history teaches us

Please don’t forget that Asian American immigration history exists and is being used as precedent for a lot of gross policies, like directly with Japanese Internment making the Trump Admin think Muslim Internment is an option. Don’t forget that even President Obama erased our immigration history in his farewell address when he compared immigrants of today to the Irish and German and Poles and said nothing of the Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, South East Asian, Vietnamese, “waves” of immigrants literally imported to work the fields bc they would take a lower wage. Don’t forget about the refugees that fled the Vietnam and Korean and other wars and regime changes that came here to start from nothing and are now our nail salon jokes. Our history is full of disgusting immigration acts created by the US govt and they have the gall to pat us on the head and call us a model minority.

Don’t let them get away with it. History is supposed to teach us not to do bad things again.

flonde  asked:

On punching Nazis: if you advocate violent suppression of opposing viewpoints you might be a fascist.

On liberals that misunderstand fascism so severely that they ignore every other characteristic of fascism (e.g. hostility to socialism/liberal democracy; perceptions of community/national decline/obsessions with myths of nationalist rebirth & greatness; an emphasis with racial or national “purity;” the scapegoating of “others,” often racist in nature; the fetishization of violence as a political tool to purge or “cleanse” the nation of “corrupting” or “alien” elements; prioritization of military might and national security; seeking to replace the current ruling elite with their own idealized class; the imposition of their brand of “order” on the rest of the population; an obsession with nationalism/ultra-nationalism; wanton disregard for human rights, intellectuals, and the arts; rampant cronyism and corruption coalescing around the ownership or control of government by one person or a tiny group of people) in their ahistorical attempt to paint anti-fascists as fascists using false equivalence: if you believe that fascism is an “opposing view point”  and not a completely discredited, potentially lethal, utterly illegitimate belief system; if you think fascists can be prevented from murdering people with your liberal witty repartée or hugging it out; if you’re completely oblivious to the use of physical force smashing fascism during world war two or beating back the fascists of Daesh in our times; if you sit on your fucking hands and do sweet FA when fascists are openly organizing in your community but rush to condemn those brave enough to stand up to them before they start shooting up mosques or calling bomb threats into Jewish centers or setting immigrant-owned businesses on fire or randomly shooting racialized people or stabbing black men to death in the streets or attempting to beat refugees to death; then you’re just as bad as the fascists are.  

As Joy Kogawa put it, “if there’s just one thing that history teaches us, just one thing, it’s that bystanders and perpetrators are both on the same side.“  

We’re don’t need to hear your tired, old, liberal-ass nonsense, flonde.  Give your head a shake and do something fucking useful for once in your life or GTFO of our way - we have important, life-saving work to do.  

Wicked the Musical Quotes

“I don’t cause commotions, I am one.”

“Well, we can’t all come and go by bubble!”

“There’s no place like home.”

“I mean, who steals a dead woman’s/man’s shoes?”

“Must’ve been raised in a barn.”

“What could he/she/they get me? I clash with everything.”

“You shouldn’t let statements like that bother you. I mean, I always do, but you shouldn’t.”

“I’m the other sister/brother, __________, I’m beautifully tragic.”

“It’s good to see me, isn’t it? No need to respond! That was rhetorical.”

“It seems like the artichoke is steamed.”

“Do you know who that is? It’s that Winkie Prince/Princess whose reputation’s so scandalacious.”

“I don’t see why you can’t just teach us history, instead of always harping on about the past.”

“He’s/She’s/They’re distant and moodified… and he’s/she’s/they’ve been thinking, which really worries me!”

“Let the little girl/boy go, and that poor _____.”

“I know you don’t want to hear this, but someone has got to say it! You are out of control!”

“Oh, look, it’s tomorrow!”

“Madame, have you ever considered how you’d fare in captivity? Cap-tiv-i-ty. Pri-son. Personally, I don’t think you’ll not hold up very well, you see, my personal opinion is that you do not have ‘what it takes.” I hope you prove me wrong… I doubt you will.”

“Alright, just don’t move… and don’t get mad at me!”

“What did you mean to do? And why was I the only one you didn’t do it too?”

“There’s no pretense here. I happen to be genuinely self-absorbed and deeply shallow.”

“It’s not lying, it’s looking at things another way!”

“Let the green girl/boy go!”

“I can’t harbor a fugitive, I’m an unelected official!”

“You’re touching me!”

“… I know I speak for my fellow faculty members when I say we have nothing but the highest hopes for some of you.”

“Careful, dear. You mustn’t get wet.”

“Smile, wave… and shut up.”

“The truth isn’t a thing of fact or reason. It’s simply what everyone agrees on.”

“Where I come from, we believe all sorts of things that aren’t true. We call it history.”

“Where I’m from, the best way to bring people together… is to give them a really good enemy.”

“Since once I had my own day in the sky, I say everyone deserves the chance to fly!”

anonymous asked:

The term altright is an extremely broad term that fits a huuge group of conservative people into it. Technically I'm altright because I'm not a republican but I'm conservative. I guess I'm complaining because it's such a useless and broad term. If you want to attack white nationalists im all for it but call them by their actual group not just "altright" it does no one any good and it lables decent people as nazis.

“Alt right” is a term coined by avowed white supremacist and little rich boy Richard Spencer in 2010 as a way to repackage white supremacy and fascism.  Spencer himself advocates for a “whites-only” “ethnostate” where racialized people are removed.  Spencer has questioned whether Jews are people or have souls and has endorsed black genocide.  He uses a term coined by Nazi propagandists to refer to the news media and his alt right pals respond by sieg heiling him.    

White supremacists coined the term “alt right” and have used the term to push their racist extremist agenda into the mainstream.  If you choose to call yourself “alt right,” this is the kind of person and the kind of ideology you are choosing to associate yourself with.  Knowing this (and having read this you can’t say that you didn’t know) and continuing to refer to yourself as “alt right” = deserving whatever consequences befall you as a result.

As Joy Kogawa put it, “if there’s one thing that history teaches us, just one thing, it’s that bystanders and perpetrators are on the same side.”

Time to choose your side, Anon.   

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Lambasting the United States’ aggression against Syria, Bolivian Ambassador to the United Nations Sacha Llorenti compared the basis for the unilateral move to former U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell’s infamous 2003 presentation to the body, when fraudulent evidence of an alleged Iraqi weapons program was presented to justify the U.S. war on Iraq. Holding up an enlarged photo of Colin Powell’s “weapons of mass destruction” speech, Llorenti made an impassioned plea to hold the U.S. to account for Thursday’s unprovoked attack on Syria, noting the U.S. history of imperialist interventions in other nations, including Latin America. “Now the United States believe that they are investigators, they are attorneys, judges and they are the executioners. That’s not what international law is about.”

“I believe it’s vital for us to remember what history teaches us and on this occasion (in 2003), the United States did affirm, they affirmed that they had all the proof necessary to show that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction but they were never found … never were they found,” the Bolivian envoy told the emergency Security Council meeting on Friday.

So Matt said that it would take about a month of downtime for Grog to learn how to read/write like a kindergartner, yeah?

So imagine after the Conclave falls, they finally get some rest. They pop between Whitestone and Emon, spending a week or so in each city before returning to their other home. 

A primary school has been established in Emon, and one day Grog is walking along on his way to one of the dozens of construction sites. He passes by the school, and sees a little boy crying while walking home. He asks the kid what’s wrong and the kid says he was being bullied by the bigger boys for not wanting to kick a cat that passed through the playground that day. 

Grog of course flashes back to being kicked out of the herd for not wanting to kill Wilhand, so he tells the kid to describe the ones bullying him. The next day, he rolls into the playground in his finest badassery and finds the bullies. He gathers all the kids around - some of the teachers are concerned but the head teacher recognizes Grog and lets it happen - and makes the bullies stand in the middle.

The bullies are of course scared shitless, and the kid is worried about what he just started, but Grog doesn’t do anything. Instead, he gives a long lecture about mercy. He tells them about how, after all the hurt of the dragons, the most important thing is to be kind to one another and help each other up. He tells them not to emulate the dragons, but to emulate Lady Cassandra of Whitestone, who took in refugees when her own city was hurting, or Kerr the Blacksmith, who rose up to lead a community of peace, or Wilhand the Gnome, who all but adopted a young man he logically should have feared. He tells them that life needs things to live, and that those things are brotherhood and kindness. 

The bullies are suitably shamed, and after the lecture Grog lets the kids rope him in to playing with them. At some point, the Grog gets to talking with the teachers, and somehow ends up revealing that he doesn’t know how to read. “What with all the adventuring and world-saving, didn’t have much time to keep up with my studies,” he explains.

And that’s how, much to everyone’s amusement, Grog comes in the next day as the very biggest new student in the classroom, and learns how to read along with his new lil buddies.

There are times when optimism is not appropriate or possible, and this is one of those times. Our President is delusional, lying, or ignorant; disastrous climate change and war with North Korea loom; marginalized people in our society are suffering. Faced with these calamities, catastrophic thinking is a rational response. History teaches us that many arcs of history did not “bend toward justice.” 

Instead of blind faith in progress, I offer a specific, practical system useful for maintaining mental health in a paranoid, post-positive world.

— 

How to Stay Sane if Trump is Driving You Insane: Advice From a Therapist

This is very helpful. I highly recommend it.

anonymous asked:

I'm concerned as to whether or not violence actually affects anything positive. I get that it's supposed to scare them into shutting up, but it doesn't seem to be having that effect. It seems to be helping their victimhood act. I get that people should know better than to fall for that act, but the fact is that they apparently don't, so we need to take that into account strategically. It would obviously be to their benefit to pay fake rioters to do violence. Should we then do that for free?

This is a hotly-debated question among anti-fascists and anti-racists.  Here’s the way we believe this question should be approached: if you discovered that there was a gang of fascists was in your community recruiting members and publicly organizing, what could you do about it?  Here are the range of options:

1) Ignore them and hope they just magically go away.

The problem with this, of course, is that it does not work.  History has very clearly shown us that ignoring violent racist extremists doesn’t make them go away; on the contrary, it gives them license to intimidate, attack, and eventually murder the people belonging to groups they’ve targeted - racialized people, LGBTQ people, people with disabilities, religious minorities, etc.  This is because fascists take your total disregard of their presence as a sign that you agree with them.  It also lets the people they target know that no one will defend or support them.  As novelist Joy Kogawa put it, “if there’s just one thing that history teaches us, just one thing, it’s that bystanders and perpetrators are both on the same side.“ 

2) Report them to the authorities.
  
People that believe this is the way to address fascists in their communities are often extremely disappointed with the result.  The authorities aren’t going to do anything to stop fascist plans until they have injured or killed somebody.  To our mind, that is far, far too late.

There are other problems with relying on the authorities to solve fascism and racism as well.  The old saying “cops and the Klan go hand-in-hand” doesn’t just come from police going out of their way to protect fascists and racists while viciously attacking those brave enough to confront fascists.

It also comes from decades of evidence of police involvement as members of fascist and racist groups themselves.   Some notorious examples of this include:

- the police in Greensboro, North Carolina colluding with the KKK to allow them to shoot up an anti-racist demonstration, killing five people;

- this asshole:

- this police department/KKK Klavern in Florida;

Then there are things like the time when the Canadian spy agency funneled money and intelligence to one of the main organizers of the neo-nazi Heritage Front, allowing it to grow into the largest white supremacist group in the country.  Or the time when Germany’s intelligence agency, which had been paying money to neo-nazi organizers, became aware of a neo-nazi gang’s serial murder plot and instead of stepping in, actively obstructed and tampered with the police investigation.  The neo-nazi gang would go on to murder nine immigrants and one police officer along with committing two bombings and fifteen bank robberies.  

Finally, there is the fact that in most cities, racialized people are more likely to be killed by police than by any other group of people.  So no, 2) is not a great option.

Which brings us to:

3) Take up some form of passive protest against them.

The favorite choice of liberals everywhere!  But the problem with pacifism is that it only works when the opposing side has a conscience.  Fascists not only lack that, but they actively fetishize and valorize violence as a legitimate political mechanism, a preferred political tactic, and a philosophical principle that builds group cohesion and commitment.  So bravo to liberals for deciding to do something about fascism but they quickly discover that they have to then choose whether or not they wish to be the victims of fascism, because opposing fascists necessitates self-defence.  Liberals that don’t understand this wind up making the same mistakes of people like the White Rose Society.    

So what’s left, then?

4)
Expose, oppose, and confront them whenever they appear and defend yourself and your community as necessary.
 
This is the tactic the majority of antifa choose.  It’s also the one that has, to our mind, the most effective over the last seventy years or so.  There’s abundant evidence of that to be found in examples like The 43 GroupAnti-Fascist Action, The Torch Antifa Network, The Anti-Fascist Network, and dozens more.  

Finally:

5) Hunting down and killing fascists.  

Which, to our knowledge, is very illegal in most places.

So Anon, which do you think is the right option to choose when fascists are publicly organizing and recruiting in your town?



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1st picture – An Armenian woman kneeling beside a dead child in field “within sight of help and safety at Aleppo”, an Ottoman city.
2nd picture – Greek civilians mourn their dead relatives, Great Fire of Smyrna, 1922.

History behind these two pictures.

Today marks the 100th anniversary of the day where upwards of 1.5 million Armenians we massacred by Turkish soldiers. Armenians were slaughtered in a form of ethnic cleansing. The Armenian Genocide (x) also known as the Armenian Holocaust was the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority Armenian subjects inside their historic homeland, which lies within the territory constituting the present-day Republic of Turkey. The total number of people killed as a result has been estimated at between 800,000 to 1.5 million. Turkey, the successor state of the Ottoman Empire, denies the word genocide is an accurate term for the mass killings of Armenians that began under Ottoman rule in 1915. It points to the fact that up to 2.5 million Anatolian Muslims lost their lives during World War I and denies that atrocities against Armenian populations were part of an organized plan to eradicate the Armenians. It has in recent years been faced with repeated calls to recognize them as genocide. To date, twenty-three countries have officially recognized the mass killings as genocide, a view which is shared by most genocide scholars and historians.

The Greek genocide, part of which is known as the Pontic genocide, was the systematic ethnic cleansing of the Christian Ottoman Greek population from its historic homeland in Anatolia during World War I and its aftermath (1914–23).  Estimates for the death toll of Anatolian Greeks as a whole are significantly higher, a team of American researchers found in the early postwar period that the total number of Greeks killed may approach 900,000 people. The Allies of World War I condemned the Ottoman government-sponsored massacres as crimes against humanity. More recently, the International Association of Genocide Scholars passed a resolution in 2007 recognising the Ottoman campaign against Christian minorities of the Empire, including the Greeks, as genocide. Some other organisations have also passed resolutions recognising the campaign as a genocide, as have the parliaments of Greece, Cyprus, Sweden, Armenia, and The Netherlands. (x)

We were connected by religion, we were connected by land, we are connected by tragedy. May the souls of our ancestors find peace. May the tragedies find recognition, may people not repeat the same mistakes, may history teach us a lesson. Because these photographs don’t lie.

Nichan: We safely finished Miyagi performance! A memory I got: we had hot food for dinner, and Tohoku’s freshly cooked rice is so good that I could eat it without any side dishes 😋 I feel grateful to Date Masamune🔫 and Mogami Yoshiaki*🏇 🌾🌾🙏🙏🙏🌾🌾I will lick up your rice→One more cup 🍚 please!!!


*Date Masamune was a daimyo and the founder of Sendai, Mogami Yoshiaki was also a daimyo and Masamune’s relative (?)

oldeyedking submitted:

I guess we just have a lot of metaphorical attic space to keep our stuff, but the idea of scrapping a ship like Warspite makes me physically ill. You just have to go down into the engines and magazines of the old warships to realize that they almost have a soul. They are imbued with the love and devotion, the fear and the pain of all the men who served upon them. They still smell of oil and gunsmoke.

I’ve been lucky enough to meet a few of the men fought the wars aboard the ships they served on and to have them show me where they stood as Japanese warplanes crashed into the decks. Meeting those men, and seeing the sheer scale of these engines of war doesn’t just teach military history, it teaches us the cost of the life we have. Thousands of men jammed themselves into metal behemoths and went off to do battle for whatever reasons they had. 

TL;DR A nation that does not respect the products of her past is a nation that has forgotten herself. The Royal Navy ruled the waves and kept the peace for 400 years, and all that remains of her most decorated ship is a pub decoration and a stolen door.

And this is why I cannot forgive Britain for scrapping almost every single ship that served in both World Wars. 

ok but what about a zimbits au where:

  • bitty is in the nhl (he’s started a club: nhl players under 5′10″. kent parson is a reluctant member, mostly because if he stands up really straight and goes on his toes a tiny bit he can pass for 5′10″ but we all know the truth)
  • jack is a historian, he teaches high school APUSH. all his students ask him why he teaches US history when he’s canadian. he does not deign to answer. bob was a professor at some ivy league who published a groundbreaking book on how gay alexander hamilton and john laurens were for each other. (this was before jack was born, bob and alicia went to canada to raise their family and bob stayed at home for several years while alicia was busy jetsetting around the world being her badass model self) they both specialize in eighteenth century america and jack is pissed because how is he supposed to top that? and now he’s just teaching high school and it feels a little passe
  • of course jack is also canadian and of course he follows the nhl, so of COURSE he knows who eric bittle is. the shortest, fastest player in the league. former figure skater. grew up in georgia and somehow found his way to hockey of all things. yeah, jack zimmermann knows who eric bittle is.
  • (in this au kent and jack went to the same high school, since kent’s billet family just happened to be in montreal, so yes they know each other but not well. they never got past a friendly hello in the hallway and kent occasionally saying jack should be the one playing hockey, not him, since jack is so much taller)
  • soooooo jack and kent are still friendly acquaintances and at one point parse goes ‘hey jack do you want tickets to this nhl game w/ locker room access afterward’ and jack is like FUCK YEAH because y’know he’s sensible
  • bitty and parse are on the same team. they now have a reputation for being the short team, when they’re on the ice against tater it’s a nightmare. think tater getting swarmed by blond gremlins with hockey sticks
  • aNYWAY. jack goes to the locker room after the game and like??? everyone is so nice??? and awesome??? and he meets all of them
  • and then bitty invites everyone (yes everyone) to his apartment bc even though they just had a game he is PUMPED UP on adrenaline and wants to bake and he is inviting all of these lovely people, yes including you parse’s friend, to his apartment to hang out while the pie bakes and then eat the pie.
  • whoooOOOo this got longer than i expected so here have a cut

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IF WE ARE TO TEACH DIFFERENTLY, WE MUST THINK DIFFERENTLY. ~ BK, Blog Curator, Black American OURstory

  1. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom, by bell hooks
  2. A Companion to the Study of History, by Michael Stanford
  3. Teaching for Social Justice, Edited by William Ayers, Jean Ann Hunt, & Therese Quinn
  4. The White Architects of Black Education: Ideology and Power in America, 1865-1954, by William H. Watkins
  5. Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, by Lisa Delpit
  6. Intelligence Reframed: Multiple Intelligences for the 21st Century, by Howard Gardner
  7. On the Teaching & Writing of History, by Bernard Bailyn
  8. Awakening the Natural Genius of the Black Child, by Amos N. Wilson
  9. How to Study History, by Norman F. Cantor & Richard I. Schneider
  10. Testing African-American Students, Edited by Asa G. Hilliard, III
  11. Teaching What Really Happened: How to Avoid the Tyranny of Textbooks & Get Students Excited About Doing History, by James W. Loewen
  12. The Community Teacher: A New Framework for Effective Urban Teaching, by Peter C. Murrell, Jr.
  13. Historical Thinking and Other Unnatural Acts: Charting the Future of Teaching the Past, by Sam Wineburg
  14. Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong, by James W. Loewen
  15. Making Their Mark: Educating African-American Children, A Bold New Plan for Educational Reform, by Dr. Israel Tribble, Jr.
  16. Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope, by bell hooks

Surely I’m not the only one who finds it normal for a group of friends to start drifting out. Yes it can be sad but not unreal.

My personal experience is this: when I started high school I had two friends from elementary school that I continued hanging out with, one of them was in the same class as me and the other one was not. but we still went to each others houses and talked during breaks. the friend who wasn’t in the same class met new people from her class and after a while we all started hanging out. It was a group of 8 to 9 people. until we finished high school we were all going to parties, coffee dates and hang out in parks and we are all known to be a cheerful squad. Year after year however you could see how much closer you got with different people from the group and how further apart you got from others, whether it was common experiences, similar background or things that happened to you along the way that made you come together with another person and drift apart with someone else..it happens, people mature and change..so of course my 2 girls changed. I dropped my original friend, because she suddenly after 3 years couldn’t stop bitching how we don’t have any boys in our group and that we need to get more popular and started saying some mean things about some other girls, I just couldn’t relate anymore. Then came close to another girl from the group that loved tv shows, going to the cinema and rant about all the geeky stuff I loved as well. Now I still have these two girls as friends. I became maid of honor to the friend who was there from the start, but was in another class and the geeky friend is now expecting her first baby. The most weird thing is that after we finished high school, the summer before attenting Film School, I started hanging out with another girl from that group that I hadn’t really spent time to get to know back then individually, who now happens to be my best friend for almost 10 years!

Shit happens, people change, people move, new normals.

So yeah, for me what is happening in skam with the girl squad doesn’t surprise me a bit or find it unable to understand. It comes as natural af. Eva and Chris like to party and hook up with boys, Vilde is a follower and likes to always fit in. Sana and Noora on the other hand are not like that, they don’t find drinking and partying stimulating for their reasons. Both are teenagers, both sides have the right to what they like. If you add all these together it makes sense to drift a little apart. It also makes sense to still be a squad who has fun in school or after school, nothing too deep, as long of course as whoever you decide to hang out with respects you and who you are as a human.

(Fyi people tend to forget some things and repeat same mistakes, hell the whole human history teaches us that, so to ask from teenagers not to do it and be mad to them about it is far-fetched.)

So what if one day Jack really wanted to impress Bitty with his knowledge of history, cause your boy was a history major and all that jazz, and so he researches the history of Georgia and then he casually drops tidbits of info about the state and finally Bitty turns to him and goes, “honey, as much as I love listening to your fun facts, not a single one of them has been right”