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70 people died in Grenfell because the government was too cheap and too lazy to make sure the building wasn’t a fire trap, and then less than a year later the government spends millions to celebrate Ginger getting his dick wet? God forbid people be angry

“It’s been crazy,” she said. “I was not expecting the blatant racism that’s been thrown at me, the outright death threats.”

“They are saying that I have white privilege for going out on campus with my AR-10,” Bennett said.

“They are saying this all has to do with me being white that I was able to do this,” she added. “I think that’s very insulting to minorities, I don’t think that anything would happen to them. I actually had a black police officer with me the whole time that was just — he loved it. So, you know, it’s just insulting.”

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“Insulting.” Being called out on your white privilege is “insulting.” This is the same girl (Kaitlin Marie) that supported a comment advocating for the genocide of minorities:

And she’s saying being called out for having white privilege is “insulting?” (Don’t forget that she mentions how she gets death threats, only to encourage genocide in the post above.) Really? This is ignorance at its finest, a prime example of how some alt-rights love to play the victim. You’ve got to face the facts sis—white privilege exists whether you choose to acknowledge it or not. Do you know what would happen to a person of color if they walked around with an AR-10?? Have you noticed what happens when they aren’t even brandishing a weapon?? Have you noticed how crudely you speak about minorities??

latimes.com
LA Times: Texas school shooter killed girl who turned down his advances and embarrassed him in class, mother says
The student who confessed to killing 10 people at a Houston-area high school was being held in isolation Saturday, as the Texas community mourned and authorities continued their investigation.
By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Matt Pearce, Jenny Jarvie

I recently posted that hatred against women is a common trait for mass shooters and got a mixture of responses, some in agreement and not.

With that in mind, I’m going to quote this section of the article in full:

“One of Pagourtzis’ classmates who died in the attack, Shana Fisher, “had 4 months of problems from this boy,” her mother, Sadie Rodriguez, wrote in a private message to the Los Angeles Times on Facebook. “He kept making advances on her and she repeatedly told him no.”

Pagourtzis continued to get more aggressive, and she finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, Rodriguez said. “A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she wrote. “Shana being the first one.” Rodriguez didn’t say how she knew her daughter was the first victim.”

Women routinely encounter violence when they reject the advances of men. This shooting is a horrific reminder that male entitlement, especially entitlement to women’s bodies, is a deadly force in American society.

The reason I hate this royal wedding is personal…

I know a lot of people can’t stand this stupid royal wedding nonsense, but for me this really is sickening to watch. Prince Harry gets to marry his Canadian finance while my partner and I have been separated by immigration laws for 4 years and counting. Never allowed to marry or even LIVE TOGETHER IN THE SAME COUNTRY.

What makes their situation any different from ours? Money.

In order for me to immigrate with my British partner he is required to me making an income of over £18,900 per year. (Which might seem reasonable to americans but Only 14% of British citizens make enough money to meet the spouse immigration requirements!)

Of course, because the royal family are wealthy nobility they can bypass any immigration requirements and live happily ever after, while tens of thousands of families are separated by the insane financial requirements of British marriage immigration visas.

I don’t mean to “reblog beg” but it would really help if you reblogged this to get this information out there. One of the reasons these visa restrictions are still in place is because people aren’t even aware they exist.

if nothing else im really giggly about the fact that any time trump says anything at all we can as a rule apply “thats what i thought you’d say you dumb fucking horse” to it


i propose we call it the “mulaney horse law”. for every tweet that donald j. trump makes, the john mulaney quote “that’s what i thought you’d say, you dumb fucking horse” may be relevant, regardless of the topic covered

The idea that religion is or can be separate from politics is naïve and privileged at best.

Our religions, faiths, beliefs, and traditions are lived out through our politics and our politics, in turn, are lived out in the relgious communities we affiliate ourselves with. To claim otherwise is naïveté as far as I’m concerned. I’m sure there are a few individual exceptions here and there, but overall, this rings true. And I get it. Those of us in the US are raised with a fundamental belief in the separation of church and state, a concept I wholeheartedly believe in when it comes to governing and laws. I used to be that person that would tell my mom to keep her religion out of her politics. But as humans, it’s not that simple and as we get older and more ardent in our beliefs, it becomes nigh impossible.

Take a look at conservative Christians, for example. Most are against LGBTQA+ Rights of any kind and oppose many elements of reproductive rights. These are, almost without fail, based in their interpretations of their scriptures. As such, they vote to restrict the freedoms of other people.

As a Gaelic Polytheist, hospitality and sovereignty are the issues I hold to my core. These beliefs guided me, amongst other things, to Gaelic Polytheism and in turn influence my politics. My politics on gun control, marriage equality, socialism, etc. all tie back to one or the other of these core values (if not both).

So, if someone tells you “not to make an issue political,” they haven’t reached a point in their lives where that statement rings hollow. To me, it points to youth, ignorance, and/or privilege in many cases. I also find this statement to come almost exclusively from middle- and upper-class cishet, able-bodied, neurotypical white folks. They need pushback many times. However, as I’ve been reminded today, sometimes people sayin this have reached a point where they can’t or refuse to learn anything new, to examine things from a new perspective. When that becomes apparent, don’t waste your time. It’s unlikely to accomplish anything except raising your blood pressure and there’s too much work to do to let the willfully ignorant burn us out.

Just a few Saturday afternoon thoughts.