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Interviewer: What’s “free” to you, Nina?
Nina Simone: What’s “free” to me?
Interviewer: Yeah
Nina Simone: Same thing it is to you. You tell me.
Interviewer: No, no, you tell me [laughs]
Nina Simone: [laughs] It’s just a feeling. It’s just a feeling. It’s like, “How do you tell somebody how it feels to be in love?” How are you going to tell anybody who has not been in love how it feels to be in love? You cannot do it to save your life. You can describe things but you can’t tell them, but you know it when it happens. That’s what I mean by “free”. 

Tell your local school board to protect trans kids!

On Wednesday, February 22nd, the current administration rescinded President Obama’s declaration that forcing trans kids into the wrong bathroom is illegal discrimination.

That means that local schools now have a choice about how to treat their trans students.  Which could be pretty bad news in some places– but it also means that you have the opportunity to let your schools and school boards know that you care about how trans kids are treated!

There’s no national directory of school boards, so you’ll have to Google your area’s school board (or school committee, in some places).  But once you do, you can tell them that you care about what happens to trans kids in your area.

Remember: school boards are locally elected.  Your vote, and your voice, will count so much more to these people than to senators and representatives at the national level!

Sample script:

Hi! My name is [name], and I’m a [your city] resident.  I’m [writing/calling] to ask you to protect transgender children in [your city]’s schools.  I’m very upset about the president’s recent declaration that transgender children are not protected by Title IX, and can be forced to use the bathroom of the sex they were assigned at birth.  Transgender kids already face bullying and harassment, and I’m worried that forcing them to use the wrong bathroom will make it much more dangerous and uncomfortable for them.  Please allow [your city] students to choose for themselves which bathroom they’ll be most comfortable in. These kids are counting on your help and protection!

Thank you for your time and attention.


[your name]

[your address]

my grandma n me r watching b99 n she said “there are a lot more people of color in movies now than in the past. there weren’t a lot when i was young. and they’re very good at their roles.”

in conclusion, my grandma is arguably the greatest i love her

anonymous asked:

Sorry but the Ulster Scots and English do not get a say in the future of Ireland. I don't care if they "love" Ulaidh, they had to become "Irish" by conquering Ireland, and just because they're too stubborn and greedy to leave doesn't mean they get to drag down Irish people with them.

I’m no fan of loyalists. In Northern Ireland, they treated the Catholics like second class citizens. I’m agnostic myself.

I’ve been reading a book about the history of Ireland. From around the Easter Rising and the Black & Tans all the way through to the Good Friday Agreement.

The history behind it is fascinating and what was originally civil rights protests against the way Catholics were treated soon came under counter-protests from loyalists with attacks etc.

Out of a workforce of 10,000 at the Belfast shipyards only 400 of those were Catholic. If a Catholic tenant was renting from a Protestant landlord then the landlord got their vote in elections. Catholic people had to write a different address on their CV because they wouldn’t get jobs if they came from the ‘Catholic parts of town.’

Orangemen and loyalists burn the Irish flag and they’ve also burned the Saltire. I have no idea what real heritage they actually have.

bucky @ steve post winter soldier:

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SYABM comic 38 “Chi-Fact”

Okay, someone help me out here.

I know there are a lot of “anti-racist” people who think that racism is “(institutionalized) power + prejudice”. And since white people have the power, that means that only white people can be racists. “People of Color” can only be “racially prejudiced”.

So…what was the Civil Rights movement? How did black people change anything if they don’t have any power? I know there were white folks marching with Doc King and sitting at lunch counters, but I’m pretty sure they weren’t exactly the driving force.

A lot of colleges and universities discriminate against white and Asian applications, but in favor of hispanics and blacks. It’s literally institutionalized racial discrimination. Does it only count when it’s against Asians?

What if a white person is racist, but in a way that’s not institutionally supported? Like shooting up a church? White supremacists have been basically a non-entity in the US for my entire life, and I’m typing this when a certain big-eared Hawaiian is still President. Heck, some of ‘em are rebranding to look more friendly, which is like a shark trying to lure people in by getting a boob job.

The answer, of course, is that it’s still racism. Even the anti-racist folks still call it racism. Because they don’t really believe in their definition. They only use it when someone accuses ethnic minorities of racism, to try and get some kind of moral high ground. It’s not a moral principle.

It’s just convenient.

And now some of them looking at the incident in Chicago, and desperately telling themselves that it was targeted at a disabled man, not a white man, and trying to avoid mentioning race entirely. 

Except when they say that the people talking about it hate black folks.

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Cishet Aces and Cishet Aros who believe they are LGBT…

  • What institutional oppression (not discrimination) do you face for not experiencing sexual or romantic attraction?
  • What can you receive from the LGBT community, that cannot be had everywhere else in the world?
  • What civil/human rights do you not have and need to fight for?

The LGBT community has always been for people who suffer under systemic oppressions, homophobia and/or transphobia. So please, educate me as to why a Cis Hetero-only attracted person is LGBT if they do not experience a particular attraction?


Judge tells Mississippi school district to integrate black and white students — wait, what year is it?!

More than 60 years after Brown vs. Board of Ed, four schools in the small Mississippi city of Cleveland are finally being integrated. A federal court ruled that the Justice Department will oversee the desegregation of the schools. In 2016, students at the secondary schools are still separated, despite the town population’s racial makeup.


I’m so exhausted with the notion that if #SandraBland would have kept quiet she would have been alive. That as black people we need to be “smart” and listen. That she should have never mouthed off at the officer. All of this respectability politics nonsense ignores the civil rights movement. It ignores changes that came about as a result of not listening. What would happen if civil rights leaders would have listened? Would have not mouthed off? Would have kept quiet?

At what point did we convince ourselves it is our duty to keep an officer from killing us even when we’ve done nothing wrong? At one point did we take on this burden?

What objects make up your experience of black history in America?

We’re collecting experiences of lived black history.

Objects hold history. They’re evocative of stories stamped in time. When it opens this September, the African-American Museum of History and Culture will display thousands of objects – and their stories - that have shaped African-American history. 

We want this Tumblr to be a people’s museum of the objects that have shaped your and your family’s own history. Send a photo of an object and tell us the story behind it. Think of the stories connected to a family photo, the backpack of a child who went to a segregated school, the title to someone’s first home, a wedding ring. We want to know what objects are meaningful to you, and what they tell you about black lives in America.

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Emmett Till was murdered 60 years ago today. His story is more relevant and resonant than ever. 

Sixty years ago today, on Aug. 28, 1955, Till was kidnapped from his great-uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi, and taken to a barn by two white men. There they beat him, gouged out one of his eyes, shot him through the head and dumped his body into the nearby Tallahatchie River with a cotton gin fan tied around his neck to weigh it down under the water.

He was 14 years old. They killed him because they thought he had whistled at a white woman at a grocery story two days prior.

In a staggering development, Till’s mother, Mamie Till Bradley, decided to hold an open-casket memorial for her son. The world needed to see him, she said. She allowed photographers from news outlets across the country to snap pictures of his caved-in face and feature the image in their pages, drawing national attention to the South’s ongoing humanitarian crisis and galvanizing what became the Civil Rights Movement. The parallels to today are remarkable. 

Do white settler magical communities have a relationship with the indigenous shamans or magical practitioners?

What are the consequences of a wizarding patriarchy?

Are there feminist witches, anarchist wixes, and anti-capitalist wizards?

Were there ever wizarding Diasporas? Did the magical community reveal themselves to their muggles in order to help them?

How did the magical communities choose to involve themselves in the world wars? Are there wizarding armies?

How do people with physical disabilities get around Hogwarts? Can mute witches use wordless magic? Is there a wizarding fund for the creation of magical prosthetic limbs? How do you cast if you can’t get an accurate idea of how a person is telling you to move your wand? Is it harder to cast spells if you’re colorblind? Are there accessible potions and medications if you have an illness, disability, or injury?

Why is there only ONE wizarding newspaper in ALL of Britain?

Are spells cast in anything other than Latin? Can there be spells in Creole, Hebrew, Spanish, or Arabic?

What about civil rights for werewolves, vampires, house elves, and centaurs? What if Canada and America became a safe haven for house elves after they abolished slavery? Can queer people get married? Are there hormone potions or genitalia alteration magical surgeries? Are there safe spaces for the mentally ill to be themselves?

Are there wizarding libraries outside of Hogwarts? Where are they and are they easily accessible to the populace? Did witches and wizards ever rebuild Alexandria?

Do magical communities have religion? Are there spells made from psalms and hymns? Can Jewish witches make golems and sick them on brodudes? Is necromancy legal in Egypt or Mexico? Does Transylvania have incredibly progressive vampire rights thanks to Stoker? Do ancestors ever possess Voudon wix priests? Do Egyptian witches and wizards have cat familiars?

Do wizards and witches believe in animism? Do they have hippies or environment lovers like maybe Professor Sprout is super up to date on climate change stuff? Does McGonagall adopt the abused cats of Hogwarts?

What happens to witches and wizards who choose to live in the Muggle world?

So mAnY quEStIonS.