• American People:muslim countries are so awful to women they need to treat them better
  • American People:Women ask to get raped
  • American People:Girls need to cover themselves they're a distraction to boys
  • American People:Women shouldn't be able to get abortions
  • American People:Why should women get birth control they shouldn't have sex anyway
  • American People:We have such great equality God bless
Dear White People

One cannot “act a race”. That’s basically the racial equivalent of “choosing” to be gay. I don’t “speak white” I speak with the same tone and dialect of which the people I grew up around speak with. I act a certain way and speak a certain way due to the environment I grew up around. If you traveled to Great Britain, met a black person, and they weren’t speaking with an American Ebonics accent but an English accent you wouldn’t assume they were acting white; why do it to POC in the USA? I’m sick of it. I don’t speak Ebonics? I’m acting white. I’m intelligent? I’m acting white. I choose to be a kind person instead of regularly instigating fights? I’m acting white. No. Personality, dialect, it’s all relative. It has to do with your environment and who your surrounded by, not what race/ethnicity you were born into. Dear White People, there are many a white trash person in this country believe you me. And I’m not apologizing for speaking eloquently enough, being decent enough, and being intelligent enough for you to feel threatened of losing your self-proclaimed superiority over me. And I’m not meaning to generalize all white people, because I’m not ignorant and close minded enough to insinuate that an entire group of people are all the same, but I’m calling out the white people that feel a need to associate good character and intelligence with the white race and everything negative and derogatory with the black race. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, my race DOES NOT define who I am. I define who I am. I am proud of my intelligence and of my accomplishments and how much I’ve achieved and if you have to proclaim that my success was brought on due to me “acting white” then you are surely mistaken and the fact that you have to say that to make you feel better about yourself and your race is just plain pathetic.

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If we don’t do something to fix the glaring inequities in this economy, the pitchforks are going to come for us. No society can sustain this kind of rising inequality. In fact, there is no example in human history where wealth accumulated like this and the pitchforks didn’t eventually come out. You show me a highly unequal society, and I will show you a police state. Or an uprising. There are no counterexamples. None. It’s not if, it’s when.

People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as ‘parasites’ fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society.
—  Jason Read
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When The Media Treats White Suspects And Killers Better Than Black Victims

On the afternoon of Aug. 9, a police officer fatally shot an unarmed, black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. Details remain in dispute. Eyewitnesses have said that Brown was compliant with police and was shot while he had his hands up. Police maintain that the 18-year-old had assaulted an officer and was reaching for the officer’s gun.

For more headlines go here.

" As an institution, the American media seem to have decided that no superstition, stupidity, error in fact or Big Lie is too superstitious, stupid, wrong or evil to be disqualified from ‘balancing’ an opposing fact. Because, otherwise, the truth might be cited as evidence of liberal bias.” ..(Bob Garfield)

A person of good intelligence and sensitivity cannot exist in this society very long without having some anger about the inequality - and it’s not just a bleeding-heart, knee-jerk, liberal kind of a thing - it is just a normal human reaction to a nonsensical set of values where we have cinnamon flavored dental floss and there are people sleeping in the street.
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George Carlin

Taken from this post by cartoonpolitics and reblogged by andybrwn.

Ben Barres is a biologist at Stanford who lived and worked as Barbara Barres until he was in his forties. For most of his career, he experienced bias, but didn’t give much weight to it—seeing incidents as discrete events. (When he solved a tough math problem, for example, a professor said, “You must have had your boyfriend solve it.”) When he became Ben, however, he immediately noticed a difference in his everyday experience: “People who don’t know I am transgendered treat me with much more respect,” he says. He was more carefully listened to and his authority less frequently questioned. He stopped being interrupted in meetings. At one conference, another scientist said, “Ben gave a great seminar today—but then his work is so much better than his sister’s.” (The scientist didn’t know Ben and Barbara were the same person.) “This is why women are not breaking into academic jobs at any appreciable rate,” he wrote in response to Larry Summers’s famous gaffe implying women were less innately capable at the hard sciences. “Not childcare. Not family responsibilities,” he says. “I have had the thought a million times: I am taken more seriously.”
—  Why Aren’t Women Advancing At Work? Ask A Transgender Person | Jessica Nordell for The New Republic

When our donors met the actual people they were helping they often didn’t like them. During our Secret Santa drive, volunteers sometimes refused to drop gifts at houses with TVs inside. They got angry when clients had cell phones or in some other way didn’t match their expectations. Other times, the donations we got were too disgusting to pass along—soup cans that bulged with botulism and diapers so dry rotted they crumbled in our hands. One Thanksgiving, a board member called from the parking lot, requesting help carrying a frozen turkey from her trunk to our office. “Can you find a deserving family?” she asked. I lugged the bird up three flights of stairs. Somewhere near the top, I noticed the expiration date. It was seventeen years old.

This is really good. Read it when you get a chance.

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11 facts we’re still not “close to equality” in America

The parades are over and the confetti has been swept up after another major month of LGBT Pride celebrations. Although this year’s festivities marked 45 years since the Stonewall Riots and an unprecedented string of victories for same-sex marriage, most mainstream narratives still perpetuate the unfortunate myth that marriage is the end-all, be-all issue for the community. Outlets like the Chicago Tribune’s RedEye even quoted supporters attending Chicago’s first Pride since Illinois legalized same-sex marriage, who claimed that marriage rights translate into “full equality.”

Nothing could be further from the truth.

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