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Not gonna lie. I may or may not have lost my shit at this.

diasporicdecay:

pocketostars:

ancientrelic:

humansofnewyork:

“After this I go to work at a pizza shop. My wife and I were college professors in Bangladesh. I taught accounting. But one dollar in America becomes eighty dollars when we send it back home.”

People forget, when immigrants come to this country they start from scratch. They could have been lawyers in their home country, but in the US..it means nothing. You think a HS diploma from Bangladesh means anything in this country? My mom was a top student in the country, went to all the best school and got the best of everything…but when she got here it meant squat and she was cleaning other people’s homes and scrubbing their toilets. This is why I get pissed of when people talk smack about immigrants. They at least are doing something…..heading for a goal..making sacrifices…what are you doing with your life? 

^ My parents were college-educated teachers in their home country and came to the U.S. with nothing but empty pockets, a dash of hope, and a belief in God. They also scrubbed toilets in people’s homes to make enough to provide for their children, and that’s probably not something a lot of educated professionals would be able to do. I know I wouldn’t be able to do it. Pride would get in the way.

THIS IS TOO IMPORTANT.

(via fuckyeahsouthasia)

selchieproductions:

Oh, Swedes, they’re so nice and they always treat LGBTQ+ people in the nicest way possible!

Meanwhile transsexual people are still forced to undergo compulsory sterilisation if they want to have a sex change in Sweden.

Meanwhile hate crimes towards LGBTQ+ people in Sweden have increased over the last six years, and the number of reported crimes in 2011 was 20% higher than the number of reported crimes in 2010.

Meanwhile Swedish homosexual men are not allowed to donate blood, regardless of whether they’re currently in a sexual relationship with someone or not.

Meanwhile the Swedish government denied a Kurdish lesbian couple the right of abode in Sweden back in February this year and sent the couple back to Iraq where they were both murdered because of their sexuality.

There are surely some things that are good in Sweden as far as LGBTQ+ rights go, but this tweet disregards the reality, i.e. that the people who did this - no actual statistics exist - were all members of RFSL, i.e. the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights.

It’s dishonest and factually wrong to claim that this was something that Swedes did as a collective, when this was an initiative started and carried out by members of a silenced group. This did not happen en masse, and records show that only one person in total got sick leave for being homosexual, suggesting that few people actually did attempt to join in the protest.

The actual reason as to why homosexuality was even declassified as an illness is down to an occupation of the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare in 1979, carried out by 30 members of RFSL who managed to convince Barbro Westerholm, i.e. the head of the NBHW, to raise the issue in parliament.

Tumblr’s been full of posts glorifying Swedes and Sweden today and I’ve had about just enough of it. If you wish to praise something, than by God praise something that’s not an urban myth and know your facts, don’t just buy into the myth of Sweden as a socialist, equal utopian paradise, void of sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination.

(via gallifreyanboy)

okcupidmoderator:

eastafrodite:

demonize poor people for wanting to terminate pregnancy they can’t afford

demonize poor mothers for applying for government assistance to raise the child they didn’t want because they couldn’t afford it by referring to them as “welfare queens”

I like this meme.

(via maghrabiyya)

Every company uses consumers to sell products, but Urban Outfitters’ way of doing so feels especially slimy.

Obama’s the Preezy,” Limbaugh told his listeners Wednesday, (get it? Cuz that’s how black people talk). “He’s confident they’ll boo Romney, simply ‘cause Romney’s white. He’s confident of that.

Romney Gets Booed, Limbaugh Race-Baits | Mother Jones

Typical Rush. What else can I say at this point?

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whooda-thunkit:

with “American Gypsies.”

I am not going into the “Gypsy is a racial slur” aspect because, at this time, that is not my main concern. The damage done by these shows is much deeper than a slur.

When I think about what this is going to do to my life, the lives of other Rroma,…

(Continued here…)

Before you go and talk to me about what an awesome show My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding is, I’d suggest you step back.

Even if you weren’t aware of what the author points out, you’d do well to remember that you do NOT treat people culturally distinct from you like things you stare at, prod at or mock at the zoo. 

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thisiswhiteprivilege:

White privilege is the assumption that only lazy, never-employed drug abusers use food stamps.

Mod note: Fun fact: more white people are on welfare than black people.

dear-white-people:

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE
A satire about being a Black face in a white place.
Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu 

Remember when Black movies didn’t neccesarily star a dude in a fat suit and a wig? Or have major plot twists timed to Gospel numbers for no apparent reason? No? Damn…

Well believe it or not there was a time when “Black Art-House” was a thing. When movies like Do The Right Thing, Hollywood Shuffle, and Boyz In Da Hood were breaking box office records as well as making us laugh, cry, and think in ways movies hadn’t before. 

The humble producers of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE, a satire about being a black face in a white place, long to bring those days back. But we can’t do it without you! 

We pieced together what resources we had to make this trailer in order to entice investors for our planned million dollar feature. Armed with this trailer and your support we plan to make this film a reality. Click here to help bring this film to theaters: http://bit.ly/DWPYoTu

jessicavalenti:

Sad White Babies With Mean Feminist Mommies

The Atlantic is reviving the tired feminist-baiting question “can women have it all.” Le sigh. In celebration of this backlashtastic event, I’ve compiled some of my favorite images that are often the art in these kinds of articles: The mean/frazzled/distracted working white mom (because WOC don’t exist in this narrative) who has been fooled into thinking she can have it all by feminism. Good times.

Note: I haven’t read the piece and for all I know is a scorchingly awesome piece of feminist writing. But the headline/art/cover is just too awful.

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SO THIS IS HOW AMERCIA WORKS.

Muslims today are young, sexually and politically frustrated. This isn’t the strapline of a new reality show, but the conclusions of stereotype-laden analysis from the Daily Beast.

chinesewithazee:

Chimamanda Adichie - “The Danger of a Single Story.”

“The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.

The consequence of the single story is this: it robs people of dignity. It makes our recognition of our equal humanity difficult. It emphasizes how we are different, rather than how we are similar.

So that is how to create a single story: show a people as one thing, as only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become. It is impossible to talk about the single story without talking about power. How [stories] are told, who tells them, when they are told, [and] how many are told are really dependent on power. Power is not just the ability to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet, Mourid Barghouti, writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with ‘secondly.’ Start with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial creation of the African state, and you have an entirely different story.”

(via africaisdonesuffering)

The Arab Spring shattered everything that I thought I knew about the Arab world. As unrest broke out in the region, and regimes fell, I realised how little I knew. As a Palestinian-American, it has been routine to reference my heritage, from explaining why I do not look like Princess Jasmine, or distancing myself from suicide bombers. The politics of the land of my parents always frustrated me, and I suppose what I understood was mostly gleaned from exhausted conversations overheard in our home or headlines.

To my shock, even though I proved to know very little about what caused the Arab Spring, many seemed to automatically think that the first half of my hyphenated identity automatically made me an authority on the region. While I feel tied to and interested in the struggle for change across the Middle East and North Africa, this is not my Arab Spring.

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