race matters

Statements that shouldn't be controversial but are because tumblr is fucked up:

“Pedophillia is bad”

“Skin color largely doesn’t determine how someone is as a person”

“Violence against people for political reasons is messed up”

“Terrorism, in any form, is never justified”

“Shoplifting is bad”

“Men and women deserve to be treated equally under the law”

“Abuse, no matter who the perpetrator is or who the victim is, is never justified”

“Racism is bad, no matter what race it’s against”

“You can be friends with someone of differing political views”

anonymous asked:

First off Olivia, NO ONE has a right to say they don't like anything about your face... it's not THEIRS... damn! I've had a conversation with you and to God? I nearly asked you out and I haven't even seen what you look like!!! I think our society is just fucked up and full of stereotypes... GOD I AM SO FULL OF RAGE AND SADNESS that you have to feel this way darling... NO, this is just wrong... NOT OLIVIA, NOT YOU... SO THIS IS GOING TO BE A LONG RANT!😣

(2/4) Olivia? One look at your poems and anyone in their normal senses would want to date you… I can’t even describe how/what your words do to me, I don’t know you but I can tell that you’re a very beautiful person in and out… doesn’t matter what race or ethnicity you’re from! You don’t have to adhere to these stupid principles the world makes you feel are necessary to be seen as “attractive” pff… What is even attractive anyway?

(¾) I’m not trying to get you to post a pic, nope… I don’t need to see you to draw a conclusion about your beauty, your words paint a crystal clear picture of who Olivia really is each day! My sister always says “you can’t give what you don’t have” and honestly Olivia you give us what you have each day - BEAUTY, softness and warmth. Even when you have to force yourself to write it still comes out so amazing…

(4/4) A face? That’ll fade away someday but your beauty is forever going to be preserved in these words you give to us each day. At the end of the day you’re the true winner here Olivia. You’re art, and art is always attractive.

I am genuinely terrible at accepting compliments, it often makes me uncomfortable and I am always skeptical of them. But, this, is just so kind and thoughtful that I can’t help but be flattered and a little flustered too if I’m honest. I just don’t know what to say really other than thank you. This is beyond sweet and I appreciate you taking the time to write it out to try and make me feel beautiful. I am happy to have people like you touch my life with moments of kindness.

I’m not sure who you are but if we were/are talking through messenger on here or on kik that we continue to do so. Clearly, you are a good influence for me. Thank you again <3 

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black-ish made television history last night

Last night, black-ish brought us into the middle of the tough conversations black families have been forced to have more and more recently. It did so with the utmost thought and humor, all the while giving nuanced, important depth to the issues of police brutality — including the characterization of police.

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These Black Trans Couples’ Stories Tug At Our Heartstrings

The couples speak to the daily experience of living at the crossroads of being black and identifying as LGBT. Together or separate, these two groups carry the burden of societal implications that stem from ignorance and assumptions. Milan shares that his mother was fearful that he would not find love – a common concern among loved ones of those in the trans community, he said.

Watch the full video and you’ll really believe in true love after hearing from these black trans couples.

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“Stop making it about race”

“Not all white people are racist”

“All lives matter”

“Reverse Racism exists”

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An interviewer suggested a black man cut his braids in order to look more professional and get hired

When applying for a job in Austin, Texas, Savion J. Wright explained in a Facebook post, he was “floored” to hear that he’d have to cut his hair — which he’s been growing out for nine years — to get the job. The perception that a black person’s hair is somehow less professional than a white person’s remains unfortunately widespread. On Thursday, Alabama even ruled in favor of upholding a disturbingly racist regulation about dreadlocks.
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Donald Trump won’t visit African-American Museum after feud with civil rights hero, John Lewis.

  • Following a nasty, racially-tinged feud with civil rights hero Congressman John Lewis over the state of his “horrible” district and “burning and crime-infested inner-cities,” Trump has canceled a Martin Luther King Jr. Day visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
  • According to ABC News, the visit was originally planned on Saturday amid the fighting with Lewis, who called Trump an “illegitimate president” following a briefing on Russian government interference in the Nov. 8 presidential elections.  Read more.

Although they are presented as harmless, goofy explorations of inane historical side-notes, cable TV specials such as Ancient Aliens and The Lost History of Ancient America normalise expressions of racist intellectual attitudes towards native peoples.

Their basic premise remains: ‘These primitive brown people couldn’t possibly have contributed to our cultural history! It must have been [aliens / giants / prehistorical Europeans]’. Indigenous peoples in North America, Latin America and Africa were practical metallurgists, experimental chemists, civil engineers and urban planners - restoring native peoples to their factual place in human developmental history reveals a dazzlingly beautiful archaeological narrative which throws grubby crypto-fascist conspiracy loons into the shade. 

Busting these absurd, revisionist ahistories is an anti-racist duty.

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Run the Jewels drop some major truth a year after Ferguson

“Riots work.” At least, that’s according to Run the Jewels. In a video exclusive to the BBC, Killer Mike discussed how the events that unfolded on the streets of Ferguson last year forever changed the city for the better. And Ferguson’s own law enforcement actually agrees.