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Saladin Ahmed, the writer of Marvel’s Black Bolt, has written Captain America into a future issue of the series and I’m honestly so excited and hopeful. The past few years have been rough on a lot of Cap fans, but I trust him to do right by Steve Rogers. I know it’s probably only an issue or two, but it means a lot he was given this opportunity.

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People Are Claiming This Asian American Doctor Who Took A Knee Is Too Privileged To Speak Out
Dr. Gu told BuzzFeed News he was simply supporting black Americans after Trump's remarks, but he believes he's now being told to stay quiet, grateful, and act as the "silent model minority".
By Tanya Chen

“The common theme among these white supremacists is to accuse me of ‘Asian privilege,’” Gu said. “Their arguments were that because I went to Stanford and Duke Medical School, I should be thankful and not complain about systemic racism…”

“It struck me as incredibly racist because I have every right to show solidarity with African-Americans in this country, my fellow Americans, who are subjected to police brutality and injustice…“

“In fact, successful white Americans and Hollywood stars comment about this all the time. Why is it that I, as an Asian-American, cannot comment on prevailing social and racial issues affecting America today? Do I have no voice?” Gu added.

Perfect case study of how the model minority myth/perceived whiteness of East Asians is used to damage antiracist efforts

Also, just throwing this out there to make people sad, but…

When he’s thawed out he’s laying down. He was frozen laying down. And the plane hit the water when he was in the pilot seat- we saw that.

Which means he wasn’t knocked out by the initial impact. And it doesn’t look like he drowned, either. He had time to see his expected death coming, after the impact, and lay himself down. My guess is some internal injuries from the crash, followed by freezing to death inside the plane.

So just go ahead an add a little scene in your head of Steve surviving the crash, but knowing that wet and isolated on a field of ice, in a plane that’s still sinking, nobody would get to him in time. But he knows he’s done his job. So he lays down, and closes his eyes, and maybe wonders if anyone will ever find his body, and bring it back to be buried by his mom and dad, since Bucky never was buried. But either way they’ll have a service for him, and that will be nice, and the priest will say the words and he’ll be at rest. And he feels bad, leaving his men, and he regrets everything he never told Peggy, and that he won’t be there for her now, but at least he did his part, right? He got the job done, and that’s what counts. If he dies alone, bleeding out and freezing, that’s all that Bucky got, to. So that’s all right.

THIRTEEN’s The Talk – Race in America Tackles the Issue of Young People of Color and Their Uneasy Encounters With Law Enforcement. It premieres Monday, February 20, 9 p.m. on PBS. In anticipation of that premiere Tumblr and THIRTEEN  have convened officers, advocates and policy experts to discuss the state of community policing in the United States. 

Dr. Bryant T. Marks is a National Trainer on Implicit Bias and Community Policing. He has trained over 1,000 police chiefs via a series of White House briefings, and several thousand patrol officers through small group workshops in police departments across the country. He is a professor of psychology at Morehouse College and also serves as a Senior Research Fellow with the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.

John Matthews is the Executive Director of the Community Safety Institute (CSI) and a former Chief of Police. John developed and implemented community policing for the Dallas Police Department in the 1990’s and has worked nationally on scores of COPS Office initiatives over the past twenty years developing over 100 community policing training programs. John also serves as the Director of Federal Partnerships for the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund and was a member of the White House 21st Century Policing team.

Bakari Kitwana is the executive director of Rap Sessions, which is currently touring the nation leading town hall discussions on the theme “Run Toward Fear: Millennial Activists and Social Justice in the Trump Era” He is the author of The Hip-Hop Generation: Young Blacks and the Crisis in African-American Culture the forthcoming Hip-Hop Activism in the Obama Era.

Trevena Garel is a retired New York City Police Sergeant. During her 21-year career Trevena served as both an undercover and an investigator in the NYPD’s Chief of Patrol’s Investigation and Evaluation Section, investigating allegations of misconduct involving both uniformed and/or civilian members of the NYPD. Trevena has had “The Talk” with her three children and her two oldest grandchildren.

Chief Michael Koval began his career with the Madison Police Department in 1983. Before becoming the Chief in 2014 he was the Sergeant of Recruitment and Training for 17 years. He has a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law.

The Ask Box is now open.  Ask our panelists a question!

Our panelists will start responding on Saturday, February 18. 

krushvox  asked:

what do you think of the new hate MHA is starting to get now that it become popular

ignore it.

the reason it’s getting hate is because it’s more popular, and people are blowing things wildly out of proportion. not to say MHA doesn’t have it’s problems, it does, but there’s a fine line between giving a genuine critique of the series, and just spewing blind hate about it.

it’s especially frustrating because a lot of times the hate takes a very american-centered stance in regards to issues, when America and Japan have very different political and social climates and are evolving at different rates, and in general have different cultural values. plus, there are just gonna be common anime tropes in shonen, regardless of how annoying/frustrating they are, and they’re not supposed to be taken seriously. they just exist b/c it’s part of the genre. 

MHA is really great at looking at certain issues, like bullying, or self-sacrifice, or pushing yourself too hard, etc. but it’s not perfect. everything has it’s flaws. it’s flaws don’t automatically make it irredeemably bad, it just means that it has flaws that should be critiqued, and not taken out of proportion to what they are.

anyway, that’s all i’ll be saying on the subject. 

As a pro-life Christian, I believe outlawing abortion is a BIG mistake.

Not because I don’t believe it’s wrong, but because I’m scared for the women out there who will turn to other ways to get abortions.

My grandmother got pregnant with my mother in the 60s, and considered getting an abortion at an illegal clinic. Now, an illegal clinic does not have to be up to code (because it’s illegal and they have no one supervising them). Thankfully she decided against it, because what if she got an infection or the procedure was done wrong and she died?

That’s what will happen if we outlaw abortion NOW. There will be no happy-white-Jesus-angels-singing victory! There will be women finding dangerous ways to get an abortion or even commit suicide themselves!

The only way to stop abortions is to stop the demand for it. How do we do that? Birth control, pre-natal care (which Planned Parenthood claims to provide but at most facilities it does not), care after birth, lower college tuition, lower housing costs, lower food costs, and most of all: get rid of the shame and fear of unexpected pregnancy!

Us Christians have shamed women and made them fearful to have children, and to bring them into this world. We have called them whores, disgusting, terrible women when really they are scared and need out help.

Let us as Christians start there: being gentle and compassionate to women who have unexpected pregnancy.

Just like we say “outlawing guns won’t stop criminals from getting to them”, it’s the same thing. Outlawing abortion will only lead to unsafe abortions.

Sorry this is long but I believe this is the biggest issue in America today: that we think nonbelievers are the problem when really, it starts with us. Pro-life is supporting life through every stage, not just at birth!

Nations+Socializing Issues

America: Having too many friends and worrying that you’re going to disappoint them if you don’t space out your time among them well enough.

Canada: Wanting to have friends while also being painfully shy and something of a wallflower. 

Prussia: Are you really too much of an asshole or is it a tolerable amount? 

England: Am I too boring? Does my superiority complex make my friends think I hate them? 

France: Doesn’t know how to say no. Gets stressed out about helping everyone else and not himself.

Germany: Feeling like the only voice of reason and becoming easily frustrated. 

Italy: Knowing you’re being annoying and trying to be extra nice to make up for it but worrying it’s not enough.

Japan: Wanting to speak your mind but never gaining the confidence. Accidentally being a pushover.

Russia: You have no friends. You’re very lonely.

China: Other people tend to be exhausting but you still wish they’d respect you more than they do.

Spain: People take advantage of how kind you are and you wish you could read people better.  

An alternative for purchasing your spiritual supplies would be BOTANICAS also named ‘Religious Goods store’

Most are ran by seasoned practitioners whose families have practiced for generations, often using traditional methods for their products. If they do import its often from practitioners of Africa, The Caribbean and Latin America.

* My Biggest issue with Euro-American ran spiritual shops is the slapping together of various Deities and customs due to ignorance, picking out whatever looks/sounds good from various belief systems and slapping it together with Euro based spiritual beliefs.