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Lesbian History:

First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt (1884 - 1962)

  • the longest-serving First Lady of the United States from 1933-1945
  • the first First Lady to speak at a National Party Convention
  • was actively involved in raising money for and accomplishing the goals of Women’s Trade Union League and League of Women Voters
  • is pretty much credited with the current definition of First Lady because before her it was just synonymous with domesticity
  • was a passionate supporter of African American rights and the Civil Rights movement
  • after her husband FDR died Harry Truman appointed her a delagate to the UN and she was the FIRST chairperson of the preliminary UN commission on human rights
  • had a passionate affair with Lorena Hickok and wrote 10-15 page letters to her daily with all kinds of romantic loveliness included
  • to quote @lesbianempath:
    • “imagine being a lesbian in 1900 and being like “well if i’ve gotta have a beard might as well make it count” and then going down in history as literally the most active First Lady" (irl lol)
  • check out the books Empty Without You by Roger Streitmatter, and Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
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Leah Chase is a legend in New Orleans. From feeding Barack Obama himself (and scolding him for putting too much hot sauce in her gumbo) to feeding folk during the Civil Rights Movement, Leah has seen it all since her humble beginnings starting a sandwich shop.

She has even been labelled as the real Princess of New Orleans by Princess Tiana herself as well as the makers of The Princess and the Frog.

Full interview here

White LGBTQ continue to fucking say that they wouldn’t recommend The Get Down for LGBTQ rep.

Like why?

What is your gross obsession that they have to get physical to be considered fucking rep?

Dizzee and Thor have such lovely scenes together. Dizzee had literally felt like an alien his entire life and Thor is completely enchanted and understanding of Dizzee and Rumi. And Dizzee also happens to be equally inspired by this boy’s work. They’re creative spirits who hold hands and play eachother their favorite songs. Who lead each other into a world of possibilities.

Thor watches Dizzee as though he’s magic giggling quietly and admiring him as he paints and philosophizes and they’re just gentle the entire time painting the walls and each other. And Dizzee? Dizzee is a classic romantic writing Thor love letters in the style of cartoons, dreaming of a future together where they make it to the opera, acknowledging that he’s in love with Thor.

Also let’s talk about the time period. LGBTQ relationships can face so many hardships in present day so imagine the 70’s. Now let’s also acknowledge the fact that they are an interracial couple fresh out of the civil rights movement. AND to add to the the fact that Dizzee is a black boy, coming from a community where his sexuality is seen as taboo. Dizzee literally disappears to meet with Thor and doesn’t tell a soul regardless of how close he is with his brothers which can easily be interpreted as fear of their reaction to the nature of their relationship.

But yeah The Get Down doesn’t provide good LGBTQ rep cause they didn’t fuck. Pop off pendejos que son.

“the Civil Rights Movement was peaceful”

Bitch where?

Because I remember learning about Freedom Riders being killed, endless lynchings, dogs and hoses being set on children, and four little girls who died in a church bombing.

Oh, but I guess all that matters when you’re trying to use MLK to silence people talking about resistance now is to talk about this idealized image of how shit got done in the past.

The Civil Rights Movement wasn’t peaceful. It wasn’t nonviolent. Not for the people trying to fight for a right to be recognized as humans worthy of empathy and freedom.

The people fighting for their rights were subject to violence all the time and threatened.

When you talk about how peaceful that movement was as a way to silence or shame people now for anger at current injustice, you’re saying that your grasp of history probably begins and ends at “I have a dream”.

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“To me, we have a culture that is surpassed by no other civilization, but we don’t know anything about it…My job is to somehow make [the black youth] curious enough or persuade them by hook or crook to get more aware of themselves and where they came from and what they are into and what is already there and just to bring it out. This is what compels me to compel them, and I will do it by any means necessary.”
-Nina Simone, c. 1969

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Black Panther Party posters, by Emory Douglas.

Emory Douglas joined the BPP in 1967 and served as Minister of Culture, designing artwork that became potent symbols of the movement. Douglas originally helped with the layout of the Black Panthers’ newspaper, and realised that art could enhance their campaigns and reach the masses.

Trump administration cites a segregation-era Supreme Court ruling to defend Muslim ban

  • Trump’s Justice Department is arguing that segregationist history is on its side when it comes to its so-called “Muslim ban.”
  • In an effort to defend its travel ban on refugees and citizens of six Muslim-majority countries, Trump’s justice department wrote a brief that cited a 1971 Supreme Court ruling that courts shouldn’t investigate the motivations of officials who closed public pools in Jackson, Mississippi rather than integrate them, reports the Huffington Post.
  • The HuffPo article makes clear that the 1971 ruling in the case, known officially as Palmer v. Thompson, didn’t explicitly uphold segregation, “but it did call for courts to avoid investigating the constitutionality of officials’ motivations.”
  • The Trump administration brief argues that investigating “governmental purpose outside the operative terms of governmental action and official pronouncements” is “fraught with practical ‘pitfalls’ and 'hazards’ that would make courts’ task 'extremely difficult.’”
  • But, according to Stanford University’s Law and Policy Lab director Paul Brest, it was crucial then to uncover officials’ motivations — just as it is now. Read more (5/10/17)

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