (completely devoid of the conditions which created the conflict no less). Stories which support the white supremacist narrative about the subhumanness of people in Africa are allowed to be entered into the records of history. The white guy who turned the Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry and killed 10 to 15 million Conglese people in the process doesn’t make the cut.
You see, when you kill ten million Africans, you aren’t called ‘Hitler’. That is, your name doesn’t come to symbolize the living incarnation of evil. Your name and your picture doesn’t produce fear, hatred, and sorrow. Your victims aren’t talked about and your name isn’t remembered.
Leopold was just one part of thousands of things that helped construct white supremacy as both an ideological narrative and material reality. Of course I don’t want to pretend that in the Congo he was the source of all evil. He had generals, and foot soldiers, and managers who did his bidding and enforced his laws. It was a system. But this doesn’t negate the need to talk about the individuals who are symbolic of the system. But we don’t even get that. And since it isn’t talked about, what capitalism did to Africa, all the privileges that rich white people gained from the Congolese genocide are hidden. The victims of imperialism are made, like they usually are, invisible.
Fun fact, it doesn’t stop there. After King Leopold II relinquished his personal control of the Congo Free State in 1908 it became the Belgian Congo under Belgian control, and they allowed scientists to use the Congolese population as forced test subjects for a (failed) Polio vaccine that may have contributed to the introduction of a mutated strain of SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) into the African population in the mid-20th Century. This was because the Polio virus was cultured in the livers of apes, and when they produced it in Africa they used local chimps, where SIV had been present for thousands of years.
My aunt told me about this. She’s from Congo. They learn about him in their schools there…but only skirted over not in detail.
Lock and load, America: Todd Starnes, a Fox News and radio reporter, is now openly calling for the shooting of immigration activists—and it’s not the first time.
white people this is why nobody trusts you
what the entire fuck
Um, I, ugh, I cannot express my hatred for people like this. Just, wow fuck you and go to your hell.
Yeah, this is absolutely fucked up.
ugh the fuck
fuck this shit
fuck islamophobia and xenophobia and racism and whiteness
Whores’ Glory (Dir. Michael Glawogger, 2011)
This is a Scottish anti-rape PSA that is a direct response to blaming a rape victim for dressing like a slut. What do you think? Is it effective?
we need PSA’s like this in the U.S. asap. this video gets to the point of what rape culture is and is very serious about it.
WIN WIN WIN WIN
Wow, absolutely. This was amazing, and it was only thirty seconds.
this is fantastic
This!! Show this in the states!
It’s funny how it’s always the Muslim woman who is “oppressed”
Ahhh, the catholic one is so pretty
They’re all so pretty!
This one is for some (not all) of the Puerto Rican, Dominican, Mexican, Colombian, Brazilians and others who consistently DENY their African Roots and African Connection. This is also for the people who commonly and wrongly refer to all Latin people as “Spanish”.
SPANISH PEOPLE ARE FROM SPAIN, SPAIN IS IN EUROPE. YOU ARE NOT SPANISH. SPAIN/PORTUGAL COLONIZED THESE COUNTRIES AND IMPOSED THEIR CUSTOMS ON THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND THE ENSLAVED AFRICANS.
You are closer to the native people of the Americas and The MILLIONS of Stolen Africans transported to the Americas and the Islands during the numerous years of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade.
The colonizer/slave master/invader referred to you as “Hispanic” that term is equivalent to the name “Negro or Nigger”. Know your history and know your ancestors…
Take pride in your Afro-Latino(a) roots…The Natives and Africans have a rich history. Stop trying to desperately market yourself as a Spaniard when the chances are that in Spain they will never accept you as such.
It’s even worse with these famous people, seem like the more money they get the more they get comfortable not mentioning their true heritage. Now I’m not saying everyone in this picture does that Idk if they do or don’t but I just wanted to point out that they are Latino/Latina.
If I learn to speak Chinese It don’t make me Chinese, Me speaking English don’t make me English. I’m sorry to break the news.
-There are people in Brazil, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, etc… that are darker than the darkest of Africans.
-Where do you think that Afro or “kinky” hair comes from? You’re African accept it. Embrace it…
Did I keep it too real?
Let me put this drink down before I say something I regret *Martin Voice*
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cambridge university students were asked on campus why they needed feminism. here are 60 answers. click the link for over about 600 more.
This is amazing
we need feminism
Muhammad Ali on the Vietnam War Draft