Even the white people who seem the most down, who love you and who you love, will choose the comforts of white supremacy over you.
this is rly so true
critical of the way critical race theory is at times employed by western POC (myself included) to deflect being implicated into global exploitation.
i think we need to further investigate the ways our lives become entangled in oppression and do more than shrug our shoulders.
lesbians of color, transcend your tegan and sara thirst. rise with me
qpoc, objectively, no one in one direction is talented except zayn. rise with me
poc who love that guy w the skull tattooed on his face, he’s not interesting at all pls stop giving him attention. rise with me
ryan gosling is average. please, rise with me
What it’s like for teens in ‘the box’
Ismael “Izzy” Nazario counted 300 days in solitary confinement while he was in and out of New York City’s Rikers Island as a teenager … before he was convicted of a crime.
Our new animation, “The Box,” illustrates his experience – one of thousands of teens who are placed in solitary confinement cells in juvenile halls, jails and prisons across the country every year.
“For different reasons, more sympathetic historians of sexuality also argue that the word “homosexual” is not adequate to describe the array of sexualities in nonwestern societies.  “Even the young man you may have just done everything with sexually will say no if you ask him if he is ‘gay,’” writes Nii Ajen of West African men. “And if you should ask that same man if there is homosexuality in Africa, a likely response will be ‘No, there is nothing like that in Africa.’”  As Bleys suggests, the concept of homosexuality has a distinctly western history and flavor, having emerged out of sexology studies in nineteenth century Europe.  In the late twentieth century it came to connote a permanent identity or at the very least a lifestyle decision rather than a simple description of a physical act or a same-sex encounter that occurs within a range of other identity-defining behaviors that may include heterosexual marriage.  The argument that there are no homosexuals in Africa thus stems, at least in part, from the incompatibility between the modern western conception of homosexuality as a “lifestyle,” or a constitutive identity, and alternative local constructions of sexuality as one element of human identity among many other more significant elements, including generation, social status, wealth, education, ethnicity, and religious affiliation.”
— Stephanie Newell “Buried beneath Imperial History”, The Forger’s Tale: The Search for Odeziaku (2006); Ohio Univeristy Press [Click here to read full introductory chapter] (via ukpuru)
→ Ukraine live: Prime Minister of Ukraine says Russian military intervention would lead to war - Telegraph
Sloths Won’t Kill Your Vibe
(I haven’t been reblogging about a lot of the recent conflicts going on bc I don’t know feel I know enough about them and I don’t want to be responsible for spreading misinformation but also how many of you even read this blog and it’s really gone down hill I have a bunch of bookmarked articles that I never post. Idk. I’m probably going to reblog that video of sloths slothing to bitch don’t kill my vibe soon that’s where I’m at rn.)
Two emergency actions to stop NYC’s homeless purge on trains
February 21, 2014We knew this was coming - NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton is rolling out his first major anti-homeless policing initiative. And we’re ready to fight back. And we need your help.DNAInfo is reporting that at 3AM on Monday, the City will start purging sleeping homeless people from the subways, stopping trains at two stations to force people off and into a shelter or a hospital. But the NYPD will be on hand, presumably to arrest people who refuse to go. It’s framed as an MTA response to the increased volume of homeless people during this bitter cold winter, but this is a police action, pure and simple. Homeless people who ride the trains have already assessed and rejected the shelter and the hospital as alternative options.Our main concerns are:
- Folks will be profiled as homeless and told to leave the trains after they’ve paid their fare
- Folks will be told to leave the train if they are homeless regardless if they’ve been on the train for 15 minutes or 15 days. It isn’t against the law to be riding a subway while homeless!
- Besides being a misguided, broken windows strategy, this is a clear violation of the newly-passed Community Safety Act, and its ban on profiling based on “housing status” or perceived homelessness.
- While it is problematic that there is a huge increase in homelessness in NYC policing is not the solution, housing is.
Some of our members have already written powerful responses, captured here on our blog. But statements are not enough.
On Sunday, February 23rd, we’ll gather at NYPD headquarters to hold a press conference condemning this blatant violation of our rights.
3PM, Sunday February 23rd
1 Police Plaza (4/5/6 train to Brooklyn Bridge/City Hall; behind the Municipal Building)And then at 3AM, when the MTA is scheduled to roll out this new policy, we’ll be on hand with legal observers to monitor the enforcement and ensure no ones rights are violated!3AM, Monday February 24th
Jamaica Center Subway Station, E PlatformWTC Subway Station, E PlatformWe really really need your help, at either or both of these important actions. We knew that when Bratton returned as NYPD commissioner, bad policing was on its way - but if we fight back fast and hard, we can show him that a lot has changed in New York City since he’s been away, and folks won’t stand for profiling of any kind!
In news related to NYC’s homelessness crisis & deplorable shelter system, 400 children & their families will be removed from two city shelters - Auburn in Brooklyn & Catherine Street in Manhattan - for more than 400 violations, including “vermin, mold, lead exposure, an inoperable fire safety system, insufficient child care and the presence of sexual predators, among them, a caseworker.”
Disgusting shelter conditions, high rates of sexual abuse, violence, & pure bureaucratic bullshit people have to deal with when entering the shelter system are exactly why there are so many street homeless people & subway sleepers here. Now people will be kicked out of the only warm (& relatively safe) shelter they can find in the city.
The homeless population in New York City includes more than 52,000 people, including 22,000 youth.
I just read that Junior’s is selling its spot on Flatbush Ave to make way for a new condo project and they plan to rent out the bottom floors when building is complete. Like, good on them for getting their money, but also: I don’t think I will ever be able to put into words how much I love Brooklyn and how much it hurts to see this happen.