*This ain’t rock and roll.  This is genocide

POLAND. January 27, 1995. A woman lights a candle on the rail tracks leading to the Nazi concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz-Birkenau, during the commemoration of the Soviet liberation of the complex of camps 50 years ago. An estimated 1.5 million people were killed in the Auschwitz complex during Nazi rule.

Photograph: Jacqueline Larma/AP

Here’s the thing: I am one of the most anti-Assad people I know. I have consistently & staunchly called for the ousting and punishment of that inhumane monster, cold-blooded murderer, and war criminal since 2011.

BUT the airstrikes today aren’t about the past 7 years of crimes against humanity. Where was retaliation for the genocide in Aleppo? Dair Ezzour? Baba Amr? Dare I go on? The airstrikes today are Donny’s attempts to prove that he has a big dick and is “against Russia”. The strikes today are about playing a political chess game in which the US, UK, and France have nothing to lose. The West has never had a problem using our lives as bargaining chips. They’ve never had to face consequences for slaughtering us. Because Western leaders AND their people have never seen us as humans with lives to lose. 

Where was American retaliation 7 years ago? Where was America when we begged for intervention and support against our dictator? Where was American democracy when Russia vetoed every UN resolution against Assad and its own actions in Syria? Where was America when it was funding opposing groups in this civil war? Where was America when the blood of innocents ran like rivers in the rubble and women were raped to paralyzation? Now that the war has been lost and and everything is at its end-now when Western interests are best served, intervention becomes a must? 

Never forget that, on the 11th of July 1995, one of Europe’s greatest crimes against humanity-the Bosnian genocide-reached its peak with the brutal massacre of over 8,000 Muslim Bosnian men & young boys of all ages, and the the expulsion of 25,000-30,000 Muslim Bosnians that followed the very same day.

Never forget that this bloody extermination was strategically made with the intention of “cleansing” Europe of its ethnic Muslims, and is an act that modern day xenophobia & islamophobia still echoes.

Never forget that this genocide was part of a greater atrocious and vicious ethnic cleansing campaign that lasted, largely ignored & unrestricted, from 1992-1995. It included unlawful confinement, murder, rape, sexual assault, torture, beating, robbery, and inhumane treatment of civilians. It not only targeted political leaders but also intellectuals & professionals. There were unlawful deportations, unchecked shelling of civilians, unlawful appropriation of real and personal property by the government, the destruction of homes and businesses, and the destruction of places of worship.

Never forget.
May they rest in power.

For as long as I can remember myself, it has rained in Armenia for April 24th. This year isn’t an exception. 

Rest in Peace 1.5 million innocent men, women, kids, elders, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers, friends, lovers. You did not deserve to die in anguish, and for your sacrifice you will be forever remembered. 

It’s the 102nd anniversary of the Armenian genocide. 

Anne Rice also is an example of fucking up characters by making them irredeemable for real-world crimes I cannot forgive even in fiction.

Louis goes on and on about his “sins” as a Vampire. Maybe he actually feels bad, maybe he doesn’t. Who cares. I could forgive him for anything he did because of his Vampiric condition, because it’s fiction. Who cares if he murdered someone? Drank their blood? He’s a Vampire! It happens! I’ll forgive him.

However, Louis was also Literally A Slave Master.

I can’t forgive that, because it’s real. It’s real life. Its too much.

I saw this again in Netflix’s “Penny Dreadful.” We have a Cowboy from the US, who is also a Werewolf. His werewolf condition makes him do Terrible Things, like Murder Indiscriminately. Even children. The most unforgivable act. But oh, when he’s not overcome by the moon, he’s a good man! It’s not his fault he is cursed! So I can forgive him for his Werewolf Crimes.

However, halfway through a season, he monologues about his greatest sin, which was actively taking part in the genocide of Indigenous Americans in the US, killing entire families for Westward Expansion.

I can’t fucking forgive that!!!!

Stop making your Fictional monsters Actual Real World Racist Monsters.

Call me unintelligent or incapable of being a good reader, or short-sighted, etc. I don’t care. It is absolutely unreasonable for an author to expect their readers to forgive a character for such heavy crimes that WERE in their control. And the fact that the Author expects me to RELATE to these slave-owners and genociders makes me ESPECIALLY uncomfortable, almost as uncomfortable as the people defending the media because they do relate to them.

People arguing that the poor shouldn’t have kids and that benefits should be cut from kids in families with “too many kids” are being super obvious that they don’t think of poor people as fully human.  And also that they’re into genocide (it’s not like we live in a world where poverty, deprivation, and lack of access to resources is evenly distributed across all racial/ethnic groups and we all fucking know that).

Rights like being able to have a family, to raise children, to continue our families and cultures are basic parts of human rights that people should be able to choose to engage in (or not, if that’s their preference, but they shouldn’t be coerced not to).

Banning someone from having kids or starting a family or coercing them not to is an incredibly cruel thing to do to someone.  And that’s what people are doing when they suggest poor people shouldn’t have kids.  Rich people and classist assholes act like the choice is between having kids in poverty or having kids not in poverty and that’s just not how things go in reality.  Most people born in poverty will remain in poverty or close to it.  The choice to have kids and start a family outside of poverty is one denied to most people.

And don’t concern troll about the welfare of poor kids if you’re trying to cut their food, housing, education, etc. and if you see them as garbage drains on society.  Concern for poor children is totally fucking unrelated to ruling class desires to control poor people and to victim blame poor people for poverty.

Poor people having kids isn’t what creates poverty, poverty is the result of systematic exploitation and a fucked up inhumane system.  Kids born to the poor are as valuable and human as any other child, and poor people have as much rights to things like having a family as any other human being.