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Homecoming in like a month… i dont w ant to go to the actually event i just want to get dolled up and go out and skip the dance and go home to go.the fuck to sleep…

im-heem:

You knew it was coming.

im-heem:

You knew it was coming.

wocinsolidarity:

owning-my-truth:

femanarchoinfidel:

I disagree! The US has nothing to gain! As far as I know there is not a whole lot of oil in Liberia. It could be that the outbreak is actually just THAT BAD and the US wants to help somebody.

I’ve gotten a ridiculous number of responses to this post saying the above. All screaming out variations of the following:

"What does the US have to gain!?"

"Don’t you know that most people in the military are mechanics and logistical support, so there are only a few infantry and this isn’t an invasion!”

"Miltaries all around the world do this and the US has the biggest military so this makes sense!"

"Most of the troops are actually aid workers!!!"

"What about China!!?!?!!!"

All of this even as we know that there are more than 3,000 US troops being deployed to the region.

Let me just start with this:

Sub-Saharan African nations with a US Military Presence before the current ebola crisis (Image Credit: Washington Post via Mic).

13 African countries stretching across the continent and the number is rising with each passing year.

It is crucial to remember that the charter for AFRICOM (United States Africa Command) is explicitly to “advance U.S. national security interests.” So you’re going to sit here and tell me that 3,000 US troops being sent under this charter are there for altruistic purposes even as they set up a new military command in Liberia?  That this is not connected to the long history of military interventions, occupations and proxy wars the US has conducted from Mali to Libya and Somalia with catastrophic results? 

As Nick Turse stated in this great article on The Nation about “America’s Proxy Wars in Africa

Washington is increasingly involved in the growing wars for West and Central Africa. And just about every move it has made in the region thus far has helped spread conflict and chaos, while contributing to African destabilization. 

We saw this when the “US-backed uprising in Libya, for instance, helped spawn hundreds of militias that have increasingly caused chaos in that country” (x). Many of those militias and arm stores in Libya then spread throughout the region, including to Mali where Islamic militants co-opted a Tuareg resistance movement and seized wide swaths of the country’s north. The crisis only accelerated after a Malian military commander, who had been trained and mentored by US armed forces from 2004 to 2010, overthrew the democratically elected government in a military coup. Afterwards, the US and French swooped in to “restabilize” the situation they had caused and fight back the Islamic militants in Mali. This ”intervention caused a veritable terror diaspora that helped lead to attacks in Algeria, Niger and Libya, without resolving Mali’s underlying instability”(x).

We have seen this before with #BringBackOurGirls as well, and it only takes just a bit of digging to see how the US government shamelessly exploits humanitarian crises to advance its neo-imperialistic aims in African countries. Years before the tragic mass kidnappings of more than 200 Nigerian girls in Chibok by Boko Haram, the US Congress issued a report, “Boko Haram: Emerging Threat to the US Homeland" where they stated:

The rising threat of Boko Haram presents the United States an opportunity to expand diplomatic and military engagement with both Abuja and Nigerian Muslims in the north

This is in addition to open references to Nigeria’s oil wealth as a driving concern for them. The US had also been pressuring Nigeria for years to establish a military presence and AFRICOM military command in Nigeria, and so when the tragedy in Chibok happened (which has still not been resolved months later), the US pounced to put boots on the ground in Nigeria and (more) drones in our skies. Again, this has been a transparent goal from the highest levels of the US government since at least 2009

#KONY2012 was also used as a pretext to send more US troops into African countries, who have found nothing in the last 2 years. In fact for some time they were officially not even looking for Joseph Kony anymore but have used #KONY2012 to justify a continuing military presence which has now given the US license to expand its military presence this year with even more troops in Uganda, Central African Republic, South Sudan, and the DRC (x). 

So I am stunned when I see such obtuse responses like the above, which cling to some dream of the US military industrial complex as altruistic in any way shape or form, especially when, as I will say yet again, AFRICOM (United States Africa Command) explicitly states that it is in these countries to “advance U.S. national security interests.”

As Jumoke Balogun writes in his incredible piece, “Dear Americans, Your Hashtags Won’t #BringBackOurGirls. You Might Actually Be Making Things Worse" for CompareAfrique :

In 2013 alone, AFRICOM carried out a total of 546 “military activities,”which is an average of one and half military missions a day. While we don’t know much about the purpose of these activities, keep in mind that AFRICOM’s mission is to “advance U.S. national security interests.”

And advancing they are. According to one report, in 2013, American troops entered and advanced American interests in Niger, Uganda, Ghana, Malawi, Burundi, Mauritania, South Africa, Chad, Togo, Cameroon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Lesotho, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Sudan.

The U.S. military conducted 128 separate “military activities” in 28 African countries between June and December of 2013. These are in conjunction to U.S. led drone operations which are occurring in Northern Nigeria  and  Somalia. There are also counter-terrorism outposts in Djibouti and Niger and covert bases in Ethiopia and the Seychelles 

The US imperial project is in full swing in African countries, and is expanding across the globe with US forces re-entering the Philippines, a former colony of ours where we committed a genocide and countless war crimes, and many other countries. You don’t have to have oil to be a target (although that helps paint a target on your back)—it’s ultimately about power at the end of the day and the enshrinement of US hegemonic power and military dominance of the globe. 

So when you see 3,000 more troops entering an African country to “advance US national security interests,” take a second, go on Google for 2 seconds and see the tremendous plethora of information that is out there showing how these are craven neo-imperialistic campaigns to expand the US military industrial complex even if they are under a “humanitarian” cover like we see with the ebola crisis. There is no such thing as “no strings attached” with the US government, and it will take decades to undo the damage caused by these neo-imperialistic crusader campaigns by the US that we are watching play out in slow motion today.

OOP

iwriteaboutfeminism:

Police gas protesters in Hong Kong. Part 2.

Part 1

I'm sorry if this is a silly question, but what do you mean by white mestizos? Do you mean light skinned mestizos?
Anonymous

aguiladejade:

Hi, thanks for the question!

Though to clarify this is just my perspective and chances are different folks while define the term differently. 

White mestiz@ is essentially a mixed person, white+indigenous, white+black, etc that has overwhelming or majority white ancestry. So they are technically “mestiz@s” however they are also white and benefit from whiteness. Culturally and ethnically they can identify with whatever ancestry they have, however they need to understand that they are racially white. 

I also try to avoid saying light skinned mestiz@s because it obscures layered racial problems. (That is not to say there isn’t privilege in being lighter skinned, of course there is). I think we tend to forget that people are also racialized (seen as the other/non-white) through other traits, such as body hair, hair type, etc. Being light skinned doesn’t necessarily mean more european ancestry or white passing. For example, in some Mexican codices, we see Indigenous folks represent themselves with red skin, black skin, yellow skin, dark brown skin, and light brown skin. It is ignorant to assume that lighter skin only arrived through colonization because it reduces all non-European folks into this static, colonial image.

Hope this clarified and feel free to ask more.

Something about the light skin/white passing, i could have just misread and sorry in adanvacd! , like most people talk about the skin tone while a lot of people tend to get confused of poc whom are but very non-European features like i stomp people over how pale i am yet not having ‘white features’ and a werid accent (disabled accent) while my sister whom more darkskin yet very european features (and our moms country accent) tend to get asked if she a tan white person

Like i used that ex because questions like that i had people understand after explaing this!

evilsupplyco:

Date a book. Date a book that reads people with increasing intensity until it understands them fully, has all their secrets. Date a book that sucks its victims dry, leaving behind a dusty husk that quickly decays. Get eaten by a book.

thefaultinourspoons:

drejofvalenwood:

thefaultinourspoons:

This is basically a post for people who think that the world is accessible for those who are disabled, although this is centred around those who use a wheelchair. 

And this doesn’t include when people park in disabled spaces without a badge, or question those who park in disabled spaces who don’t use a chair.

The first picture is of a disabled parking space, where the snow has been pushed into that space whilst people were clearing the car park. This also happens when snow ploughers push the snow to the side of the road and onto the pavement as it blocks the dipped down pavement where wheelchair users can get on/off of the pavement and most wheelchairs struggle to be able to push through the snow.

The second picture is of a lift/elevator in Boots a store in the UK, where there are baskets and cases in front of the lift, which block wheelchair users from using it and accessing other levels in the store.

The third picture is of a zebra crossing with a lowered pavement for wheelchair users, and there is an island in the middle with a normal height curb, which blocks wheelchair users, and it means they have to go around, along with having bollards near the entrance which don’t look wide enough to fit a wheelchair through.

The fourth picture is that of a ramp, which has a step in order to get onto the ramp. (I’m pretty sure they didn’t even try.)

The fifth picture is of a ramp with a tree in the middle, which doesn’t have enough room on either side for a wheelchair to get through.

The sixth picture is of a very very steep ramp, which even if you have someone pushing your chair you probably won’t be able to get up it!

The seventh picture is of a disabled parking space, which has a ramp leading to the entrance, which again has steps in order to access the ramp.

The eighth picture is of ‘disabled parking’, where non of the spaces have room to allow chairs to get out of the car, except at the back. They are just normal spaces where a blue sign has been placed in an attempt to make the parking ‘wheelchair accessible’.

The ninth picture is of a reception desk which is too high for wheelchair users to access, as they can’t be seen, due to the fact that they are smaller than the desk.

The final picture is of a ramp which only goes halfway up the curb, essentially meaning there is a step at the top of the ramp.

If anybody still thinks the world isn’t staked against those who are disabled, then I honestly worry about you.

You make good points, but you can’t say the world is actively against the disabled. There are a good many buildings who need to accommodate for them, and some haven’t for a myriad of reasons. Some places’ll do the bare minimum to keep the law from breathing down their necks, but that’s all.

However, this doesn’t mean that the ‘world is staked against’ the disabled. Some places have really nice accomodations, and other places go above and beyond. Let’s try not to generalize.

People with disabilities are among the most marginalized groups in the world. WHO

83% of women with disabilities will be sexually abused in their lifetime bpvav

Children with disabilities are five times more likely to be abused bpvav

The amount of people with disabilities that drop out of Uni have doubled in a year the guardian

Goodwill pay their disabled employs less than a $1 per hour aljazeera

Families with a person with disabilities are more likely to live in poverty gov   twice as likely according to scope

Disabled people are less likely to be employed gov

Disabled people are three times less likely to have any qualifications, and are half as likely to have a degree gov

Over 25% of disabled people have said they don’t frequently have control of their own lives gov

Disabled people are more likely to experience discrimination at work than those who aren’t disabled gov

About a third of people with disabilities experience difficulties accessing public, commercial and leisure goods and services gov

About a fifth of disabled people have difficulties accessing public transport gov

Disabled people are more likely to be a victim of crime than non disabled people gov

1 in 3 households with a disabled person do not live in decent accommodation (this could be linked with the poverty statistic) gov

1 in 5 people with disabilities who need adaptations in their home believe their accommodation isn’t suitable

Disabled men make 11% less than non disabled men per hour, and women 22%

  • 38 per cent of people believe disabled people are a burden on society
  • 28 per cent of people believe there is Ill feeling around the perceived extra support given to disabled people (28 per cent
  • More than a quarter (27 per cent) of people think disabled people are treated differently because there is a lack of knowledge around disability
  • Nearly two-thirds (65 per cent) of people have admitted they avoid disabled people because they don’t know how to act around them
  • More than half (52 per cent) of people  assume disabilities are physical
  • Only 7 per cent  of people would consider mental disability when told that a person is disabled
  • Only 26 per cent of people class facial disfigurement as a disability
  • More than a third (34 per cnt) don’t consider hearing loss to be a disability.
  • One hundred and eighty disability hate crimes are committed every day in this country.
  • Fear and loss of confidence are the most common consequences of disability harassment.
  • Prosecutions and convictions for disability hate crime fell in 2011/12 after rising three years in a row – only partly due to fewer referrals from the police

efds

TLDR: disabled people do not have life handed to them on a plate, there are so many things that people could do to make our lives easier, but they don’t. things like the pictures above were a visual example, and the sad thing is, I found all these pictures on sites that stated they were hilarious. 

The world is staked against disabled people, and so are the people, and yes not everyone is, but stop implying that disabled people have it easy, but some of the world is actively against disabled people, and some of it isn’t, but when it comes down to it, disabled people have a hard time, and a lot have to fight for basic rights.

And I’m going to presume that you aren’t disabled, and I’m sorry for making an assumption, because I know better than anyone that invisible disabilities are all too common, so please don’t try to tell us what it’s like to live with a disability if you have no idea what it’s like yourself

aconnormanning:

maneth985:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.



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aconnormanning:

maneth985:

fallen-angel-with-a-shotgun:

dajo42:

if you dont have me on facebook you are probably not missing out on any posts but the comment section is important too lmao

I went to the Renaissance faire dressed as a warrior.  I had a real sword with me, too.  I was standing (in character) next to a sword-fighting ring, where kids of all ages got the chance to pick up a sword and challenge the champion.  Some woman walks by, with her little girl.  The girl starts walking towards the ring, saying she wants to fight.  But the mom pulled her away hella sharply, and was like, “That’s for boys.”  You don’t want to be a BOY, do you?”    And the girl looked around and saw me.  I think she thought I was a boy; I had my hair in a ponytail, and was wearing a hood.  So she comes up to me and asks me, “Do you think girls can be fighters, too?”  And her mom looks like she’s silently gloating.  Like she thinks I’m going to say no.  So I take off my hood, untie my hair so that it flows freely, and kneel before her.  And I’m like, “Milady, anyone can be a fighter.”  I swear, the look on that mother’s face made my day.

This post was good but then it got better

baconsloth:

deoxyhemoglobin:

I was chatting with a donor before I drew his blood, and he was a dentist. when I actually drew him, there was just a little squirt of blood and it surprised him

I looked him in they eye and told him “you’re bleeding because you don’t floss”

and he went dead silent

had the opportunity and fucking seized it

whitepeoplestealingculture:

hongkongstrikenow:

reblog or upload it anywhere you want

spread the word

IT IS TRUE. 

Here is an article explaining it as well.

Please amplify their voices, please pay attention.

rydenarmani:

rydenarmani:

i hate that most zombie movies are written from a perspective universe where there is no zombie lore. i want a zombie move written from the perspective of our universe where everyone knows what a zombie is and everyone tries to figure out what kind of zombies they’re dealing with.

there’s one neckbeard in the group that carries a machete and won’t stop quoting the zombie survival guide