neptunain:

the point of social activism isn’t equality or loving each other, it’s about breaking down dangerous power systems when are people gonna get this

Some would argue that equality and loving each other ARE a way to break down those systems. I would love to see a good debate on this.

My thoughts are: the oppressed have been told to love their oppressor since the beginning of time. Love your abusive husband, stay with him, a gentle woman’s touch will make him better (translated to - if he doesn’t get better, its your fault). Don’t fight back when people hurt you… even though that is at the expense of your very livelihood (see all colonized peoples, Palestine, police brutality etc.). We have always been told to fight hate with love.

Well guess what. It doesn’t work.

There is an extent to which taking on the traits of the oppressor (women abusing their male partners, etc.) is counterproductive and actually helps UPHOLD the oppressive system. Putting people who were previously oppressed in the seat of the oppressor is NOT the solution at all.

But standing up for yourself, fighting when a fight needs to occur, hitting back when someone attacks you… those are all, albeit violent, acts of resisting oppression. And resisting oppression means resisting the system. 

The best way to do this, to break down oppressive systems, is not through compassion for our oppressors. That is what keeps it going. The best way to do it is through constantly bringing our plight to the public eye, not letting anyone forget that the system sucks. This is just my opinion. Don’t let them forget that women, especially women of color, make far less in the US. Don’t let them forget that only 25% of state legislative offices are held by women, less than that for federal offices, putting the US in the lower-middle half of the world. Don’t let them forget that 1 in 6 women will go through an attempted or completed rape. Don’t let them forget that there are children working in sweat shops right now, that the porn they are watching is likely not consensual (rape!), that slavery is still VERY MUCH a thing, that millions of our men and women are currently sitting in prison, Ferguson and other instances of police brutality, that many of the chemicals in US foods are banned in Europe… I could go on for quite a long time. All of these issues are important. All of them need to be on the agenda. Bringing them up and keeping momentum going is sometimes all that we can do.

So the next time someone makes a racist/sexist/homophobic joke, call them out. Get angry. There is nothing wrong with being angry when someone is denying you or other people’s basic humanity, ridiculing them for who they are and upholding the oppressive norms we live in. Get angry. Fuck love. Love has a place in all of this, it does, but it is not and should not be at the center of our strategy.

You can love your abuser/oppressor/etc. all you want. But it isn’t going to change anything… in fact, it is only going to reinforce their actions to them and to the greater society. Counterproductive.

Let’s look at the world we see on television… [T]he world portrayed on television is grossly misleading as a representation of reality… [But,] to a surprising extent, we take what we see on television as a reflection of reality.
In prime-time programming, males outnumber females by 3 to 1, and the women portrayed are younger than the men they encounter. Nonwhites (especially Hispanics), young children, and the elderly are underrepresented; and members of minority groups are disproportionately cast in minor roles. Moreover, most prime-time characters are portrayed as professional and managerial workers: Although 67% of the work force in the United States are employed in blue-collar or service jobs, only 25% of TV characters hold such jobs. Finally, crime on television is ten times more prevalent than it is in real life. The average 15-year-old has viewed more than 13,000 TV killings. Over half of TV’s characters are involved in a violent confrontation each week; in reality, fewer than 1% of people in the nation are victims of criminal violence in any given year, according to FBI statistics.

A. Pratkanis: Age of Propaganda (1991)

In reference to to comprehensive studies done by George Gerbner and associates

thinksquad:

(CNN) — To hear prosecutors tell it, Darrien Hunt lunged at officers with a “samurai-type sword” before he was killed.

To hear his family tell it, police shot the 22-year-old several times while he was running away. An independent autopsy proves he was shot from behind, his family’s attorney said.

And while there’s no consensus about what happened last Wednesday morning, the Utah case is already drawing comparisons to the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Hunt’s mother said she believes race played a role in her son’s death.
“They killed my son because he’s black,” Susan Hunt told CNN affiliate KSL. “No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.”

But the Utah County Attorney’s Office said there is “currently no indication that race played any role in the confrontation between Mr. Hunt and the police officer.”

"Police officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious individual walking around a local business with a ‘samurai-type’ sword," Chief Deputy Tim Taylor of the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

"When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, preliminary evidence suggests that Mr. Hunt brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot."

Hunt family attorney Randall Edwards challenged that version of events.
An independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot six times from behind, Edwards told CNN.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/15/justice/utah-samurai-sword-police-shooting/index.html

THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS!!

thinksquad:

(CNN) — To hear prosecutors tell it, Darrien Hunt lunged at officers with a “samurai-type sword” before he was killed.

To hear his family tell it, police shot the 22-year-old several times while he was running away. An independent autopsy proves he was shot from behind, his family’s attorney said.

And while there’s no consensus about what happened last Wednesday morning, the Utah case is already drawing comparisons to the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.
Hunt’s mother said she believes race played a role in her son’s death.
“They killed my son because he’s black,” Susan Hunt told CNN affiliate KSL. “No white boy with a little sword would they shoot while he’s running away.”

But the Utah County Attorney’s Office said there is “currently no indication that race played any role in the confrontation between Mr. Hunt and the police officer.”

"Police officers from the Saratoga Springs Police Department responded to a report of a suspicious individual walking around a local business with a ‘samurai-type’ sword," Chief Deputy Tim Taylor of the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

"When the officers made contact with Mr. Hunt, preliminary evidence suggests that Mr. Hunt brandished the sword and lunged toward the officers with the sword, at which time Mr. Hunt was shot."

Hunt family attorney Randall Edwards challenged that version of events.
An independent autopsy shows Hunt was shot six times from behind, Edwards told CNN.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/15/justice/utah-samurai-sword-police-shooting/index.html

THIS IS FUCKING RIDICULOUS!!

We’ve created a culture that fetishizes the new(s), and we forget the wealth of human knowledge, wisdom, and transcendence that lives in the annals of what we call “history” – art, literature, philosophy, and so many things that are both timeless and incredibly timely. Our presentism bias – anchored in the belief that if it isn’t at the top of Google, it doesn’t matter, and if it isn’t Googleable at all, it doesn’t exist – perpetuates our arrogance that no one has ever grappled with the issues we’re grappling with. Which of course is tragically untrue.

Maria Popova (via liberatingreality)

if it isn’t Googleable at all, it doesn’t exist”

I think that a lot of people, subconsciously but also very applicably,believe this to be the case

Sexually harassing and assaulting women is not “just a prank”

It is almost 2015 I can’t believe that this still needs to be explained

shanellbklyn:

tefpoe1:

The national mobilization begins …. We are asking people all over the world to join us in #Ferguson and help us flood the city with the war cry for #justice4mikebrown and the countless other victims of police brutality … People from all over the world will be joining us !!!

BOOST!

shanellbklyn:

tefpoe1:

The national mobilization begins …. We are asking people all over the world to join us in #Ferguson and help us flood the city with the war cry for #justice4mikebrown and the countless other victims of police brutality … People from all over the world will be joining us !!!

BOOST!


"Statistics show that 1 in 4 women in the US is a victim of domestic violence, those numbers jump to 1 in 2 if they are married to a cop.
Law Enforcement officers beat their significant other at nearly double the national average. Several studies, according to Diane Wetendorf, author of Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
— Cops Beat Their Wives & Girlfriends At Double The National Rate, Still Receive Promotions | The Free Thought Project (Photo Credit: CopBlock) 

"Statistics show that 1 in 4 women in the US is a victim of domestic violence, those numbers jump to 1 in 2 if they are married to a cop.

Law Enforcement officers beat their significant other at nearly double the national average. Several studies, according to Diane Wetendorf, author of Police Domestic Violence: Handbook for Victims, indicate that women suffer domestic abuse in at least 40 percent of police officer families. For American women overall, the figure is 25 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”

Cops Beat Their Wives & Girlfriends At Double The National Rate, Still Receive Promotions | The Free Thought Project (Photo Credit: CopBlock) 

(Source: america-wakiewakie)

(Source: marfmellow)


“Last November the Activist Post ran a story about the propensity of police officers killing civilians. Stated was the following:
"Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”
That statistic is alarming enough considering if the 4,489 American soldiers killed in combat in Iraq constitute a condition of war, then the killing of 5,000 American civilians by United States police departments ought to be viewed as a war on we the People by our very own government.
…[The fact is] a cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop. Stated another way, when an officer comes into contact with you, you are far less of a threat to them than the perception our culture proliferates. The police are, in fact, more of a threat to YOU.
The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions.  
Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.”
— Cops: The Myth of the Most Dangerous Job | AmericaWakieWakie 
(Photo Credit: 08/20/14, Oakland marches in solidarity with Ferguson, MO after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18 yr old Mike Brown | AmericaWakieWakie)

Last November the Activist Post ran a story about the propensity of police officers killing civilians. Stated was the following:

"Since 9/11, and the subsequent militarization of the police by the Department of Homeland Security, about 5,000 Americans have been killed by US police officers. The civilian death rate is nearly equal to the number of US soldiers killed in Iraq. In fact, you are 8 times more likely to be killed by a police officer than by a terrorist.”

That statistic is alarming enough considering if the 4,489 American soldiers killed in combat in Iraq constitute a condition of war, then the killing of 5,000 American civilians by United States police departments ought to be viewed as a war on we the People by our very own government.

…[The fact is] a cop is far more likely… to kill you than you are to kill a cop. Stated another way, when an officer comes into contact with you, you are far less of a threat to them than the perception our culture proliferates. The police are, in fact, more of a threat to YOU.

The idea that police have an incredibly dangerous job is what we Southerners call a tall-tale, a stretch of the truth to bolster an ego unwilling to accept mediocrity. Not to take away from what many fair-minded officers do every day, but as those stubborn things called facts would have it, policing is less dangerous than farming, fishing, logging, and trash collecting, as well as six other professions.  

Now is the time to burst the cop myth and to stop giving them the deference to murder our friends and family in the street.”

— Cops: The Myth of the Most Dangerous Job | AmericaWakieWakie 

(Photo Credit: 08/20/14, Oakland marches in solidarity with Ferguson, MO after police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18 yr old Mike Brown | AmericaWakieWakie)

koreaunderground:

Comfort women video testimony made public after 21 years

“When I was 18 years old, I spent two or three weeks in an attic after my uncle told me that young women were being taken away. After that I came down from the attic to find something to eat when all of a sudden a Japanese policeman appeared in front of me, grabbed me by the arm, and dragged me off,” said Kim Bok-seon in the recording. Kim, a former comfort woman, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 86.
“I was weeping with fear, clinging to the pillar in the room. I tried to run away, but in the end they took me to Busan. I became a comfort woman for the Japanese imperial army, and was moved to Simonoseki and then Osaka,” said Yoon Sun-man, 83.
“I got beat a lot for being disobedient. My arms were twisted and still are today,” Yun said, lifting her weak knees and her left elbow, which is still crooked though decades have passed.
While it was not included in the video released on Monday, the association also made public the written testimony of Kil Gap-soon, who also took part in the Japanese investigation.
“When I refused to sleep with the Japanese soldiers, they tortured me by searing my back with a red-hot soldering iron,” Kil said. She raised her blouse and showed the Japanese investigators the burn marks that still remained on her back. Gil passed away in 1998 at the age of 74, five years after giving her testimony.
“Aside from Yoon Sun-man and Kim Kyung-sun, the other 14 of the 16 women who testified at the time have already died. Now the Abe government is showing its blatant intention to attack the Kono Statement,” said Kim Young-man, 58, Gil’s son.
“We refrained from publishing the material for 21 years at the request of the Japanese government…”
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Why prostitution is most often rape. I want every single one of these johns, if they aren’t already rotting in hell, to be prosecuted

koreaunderground:

Comfort women video testimony made public after 21 years

“When I was 18 years old, I spent two or three weeks in an attic after my uncle told me that young women were being taken away. After that I came down from the attic to find something to eat when all of a sudden a Japanese policeman appeared in front of me, grabbed me by the arm, and dragged me off,” said Kim Bok-seon in the recording. Kim, a former comfort woman, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 86.

“I was weeping with fear, clinging to the pillar in the room. I tried to run away, but in the end they took me to Busan. I became a comfort woman for the Japanese imperial army, and was moved to Simonoseki and then Osaka,” said Yoon Sun-man, 83.

“I got beat a lot for being disobedient. My arms were twisted and still are today,” Yun said, lifting her weak knees and her left elbow, which is still crooked though decades have passed.

While it was not included in the video released on Monday, the association also made public the written testimony of Kil Gap-soon, who also took part in the Japanese investigation.

“When I refused to sleep with the Japanese soldiers, they tortured me by searing my back with a red-hot soldering iron,” Kil said. She raised her blouse and showed the Japanese investigators the burn marks that still remained on her back. Gil passed away in 1998 at the age of 74, five years after giving her testimony.

“Aside from Yoon Sun-man and Kim Kyung-sun, the other 14 of the 16 women who testified at the time have already died. Now the Abe government is showing its blatant intention to attack the Kono Statement,” said Kim Young-man, 58, Gil’s son.

“We refrained from publishing the material for 21 years at the request of the Japanese government…”

[Read More]

Why prostitution is most often rape. I want every single one of these johns, if they aren’t already rotting in hell, to be prosecuted