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A cashier tried to convince this little girl to get a white doll. She said no.

  • As a prize for a month of successful potty-training, two-year-old Sophia Benner picked out a doll she loved at a local Target — but when she and her mother got to the checkout, a cashier tried to talk her out of her purchase because Sophia is white, and the doll she picked out was black. Sophia’s mother, Brandi Benner, described the incident in an Instagram post on Saturday.
  • Benner wrote that she was about to respond to the cashier when her daughter jumped in with a succinct, and perfect, explanation. “I immediately became angry, but before I could say anything, Sophia responded with, ‘Yes, she does. She’s a doctor like I’m a doctor. And I’m a pretty girl and she’s a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? And see her stethoscope?” Read more. (4/4/2017 1:15 PM)

Sooo I was all excited to see Tim Burton’s new movie (“Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”), and then THIS happened… 🙄

Now I feel dotish (Trini slang meaning “foolish/silly”) for not realising how bleached and pale white ALL his films were before and reading between the lines.

So now I gotta stuff him in the same category with Marc Jacob’s ignorant, racist ass smdh.

Why Tim, Whyyyyy?! 😩

Originally posted by teachingfeelslike

Marley Dias is like a lot of 11-year-olds: She loves getting lost in a book.

But the books she was reading at school were starting to get on her nerves. She enjoyed Where The Red Fern Grows and the Shiloh series, but those classics, found in so many elementary school classrooms, “were all about white boys or dogs … or white boys and their dogs,” Marley says.

Black girls, like Marley, were almost never the main character.

Last fall, Marley decided to do something about it. She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls by the beginning of February, and #1000blackgirlbooks was born.

She has far exceeded her goal, with almost 4,000 books and counting. Now, she wants to set up a black girl book club and pressure school districts to change what books are assigned to students. Morning Edition’s David Greene spoke with Marley about her campaign and how she’s handled her success.

Where’s The Color In Kids’ Lit? Ask The Girl With 1,000 Books (And Counting)

Photo: Andrea Cipriani Mecchi

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'I Am Jazz' Transgender Doll To Debut At NYC Toy Fair
Reality TV star thanks doll company "for being so progressive."

YES! Jazz is so frigging awesome. Kudos to Tonner for letting modernity change his mind about people who are different. More of this, please.

Great discussion on IGN’s Anime Club show with Host Miranda Sanchez, discussing diversity & representation in TV animation & anime. Also talking with the AC crew about Crunchyroll, our favorite shows and my experience being an independent westerner creating/working on Anime in Japan. Super deep discussion and informative for aspiring artists! 

Lets Talk About Julies Greenroom

Julie Andrews has a new show on Netflix that came out this month called Julies Greenroom. Its about a group of kids (muppets) who are a part of an acting group with Julie as their mentor. Each episode has a guest star who also teaches them about theater!

Characters!
Spike- black kid with an afro who has a word bank and writes big words Julie uses with definitions down so he can use them later
Fiz- Latina who actually has like 3 last names lol she also has curly brown hair and lighter brown skin
Peri- Unspecified asian (im only on episode 1 lol) who is the theater queen aka rachel berry lol shes adorable tho
Hank- white kid with a disability that has ended him up in a wheelchair
Riley- baby gay, she has glasses, uncombed red hair, a blazer, doesnt want to act wants to be in tech, knows about plumbing lmao
Hugo- A geese/duck bc as Julie says “the theater never discriminates”
And Julie has a helper named Gus (not sure what the race is im guessing white?) He is super cute and chill
Julie- omg of course she kills it. She sings too!!

Today somebody asked me if there were any gay superheroes

Me: *Slams down podium* I’m glad you fucking asked. 

  1. Batwoman (Kate Kane): Lesbian. Military babe. Actual blood relative of Batman. Currently kicking ass in Detective Comics. 
  2. Miss America Chavez: Dimension kicking goddess. Young Avenger. Will punch you in the throat. Canonically loves da ladies.
  3. Midnighter: Hella gay. Married an actual God once. Bloodthirsty and ruthless. Loves killing things. Uses powers to show off at gay bars. 
  4. Renee Montoya (The Question): Badass detective. Had a thing w/ Batwoman once. Not defined by her sexuality. Is tired of your shit. 
  5. Northstar: One of the X-men. Basically the one true gay™ of the marvel universe. “You’re gay? Oh you mean like Northstar…” 
  6. Deadpool (Wade Wilson): Huge star. Everyone loves him. Shamelessly pansexual. In love with Peter Parker (fight me).
  7. Prodigy (David Alleyne): Former mutant. Super genius. Young Avenger. Absorbs information from people around him. Hella bisexual. 
  8. Karolina Dean: Alien. Light creature. Runaway. Wouldn’t agree to get married until fiance shape-shifted into a girl. 
  9. Wiccan (Billy Kaplan): Young Avenger. New Avenger. Basically just a multi-venger. Magical powers. Vaguely related to Scarlet Witch. Helplessly in love with Teddy. 
  10. Hulkling (Teddy Altman): Also a multi-venger. Alien hybrid. Shape-shifter. Actual cinnamon roll. Helplessly in love with Billy. 
  11. Hellblazer (John Constantine): Occult detective. Morally questionable. Still technically a good guy. Openly bisexual since before I was born. 
  12. Coagula (Kate Godwin): Obscure. Member of the Doom Patrol. Liquid based powers. One of the only trans superheros I can think of. 

Those are the ones I could think of off the top of my head. Don’t even get me started on the villains. Feel free to add more. 

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The Boy Scouts Just Announced They Will Allow Transgender Boys To Join
"Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application."
By Dominic Holden

The Boy Scouts of America announced Monday that it is lifting its ban on transgender boys joining the organization, saying that it would abandon a policy that determined eligibility by using the the sex listed on birth certificates.

“Starting today, we will accept and register youth in the Cub and Boy Scout programs based on the gender identity indicated on the application,“ Effie Delimarkos, a spokesperson for the scouting group with more than 2 million members, said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

She added that the group’s previous "approach is no longer sufficient” given different community expectations and laws.

Okay, but can we talk about the Japanese Sun&Moon commercial / ad? It’s honestly the most precious thing ever????

A Japanese kid is moving to Hawaii with his mother and loves Pokemon. 

He stays up with his mother practicing his English so he can communicate with the new environment around him, it seems he isn’t completely fluent. 

The next day he introduces himself in his, still budding, English and the other children don’t seem very responsive to his efforts or taken off-guard somewhat?

Out of the blue one child starts clapping for him to show some kindness and the whole class joins in on celebrating his introduction.

He wants to join the other kids at lunch but seems to feel awkward about it?

He spots the kid who showed him kindness at the Pokemon Sun and Moon release. He plays the games for a while in his mom’s car and he later spots the same kids from school vibing together.

In the end he feels encouraged about going up to approach them and introduces himself.

They pick out starters together and become friends, they play the games in different languages. 

It’s very, very cute. It’s a beautiful message to send that you can reach out to another person if your true and Pokemon was a push toward that, it really did a good job conveying how important friendship is. You can be friends with someone if you try, it’s just important you try to forge a bond with them and sometimes it can just happen naturally over anything. There’s something very touching and humanizing about this commercial, the music is very good vibe-ish and uplifting. The group of children is very diverse, once again showing people from many walks of life and colors uniting together to smile and have fun. 

Prayers needed!

Hey all! The other mod of this blog, Quinn, asked me to send out a prayer request for her – she is coming out to her parents tomorrow (Tuesday April 18, some time after 4pm US Eastern time) and moving out of their house. She needs prayers before, during, and after the event.

She knows from past experience with them that they are not going to accept her being bi and being with someone who’s not a guy (I’m not sure whether we’ve clarified it on this blog, but she and I are in a committed relationship). Thus, she’d appreciate prayers that they at least listen to what she has to say and that they can part on somewhat peaceful terms, with hope of their acceptance in the future. 

I’ve written a prayer below that you can use to pray for her, if your own words don’t come easy. And if you aren’t the praying type, good vibes are also appreciated. Thank you so much, from both of us!!

God of Love,
How painful it is when those we love most, and who love us deeply, do not accept and love every aspect of who we are.

In the search to be fully known by her parents, be with Quinn. She is in desperate need of strength and courage, the right words and reception, hope and patience. Hold her close to you, under the protection of your wings and in the warmth of your heart, as she comes out and attempts to hold a conversation with her parents. Open their ears, their minds, their hearts to her words, even if the path to acceptance is slow-going. Thank you for their love for Quinn – direct that love towards understanding; use it to kindle a desire for your Truth, which affirms all your children in all our diversity. And be with her brother too, as he grapples with the same struggle to accept his sister and love her as she is. We pray that one day, she and her family will be reconciled and truly whole. 

As Quinn moves out from her parents’ house and into a new apartment, bless that new space. May it ring richly with joy and laughter, and shelter her from all harm. O Spirit of New Beginnings, the future is cloudy and fearful for Quinn right now – walk with her, be her light. Provide for her needs as they arise, and never leave her devoid of supportive friends.

For your constant presence in the midst of our struggles, we praise you, Yeshua, whose Spirit continues to live among us, transforming pain into healing and small deaths into new, full, and eternal Life.
Amen. 

Say what you will about rick riordan, but he still filled his book series with racially diverse children, a canon relationship between two boys, ships two kickass girls in it (Thalia and Reyna), and used well researched culturally accurate back stories for the poc in his book series.

Complain all you want about how the norm for kids and adult books should be like that anyway, the thing is, it’s not. Rick made some steps towards it, he wasn’t the first and won’t be the last, but y'all need to chill and acknowledge that he’s more than some old guy trying to relate to the kids with questionable pop culture references.

Black Panther Party Community Programs
1966 - 1982

1. Alameda County Volunteer Bureau Work Site

2. Benefit Counseling

3. Black Student Alliance

4. Child Development Center

5. Consumer Education Classes

6. Community Facility Use

7. Community Health Classes

8. East Oakland CIL (Center for Independent Living) Branch

9. Community Pantry (Free Food Program)

10. Drug/Alcohol Abuse Awareness Program

11. Drama Classes

12. Disabled Persons Services/Transportation and Attendant

13. Drill Team

14. Employment Referral Service

15. Free Ambulance Program

16. Free Breakfast for Children Programs

17. Free Busing to Prisons Program

18. Free Clothing Program

19. Free Commissary for Prisoners Program

20. Free Dental Program

21. Free Employment Program

22. Free Food Program

23. Free Film Series

24. Free Furniture Program

25. Free Health Clinics

26. Free Housing Cooperative Program

27. Food Cooperative Program

28. Free Optometry Program

29. Community Forum

30. Free Pest Control Program

31. Free Plumbing and Maintenance Program

32. Free Shoe Program

33. GED Classes

34. Geriatric Health Center

35. GYN Clinic

36. Home SAFE Visits

37. Intercommunal Youth Institute (becomes OCS by 1975)

38. Junior and High School Tutorial Program

39. Legal Aid and Education

40. Legal Clinic/Workshops

41. Laney Experimental College Extension Site

42. Legal Referral Service(s)

43. Liberation Schools

44. Martial Arts Program

45. Nutrition Classes

46. Oakland Community Learning Center

47. Outreach Preventative Care

48. Program Development

49. Pediatric Clinic

50. police patrols

51. Seniors Against a Fearful Environment

52. SAFE Club

53. Sickle Cell Anemia Research Foundation

54. Son of Man Temple (becomes Community Forum by 1976)

55. Sports

56. Senior Switchboard

57. The Black Panther Newspaper

58. Teen Council

59. Teen Program

60. U.C. Berkeley Students Health Program

61. V.D. Preventative Screening & Counseling

62. Visiting Nurses Program

63. WIC (Women Infants, and Children) Program

64. Youth Diversion and Probation Site

65. Youth Training and Development

The next time someone (white people and ignorant black people alike) tell you that the Black Panthers were a terrorist group/hate group, kindly ask them if the KKK ever did any of this. As long as YOU know what the panthers stood for and represented, that’s all that matters.

I will say, though, regarding that last post:

The main character of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, at least in the books, is Jewish and the grandson of a Holocaust refugee, so please don’t erase that from your discussions about diversity with regards to this film.

Positive Jewish characters are rare enough in fiction, and even rarer in fantasy, and it’s not fair to us that Tim Burton (who is not Jewish) had to taint a story like this with his bigoted opinions.

Just please remember that the original story did have a very important diversity component despite Burton’s harmful interpretation and comments.