“A Chinese proverb states that an invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstances. The thread may stretch or tangle, but it will never break.”—curiovsly (via annalaman)
“When you grow up as a girl, the world tells you the things that you are supposed to be: emotional, loving, beautiful, wanted. And then when you are those things, the world tells you they are inferior: illogical, weak, vain, empty.”—
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“It was hard to feel the right emotions at the right time. They didn’t come at all when you set a place for them, and they sacked you when you weren’t ready, when you were just innocently flossing your teeth, for example, or eating a bowl of cereal.”—Ann Brashares, The Last Summer (of You and Me)
Maria, a cop just got shot by a stray bullet, and the cop who is thought to be the one who shot is on administrative leave IMMEDIATELY with no pay. 10 days later, the cop who shot Mike Brown is being protected by cops and still being paid. Do you see what’s wrong there?
“What was a policeman, if not a civilian with a uniform and a badge? But they tended to use the term [civilian] these days as a way of describing people who were not policemen. It was a dangerous habit: once policemen stopped being civilians, the only other thing they could be was soldiers.”—"Snuff" by Terry Pratchett (via knerdy)
I’m starting to think that things have gotten so bad in the US - the poverty, the inequality, the militarized police state, the spying on citizens, the assassination of citizens without trial, the prison population, the student debt crisis, the erosion of even the facade democracy - that we might need to start calling for sanctions and international boycotts against the US in order to put pressure of this corrupt and rotten regime
<p>So here is the big secret about how I learned about white privilege and feminism and depression:</p>
<p>I FUCKING LISTENED TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY TALKED.</p>
<p>It turns out – and this may shock you – people tend to share their feelings and thoughts and experiences. Sometimes they do this when asked, and sometimes they choose to start the conversation. But you have, to paraphrase Mark Twain, twice as many ears as you do mouths. SO FUCKING USE THEM OKAY.</p>
<p>There is no fucking way this earth is ever going to get better, there is no fucking way humans will ever stop being terrible unless we have fucking compassion. You already have everything you can possibly need to make the world better, you have the ability to fucking change shit, and all you have to do is fucking LISTEN TO PEOPLE WHEN THEY TELL YOU THINGS.</p>
<p>If someone you know says they are struggling with depression, you DON’T say, “Well, try harder!” Or “Have you tried being happy instead?” That shit shuts down the conversation and alienates people which, as it turns out, doesn’t really help depression. Weird, right? Instead try something like, “How can I help you?” And “I love you so much and you mean so much to me.”</p>
<p>This listening trick can work in literally every aspect of your life. Know someone who’s overweight? Listen to their feelings and experiences and help to end fat phobia! Know someone who’s trans? Listen to their feelings and experiences and help to end trans phobia! Know someone who’s a different religion than you are? Listen to their thoughts and experiences and help to bridge the massive gaps we have in religious and culture differences. Just shut up and listen! It’s amazing! It’s free! It’s revolutionary!</p>
“While we fight injustice, we will also hold ourselves to an appropriate level of intelligent advocacy. If they refuse to hear us, we will make them feel us.”—Sybrina Fulton,mother of Trayvon Martin, in an open letter to the family of Michael Brown. (via msnbc)
Remember when that IL cop got fired for shooting a dog who posed a deadly threat?
I forgot all about this, which is why I love the Internet. Thank you for reminding me that Black lives are worth less than those of white families’ pets.
Neighbors called the police about a pit bull / shepherd mix in a yard not on a leash and upon arrival, he bared his teeth at one of the officers. So, the officer — a 15-year veteran of the force — shot him, and the community was so outraged, the officer lost his job.
It took Ferguson police a week to even release the name of Michael Brown’s shooter.
I want you to lay these stories out side by side for your Racist White Apologist Friends.