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A study of television news found that black crime suspects were presented in more threatening contexts than whites: Black suspects were disproportionately shown in mug shots and in cases where the victim was a stranger. Black and Latino suspects were also more often presented in a nonindividualized way than whites—by being left unnamed—and were more likely to be shown as threatening—by being depicted in physical custody of police. Blacks and Hispanics were also more likely to be treated aggressively by police officers on reality-based TV shows, including America’s Most Wanted and Cops. Mass media are therefore a major contributor to Americans’ misconceptions about crime, with journalists and producers apparently acting based on their own or expectations of their audiences’ stereotypes about crime.

This war bonnet case would have held the headdress of a member of the Comanche people, a Plains group that followed bison herds throughout the year. Moving east across the Rocky Mountains in the early 18th century, the Comanches were known as the “Lords of the South Plains.” By the 19th century, they had acquired many horses and wielded impressive political and military power.
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Solarpunk Subcultures

Topic 3/3 from tonight’s brainstorming.

  • Gasbangers- this term is used to describe people who are reliant and proudly so of using fossil fuels. These people tend to be associated with corrupt business men and truck drivers (synonyms- exhaust-blasters, trashers)
  • Lunarpunks- this is the gothic subculture of Solarpunk. Growing black flowers, moon imagery rather than sun, the scent of poppies. While most don’t, the practice of witchcraft and Wicca is associated with them due to the affinity to the moon. The dress in strega fashion, layers of loose linen and cotton rather than the sheer, tulle and rayon clothing that is normally worn. Dark colors are optional, but the use of natural dyes is big with them.
  • Springers- short for hot-springers. These are people who are more associated fashion-wise to the Victorian aesthetic (get it, cuz y’know STEAMpunk I’ll let myself out). These are hoop skirts and corsets; ascots and top hats (covered in solar catchers ofc). The idea chivalry isn’t dead, but with less misogyny and chauvinism. This is more of an aesthetic following than a lifestyle.
  • Apollonians- This is the run of the mill solarpunk hipsters. Rather than talk about the newest who’s who, these are people who are looking for the newest ways to innovate things. They aren’t really science people, focussing more on arts and philosophy. And yes, they still have those fingerless gloves. Other staples of hipsters they’re keeping are scarves and hats, even in hotter weather and thick rimmed glasses, ones with sun decorations. (etymology- Apollo –> Greek god of the sun and the arts)

theguaxininja asked:

Hello! I'm writing a story inspired by pre-islamic arabia, sort of arabian fantasy with djinns and elements that I created, like places, groups, and etc. I'm not going to use Islam or other specific thing, but I did my research. I intend to create a universe that is only inspired by these culture. Is it insulting?

Fictional Setting Based on Pre-Islamic Arabia

Hello!

First off, for future reference, this is a pretty vague ask and doesn’t give me much to work with, so make sure in later questions that you provide the details of what exactly you think might be offensive.

When you decide to set your book in a specific historic setting, you need to be true to it. You cannot “create” places and groups that did not exist, because then it is not pre-Islamic Arabia. Changing names of places a bit to suit your plot or basing a group on a group that existed is fine, but creating things that have no base in history is not okay. It creates false beliefs about a culture that really has enough of those already.

Also, djinn are mainly a part of Islamic culture, not Arab. In pre-Islamic Arabia they were regarded quite differently than they are in Islam, so make sure you’re careful when picking your sources.

-Mod Yasmin