I don’t care about writing anything all that accurate, I just want to write my story. I’m not going to do research for something I’m writing, it would kill my vibe and destroy anything actually being written by me? I have this idea about the bipolars that I just can’t wait to try out. I just want it to flow–you know, and be mine. Don’t wanna’ endlessly listing boring facts. Yawn dot com, am I right?
—  Sophomore Creative Writing Major
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Pop Philosophy: one post everyday, open to discussion

Joe Bonham, a young American soldier serving in World War I, awakens in a hospital bed after being caught in the blast of an exploding artillery shell. He gradually realizes that he has lost his arms, legs, and all of his face (including his eyes, ears, teeth, and tongue), but that his mind functions perfectly, leaving him a prisoner in his own body. [x]

On a rare occasion, a woman will tell me that she doesn’t mind being objectified by men. To that I say:

That’s nice, but he’s not doing it because you don’t mind. He’s not waiting until he finds you, the (probably) only woman in the area who doesn’t mind. He’s doing it to every woman. He’s doing it because he wants to and he doesn’t care who likes it, and who doesn’t. He doesn’t stick around long enough to ask, he just takes.

Asked to identify the age of a young boy that committed a felony, participants in a study routinely overestimated the age of black children far more than they did white kids.

The study, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, aimed at figuring out the extent to which black children were likely to be treated differently than their white peers solely based on race.

Author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association, “Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent.”

In the graph below, their research shows the shows the number of use of force incidents by officers in the study:

The below graph shows the results of the study of mean age overestimation by college participants (left) and, frighteningly of police officers (right) in the study:

Police participants in particular grossly overestimated the age of black children when they suspected them of felonies especially. In fact, when a police officer suspected a white child of a felony, they underestimated their ages on average. College students also mimicked this trend in grossly overestimating the age of black children they suspected of felonies vs. white and latino children.

“[T]he implicit dehumanization of Blacks,” the study’s authors write, “was a significant predictor of racial disparities in the use of force against children” — though they’re clear to note that it is “plausible that negative interactions with Black children disproportionately produce implicit anti-Black dehumanization.”

The humanity and innocence of black children and their bodies does not exist in our virulently antiblack society. There is no sanctity of black life, and we will even execute 14 year old black children like George Stinney for the crime of existing in our white supremacist society. Even criminal white children will still be seen as children, whereas black children are simply miniature adults bound to fill another bed in the prison industrial complex. Sickening.

(h/t For Harriet)

You never had to prove them wrong

When you grow up with stigma, people tell you a lot of well-meaning things that actually cause problems. When you face people treating you like you’re less of a person, someone will often say something like:

  • “You’ll prove them all wrong some day”.
  • “It’s ok. You’ll show them. You’ll prove that you’re better than they ever could have imagined.”

And then, when you accomplish things, it often becomes, “Well, you proved them wrong, didn’t you?”

  

People who say this often mean well, but this is a form of victim-blaming, and it can hurt people who believe it really badly. The truth is:     You didn’t prove them wrong. You never had to prove them wrong. They were already wrong.     Prejudice is not something you have to earn your way out of. Dehumanization isn’t your fault. You don’t have to prove that you are human in order to be human. You don’t have to have amazing accomplishments in order to prove that you have worth. Everyone has worth. People who don’t recognize yours have always been wrong.   You didn’t prove them wrong. They were already wrong. About you, and about everyone else too.   You might have to fight to be seen as a person. You might have to fight for your life and your safety and for basic respect. That’s a fight you may or may not win. It’s a fight that, no matter how hard you try or how good you are, you will never win all the way. There will still be those who hate you and see you as subhuman.   But you can be ok, anyway. You’re ok. You’re whole. You deserve better. It’s not your fault they don’t see it. It’s theirs.   You have always been a full person, fully deserving of respect and equal treatment. People who treat you as a lesser being have always been wrong.   Knowing that helps.

Fuck the people who fetishize mixed children.

They never mean people who are a mix of different marginalized groups.

They mean people like me. They mean people with just enough whiteness to pacify their discomfort with our brown parent.

They like that we’re a racial Other, but with just enough whiteness to be palatable by eurocentric standards. 

They like to tell us we’re exotic, by which they mean

“I want to mystify and dehumanize you through the application of my disjointed, ignorant perspective. I just don’t want to actually recognize your heritage or roots or pain or humanity.”

They want us and uphold us as a physical standard to which people of colour are expected to adhere in order to be desirable and valid. They put us on a pedestal at the expense of the non-white mixed, and monoracial people of colour in our lives.

They see our validity as a contrast to their contempt for the Other that does not include a piece of them.

signal boost this please

Block and report inhuman-mind for ableism and harassment

They are reblogging mentally ill and disabled peoples’ personal posts similar to exploring-insanity did, supposedly showcasing “people on the line between sane and inhuman”

They are violently ableist and intentionally dehumanizing neurodivergent folk

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Here are some pictures of the “Angola Prison rodeo”, where prisoners compete to win packs of smokes and a few bucks. By sitting in a poker table while a bull charges them. The goal? To get the poker chip hanging off its horns.


These people aren’t cowboys, or glorified participants in a well respected tournament. These prisoners are shuffled over to this thing to be trampled by raging bulls for SMOKES, and maybe a hundred bucks. This is not something that would happen to anyone other than prisoners, and is part of an institution that systematically devalues their worth as people.

The rodeo rakes in millions of dollars a year, and that’s just the beginning of how shady the place is:

That year, the rodeo produced $2,463,822 in revenue.

But for all the hair-raising moments, the most unsettling part may be the strange symbolism of the opening pageantry. Putting a Confederate flag in a black man’s hands on a former slave plantation seems a little too deliberate for an institution that claims to have shed its darker past.

“I have always said, and I continue to say, that if slavery had persisted up until 2010, into the modern day, that would probably have been a well-run slave plantation,” Wilbert Rideau says. “I think it would have evolved into what exists right now at Angola.” We’re in his living room in Baton Rouge, with his wife, Linda.


Angola was a plantation first, housing slaves who cut sugar cane for the master. At the end of the 19th century it evolved into a prisoner lease system, with sentenced prisoners being rented to area companies. In 1901, Angola officially became a state-operated penitentiary, but in name only. It remained a plantation, with prisoners crowded into large wooden buildings and working from sunup to sundown in sugar cane and cotton fields—rain or shine, 12-14 hours a day, seven days a week.


http://colorlines.com/archives/2011/08/dispatch_from_angola_faith-based_slavery_in_a_louisiana_prison.html 

“Angola is disturbing every time I go there,” Tory Pegram, who coordinates the International Coalition to Free the Angola 3, told Truthout. “It’s not even really a metaphor for slavery. Slavery is what’s going on.




Angola is not alone. Sixteen percent of Louisiana prisoners are compelled to perform farm labor, as are 17 percent of Texas prisoners and a full 40 percent of Arkansas prisoners, according to the 2002 Corrections Yearbook, compiled by the Criminal Justice Institute. They are paid little to nothing for planting and picking the same crops harvested by slaves 150 years ago.


http://theredphoenixapl.org/2011/04/15/americas-plantation-prisons/

  • Sociologist:Don't be shit to people.
  • People:...
  • Political Scientist:Being shit to people is a bad thing.
  • People:.... but is it?
  • Psychologist:Being shit to people makes them sad and stuff.
  • People:Yeah, but I'm not those people.
  • Economist:Being shit to people is a bad thing for the economy.
  • People:Oh, I mean if it's bad for the economy then maybe we shouldn't be shit to people, but idk like how not shit do I have to be?? is it hard???