NORTH CAROLINA: Anti-LGBT Hate Law Drags Gov. Pat McCrory Down To -9 Points In Stunning New Poll
USA Today reports: For the governorship, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is far behind Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. The incumbent trails Cooper, 52%-43%. Some of McCrory’s struggle could stem from the HB2 law that he signed.

USA Today reports:

For the governorship, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory is far behind Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. The incumbent trails Cooper, 52%-43%.

Some of McCrory’s struggle could stem from the HB2 law that he signed. The HB2 law, also known as the “bathroom bill,” among other things requires users of public restrooms to use the bathroom of the gender they were born with. A majority of voters said they disapproved of the law, 55%-36%.

The telephone poll was conducted Aug. 20-23 of 401 likely voters. The margin of error is plus or minus 4.9 points.

More from Monmouth:

Importantly, Tar Heel voters are split on the incumbent’s performance as governor, with 45% approving of the job McCrory has done and 46% disapproving. A key element in the governor’s rating is his support for House Bill 2 or HB2, the controversial law that prohibits local governments from allowing for transgender public restrooms.

A majority of voters (55%) disapprove of HB2 compared to fewer than 4-in-10 (36%) who approve of HB2. Among voters who approve of the law, 74% are backing McCrory in the governor’s race. Among those who disapprove of it, 72% are voting for Cooper. “McCrory is trying to take control of the HB2 debate with a new TV ad. As of right now, though, North Carolina voters feel it has hurt the state, which is helping Cooper’s bid to unseat the incumbent,” said Murray.

sparkscroach  asked:

Hey I have a small q, I know you work in a zoo and I was wondering what they feed carnivores? Like what kind of meat do they use cause I'm guessing they can't always give them EXACTLY what they would eat in the wild due to it just not being realistic

Great observation! We give our carnivores ground beef or hors.e depending on the animal’s preference. Its not the stuff you get at the grocery store though- it includes organ meat. They also get other things like r.ats, q.uail, r.abbits, ox tails, and bones.
Some of our other animals are tricky. For example, giant anteaters will only eat ants from south america… obviously thats an issue because it would be wasteful of resources to capture ants and attempt to feed them to our animals. Instead, we worked with mazuri to develop an insectivore chow with complete nutrition for insectivores. They also get avocado, which is their favorite food, worms, honey, and other soft fruits.


Between the World and Me (2015)

“In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?

Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Meclearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.”

 by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Get it  now here  

Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, a finalist for the National Book Award. A MacArthur “Genius Grant” fellow, Coates has received the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations.” He lives in New York with his wife and son.

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You cannot, as a society, constantly question a rape victim’s story and ask if she had it coming...then suddenly get pissed off about how paranoid and distrustful of men young women truly are these days.

“No, I won’t go to a frat party.”

“No, I won’t accept a drink off a strange man I barely know.”

*Meninists* “But why not, you paranoid prude?”

“Because, no matter what happens, I’m always going to get the blame for it, aren’t I?”
Scene racism stops Asian, black and Brazilian gays from going out
Racism on the gay scene in the UK is so bad that it puts Asian, black and South American LGBTIs off going out.

That’s according to gay and HIV activist Bisi Alimi, speaking on the Student Pride podcast, which is supported by GSN. Alimi became famous after appearing on TV as openly gay in Nigeria – which has some of the toughest anti-gay laws in the world. Eventually he had to seek asylum in Britain. You can listen to the whole podcast BY CLICKING THE ABOVE LINK, but here are some highlights from the interview, which includes a hint that Alimi is planning a project with Caitlyn Jenner.

Alimi on racism, On his new #BlackLivesMatter tattoo:

‘I saw a Twitter post from someone and she said: “As a black person I’m only a bullet away from being a hashtag”. That stuck with me. I thought, wait a minute, this is really true.’

On being refused entry to UK gay venues for being black:

‘When it was happening to me, I didn’t know how widespread it was at the time until I started talking to friends – Asians, Brazilians, other black people – and they said they had experienced it. ‘A lot of them were refusing to go out. They were like: “There’s no point going out because I cannot deal with having to explain myself and justify the reasons why I have to come to a space which belongs to all of us.”’

Alimi as an HIV and Nigerian activist on PrEP:

‘The question is do people stop using condoms when they are on PrEP? I’m sure a lot of people do. PrEP solves part of your problem, it does not fit the bigger picture.’

On LGBTI rights in Nigeria:

‘Change is inevitable, however much we fight it. Maybe not in my lifetime but there will be a time when LGBT people in Nigeria will be able to lead an authentic life.’ 

Land of the Free: America in Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic YA Fiction

First of a three-part series on the depiction of the United States in YA dystopian and post-apocalyptic fiction. Every decision and choice we make as individuals or as part of a whole community is based on the general idea of how it could affect our futures.

Staff Writer Lorraine Acevedo Franqui takes apart dystopian and post-apocalyptic YA novels to examine how America - and Americans - are represented there.


This is how I feel every time someone says that they think Bucky should have apologized in Civil War for being forced to do things for HYDRA.

Bucky will probably Want to ask for forgiveness and I don’t think he’s close to a place where he can even start to forgive himself.

But he shouldn’t have to ask for forgiveness. He shouldn’t be expected to. He’s the victim.
Color Blindness

On many occasions when I tell someone that I am interested in racial studies and social justice, I am greeted with a response similar to, “Oh I dont see color” or “I just treat people of all races, equally!”, which, usually means that they see a person as a human being, and not a person’s race or ethnic background. Although said with harmless intentions, these responses actually feed into a larger system of silencing PoC, disregarding history and neglecting privilege making whiteness the norm. 

Not seeing color doesn’t prevent racism. 

In fact, colorblindness prevents many conversations about race that can be beneficial. Conversation is crucial to having a better understanding various cultures, religions, and racial issues in America. Many of us can benefit from discussion on how the justice system disenfranchises black and Latinx voters, the problems with the Asian model minority myth, or the discrimination hijabi women face.These conversations teach us about other people’s experiences – and allow us to see from alternative perspectives.

Not recognizing color also disregards culture, disregards what makes people unique. Embracing culture on the other hand, opens so many doors for people. It can help dispel myths and stereotypes, establish connections, understanding a people  for what they truly are, instead of what media portrays them as. Understanding different cultures helps you get to know someone on a personal level :) Get to know their struggles and their lifestyle. 

Our varying heritages are what makes us unique and can be fun to learn about, but sometimes, our backgrounds are also linked to our nation’s current racial issues. Internment camps, reservations, slavery, and segregation all point to our nation’s current issues with race and culture. And these things didn’t happen that long ago. 

As I said earlier, our  nation has manyyy racial issues currently, and to address these issues we must first take off our colorblind lenses and acknowledge that they exist :) 

Heres a fun video of one of my favorite pieces of slam poetry:
THE FINAL POST ABOUT KIM DAVIS ON THIS BLOG, FOREVER: Kim Davis' fight is officially over as judge dismisses cases as 'moot'
This is the last Kim Davis story you'll ever have to read.

A U.S. District Court has dismissed three lawsuits against antigay Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, saying that changes in the law since their filing in 2015 — and the continued ability of same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses — make them essentially irrelevant.

“In light of these proceedings, and in view of the fact that the marriage licenses continue to the issued without incident,” the court wrote, “there no longer remains a case or controversy before the Court.”

When the suits first came before the court in 2015, the plaintiffs were granted a preliminary injunction and Davis was ordered to issue marriage licenses to anyone qualified to marry in the state of Kentucky. While Davis sought to appeal the rulings, by the time arguments were scheduled to begin, the state had passed a law removing clerk’s names from marriage licenses.Davis asked that the appeals be dismissed. The ACLU agreed and the Sixth Circuit said the issues raised were now moot and ordered the court to vacate the injunctions.

The court lays out in its order how life just carried on while Davis held out hope for a reversal:

While these appeals were pending, marriage licenses were issued without incident. Matt Bevin also won the Kentucky gubernatorial election. Upon taking office, Governor Bevin signed an executive order removing the names of County Clerks from marriage licenses. This executive order eventually led to the proposal of Kentucky Senate Bill 216 (“SB 216”), which creates a new marriage license form that does not require the County Clerk’s signature. On April 1, 2016, the Kentucky Senate passed SB 216. Governor Bevin signed it into law less than two weeks later.

Friday, the court finally struck the cases from its docket, effectively washing its hands of Davis.

And yet, the Liberty Counsel, which represented Davis, cast the order as a victory.

“Kim Davis has won! We celebrate this victory for her and for every American,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel in a press release. “County clerks are now able to perform their public service without being forced to compromise their religious liberty. The case is now closed and the door has been shut on the ACLU’s attempt to assess damages against Kim Davis. This victory is not just for Kim Davis. It is a victory for everyone who wants to remain true to their deeply-held religious beliefs regarding marriage while faithfully serving the public.”

But LGBTQ couples are the real winners, because public servants like Davis can no longer stand between same-sex couples and their right to wed.

Dear SJWs and Hillary supporters: It isn’t “brave” to wear a Hijab in America… Bravery would be going to a Muslim country and taking the hijab off.

Read the article here:

anonymous asked:

I think the difference with cosplaying a character that isn't a minority/discriminated against for a certain thing as a person who is is that there are very few choices for those people to actually cosplay due to the limited amount of representation in media. cosplaying a character who IS a minority or is discriminated against for something (i.e. size) as someone who isn't is just taking away representation from the community, when there are countless other characters that you could cosplay

Ok i understand your point of view.

But when i am on the internet (IRL it’s a completely different matter as far as i’m concerned) I always have the feeling we are forgetting something here: if I cosplay a certain character i mean nothing apart from the fact that I LOVE IT. TO DEATH. 
So how can I, by impersonating said character, steal the visibility? Sure, I may not have the body to fit that “minority” but hey I am cosplaying it! I spent days/months on making this costume + props. I want to show people nothing apart from how cool I think this character is, by using the means I have of course!

I can understand it would be better if I fitted that body type/skin tone, but guys… cosplay is about fun. And it may seem a mainstream thing to say, but I do mean it jfc

“Countless other characters you could cosplay” is not an excuse. If I love that character I want to share the love for THAT character, not another one. 

I take myself as an example: I cosplayed Young Connor Kenway from AC3 - I am not native american, but he is my favourite character, I don’t wanna cosplay anyone else!
I thought that by doing a costume that is a minority, I would bring VISIBILITY to that minority. Cosplaying a native american character at an italian convention may get people interested about the culture, as much as I was amazed by it. I never thought it could be an insult - still i’m called racist for that cosplay.