Jul 28
“Historically in Native communities, formalized Western education was used as a tool of cultural genocide, a tool of assimilation. With the whole government-run boarding school system—a system that my own grandmother and my aunties went through as well—where the professed model was to kill the Indian and save the man. For so many decades and generations, this idea of going off to school meant losing your Native culture. It meant that part of you was forcibly erased. You weren’t allowed to speak your language. You weren’t allowed to practice your culture. That is a legacy that occurred up until the 1960s and ’70s, so this isn’t ancient history … [we are re-framing] this idea—going to college is not about losing your identity as a Native person. It’s a way for you to give back to your community. It’s a way for you to build up your nation. It’s a way for to gain the skills and knowledge that your nation needs.” Adrienne Keene, How is the Native College Experience Different? (via nativenews)

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the-mighty-sloth:

odelia-jay:

»» The MLK that’s never quoted.

and it’s no accident that this segment is conveniently left out of our education

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il-tenore-regina:

tashabilities:

fucknofetishization:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

^^^^^

#StopWhiteBoys2K14

This is the SAME white boy who was talking all that “my favorite color is African American” shit! The white boys who Like Black Girls are often simultaneously racially abusing Black women.

Well, what the entire fuck????? 

il-tenore-regina:

tashabilities:

fucknofetishization:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

^^^^^

#StopWhiteBoys2K14

This is the SAME white boy who was talking all that “my favorite color is African American” shit! 

The white boys who Like Black Girls are often simultaneously racially abusing Black women.

Well, what the entire fuck????? 

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Do you know children in Palestine fly kites to prove that they are still free?
Can you imagine how that string must feel between their fingers
as they kneel in the cinders of our missile heads
I wonder what the dead in warsaw would say about the taxes we pay without thought
of funding another holocaust.


The bough is breaking.
The cradle is falling.
Right now a six-year old girl is crutched in a ditch in Lebanon
wishing on falling bombs.
Right now our government is recording the test scores of black and Latino 4th graders
to see how many prison beds will be needed in the year 2015.
Right now there’s a man on the street outside that door
with outstretched hands full of heart beats no one can hear.
He has cheeks like torn sheet music,
Every tear a broken crescendo falling on deaf ears.
At his side there’s a girl with eyes like an anthem
that no one stands up for.

Doctor, our insanity is not that we see people who aren’t there.
It’s that we ignore the ones who are.
Till we find ourselves scarred and ashamed
walking into emergency rooms at two a.m.
flooded with a pain we cannot name or explain
because we are bleeding from the outside in.
Skin is not impervious.
Cultures built on greed and war do not pick and choose who they kill.
We all fill the graves.

snippet from When The Bough Breaks by Andrea Gibson. read the rest here  (via fallintoyourarmstonight)

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seraphica:

Kim Kelley-Wagner has two daughters who were adopted from China. In everyday life, they have been subjected to horrid statements from people - to their faces, to their mother as they stood by her, etc. In this photo collection, shared on her blog, Kim and her daughters (Lily and Meika) put these ignorant cruelties front and center. [x]

"I have tried to explain to my daughters that people do not say these things to be mean, they say them out of ignorance, which is why I am sharing some of them. Words are powerful, they can become tools or weapons, choose to use them wisely."

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neoafrican:

When I read the story of Jada, so many emotions took hold of me. Anger, disgust, frustration, and sadness…Once again, a young Black girl’s body had been violated in the worst of ways. Even worse, her assault went viral on social media. Her assault went viral (the fact that the words assault and viral are being used in the same sentence makes me view humanity with a new level of disgust). Jada is fighting against her attackers and she is reclaiming her narrative and body.
Rape culture is real. Sexual violence is real. Gender-based violence is real. The continuing legacy of sexual brutalization of Black girls and Black women in this country is real. The sooner we acknowledge these truths, the sooner we can begin to dismantle the systems that continue to perpetuate rape culture.
She is fighting. The least we can do is stand by her and fight with her.
#IAmJada #StandWithJada

neoafrican:

When I read the story of Jada, so many emotions took hold of me. Anger, disgust, frustration, and sadness…Once again, a young Black girl’s body had been violated in the worst of ways. Even worse, her assault went viral on social media. Her assault went viral (the fact that the words assault and viral are being used in the same sentence makes me view humanity with a new level of disgust). Jada is fighting against her attackers and she is reclaiming her narrative and body.

Rape culture is real. Sexual violence is real. Gender-based violence is real. The continuing legacy of sexual brutalization of Black girls and Black women in this country is real. The sooner we acknowledge these truths, the sooner we can begin to dismantle the systems that continue to perpetuate rape culture.

She is fighting. The least we can do is stand by her and fight with her.

#IAmJada #StandWithJada

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thepeoplesrecord:

If you want to share these photos on Facebook, they can be found here: Arundhati Roy, Stephane Hessel, Mairead MaguireSuzanne Weiss, Alice Walker, Russell Means, Angela Davis, Desmond Tutu, Norman Finkelstein

Side note: the url in many of these images is no longer functional. It is now http://thepeoplesrec.com



Jul 26
sometimes i think about how i throw these photos of me into the internet but there’s generally no name attached to them
who do y’all think i am

sometimes i think about how i throw these photos of me into the internet but there’s generally no name attached to them

who do y’all think i am


Jul 18

Jul 16

queerfabulousmermaid:

musingsofanawkwardblackgirl:

OWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

Gordo keepin it real

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“Society has put up so many boundaries, so many limitations on what’s right and wrong that it’s almost impossible to get a pure thought out. It’s like a little kid, a little boy, looking at colors, and no one told him what colors are good, before somebody tells you you shouldn’t like pink because that’s for girls, or you’d instantly become a gay two-year-old. Why would anyone pick blue over pink? Pink is obviously a better color. Everyone’s born confident, and everything’s taken away from you.” Kanye West  (via gypsy—bitch)

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notsocolourblind:

naturalislove:

tryllvester:

rhymeswithjay:

mindlessjunkii:

Seriously, What is a black’s life worth?! Call me racist or whatever but I can’t stand white people. They are so cruel and spiteful!

And I never heard a word about this since

man what the fuck

A drug overdose?! You’ve got to be kidding me..

Yes, this story has dried up, but there are still occasional rallies being held in Jasper TX. 

notsocolourblind:

naturalislove:

tryllvester:

rhymeswithjay:

mindlessjunkii:

Seriously, What is a black’s life worth?! Call me racist or whatever but I can’t stand white people. They are so cruel and spiteful!

And I never heard a word about this since

man what the fuck

A drug overdose?! You’ve got to be kidding me..

Yes, this story has dried up, but there are still occasional rallies being held in Jasper TX. 

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This one is angry.

theghaliastuff:

Professor Michalska,

My name is Ghalia Elkerdi I am a fourth year Electrical Engineering student at McGill. This past year I’ve taken two of your courses: Control Systems (ECSE 404) and Numerical Methods (ECSE 443).

This is the first time I email a professor for a purpose other than begging for a deadline extension or a curve. I am actually merely writing to thank you for your outstanding research efforts!

As I was walking in the street yesterday, a man handed me a flyer telling me “If you know someone who attends McGill University, give them this so they can act on it.”  I took the paper and read the first paragraph and it said: “Canada is complicit in Israeli apartheid, and its elite research universities are no exception. In Montreal, McGill University collaborates with the army and with weapon manufacturers to develop some of the technologies that are essential to Israel’s murderous incursions in Gaza.”

I continued reading: “[…] McGill’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering collaborated with Lockheed Martin, the Canadian military, and military researchers in Haifa, Israel, to improve missile guidance systems used by Israel, the US, and their allies”

Being in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department of McGill for the past 4 years, my natural reaction was to refute what I had just read. I hastily went home to do my own research on the matter and came across all your publications on missile guidance systems, I recalled you bragging about your work during some of the Control Systems lectures, all the dots suddenly connected.

This morning I’ve decided to share with you a piece of my mind.

I figured, your publications are great! But they’re missing something… perhaps a “Results” section. So I am volunteering my Sunday morning to help you write it. Please find attached just a few pictures & videos showing the results of “improved guided missiles” on innocent civilians in Gaza, the world’s largest open-air prison.

I figured you and your colleagues and PhD students worked so hard on these projects, but you might be too busy and consumed with your productive & prosperous lives to catch today’s headline. After all, it’s only fair for you to see the fruits of your labor and impeccably “guided missiles”.

Take time to watch the videos and photos, watch them more than once and take a close look at what has been targeted. Humanity.   

Today more than ever we are reminded of the atrocities of Nazi Germany, as Israel unleashes hell on innocent human beings and crushes their daily lives with “improved guided missiles”,  surely we must ask what has become of “lest we forget”…

What most people don’t know is that back then Germans were the best educated people on Earth. Perhaps they had “elite” research institutions like McGill, but still, their education did not serve as a barrier to barbarity. Why is that? Because, quoting Wiesel,  a brilliant professor, activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner: “it emphasized theories instead of values, concepts rather than human beings, abstraction rather than consciousness, answers instead of questions, ideology and efficiency rather than conscience.” I believe that the foundation of everything that’s wrong with education and research nowadays is laid in those honest words he spoke. When education just doesn’t guarantee a bright future anymore… When we get lectured about “academic integrity” by professors who fail to respect human integrity in the first place…

I’d like to know what standards is the worth of your “research” measured against in the eyes of McGill and your own eyes. Violations of international law? Crimes against humanity?

Here is a link to the Engineering Code of Ethics, I invite you to read it with your colleagues, http://www.engr.usask.ca/classes/GE/449/notes/Codes_of_Ethics_various_orgs.pdf

I refer you to Article 2.01 on page 12, which you’ve particularly paved hell with:

2.01 In all aspects of his work, the engineer must respect his obligations towards man and take into account the consequences of the performance of his work on the environment and on the life, health and property of every person.   

As we watch humanity crumble to dust and feel hopeless in the face of obscene massacres we have directly and indirectly contributed to, an “elite” institution like McGill, and a “respectable” professor like yourself, should be investing in a peaceful world that we can all be proud of. Before it claims international ranking and prestige, McGill should be a shelter that promotes a holistic, humane view of the world where people, starting from its own professors and students, aspire to the highest standards of what it means to be a human being. Yes we are top-notch, and we have the brains and the funding to develop earth-shattering technologies (literally), but that does not give us the right to do so, or to even collaborate with terrorists and criminals.  

Everybody around here knows how “things” work. So many professors who cannot even deliver a proper, comprehensible and coherent lecture are still hired and kept for the research they do, and apparently, in some cases, the agenda they serve.

As a student, I expect change. I expect change to emanate from this corner of the world, I expect professors to be messengers to mankind.

Hope you are enjoying your weekend as “improved guided missiles” rain down on innocent children in Gaza.

Ghalia 

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