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i was the only girl of color in my entire school from pre-k up until 8th grade, & when i got to high school there were only 2 other woc who weren’t even in my class.

for a long stretch of time, i had no friends because everyone thought of me as the nerdy foreign Asian girl who was too weird to talk to. the only time anyone did talk to me was to harass me on AOL instant messenger where they called me racial slurs & told me to ‘go back to Asia.’ my hometown area is absolutely notorious for its racism & white children there internalize it at a disturbingly young age.

when i finally did get friends, they were all white (i didn’t really have options to choose from) & they served me up with so many microaggressions that i mistook for genuine friendship, while their parents didn’t even bother to mask their racism when i visited their homes. i was fetishized by the worst of white boys who emotionally & physically abused me, but i let it happen over & over again because i measured my own worth by how they measured mine.

as a result of these experiences, i’ve dealt with internalized oppression in the forms of depression, severe body dysmorphia, social anxiety, & self-hatred. therapy didn’t do shit for me, & i also constantly longed for my family in the Philippines. i still find the diaspora woes hard to deal with.

but my healing process truly began when i started writing everything down, stringing my anger & pain & perceived self-inadequacies into poetry. i felt so validated the first time i ever shared the weight of my internalized oppression through spoken word, which allowed me to embrace my color & heritage fully, a feeling like no other.

since then, the elements of my healing process continuously expose themselves to me, like magic a little bit at a time, reminding me why i deserve to be loved, even if it’s only ever by me. reminding me that in rejecting the standards of whiteness, i can finally exist. i can live.

now the shy girl in the corner dances wildly in the middle of the room. wails high notes into a microphone in front of a bar crowd. doesn’t hide from the sun. actually speaks her unpopular opinions.

sometime’s it’s still a struggle. i still hurt. but i am proud pinay. queer & present. a brown girl thriving. it’s taken me 20+ years to learn how to love myself, but i think i’m finally there.

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Modern men have it so hard. That’s why Maggcom started an online campaign called #DontMancriminate, which aimed to promote equality for men and women alike — with the emphasis on men.

Here’s a quote from the campaign:

Why should men have to give up their seat if they see a lady standing? Why should he have to hold out a door for a lady passing by? Men don’t get free entry in clubs. Men unlike women don’t get periods (yes don’t be so ashamed of it girls, you do that!) and so men can’t work their way out of the problem saying they are PMSing. Men certainly do not get the sympathy votes.Why should men not cry? Why should men do the heavy lifting? Why not girls?

As expected, the Internet had a variety of reactions to Maggcom’s campaign.

For people who say that antisemitism has been eradicated:

+ “Jewish girls aren’t pretty.”

+ “You’re going to burn in hell.”

+ “Why did your people murder Jesus?”

+ “So what do they do at Jewish camps? Teach you how to do taxes?”

+ My mother was called a “Jewish cunt” and “fucking Jew bitch” by an aggressive stranger on the street today.

+ Somebody carved a swastika into the sidewalk in front of my home when I was a little kid.

+ When I try to buy a Hannukah card for my parents, the only ones I can find (if any) are cards for holding checks/cash.

+ Stormfront. Jew Watch. National Alliance. Aryan Nations.

+ Israel. Enough said.

+ On March 19 of 2012, Mohamed Merah opened fire on a Jewish school in Tolouse, killing several paratroopers, a rabbi, and three children aged 3, 6, and 8. (link 1, link 2, link 3)

+ The Anti-Defamation League surveyed 53,100 people in over 100 countries regarding their views on Jewish people and common stereotypes about Jews. The results reflected that 26% of those surveyed (suggesting 1.09 billion people worldwide) harbor some degree of antisemitism.

There is SO much more I could add, but I’m exhausted.

Fellow Jews, feel free to reblog and add your own bullet points.

Goodnight, internet.

Fired for fighting discrimination.

I was just let go from my job at Landry’s Seafood House in Union Station which is located in St. Louis, MO.

I was let go without being given a reason but this happened suddenly after I placed a call to Human Resources about a server/bartender/trainer named Tina.


Tina, in my short three months there, has had the audacity to say several absolutely racist things about many different races and cultures in my presence.


1. A “joke” about people from the Philippines piling out of a car like clowns.

2. Standing between two Asian guests, she just started imitating them in a highly stereotypical and offensive manner for no reason.

3. Saying that she doesn’t wait on Muslim tables, it’s just a personal thing, they scare her.

4. Saying the words “NIGGER F*****” twice to me and another black employee.

Despite informing my managers, she received multiple warnings…even after this final incident.

I was told to leave if I was uncomfortable or call HR on my own.

I did call them the following morning.

I was then let go after hearing that Tina had been telling other staff that the management told her not to worry, that they were behind her 100%,


We need to let Landry’s know that discrimination in the workplace is unacceptable!

Please call the offending location at 1-314-231-4040 speak to a manager and let them know that Tina the bartender should no longer hold a working position there! Let them know that it’s 2015 and we don’t tolerate this anymore!

Also, feel free to call their corporate office at 1-800-552-6379 starting on Monday! Help me fight this injustice!

http://www.gofundme.com/FiredForWhat

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Watch these 12-year-olds talk about racism and privilege. 

Planned Parenthood Stands with Movement for Black Lives Against Police Brutality

“In the wake of yet another tragic death we call for racial justice once and for all”

New York, NY —  Today, Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Action Fund, issued the statement below calling for racial justice after news that University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing intentionally shot and killed 43-year-old Black man, Sam DuBose, during a routine traffic stop on July 19.

Statement from Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Action Fund:

“It is utterly heartbreaking that another young Black man has lost his life to the hands of police. This, after a new report shows that at least five Black women have died in police custody since mid-July alone. Sam DuBose’s tragic death — and that of the many who came before and are unfortunately to come after him — is a startling example of the systemic racism that continues to persist in this country and is consistently perpetuated by the police force.

“While we mourn with the families who have lost loved ones, we are inspired by their strength and stand with them and the leaders of the Movement for Black Lives in calling for justice against police brutality and fighting for policies that will finally hold those who uphold this structural racism accountable.

“As a provider and advocate to communities of color throughout the nation we know that people of color face heightened and often violent forms of discrimination. Planned Parenthood continues to listen and improve the ways in which we show up for those leading the work to combat this discrimination and center the lived experiences of people of color in our work. We are committed to our role in ensuring equity in health care access for all, particularly for people of color, who all too often experience limited access, but we know that this is only one piece of a much larger fight for racial justice.

“Everyone deserves the freedom to live without fearing for their lives and we are committed to ensuring that the people of color in our communities and beyond are able to achieve that fundamental right. We stand with those doing this work on a daily basis and we call on you to join us.”

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Planned Parenthood Action Fund is an independent, nonpartisan, not-for-profit membership organization formed as the advocacy and political arm of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. The Action Fund engages in educational and electoral activity, including voter education, grassroots organizing, and legislative advocacy.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality in all 50 states! That’s a pretty huge milestone, but it’s important to remember that there are many people in the LGBTQ community that have more immediate problems than marriage (homelessness, physical safety, employment discrimination, bullying, etc). Now that we’re here, what needs to be done next?

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Amazing LGBT rights bill to be introduced in Congress tomorrow
The Equality Act would include protections in public accommodations, public education, employment, housing, federal funding, jury service, legal protections, and credit.

Tomorrow, a group of Congressional Democrats will introduce the Equality Act, a bill that could completely change the landscape of LGBT equality, discrimination, inclusion and fair treatment in the United States. 

Here’s a quick list of what the Equality Act would do:

  • Protect LGBT people from discrimination in matters of “public accommodations, public education, employment, housing, federal funding, jury service, legal protections, and credit”
  • Ensure that all people could use the public restrooms and facilities in accordance with their gender identity
  • Specify that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act cannot be used to justify anti-LGBT discrimination
  • Expand the list of what qualifies as “public accommodations” to ensure LGBT inclusion is as widespread as possible 
  • Amend Title VII of the Civil Rights Act to include specific employment protections accounting for sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Update the Government Employees Rights Act of 1991 and the Civil Service Reform Act to protect LGBT government workers
  • Add LGBT nondiscrimination protections for those “seeking child welfare, public education, student loans, healthcare or nutrition assistance”
  • Amend the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Jury Service and Selection Act to “include sexual orientation and gender identity protections” and “update the terms ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ to the more inclusive designation of ‘spouse’”

Holy equality, Batman! Okay, so it’s pretty much impossible for this bill to pass right now in our current Congress. But when you see a list of demands (needs, rather) laid out like this, it makes you realize that they are all achievable – and that denying them any longer is simply unacceptable. 

okay so one time back in grade 7 my class had an assignment where we had to design and create an invention for helping other people then present it to the class. At that time my next door neighbor had multiple sclerosis and was almost always in his wheel chair. My mother was his carer and one afternoon i was telling him about my day and watched as he struggled to balance his food on a stable table. At that moment i knew exactly what I was going to make. It took hours of searching the most common types of wheel chairs, heaps of money (which we didn’t have much of) to get the materials and a fair bit of tricky wood work but i was absolutely determined to make my project the best i could. Finally when it was done I took it over and tested it on his wheel chair and my god did he love it. It was a wooden tray table that clipped onto the arm of the wheel chair and had a cup holder and non slip material. He used it everyday until I had to take it in for presentation.

Now i was sure that i would get the best mark in class for my project. it met all the requirements and i had worked extremely hard on it. But when i got my mark back i had only just passed with a C. I went up to the teacher thinking there had to be a mistake of some kind. Even now I still remember exactly what she told me, word for word, “Sorry Cassie but that’s not exactly a useful tool for everyone now is it. There aren’t that many people in wheel chairs, it isn’t worth it to us in the same way the other children inventions are.” But the boy who taped a stick of deodorant to a fucking piece of wood got a fucking A!! As if that wasn’t an idea already thought up. For fucks sake he did it that day, literally drew up the plan that morning!

Look I know this is a big long post but I am saying this to point out Ableism is a big, important issue. I gave that tray to my neighbor, despite the school saying they had to keep it because it was technically “school work” and he used it until the day he died. And after that he gave it to a friend to use it. I made three others for more of his friends when he had to move into a home and they loved them because even in a place that was supposed to cater to their needs a stable tray that would not fall off their knees was apparently not something they had thought to provide, especially to people with inhibited dexterity. And yeah this probably had been made before at the time when I was making mine but looking now the cheapest I can find is at least 50 bucks! Hardly assessable for people with little money.

Years later and my blood still boils when I remember that the kid with stick deodorant got a better mark then I did, that his “invention” was considered useful while mine was not. I am still so angry that a school teacher would tell a child that what they had built to help someone they cared for was not useful or important or wanted or needed and that those people were so few and far between that they didn’t matter. That the only thing that did matter was US, the able bodied people. I didn’t quite understand the way I do now at the time but I was still upset, my mother was pissed as hell and my neighbor, well when I told him it looked as though he had expected it.

These issues need to be addressed, and they need to be fixed. Teachers at schools separating the able bodied from those who aren’t and putting the able bodied above them only continues the discrimination and the attitude that there aren’t enough disabled people to really make it an issue worth their worry.

tldr: Albeism is taught from a young age to not only be the norm but to also be taught to the point where making everyday simple things for disable bodied people isn’t worth their time, effort or focus

Almost 50 years ago, a couple tried to purchase a home in suburban New Jersey in a neighborhood they loved, but found their efforts thwarted when the house they wanted was inexplicably pulled off the market. The couple later learned from fair housing advocates who had investigated on their behalf that the home was made unavailable to them because of their skin color.

The couple’s names were Cary and Carolyn Booker. They were my parents.

You’d think this problem is relegated to the history books. But in 2015 — today — a couple can try to purchase a home and in 31 states be told it is not available to them on the basis of their sexual orientation.

It’s time for that to change. Friday, I joined Sens. Jeff Merkley, Tammy Baldwin and Reps. David Cicilline and John Lewis to introduce the Equality Act

— Sen. Cory Booker for Mic

Please take the time to read this really ignorant and racist remarks this girl made about me and my fellow African-American race. By the way some people are assuming she’s a young girl but no I can assure you this is an 17 year old female… I quoted the most extreme things for those who may not feel like reading it all, but trust me it’s worth the read, shows just how cold-hearted individuals can be….

“Ugly and wear wigs to make themselves feel better.” .. BUT YET WHITE PEOPLE WEAR WIGS AND GOT EXTENSIONS DO THEY NOT

“Segregation only happened to please the black people so they can stop killing us.” LAST TIME I CHECKED ITS BLACK PEOPLE GETTING KILLED.  BUT WE NEED TO STOP KILLING YOU RIGHT?

“I refuse to see them as my people because my people were never whipped.” LAST TIMEI I CHECKED THERE WERE WHITE SLAVES TOO WHO GOT WHIPPED. BUT YOUR PEOPLE WERE NEVER WHIPPED RIGHT?

“Most of their moms are probably strippers” LAST TIME I CHECKED STATISTICS SHOW THAT ON AVERAGE THERE ARE MORE CAUCASIAN STRIPPERS. BUT ARE MOMS ARE STRIPPERS RIGHT? 

“Black people should go back to Africa where they came from, the lie cheat and steal and are uneducated.” LAST TIME I CHECKED WE DIDN’T ASK TO COME HERE IT WAS “YOUR RACE” WHO CAME AND GOT US TO DO ALL YA WORK FOR YOU. ALSO LAST TIME I CHECKED THERE’S MORE OF THE BLACK POPULATION IN COLLEGE RATHER THAN IN JAIL…. BUT WE UNEDUCATED RIGHT?

“They stupidness might be contagious” LAST TIME I CHECKED THE PROPER WAY TO SAY THAT SENTENCE WOULD BE *THEIR STUPIDNESS MIGHT BE CONTAGIOUS.” BUT WE THE STUPID ONES RIGHT?

“Most black people deserve to get raped it’s not like most of them even know their fathers” LAST TIME I CHECKED NO ONE SHOULD EVER DESERVE TO GET RAPED, AND EITHER WAY THAT WOULD HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THEIR RELATIONSHIP WITH THEIR FATHER. BUT WE DESERVE TO GET RAPED RIGHT?

“They are dumb and deserve to get beaten that’s why most of them are in abusive relationships” LAST TIME I CHECKED STATISTICS SHOW THERE ARE AN EQUAL NUMBER OF BOTH WHITE AND BLACK PEOPLE GETTING ABUSED. BUT WE THE ONLY ONES GETTING ABUSED RIGHT?

“Black music is trashy. Black people are trashy” LAST TIME I CHECKED WE GOT IGGY AZALEA TRYING TO  RAP AND KYLIE JENNER MAKING HER LIPS BIGGER AND WHITE GIRLS TRYING TO GET BIGGER ASSES AND GETTING DREADS. BUT WE TRASHY RIGHT??

Really quick back to us being “uneducated” I would like to point out the fact that I am a 15year old African-American female who has maintained Principal’s Honor Roll my whole life and I have a 4.44 GPA. In each and every one of my honors classes there are an equal amount of black and white people, neither is superior. You can’t infer how much education someone has based off of their race.

Now no disrespect to the caucasian race or anything. This is just a coldhearted individual, she doesn’t define her whole race. There’s many wonderful Caucasians on the world, please don’t let this one rude one affect your view on their entire race. But at the same time please feel free to feel anger towards this individual as you please. 

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