So prisons are one aspect of the project of creating a criminal class, which is essential to industrial capitalism. It’s no coincidence that the modern prison system appeared at the time of the industrial revolution. This also explains why recidivism is always a “problem” but never solved: the more distinct the criminal class, the easier it is to control. Once this criminal class is divided from the rest of the population and set at odds with it, all crime is experienced as antisocial, and workers consider their enemies to be the criminals who might steal from them rather than the capitalists who do so constantly.CrimethInc. - Work: Capitalism. Economics. Resistance (via socio-logic)
tbh I don’t see the fuss about having waiters/waitresses not being happy and enthusiastic like I came here to eat I didn’t come here to be amused by employees as long as I’m getting my food and they’re not being blatantly rude I don’t see why y’all need to go on yelp to rank a restaurant 0/5 and have an outburst on why your waitress didn’t smile at you when she poured you water
this is pretty fucking important
i really like that post about social media + oppression awareness
like often i will just sit and think about how revolutionary tumblr is and what function it serves for so many people. i imagine how much help it would have been to have tumblr when i was in high school and being abused/suffering untreated mental illness.
and the fact that there are kids on here now, it gives me hope.
I feel like internet culture has really made me realize how racist whites can be. Like I experience casual racism all fucking day long when I’m in a majority white community (it doesn’t come up as often in a black community but it’s still there) and by casual I mean like stuff that I might just brush off depending my mood (like saying “the blacks” etc). But on the internet whites just go buck fucking wild. I’ve never seen/heard the the hard er n-word used in a non historic context by anyone until I was 18 (I don’t even like to type it and I’ve said it allow maybe 10 times in my life). But online whites just act like they ain’t no sense. They spew any type of hate out they damn mouth just for shits and giggles. Now ordinarily I’m team cyber-bulling-ain’t-the-end-of-the-damn-world but when you have a large population of people showing you how comfortable they are with their own racism.
And these people exist in society. They’re real, they go to school with you, the ride the bus with you, you work for them, you might have been the one to hire them, etc. To me I think it’s both terrible and interesting (from a sociological PoV it is) that we have a generation of children and teenagers of color that get to see the double consciousness of white people in a first hand experience.
Most PoC know intellectually racism still exists but we often don’t see just how bad things really are up front. The last few years of my life I’ve been watching my notions of what I thought society evolved towards fall apart. You can get on twitter, tumblr or facebook or whatever and see the type of racist bullshit white people are comfortable with enjoy (yes enjoy). I remember facebook released a statement the day after the zimmerman verdict saying that they experience their biggest way of unfriending/blocking ever. On that day in addition to seeing the failures of the American legal system black people had to see just how racist their white “friends” could be.
Previous generations of PoC didn’t have that. They knew not to trust white people from the jump and therefore didn’t make a lot of white friends. But this generation, the one that is two generations after the civil rights movement and the one that was around for the Obama administration, were a lot friendlier and trusting when it came to making white friends (to a certain extent almost everyone I know got the “talk” before entering grade school). And white children especially those with black friends or those that frequented in black/PoC neighborhoods and schools were brought up with some sense of PCness so they weren’t nearly as vocally flagrant as their parents and grandparents. The problem political correctness is it teaches you to not say racist shit rather than not be racist. You can still have racism in your heart (and you probably do) but you “know” to keep it to yourself out of fear of repercussions rather than fear of being a bad person. Publically they won’t say or do racist shit but privately it’s a free for all. And one place that these racist can have an outlet for their racism is the internet which isn’t oh-so-private.
Now let me wrap this up. Basically we’ve been bamboozled into thinking we’re nearing a racism-free society but the social media culture is quickly reviving that we appear if anything to be moving backwards or at the very least standing still. Now he’s the part that’s interesting to me: this has never happened. Throughout the history of racism in the US (I’m only speaking of the US because that’s my reference point for this piece) PoC have never really trusted white. They knew the deal and they fought oppression with an understanding of where they were in society. Today most PoC don’t have the distrust that their parents and grandparents had and I’ starting to see that unravel more and more as are society’s dependency on social media becomes more real. I’ve had people in y daily life who I never ever ever ever thought would become interested in politics and sociology (you know those people) come to me wanting to discuss race issues and the such. To me it’s like how some people say “things will get worse before they get better.” I feel like we’re at a point where shit is finally hitting the fan for our generation. Like we’re really not too far behind from a movement (especially considering things like the zimmerman verdict and the stop and frisk laws). so yeah
that’s how you make armor for women, no bullshit boob cups.
Boob cups must be the most uncomfortable things on earth… What the hell are you supposed to do when one of your boobs slips out? Let’s say you inhale or move your chest somehow so your breasts get free from the cup and end up clipped on the edge?? You can’t even pull them like you can when your bra gets all screwed up! Like who wants to wear that while they’re fighting monsters and shit?
I hit reblog so hard I may have sprained my finger
boob cups could also kill you. If you fall on your chest, all your weight will be on the middle of the boob cups and your sternum could be crushed. bye bye heart.
and the fact that this is the Mulan from “Once Upon a Time” makes it even better
Yeah to that person up there I was like ” air five your the only person that actually said that!”
I like Mulan! She’s amazing!
Video from Marianne Vos’ on-bike camera from the last 3.5km of the first La Course by Le Tour de France women’s Champs Elysées race
This is where we are. The CIA can join twitter and will be warmly received. People will be excited and ‘tee hee’ and giggle about it. The US Dept of Defense will tweet “jokingly” to the CIA and people will love it.
Now oblivious white people who aren’t the target of systemic oppression and violence loving this is one thing. They’re existing in a different reality, and I don’t expect them to get it by default, or to contextualize anything outside of their existence. Black and brown people joining in on the fun however is downright bizarre. These groups of mass murderers can make a cheeky tweet or two and people will get excited about it. The DoD tweet about running in the same circles is really gross, especially when you take the time to consider what they are actually “joking” about.
Now I’m not surprised by people finding these tweets funny, but I am disappointed by some who are joining in the celebration of this macabre exhibition of humor. Especially those who claim to be about social justice. I have seen people who a mere week ago were posting about black sites and drone bases, extrajudicial killings and even the CIA’s fake vaccination campaign in Pakistan join in on the celebration of the CIA’s first tweet.
Someone who fancies themselves to be about justice posted this on facebook - “The CIA made a big splash with their first tweet. Looking forward to more from them.” Looking forward to more from the CIA? They’re talking about the CIA making a splash like a rapper dropping a mixtape to critical acclaim. This person can apparently put aside their indignation for all the injustice and crimes perpetrated by the CIA and DoD to celebrate their tweets. The fact that they are organizations made up of criminals (that’s exactly what they are) who operate above the law, kill at will and are the proxy of US global imperialism is momentarily on hold because their tweets are funny. I found that really curious. How can you be disarmed by tweets? What would have to be going through your mind to find the humor in any of this if you know even just a tiny bit of what the CIA and DoD do everyday and if you know their history? What kind of detachment mentality do people like this have? I guess everything flies out the window when you make a silly tweet or two.
Social media can neuter even the most dastardly. That’s the real danger, and I fear a populace who warmly embraces organizations like the CIA. People like them are dangerous and they frighten me. Why? Because they can see evil and laugh with it, when the proper response should be them rebuking it. This is why the CIA and DoD can operate with impunity. Sure, the CIA just leased a blacksite in Djibouti for 20 years for their secret prison where they will torture and kill black and brown people without charging them with anything. The site also operates as hub for drone strikes, but wasn’t the CIA’s first tweet hilarious? The CIA is so funny!
I guess I don’t have a sense of humor.
ANNIE - Official Trailer (2014)
I’m not gonna lie, I teared up a little bit when I saw the trailer.
I’m sooo excited for this… cheese fest and all!
this is so freaking adorable and yes i cried. I can’t wait.
I CAN’T WAIT
So I’ll probably get slammed for this (because, tumblr) but here goes anyway. Ask box is open, slam away.
When the original Little Orphan Annie was written, chronologically we were a lot closer to a time where there was a strong bias against Irish people. By making Annie red haired, it was implied that she was of Irish descent, and by extension, the audience would have inherently known that was part of the bias against her.
Changing Annie’s race to African American replicates this same dynamic in modern society, and that’s a big part of why so many people were upset by it. A BLACK orphan?! Nooooooo, keep her white and red haired and cute I DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH HOW THIS IS MAKING ME UNCOMFORTABLE.
Casting Annie as black in 2014 is a much more true to the original character than casting her as a caucasian red head.
If “sex and gender are DIFFERENT” is the primary lens through which you analyze trans women’s lives, you are part of the problem.
So over the fucking sex/gender dichotomy.
Please explain this.
I wanna hear this too?
this link (provided earlier in the notes by littletranslady) is recommended if you want a detailed description.
in short, this distinction, though accurate, is not a useful way to understand what trans women’s lives are like and tends to buttress many misconceptions about us, e.g. that we are essentially and functionally male until the moment that we transition, or that we are immutably male and must be made responsible for that.
this is often weaponized in the form of people calling trans women “biologically male” or asserting that we were “socialized male.” these assertions are not meant to describe what our experiences or bodies are like with any accuracy but instead to deny our subjectivity and preclude us from access to women’s spaces.
Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.
#REVOLUTION AS PERFORMATIVE BECAUSE ANY ACT OF DEFIANCE IN A PUBLIC SPACE IS PERFORMATIVE#BECAUSE IT IS CODED AGAINST THE DOMINANT CULTURE#IDK I HAVE A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT PERFORMANCE#IT’S A THING#performative ofc not in the sense of being removed or less genuine#only meaning that effective protest is often performed AS SUCH because 1. getting the audience on your side and 2. performing against the sy#stem
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 27: Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to celebrate his victory following the twenty first stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a 138km stage from Evry into the Champs-Elysees, on July 27, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images) (via Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Pro Team performs a wheelie to… News Photo 452799354 | Getty Images)