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"It’s not about you, White Liberals™" w/ Dr. Brittney Cooper

On this segment on @TWIBprime Elon James White, Imani Gandy and Aaron Rand Freeman talk with Dr. Brittney Cooper on Black Feminism, Michelle Goldberg & White Liberals plus the need for internal discussions. 

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storm Hercules hits New York and floods the underground with snow

thank goodness this is over.

storm Hercules hits New York and floods the underground with snow

thank goodness this is over.

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"privileged kids go to counseling, poor kids go to jail."
judge mathis, speaking the truth (via spring1999)

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Sidney Poitier and  Harry Belafonte chatting during the March on Washington. Photographed by Francis Miller. (1963)
Sidney Poitier and  Harry Belafonte chatting during the March on Washington. Photographed by Francis Miller. (1963)

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""I love women," is not a get out of jail free card. Thicke pulled the same bullshit when he was accused of degrading women in "Blurred Lines": "When we made the song, we had nothing but the most respect for women," he said. How nice of you to say so, Mr. Thicke. Alas, your work shows the opposite to be true. I am fairly certain many of the men who buy sex and consume porn also think they do it because they really, really, love women. NOPE. You love women like I love wine — as something I consume selfishly for my personal benefit and as a product."

Meghan Murphy (No, “female-appreciation” is not the same thing as feminism)

Full article here

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Study: US is an oligarchy, not a democracy →

verbalresistance:

The US is dominated by a rich and powerful elite. So concludes a recent study by Princeton University Prof Martin Gilens and Northwestern University Prof Benjamin I Page.

This is not news, you say.

Perhaps, but the two professors have conducted exhaustive research to try to present data-driven support for this conclusion. Here’s how they explain it:

Multivariate analysis indicates that economic elites and organised groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on US government policy, while average citizens and mass-based interest groups have little or no independent influence.

In English: the wealthy few move policy, while the average American has little power.

The two professors came to this conclusion after reviewing answers to 1,779 survey questions asked between 1981 and 2002 on public policy issues. They broke the responses down by income level, and then determined how often certain income levels and organised interest groups saw their policy preferences enacted.

"A proposed policy change with low support among economically elite Americans (one-out-of-five in favour) is adopted only about 18% of the time,” they write, “while a proposed change with high support (four-out-of-five in favour) is adopted about 45% of the time.”

On the other hand:

When a majority of citizens disagrees with economic elites and/or with organised interests, they generally lose. Moreover, because of the strong status quo bias built into the US political system, even when fairly large majorities of Americans favour policy change, they generally do not get it.

They conclude:

Americans do enjoy many features central to democratic governance, such as regular elections, freedom of speech and association and a widespread (if still contested) franchise. But we believe that if policymaking is dominated by powerful business organisations and a small number of affluent Americans, then America’s claims to being a democratic society are seriously threatened.

Eric Zuess, writing in Counterpunch, isn’t surprised by the survey’s results.

"American democracy is a sham, no matter how much it’s pumped by the oligarchs who run the country (and who control the nation’s "news" media)," he writes. "The US, in other words, is basically similar to Russia or most other dubious ‘electoral’ ‘democratic’ countries. We weren’t formerly, but we clearly are now."

This is the “Duh Report”, says Death and Taxes magazine’s Robyn Pennacchia. Maybe, she writes, Americans should just accept their fate.

"Perhaps we ought to suck it up, admit we have a classist society and do like England where we have a House of Lords and a House of Commoners,” she writes, "instead of pretending as though we all have some kind of equal opportunity here." 

BBC News

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theybc:

LGBT History Month 2013: 21 Influential Black LGBT Icons (1-10)

As we pass the halfway point during this month designated to celebrate the journey and achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals, we wanted to take a moment to recognize some of the most important faces throughout the course of this movement.

These historic black LGBT icons, while often invisible or erased from queer history, have been at the heart of our struggle for rights and inclusion.

Returning to what many refer to as our movement’s beginning, the historic night of rebellion at the Stonewall Inn, the police backlash was predominately instigated by queer and trans youth of color. History itself often seems to forget the role that LGBT activists of color have played in the path to bring us to our current juncture of political and social progress.

In celebration of LGBT History Month and the journey and struggle of the past 40 years, check out the slideshow below of 21 influential black LGBT icons.

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'Do not lost hope'
'Please stay strong a little bit more'
‘We are waiting’
‘Please comeback’
'Are you Hungry ? Let's eat with mom..'

#PrayForSouthKorea

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jessehimself:

clairdeluneintellectuel:
This picture is hard; indifference is worse. 
UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, says that Afghanistan is the worst place in the world to be a child. One in five children do not live past the age of five.
No one growing up in Afghanistan has ever known what it is like to live in a country at peace. Think about it. 
Photo: Steve McCurry

jessehimself:

clairdeluneintellectuel:

This picture is hard; indifference is worse.

UNICEF, the UN children’s agency, says that Afghanistan is the worst place in the world to be a child. One in five children do not live past the age of five.

No one growing up in Afghanistan has ever known what it is like to live in a country at peace. Think about it.

Photo: Steve McCurry

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"One of the not so cool things about the internet is that it has helped to produce a class of people who are, relatively speaking, quite comfortable in their general anti-oppression stance. Anti-oppression discourse, nowadays, isn’t even about a politics (i.e. working collectively to change the world you inhabit) as much as it is about style—about speaking the right language, using the right terms, expressing outrage at the right moment, etc. Unlike previous generations of people discussing anti-oppression ideas, we who are members of this class don’t need to go to long, drawn-out meetings or to join activist groups in order to satisfy our desire to be against oppression. The discussion, in many ways, comes to us—just follow the right people, read the right blogs, etc. Anti-oppression, that is, arrives to us with the slick, polished sheen of a mass-marketed commodity."

low end theory

madeleine sent me this link recently + it has been on my mind a lot 

I’m also interested in the intersection between class and access to thory. Being at Penn or at any university or simply having means enables knowledge that few others have. In connection to what we’re reading here, it’s as if knowledge creates a culture of anti-oppression that can be easily dissociated from conscious political work. Glad this was shared; something to think about.

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DAMN.

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