what it means to be an american

‘Fair’ is one of the most dangerous concepts in politics. Since no two people are likely to agree on what is 'fair,’ this means that there must be some third party with power…to impose its will. The road to despotism is paved with 'fairness’.
— 

Thomas Sowell (1931-)  American economist.

In other words, the appeal to fairness is an undefined  blank check for political power.

anonymous asked:

What are your opinions on Jk films Timothy delghetto and Ryan higa?

Overall, I like Tim. He resembles me in some ways: goofy, sexually expressive, mean, and talks a lot of shit. There has even been a few times when I went to theme parks and people thought I was Tim (even though I don’t look anything like him). Also, I love that his channel is so diverse and features all kinds of People of Color and just the fact that he’s not a stereotypical Asian guy.

But there are some things that I have to point out. A lot of his stuff come off as misogynistic, at least for me. As a cishet Asian dude, I totally understand the emasculation of Asian men but we don’t have to throw women, especially Women of Color under the bus to invigorate ourselves to prove that we’re sexual demons (one of Tim’s major influences for doing what he does is to explore his sexuality as an Asian guy which is cool, I get it).

But more on the issue, in addition to being aware of misogyny, we need to be more open-minded to the representation of 1) Asian ace folks who don’t have any kind of sexual tenancies, 2) the representation of actual gay Asian men with actual male lovers (because the emasculation of Asian men is usually fought by presenting cishet relationships between an Asian man and a woman), and 3) the representation of other Asian individuals who may identify as “male” or a “man.” Now I’m not saying Tim has to represent every single Asian guy out there but these are just some things to keep in mind as we watch his (or any other Asian guy’s) content.


As for Mr. Higa, I’ve never really been a fan. I’ve seen some of his stuff and I have to admit that he was funnier some years ago. It seems like he’s lost his touch or something because most of the humor in his content now seems so forced, at least for me. His vids are pretty long or at least feel long and combined with “forced” humor, not really a good mix for me. This isn’t to discredit him or his content as I do acknowledge that he has been (and still is) a big inspiration for a lot of Asian Americans. Plus, I love that he has so many Asian Americans featured on his channel.

Angry Asian Guy

anonymous asked:

I've been stalking your blog (oops) and reading all the asks and what the hell?!? Aren't schools supposed to teach you all that? Why the f**k do all my beautiful ladies here know so little about their most beautiful part of the body (meaning vaginas of course)? I mean I know american schools have crappy sex ed (at least I think we're talking about americans here sorry if I'm wrong) but at least I thought they would teach you about hymen and clitoris and all that. What do you even learn about?

That is the question isn’t it? And yes, talking about the US. I honestly can’t remember what we learned. I know we spent a FUCK TON of time on what an egg is and sperm and how they get together. And how the uterus works and the fallopian tubes, and how you shed your lining once a month and get a period. I know we watched a woman giving birth and a man get an erection in infrared. And that’s what I remember from a bitchin one of a kind private school I went to. I don’t remember JACK SHIT from high school.

I remember them telling us to use condoms. And about STD’s and “abstinence” because god forbid we acknowledge that teenagers are horny and learning about how their bodies work.

Honestly, I have think continuous fantasy of what sex Ed would be like if I taught the class. And let me tell you: teen pregnancy would PLUMMET. Not just because they’d get all the fucking facts, but I’d unload a few choice tidbits about pregnancy. All the good shit that’s too taboo to talk about or teach “children.” 😫 ugh. Also. In this fantasy, I’m wearing a bright read adidas tracksuit like Jane Lynch on Glee. Except I’m not intimidating, just ironic. I’m actually working a post about this. LOL. Stay tuned.

anonymous asked:

I dunno. Mark is quite a lot older (and quite a lot shorter) than J2M. He's not a tall tan model type like those three. And he's the only one who's not American (I mean.. he IS.. he's a citizen and all but.. ah you know what I mean). Plus he joined the show later and has been in fewer episodes.. and his character is a demon, more of an antagonist/villain than a hero. He's kind of the odd one out in a number of ways.

Oh certainly. I don’t think Mark hangs out with J2 the way Misha does. No family boating trips and such. But Mark is still great and smart and a cool guy and I bought candy for him today, so I’m sure it’s all cool.

anonymous asked:

Have you seen this article: "Rap Monster’s Failed Solo Attempt Proves He’s Nothing Without BTS" by Paul Resnikoff? What's your opinion on it?

usually i get mad about these things but this time i just laughed. i can’t take this dumbass seriously. americans just need to stop writing/broadcasting stories about kpop idols if they aren’t gonna do their research and figure out what they’re doing. im just going to post my comment on the article here.

since you stated that “ I will directly respond to any well-constructed, rational responses to the actual issues and arguments raised in this article” i will then leave you a carefully constructed comment. i hope that you actually do take this into consideration.

to preface my response, i’d advise that you please put better effort into understanding the dynamic of namjoon and bts, and the kpop scene in general. the issue with this article is that you made general assumptions that upon further research would be proven incorrect. within the article – which wasn’t bad in itself –  you made three general points: lack of views on Change, lack of energy in the MV, and how namjoon could not make it solo.

The lack of views on Change actually make sense! You see, in South Korea there are awards and titles for groups based off of their youtube views. Namjoon released the track “Change” for free on soundcloud, and therefore it will not be considered for these awards. Something that isn’t very well understood about Army is their determination to help their group succeed. If you simply checked twitter or tumblr you would see how religiously they stream BTS’s videos in order to get them nominated for awards. I recall numerous posts going around on Tumblr telling Armys to not only watch the MV’s multiple times a day to boost views, but to also look up the group on SK search engines such as Naver in order to make them more “popular” in the eyes of award shows like the mamas. Within Army there are very few casual fans. The fandom is very intense. So that’s the explanation for the groups views and for the views of Change. Since we have no award show to put Namjoon on, Army is for the most part calmly ((rather than militantly)) enjoying the track.

I wonder if you read the lyrics. Hopefully you did, but there in itself is the explanation for the “lack of energy”. BTS as a whole has released similarly inspirational tracks, however they have never touched on such sensitive topics, such as the police violence against blacks in America. It’s a solemn subject and while the beat was in no way dull, I can hardly imagine them choreographing that or just turning it into another mindless banger. That’s for the lack of energy.

Lastly for Namjoon making it solo. I don’t intend to argue that he could, because for that I have no strong opinion. Rather I argue against you making this the point of Change. In 2015 Namjoon released the mixtape RM for free over soundcloud. He has done this with Change and will likely do the same for the mixtape he has promised this year. While other rappers have released free mixtapes, this coming from Namjoon means something different. Again, recall that while similar, the korean and american rap scenes differ. Namjoon releases solo work with the sole intent to explore himself as a rapper. He has said on many occasions that he has no intention of pursuing a solo career. This was side work and was to be appreciated in that way. 

On Namjoon himself: I, an avid rap fan far before I was introduced to BTS, consider Namjoon a poetic rapper. While not quite to their level, he reminds me of rappers like Kendrick Lamar, Logic and Noname. Each of them write thoughtfully; nearly every track is done with deeply considered meaning. Their lyrics aren’t always simple, and in the way that you must study Walt Whitman or Robert Frost, you oft make a study of these rappers lyrics in order to grasp what really is being said. Reconsider your impression of rap. There is the subgenre of bangers and occasionally emotional songs, and then there is the subgenre of rap in which everything comes from true inspiration, from a place beyond themselves and rappers pay ode to the meaning of rap – Rhythm and Poetry. This isn’t the popular subgenre of rap! So even if he were aiming for a solo career – which he is not – he wouldn’t be looking for “Justin Timberlake fame”. They’re completely different artists. I would also, in passing like the address the comment you made on “his big ego”. Please take a moment out of your day to learn about Namjoon, perhaps watch an interview (preferably korean with eng subs because he still is slightly awkward in english). I only ask this because he is incredibly respectful and humble – to the point that your observation on his “ego” is somewhat humorous to me. Even despite the hatred he has received in the past for not reaching Korean beauty standards he has remained polite and kind to everyone, anti’s included.

I will conclude this with an apology for the hate. I’m not happy with the article but you didn’t warrant the backlash. Army is very protective of Namjoon as he has suffered terrible slander in the past, but that doesn’t excuse the hatred and immaturity that you’ve been subjected to.

i wrote him a WHOLE book but only the best for my baby. also lowkey i should work in public relations because i have some sort of talent for suppressing my murderous desires.

thank you for informing me about this mess!! 

  • what she says: I'm fine.
  • what she means: Harry Styles once stated in an interview that he wears Women's jeans in a size 26-inch waist. The average american woman is 5'4", with a waist size of 34-35 inches. Harry is a 23-year old, 5'11" man. He weighs 170 pounds. He is athletically active, and in incredible physical shape. Harry's trainer has stated that he can pull 500lbs with his upper body alone, and

Waiting on Wednesday: Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her…an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster… one who happens to be parading around as a saint… Will she be the one to call him out on it? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

Publisher: Salaam Reads

Publication date: June 13th 2017

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I am so sick of the misinformation going around about Standing Rock. To begin with DAPL was set to go through a town called Bismarck, a town that is mostly white. The people of this town expressed concern for the pipeline leaking, and said they didn’t want it.

When the pipleline was re-routed, it was set up to go through land that belongs to the Standing Rock Sioux. For those who don’t know what I mean by “belongs to” because “Oh me oh my, this is American land,” no, it isn’t. Not all of it. There is land that belongs to different Native tribes. Including part of the land that the pipeline will be going through. This was not done with permission. How was this done? This was done by bulldozing up the graves of ancestors. (If that doesn’t bother you, read it as the graves of our veterans; the graves of our presidents’ families; the graves of your family.)

Outside of the media finally watching us for the last six months, the camps have been there before that. I know someone who was there on April 1, 2016. That’s well before the media started paying attention in August. Well before. The camps have been self-sustaining. Yes, there have been donations. Yes, donations were made in physical items, money for items, and money for legal funds. That money and those items went to keeping something beautiful alive.

People who were arrested had numbers written on their arms, they were kept in dog cages. Protectors who were peacefully in prayer had untrained dogs set on them to attack. There are photos floating around of one trainer who couldn’t keep her dog, who had blood in its mouth, under control. In sub-zero conditions in the early morning protectors were hosed down with freezing water - this includes the elderly and children. (Yes, there were children. Guess what, they were getting schooled there. Self sustaining.) Police shot bean bags, rubber bullets, and flash-bang bombs into the crowds. A woman had her arm blown to pieces because of this. 

At every point since the beginning, there has only been peace on our end. No rioting, no fire, no weapons, no alcohol, no drugs; nothing but peace. And from the end of law enforcement has been violence. Even residents had been violent, and police did nothing to them. But they sure as hell arrested people from camp for praying - a nonviolent act.

If you are not Native, you don’t get to dictate what happens on our lands. I don’t give a damn if the government does. The government is breaking a treaty right now, ignoring tribal sovereignty. Just because they do it, does not mean you get to. I don’t care how tired you are of hearing about it. We’re tired of having our lands stolen and having our rights violated. 

A few literary suggestions for Black History Month

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Originally posted by imnot12

Maybe you know Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from when Beyoncé sampled her TEDx talk, “We should all be feminists,” or maybe you’ve been following her emergence as one of the most prominent voices of African literature over the last two decades. Her latest novel, Americanah, was selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013.

Edna Lewis

Originally posted by robtrujilloart

Edna Lewis had a hell of a career. She worked her way up as a seamstress, eventually fashioning a dress for Marilyn Monroe. Then she became the first African-American celebrity chef. Then she broke her leg, so she wrote a cookbook. The Taste of Country Cooking was interspersed with personal stories of growing up in a freed-slave settled town in Virginia, and redefined what many thought of Southern food.  

Roxane Gay

Originally posted by lastnightsreading

Roxane Gay (@roxanegay), famed author of Bad Feminist, is a Tumblr favorite, and not just because you can follow her. She writes about what it means to be a woman of color. She’s the first Black woman to write for Marvel, and she’s writing queer WOC into their storylines. She pulled her unreleased book from publishers Simon & Schuster after their deal with Milo Yiannopoulos was announced. It’s easy to admire her actions as much as her writing. 

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What Trump’s latest executive order actually means for the protestors at Standing Rock and the building of the pipeline

This would be a huge blow for the people who fought for more than seven years against the project, a transnational pipeline that would extend from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The venture was killed by President Obama in 2015 because it would contribute to climate change and deter American efforts to reach a global deal addressing this issue.

In The Wee Free Men, the village has a tradition of burying a shepherd with a piece of wool on his shroud, so that the recording angel will excuse him all those times during lambing when he failed to attend church — because a good shepherd should know that the sheep come first. I didn’t make that up. They used to do that in a village two miles from where I live. What I particularly liked about it was the implicit loyalist arrangement with God. Americans, I think, sometimes get puzzled by people in Ireland who call themselves loyalists yet would apparently up arms against the forces of the crown. But a loyalist arrangement is a dynamic accord. It doesn’t mean we will be blindly loyal to you. It means we will be loyal to you if you are loyal to us. If you act the way we think a king should act, you can be our king. And it seemed to me that these humble people of the village, putting their little piece of wool on the shroud, were saying, “If you are the God we think you are, you will understand. And if you are not the God we think you are, to Hell with you.” So much of Discworld has come from odd serendipitous discoveries like that.
—  Terry Pratchett, “Straight from the Heart, via the Groin” (collected in A Slip of the Keyboard)
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“As actors and artists, we’re always trying to assign meaning to things and trying to find the relevance of what we’re working on; in the temperament of what’s happening in the world right now, I found that what we’re doing is reminding people that we’re all connected and also reminding people to have joy”

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“In the first two minutes of this show, Lin steps forward and introduces himself as Alexander Hamilton, and Chris steps forward and says he’s George Washington, and you never question it again. When I think about what it would mean to me as a 13-, 14-year-old kid, to get this album or see this show — it can make me very emotional. And I so look forward to the day I get to see an Asian-American Burr.” -Leslie Odom, Jr.

telegraph.co.uk
Viola Davis reveals she has 'a lot of issues' with her 2011 civil rights drama The Help
Viola Davis has spoken out about problems she had with The Help, the Civil Rights drama that won her an Oscar nomination in 2012, criticising the decision to sanitise the pain of the era in which it was set by leaving many of the film's tougher, more dramatic scenes on the cutting room floor.

Extremely important to read and consider, especially as The Help was so highly regarded as a progressive landmark in Hollywood for African-American women - though not necessarily by them.

“I absolutely love the premise,” she said. “I love the fact that [Emma Stone’s character] said ‘I am going to write a story from the maids’ perspective of what it feels like to work with these white women’. Operative term meaning the maids’ perspective. I don’t feel like it was from our perspective, that’s the problem I had with it. I had it from the very beginning.

While she criticised aspects of the film she felt to be historically inaccurate (including the maids rejecting money for their stories, despite the film depicting them struggling to find scraps for food), she mostly condemned the sanitising of pain in order to make the film more palatable to mainstream audiences.

“The anger, the vitriol, and the hatred that they would have towards these white women if they were asked, if they were put in a situation where they were isolated, would have been vocalised. You didn’t see none of that!”

  • Pharah: Jesse, what do American shows mean when they say “8/7c”?
  • McCree: [fed up with everyone’s cultural questions] We never switched over to metric timekeeping. The c stands for “Caw”, referring to how many times a majestic eagle has flown overhead and cawed that day. Sometimes the eagles are feeling sluggish, so the show could be on after the 7th or 8th caw.
Explaining Broadway to my Friend
  • Friend: So Lin has a wife?
  • Me: yeah
  • Friend: And she let him kiss her (Phillipa Soo)
  • Me: yeah? I mean... it's a play?
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  • Friend: WAIT HES NOT IN THE MUSICAL ANYMORE? (Lin Manuel Miranda)
  • Me: yeah he left
  • Friend: HOWS THE SHOW STILL ON
  • Me: what do you mean? They get some people in his place
  • Friend: Why? How? They don't just replace the cast!
  • Me: ...?
  • -
  • Friend: okay let me get this straight, none of these people (original cast of hamilton) are in the show anymore?
  • Me: yeah original cast is gone
  • Friend: I don't think I want to see Hamilton anymore
  • Me: I swear, if you have the chance to see Hamilton and you choose not o because of the cast I will actually slap you
  • Friend: But it's NOT the original cast so it's not worth seeing!
  • Me: /$:&;!&:/'/$:&&/:$-&&;