"No one asked, at any point, if Mitt Romney might give up on his presidential ambitions because he wanted to spend more time with his litter of grandkids. Fuck, no one even asked in 2012 if Tagg Romney would do less on the campaign trail because he just got two new babies. No one asked because not only did no one care, but because everyone assumed that things would go on as normal because that’s what the fuck people do, men, women, grand or otherwise. The only reason anyone is talking about this is because Hillary Clinton has lady parts. And, no matter how you wanna sputter, “But…no,” it comes out sexist."

ceegypt:

blackfeminism:

do people say “bad neighborhood” for cities next to all-white high schools where the boys are getting high every day and raping girls? do they even say “bad neighborhood” for cities with large kkk meetings? or is bad neighborhood a strictly anti-black code?

image

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21 Apr 14 at 7 pm

oh-deir:

ACTUAL MESSAGE OF (500) DAYS OF SUMMER THAT NO ONE ACTUALLY REALIZES

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locksandglasses:

When we say you have white privilege,

we are not saying you are rich.

WHEN WE SAY YOU HAVE WHITE PRIVILEGE,

WE ARE NOT SAYING YOU ARE RICH!

We are saying that you are afforded certain things based upon your race i.e media representation, political representation, job interviews etc,

(it just so happens that white people are more often allowed to climb the socioeconomic ladder because they are not systematically oppressed for their race and sometimes that makes them richer)

People are so fucking thick I swear.

(via thisiswhiteprivilege)

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21 Apr 14 at 12 pm

(Source: how--rude, via loveonlyknows)

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20 Apr 14 at 2 pm

Black Children and Autism: The Difference Is Black and White (via genderblinditem)

my first diagnosis was a psychotic disorder btw

(via soflyniggaswannastalkme)

But lets keep pretending doctors know everything and never fuck up or hold prejudices that make the diagnoses they give wrong.

(via fatbodypolitics)

This happened to my brother and noooow I know why. Nobody even tried until he was twelve and then they kept trying to diagnose him as pre-psychotic and my mom was like “no” and then they just put him in special needs for a year because THAT’S PROBABLY WHAT HE NEEDS even though he’d already been diagnosed with Asperger’s.

(via aliceinpunderland)

Lemme take another moment to reiterate that racism =/= hurt feelings.

-Holly

(via whitepeoplesaidwhat)

Medical racism is as real as the negative physical harm misdiagnosis due to racist profiling cause black folks.

(via kenobi-wan-obi)

"African-American children with autism are being diagnosed almost two years later than children of any other ethnic group [in the United States], holding up their treatment, and in turn, their quality of life, according to research.

When white children were misdiagnosed with autism they were usually told they had ADHD, but Mandell discovered that Black autistic children were told they had things like psychoses, mental retardation or selective mutism. This, along with the fear that Black parents have of reporting their child’s behavioral issues due to the fact that their children are removed from the home as a result more often, makes it hard for Black children with autism to get the treatment that they need."

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20 Apr 14 at 12 pm

qalbesaleem:

How quickly we forget – How Muslims Helped Ireland During The Great Famine

Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled, mainly to the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.

The Islamic State (Ottoman) ruler at that time Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid declared his intention to send £10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the £1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The British administration tried to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Drogheda harbour.

This generous charity from a Muslim ruler to a Christian nation is also important, particularly in our time when Muslims are often unfairly accused of human rights violations. Likewise, the appreciative plaque and overall reaction of the Irish society in return for this charity deserves to be applauded. We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model for peace among different nations.

In commemoration of the Ottoman aid, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. Their football club’s emblem retains this design til this day.

(Source: razormind.co.uk, via goodetogo)

qalbesaleem:

How quickly we forget – How Muslims Helped Ireland During The Great Famine
Ireland was ridden with famine and disease between 1845 and 1849. Also known as the Great Hunger, this famine had lasting effects: at least one million people died due to famine-related diseases and more than one million Irish fled, mainly to the United States, England, Canada, and Australia.
The Islamic State (Ottoman) ruler at that time Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid declared his intention to send £10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only £1,000 sterling, because she had sent only £2,000 sterling herself. The Sultan sent the £1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The British administration tried to block the ships, but the food arrived secretly at Drogheda harbour.
This generous charity from a Muslim ruler to a Christian nation is also important, particularly in our time when Muslims are often unfairly accused of human rights violations. Likewise, the appreciative plaque and overall reaction of the Irish society in return for this charity deserves to be applauded. We hope that the Turkish-Irish friendship sets a model for peace among different nations.
In commemoration of the Ottoman aid, Drogheda added the Ottoman crescent and star to its coat of arms. Their football club’s emblem retains this design til this day.

silversarcasm:

my favourite word privileged people say is ‘if’

'if someone came up to me and said…'

'if i got bullied for who i was…'

'if the roles were reversed…'

like we don’t get ifs, we are getting harassed on the street, we are getting attacked, we are in the marginalised group who you have power over I don’t care about your hypothetical fucking situation

(via postracialcomments)

agenttdunham:

  • fetuses do not think
  • they do not “scream out” when they are aborted
  • they have no brain function and no nerve endings until long after the deadline for a legal abortion
  • they aren’t “sad” when you abort them
  • they do not “realize what is happening”

And these aren’t my beliefs, they’re scientific facts

(via saturniine)

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19 Apr 14 at 6 pm

bell hooks, “Understanding Patriachy” (via heteroglossia)

(via saturniine)

"

Most men never think about patriarchy—what it means, how it is created and sustained. Many men in our nation would not be able to spell the word or pronounce it correctly. The word “patriarchy” just is not a part of their normal everyday thought or speech. Men who have heard and know the word usually associate it with women’s liberation, with feminism, and therefore dismiss it as irrelevant to their own experiences. I have been standing at podiums talking about patriarchy for more than thirty years. It is a word I use daily, and men who hear me use it often ask me what I mean by it.

Nothing discounts the old antifeminist projection of men as all-powerful more than their basic ignorance of a major facet of the political system that shapes and informs male identity and sense of self from birth until death.

"

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19 Apr 14 at 6 pm

kenobi-wan-obi:

thepoliticalfreakshow:

About half of teens between the ages of 16 and 18 suffered a traumatic brain injury before being locked up in a New York City jail, a new study finds.

Traumatic brain injuries can cause mood and behavior changes that vary depending on the nature of the injury, but often include impulsiveness, emotional volatility, and slowed brain processing speeds. These factors not only contribute the likelihood of individuals ending up in jail; they also affect the proper treatment while there and their likelihood of returning once released.

“Two of the most common features of TBI, emotional dysregulation [mood volatility] and processing speed, may be linked to criminal justice involvement as well as problems while in jail,” according to the study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Ohio State University professor John D. Corrigan, a national expert on head injuries, told the Associated Press that inmates with head injuries are more likely to break jailhouse rules, engage in substance abuse, and have difficulty re-entering society after release.

Individuals 16 and older are treated as adults in New York City’s criminal system, meaning the teens in this study were serving time at the adult jail, where their ongoing development, vulnerability, and particular potential for rehabilitation are not accounted for. In jail, many of these teens have been charged but not yet convicted or sentenced for a crime.

Past studies have suggested that about 60 percent of adults in prison have had a traumatic brain injury — more than seven times that of the general population by some estimates.

This study aimed to assess those rates among juveniles. Behavioral changes are particularly common among those who experience a TBI at a younger age, according to previous studies of boxers. Screening of some 300 male teens and 84 female teens entering New York City jails in 2012 found that 50 percent of males and 49 percent of males reported at least one severe head injury that led to an altered mental state — either loss of consciousness or and/or post-traumatic amnesia. It does not assess symptoms resulting from the injuries.

Researchers also found that more than a quarter of the inmate participants were placed in solitary confinement while in jail and that individuals were more likely to incur new injuries while in confinement, raising the “concern that these environmental and personal variables may interact to heighten risk new TBI while in jail.”

The findings also relate to increased evidence that prisons are becoming de facto asylums for the mentally ill. Those with TBIs have increased rates of psychiatric illness, and would benefit from treatment that addresses the root cause of behavior.

Head injuries can be incurred in any of a number of ways, but are often associated with sports and military combat. An analysis by medical experts at the National Academy of Sciences found that high school athletes are even more likely to suffer concussionsthan those at the collegiate level. But in this study, the greatest number of injuries were caused by assaults.

Several researchers for the study work for the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, and intend as a result of this research to educate adolescents and jail staff about head injuries.

And more than half locked up for petty crimes, where a ticket alone would have sufficed.

Half of New York City Teens Behind Bars Have A Brain Injury, Study Finds
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19 Apr 14 at 5 pm

theparisreview:

Gabriel García Márquez, teaching one of his courses at his “school without walls”—the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism.

From Silvana Paternostro’s essay “Three Days with Gabo.”

(via ngafurtuna)

theparisreview:

Gabriel García Márquez, teaching one of his courses at his “school without walls”—the Foundation for New Ibero-American Journalism.
From Silvana Paternostro’s essay “Three Days with Gabo.”
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19 Apr 14 at 5 pm

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

(via kenobi-wan-obi)

nextyearsgirl:


The absence of women in history is man made.