Think about how much people hate Beyonce, Colin Kaepernick, or any other black celebrity who spoke out against racial injustice. They didn’t assault any police officers. They didn’t loot any businesses. They didn’t threaten to kill all white people. They didn’t do anything violent at all. They just did something that white people couldn’t ignore. And look at how much they’re hated, despite following racists’ demand to “protest peacefully”. They’ve even received death threats.
Ontario’s sickening mistreatment of Adam Capay
The young indigenous man has been in solitary confinement for four years without trial

Learn the name of Adam Capay. He is the living symbol of everything that is wrong with Canada’s prisons, its justice system and its treatment of indigenous people.

Mr. Capay, 23, has been held in solitary confinement in an Ontario provincial prison for four years. He is housed alone in a basement, at the end of a long corridor, in a cell sheathed in plexiglass. The lights are on 24 hours a day.

Mr. Capay has no idea if it is day or night. When Renu Mandhane, chief commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission, visited him this month, she said he appeared to have memory and speech problems brought on by his prison conditions.

The only thing Ontario prison officials haven’t done to this poor man is shackle him upside down on a dungeon wall. But they may as well have. Mr. Capay is arguably being tortured by the state. The sensory deprivation caused by constant light is an acknowledged torture technique, and the United Nations says that holding a person for more than 15 days in solitary is in itself a form of torture.

But there is more. Mr. Capay is legally innocent. He was charged with first-degree murder in 2012 after the death of a fellow inmate in a Thunder Bay prison where Mr. Capay was being held on minor charges. Four years later, he has still not been to trial.

The Supreme Court of Canada says that any delay between the laying of charges and the completion of trial longer than 30 months is a violation of an accused person’s Charter right to be tried within a reasonable time.

Mr. Capay has been held without trial for 52 months. And he has been in solitary confinement 100 times longer than the 15-day maximum the UN considers to be the threshold for torture.

This young, native Canadian man’s human rights have been stolen from him. And he would still be forgotten in a prison basement, were it not for a brave prison guard who brought his plight to the attention of Ontario’s chief human rights commissioner.

The inhuman treatment of Adam Capay defies categorization. He must be released from solitary and given medical care – by the end of this week. His murder charge should be stayed. And those who allowed this to happen must be held to account. Nothing less can compensate for this sickening cruelty.

Florida teacher suspended for making wildly racist jelly beans “joke”

Lauren Ulseth, a former teacher in Seminole County, Florida, is suspended from teaching for a year after she made some racist jokes during the 2014-2015 school year, according to WTFV 9, a local news station.

She can still legally teach in Florida, though she had to pay a $1,000 fine and pass a course on education ethics. The “joke” she made is less a joke and more of a blatantly racist opinion.

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Not only are they erasing the identities of the countries the 4 nations are based on, they’re grouping SO MANY CULTURES into one group. I bet the Japanese loved being considered the same as the Koreans and Chinese and vice versa. Not to mention putting a whole bunch of European countries together.

But nope, that’s the entirety of world history right there. Genghis Khan didn’t exist, the Ottoman Empire didn’t exist, and nothing happened in Africa or South America.

Ottawa police stopping Middle Eastern, black drivers at 'disproportionate' rate: report
York University researchers reviewed data from 81,902 traffic stops involving Ottawa residents

Middle Eastern and black drivers — particularly young men — were far more likely to be stopped by Ottawa police than other drivers, according to a report analyzing two years of traffic stops.

A York University research team examined 81,902 traffic stops involving Ottawa residents from 2013 to 2015 where officers recorded their perception of the driver’s race, as well as their gender, age range, the reason for the stop and whether the stop resulted in charges.

The researchers found that police stopped drivers perceived to be Middle Eastern 10,066 times, or 12.3 per cent of the total stops.

However, these drivers represent less than four percent of the total driving population in Ottawa, meaning Middle Eastern drivers were stopped about 3.3 times more than what you would expect based on the population.

Similarly, drivers police identified as black were stopped 7,238 times, or 8.8 per cent of the time. This was about 2.3 times more than you would expect based on the population in Ottawa.

The disparities were more pronounced when looking just at young men. Middle Eastern men between the ages of 16 to 24 were 12 times more likely to be stopped, and young black men were 8.3 times more likely to be stopped. Young men police identified as white were stopped 1.7 times more than their population would suggest.

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I grew up in the 80s in Arizona, well before the PC agenda was thrown into 4th gear, so yes, I have seen many instances of negative remarks about others’ accents. Did I do or say anything? Back then I’m sure I joined in at times, to fit in like many. I was even on the receiving end: I grew up in a predominantly Hispanic area and was often teased or harassed about my ‘white boy’ accent and mannerisms.
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Any solution has to begin with a correct diagnosis of the problem. If Trump’s supporters are not, in fact, motivated by economic marginalization, then even full Bernie Sanders–style social democracy is not going to prevent a Trump recurrence. Nor are GOP-style tax cuts, and liberal pundits aggressively signaling virtue to each other by writing ad nauseam about the need to empathize with the Trump Voter aren’t doing anyone any good.

What’s needed is an honest reckoning with what it means that a large segment of the US population, large enough to capture one of the two major political parties, is motivated primarily by white nationalism and an anxiety over the fast-changing demographics of the country. Maybe the GOP will find a way to control and contain this part of its base. Maybe the racist faction of the party will dissipate over time, especially as Obama’s presidency recedes into memory. Maybe it took Trump’s celebrity to mobilize them at all, and future attempts will fail.

But Donald Trump’s supporters’ concerns are heavily about race. Taking them seriously means, first and foremost, acknowledging that, and dealing with it honestly.
White Supremacists Threaten War Against Black Americans If Donald Trump Loses 2016 U.S. Presidential Election

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With the rise of Donald Trump, as a racial demagogue, and champion of their backward cause, this league of ideologically-driven racial hate groups, and their mindless minions, have become more bold, more bitter, and more violent, with each passing week. This former fringe movement, which has now taken center stage in the Republican Party, has also sparked a massive rejuvenation of the Ku Klux Klan, and the formal unification of white supremacist organizations, throwing their support, along with the Fraternal Order of Police, behind Donald Trump’s Presidential candidacy. Their public, and too often violent, support of Donald Trump’s falsehood-ridden campaign suggests that the people in the Alt-Right movement have lost their perspective on reality…if they ever actually had one. This is unfortunate. Also unfortunate is their cult loyalty to Donald Trump.


anonymous asked:

Softtrade, what is good discourse to have about the lack of medical research done for people w vags?

I have no idea what ‘good discourse’ is. And call me Amy lol.

So, some thoughts:

The first thing to note is that like… yeah clearly women and bodies typically associated with women have historically been seen as a sort of afterthought to the normative male body in terms of scientific and medical research. This has had a pretty consistent negative impact on women and other people over the decades. The root cause of this, in my opinion, is misogyny/patriarchy; science around bodies associated with women has typically come more from political concerns around controlling women than it has in like… understanding how bodies work or how to serve people medicinally.

However! I think that we can’t just frame this as an issue of ‘people with vaginas’ vs. 'people with penises’, for multiple reasons. First of all, this misses really critical pieces of that scientific research: much of it has also assumed many other factors (say, whiteness) except when medical tests have been done in unethical ways. Doctors and the medical industry in general seem unable to conceptualize medicine as not being based on the template of cis white (even straight) maleness, with all the rest of us being seen as 'deviations’ from that norm.

Another thing that I think undermines the framing of 'people w vags’ (which is such an aesthetically unpleasing phrase to me, as someone who is both into that part of the body sexually and also desiring of one eventually, lol) is that many of the things that have been ignored have nothing to do with vaginas and more to actually do with being considered part of women’s bodies. The differences in how cardiac arrest feels for many women compared to men is possibly more attributable to endocrinology than to genitalia.

For transsexual people of either assignment, there is very little actual medical knowledge about our bodies, and less ability to actually deal with them (unless someone is a specialist). The particularities of our endocrinological situation, along with the way that it affects our bodies is critically understudied (and basically nothing in a longitudinal sense), and the few studies that have been done are mostly about whether hormones 'work’ or HIV. This lack of knowledge is for generally the same reason as we have less about women generally than men: systemic factors of misogyny and cissexism. Let alone how little medical providers know (or care to know) about post op trans people of either assignment and what their health situation is like.

So like, I feel like many different kinds of people are disadvantaged by the hyperfocus of the medical industry on a specific subset of people, because of misogyny, racism, and cissexism as well as homophobia.

If the battle is between cops and black people, maybe the solution is to be both.

This year, everything else in his life has been lining up. He moved out of his mom’s house to an apartment, with space for his 3-year-old son, Kacen, to have a race car bed. He proposed to his girlfriend, Tanniqua Nichols. He marched in uniform to accept his graduation certificate from the Anne Arundel Community College Police Academy, while Kacen stood on Tanniqua’s lap yelling “Go, Daddy! Go, Daddy!” Kyle didn’t see it, but it had made Tanniqua cry.

He promised her that he will be the Good Cop. The academy taught him how. He just needs to follow his training and document everything. He learned that when there are bad apples in law enforcement, “all the other apples can smell it.” He has decided that he’ll be the one who reports them. Maybe he’ll be one of those officers who goes viral for having a dance-off with kids or buying a car seat for someone who can’t afford it. If he does his job right, he told Tanniqua over and over, he’ll come home safe.

He wants to believe it is that simple. But she knows better.

Read more here: He wants to become a cop. “Are you sure?” his friends and family ask.
1 in 6 Gay & Bi Men Will Get HIV in Their Lifetime
Men who have sex with men are 2 percent of the population but represent 83 percent of new HIV cases. It's time to wake up.

According to a new fact sheet released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 2 percent of American men have sex with men, but gay and bisexual men represent more than half (55 percent) of all Americans living with HIV. Of course, some of that reflects thirty-five years of the HIV epidemic’s impact on the gay community. More disconcerting, however, is the fact that gay and bi men accounted for 83 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 2014 and 92 percent of new diagnoses among men between the ages of 13 and 24. If this trend continues, the CDC predicts one in six gay and bi men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime — that includes half of all gay and bi African American men, 25 percent of all Hispanic/Latino men who have sex with men, and nearly 10 percent of white gay and bi men.

While HIV knows no gender or sexual orientation, gay and bisexual men continue to experience the highest number of HIV cases in the United States.

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New Hillary Ad Features Woman Denied Apartment By Trump Company Because She Is Black [VIDEO] - Joe.My.God.
Via Mediaite: Meet Mae Wiggins. She is a woman of color who was told by the Trump Corporation that there were no apartments available for her to rent.

Via Mediaite:

Meet Mae Wiggins. She is a woman of color who was told by the Trump Corporation that there were no apartments available for her to rent. When she took her suspicions that they were lying to her over to the New York Human Rights Commission, they sent a white couple, per the standard practice of the time, to the property only to learn that there were, in fact, vacancies and the white couple was more than welcome to rent one of the units.

Among the many shocking claims in Hillary Clinton‘s latest ad, which features Wiggins, viewers learn that after Donald Trump took over the business from his father, Trump personnel were instructed to write a “C” for “colored” on the housing application of any non-white prospective tenant.

That came from Elyse Goldweber, an attorney on the Justice Department’s eventual case against Trump. A New York Times piece from August revealed that Trump’s father, Fred Trump, simply dealt with applications from people of color by instructing his staff to put them in a drawer and leave them there.

“My name is Mae Wiggins. I was denied an apartment in the Trump buildings based on the color of my skin.”

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton)

October 25, 2016