“This is not about one man. This is about structural racism in a country built on Black slavery.”

A white and a black man leading a civil rights march (Circa 1965)

The guy on the sign in the background, Wally Nelson, went through some serious trials in jail. Per Wiki:

Toward the end of his jailing, he went on a hunger strike, saying “You’ve got me in jail; you’re responsible for this, and I’m not going to eat until I am on the other side of these walls”. During this hunger strike he went for eighteen days without eating anything at all. After this, they started to force feed him. The first time that the guards force fed him, they purposefully made the tubes too large, making this process torturous for Nelson. The tubes went through his nose and directly into his stomach. After this event, Nelson had to be hospitalized for his injuries. It had made him very sick, and he lost a lot of weight. The force feedings went on for a total of some 87 days, until Nelson was finally released from prison.

I couldn’t imagine having to go through something like that just to fight for basic rights and dignity but that’s because people like him has done it for me.   

And just want to point out, this is exactly what they do in Gitmo


To people detained without a trial, many of which were found to be innocent of any charges. American Justice system’s fucked up.
50 Groups To Learn About If You’re Committed To Intersectional Feminism
Lookin' at you, first-time marchers.

In order to keep the momentum going, it’s integral that those who showed up to the Women’s March ― I’m looking at your newbie activists and first-time marchers (cis, straight, white women especially) ― get involved in other social justice issues. Issues like violence against women, reproductive rights, pay equality and body image are all at the center of the feminist movement (and, if you need to learn more about them ― I urge you to do so).

But, there are so many other social justice issues that make up a large and fundamental part of the feminist movement.

Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA issues, climate change, freedom of religion: These issues and the communities they affect are all part of the feminist cause ― and we need to show up for them the way they showed up for the Women’s March.

As we head into the next four years, we all need to remember that the feminist movement is an intersectional one. Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA rights, immigrant rights, climate change, rights of indigenous people, sex workers’ rights, disability rights, combatting islamophobia and gun violence ― these are all feminist issues.  

50 groups to learn about if you’re committed to intersectional feminism

What other groups would you add to the list?


Harry Belafonte, Sidney Poitier, Charlton Heston, James Baldwin, Marlon Brando, Sammy Davis Jr., and Burt Lancaster at the Civil Rights March in Washington, DC on August 28, 1963.   

Josephine Baker

Illustration from Josephine by Christian Robinson, text from Bad Girls Throughout History by Ann Shen

Black Pearl. Bronze Venus. Creole Goddess. These are just some of the names that showgirl, activist, and spy Josephine Baker (1906–1975) was given in her life. Born into poverty in St. Louis, Baker was on her own at thirteen and danced her way onto the chorus lines of Broadway, quickly followed by the Paris revues. She had a pet cheetah named Chiquita who wore a diamond collar and paraded around the stage during her acts. France loved Josephine Baker, and she became a huge star on the stage and screen. Her influence in Europe was so big that the French government asked her to work as a spy for the Allies during World War II—just by socializing as she did at high-level parties with German, Italian, and Japanese officials. She carried secret notes written  in invisible ink on her music sheets as she freely toured across borders.

When she returned to America for a performance at a New York club, she was enraged by the segregation laws still  in place. She became a civil rights leader and marched alongside Martin Luther King, Jr., in the March on Washington. She was the only official female speaker that day. After King was assassinated, his widow, Coretta Scott King, asked Baker to lead the movement—but Baker declined, stating that her children were too young to lose their mother. To fulfill her dream of showing the world that people of different ethnicities and religions can live in peace, Baker adopted twelve children from different countries, forming a family she would come to call her “rainbow tribe,” and raised them in her French castle, Château des Milandes.

Amelia Boynton Robinson was a civil rights pioneer who championed voting rights for African Americans. She was brutally beaten for helping to lead a 1965 civil rights march, which became known as Bloody Sunday and drew national attention to the Civil Rights Movement. She was also the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama.

anonymous asked:

Going back to your earlier post where you said whites love POC who dont fight white supremacy. Is that a part of the model minority myth when it comes to asian americans? Like i wouldnt know much about asian civil right marches. But i guess reading history books you only see where asian immigrants were slaughtered by prejudiced fearful whites and nothing there was really no back lash from the community, wheres as there are a lot of slave uprisings and rebellions.

It could be but no, I was referring to when People of Color are praised as heroes for “standing up” to racism but have to be composed, calm, and do it in peaceful, civil ways. For once, I want to see a real hero beat the shit out of a white supremacist. That’s the kind of hero that deserves praise lmao.

On Asian Americans though, there is definitely uprisings or rebellions. It’s just we don’t really hear about them.

So there’s definitely uprisings and rebellions, they’re just not discussed or seen as part of American history because Asian Americans are always made out to be foreigners. Even for you, I wouldn’t default Asian Americans as being submissive and not speaking out or anything.

The Asian American community WAS THERE during the Civil Rights Movement:

And THIS is Asian Americans TODAY:

We’re here. We’ve always been here. You just need to look harder.

Angry Asian Guy

anonymous asked:

the losers club being teenagers in the 60's is so amazing because of all of the headcannons you can get out of it. Drive-In dates with Reddie and Billverly/Benverly. The Losers Club going to civil rights marches with Mike. Richie being amazed as color movies become widespread. Bill going through a greaser phase and the others never letting him live it down. Bev in poodle skirts. Their hangout spot alternating between The Barrens and a Soda Fountain. I'm living for this.

lindsaymaknae  asked:

So not sure if ur actually doing headcanons but I want one where MJ is Midtowns BAMF. Like she gets arrested in protests and punches Nazis in the face and she ain't got time to do makeup and dress pretty because she's raising money to get young black girls through school. Like, she's the real life superhero and Peter is the romantic interest, but also she's incredible smart and help Pete with issues in his suit not even Tony Stark figures out. Just badass MJ

MJ is bamf, okay?? like, we only get maybe (and I’m being generous here) 10 minutes of her in the whole movie but I know and you know and we all know that she is the most boss-ass bitch at Midtown. LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT IT-

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White Lies: The Death of Emmett Till

The 1950’s were a shameful decade for human rights, with racial discrimination against people of colour not only legal, but actively encouraged and allowed. Many people died during the civil rights stuggle, but the murder of fourteen-year-old Emmett Till of Chicago rocked the entire nation to its core, and was a stark reminder of how the colour of ones skin can literally mean a death sentence.

On August 28, 1955 a young black boy named Emmett Till walked into a drug store in Money, Mississippi to buy some bubblegum. A white woman named Carolyn Bryant sold him the candy, and before he left, she claimed Till made sexually suggestive comments to her, touched her hand, and whistled at her. He then left the store.

Three days later Till was abducted by Carolyn’s husband and another man, and forced to carry a heavy cotton belt to the side of a river. Till was then stripped naked, beaten, and shot in the face with a revolver. As he lay wounded, his attackers gouged out his eye and tied him with barbed wire to the cotton belt. They tipped the terrified Till into the river, making sure he was drowned before fleeing the scene.

When the mutilated corpse was discovered three days later, Till’s face was unrecognizable. He was only identified because of an initialed ring he wore, and from the testimony of his uncle who witnessed his abduction. Carolyn Bryant informed a court of Till’s behavior towards her, and a court comprised entirely of white males found her husband and his accomplice not guilty of murder.

Till’s mother, Mamie, was appalled at the lack of justice sought for her son. She insisted his funeral be open casket so the entire world could see what had happened to Emmett. Pictures taken of Till’s sad corpse became famous and his murder is often cited as a catalyst for the civil rights marches of the early Sixties.

Over sixty years after the fateful day in the store, Carolyn Bryant has come forth and confessed she lied about what happened with Till. In an interview with a writer, Carolyn broke down and said Till never grabbed her or said anything to her, adding “that boy deserved nothing of what he got”. She claimed her husband pressured her to exaggerate Till’s behavior and - knowing a white woman would be believed over a black man - she agreed. It is not known if she knew of her husband’s plan to kill Till.


Badass women from history - part 2 (part 1)

  1. Cheering women at a Civil Rights march
  2. Black surfers at the beach
  3. Bessie Stringfield, “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami"—the first black woman to ride across the United States solo
  4. Black Lesbian group banner on the Lesbian Strength march, 1984
  5. Eartha Kitt doing yoga by the ocean
I Have a Dream

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal." 

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at a table of brotherhood. 

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state, sweltering with the heat of injustice and sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice. 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. I have a dream today.

- Martin Luther King Jr, The Great March on Washington, 28th of august 1963