atrocities

Me: Yuri on ice is such a captivating and beautiful story that has amazing representation in love and life and I am grateful to have been alive to appreciate the creation of this show Me at 2 AM: *doES THIS* OKAY BUT WHAT IF-

(Inspired by crowzperch on instagram)

The name Hitler does not offend a black South African because Hitler is not the worst thing a black South African can imagine. Every country thinks their history is the most important, and that’s especially true in the West. But if black South Africans could go back in time and kill one person, Cecil Rhodes would come up before Hitler. If people in the Congo could go back in time and kill one person, Belgium’s King Leopold would come way before Hitler. If Native Americans could go back in time and kill one person, it would probably be Christopher Columbus or Andrew Jackson.

I often meet people in the West who insist that the Holocaust was the worst atrocity in human history, without question. Yes, it was horrific. But I often wonder, with African atrocities like in the Congo, how horrific were they? The thing Africans don’t have that Jewish people do have is documentation. The Nazis kept meticulous records, took pictures, made films. And that’s really what it comes down to. Holocaust victims count because Hitler counted them. Six million people killed. We can all look at that number and be rightly horrified. But when you read through the history of atrocities against Africans, there are no numbers, only guesses. It’s harder to be horrified by a guess. When Portugal and Belgium were plundering Angola and the Congo, they weren’t counting the black people they slaughtered. How many black people died harvesting rubber in the Congo? In the gold and diamond mines of the Transvaal?

So in Europe and America, yes, Hitler is the Greatest Madman in History. In Africa he’s just another strongman from the history books.

—  Trevor Noah, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood
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Thanksgiving and the Past and Present Atrocities.
Built on the genocide and tragic massacre of an entire people.

A group of English explorers sailed back home to England around 1614 with a ship filled with Patuxet Indians whom were bound for slavery. They left behind smallpox, wiping out nearly all those who had escaped capture. When the pilgrims ended up arriving in Massachusetts Bay they found just one living Patuxet Indian named Squanto who had survived slavery under the English. He negotiated a treaty between the Wampanoag nation and the pilgrims which would bring mutual peace and protection. Unfortunately word spread in England about the lands they considered to be “public domain” and many began arriving by boat. British settlers began to seize the land and captured some Natives for slaves while killing the rest. However the Pequot Nation hadn’t agreed to the peace treaty Squanto had proposed and they fought back. In 1637 more than 700 men, women and children came together for their annual Green Corn festival, at dawn while the Indians slept, English and Dutch mercenaries ordered them to get up and come out. Those who did were shot and many were burned alive. The next day governor Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay declared “a day of thanksgiving” because to him, the massacre of 700 Indians was their “victory.” After this, many colonists continued to attack villages killing thousands of Indians with many also being sold into slavery. Feasts were held after each successful raid up until George Washington suggested that only one day of Thanksgiving per year be set instead of celebrating each and every massacre. It later became a legal national holiday.

More than 45 million turkeys are killed in the U.S. just for thanksgiving.
Turkeys spend their short lives cramped in horrible conditions where they end up developing diseases. Many have ammonia-burned eyes, respiratory infections, and ulcerated feet. They are bred to grow so fast and large that they become lame due to their own weight and because they’re incapable of moving properly, turkeys are sexually violated to breed them. The males are assaulted for their semen and the females then become artificially inseminated. Turkeys are painfully debeaked and detoed without any anesthetic at birth. At 12-26 weeks, turkeys are crammed into cages to be shipped to slaughter. At the slaughterhouse, they are strung up by their feet and are stunned by an electrical stunner or ran through an electrified water bath so their feathers are removed more easier. They are conscious for this process. They then have their throats cut. Turkeys are intelligent, sensitive, and highly affectionate animals. They will unfortunately never have the chance to live out their lives with their families.

If you do choose to celebrate thanksgiving please take the time to reflect on the suffering of both past and present atrocities. Honor the memory of the American Indians who were violently killed and who had their freedom taken away from them and reclaim thanksgiving by leaving animals off your plate and by informing others about the truth of this holiday.

MY TOP 16 ALBUMS OF 2016

Just my opinion.

16. James Blake, The Colour in Anything

15. De La Soul, And the Anonymous Nobody

14. Anderson .paak, Malibu

13. Young Thug, Jeffrey

12. David Bowie, Blackstar

11. Danny Brown, ‘Atrocity Exhibition’

10. Solange, A Seat at the Table

9. The Weeknd, Starboy

8. Childish Gambino, Awaken, My Love!

7. Travis Scott, Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight

6. Frank Ocean, Blonde

5. Kanye West, The Life of Pablo

4. Kendrick Lamar, Untitled Unmastered

3. A Tribe Called Quest, We Got It From Here…Thank You For Your Service

2. Kaytranada, 99.9%/Beyoncé, Lemonade (TIE)

1. Chance the Rapper, Coloring Book

 

Honorable Mentions

  • ·         Rae Sremmurd, Sremmlife 2
  • ·         Bruno Mars, 24k Magic