reeducation camps

The fact some of you are listening to the stories of wealthy white Cubans that were kicked out of a country they colonized is so wild to me. We talk about revolution then think people won’t be killed? I don’t understand. Is your critique coming from a place of analysis or from a place of anti communism?

Fidel had reeducation/labor camps for queer people because of homophobia brought by Christianity (colonizers).
The moment he unlearned that he decriminalized homosexuality.
(Something that was illegal under Batista.)
Noted: Homosexuality was still illegal in the U.S. until 2004 (Texas)
Gender reassignment surgery is also free in Cuba and there’s a government branch that’s specifically designed for queer people as a form of reparations to make up for what was lost systematically. There’s still much of a queer struggle in Cuba the same way there is much of a queer struggle anywhere there has been colonization and anywhere there is patriarchy. This is to be expected and this is not to be pushed away and we must support this liberation as a Cuban one.

Fidel Castro was dedicated to black liberation. Has protected Assata Shakur from the U.S. for decades and helped fund the Black Panthers. One of the first things he did when he came to power was free black and indigenous “servants” that were “employed” under white colonizers. He created schools and literacy programs to make sure everyone could read. Anti Blackness is everywhere. We must struggle with the Black Cuban struggle, not against it.

Fidel’s Cuba was not perfect in the beginning. It had been oppressive since the first white colonizer stepped foot on to the island. Him and his people worked to build a Cuba where the oppressed had rights and had their needs met. By any means necessary. White colonizers, the Cuban mob, and white Cubans who refused to give up land that wasn’t even theirs were murdered because they got in the way of revolution. Fidel’s Cuba is still not perfect, not until we all support and aid in the full struggle against capitalism and colonization.

When we talk about revolution, this is the reality.

I also have pdf sources and books if anyone is interested. Can’t link them where I want because I’m on mobile.

Edit: Y'all knew I was radical and about revolution so I’m not sure why some of my followers are surprised I don’t hate Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez. I’m a Marxist-Leninist and I wasn’t raised with a U.S. education on politics. My parents are communists. I read Mao. I have a class analysis. I have an analysis outside of just race and outside of just gender. I’m not somebody trying to be edgy or trendy with my opinion on Fidel. This is how I feel based on my analysis of the socialist struggles in Latin America and what can come out of that when you lead anti capitalist revolution. This is my opinion based on how black and brown liberation are united and how white supremacist capitalism was destroyed in Cuba, and yes that meant people were killed. I’m not a liberal. I don’t believe we’ll get our liberation by voting Democrat and having community forums with police on the panel. I don’t want no half ass liberation. To my black people, we won’t get free without revolution. We won’t get free without destroying capitalism because it is the system that sold our bodies and eradicated out cultures in the name of money and capital. We can’t romanticize revolution and the Black Panthers and then act shocked when people get killed. No revolution has been peaceful. Especially not for us. You can’t say you support the Black Panthers and then play into the U.S.’s anti communist propaganda when the BBP were based on Marxist writings and often read Mao in the study groups. We need to know when to put identity politics down and start building up our own theories and thoughts on an internationalist level. The Black struggle is the Brown struggle is the Queer struggle is the poor struggle. We are all connected. All of our liberations are wound up together. All of our energy must go towards educating and building up each other. Not telling each other to be silent. We have to stop letting white people control the narrative and listen to the most oppressed people of every group. We have to listen to the poor workers and the bodies that are being the most exploited under these current systems. Critiques are valid, repeating what the public education system and media tells you is not.

anonymous asked:

Would Abaddon order the chaos forces working with him to allow the Tau to claim Imperial territory if only to separate Imperial Forces from gathering strength on them? Then he would turn attention to the Tau later to kill the fishhead alien pawns after they helped divide and conquer. I really don't see the imperials and eldar allying with the Tau once they see the gender reeducation, indoctrination, and sterilization camps.

This would require Abaddon caring even the slightest bit about the Tau. He may not even know they exist. They aren’t even the largest coherent alien empire threatening the Imperium.

anonymous asked:

What big plot hole?

About Portable Ops? Frank Jaeger is a walking plothole in that game. In Metal Gear 2 it was established by Frank himself that he met Big Boss at the tail end of the Vietnam War when he rescued him from a reeducation camp as a child, putting the meeting around 1975. Portable Ops says that Frank met Big Boss in the 60′s and he’s a teenager in 1970. So Frank is a teenager in 1970 when in MG2 he hadn’t met Big Boss until the mid 70′s as a child. It also ages Frank up considerably. It’s a totally unnecessary retcon that stomps on Frank’s original backstory, which is a lot better than the one PO game him.

anonymous asked:

You should be more nice to Kuvira. True she made some terrible mistakes, but deep down she just the same 8 year old girl who seeks for attention and love.

Yeah there’s terrible mistakes and terrible mistakes. You don’t get carte blanche to purge a nation of ethnicities you deem undesirable because you want attention and love.

Kuvira as an intelligent, educated person with character flaws and troubling ideas, which are explained, but not excused, by her history. She has agency here. Don’t make the reeducation camps out to seem like the only natural result of her struggles.

Seriously though, the art book’s thing about Kuvira locking up fire- and waterbenders makes even less sense than her locking up foreigners in general.

I mean, if it’s just benders she’s after, that kind of rules out the idea that she thinks the Earth Empire should just be for Earth people, because foreign non-benders are still foreigners.  And if it’s meant to lock up people she sees as a threat, it’s totally counterproductive because the ratio of non-benders to benders means she’d be making more actual enemies than she apprehends potential ones.  And she apparently has no problem with airbenders for… reasons?

At this point, I think the best explanation is something like this:

Kuvira has a reactionary general who really wants to kick out everyone who showed up in the Earth Kingdom as a result of the Hundred Year War (i.e. Fire and Water people).  Kuvira herself thinks this is pointless, but sees the guy as useful enough to keep around in spite of his extreme position.  He’s clever, though, and decides to try to backdoor his policy through by convincing Kuvira that it’d be useful to conscript all of the fire- and waterbenders, working them to the breaking point, then using their vocal displeasure as an excuse to lock them all up in Kuvira’s name.  (He’s actually kind of hoping that their family will revolt so he’ll have an excuse to get rid of them, too.)

Kuvira herself has no reason for that sort of deception, of course.  But for someone who’s trying to slip his own hateful policy by her, the illogical parts of the “lock up the fire- and waterbenders” plan would actually be features rather than bugs.


1. April 24, 1975, Saigon - South Vietnamese line up at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon, seeking evacuation days before the fall of Saigon
2. April 1, 1975, Nha Trang - South Vietnamese scramble to board an aircraft fleeing North Vietnamese forces 
3. April 24, 1975, Saigon - South Vietnamese waiting in line for evacuation watch an American helicopter take off from the roof of the U.S. Embassy in Saigon
4. March 23, 1975, Tuy Hoa - South Vietnamese civilian and soldiers climb aboard a rescue helicopter to escape advancing North Vietnamese troops

April 30, 1975 - North Vietnamese forces capture Saigon, ending the war 

Like many other remaining South Vietnamese, my father, a soldier, was imprisoned in a “reeducation camp” for seven years where he endured severe malnutrition, forced labor, and inhumane conditions.  

anonymous asked:

It seems pretty clear from the escapees that Kuvira did seek out & lock up people from other nations (for "reeducation" at least), which makes sense if she wanted to create a unified empire (round up most-likely dissenters before they have a chance to interfere). You cite the inclusiveness of Zaofu to defend Kuvira, but why do you consider Zaofu (& Su) inclusive? There's no dissent because everyone there is the same (& would be caught lying) & they live in armored domes to keep out undesirables.

The trick to my interpretation is this: there is so little acknowledgement of the existence of that policy in Kuvira’s own words and actions that there isn’t really anything to rule out the “Kuvira’s generals creatively reinterpreted her ‘lock up dissenters’ policy” option.

Locking up people of foreign origin preemptively seems more likely to breed dissatisfaction than to keep everyone loyal.  I mean, surely, their Earth Kingdom-native friends and families wouldn’t be happy about them getting shipped off, right?

It’s also completely antithetical to her behavior towards nearly every named character on her side – Bolin was a half-Fire Nation citizen of Republic City, Varrick was a Water Tribe native who lived all over the place, and Zhu Li is who-knows-what.

As for Su’s inclusiveness, she seems to require loyalty more than she requires homogeneity.  Huan’s kind of a testament to that – he’s a metalbender with no combat skills whatsoever.  She took in a bunch of people who would have been shunned by society at large, too, like her pirate cook, Varrick, and Kuvira herself.  She’s very in-groupy, but her in-group was always one of choice rather than of birth, and I can’t really see where Kuvira would have picked up that particular brand of nationalism as a result.

forever bitter about this–and getting even more bitter as time goes on–but I hate that Kuvira was written as a villain. I hate that instead of doing something truly groundbreaking and writing Kuvira as a hero who stepped up and helped her historically exploited, marginalized, and oppressed people by securing them better lives under her leadership/protecting her country from the world leaders’ self-serving neo-imperialistic dross, the writers again resorted to the tired LoK trope of giving an antagonist a valid platform, valid beliefs, and valid objections to existing power structures…but impeaching her credibility by writing her methods as inexcusable and deplorable. the labor/reeducation camps were so extra–they literally served no purpose other than some throwaway detail to make Kuvira villainous and give Korra reason to stop her.

Kuvira could have been so much more. instead of choosing the trite “~power corrupts~” Star Wars prequel trilogy story about a young idealist with noble intentions becoming jaded and increasingly authoritarian as they go about effecting change, we could have had a Kuvira who was allowed to be right. a Kuvira who truly deserves her supporters’ fervent loyalty. a Kuvira who resists and stands against the lasting legacy of imperialism and is allowed to be heroic for it. a Kuvira who agonizes about the thin line between what is most efficient for the “greater good” of her people and what is ethical and right, and moves forward always with the intention of toeing it. a Kuvira who makes mistakes but owns them and makes amends to the injured party. a Kuvira who can indict Su for being complacent to leave the EK to suffer in its sectarian chaos over her ideological concerns and Raiko for looking to benefit the UR by having a hand in resolving the conflict and installing an incompetent figurehead king. a Kuvira who doesn’t devolve into typical fascist superweapon-building, labor camp internment-happy dictator opposed to ~multiculturalism for us to condemn and dismiss all her valid objections along with her so we can accept Wu’s half-baked democratic solution for the EK states at the last minute. a Kuvira who Korra would have ultimately allied with and supported against opportunists like Raiko, making good on all the Korra-Kuvira parallels, Korra’s intuition that they could work it out peacefully, and the recurring demonstrations of how Kuvira has earned leadership through her efforts compared to Wu. all they needed to do was make her worthy of it–which she was from the start, until they set out to villainize her.

never over it; will stew resentfully in atla’s+lok’s failings in this area forever with increasing distress and rage.

anonymous asked:

I definitely wouldn't think the Beifongs' treatment in the Reeducation camp was typical, since they had three metalbenders of rare skill among them, and thus putting them to work would have been dangerous and impractical

This is true. I suppose Kuvira could have been using the other prisoners as factory workers. (Maybe that’s what Opal saw? One would think that there wouldn’t be time for Kuvira to start developing a forced-labor regime between After All These Years and Enemy at the Gates, but putting the prisoners to work could probably be done faster)

It might even make more sense to use prisoners to build her top-secret stuff, since it’s harder for them to leave. =P

The Oshun of Rigoberto Rodriguez ‘El de Madruga’ Oshunyemi (iba’e), in Matanzas Cuba. After he passed away, his house was turned into an Orisha museum because his shrines were so gorgeous. They became so gorgeous because he won the Cuban national lottery six times - to show his appreciation, he had a pilón made of solid gold for his Shango. He was gay and avoided being put into the Revolution’s reeducation camps by marrying his lesbian Goddaughter, Fredisvinda Rossell - an Ol’Oya.

Ibae bae tonu Oshunyemi!

fostofina  asked:

Do you think that Sans could have been the Marty Mcfly to Gaster's Doc Brown? maybe they were researching time travel and and anomalies and whatnot and the doc got stuck between timelines. The only one who has any recollection of him is Sans and that's why he's trying to fix the machine. I mean he DOES have quantum physics books in his house and he's aware of the anomaly.

Gaster: “We have to go back Sans, this is a timeline where furry spelunkers have taken over!”

Sans: “uh are you sure Gaster? Maybe this is more complex than-”

Gaster: “here Sans, use this old Halloween costume I built, it’s not a hot animal but it will have to do! You’ve got to blend in Sans, or they will drag you to the yiffing reeducation camps!”

Sans: “Doc I think you’ve been on the Internet too long, I don’t think that’s the case!”

Gaster: “I’ll come back for you Sans! I’ve got an old lab coat and a cracked white hockey mask in the garage, I’ll fix it and join you in disguise! Just say away from the Murrsuits!” (Jumps into machine and disappears)

Sans: “aw geez W.D., you’ve gotten me in a real pickle this time!”

I have entirely too much fun imagining this. Someones probably done a Rick and Morty scene with Sans and Gaster too by now.

anonymous asked:

People are confusing concentration camps with extermination camps. Concentration camps were initially created for slave labor and to "educate" those in the camps. If we're going to go for a Nazi Germany parallel, the first concentration camps were to hold enemies of the state who disagreed with Hitler's ideals and they were to be "re-educated".

This is true. But it’s a lot easier to just go with the show’s terminology than to fight one’s audience’s heavily-ingrained associations.

what she says: im fine

what she means: what is it with the non-EK roundups? why did this info never make it to RC if airbenders and escapees were hanging around the entire country? why didn’t bolin or varrick mention this to raiko or korra when they made it back? why didn’t raiko use this info to push the FN and WTs into the war? surely they would be concerned if friends or allies were in these camps? if bryke is using this info to make kuvira a hitler-based dictator, why is the non-EK roundups mentioned only once in the entire season? and wouldn’t EK citizens notice if neighbors and friends were disappearing? are we to assume that kuvira brainwashed the entire country into accepting this? or that the EK citizens were against the FN and WTs influence after more than 70 years after the 100 year war? but didn’t iroh say that a big source of pride for the EK was the diversity of its people? isn’t that a huge part of the philosophy behind earthbending as well? the diversity of techniques and materials? and why has korra, who spent 6 months traveling in the EK, never once seen either these roundups or the reeducation camps? if they were such a big deal and kuvira was so evil for doing this, why didn’t korra confront kuvira about it a the battle of zaofu? or in the spirit world? why is a subject that brings to mind genocide and ethnic cleansing used in such an offhand way to make a character more evil when we have seen them take over a city by force and nearly kill the avatar? what is the point of referencing human atrocities like this if they are never mentioned or explained again?