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!”

Friendly reminder that Hurricane Harvey was a Category ¾, and look at what happened to Texas….

But Hurricane Irma is a category 5, annd according to the news, it is one of the most powerful hurricanes in the Atlantic…

And it’s heading straight to Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico is not ready for this man, I really need your help to spread this around

I wish you guys could care about this just like Florida,or Texas… because believe it or not, we are part of you guys! we are U.S. citizens just like you!

You guys treat us llike crap! You ignore our existence when some of the most important parts of your history involve us! they teach us about the history of your country in our schools, we play your national anthem in our special events, the English education is mandatory in all the school here… Yet you dont evn know where are we located…

The point of all of this is.. we are a part of you guys, and we deserve the same respect and attention as florida and texas…

I’m not saying that you should stop praying for them to pay attention to us, just take your time to at least know who we are, and pray for Puerto Rico as well, because we are more than “despacito” and a fetish… we are also human beings who deserve to live, just like you.

thank you for reading, and please spread this around.

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.   


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.


  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

Teacher, please: there’s more to learn
we few who’ve chosen not to spurn
the words our fathers’ fathers said
when they lived (now, they’re dead)

if I remember, will you return
will you awaken, the harder I yearn
the sound of an “s” instead of “t”
brings my grandmother back to me

your words will be the coat I’ll wear
through vinter–which is kalt;
so I’ll be like you in every way
when I reach the Age of Old

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?

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.  


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?


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.

“The whole Native America as one being OC is very offensive, but it also pisses me off when they make her into this magical mama to Canada and America.  Acting like the brothers were forced into doing shit on her.  When in reality, it’s far more worse on how the white settlers treated American aboriginals.  The way how fans romanticize it is gross.”

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.

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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