anonymous asked:

Hey, but I gotta disagree with your statement about "these people don't represent our faith". I think it just silences the problem and does not encourage people to think more about their faith and the content of each holy book. If they identify as muslims and use quran quote, yes, they are indeed muslims who represent islam. I mean, lets use that argument for holocaust. Some Germans say nazi wasnt their value, but does that erase the fact many germans supported nazi's values?

so, if you’re an american, you’re saying you’re accountable for all the slavery in america? or if you’re british, you’re saying you’re accountable for the colonialism that killed literally millions in order to force britain’s culture onto countries around the globe? and you’re saying that if you’re a christian, you’re accountable for the KKK? and that if you’re an atheist, you’re accountable for everything awful Richard Dawkins and TheAmazingAtheist say?

yes, by a technicality these people “represent” their groups simply by virtue of being part of them but saying so like this is misleading, adds nothing of value to the discussion, and worst of all, seems like a scapegoat to blame good people for the actions of those with shitty beliefs who happen to share a religion with them.

at the risk of stirring up discourse– imo “dyke” is a slur that only lesbians can reclaim as an identifier, but at the same time, I think it’s okay for any wlw to reclaim as a descriptor (IF everyone around them is cool with it and it’s not a trigger for anybody)

Lesbian: I’m such a dyke        👍
Bi woman: I’m such a dyke     ❌
Pan woman: My girlfriend got the cutest dyke cut at the barbershop  👍
Pan woman: Look at that cute dyke over there ❌
Lesbian: Hey I’m headed to the dyke march   👍
Bi woman: Hey, I’m headed to dyke night at the club  👍

And non-wlw should never ever say that word except in extremely rare contexts where everyone involved has consented to the use of the reclaimed slur for targeted political/activist reasons like: 

and straight people just never can use it, point blank, no exceptions

I have some thoughts about Chicago Pride
  1. The Chicago Dyke March included everyone–except Jews
  2. This was because they made people feel “unsafe”
  3. People were claiming “pinkwashing”
  4. THEY USED THE STAR OF DAVID AS A COMPARISON TO THE SWASTIKA 
  5. “Well done Israel–Hitler would be proud” 

I hope you all are really proud of yourselves.

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Holocaust denial rages on in 2017

  • In a recent article for the Atlantic, Holocaust expert Deborah Lipstadt says there are two types of Holocaust denial: “softcore” and “hardcore." 
  • According to Lipstadt, softcore Holocaust denial is more concerned with minimizing the facts, "arguing that Jews use the Holocaust to draw attention away from criticism of Israel." 
  • It also calls for the "de-Judaization” of the Holocaust.
  • In 2014, the Anti-Defamation League surveyed more than 53,000 people in over 100 countries and found staggering results. 
  • At the time, 54% of respondents had heard of the Holocaust, and 32% of them said that the number of people who died had been exaggerated. 
  • Of the 74% who had never met a Jewish person, 25% harbored anti-Semitic attitudes. A
  •  2015 update of this survey estimated that 24 million Americans still hold anti-Semitic sentiments, and 20% of those surveyed believe that Jews “still talk too much about what happened to them in the Holocaust.”
  • According to the Holocaust Museum website, the movement has gained a boost from the internet “because of the ease and speed with which such misinformation can be disseminated." 
  • Unlike Germany or France, the U.S. does not criminalize the denial of the Holocaust or the propagation of Nazi and anti-Semitic speech, the website reports. Read more

So this is legit the message Trump left at the Holocaust memorial in Israel -

- and, yeah.

One Republican official, who requested anonymity in order to speak freely, said after meeting Trump recently he did not think the president had a firm enough grasp on the nuances of the long-running Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“I don’t think he understands it,” said the official, adding that Trump needed more detailed briefings before leaving on Friday. “I think it’s a very difficult challenge and I hope he’s going to talk to a lot of smart people.”

Conversations with some officials who have briefed Trump and others who are aware of how he absorbs information portray a president with a short attention span.

He likes single-page memos and visual aids like maps, charts, graphs and photos.

National Security Council officials have strategically included Trump’s name in ‘as many paragraphs as we can because he keeps reading if he’s mentioned,’ according to one source, who relayed conversations he had with NSC officials.

[source: Reuters]

“Wow. That is absolutely pathetic. Our President can only understand the world to the extent it involves…himself.”

16 May, Romani Day of Resistance.

Romani are usually excluded whenever the topic of the Holocaust/WW2 comes up, so it’s not all too surprising that the Romani Day of Resistance is very unknown to the majority. But it should be celebrated and embraced since it represents a change in the way Romani culture and identity appear in public space - where a history of resistance replaces a history of oppression:

  • On 15 May 1944, the underground resistance movement in the Auschwitz, Birkenau concentration camp BIIe warned the Roma that the SS guards were planning to round up the nearly 6,000 Roma and Sinti prisoners and send them to the gas chambers. 
  • On the morning of 16 May, the Romani prisoners did not show up for the usual morning roll call and ceased cooperating with the SS guards.
  • The Roma barricaded themselves into their shanties. They had broken into an equipment warehouse and armed themselves with hammers, pickaxes and shovels, taking apart the wooden sections of the bunks they slept on to make wooden stakes. 
  • When the SS guards approached the area, they were met with armed resistance from the inmates. 
  • The prisoners forced the guards into retreat, and though some prisoners were shot that night, the act of resistance allowed the Roma and Sinti prisoners to put off execution for several more months.
  • The SS were in shock because they had completely failed to anticipate this resistance. Concerned they might lose more men and that the uprising might spread to other parts of Auschwitz, they retreated from camp BIIe.
  • No Roma died in the gas chambers that day. The Nazis subsequently put the prisoners of BIIe on a starvation diet.
  • Later, on 23 May 1944 the Nazis moved 1,500 of the strongest Romani prisoners to Auschwitz I, many of whom were then sent to Buchenwald concentration camp.
  • On 25 May 1944, 82 Romani men were transported to the Flossenburg concentration camp and 144 young Romani women were sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp.  
  • Less than 3,000 Romani prisoners remained in the family camp at BIIe, most of them children.
  • On 2 August 1944, the Nazis gassed all the remaining Romani prisoners to death in gas chamber V, although the Roma fought back on that dark night as well.

In Hungary the 2nd of August was designated in 2005 by the Parliament as “Roma and Sinti Genocide Remembrance Day”, yet most European countries make no or insufficient mention of the Roma victims in their official position regarding the Holocaust. 

Roma are still misrepresented by stereotypes that overshadow our culture and real identity and it should be needless to say that Europe should put some effort on making the Roma genocide widely known and recognized, to serve as a counterforce to the increasingly violent rhetoric and action against the Roma because and through them. Yet it does not seem like anything like that will happen any time soon. 

& Yes, please reblog this to make at least some of our history known.

time.com
White House says it Deliberately Omitted Jews from Holocaust Statement | Time
The Holocaust Remembrance Day statement made no mention of the 6 million Jews killed
By Madeline Farber

Deliberately. Omitted. The Jews…. from HOLOCAUST REMEMBRANCE DAY.

Originally posted by vismaviedevie

It’s already been pointed out before, but it bears repeating: Trump - who campaigned with anti-Semitism - is NOT trying to be a friend to the Jews.

Or Muslims. Or Black people. Or Women. Or anyone else in the United States. Or the world.

(And no, Jared Kushner doesn’t count)

i also loved that in this episode simon explicitly discussed and acknowledged his jewish heritage and the trauma of having family that survived an incredibly devastating and horrific genocide, and that maia explicitly acknowledged that she’s black and that she’s doubly profiled by cops and shadowhunters. i love that luke finally rid himself of being chained to clary. i love that he told jace like it is, and said that this is exactly how a downworlder revolt starts, and that if the shadowhunters don’t want one then they shouldn’t treat people like shit. i love that clary, for once, wasn’t a white savior but she did tell off imogen herondale and everything she said was truthful and correct without it falling into her usual trap of ostentatious and performative idealism. i love that maia was unafraid to beat up the shadowhunters, including jace. i love that she comforted simon and that she held jace accountable for his actions. i love that clary did too. i love that meliorn wasn’t villainized, that instead he got to help raphael and isabelle out. i love that jace apologized to maia wholeheartedly. i love that jace realized that he’s not cut out to be the leader of the institute and that he gave the position to whom it rightfully belongs to - his brother and parabatai, alec. i love that alec apologized to magnus completely sincerely and understood what magnus was trying to teach him. 

i love that they all came together as a group, as a family, to listen to simon sing, and i love that simon dedicated his song to all downworlders. 

Black people are never allowed to feel or do anything without white people trying to invalidate us.

When we mourn our fallen brothers and sisters, here comes Becky and Conner to shout “all lives matter”. When we succeed, Smith Ann, who refuses to acknowledge that she benefits from white privilege, comes through to tell us we only made it because we are a minority, not because we worked hard. When we get angry, good ol’ Ethan decides to label us as “ghetto”. When black people call out the injustices we face in this country because of the color of our skin, Greg and Jenny have to chime in with the “everything is not about race” argument. John will mourn and respect the Holocaust, but will turn around tell black people to get over slavery. Beatrice can be pressed, yell, and be upset when her pumpkin spice latte is not made correctly, but black people can’t be upset when we are followed around the store because somebody thinks we are stealing.

Unless you have lived a black life, you cannot tell black people how to feel. Stop trying to invalidate us. 

In May of 1939, the MS St. Louis set off from Germany with Captain Gustav Schroder at the helm and a belly full of Jewish refugees. After being denied entry to Cuba at Havana harbor, the St. Louis set route for Florida, in hopes that the land of the free would be more accommodating. It was not.

President Franklin D. Roosevelt had recently cracked down on immigration, restricting it to those with the financial means to support themselves. (At that point, the average German Jew’s checkbook register read simply “Property of der Fuhrer.”) As 1940 approached, and with it news that Nazi Germany was invading … uh, everything, the American public began to regard Jewish refugees as potential threats to national security. FDR, who had previously canceled the expiration of up to 15,000 Germans’ visas rather than, y'know, send them straight to Hell, caved to pressure from Secretary of State Cordell Hull, who rallied Southern Democrats and threatened to remove their support for the president if a certain boatful of refugees didn’t disappear real sudden-like.

The St. Louis, denied entry at the port of Miami, turned back for Europe. About a third of its passengers ended up in Great Britain, while the rest were sprinkled throughout Western Europe, aka “the place where the Nazis were.” By June of 1940, FDR had drunk deep of the Conspiracy Kool-Aid, stating: “Now, of course, the refugee has got to be checked because, unfortunately, among the refugees there are some spies, as has been found in other countries. And not all of them are voluntary spies – it is rather a horrible story but in some of the other countries that refugees out of Germany have gone to, especially Jewish refugees, they found a number of definitely proven spies.”

And by golly, he was right: In 1942, the United States convicted Herbert Karl Friedrich Bahr of being a Nazi spy posing as a Jewish refugee – the single known instance of such a thing happening. Of the 937 passengers aboard the St. Louis, 254 died in the Holocaust. In 1945, Cordell Hull was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Karma’s a lovely idea, isn’t it?

5 Stories That Prove Everyone Gets WW2 Wrong

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January 27th 1945: Liberation of Auschwitz

On this day in 1945, the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in Poland was liberated by the Soviet Red Army. One of the most notorious camps of Nazi Germany, Jews and others persecuted by the Nazi regime were sent to Auschwitz from 1940 onwards. During its years in operation, over one million people died in Auschwitz, either from murder in the gas chambers or due to starvation and disease. As the war drew to a close and the Nazis steadily lost ground to the Allied forces, they began evacuating the camps and destroying evidence of the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed there. The leader of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, ordered the evacuation of the remaining prisoners at the camp as the Soviet Red Army closed in on the area. Nearly 60,000 prisoners from Auschwitz were forced on a march toward Wodzisław Śląski (Loslau) where they would be sent to other camps; some 20,000 ended up in the Bergen-Belsen camp in Germany. However, thousands died during the evacuation on the grueling marches, leading to them being called ‘death marches’. 7,500 weak and sick prisoners remained in Auschwitz, and they were liberated by the 322nd Rifle Division of the Soviet Red Army on January 27th 1945. Auschwitz remains one of the most powerful symbols of the Holocaust and the horrific crimes committed by the Nazi regime against Jews and numerous other groups.

passive aggressive reminder that more than two genders and transgender people have existed for millennia

reminder that colonialism forced native societies to revert back to their gender assigned at birth or be killed

reminder that there has been Mahu in Hawai’i until it was forcefully taken and colonized by white america

reminder that there were Hijra in South Asia until britain colonized it and forced every Hijra person into concentration camps the same time the german holocaust was happening

reminder that We’Wha was lhamana who served as an Ambassador to the Zuni people in 1886 to Grover Cleveland and was arrested for witch craft

reminder that in ancient Egypt there were people who were transgender and Egyptologists say that it was just people who were “buried wrong”

reminder that there are thousands of societies and cultures lost because of white colonization and we will never hear their stories

reminder that when this isnt taught in school it erases the history of people of color and queer people