anti lynching

i do sometimes wonder if david lynch could go through a whole film or ep without sexualizing women or causing violence towards them, you know just wondering what is up with him writing women being abused over and over again, i mean sure it happens. i know first hand it does, but does he really have to show it at every turn he gets. do his females characters get more? they deserve more than that

Fearless Journalist and All-Round Badass - Ida B. Wells-Barnett.  (1862-1931)

Born a slave, Ida B. Wells was a pioneering black woman who used journalism to stand up against white supremacy and segregation and who led an anti-lynching crusade in the 1890s.   She was a writer and editor, a suffragist and an early leader in the civil rights movement.

Wells-Barnett is also known for her rally cry, “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”

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The Silent Parade 100th Anniversary

The Silent Parade was a silent protest march of 8,000-10,000 African Americans along Fifth Avenue starting at 57th Street in New York City on July 28, 1917.

In protest to murders, lynchings, and other violence directed towards African Americans, the parade was precipitated by the East St. Louis riots in May and July 1917, when between 40 and 250 black people were killed by white mobs.

East St. Louis riots

The ferocious brutality of the attacks by murderous white mobs, and the refusal by the authorities to protect innocent lives contributed to the reactionary measures of some African Americans in St. Louis and the nation. Marcus Garvey declared in a speech that the riot was “one of the bloodiest outrages against mankind” and a “wholesale massacre of our people”, insisting that “This is no time for fine words, but a time to lift one’s voice against the savagery of a people who claim to be the dispensers of democracy.

Protest in New York

In New York City on July 28, as many as ten thousand African Americans marched down Fifth Avenue in a silent protest march in response to the East St. Louis riots. They carried signs that highlighted protests about the riots. The march was organized by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), W. E. B. Du Bois, and groups in Harlem. Women and children were dressed in white; the men were dressed in black.

They hoped to influence Democratic President Woodrow Wilson to carry through on his election promises to African-American voters to implement anti-lynching legislation, and promote Black causes. Wilson did not do so, and repudiated his promises, and federal discrimination increased during Wilson’s presidency.


The parade was the very first protest of its kind in New York, and the second instance of African Americans publicly demonstrating for civil rights so bravely.

quietprofanity  asked:

Some of the defenses of the D. March are starting to give me rage migraines. Now people are lying about the marchers harassing attendees and stating that as Jews we need to accept the Star of David as triggering. I've really had it.

You know, I knew there were individual people who were this terrible, but seeing these actions being defended en masse with fervent hatred towards Jews paired with demands for loyalty tests has me feeling like I’m living in some sort of anti-Semitic David Lynch movie. 

anonymous asked:

not hating on your opinion, but genuinely asking. what do you mean by calling blue sexist?

Blue is the epitome of the “I’m not like other girls” trope. 

“Blue could’ve happily had any number of friends. And she had tried. But the problem with being weird was that everyone else was normal.”

She also talks about how her clothes were a mix between high fashion and looking like a homeless person. Like really ???

She belittles Orla because Orla is confident in her body and sexuality. 

“She was still angry about the couch and the pool table and Orla’s bare midriff.”

“‘You’re wearing clothing. I have a bikini.’

Blue replied ferociously, ‘None of us can forget.’ If not for the sun, her voice would have iced the lake.”

“You are an unbelievable phone tramp.”

Not to mention she claims Adam not telling her that he went to DC with Gansey was “Super Sexist” when in reality it was because she was a) jealous that she wasn’t invited, b) trying to hide the fact that she doesn’t like Adam and instead likes his best friend (and yet still leads Adam on and dates him for a while) and c) uses it as a way to goad him into a fight so she has an excuse to break up with him (she makes him mad, and then encourages him to feel bad about being mad)

The scene is chapter 49 in the Dream Thieves, I encourage you all to reread it. 

These are all just things in the first 2 books that make me consider her a fake feminist. (She also claims to hate catcalling and is then disappointed when Kavinsky doesn’t hit on her, AND she gets mad when people fight her battles for her, but calls on Gansey to protect her). I also just hate her as a character because I think she’s a terrible person and a Mary Sue in the novel. I made a whole post about it here

tl:dr Blue is a fake feminist who only uses feminism to when it’s beneficial to her underlying causes and is overall a Mary Sue character who is very much overrated. 

Ida B. Wells

Civil Rights Activist, Journalist (1862–1931)

Ida B. Wells was an African-American journalist and activist who led an anti-lynching crusade in the United States in the 1890s. 

Born a slave in 1862, Ida Bell Wells was the oldest daughter of James and Lizzie Wells. The Wells family, as well as the rest of the slaves of the Confederate states, were decreed free by the Union, about six months after Ida’s birth, thanks to the Emancipation Proclamation. However, living in Mississippi as African Americans, they faced racial prejudices and were restricted by discriminatory rules and practices. 

On one fateful train ride from Memphis to Nashville, in May 1884, Wells reached a personal turning point. Having bought a first-class train ticket to Nashville, she was outraged when the train crew ordered her to move to the car for African Americans, and refused on principle. As she was forcibly removed from the train, she bit one of the men on the hand. Wells sued the railroad, winning a $500 settlement in a circuit court case. However, the decision was later overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court.

This injustice led Ida B. Wells to pick up a pen to write about issues of race and politics in the South. Using the moniker “Iola,” a number of her articles were published in black newspapers and periodicals. Wells eventually became an owner of the Memphis Free Speech and Headlight, and, later, of the Free Speech.

While working as a journalist and publisher, Wells also held a position as a teacher in a segregated public school in Memphis. She became a vocal critic of the condition of blacks only schools in the city. In 1891, she was fired from her job for these attacks. She championed another cause after the murder of a friend and his two business associates.

In 1892, three African-American men—Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart—set up a grocery store in Memphis. Their new business drew customers away from a white-owned store in the neighborhood, and the white store owner and his supporters clashed with the three men on a few occasions. One night, Moss and the others guarded their store against attack and ended up shooting several of the white vandals. They were arrested and brought to jail, but they didn’t have a chance to defend themselves against the charges—a lynch mob took them from their cells and murdered them.

These brutal killings incensed Wells, leading to her write articles decrying the lynching of her friend and the wrongful deaths of other African Americans. Putting her own life at risk, she spent two months traveling in the South, gathering information on other lynching incidents. One editorial seemed to push some of the city’s whites over the edge. A mob stormed the office of her newspaper, destroying all of her equipment. Fortunately, Wells had been traveling to New York City at the time. She was warned that she would be killed if she ever returned to Memphis.

Staying in the North, Wells wrote an in-depth report on lynching in America for the New York Age, an African-American newspaper run by former slave T. Thomas Fortune. She lectured abroad in 1893, looking to drum up support for her cause among reform-minded whites. Upset by the ban on African-American exhibitors at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Wells penned and circulated a pamphlet entitled “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Represented in the World’s Columbian Exposition.” This effort was funded and supported by famed abolitionist and freed slave Frederick Douglass, and lawyer and editor Ferdinand Barnett. Also in 1893, Wells published A Red Record, a personal examination of lynchings in America.

In 1898, Wells brought her anti-lynching campaign to the White House, leading a protest in Washington, D.C., and calling for President William McKinley to make reforms. 

Ida B. Wells established several civil rights organizations. In 1896, she formed the National Association of Colored Women. After brutal assaults on the African-American community in Springfield, Illinois, in 1908, Wells sought to take action: The following year, she attended a special conference for the organization that would later become known as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Though she is considered a founding member of the NAACP, Wells later cut ties with the organization; she explained her decision thereafter, stating that she felt the organization—in its infacy at the time she left—had lacked action-based initiatives.

Working on behalf of all women, Wells, as part of her work with the National Equal Rights League, called for President Woodrow Wilson to put an end to discriminatory hiring practices for government jobs. She created the first African-American kindergarten in her community and fought for women’s suffrage. In 1930, Wells made an unsuccessful bid for the state senate. Health problems plagued her the following year.

Ida B. Wells died of kidney disease on March 25, 1931, at the age of 68, in Chicago, Illinois. She left behind an impressive legacy of social and political heroism. With her writings, speeches and protests, Wells fought against prejudice, no matter what potential dangers she faced. She once said, “I felt that one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap.”

It is no longer sufficient to brand Donald Trump as abnormal, a designation that is surely applicable but that falls significantly short in registering the magnitude of the menace.

The standard nomenclature of normal politics must be abandoned. What we are witnessing is nothing less than an assault on the fundamentals of the country itself: on our legacy institutions and our sense of protocol, decency and honesty.

In any other circumstance, we might likely write this off as the trite protestations of a man trapped in a toddler’s temperament, full of meltdowns, magical thinking and make believe. But this man’s vindictiveness and mendacity are undergirded by the unequaled power of the American president, and as such he has graduated on the scale of power from toddler to budding tyrant.

This threat Trump poses — to our morals, ethics, norms and collective sense of propriety — may be without equal from a domestic source.

Everything he is doing is an assault and matters on some level.


There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.

In reality, America regularly experiences bouts of regression, but fortunately, it is in those regressive periods that some of our greatest movements and greatest voices had found their footing.

President Andrew Jackson’s atrocious American Indian removal program gave us the powerful Cherokee memorial letters. The standoff at Standing Rock gave us what the BBC called “the largest gathering of Native Americans in more than 100 years.”

Crackdowns on gay bars gave us the Stonewall uprising. America’s inept response to the AIDS epidemic gave us Act Up and Larry Kramer. California’s Proposition 8 breathed new life into the fight for marriage equality and led to a victory in the Supreme Court.

The racial terror that followed the Emancipation Proclamation gave us the anti-lynching movement, the N.A.A.C.P., W.E.B. Du Bois, Ida B. Wells and James Weldon Johnson.

Jim Crow gave us the civil rights movement, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Congressman John Lewis, Fannie Lou Hamer and James Baldwin.

The latest rash of extrajudicial killing of black people gave us Black Lives Matter.

The financial crisis and the government’s completely inadequate response to it gave us Occupy Wall Street and the 99 percent.

A renewed assault on women’s rights, particularly a woman’s right to choose, gave us, at least in part, the Women’s March, likely the largest march in American history.


Multiple populations are being assaulted at once, across race, ethnicity, religion, gender and sexual identity.

So, in this moment of regression, all the targets of Trump’s ire must push back with a united front, before it is too late.

someone: you should expect violence and dark themes in david lynch’s work

me: *thinking about how sweet and caring dale cooper, lucy, andy, hawk and harry are and how they are warm, honest people. also thinks about how much audrey cared for laura and how she risked her life to find out what happened to her, also thinks about how this show has cherry pie and shelly and norma” 

Give us the ballot and we will no longer have to worry the federal government about our basic rights. Give us the ballot and we will no longer plea to the federal government for passage of an anti-lynching law. We will, by the power of our vote, write the law on the statute books of the South and bring an end to the dastardly acts of the hooded perpetrators of violence. Give us the ballot and we will transform the salient misdeeds of blood-thirsty mobs into the calculated good deeds of orderly citizens.

Give us the ballot and we will fill our legislative halls with men of good will and send to the sacred halls of congressmen who will not sign a Southern Manifesto because of their devotion to the manifesto of justice. Give us the ballot.

W… What? So… you’re saying that the association of an activity that is uncommon and very illegal in the modern day and age with national parks (assuming lynchings were common in national parks) is deterring black people from visiting national parks? Are you sure it’s not something like… the increased urbanization of American and the concentration of black people in an “inner city” environment away from greenery? Or perhaps a lower median income translating into less free time/money to travel to a national park? Or like… literally anything else? Are you even allowed to eat apples from trees in national parks?

Well… the last paragraph of this sounds somewhat sane at least.


A Voice for the Voiceless: The Legacy of Ida B. Wells

Photo: Ida B. Wells Barnett, in a photograph by Mary Garrity from c. 1893.

Ida Bell Wells was born into slavery in 1862 and emancipated by the Union Army six months later. She leaves behind a legacy as a voice for the voiceless, as one of our nation’s foremost critics of a racial injustice and a journalistic champion of the truth.  

Her family was very active during the Reconstruction period and members of the Republican Party. Her father, James Wells helped to found Shaw University in North Carolina. After a tragic illness, Wells lost her parents and moved to Memphis, TN. She began her career in activism early as a student at Fisk University.

 In 1884, after refusing to give up her seat on a train to a white patron, she was forcibly removed and later sued the railroad. She initially won a $500 settlement, but the ruling was overturned by the Tennessee Supreme Court. 

This was her “aha” moment where she began her one woman crusade for injustice. Wells turned to writing and began chronicling issues of race and politics in the Deep South. Under the name “lola,” Wells became a leading voice on issues of racial injustice and eventually owned three newspapers including;  Memphis Free Speech, Headlight and the Free Speech.

In addition to her civil rights work, Wells also worked as a teacher in a segregated school. Her work there led her to attack the system of segregation and her vocal displeasure eventually got her fired. 

However, it was the deaths of Tom Moss, Calvin McDowell and Will Stewart—three African American business owners in Memphis—that ignited her charge to take on lynching. Moss, McDowell and Stewart were killed after they opened a grocery store that directly competed with a white-owned store and drove business away. 

“Our country’s national crime is lynching. It is not the creature of an hour, the sudden outburst of uncontrolled fury, or the unspeakable brutality of an insane mob.” —Ida B. Wells

Photo: Ida B. Wells (author), Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases, book cover, 1892.

In response, Wells traveled the South gathering records of lynchings and wrote  “Southern Horrors: Lynch Laws in All its Phases” in 1892. Her reports outraged southern whites and she was never able to return to Memphis. The next year she published “A Red Record,” a personal reflection on the lynching crisis and spoke around the world about the atrocities going on in the United States. 

Segregation remained a cause close to her heart and Wells authored a response to the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition decision to ban black exhibitors. 

She wrote: 

“The exhibit of the progress made by a race in 25 years of freedom as against 250 years of slavery, would have been the greatest tribute to the greatness and progressiveness of American institutions which could have been shown the world. The colored people of this great Republic number eight millions – more than one-tenth the whole population of the United States.” Ida B. Wells,  “The Reason Why the Colored American Is Represented in the World’s Columbian Exposition.”

In 1898 she took her anti-lynching campaign all the way to the White House, urging President William McKinley to act to save black lives. Although several bills would be introduced, the United States has never explicitly outlawed lynching. 

Photo: This is a flyer created by the NAACP in 1922 to raise awareness about the lynching epidemic that was occurring and the proposed Dyer anti-lynching bill.

On This Day: April 20
  • 1649: The True Levellers Standard Advanced is published by the Diggers.
  • 1812: Luddites attack factories in Middleton near Manchester, England, protesting technologies throwing them out of work.
  • 1848: The radical democratic forces in Baden were defeated ending the revolution in south-west Germany.
  • 1853: Escaped slave Harriet Tubman begins her Underground Railroad.
  • 1871: The Paris Commune abolishes night shifts for bakery workers.
  • 1871: US President Grant signs the “Civil Rights Act of 1871” into law which empowered him suspend habeas corpus to combat the KKK.
  • 1914: Ludlow Massacre of miner strikers and families by US troops using machine guns.
  • 1916: Emma Goldman was convicted of advocating birth control.
  • 1927: The Dielo Truda group organized an international anarchist conference in L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France.
  • 1939: Billie Holiday records the anti-lynching, anti-racist song “Strange Fruit”.
  • 1946: The Korean Anarchist Congress met for the second day of four.
  • 1964: Nelson Mandela makes statements in Rivonia Trial.
  • 1964: Approximately 60,000 or 85% of black students in Cleveland boycott classes to protest segregation.
  • 1980: United Auto Workers end successful 172-day strike against International Harvester.
  • 2001: Jaggi Singh was arrested while thousands of demonstrators, including members of Anti-Capitalist Convergence, demonstrated against the Free Trade Agreement of the Americas in Quebec City, Quebec.
  • 2002: A.N.S.W.E.R. Coalition organizes march of over 75,000 against the War on Terror in Washington, DC.
  • 2012: Tens of thousands demonstrate in Cairo’s Tahrir Square against continued military rule in Egypt.

Malcolm X: Immortal.

“Mind you, the power structure is international, and its domestic base is in London, in Paris, in Washington D.C. and so forth. The outside or external phase of the revolution which is manifest in the attitude and action of the Africans today is troublesome enough. The revolution on the outside of the house, or the outside of the structure, is troublesome enough. But now the powers that be are beginning to see that this struggle on the outside by the black man is affecting, infecting the black man who is on the inside of that structure — I hope you understand what I am trying to say. The newly awakened people all over the world pose a problem for what is known as Western interests, which is imperialism, colonialism, racism and all these other negative isms or vulturistic isms. Just as the external forces pose a grave threat, they can now see that the international forces pose an ever greater threat. But the internal forces pose an even greater threat only when they have properly analyzed the situation and know what the stakes really are….

Look right now what’s going on in and around Saigon and Hanoi and in the Congo and elsewhere. They are violent when their interests are at stake. But for all that violence they display at the international level, when you and I want just a little bit of freedom, we’re supposed to be nonviolent. They’re violent in Korea, they’re violent in Germany, they’re violent in the South Pacific, they’re violent in Cuba, they’re violent wherever they go. But when it comes time for you and me to protect ourselves against lynchings, they tell us to be nonviolent.”

— African-American revolutionary El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, or Malcolm X, not long before his death in 1965. Malcolm X was assassinated on February 21, 1965. The photo shows his historic meeting with Fidel Castro at the Hotel Theresa in Harlem, 1960.

Via Anti-Imperialist League


Hidden Figures: Frances E.W. Harper #BlackHERstoryMonth 21/28

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was an African-American author, poet, abolitionist, suffragette, public speaker, and activist. The first Black woman to have a short story published, she was also one of the first published African-American novelists and poets. She was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and frequently gave public lectures against slavery, in addition to being an early advocate for women’s rights.

Born Frances Ellen Watkins in Baltimore in 1825 to free Blacks, Harper was sent to live with an aunt and uncle after her parents died. Her uncle, Reverend William Watkins, was an educator and civil rights activist, and she received an education at his Academy for Negro Youth. Showing early talent as a writer, Harper’s first book of poetry, entitled ‘Forest Leaves’ was published in 1845, when she was 20. She went on to publish several popular volumes of poetry before the 1859 publication of her short story 'The Two Offers’ in 'Anglo-African Magazine’ made her the first Black woman to have a short story published. In 1892, Harper published 'Iola Leroy,’ making her one of the first African-American novelists. 'Iola Leroy’ explored issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, focusing on the mixed-race title character who is born free before being kidnapped and sold into slavery.

In 1850, Harper moved to Ohio, where she worked as the first female teacher at Union Seminary, and in 1853, she joined the American Anti-Slavery Society, becoming a traveling lecturer. She gave her first anti-slavery speech in 1854, called “Education and the Elevation of Colored Race”. The success of this speech resulted in a two-year lecture tour in Maine for the Anti-Slavery Society. She continued to travel, lecturing throughout the East and Midwest from 1856 to 1860, and in 1858 she gained even more notoriety when she refused to give up her seat or ride in the “colored” section of a segregated trolley car in Philadelphia - 100 years before Rosa Parks. Harper married in 1860, and when her husband died in 1864, she supported their four children through money earned from speaking engagements.

Harper was a strong supporter of abolitionism and woman’s suffrage, and in 1866, she gave a speech before the National Women’s Rights Convention demanding equal rights for all, including Black women. Disillusioned from working with white suffragettes who gave priority to white women’s concerns over the goals of Black women (such as anti-lynching laws or defense of Black rights), Harper helped organize the National Association of Colored Women in 1894, and was elected vice president in 1897.

Frances Harper died on February 25, 1911.

#HiddenFigures #BlackHERstoryMonth

Little Targets

Another illustration that I don’t think needs an essay to go into the depths of the context of this; self-explanatory. This is dedicated to Michael Brown..Eric Garner…Tamir Rice…Trayvon Martin…Antonio Martin…the list is too long…let’s not make it infinite.