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“More than 1,500 people in this predominantly Latino community took part in the protest, many of them chanting “Si, se puede,” the Spanish-language version of President Obama’s 2008 campaign slogan.”

amazed  how quick erasure takes place.

California Latinos protest Arizona push to end birthright citizenship - By the CNN Wire staff

You have got to be kidding me.

From the first two paragraphs of the wikipedia page for Sí se puede.:

Sí, se puede (Spanish for “Yes, it is possible” or, roughly, “Yes, it can be done”[1]) is the motto of the United Farm Workers. In 1972, during Cesar Chavez’s 24 day fast in Phoenix, Arizona, he and UFW’s co-founder, Dolores Huerta came up with the slogan.[1]

The phrase has been widely adopted by other labor unions and civil rights organizations and drew widespread political and media attention as a rallying cry during the 2006 U.S. immigration reform protests.[2][3]

This is what cultural appropriation looks like, if you’re ever in need of an example.

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^^^

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And I just am convinced these jackasses don’t read anything not written by white folks

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I knew the phrase before the Obama campaign, but I never knew about it being from any political movement. Let alone anything as important as United Farm Worker and labor unions.

And it’s kind of hilariously terrible to me now, remembering how I did learn the phrase: from Disney!  Yup. Good ol’ Disney used it in a tv movie called, “Gotta Kick It Up.” I remember cuz I was confused on how ‘si se puede’ meant ‘yes WE can.’ (I hadn’t taken formal spanish classes yet).

But yeah, perfect example of appropriation and imperialism and commercialization and everything else terrible.  Thanks for schoolin me on what these words actually stand for.

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I love how whenever I told my friends/people I interacted with on a daily basis at school this they didn’t believe me because ya know it is obvious that I just pulled out all that factual information that I provided them out of my ass. P.s. On a related side note most people don’t even know of the involvement of Filipin@ ( (if this is incorrect terminology please let me know) Statesian activists in the Farm Workers movement. (via genderqueerdukeofmexico)

cnn = the reek of ass

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tigressunlimited:

hobbitma:

tigressunlimited:

swiftlifeachiever:

Black History Month…
Lets start off this black history month off right….
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United            States (1861-65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil            War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves.

Let’s start this Black History Month off right…
With a quote from Lincoln: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”
No, not everything. Just most everything.

It’s so mind boggling the way history is rewritten and distorted to hide the truth from being seen. A quote that i thought was very good that doesn’t really apply but is related to the way history is written. “history is written by the dominating power” this means that history isn’t always true it’s just what the people in power have told you happened. The best example of this is the bible

Reblogging for added commentary. And yes, that “rewriting of history to hide the truth” is generally called historiography —basically it is a term that signifies that history has both a methodology and certain authors. A good book to read on the subject isLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James Loewen. 

reblogging for commentary.

tigressunlimited:

hobbitma:

tigressunlimited:

swiftlifeachiever:

Black History Month…

Lets start off this black history month off right….

Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States (1861-65), who preserved the Union during the American Civil War and brought about the emancipation of the slaves.

Let’s start this Black History Month off right…

With a quote from Lincoln: “I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in anyway the social and political equality of the white and black races – that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry with white people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the white and black races which I believe will forever forbid the two races living together on terms of social and political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together there must be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceive that because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.”

No, not everything. Just most everything.

It’s so mind boggling the way history is rewritten and distorted to hide the truth from being seen. A quote that i thought was very good that doesn’t really apply but is related to the way history is written.
“history is written by the dominating power” this means that history isn’t always true it’s just what the people in power have told you happened. The best example of this is the bible

Reblogging for added commentary. And yes, that “rewriting of history to hide the truth” is generally called historiography —basically it is a term that signifies that history has both a methodology and certain authors. A good book to read on the subject isLies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrongby James Loewen. 

reblogging for commentary.

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{ I’m tired of people telling me that racism is over. }

thejuthikakid:

When I still get dirty looks for being brown, and my father still gets mocked for having an accent, racism isn’t over. Racism isn’t over unless we, the oppressed, say it’s over. Until then we’ll keep fighting for our goddamn right to be equal everywhere.

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{ LINK: Of Another Fashion: An officer inspects the luggage of this smiling Japanese American... }

abagond:

zuky:

wtfhellokitty:

ofanotherfashion:

An officer inspects the luggage of this smiling Japanese American woman wearing a cardigan and cross at the Santa Anita Park assembly center where she will be processed for internment. Among the items confiscated were cameras. Japanese Americans were not allowed to visually document their…

These photos of smiling Nikkei—propaganda. Insulting. Vicious lies.

*sniff, sniff*  Do you smell it?  That powerful odor of mendacity?

Yep. These photos are intended to convey, “Check it out, internment’s totally cool, these well-dressed smiling cooperative Japanese people are proof! They’re down with the program, you should be too!”

The slaves were happy too! They loved to sing and dance!

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youmustfirstinventtheuniverse:

zuky:

wtfhellokitty:

ofanotherfashion:

An officer inspects the luggage of this smiling Japanese American woman wearing a cardigan and cross at the Santa Anita Park assembly center where she will be processed for internment. Among the items confiscated were cameras. Japanese Americans were not allowed to visually document their…

These photos of smiling Nikkei—propaganda. Insulting. Vicious lies.

*sniff, sniff*  Do you smell it?  That powerful odor of mendacity?

Yep. These photos are intended to convey, “Check it out, internment’s totally cool, these well-dressed smiling cooperative Japanese people are proof! They’re down with the program, you should be too!”

 This is similar to the propaganda documentry made in Theresienstadt when the international red cross came to visit the internment camp…

A photograph of Jewish children in the Theresienstadt ghetto taken during an inspection by the International Red Cross. Prior to this visit, the ghetto was "beautified" in order to deceive the visitors. Czechoslovakia, June 23, 1944.

[2nd image: photo of a group of seemingly happy children, many wearing yellow Holocaust star badges.]

definatalie:

fuckyeahfatpositive:

queerfathungry:

Hello, I am Fat

“I don’t give a shit what causes anyone’s fatness. It’s irrelevant and it’s none of my business. I am not making excuses, because I have nothing to excuse. I reject the notion that thinness is the goal, that thin = better—that I am an unfinished thing and that my life can really start when I lose weight.”

FUCK YES!

Oh my god. I just read this entire post and pretty much died like at least fifty-seven times throughout. This is SO INCREDIBLE omg I want to hug Lindy West until my fat little arms fall off.

“Rolls of exposed flesh are unsightly” is in no way a “tame statement of fact.” It is not a fact at all—it is an incredibly cruel, subjective opinion that reinforces destructive, paternalistic, oppressive beauty ideals. I am not unsightly. No one deserves to be told that they’re unsightly. But this is what’s behind this entire thing—it’s not about “health,” it’s about “eeeewwwww.” You think fat people are icky…. And sorry, I reject your eeeeeewwww.”

(Also, as always: DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS! They are predictably triggering, offensive and absurd.)

Read it. Commented. Shared it on Google Reader.

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“Blaine will openly question whether bisexuality is real. I think that some people will love that discussion and some will not love it.”

Ryan Murphy, Out.com (via leeyna)

Go fuck yourself, Ryan Murphy. (via fannybaws)

That’s enough, Ryan Murphy.

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Are you fucking kidding me? It’s because of people like you that when I go with a girl to a party, straight guys make dumb-ass explicit comments about us. When I tell them I’m bisexual, they always have that stupid smirk and a stupid question about threesome, but it’s funny, they’re kidding, god, why are you so upset, it’s not that big a deal.

Fuck you, Ryan Murphy, and how you seem to think the only important part of the spectrum is being a gay male. Because a subplot about lesbians would turn it into a show about “being gay” (the horror) while a subplot about Kurt is totally fine as well as the transphobic shit you’ve put in.

I just. I can’t even.

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Just when I think I can’t dislike Ryan Murphy anymore…

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And I’m officially over “Glee.” Screw off Ryan Murphy.

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Are they also going to have a discussion about whether or not gravity is real? Maybe a subplot about whether or not the world is round?

I think it’s time to stop validating viewpoints that exist solely to erase identities. Why not have a conversation about how goddamn stupid it is to question if bisexuality is real? Why not a conversation about how we as individuals don’t get to decide the question of identity and orientation for anyone other than ourselves?

(via therotund) I love darren criss but seriously. Ryan Murphy. You are an asshat. (via williamaweasley)

Hey Ryan do you think the fuckin’ planet is flat too? Fuck off and eat a hornets’ nest.

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agree with all of the above commentary.  fuck that guy and fuck his erasing bullshit.  THEIR HATRED ONLY MAKES MY FILTHY MULTISEXUAL PERVERSIONS STROOOOOOONGER

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atchka:

From “Understanding Mobility in America

The key findings relating to intergenerational mobility include the following:

  • Children from low-income families have only a 1 percent chance of reaching the top 5 percent of the income distribution, versus children of the rich who have about a 22…

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“In 1784, five years before he became president of the United States, George Washington, 52, was nearly toothless. So he hired a dentist to transplant nine teeth into his jaw—having extracted them from the mouths of his slaves.”

The sorry legacy of the founders

see, THIS is history. and you won’t find it in any secondary school history textbook in the U.S., i guarantee.

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Oh.

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WAT?

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OK, I just read the full article and I noticed this:

Works by Gore Vidal, Henry Wiencek, and Garry Wills reveal the moral compromises made by the nation’s early leaders and the fragile nature of the country’s infancy. More significant, they argue that many of the Founding Fathers knew slavery was wrong—and yet most did little to fight it.

More than anything, the historians say, the founders were hampered by the culture of their time. While Washington and Jefferson privately expressed distaste for slavery (Jefferson once called it an “execrable commerce”), they also understood that it was part of the political and economic bedrock of the country they helped to create.

What is the meaning of “knowing it’s wrong” or even the shameful “looking the other way for political gain” when you still feel entitled to other people’s teeth? Where is even the smallest room for personal “distaste” here?

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This is basically like taking the whole “white people’s intentions are good” argument to the level of national history, because if the “founding fathers” knew that slavery was wrong but merely went along with it when it came to building a society on its foundations and taking people’s teeth out of their mouths for their own use, then the implication is that they were still good people who with tortured consciences did what they had to do for the Birth of a Nation.

John Wayne’s teeth, John Wayne’s teeth, are they plastic, are they steel…

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I don’t understand how they still ended up saying they were all great, admirable people?

Understanding the early leaders’ severe lapse in judgment over slavery, say Lewis and other historians, makes their ability to found a new and democratic nation all the more incredible.

No. That’s not at all what it shows. What it shows is how America couldn’t have come about WITHOUT the genocide and torture. And that the founding fathers knew this and WERE TOTALLY COOL WITH IT.

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ugh fucking hell, I’m glad someone else put this on the spot so I didn’t have to. I hate that “but they’re good people” or “but their intentions were good” shit.

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oh sweet Jesus, re-reblogging for commentary.

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“…[Natalie] Portman talks of being ‘infuriated’ by protests against the Toronto Film Festival for its string of films from Tel Aviv. She explains that the protesters…“say [Tel Aviv] was built on the misery of Palestinians. Well, the United States was built on the misery of the Native Americans and all the slaves who were brought over so are we going to boycott all American films? I don’t think the Israeli government is beyond criticism—there’s plenty to protest against, but it seems really absurd to me that artists would try to censor art.””

Natalie Portman in V Magazine in 2009 (you can read it here)

I guess she didn’t think the social and cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa was a great idea either. Or that protesting current, ongoing human rights violations is different from protesting ones that happened 200-300 years ago. And the “other countries did/do bad things too!!” has always been my favorite defense, nice touch Ms. Portman.

I have a ton more of garbage just like this sitting in a word doc on my comp from when I was writing the colour beige entry, I wonder if I should just make a Colour Beige 2: The Idiocy Outtakes post or something.

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[TRIGGER WARNING: Links and commentary may be triggering for sexual assault and institutionalized racism.]

Things that are true: Natalie Portman said something hella stupid and it’s not the first time. She made a crass comparison to try to make a flawed and fucked up point and she should be called out for it.

Things that are not true: That human rights violations committed against Native people is not a current, ongoing issue. It is not in the past. And you know what? We should be protesting about it. We should be demanding the return of sacred land and landmarks. We should be fucking infuriated that a 2010 law meant to protect Native people places a value of three years maximum jail time on their rape, which is epidemic and overwhelmingly committed at the hands of non-Native men.

I am so exhausted with this bullshit, y’all. I am so sick of purported allies perpetuating the meme that, after all that there genocide “200-300 years ago,” EVERYTHING WAS TOTALLY COOL. It erases all the shit that went down in those 200-300 years. Like Catholic boarding schools built for the expressed purpose of teaching Native children how to be “civilized people,” boarding schools full of physical, emotional, mental and sexual abuse, the last of which weren’t shut down until the 1970s. It ignores the fact that as a DIRECT RESULT of these schools, huge parts of our culture has been lost forever, trained out of us, that so many of our languages are dying out and alcoholism and abuse within the community has skyrocketed. And then there’s the forced sterilization of Native women (also in the 1970s!), the undermining of tribal law and leaders, making it impossible for them to protect their own people, something that was, as mentioned, only addressed in TWO-THOUSAND AND TEN in a hugely problematic and fucked up law that inherently values a Native person’s rape as less worthy of punishment than any other citizen. And these are the US government’s attempts to fix things.

What Natalie Portman said was fucked up, but so is the commentary above and I am officially out of spoons.

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the last residential school was shut down in the 90’s. More current than you think.  If you’re in your 20’s, and had been born native - it could have been you.

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Thanks for the correction. I had heard a lot of articles citing the 1970s as when most shut down and then read one that said the last was, indeed, closed in the 90s, but apparently my brain blanked on that in my rage. Shall edit the original post.

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