Last week’s revelation that an official Israeli civics exam instructed Jewish girls not to ‘hang around with Arabs’ is part of a long-running, systemic pattern of racism and dehumanisation against the Palestinians that must be exposed and addressed, argues Ali Hocine Dimerdji.
Schools and parents often ban certain books because the content may threaten their children’s innocence. But Donna Jo Napoli argues that exposing kids to difficult subject matter actually empowers them with new ways of thinking and much needed validation of their own problems. (Filmed at…
“Let me not pray to be sheltered from dangers but to be fearless in facing them. Let me not beg for the stilling of my pain, but for the heart to conquer it. Let me not look for allies in life’s battlefield but to my own strength. Let me not cave in.”—Rabindranath Tagore
The New York Times did their homework and they’re letting you know: Plan B (aka “the morning-after pill”) mainly works by preventing sperm and egg from meeting, and there’s actually no evidence that it prevents an already fertilized egg from implanting. Plus, it’s safe, effective, and a huge relief to tons of people. Give us a Like or a Reblog if you’re glad emergency contraception exists! Read the entire article here.
White privilege is never going into apple to buy a product from them and being refused because you were overheard speaking your language with you Uncle. (Not my experience but here’s a link to the video:
Once you start to speak, people will yell at you. They will interrupt you, put you down and suggest it’s personal. And the world won’t end.
And the speaking will get easier and easier. And you will find you have fallen in love with your own vision, which you may never have realized you had. And you will lose some friends and lovers, and realize you don’t miss them. And new ones will find you and cherish you. And you will still flirt and paint your nails, dress up and party, because, as I think Emma Goldman said, “If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution.” And at last you’ll know with surpassing certainty that only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth. And that is not speaking.
Settlers near Gush Etzion in Israel are offering tourists to Israel a chance to experience what life near the Green Line can be like by providing them an opportunity to “catch the terrorist.”
Visitors can come to this site and listen to stories “from the battleground, watch a simulated assassination of terrorists by guards, and fire weapons at the range,” reported YNet News on Monday.
“Move it!” the Israeli guide is quoted by the news agency as telling American tourists. “Destroy that terrorist,” he orders them. The tourists instantly aim at the cardboard targets with their loaded guns.
I honest-to-God thought I was gonna be sick when I saw this. How this is not classified as news-worthy by western media outlets is beyond me.
“All I can do is ask for forgiveness when my mom questions why I spend all my time outside of the house studying, working, and getting involved in my community. I thought that they would be proud of me, but why are they so angry?”—Hispanic Girls Face Special Barriers on Road to College (According to a Pew Hispanic Center analysis of 2011 Census survey data, about 17 percent of Hispanic females ages 25 to 29 have at least a bachelor’s degree, compared with about 10 percent of Hispanic males, 43 percent of white females, and 23 percent of black females in that age span.)
I really do wish there were more remote-access type jobs in NC. Namely, because it might just give me some shot in hell of earning a paycheck. Then I might even get every lucky, privileged jackass off my back who says I’m just “being uppity” and not going for jobs like Walmart (fun fact: Even the Walmart here isn’t hiring, I checked). I’m not saying that people don’t work hard - I know they do. But they seriously take for granted both their socio-economic status and family connections. I lack both of those.
You see, if there’s one thing that’s aggravating, it’s being bitched at for not having a job while living in a PROFOUNDLY economically depressed area, especially in this part of the state - it’s too far and remote to even commute. If it’s not the people around you who are so much better off, it’s people on the television telling you to be ashamed for being a ‘burden’ or ‘too uppity’. You just can’t win for losing here.
I mean Jesus, I can type 80-90 words per minute, I’ve worked in IT for 4 years straight, I served as supplemental instruction for several college courses, I volunteered at a crapload of organizations for increasing diversity and reducing disability & poverty-related problems for YEARS, but hey, apparently I’m some sort of entitled lazyass for not being able to find a job in a place where even minimum-wage jobs aren’t hiring.
“A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”—Amelia Earhart (via coolchicksfromhistory)