Something everyone should read if you haven’t voted yet
I didn’t give Donald Trump much thought until the election began. As a young child, I remember walking past the Trump Tower on a visit in New York City. I didn’t do much except for admire the glinting bold letters against shiny black stone and examine the glossy department stores beneath. My parents tugged me along under the iron-grey clouds, pursing their lips and just barely containing their disgust.
“How awful,” I caught them say quietly.
“Why?” I inquired from beneath the puffy jacket that I had adopted to protect myself against the biting chill of the East coast.
“He’s a bad man. Very racist,” they told me, shaking their heads and walking faster.
I forgot Trump for many years after that. After all, he was just a harmless, silly businessman, right? I was wrong. When I first heard he was running for president, I brushed it off. He won’t win, I scoffed, why, that’s ridiculous. And he can’t be that bad. I didn’t imagine that anybody running for commander in chief could be such an awful person. When the media reports on his sexist comments and despicable ideas rolled in, I couldn’t believe my eyes.
Then he became the republican candidate. He won’t make it. Hillary Clinton has to win, right? People aren’t that stupid. Nobody would be cruel enough to vote for him. I was more wrong than I could have ever dreamed.
Now I’m standing here in front of my TV. Watching the blue and red bars creep up slowly, listening to the thousands of voices informing me on the results. Trump is winning so far. It terrifies me and disgusts me beyond belief.
He wants Muslims to wear special IDs. You know who did that with Jewish people? Adolf Hitler. He wants to build a wall between Mexico and USA. And wants the Mexican president to pay for it. Impossible. He doesn’t support gay marriage. Or anything LGBTQ. You’ve heard his comments about women. He boasted about sexually assaulting a woman. His ideas are racist and sickening.
You know how Donald Trump says “Make America Great Again”? I’d like to correct that. What he means is, “Make America Great Again For Straight White Males”.
Please. I’m begging you. For the sake of our country. If you haven’t voted already and your state’s polls are still open, go now. If you don’t vote, or you do vote for Trump, that means you’re letting a racist, sexist man who possibly sexually assaults woman be president.
“Unlike the hallways, the lunchroom was suspiciously silent. There was a tension that filled the space, immediately setting Alex on edge. Navigating through the crowd, he managed to slip to the front with ease. In any other case, his small stature would be a brittle thorn in his side, but on the occasion it had its advantages. The scene that laid before him was one that would not soon be forgotten. Lafayette was towering on top of a table, shouting in a mixture of French and English at another boy who was standing on the ground looking up smugly at the enraged teenager. There was a small circle of students blocking entrance to the faceoff, keeping any administration interference at bay. Teenagers are like sharks, Alex thought, a fight is like a drop of blood.”
Aaaaaand here is yet another drawing from @damn-man-ham-fam‘s brilliant fic. I can’t seem to stop drawing Hamilton how did this happen
Rebekah asks a favor that turns out to be kind of life changing (life ruining?) for Caroline. Living with a temporarily broke Kol is one thing. A really, really annoying thing. And then Klaus is suddenly always around, planted on her couch, drinking her wine and adding snarky commentary which Caroline DOES NOT appreciate. Mikaelson’s and boundaries apparently did not mix.
So I wanted to draw something inspired by fanfics and the first fanfic that came into my mind was The Fluffly Problemby @effulgentcolors and since Lyuby is the best friend and person I could have find on Tumblr, I decided to make a little something for her THIS little something. Half Kitty Killy!
Every life I’ve touched since jumping from the Persephone, I’ve ruined. I begin to sob, finding it difficult to breathe. The pain is too great, an undertow dragging me too deep. Already I feel Frances beginning to drown inside me. She’d broken through the surface for one last choking gasp but it wasn’t enough.
She was never strong enough for this. From the beginning it has always my job to survive. It’s what I do best. What I was made for.
My mom just told me something that I seriously think everyone should read
Amara and Dean are like the Phoenix and Jean. If you're unfamiliar with the x-men story like I pretty much am, this is basically what she said
The Phoenix is a powerful creature that was locked away and in a way suppressed of its powers for a long ass time (like Amara) and didn't care about humanity or anything below it, but through Jean, the Phoenix learned to appreciate it and grew a bond with Jean, the Phoenix wanted to protect her and Jean could never hurt the Phoenix or do wrong to it. But get this, Jean hated it.. she even begged to be killed time and time again because of it. She felt trapped and like she was in a prison because of the bond.. and yet, she would worry about the Phoenix, and she would not want the Phoenix to be harmed..... she couldn't help it even though she hated it
YES. SO MUCH YES. To be perfectly honest Dracula is probably the most heavily re-read book on my shelf. It’s one of the most widely misunderstood pieces of literature in the world, which is absolutely why you should read it for yourself. See, when Stoker was writing, the vampire legend wasn’t about mopey teenage girls and their sparkly boyfriends. It was about sin and religion and good and evil and things beyond the power of man’s meager understanding.
It’s also just a fucking great story and it is absolutely worth reading.
As far as Frankenstein is concerned, it’s something pretty much everyone should read, if only for the sake of being culturally aware. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fascinating, but it’s also really dense and has some long and frankly boring passages that take you away from the action. However, it’s all about man playing God and what the consequences of that are.
So yes. For different reasons, yes to both. (But especially Dracula.)
Alright dear anon,
I know you mean well, I really do, and I thank you for taking the time to express your feelings. Here’s a story I’d like to recount you with–
The day I took photos as Carlos was an extremely terrible day. I was excited to cosplay him and yes, I did try and darken my skin, but after receiving a few messages that really beat down my confidence, I sat on my bathroom floor and cried. I told my friend coming to cosplay Cecil that they should just turn around and drive home and that’s when we decided what to do. We washed off my face along with the tears and apologized for something that I was actually excited for. In the end we didn’t do any more than setting my already existing makeup; eyebrows, foundation [In my skin tone which really doesn’t help me look any more ‘white’ and 'not-racist’. The reason being is that I made the mistake of using a cream based acne medication that burned my skin when exposed to direct sunlight. On top of that, my face is darker due to acne and acne scarring. I can’t help that. I can’t help that photograph make me look disproportionate, but I’m learning to accept that my arms are olive, my legs are fleshy pink, my neck and shoulders are pale, an my face is dark and burn red or sometimes the regular foundation makes it darker than it really should be. I can’t help who I am.] I went out that day to take pictures the way I was. Sitting and crying about it wasn’t ping to help. I’m not a racist, but the fact that I wanted to cosplay a variation of the many different looks of a certain character defined by their voice makes me question the view of racism in out society.
You can’t LOOKS racist. My grandfather’s a racist sometimes but he just looks like a hearty Italian man. My dad is on the darker spectrum on Italian skin and you wouldn’t call him a racist for marrying a ginger would you? No one can look racist, even in roleplaying. If someone wants to cosplay a character with skin different from their own, that’s because they value the character enough to become them. They’re not prancing around shouting profanities. These people are trying to create a theatrical output, movie magic.
So to end this rant, and I’m sorry to call it that, I want to tell you that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Black facing to you may be racism, but it’s what people do once they’ve got the makeup on that really defines what kind of person they are.
You don’t call people who live in tanning beds racists do you?
I don’t care if you don’t read this comic, this is something everyone should see. I can’t express how masterful this monologue is. Hussie has been intentionally portraying Dave as a “cool” guy, on top of things, with always something witty to say. Not only is this how Dave truly feels, it’s an outlet for the author and gives us insight on how he probably felt.
Well. I just finished it and I’m..I’m actually dead inside. I cry every time I hear that damn song. I will never get over it and for anyone who is reading it or will read it, I have some advice.
1) DON’T FIGHT YOUR FUCKING TEARS. They will occur. Multiple times.
2) You will never look at beaches, Polaroids, or Elvis the same again.
3) PREPARE. That’s all. Just..prepare for..everything.
4) Good Luck.
5) You won’t regret reading it because it’s a beautiful piece of art and I truly believe it’s something everyone should read, Destiel shipper or not, read it.