atrocities

“I might be opening myself up to a prime ribbing, but like others with a steak in this industry who have a beef about language being used in this way, I want these links to be given the chop asap.”

You, a fool: Nickel is a good sweet mom UwU 

Me, an intellectual: Nickel facilitated the atrocities committed by the DJD. While she may have become a Decepticon due to a mix of desperation, and Tarn’s own skewed representation of “The Cause” she still played a voluntary role in the activities of the DJD. None of this is to say she is a bad character. She’s incredibly likable, but to ignore that she’s a violent, foul mouthed, individual and pretend that she is a Pure Cinnamon Roll™ does her a massive disservice. She can be a care taker and a bad person at the same time. These things are not opposed. 

Journal Entry

Twenty First Second of June

The phrase that there is no rest for the wicked could not be more truthful. My vacation has been cut short by a few very notable problems that needed handling… Ones that I am happy to tend to, but still, the irony does not elude me.

This vacation was for self discovery. For me to figure out exactly who I am, exactly what I want our of my life, and exactly how I can go about moving forward, past my trauma and past my grief and past my many atrocities of the past… I wish to learn to forgive myself, to love myself so that I might stop trying to become someone else. All of that was the result of a much-needed conversation with Rask. I’m not sure what I would do without him and Raseri. Certainly I would not be at the point I am right now.

I am questioning my place in the world. What I am doing and why I do it. Many of those I work with are interested in drugs, sex, money, and chaos. That is not what I am. I am (usually) sober, money and sex I’ve had to a point I don’t need any more of it, and I much prefer order to chaos. I am married as a joke to a woman who does not prioritize me. I expected too much from her, and I will not make that mistake again. Initially I went into this wanting to replace Lucia, but what did she even leave me? She lived in a run-down mansion, forcing her people to sleep outside in tents. She encouraged my drug and drinking problems to keep me under her boot. She left those who loved her enough to betray their families for her… She is not a woman I want to inherit anything from.

I have come to realize that I play this role, that of an evil man, a villain, because all of my attempts at reaching out before, of trying to be good, have been met with rejection, abandonment, or abuse. At times a fun combination of two or all. Perhaps I need to get better at expressing myself, or perhaps I need better friends.

I am not sure what I will tell people when I return. I don’t want to leave Shadowbrand. I have power there, I can try to use it for some good while I figure all of this out. I’ve sobered from my period of denial, when I was so hurt that I became nothing but the man everyone expected me to be. I fear that those I know, people like Address and Angaela, will take this “goodness” as weakness. I am not weak. I never will be weak again. But I will not let them try to take advantage of me because they smell blood in the water… However I must also control my temper. Try to look at my actions as the man I want to be.

And I am trying everything to ensure that man is Archelaos Redright, not who Archelaos Redright idolizes. 

Ryan and Sanirah have both been dropped in my lap while I’m figuring all of this out. I suppose they’re as good a place as any to start knowingly helping people… Just as Raseri provided love and forgiveness to me, just as it has brought me far, I pray that offering the same to these broken souls will bring them as much into the Light as they can be.

((Mentions for @sanirah-barrett, @ryan-jarrett, @addressroleplays, @angiebrice, @legionofthedawn and @rask-the-rogue))

Today in history: June 22, 1941 – Nazi Germany begins Operation Barbarossa, invading the Soviet Union during World War II

Over four million soldiers of the Axis powers invaded the USSR along a 1,800 mile front, the largest invasion in the history of warfare. The German invasion of the Soviet Union caused a high rate of fatalities: 95% of all German Army casualties that occurred from 1941 to 1944, and 65% of all Allied military casualties from the entire war. Initially the Germans occupied important areas of the USSR, but they were pushed back from Moscow and could never again mount a simultaneous offensive along the entire Soviet–German front. All further Nazi operations inside the USSR failed. 

Operation Barbarossa’s failure was a turning point in the Third Reich’s fortunes. Regions covered by the operation became the site of some of the largest battles, deadliest atrocities, highest casualties, and most horrific conditions for Soviets and Germans alike—all of which influenced the course of both World War II and 20th-century history. 

(image: A Soviet World War II poster depicting retreating Nazis, among them Hitler and Göring. It reads: “Death to the German Occupiers!” The small letters on the red flag say:“ forward to the west!)

Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)

anonymous asked:

whoop, same anon. I had a quick look, it's surprising to see how much we aren't taught in history. Mind you I didn't do much history since yr9 so maybe I missed it? It is sad to see what crimes your own country has commited, especially as we usually think ourselves better - with the NHS, LGBT Rights, benefits - so I understand in a way the 'historical amnesia' we have, but I think despite that it should be taught in schools. Cant get anywhere if we just pretend we never did anything wrong right?

The problem is that you’ve got British nationalists that take pride in the good bits but totally ignore the atrocities.

Partition of India. Support of apartheid in South Africa. Slavery. Opium wars. The invention of concentration camps. The Irish famine. The Highland clearances. The bengal famine. Name the crime and the British empire did it.

All of these are completely removed from any British empire history we are taught in school.

Every time I go into my Latin top 50 playlist on Spotify I hear the beginning guitar riff of Despacito and then I’m bombarded by the atrocity that is Justin Bieber. I made my parents listen to it and the look on my dads face was utter disgust.

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

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)

Tuskegee syphilis experiment- Between 1932 and 1972, The U.S public health service conducted a study on a rural black community living in Tuskegee, Alabama. The purpose of the study was to observe the natural progression of syphilis in African-American males, however the disturbing factor was how deceitful the programme was to an already poverty-stricken community.

201 men signed consent forms to be apart of this. All of which were under the impression that after the disease had been injected into them, they would eventually be treated and cured. This never happened, even though penicillin was widely available. Free medical care, meals, and free burial insurance were issued to the participants for taking part in the study. After funding for treatment was “lost”, the study was continued without informing the men they would never be treated. 

Here’s the really sick part: None of the men infected were ever told they had the disease and were originally told that they were part of a treatment plan for “bad blood” (which is essentially a local term for general fatigue and anaemia). After 40 years of exploiting basic human rights, the victims of the study included numerous men who died, 40 wives who had become infected and over 19 children born with Congenital Syphilis.

The thing about Charlie’s PTSD

(contains Wonder Woman spoilers)

You know the thing about him I noticed that I haven’t seen anyone mention? He’s a sniper with PTSD right? And there’s that scene where he points his rifle at the enemy sniper in the tower and can’t pull the trigger. And usually that would mean that the main character would end up having a conversation with him after which he’d get a ‘second opportunity’ to take that shot and this time wouldn’t flinch. 

And we’d be supposed to be proud of him because he ‘overcame his trauma’ by… doing the thing that caused his trauma in the first place? 

BUT THAT’S NOT WHAT HAPPENED HERE, instead we get an amazing scene where when Charlie thinks there’s no point in him going with them for their mission Diana smiles at him and tells him that there is: without him they wouldn’t have anyone to sing to them.

And I thought it was just so… in line with the message this movie was sending. And so true to Diana’s character.

Because in her eyes Charlie’s value as a person or a friend doesn’t rest in whether or not he can pull the trigger and kill.

And I though it was important. 

I mean this movie was filled with many such small but significant moments that addressed things like sexism and racism and the atrocities of colonization, and I’d mention them all it’s just that this one was one I hadn’t seen someone already discussing.