“Things like racism are institutionalized. You might not know any bigots. You feel like “well I don’t hate black people so I’m not a racist,” but you benefit from racism. Just by the merit, the color of your skin. The opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you might not even realize because you haven’t been deprived of certain things. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.”—Dave Chappelle (via didyoueatallthisacid)
“With all the carnage from gun violence in our country, it’s still almost impossible to believe that a mass shooting in a kindergarten class could happen. It has come to that. Not even kindergarteners learning their A,B,Cs are safe. We heard after Columbine that it was too soon to talk about gun…
“To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you’ll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don’t forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.”—
All these countries with fantastic ideas on how to keep these shootings from happening, and we’re still quibbling with a bunch of idiots who have seen all the mass shootings that have happened this year and STILL go “butbutbut I NEED MY GUNS!”
In most instances? No. You don’t.
Honestly? I’d be happy to see that damned second amendment just go away. Let’s make them all illegal except under very few circumstances, and those VERY few people should be under rules just like Japan’s, plus the biometrics ideas put up earlier. (And I don’t really think your everyday police officer should carry them, either. There’s just too much potential for abuse of power. Tasers? Fine. Pepper spray/mace, and/or other nonlethal methods of self-defense? Fine. Give them better armor so they don’t get hurt? Great. But guns (with those very few exceptions) need to go the fuck away.
That’s just my opinion. I don’t pretend to know guns, and I’m fine with that. But you know what I DO know?
TW: Gun violence, suicide
In seventh grade, I had one friend. She and I were pretty inseparable. She had a five year old brother, who was just playing around and chasing his sister, annoying the hell out of her one day. This was in Texas, and I knew a lot of people who had guns. My best friend’s father was no exception.
Her father thought he’d hidden his handgun well enough, in a cabinet, under stacks and stacks of phone books. He also thought the gun was unloaded and all ammo was locked in his room. He was wrong on both counts.
Her five year old brother found it. He thought it was a toy, and he thought it would be funny to chase his sister with. Their parents were out of the house, and her brother aimed the gun at her… And pulled off the one-in-a-million chance that he’d not only shoot correctly, but got off a headshot.
My best friend was dead before the ambulances got to her.
Her parents divorced in grief afterwards, and her brother is no longer alive, either. He didn’t make it through middle school. He killed himself because he couldn’t live with the idea that he’d killed his sister, no matter that it was an innocent mistake.
This, and all of the shootings that have happened this year - from the Dark Knight shooting to the blatant murder of the black family in NC who did nothing wrong but ask some asshole that if he was gonna fire his gun for no reason, to please do it away from their kids - should be made to never happen again.
These kids’ safety should come far before the NRA’s whining about a well-armed citizen militia. The second amendment is not necessary and, frankly, not really valid anymore.
Two members of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences, the group has said.
Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women’s prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of the Soviet Union’s harshest camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, has been sent to Mordovia, a region that also hosts a high number of prisons.
“These are the harshest camps of all the possible choices,” the band said via its Twitter account on Monday.
An unfortunate development for the two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot that remain incarcerated, and its hard to see this as anything but an attempt at sending a message to those who oppose Russian President Vladimir Putin. Our thoughts are with Maria, Nadezhda and their families.
this is a truly fucked up situation that sets a very ominous precedent.
“However, these women do not live in the region of Pakistan targeted by U.S. drones, which have left the residents terrified of gathering in groups for even school, weddings or funerals. And after hearing testimony from many drone victims, reading a recent investigative report from Stanford Law School and talking to a female Pakistani lawyer about her thesis on what motivates terrorist recruits, I am convinced that the two (drones and the Taliban) cannot be considered separately. The former “feeds” the latter.”—Pakistan is caught between two evils – US drones and the Taliban they help prop up via Mondoweiss (via jayaprada)
- considers sexism, racism, classism equally bad forms of oppression that reinforce each other (as opposed to radical feminism claiming that patriarchy is the only source of oppression for women - the effects of different types of oppression are additive - believes that…
As I’ve said before, it’s ridiculous that no security agencies in this country have investigated anti-choice organizations and the ways they terrorize the public. They’ve attacked so many people/clinics with the intent to kill or maim people, and often, they succeed.
If this isn’t considered domestic terrorism, then I don’t know what is.
“Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.”—
“Each one of us in this room is privileged. You have a bed, and you do not go to it hungry. We are not part of those millions of homeless people roaming america today. Your privilege is not a reason for guilt, it is part of your power, to be used in support of those things you say you believe. Because to absorb without use is the gravest error of privilege.”—Audre Lorde (via menarcheintheuk)
A student blows up at a teacher, drops the F-bomb. The usual approach at Lincoln – and, safe to say, at most high schools in this country – is automatic suspension. Instead, Sporleder sits the kid down and says quietly: “Wow. Are you OK? This doesn’t sound like you. What’s going on?”
He gets even more specific: “You really looked stressed. On a scale of 1-10, where are you with your anger?” The kid was ready. Ready, man! For an anger blast to his face….”How could you do that?” “What’s wrong with you?”…and for the big boot out of school. But he was NOT ready for kindness.
The armor-plated defenses melt like ice under a blowtorch and the words pour out: “My dad’s an alcoholic. He’s promised me things my whole life and never keeps those promises.” The waterfall of words that go deep into his home life, which is no piece of breeze, end with this sentence: “I shouldn’t have blown up at the teacher.” Whoa.
“White men from prosperous families grow up with the expectation that our voices will be heard. We expect politicians and professors to listen to us and respond to our concerns. We expect public solutions to our problems. And when we’re hurting, the discrepancy between what we’ve been led to believe is our birthright and what we feel we’re receiving in terms of attention can be bewildering and infuriating. Every killer makes his pain another’s problem. But only those who’ve marinated in privilege can conclude that their private pain is the entire world’s problem with which to deal. This is why, while men of all races and classes murder their intimate partners, it is privileged young white dudes who are by far the likeliest to shoot up schools and movie theaters.”—Why most mass killers are privileged white men - http://www.rolereboot.org/culture-and-politics/details/2012-07-why-most-mass-murderers-are-privileged-white-men (via riselikethetide)
“Corporations are people to be protected. One-celled human zygotes are people to be protected. But when it comes to the already born, flesh-and-blood people of this country, reeling from a massive recession, they would shred the social safety net. Sink or swim is not a plan.”—Amy Goodman on the Romney/Ryan plan (via stfuconservatives)
news flash for all of you pathetic fuckwads out there, being nice to a girl does NOT. entitle you to sex with her. just because you make sure to be real nice and polite, doesn’t give you the right to ignore it when someone has made it explicitly clear they are not fucking comfortable with your…