this is my second day of trying out those crest whitestrips things, and I was so diligent about the half hour leave on time that I told my sister I was gonna take a nap and could she please wake me up in twenty minutes so I could revitalise and take them off? and guess who forgot and was like, “oh shit” when I wandered down TWO AND A HALF HOURS LATER?
IT’S BEEN NINE HOURS AND IT FEELS LIKE MY TEETH ARE GOING TO FALL OUT EVERY TIME I MOVE MY MOUTH
y’all try to find the tiniest reason to not support sj/feminism like “oh wow a troll blog once said eating chinese food is cultural appropriation haha sorry i guess i don’t support trans rights at all anymore”
if you feel personally attacked by nicki minaj’s comments on yr skinniness please go turn on the tv and see all the girls with yr body type modelling clothing & hosting tv shows & acting in major films to make yourself feel better……..
the flipside of the explicitly racist and islamophobic stereotype of arabs as scary threatening muslims~ seems to be the hyped up young men in Abu Dhabi rolling in it, instagram ready to capture lions on leashes and expensive sports cars. I see it all the time, and it’s in no way indicative of everyone who lives there, but as for the people feeding into it and acting like it’s this flawless ideal? I’m so sick of seeing people hype up places like Dubai for their luxury and supposed quality of life, and not have shit to say about the Indian and Bangladeshi migrant workers whose backs those landmarks and holiday destinations are built on. the racism they go through, the cement work camps they’re in, how many have never even seen the places they’ve worked on because they’re put back on buses when the labour quota is filled. how they have families to support and send money to - the reason they’re there - but often salaries are withheld for months on end.
or the amount of suicides that are swept under the rug because these men gave their all for less than nothing in return. at least four died during the construction of the Burj Khalifa. seriously, let me know when you see a single tour guide or beautiful shot of it that talks about the one man who jumped off because he wasn’t allowed leave. how one article wrote that he, "requested a holiday but it was refused", as if you do something like that because you didn’t get a frivolous vacation. note how they made no mention of the awful pay or the sponsorship laws that keep workers there for indefinite amounts of time. or how so few people strung together that it was one of (at least) three suicides within less than two weeks. all Indian migrant workers, all dismissed with phrases like “financial troubles”.
the truth is, most of the decisions you make are interlinked. or they reflect on you as a person more than you’d like, and maybe you can afford to look the other way when somebody you like screws up because something else they did really resonated with you, but I can’t think of a single time my reason for clinging on naively wasn’t totally superficial compared to every reason I had to let go.
like, johansson explicitly stated she knew sodastream worked in an israeli settlement before she made her decision and then came out with some bullshit about never intending to be the face of a political cause, about not being political~ in spite of this. so either she consciously made an incredibly dangerous choice, or it’s all a poor attempt to cover up a lot of ignorance.
either way, you hold celebrities accountable like the normal human beings they are. I mean damn, stop lauding people as fantastic role models because they make shitty decisions whilst happening to be women. because they’re funding and profiting off apartheid but hey, they also beat up a guy in a movie once~
Telling the people of Ferguson to take this anger and “channel” it to the polls, i.e elect officials that reflect them, is so fucking beside the point and victim blaming. This is ignoring disenfranchisement of the black voter (racism) and the poor voter (can’t take time off to vote). This is ignoring how expensive it is to run for office. This is ignoring that this is a matter of the dehumanization of black people and not some trivial political disagreement. Like this only serves to uphold what you think is a democracy, to uphold your just world fallacy.
“Solidarity is an act, a series of acts, a lifetime of choices and self-education, a deeply felt human compassion, NOT a button on your goddamn denim vest. Or, even really a matter of identity, when it comes right down to it.”—this seems extremely important to remember (via conradtao)
The community in Ferguson is struggling to come up with the money to keep their kids fed, since school has been cancelled all this time, yet people have donated over $12,000 to the murderer who started all of this in the last 24 hours alone. Think about that. And then donate to the right cause.
y’know that thing where if you pull something hanging by a string back, let it touch your nose or forehead or whatever and release it and stand still, it won’t ever hit you on the swing back because #physics? I was walking into the bathroom and tried doing it with the light switch, only forgot how it works and stood directly by it, threw it forward, stood there for 0.5 seconds really proud of myself and then got smacked in the face.
uni to me was like how in 21 Jump Street, jenko goes back to school and is struck by how different everything is and it’s like, the done thing to be into all this dweeby shit without getting stuffed into lockers. the amount of times I’d look around and be like, “wait, everyone else is laughing with you?”
I’d legit be so conventionally attractive in a desi-model-who-makes-it-big-in-the-mid-90s-or-2010s way if I was like, a few inches taller and had a smaller, straighter nose. I mean I love my nose, it gives my face character~ but it’s such a blatant anomaly where the rest of my face is generally pretty defined. in its own way. tbh, it’s more like one of those collages you make as a kid out of magazines, and you’re too young to know what emulating picasso means, but. I think as much as I like my other features, I like them because they’re easy to like, and it’s so…y’know when you see a lil puppy, and it’s so ugly that it transcends into cuteness and you just have an overwhelming sense of affection for it? I’m like yeah. there you are. right there. I’m so typically, verging on boring type pretty, and then there you are. which I think is the main thing I like.
I severely misjudged the heat and how long I would be walking today, and spent a solid twenty minutes hobbling along a main road, gently crying whilst holding my shoes and two bags filled with 2litre bottles of water. and I’m pretty sure someone took a photo of me from their convertible. please inform me if I become a meme or if there’s a fundraiser in my benefit started any time soon.
I genuinely don’t understand the logic behind, “leave some things to the imagination”. like, people know what bodies look like? it’s really not that hard to visualise someone naked? what are you leaving to the imagination? what the hell do you think I have under here?
cops put shit like “It is unknown if the suspect has any gang affiliations” in press releases when it has fucking nothing to do with the case. if it is unknown how about you don’t fucking say shit because YOU DON’T KNOW. WHY ARE YOU PROCLAIMING THE ABSENCE OF INFORMATION AS INFORMATION. they literally start a smear campaign on anyone they kill as soon as the body hits the ground in order to try to justify their inhumanity.
I think in the rapidity of the situation and the intensity of everyone’s blogging right now, people are forgetting to tag. like, these things need to be seen and heard, but there are really graphic photos of open bullet/pellet wounds circulating, and I know a lot who have posted usually tw for blood and that stuff?
In Ferguson, police have: - Gunned down a teenager in the street, hands already above his head - Referred to black neighborhoods as “fucking animals” - Dispersed a candlelight vigil with tear gas and rubber bullets - Occupied neighborhoods and stationed tanks on street corners - Shut down a McDonald’s, arresting two reporters in the process - Ordered media crews out of the city and confiscated video - Arrested members of St. Louis city council for tweeting
What is happening in Ferguson - and the solidarity people from Palestine are expressing - is exactly what Angela Davis has been talking about. The internationalization of these oppressive structures. The prison industrial complex does not exist in a vacuum. Police brutality doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Apartheid doesn’t exist in a vacuum. These oppressive structures are interconnected.
This is why whenever I’ve seen her speak on the PIC or on feminism and abolition, she’s always connected it to Palestine. Global connections. When she was imprisoned in the 70s, in solitary confinement in an American prison, a Palestinian political prisoner in an Israeli jail sent her a message of solidarity - it was smuggled out of that Israeli cell an into Davis’ cell. Do we not see parallels of that today in those tweets sharing tips on how to deal with police brutality?
The struggles are distinct. Specific to specific communities. But the structures are interconnected. What does it say for American police to be trained by and often armed by the IDF; what does it say for weapons to be tested on Palestinians and then sold to the rest of the world; what does it say for military and prisons to both be privatized to this extent; what does it say for neoliberal institutions like the IMF and the world bank to be supporting private prisons as replacements of state functions in developing countries? We have to have attention to derail and we have to also be able to look at this in a larger framework.
my thing also is that EVEN IF mike brown was violent towards the cop you are telling me that this police officer was not well trained enough to handle ONE unarmed person without using lethal force. That’s what you are telling me right now.
the thing i hate most about people who preach ‘non-violence’ and ‘peace’ is that they never preach to those in power, you’ll never hear any of them demanding the police stop killing black people, to stop destroying their neighborhoods, and to put their weapons down, and that’s because these people are not against violence, they are only against resistance.
I appreciate all of you non black poc showing support and reblogging post about ferguson but now is not the time to attempt co-opting our struggle. Do not use the phrase poc when referring to ferguson, the people that are being violently harassed are all black. Erasing the fact that they’re black is a form of anti-black violence. Please refer to them as black.
“I will have an undergraduate class, let’s say a young white male student, politically-correct, who will say: “I am only a bourgeois white male, I can’t speak.” … I say to them: “Why not develop a certain degree of rage against the history that has written such an abject script for you that you are silenced?” Then you begin to investigate what it is that silences you, rather than take this very determinist position-since my skin colour is this, since my sex is this, I cannot speak… From this position, then, I say you will of course not speak in the same way about the Third World material, but if you make it your task not only to learn what is going on there through language, through specific programmes of study, but also at the same time through a historical critique of your position as the investigating person, then you will have earned the right to criticize, you be heard. When you take the position of not doing your homework- “I will not criticize because of my accident of birth, the historical accident” - that is the much more pernicious position.”—Gayatri Spivak (via dialecticsof)
explain to me why over these past two days, I’ve heard over fourteen white people from comfortable and (at least visibly) affluent upbringings, all born and raised in england, comment on everything with, “imo, the police round here aren’t that bad, I don’t feel targeted on sight”. like it’s some kind of surprise? like there’s any reason for you to butt in other than just wanting your voice to be heard?
like it’s soooo obvious that whatever smug cunt came up with that “look at our REAL riot police!” tweet has never been faced with them, because if they had they’d know that they’re all violent arseholes who love any chance to swing at people with the batons. Like if UK riot police are so great then who killed Ian Tomlinson? If the UK armed police strategy is so much better then why is Mark Duggan dead? Why is there a polis going through the courts now for the murder of Azelle Rodney? Why did the police get away with murdering an anti-fascist and then quietly admitting it was one of their officers thirty years later? Why has that officer still not been punished in any way? Why do they keep getting away with their horrifically racist stop and search figures? Why did they split a boy’s head open at an anti-fees protest and then try to stop him being treated in hospital? The police across the UK are racist violent wankers who are no fuckin better than the US ones, they’re just less millitarised (much to their annoyance).
to think that this started because the boys were accused of possibly stealing candy and that is apparently worthy of having a gun pulled on them let alone being murdered for it
but yet when we have a bunch of white privileged teens who stole hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of goods from celebrities after breaking into their homes, they get glamorized in the media for it, get a fucking reality show for it, and a damn movie like what the fuck is going on
DON'T REBLOG THAT VIDEO OR THE POST WITH THE LINK TO THE VIDEO OF THEM PUTTING MIKE BROWN'S BODY IN THE SUV! HIS MAMA SAID SHE DIDN'T WANT THOSE IMAGES TO BE CIRCULATED AROUND! RESPECT THE FAMILY'S WISHES!