Anonymous said: Have you ever smoked pot? How did you find it?
Yes. It’s not for me.
I’m not sure how I feel about all the attention Malala Yousafzai receives. I think she’s an extraordinary young woman and I admire her commitment to education for young women in Pakistan. And her Nobel Prize nomination because is certainly newsworthy. But I fear that setting her up as this major, like, humanitarian figure and giving her awards and all of this makes her even more of a target for those who would do her harm. I’m concerned about what she could face if/when she goes back home? And I’m concerned that people are co-opting her for their own agendas and that perhaps she never wanted this much attention. Idk.
just as a side note, that may not even be worthy of mentioning idk, I feel like the people who reblog that comic strip and those who make her an icon here on tumblr can just reblog that particular post, think for two seconds how righteous she is, and then move on with their lives. You are really not helping her in any way, shape or form. Having that on your blog doesn’t make you a better person. I see parallels between this situation and white missionaries who go into third world countries and take pictures with children of color and upload it to their facebook accounts. They don’t care if the child actually wanted to be in the picture or not. What matters is that their online friends think they are a good person… for having taken that picture or been in that country. People who reblog her story or anything related don’t really know or care whether she wants that attention.
Carter A. Wilson, Racism: from slavery to advance capitalism
I saw this argument on my dash earlier and I thought it would be a good time to start with the Pursuit of Whiteness series I was talking about in September as well as illustrated why the “Irish were upset because they had to compete with the blacks for jobs” seems like bullshit to me.
Happy White History Year everyone.
Did you read that, raging liberals of Pakistan and the West? Malala does not want the attention. She does not want to be a symbol. She does not want to lose her life because your obsession with symbolizing Muslim women into icons of resistance render damage to their very lives. If you genuinely care, try to understand the context and gravity of the situation.
And for God’s sake, stop reblogging that ridiculous comic strip that completely cartoonizes her.
1) the states where people are less likely to own a passport are disproportionately poorer than areas with higher rates, like California and the Northeast. a passport is $135. tickets to Europe are $500 if you’re lucky. this is beyond the reach of many, MANY Americans. I know ‘check your privilege’ is a rote line by now but I mean…
2) the states where ppl are less likely to own a passport are also areas where the African-American population is centred. so I’m not liking the implications of that either.
3) if this is some roundabout way of saying that people with passports are more cultured or whatever, I’d like to note that the stereotype of the Ugly American abroad clearly doesn’t stem from poor rural whites or poor inner-city African-Americans who’ve never had the opportunity to go abroad but rather from liberal New Yorkers who go to India to ~find themselves~ or people from Orange County who don’t even try to speak a word of Portuguese in Rio de Janeiro.
(Fonte: , via explore-blog)
Three months away and half of you have changed your urls and avatars and I’ve no idea who you are, who are you people????
I’m not sure how I feel about all the attention Malala Yousafzai receives. I think she’s an extraordinary young woman and I admire her commitment to education for young women in Pakistan. And I did just repost something to FYSA about her Nobel Prize nomination because it certainly is newsworthy. But I fear that setting her up as this major, like, humanitarian figure and giving her awards and all of this makes her even more of a target for those who would do her harm. I’m concerned about what she could face if/when she goes back home? And I’m concerned that people are co-opting her for their own agendas and that perhaps she never wanted this much attention. Idk.
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|UAE accent:||Sho tsawe?|
|Moroccan Darija:||ash ka deer?|
|Syrian:||Sho 3m ta3mel?|
|Kuwaiti:||Sho ga3ed itsawe?|
|Lebanese:||Sho 3m ta3mol?|
|Algerian:||Wech rak dir ?|
NYC’s DJ Ushka’s Foreign Brown Mixtape is the best of all the eclectic musical browness in this world.
You can download the mix here: http://bit.ly/Yor9sr The mix journeys through latin, hip hop, electric powwow, samba, bhangra, african (kuduro, azonto, naija), soca, champeta, house, electronica and carioca bass.
Fire Eyes ft. Lido Pimienta & Javier Alerta - Acido Azteca
Mami Moh (Chief Boima Dub)
Bayalibuza - Thornato remix
Africana - Los Rakas
Moner Alo - Brooklyn Shanti ft. Anoura
Jatt Pagal Karte ft. Jeeti - Lehmber Hussainpuri
Siempre Mas Pesa’o feat. Boogat & Madhi - Poirier
É da Nossa Cor feat. Mestre Camaleão (Sabo Remix) - Maga Bo
Let Me Love You (DJ Gregory Remix) - Bunny Mack
Bum Bum -Timaya
Puto Prata Feat Bodytalk - Daniel Santos bootleg
Move to da Gyal Dem - Donae O Ft. Sarkodie
Sokode - Keche
Work - Lil Rick
Funketa (Douster remix) - Isa GT
Percolater - Cajmere
Ca Ca Ye (2melo & Thornato remix)
The Road- Tribe Called Red
Pisicodelia (Nego Mozambique Remix) - Zuzuka Poderosa & Kush Arora
Shock (Captain Planet remix) - Ana Tijoux
Galope feat. Robertinho Barreto- Maga Bo
Cape Verdeans in Paris - Chief Boima
Bad Girls (Milangeles remix) - M.I.A.
Fisketorvet Riddim (Milangeles remix) - Copia Doble Sistema
Oye Mi Negra (Copia Doble Sistema remix) - Sonido Guay
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International Working Women’s Day - Dhaka, Bangladesh
Photos by Rafiqul Islam Sujon
This is my 37th Read This Week feature! Each week I recommend essays, articles and/or papers/journals that I’ve recently read; I recommend them based on your interest in the subjects on my blog Gradient Lair. Below are some great reads:
Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself; My Name Is FEMINISM by @FeministGriote is an amazingly powerful and important read. Why? Because someone who knows nothing about feminism other than lies perpetrated by the media in this patriarchal society OR someone who is deeply involved in the theory or praxis of womanism/feminism can read this and equally be moved. It is truly important and a MUST READ.
Interrogating The Protofeminism Espoused By Queer Men of Color by immediatecause on Tumblr is a great read. It speaks about the appropriation of work of women of colour by queer men of colour and about how their critiques of sexism needs to include introspective critiques. Queer men CAN be patriarchal, sexist and misogynist even as they fight racism and homophobia, so checking for this is important.
A Short Course In Indigenous Feminism by Enaemaehkiw Túpac Keshena is a great read and a collection of resources for studying feminism beyond Western shaping. The author writes: “The growth of indigenous feminism is, for me, a huge interest, both personal and academic, not just because of the obvious importance struggling against both white supremacist (neo)colonial capitalism and hetero-patriarchy if we want to achieve meaningful freedom, justice and equality, but also because for a long time the status quo within our movement was that you could not be both a feminist and a native warrior.”
“Google and Libraries” Are Not Enough for Poor People by Robert Reese of Still Furious and Still Brave is a great read. People with class and/or educational privilege MUST check their privilege. He points out how access to libraries, the materials at the library and knowing HOW to search/review information are issues/skills that are not going to automatically surface solely because someone has Internet access or a public library nearby. Very nuanced piece and an important read.
And finally…this FIRE right here…
A conversation between James Baldwin and Audre Lorde in 1984 on race, gender and sexuality. Whew! Just…read this. READ.
Stay tuned for next week’s suggestions!
Many rights lawyers and activists paid with their lives for treading the path of political justice. While the official figures put the total number of people killed in Punjab during the period from 1984 to 1996 at 15,000, according to various investigating agencies and human rights groups, more than 25,000 people were killed by the Punjab police. This includes persons “missing” from their homes, killed in “encounters,” cremated as “unidentified” and “escaped from police custody.”
Rights groups added that boys were picked up from their houses or fields and taken blindfolded to isolated places and told to run. A burst of AK-47 rifle-fire ended their lives. Such was the terror that nobody dared ask why not even a single member of the police force was hit in crossfire. Many members of the police force in Punjab got out-of-turn promotions, gallantry awards and monetary rewards for killing “militants.””