doggydowner:

vaegrant:

IM SO TIRED OF ART OF FEMALE CHARACTERS IN WHICH THE SHIRT JUST MAGICALLY ADHERES TO THE UNDERSIDE OF THEIR BOOBS AND ALSO GOES BETWEEN CLEAVAGE

THAT IS NOT AT ALL HOW SHIRTS WORK PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOOD JUST GO LOOK AT A REAL LIFE GIRL AND NOTICE HOW HER SHIRT DOES NOT DO THAT

end the boob socks

How social media changed the conversation on #Ferguson

karnythia:

I wrote a thing. Again.

[Image: A facebook post from Laverne Cox that reads: “A year ago today #IslandNettles was beaten into a coma simply for walking down the street as herself, #WalkingWhileTrans. 5 days later she was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support. A year later there has yet to be an arrest for the brutal, vicious and transphobic death of this young woman, this young black woman. As the events in Ferguson, MO have unfolded this week I couldn’t help but thing about Islan Nettles, Mia Henderson and the many black trans women who have been murdered with no justice for their lives, there only offense daring to leave the house as themselves. I couldn’t help but think of CeCe Mcdonald and Monica Jones and all the black trans women who have been treated unjustedly by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. How do we move past a culture of violence and create a world where we care all safe regardless of race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status? What does true accountability look like when folks are treated unjustly?”]
thebigblackwolfe:

The fact that trans women have just been completely booted out of this conversation on police brutality smfh…

[Image: A facebook post from Laverne Cox that reads: “A year ago today #IslandNettles was beaten into a coma simply for walking down the street as herself, #WalkingWhileTrans. 5 days later she was pronounced brain dead and taken off life support. A year later there has yet to be an arrest for the brutal, vicious and transphobic death of this young woman, this young black woman. As the events in Ferguson, MO have unfolded this week I couldn’t help but thing about Islan Nettles, Mia Henderson and the many black trans women who have been murdered with no justice for their lives, there only offense daring to leave the house as themselves. I couldn’t help but think of CeCe Mcdonald and Monica Jones and all the black trans women who have been treated unjustedly by law enforcement and the criminal justice system. How do we move past a culture of violence and create a world where we care all safe regardless of race, gender, economic status, sexual orientation, ability, immigration status? What does true accountability look like when folks are treated unjustly?”]

thebigblackwolfe:

The fact that trans women have just been completely booted out of this conversation on police brutality smfh…

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Not So Fun Facts:

gryphynshadow:

thetwistedrope:

thebluelip-blondie:

  • white people are now gonna lose interest in helping the people of Feguson now that the militaryesque police force is gone and they won’t be seeing anymore cool protest pictures
  • they’re all gonna be swayed by the mainstream media to believe that Mike Brown was a shoplifter even though the facts don’t add up
  • they have learned absolutely nothing about institutionalized racism or white privilege 
  • in about 2 days they’ll be back to saying ‘not all white people’
  • only Black America will keep up with Mike Brown in large numbers
  • but it was fun for the to reblog that post about white people being sick of white people doe

People have to make sure that this doesn’t happen. We can never expect change to happen or last if we simply forget a few days later.

We can’t forget what happened, or ignore the real meaning behind Ferguson. De-facto segregation, a cover-up of a murder committed by a white cop, and white power’s response to anger and rage from black community. Never forget, take these things to heart, and work to dismantle the system.

Any system that gives me power over another human being based solely on the color of our respective skins is a system I can’t willingly participate in. Because it’s wrong, because it’s evil, and because my silence is agreement.

We cannot forget, and we cannot sit idle on the sidelines.

Things You Can Do For Ferguson:

donrickles:

  • Donate money to have those arrested in Ferguson released on bail. These people belong on the streets, especially at a time like this.
  • Send a note of condolence to the family of Michael Brown. Let’s not forget the tragedy that started this.
  • Donate to the Michael Brown Memorial Fund. This is an official fundraiser run by the Brown family’s lawyers. They are going through so much, lets make sure at the very least it isn’t a financial burden.
  • Help get people on the ground. There are activists and reporters who want to do their part and get to Ferguson. Donate and get them there. I am so far aware of Zellie Imani, Zak Jemmott, and JR Valrey (a reporter for SF Bay View).
  • Donate to the Ferguson Youth Initiative.The children of this community deserve better than to be gunned down. Make sure they get that in the future.
  • Feed the children of Ferguson. Many children in America rely on school to get their meals and thanks to the civil unrest caused by the police, the children of Ferguson have been without school since Monday. These people want to make sure that doesn’t mean anyone is going hungry.
  • Find a National Moment of Silence in your area. If one doesn’t exist, start one. Share this experience with others. Solidarity is important.
  • Keep awareness up. Not just among the like-minded people on tumblr, this is something everyone needs to be aware of.
  • Spread accurate information. There is a lot of distortion going on here and spreading every piece of information as it is reported only makes that worse. First and foremost make sure you are listening carefully, then share what is important and relevant.

If you are aware of any good causes or ways to help that I have missed, please reblog and add them.

anarcho-queer:

Ferguson Police conveniently forgot to publicly release this part of the footage.

It shows Michael Brown paying for the pack of cigars he supposedly stole.

The officer who murdered Michael did not know he was a ‘suspect of a robbery’, so the tape of him ‘stealing’ the cigars have no relation to the killing.

But this footage is important because it proves that the police are trying to justify Mike’s murder by slandering his character.

kars:

holy shit the mike brown petition only has 15k more signatures to go

sign here if you havent

raze-occam:

To be clear: this is not just an issue of police brutality

This is specifically an issue of police brutality against black people

Mike Brown was shot simply for being black. Most of the protesters were black. Most of the journalists who were arrested were also black (or at least nonwhites)

This is pretty much entirely about race and if you ignore that you’re missing the point entirely

zurrahwarriorprincess:

So where are the other police officers around the country standing up to say that what the Ferguson PD is doing ain’t just at all?

sonneillonv:

softboycollective:

Why are people using threatening the press to demonstrate how extreme the ferguson pd’s actions have been tonight when they actually *tear gassed children*

They murdered one boy.  We already know they don’t think black children’s lives are worth anything.  Though personally I think their hostility toward journalists, many of whom are white, is a different manifestation of the same problem.  Black people are assaulted, tear gassed, shot with wooden and rubber bullets, because the cops are racist and imperialist and they think an agitated citizenry is an enemy force.  They’re lashing out at the journalists because they perceive the actions of the press as a betrayal of that imperialism.  Outsiders are supposed to be on their side, right?  They’re supposed to be quietly upholding the kyriarchy, not narcing on the authority figures.  Outsiders are supposed to be like those white people in socks and sandals holding signs supporting the police officer who murdered Mike Brown.  They’re supposed to be like the anchor I saw on TV this afternoon while I was at McD’s with my son, talking about how the shooting was ‘understandable’ because Mike was ‘a bigger boy’ who could have been perceived as ‘intimidating’ by the cop and trying blatantly and repeatedly to get one of his former teachers to talk about incidents where this boy, who didn’t want to play football because he didn’t want to hit anyone, had been violent or intimidating toward others.  Outsiders are supposed to be ‘praying for peace’ by which they mean we’re supposed to want the citizens of Ferguson to sit down and shut up.

But now camera phones are there, and now Al Jazeera is there, and now NBC and CNN are there, and this was not supposed to happen; the cops were supposed to be supported by the establishment, not betrayed.  And the thing is, many major media outlets have tried and are trying to support the cops… but social media has run away with it and they cannot do it effectively.  And in this case that’s a game-changer.  Regular citizens are calling them out on blatantly lying about the events that occurred.  They’re storing, analyzing, and comparing evidence.  They’re uncovering flaws in the official story.  They’re refusing to accept the lie that’s been packaged.  So we see major media outlets attempting to paint Michael Brown as a violent child who wrestled a cop for his gun, pasting smiles on their faces while they repeat the lies they know damn well many of us aren’t buying.  It’s useless.  It’s a screen door against a flood.

The only people buying their bullshit are the people who WANT to be fooled.

gendest:

because a lot of people dont seem to get this:

  • golems are from jewish folklore. dont treat them like a generic fantasy creature, thats appropriative
  • kabbalah is a specifically jewish religious tradition. dont practice it if youre not jewish and dont use kabbalah symbolism as generic occult stuff, thats appropriative
  • for the record if it has hebrew on it and it doesnt have anything to do with judaism its probably appropriative
  • dont wear a magen david if youre not jewish, its used as a symbol for judaism so wearing it if youre a gentile is appropriative
  • while im at it heres a rundown of some terms you should know
  • goy: hebrew and yiddish for non-jewish person, it literally translates as “nation.” the plural form is goyim. goy is not a slur.
  • gentile: english for non-jewish person
  • anti-semitism: you probably know what this means but i just want to point out that the word anti-semitism was NOT coined by jews but by a german anti-semite who wanted a more scientific-sounding alternative to “judenhass,” which literally translates to “jew-hatred” so please shut up about how arabs are also semites. we know.
  • if you’re not jewish you should also avoid using the word “jew” since many jewish people are uncomfortable with it (though i personally am fine with it). use “jewish person” instead if youre a gentile

please reblog this if you’re not jewish, i almost never see gentiles acknowledging cultural appropriation of judaism and anti-semitism on tumblr, even among people who otherwise pay close attention to such issues

As Michael Dunn's Sept. 22 trial approaches in death of teen Jordan Davis, both sides meet in court

blacksupervillain:

don’t forget about this

hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog! — Asked by Anonymous Asked by Anonymous portrait

teland:

jacquez45:

minim-calibre:

eliasand:

returnofthejudai:

debigotizer:

I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew.  Oy vey, where do I start…

  • SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities.  This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations.  In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal.  Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all.  There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
  • "Jewish privilege".  Fact: It’s not a thing.  It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed.  Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
  • "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
  • Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel.  I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting.  Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.  
  • Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine.  The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews.  Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe. 

That’s enough for now.  If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke.  I discuss that stuff a lot.  

-Yeva

Another Jew reblogging about anti-semitism. I’ve seen some increase in concern about this from goyim, but it’s been slow going. Hopefully we’ll pick up a big head of steam soon.

The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews. Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe.”

The number of anti-semitic statements I have heard or read over the years is pretty mindblowing, for the record.

Starting when I was in elementary school, and a kid I knew was spouting off crap that, with the benefit of an adult’s hindsight, came pretty close to accusations of blood libel, which she somehow got from the teachings of her church. This was in the 1980s, so the Shoah was only 40 or so years in the past. 

Most of what I have heard and seen is less extreme than that, but less extreme doesn’t mean non-existent, nor does it mean not harmful.

For the record, I’m not Jewish. I will not tolerate anti-semitism. I apologize in advance to my friends (many of whom I know are scared to even talk about how this shit affects them at this point) who are if I don’t see it (I have a lot of keywords blocked for mental health reasons), and am not there to have your back before it slaps you in the face. 

for the record:

1) I am not interested in your anti-semetic bull, any more than I am interested in your other racist bull, humans.  That nonsense does not fly with me.

2) I am pretty “Israel, what the fuck are you doing?” these days but I’m clear on the difference between “the actions of a particular nation-state” and “the humanity of individual humans and groups of humans” and expect people who plan to interact with me politely to also be clear on that difference.  (I am “what the fuck are you doing?” about many nations. I generally feel this way about my own, and frequently about Australia, for example.)

3) if you see me saying something anti-semetic, feel free to call me out. 

All of the above, hands way up.

No one answered at Wilson’s door in his home in suburban Crestwood, Mo. A police officer keeping an eye on the house said Wilson and his family left days ago.

Oh ok. He fled the jurisdiction? Seems legit. Nothing odd about that. (via bricksandmortarandchewinggum)

It’s almost like the Ferguson PD dragged their feet juuuust long enough to give the officer plenty of lead time to get out of dodge before his name was released to the public!

(via madrassoup)

Probably just going on vaKKKation.

(via kyssthis16)

It is interesting

writeswrongs:

that during my years working at an indigent defense firm the most common thing I’d hear from the attorneys is that everyone has a right to tell their story. I remember we served to defend rapists, domestic abusers, drug users, thieves, all of whom were frequently white elderly men. Old white homeless men who had fallen through the cracks of life and resorted to stealing or stalking women or doing whatever else it is lost people do. The amount of compassion our attorneys had for criminal justice was incredible. 

The mentality was, I don’t agree with his crime, I agree with his humanity.

The idea that we weren’t necessarily absolving people of guilt, but offering them damage control after a mistake, sometimes a series of mistakes, stayed with me. Yes, this person attacked another man, yes he beat his wife, yes he robbed someone, but regardless of what he did we must do what we can to introduce rehabilitation and mercy into his life. We strive to avoid long unnecessary prison sentences and recover any chance at therapy a client might have. 

This is not just a small idea from a single firm, but something almost anyone in criminal defense has heard. 

And yet, I sit here listening to how Mike Brown may have robbed a store. 

When a man robs a store, he is not eligible for the death penalty. We do not put people on death row for even much more serious thefts. Petty theft can sometimes even be erased from a young person’s record if they commit to community service and a group therapy course for people who steal. 

A young man steals something for the first time in his life, maybe the 20th, but let’s say he just graduated high school and he came from a poor family. The court will hear his account of long-term struggle, may offer him probation, may sentence him to jail or even prison time if he has failed to show improvement or remorse. But, the court will hear him speak. He will have an attorney at his side. 

IF we were to suggest the death penalty in such a case, the outrage would be out of control.

We kill black men who, *even* in the worst case scenario, would never face a serious sentence for such petty crimes. 

The reason I hate the argument of respectability, is that white men need not be respectable to not be killed. We don’t kill homeless white men, drug addicted white men, rapist white men, even white men who have murdered a fellow white man have a chance to argue for clemency. 

Even criminals have a right to live. Even if he were a criminal. It’s a false point and always will be. They want to sully his name, but ask any poor white American how many men in their family have been in jail and if this alone makes their lives insignificant.

Whatever the Ferguson PD wants to argue about Brown’s criminal record or innocence, it is a red herring. Charles Manson is alive today in a prison. A teenager who, in the worst case scenario was also a petty thief, is dead.