It is a lie that women have been able to vote since 1920.
White women have been able to vote since 1920. All Native American women couldn’t vote until 1924. All Asian women couldn’t vote until 1952. All Black women couldn’t vote until 1964.
In five years there is probably going to be some big centennial celebration of women’s suffrage. But that will be a whitewashing of history. It will be an event that erases the struggles of non-white women. It will be an event that will try to hide the fact that white feminists heros like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton actively argued against the rights of people of color in order to advance their own goals.
My school is so whitewashed it hurts, my friend and I mentioned black history month and almost the entire class just started yelling at us saying that "it makes no sense", "there should be a white history month", and that it's stupid I'm in pain like black history is important !!!! It showcases their accomplishments and talents, showing that they're people too !!!! ITS IMPORTANT
That frustrates me to no end, because literally almost ALL of the history we’re taught in school is whitewashed history already, and becoming more whitewashed. And I say that with having an educator as a father and taking classes on the US education system. All year long is basically white history appreciation. It’s amazing how many things that I learned happened in America with people of other nationalities that were never taught in school. To the people who say “it makes no sense”, consider your privilege of always feeling represented in history books. You’ve never had to wonder what people of your ethnicity were doing or dealing with during certain eras in US history. Black history month was created specifically to shine light on how many contributions to American history black people gave that we are not taught. And if people of privilege just took the time to look into it, I think they’d be surprised how much they weren’t aware of. It’s so important because representation matters, self-worth matters, and this month is to specifically focus and encourage the black community that their minds, their words, their actions, all of it can make a positive difference in this world.
Oftentimes in leftist circles you can hear folks
decrying liberals and liberalism. If you ask them why they hate liberalism,
most of them will point you in the direction of Mao’s Combat Liberalism to
better understand them, but this is a mistake. Combat Liberalism is effectively
an internal memo, warning other communists of the need to avoid liberalism lest
it be detrimental to their work. It details results of that ideology, but not
causes. To that end, I’ve compiled a brief description of what liberalism is
and why it’s bad.
The ideology of liberalism is denoted by three
Free-market capitalism. Liberals believe that
capitalism is good, or at least “the best we have”. While liberals
may argue over how much intervention in the market is necessary, they all agree
on the fundamental goodness of capitalism, and that it should be tweaked rather
The state and representative
“democracy”. Liberals believe that the state is good, and that
representative democracy is an effective means of creating social change and an
acceptable level of participation. They reject any aims outside of the state,
and try to co-opt movements towards state action (e.g. electing Democrats).
Nonviolence: The liberal insistence on
“nonviolent” protest (usually invoking a whitewashed history of Dr.
King) is largely derived from state-worship. They see the state as the only
legitimate user of force, and all others as violent looters and rioters;
because of that, they refuse to even consider violence as a method of protest or direct action (e.g. antifascism).
Indirect action and representative
problem-solving: Linked to the lionization of representative democracy,
liberals care little for direct action, even as indirect as blocking a street
for a few hours. They believe that the power to change things is vested solely
in those representatives, and that the common person shouldn’t bother; direct
action, to them, is illegitimate for the same reason as violence.
A focus on individual rather than class politics.
Liberals see all social issues as issues primarily affecting individuals,
rather than groups. In other words, they lack a class analysis; they see
racism, for example, as the result of individual prejudices and
“meanness” and something to be fixed at that level, rather than a
system of structural violence against non-white peoples aimed at dividing the
Liberalism, as an ideology, is dangerous. These
three tenets combine to form an analysis that is insufficient to encompass the
whole of the enemy, and more importantly a praxis that is ineffective at
combating it. It infects activists and ordinary workers alike, and railroads
them into believing that they cannot change a society that benefits only those
at the top. It railroads them into believing that the burdens they bear cannot
be thrown off, and stands in the way of our collective liberation. It must be
combated, for it is at the root of the struggle.
“This is important, firstly, because it is a matter of factual accuracy in what purports to be an historical portrayal – and also because it was the colonial troops who were crucial in averting absolute catastrophe for the allies. It is also important because, more than history books and school lessons, popular culture shapes and informs our imagination not only of the past, but of our present and future.”
Earlier this week I went to a hearing about the confederate monument in front of my city’s courthouse, and the mental gymnastics the neo-confederates in attendance had to perform to justify the further existence of the monument was nothing short of incredible. At one point, a man with a PhD in history from a local university spoke in order to demolish the mythology that surrounds the monument. He provided the context for the erection of the statue, which was the “lost cause” ideology that emerged in face of the defeat of the confederate military, an ideology that sought to whitewash history by ignoring the actual cause of the civil war: the southern states’ desire to preserve the institution of slavery.
Not a single neo-confederate in attendance listened. Not only did they not listen, several spoke up after to denigrate them while they were still in attendance. One lady got up to speak and said “I guess they got their degrees from Berkeley”, which made the neo-confederates erupt into laughter and applause. I thought it was weird, because they outright said they got their degrees from a university in this state. One man took the floor to say “we’ll never reach a consensus about the cause of the Civil War”, although professional historians already have: the articles of secession for every state that produced them mention the preservation of the institution of slavery explicitly as their reason for secession.
It really clarified the anti-intellectualism that drives the neo-confederate cause. These are people who simply have an emotional attachment to the symbols of the confederacy. They grew up with them. They formed these attachments long before they were capable of thinking about them critically (if they ever formed the capacity for critical thought at all). This is clearly not a debate between two rational parties. This is debate between people who recognize the scholarly consensus on the confederacy, and people who outright deny history because to do so would require shedding their cultural conditioning.
I want to write a story set in Arizona, but where the Americans weren't invaded. I realised this after I made the plot and the culture is the same as I've lived it, and I'm also worried I don't know enough about Native American culture to write about it. Is it realistic to have the people live in houses and have jobs as the ones that are in America now, and can they use the same zodiac signs? I'm planning on mentioning their religion and such though so do you have any resources for that?
Accidentally Recreated Modern Culture, Is This Okay?
> I made the plot and the culture is the same as I’ve lived it > I’m also worried I don’t know enough about Native American culture to write about it
You’ve basically answered your own question with these two lines. Because you didn’t even stop to think their lives would be different when you were building it, you don’t know enough about our cultures.
You shouldn’t be jumping into this situation without being able to build a culture that is different from what you’ve lived automatically. Instead, you’ve gone and built something that is completely based on your lived experience, and promptly asking if your lived experience is possible for them instead of starting over and building your story based on our reality and imagining how our reality exists in a future where the Americas were never invaded.
You should be using cultures, plural, and you should have a tribe selected based on the Arizona area (I’m unfamiliar with the region, so I won’t list any— but there are many possibilities and google is a good place to start). You should be looking at what technological advancements would’ve spread via trade and what would be adopted.
Is it realistic to have industrialization happen around the globe? Possibly, depending on the global setting (I personally would rather see the level of industrialization we have not actually be at modern levels, because our current production is unsustainable, but advancement happens naturally). Is it possible zodiac signs have spread out and Natives have adopted the Western one? If it interests them, sure.
But those are the wrong questions to ask. The questions shouldn’t be based around “oops I didn’t build in difference, is it okay if they’re the same as modern people?” Basing your questions around that doesn’t actually address your knowledge issue.
Once you realized you made their lives completely identical to your modern life, you should have started over and gone to research how Arizona tribes lived, imagined how industrialization would’ve spread globally, and then begun building again.
Don’t launch right into the elaborate stuff if you haven’t got the basics down. Work your way up and don’t just jump to level expert when you’re still a beginner. It’s perfectly okay to be a beginner and not be able to tackle the elaborate stuff at first! It’s okay to shelve ideas aside because as you build them you realize you don’t know anywhere near enough to do it justice.
As we said in So You Want To Save The World From Bad Representation, you have to start small when you’re starting from the beginning of learning how to write representation. Everyone starts somewhere, and picking a more manageable project will give you a better starting place with fewer mistakes that can be made.
Take a step back and work on the basics. Tribes in the area, what their lives used to be like. Maybe write a modern story with Native side characters so you can learn about what their modern life is like. Once you’ve gotten those building blocks in place, you can start to build them up into something more elaborate.
“The Civil War was not fought over slavery but over…..” Whenever someone rolls out this argument, especially in reference to racism in America, they are either intentionally trying to whitewash history or are completely ignorant of it. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union. Here is what they wrote in their articles of secession:
“We assert that fourteen of the States have deliberately refused, for years past, to fulfill their constitutional obligations, and we refer to their own Statutes for the proof.
The Constitution of the United States, in its fourth Article, provides as follows:
No person held to service or labor in one State, under the laws thereof, escaping into another, shall, in consequence of any law or regulation therein, be discharged from such service or labor, but shall be delivered up, on claim of the party to whom such service or labor may be due.
This stipulation was so material to the compact, that without it that compact would not have been made. The greater number of the contracting parties held slaves, and they had previously evinced their estimate of the value of such a stipulation by making it a condition in the Ordinance for the government of the territory ceded by Virginia, which now composes the States north of the Ohio River.
The same article of the Constitution stipulates also for rendition by the several States of fugitives from justice from the other States. The General Government, as the common agent, passed laws to carry into effect these stipulations of the States. For many years these laws were executed. But an increasing hostility on the part of the non-slaveholding States to the institution of slavery, has led to a disregard of their obligations…
The ends for which the Constitution was framed are declared by itself to be “to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.”
These ends it endeavored to accomplish by a Federal Government, in which each State was recognized as an equal, and had separate control over its own institutions. The right of property in slaves was recognized by giving to free persons distinct political rights, by giving them the right to represent, and burthening them with direct taxes for three-fifths of their slaves; by authorizing the importation of slaves for twenty years; and by stipulating for the rendition of fugitives from labor.
We affirm that these ends for which this Government was instituted have been defeated, and the Government itself has been made destructive of them by the action of the non-slaveholding States. Those States have assume the right of deciding upon the propriety of our domestic institutions; and have denied the rights of property established in fifteen of the States and recognized by the Constitution; they have denounced as sinful the institution of slavery; they have permitted open establishment among them of societies, whose avowed object is to disturb the peace and to eloign the property of the citizens of other States. They have encouraged and assisted thousands of our slaves to leave their homes; and those who remain, have been incited by emissaries, books and pictures to servile insurrection.”
South Carolina certainly believed defending the institution of slavery was important enough they made it the central point in their argument for seceding.
The next state to secede was Mississippi:
“Our position is thoroughly identified with the institution of slavery - the greatest material interest of the world. Its labor supplies the product, which constitutes by far the largest and most important portions of commerce of the earth. These products are peculiar to the climate verging on the tropical regions, and by an imperious law of nature, none but the black race can bear exposure to the tropical sun. These products have become necessities of the world, and a blow at slavery is a blow at commerce and civilization. That blow has been long aimed at the institution, and was at the point of reaching its consummation. There was no choice left us but submission to the mandates of abolition, or a dissolution of the Union, whose principles had been subverted to work out our ruin.
It has grown until it denies the right of property in slaves, and refuses protection to that right on the high seas, in the Territories, and wherever the government of the United States had jurisdiction.
It refuses the admission of new slave States into the Union, and seeks to extinguish it by confining it within its present limits, denying the power of expansion.
It tramples the original equality of the South under foot.
It has nullified the Fugitive Slave Law in almost every free State in the Union, and has utterly broken the compact, which our fathers pledged their faith to maintain.
It advocates negro equality, socially and politically, and promotes insurrection and incendiarism in our midst.”
Mississippi certainly believed slavery was the main reason they were willing to leave the Union and was pissed the North was advocating for black equality.
How did Georgia feel about slavery and secession?:
“The people of Georgia having dissolved their political connection with the Government of the United States of America, present to their confederates and the world the causes which have led to the separation. For the last ten years we have had numerous and serious causes of complaint against our non-slaveholding confederate States with reference to the subject of African slavery. They have endeavored to weaken our security, to disturb our domestic peace and tranquility, and persistently refused to comply with their express constitutional obligations to us in reference to that property…
By anti-slavery it is made a power in the state. The question of slavery was the great difficulty in the way of the formation of the Constitution. While the subordination and the political and social inequality of the African race was fully conceded by all, it was plainly apparent that slavery would soon disappear from what are now the non-slave-holding States of the original thirteen. The opposition to slavery was then, as now, general in those States and the Constitution was made with direct reference to that fact. But a distinct abolition party was not formed in the United States for more than half a century after the Government went into operation. The main reason was that the North, even if united, could not control both branches of the Legislature during any portion of that time.
The North demanded the application of the principle of prohibition of slavery to all of the territory acquired from Mexico and all other parts of the public domain then and in all future time. It was the announcement of her purpose to appropriate to herself all the public domain then owned and thereafter to be acquired by the United States. The claim itself was less arrogant and insulting than the reason with which she supported it. That reason was her fixed purpose to limit, restrain, and finally abolish slavery in the States where it exists. The South with great unanimity declared her purpose to resist the principle of prohibition to the last extremity. This particular question, in connection with a series of questions affecting the same subject, was finally disposed of by the defeat of prohibitory legislation.”
Georgia believed slavery was the central reason for secession, not just slavery in the slave-holding states but expanding the practice to the Western Territories.
What say you Texas?:
“Texas abandoned her separate national existence and consented to become one of the Confederated Union to promote her welfare, insure domestic tranquility and secure more substantially the blessings of peace and liberty to her people. She was received into the confederacy with her own constitution, under the guarantee of the federal constitution and the compact of annexation, that she should enjoy these blessings. She was received as a commonwealth holding, maintaining and protecting the institution known as negro slavery - the servitude of the African to the white race within her limits - a relation that had existed from the first settlement of her wilderness by the white race, and which her people intended should exist in all future time. Her institutions and geographical position established the strongest ties between her and other slaveholding States of the confederacy. Those ties have been strengthened by association. But what has been the course of the government of the United States, and of the people and authorities of the non-slave-holding States, since our connection with them?
We hold as undeniable truths that the governments of the various States, and of the confederacy itself, were established exclusively by the white race, for themselves and their posterity; that the African race had no agency in their establishment; that they were rightfully held and regarded as an inferior and dependent race, and in that condition only could their existence in this country be rendered beneficial or tolerable.
That in this free government all white men are and of right ought to be entitled to equal civil and political rights; that the servitude of the African race, as existing in these States, is mutually beneficial to both bond and free, and is abundantly authorized and justified by the experience of mankind, and the revealed will of the Almighty Creator, as recognized by all Christian nations; while the destruction of the existing relations between the two races, as advocated by our sectional enemies, would bring inevitable calamities upon both and desolation upon the fifteen slave-holding states.”
Texas not only argued they were leaving the Union because of slavery but made a special point of claiming slaves were inferior and have no agency.
The articles of secession from the rest of the Confederacy states are short, pro-forma statements claiming their right to secede. These four states felt the need to go into detail as to why they believed it necessary to fracture the Union. When they did make economic arguments it was always in reference to slavery-either the impact ending slavery would have or the “unfairness” of being treated differently with regard to treaties for being pro-slavery. At the heart of every argument for seceding was their belief that they were entitled to own other people. Period. Full stop.
“The Civil War was not fought over slavery” claim is a lie, an intentional lie to make those who supported the Confederacy then and now feel better about themselves. After the South lost the War and anti-slavery sentiment increased, it became harder to argue that slavery was a legal, moral institution. Those who seceded from the Union, took up arms against their fellow Americans and almost ended the United States as it was known needed to feel good about themselves. They needed a way to claim the damage they caused and the decisions they made to secede were “noble.” Even though slavery was the original reason they gave, they knew they couldn’t use it any longer, especially if the goal was to claim you acted “nobly.” They needed to come up with other, after-the-fact reasons. The most prevalent of these hindsight reasons was/is “states’ rights.” States’ rights makes it sound like they were defending the rights of the people in their state against the big, bad, evil federal government. It made their acts sound “noble.” It was and is complete bullshit. The States’ Rights argument for the Civil War is nothing more than an attempt to whitewash history and vacuum the collective conscious of the South for going to war over their perceived right to own other people as property. Don’t take it from me, take it from the white, Southern politicians who wrote the passages above as to why they felt they needed to secede from the Union.
‘ you don’t feel strange at all? not even a little bit? ’ ‘ oh shit, waddup! i’m taking a selfie with some demons, yooo. hell yeah, whaaa!! ’ ‘ you’re insufferable. ’ ‘ yeah, i’m just gonna… get some fucking holy water. ’ ‘ i’ve lived my life with one adage and that’s don’t fuck with demons. ’ ‘ i just love seeing you squirm! ’ ‘ okay, tell your spooky story! ’ ‘ i think this is all bullshit. ’ ‘ we better get out of this house, somebody knocked our little bear out of his little wicker chair. ’ ‘ you’re telling me you wouldn’t be unnerved by going upstairs and seeing a bunch of stuffed animals organized into a little cult circle when no one did it? ’ ‘ what the fuck? oh shit! no!! where’s my holy water? ’ ‘ what the fuck? oh shit! no!! ’ ‘ where’s my holy water? ’ ‘ it’s just a flashlight! it rolls, it’s cylindrical! ’ ‘ here’s the thing– this is what i fucking love about like, paranormal evidence. people are always clamoring for it, right? like ‘where’s the evidence,’ and then when the evidence is finally they’re like, ‘fake!’ ’ ‘ if you slit my throat tonight, i’m gonna have a hard time forgiving you for that. ’ ‘ will you haunt me for the rest of my life? ’ ‘ no, i won’t haunt you cause i’ll be dead. ghosts aren’t real. ’ ‘ that demon’s racist! ’ ‘ fuck that demon, he’s whitewashing the history of this house. ’ ‘ this demon’s what’s wrong with hollywood. ’ ‘ whatever, demon’s racist. i don’t respect this demon. ’ ‘ you’ve lost your mind! ’ ‘ here we go! rock and roll, buckaroo. ’ ‘ fuck this house. fuck this house so hard. ’ ‘ here’s the thing, i discount almost 100% of all of ‘i saw it in the middle of the night’ things because sleep paralysis, often times, most people wake up and see shit. ’ ‘ if i wake up tonight and there’s this grotesque looking thing laying next to me and just staring at me with it’s fucking stupid beady eyes open, i’m gonna shit myself. there’s gonna be poo in my sleeping bag. ’ ‘ i’m gonna sleep closer to you, i don’t care. ’ ‘ every little pin drop that you hear, every little creak, it’s gonna make your butthole tighten. ’ ‘ i think it would be a sleep-full night for me if it weren’t for you. ’ ‘ annnnnd nope, i’m man enough to admit that this is not happening tonight. i can’t. it’s not happening ever. ’ ‘ you givin’ up? ’ ‘ i just think it’s silly to give up at the last minute, but whatever. you know, it’s no big deal. ’ ‘ did you just call the demon a motherfucker? ’ ‘ i don’t give a shit now, i’m gone. ’ ‘ peace out, bitches. go fuck yourself. you were truly awful and i hate you. ’ ‘ this is the happiest moment of my life. ’ ‘ i think it was just a wonderful coincidence. ’ ‘ i’m glad it happened because i got to see you turn into a babbling mess. ’ ‘ i’m happy to let you believe in this ‘cause i think it’s fun that you believe in it, cause if we go to more places, it’s gonna be fun to watch you freak out some more. so great. ’ ‘ let’s just call it unsolved, how ‘bout that? ’ ‘ but we sure had fun! ’ ‘ he looks really happy, actually. look at that little face. he looks like he’s eatin’ grapes. ’ ‘ that’s really interesting, let’s get the fuck out of here. ’ ‘ i don’t wanna imagine that. can’t you just let me enjoy the moment for once? ’ ‘ what a trip its been. we’ve seen a lot of stuff. seen spiders, we’ve seen… ghouls. ’ ‘ this looks like disney land. i wouldn’t be surprised if they got cotton candy in there. ’ ‘ yuk it up, man. yuk it up. you’re really enjoying this, but when the lights go off, this may be a little different. ’ ‘ you’re full of shit if you do not feel strange right now. ’ ‘ i assure you in like half of the places you’ve been, people have died there. people have probably died in the chipotle we just ate at. ’ ‘ well then that’s why she didn’t live forever! cause she found a loophole! ’ ‘ i won’t argue that your logic is flawed. i just hate it because it’s detrimental to my argument. ’ ‘ you think the ghosts just checked in every like 3 to 5 years? ’ ‘ this is a theory. i’m just stating a theory. ’ ‘ no one builds a house like this because they have arthritis. no one says, ‘oh, my knuckles feel a little funny. i’m gonna build a house with 500 rooms.’ ’ ‘ i hear ya, man. i agree with ya. i’m just saying this is a theory that people believe… and i’m relaying the theory. ’ ‘ those people are idiots. ’ ‘ i mean, you know what the doctor says: ‘nothing’s better for arthritis than a two story drop to the floor below’ right? ’ ‘ although, i will say, i cannot imagine communicating with spirits produces any kind of receipt. ’ ‘ that’d be– yeah. i… i agree with your calling of bullshit. ’ ‘ good! i’m glad we agree on something for once. ’ ‘ i’m gonna lock myself in here with the ghosts. ’ ‘ i knew that you were gonna do that and it still scared me. fuck you. ’ ‘ hey, man. calm down! ’ ‘ you almost scared me to death – i’m never gonna forgive you for that. hope you’re fucking proud of yourself. ’ ‘ there’s a lot of things that you can’t see that are real. you can’t see gravity – that’s real. ’ ‘ i can’t see gravity? yeah, i can drop an apple. ’ ‘ hey, ghosts! tussle my hair. give me a little purple nurple or something, let’s have some fun! ’ ‘ you’re the worst. ’ ‘ if i have to spend one more moment looking at your silly face, i think i might murder you myself. ’ ‘ we’re on our way to a nightmare. ’ ‘ you’re on your way to a nightmare. i’m on my way to a nice retreat. ’ ‘ this is a mistake. ’ ‘ there’s also a thunderstorm rolling in so that’s fun. ’ ‘ he looks fine. look at him! the kids fine and now i feel like a big weenie. ’ ‘ you are a big weenie. ’ ‘ this is the beginning of a horror movie right now. ’ ‘ that’s an ominous cloud in the sky. some very atmospheric thunder. ’ ‘ well, this seems all horrible and awful in general. ’ ‘ look, there’s spiders everywhere, so that’s nice. ’ ‘ see, i’m more concerned about the spiders than the ghosts. ’ ‘ i thought i got bit in the asscheeks by a spider. ’ ‘ anytime i get even remotely spooked, i just look to the monkey with the sunglasses. ’ ‘ is that a bed? is that a guy? should we poke it with a stick? ’ ‘ uhh, sure. if that’s what it’s gonna take to get us out of here then yes, i believe in all of this. ’ ‘ this is a fucking nightmare. ’ ‘ what the fuck was that?! holy shit balls! ’ ‘ okay, i don’t care what his favorite was – fuck that, let’s go. ’ ‘ toodaloo, can’t say it was pleasurable. ’ ‘ fuck everything about that place. ’ ‘ ‘odd’ doesn’t even begin to describe this one. it’s very strange. ’ ‘ my interest is piqued. ’ ‘ they’re making their kids work seven days a week? my parents would maybe be like, ‘empty the dishwasher’ on a… you know, a thursday, and i’d be like, ‘this is bullshit.’ ’ ‘ i guess i’d run away from my parents if they made me work seven days a week, especially if i was shoveling horse shit and moving dirt. ’ ‘ i’d fake my own death. ’ ‘ you strike me as one of those idiots who likes to put their phone down and walk into the middle of the woods and experience nature and all that bullshit. ’ ‘ either way, leaving your house in this day and age without your phone, without your credit cards, that’s already a death sentence. you can’t do that. ’ ‘ this is what happens when you live on a farm. ’ ‘ what wide generalization are you gonna make about people on farms right now? ’ ‘ i just think you gotta read some– some culture, eh, watch some two and a half men, i don’t care. just connect to popular media and know what the world is thinking, otherwise you go nuts. ’ ‘ yeah, ‘cause nothing says sanity and civilization like a red robin resturant, right? ’ ‘ how much trouble could a family of farmers get into? ’ ‘ farmers and bears don’t mix. they don’t put bears on farms. ’ ‘ i imagine this is a little bit more than they bargained for when they were trying to find that pikachu. ’ ‘ that’s fucking terrifying. ’ ‘ you just lock your door. you’re in a car, drive away. that’s not that scary. and then, you know, if the doors don’t work and he starts breaking a window, then guess what? time to die. and that’s a bummer. ’ ‘ then guess what? time to die. and that’s a bummer. ’ ‘ what point does the fear come in? about when the life is draining out of my body. ’ ‘ oh yeah, excuse the public for wondering about your safety, sir. ’ ‘ this does make me realize i don’t give people the middle finger enough. ’ ‘ i guess i’ll just go fuck myself then. ’ ‘ i’m not gonna go find my kids if i’m trying to get off the grid. off the grid, no more kids. ’ ‘ alright, well… once again, we’ve solved nothing. ’ ‘ do you think you could become part of a shared delusion? ’ ‘ every time i’ve ever offered even a little bit of a delusional thought, you immediately shut it down. ’ ‘ no one thinks they’re susceptible to shared delusions and then it happens. ’ ‘ what if we’re in a shared delusion right now? ’ ‘ is this all in our mind? ’ ‘ it could be all in our mind. this could be the most elaborate delusion of all and we’re talking we’re talking about delusions which, in term, is actually a weird delusional loop. ’
Science’s most elite magazine, Nature, published an editorial recently arguing that calling for monuments to figures such as J Marion Sims – often called the “father of gynaecology” – to be removed amounts to “whitewashing” history. Sims is widely praised for developing techniques in gynaecological surgery and founding a women’s hospital in New York in the mid-1800s. But Sims experimented on enslaved black women and infants, operating up to 30 times on one woman to perfect his method. Last month, women wearing bloodied hospital gowns staged a protest by Sims’s statue outside the New York Academy of Medicine.
Nature’s editorial sparked outrage and the magazine has now backpedalled. As critics pointed out, the magazine’s argument was essentially the same as that for keeping Confederate monuments such as the statue of Robert E Lee at the centre of recent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia. The idea that statues need to stay put for history’s sake was also invoked in the debate about Oxford University’s statue of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, which remains in place despite protests.
As this latest controversy shows, science also has its monuments to white supremacy. Like Confederate monuments, these statues should be removed. They are daggers to the open wounds of communities that have long known that white supremacy reaches far beyond the sphere of conventional politics into medicine and science. But removing these monuments won’t be sufficient on its own. The row about Sims reminds us how hard the scientific establishment works to present an image of science as “apolitical”. What is needed is an honest re-examination of science’s history and politics – an examination of the kind that scientists have often tried to silence.
For all of the idiots who keep blabbering on about how The Great Wall is racist towards the chinese for “casting a white actor in a historical movie”, allow me to point out several reasons as to why the film is not racist.
1. The film isn’t based on history. It’s a FANTASY movie about monsters attacking China.
2. The film was directed by a chinese director, produced and filmed in China, and has an almost exclusively chinese cast (aside from Matt Damon).
3. It’s not racist to cast Matt Damon in a lead role in the film. Matt Damon was cast based on his acting ability, and because the american audience is more likely to see a movie if it has an actor they recognize in it.
4. Matt Damon is not playing a chinese character. So this isn’t whitewashing or yellowface. Calm your tits.
If you still insist that this chinese film, filmed in china by a chinese director, with a mainly chinese cast, that has nothing to do with the history of china, is somehow the product of white supremacy and a racist attempt to whitewash chinese history… then you’re a fucking idiot, plain and simple.
I want to thank everybody again for participating in National Aboriginal Day. It was a great, positive experience and it was wonderful to see everybody. Since it was such a success, I looked ahead to see if there was anything else we could celebrate in the near future.
Of course along the way, I saw that there were some less than stellar events that most Natives don’t look forward to. Maybe another day of selfies, stories, pictures, art, and support would help get us all through those harder days.
“NAIDOC Week is held in the first full week of July. It is a time to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, culture and achievements and is an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.”
World Indigenous Peoples Day Wednesday, 9 August
Indigenous Peoples Day (California)
Friday, 22 September
Indigenous Peoples’ Day (USA): Monday October 9, 2017 (FOR THIS YEAR): This day was previously celebrated in several states as Columbus Day. I am more than okay with taking it back.
Thanksgiving / National Day of Mourning (USA)
Thursday, 23 November 2017 (FOR THIS YEAR): Like with Columbus Day, this is usually a day associated with whitewashing our history and erasing the crimes and trauma committed against us. I’m also okay with taking it back as well.
Saami Day Tuesday 6, February
If there are other important days specific to Native / Indigenous / Aboriginal people both in the United States and worldwide, please let us know in the comments or private message and we will add to the list.
Let me know if any of you are interested in participating!
Stelena wasn't healthy. Their problems are worse because they're not even remotely acknowledged. The show romanticizes them to such a degree that Elena tells Stefan that he was a "perfect" boyfriend who never scared her, who was never a monster, as she's standing next to the bridge that he was about to intentionally drive her off of a year before. The show props them up as "pure" when they weren't even close. They never once actually worked out their issues, or even acknowledged their problems
Stelena wasn’t healthy. Their problems are worse because they’re not
even remotely acknowledged. The show romanticizes them to such a degree
that Elena tells Stefan that he was a “perfect” boyfriend who never
scared her, who was never a monster, as she’s standing next to the
bridge that he was about to intentionally drive her off of a year
before. The show props them up as “pure” when they weren’t even close.
They never once actually worked out their issues, or even acknowledged
Even long after they broke up and became friends, they still white
washed their history. And that’s not a promising foundation for a future
relationship IMO. Say what you want about Delena, but their problems
were laid out bare on the show. They both acknowledged when their
relationship was unhealthy (the only couple to ever do this, mind) and
ended up changing so that they could be together in a healthier way
which we saw in season 6. And now they’re human and living a normal
life, and lasted”
I read this on my phone when I wok up and literally bell laughed so thank you for that anon, you made my morning. Truly. Now, shall we begin?
Stelena wasn’t healthy. Their problems are worse because they’re not even remotely acknowledge […]
They never once actually worked out their issues, or even acknowledged their problems
The thing about Stelena, anon, is that when they do have an issue, it isnt simply acknowledged but it’s resolved and it’s resolved rather immediately so that they don’t have to spend so much time on one issue because they’ve already worked through it and have a better understanding of each other because of it. Every argument or setback that Elena has serves to make them a stronger couple. Case and point.
In 1x06 when Elena confronts Stefan about being a vampire:
He spends the entire episode answering her questions and beginning to tell her about his past:
and Elena is satisfied with Stefan’s explanation but the issue between them hasn’t resolved yet because she doesn’t know if she can handle being with him and so they don’t move past it, she tells him they can’t be together, which directly contradicts your claim:
And in 1x07 it’s clear that the feelings are still there and yet she doesn’t rush into his arms, he doesn’t push her to because the issue isn’t resolved:
But in 1x09 when Stefan helps Elena despite their circumstances and saves Bonnie:
Elena realizes she doesn’t have to fight her feelings anymore because at his core, Stefan is a good man, he has proven it to her by trying to help Vicki and by trying to get rid of Damon to protect her and Caroline and now by saving Bonnie so the issue is resolved for her because she knows she can be with him, however it isn’t resolved for Stefan so he walks away:
In 1x10 Stefan succumbs to his love for Elena because Elena makes it perfectly clear that her issues are resolved, she’s walking in with open eyes and she loves hm and she trusts him:
Essentially, the issue for SE in season 1 was trust and building that trust through vulnerability and communication, through honesty and they make good on that, they tell each other how they feel even if it’s something they don’t want to admit because they will not be kept in the dark from each other:
In season 2 their issue was external forces trying to tear them apart and them staying strong in the midst of that. In 2x06 Elena breaks up with Stefan because Katherine hurt Jenna, that is their issue:
So Stefan partly resolves it in 2x07 by taking Katherine down:
but like I said, it’s still only partly resolved, that sense of safety hasn’t been put back together for Elena yet so they still remain apart:
And it’s when Stefan proves the lengths he’ll go to to make sure the people around him and Elena are safe:
That they reconcile:
And even during their time apart, Stefan and Elena remain open with each other, Stefan encourages Elena to just feel her emotions, to let everything out and let him in:
which she does after expressing how she thinks everything is because of her
And then in 2x15 when they are together, they disagree on the best way to handle Klaus and Elijah and they have that out
which is resolved because Elena chooses to fight and she has Stefan at her side:
I have so many posts that breakdown how they got through season 3, you can read a few of them here:
The show romanticizes them to such a degree that Elena tells Stefan that
he was a “perfect” boyfriend who never scared her, who was never a
monster, as she’s standing next to the bridge that he was about to
intentionally drive her off of a year before. The show props them up as
“pure” when they weren’t even close
The thing is, anon, Elena is consistently unafraid of Stefan:
and she never thinks of him as a monster
to the point that she consistently opens her veins to him
despite knowing and seeing his demons
because she believes in the kind of person he is, in the good man he is, in his desire to combat the darkness to the point that he had become suicidal:
And because it’s been repeatedly proven that she connects to the humanity inside of him, that he is at peace and calm around her so she heads off his ripper tendencies
(^^ it is also clear here that Elena is concerned not afraid)
So because of all of this foundation, all of this groundwork, in season 3, Elena understood the context of Stefan’s situation which was that he was forced into an impossible situation to save his brother and that Klaus compelled him to kill innocent people which is why she can see this:
and still say this:
She saw him fight
Heard these words
Witnessed him defend her
So no, she never thought of him as a monster:
Even long after they broke up and became friends, they still white
washed their history. And that’s not a promising foundation for a future
Here, you’re just repeating yourself although I find it so rich that you accuse the show of whitewashing SE’s history when all they ever do is whitewash Delena’s history, it’s like the show’s number one priority next to making Bonnie suffer.
Say what you want about Delena, but their problems
were laid out bare on the show. They both acknowledged when their
relationship was unhealthy (the only couple to ever do this, mind) and
ended up changing so that they could be together in a healthier way
which we saw in season 6. And now they’re human and living a normal
life, and lasted”
So I really need people to stop confusing acknowledging issues with solving them because Damon and Elena never, and I mean never, resolve their issues.
From 5x10 to 5x17, it’s all about how toxic Damon and Elena are and the show thinks it scores points by the fact that Damon can acknowledge that hes a bad influence
but Damon doesn’t stop being a bad influence on Elena. She’s trying to concentrate on Jeremy in 5x17 and he’s intent on distracting her with sex
Damon literally kidnapped Jeremy and told Enzo to choke him because he as upset that Elena broke up with him
much like how three seasons before he snapped Jeremy’s neck because Elena rejected him
and Damon and Elena never even mention it. Instead Damon simply says this
but do we ever get into how Damon’s go to reaction to heartbreak is to punish Elena by killing the people close to her? Does he ever work on that? Because if I remember correctly, Elena has been saying the same shit since season 3:
And your boy STILL doesn’t change. THEY don’t change. Did that 5x16 conversation catalyze a change? Or does this happen instead:
Elena says this:
but do we ever get into how Damon can’t even recognize his own girlfriend? That he is such a narcissist high on his own insecurity that her ex-boyfriend was the one who noticed she wasn’t Katherine and not him?
In 5x17 Elena says they need to be apart because they’re bad for each other and do bad things for each other but is there any real reflection on the problems in their relationship, do either of them do anything to change or does Elena spend 5x18 dreaming about a perfect life with Stefan while Damon tries to stop it.
5x19 Elena is with Stefan again being held hostage by Enzo and Damon tries to get her out.
5x20 Stefan and Elena keep a secret about Enzo’s death while Damon tries to figure it out and they kiss because he was having a bad day.
5x21 Stefan tells her to be with Damon so she listens.
5x22 he blows himself up.
Where is the change, where is the development, where is the growth? There wasn’t any to the point that in season 6, the show had to erase Elena’s memories to start the DE love story over again, talk about whitewashing history, and even in season 6, Damon lies to Elena about the cure because he was once again too involved in his own insecurity and when Lily outs him, Damon and Elena never talk about it. Do not get it twisted, the last thing, the very last thing, Damon and Elena do is evolve from their issues.