chescaleigh:

rhodochrome:

lolololori:

(via When She Tweeted About Her Favorite Show, The Executive Producer’s Response Wasn’t What She Expected)

SHONDAAAAAAA

Absolutely love Shonda Rhimes—and the person she is responding to is homophobic—but as a bisexual person, I disagree with this. There ARE “gay scenes,” and they stick out because there are so few of them on TV. We (queer people) aren’t “just people too.” No. Queer people are not the same as straight people, and queer scenes on TV are not the same as straight scenes on TV. Visibility is important, and it’s necessary to recognize and highlight those directors/writers/executive producers (like Shonda Rhimes) who are helping make LGBTQ more visible. Erasing the difference between scenes with hetero sex & romance and scenes with queer sex & romance downplays the importance of depicting queer sex & romance. If we’re all just “people,” why even bother representing gay people at all?

This is a really good point and one I hadn’t thought of before posting. I think Shonda’s follow up responses do a good job of clarifying that there’s nothing wrong with gay scenes but “they’re just people, not gay people” is definitely a form of erasure, similar to, “I don’t see color”, no matter how well intentioned. Thanks to all who chimed in and brought this to my attention. The learnings never cease! 

Maybe that would have filled this tiny little hole in my heart, but probably not. And sometimes I think I have felt everything I’m ever gonna feel, and from here on out I’m not gonna feel anything new, just lesser versions of what I’ve already felt. 

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Last Night in Ferguson (10.21.14): A state senator was arrested (and mama may have been legally packing), one of the lead organizers, nettaaaaaaaa, was roughed up by police, and one of the main sources of footage/live feeds, Rebel Z, was detained in what seems to have been an intimidation and straight up harassment tactic. The police are out of control, and it’s only getting worse. If you think this is over, you need to look again. #staywoke #farfromover

Ferguson is still happening. Are you still paying attention?

Tune into Z’s UStream tonight to watch developments live. 

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Found the weirdest old postcard in Arkansas today. I think it used to say “kissing is no sin.”

cakeandrevolution:

sadboosexual:

theyuniversity:

It’s good to know that we weren’t the only ones driven crazy by people who “axe” questions.

Okay, see, we talked about this linguisitic phenomenon in my grammar class. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it happens with other words, too - my professor used an example of “uncomfortable.” When you say it out loud, most likely, it sounds more like “un-comf-ter-ble,” thus mixing up the position of the r and the t, like how the k and the s are mixed in this speech pattern. However, not many people are out here acting high and mighty because someone said “uncomfterble” like they are with “ax,” and that has absolutely everything to do with academic biases - because “ax” is associated mostly with Black people (and occasionally lower-class whites), it’s viewed as “improper” speech, whereas most people, even middle & upper class white people who are thought to speak the most ~proper~ version of English, say “uncomfterble.”
And a quick Google search yields that even Chaucer used “axe” to mean “ask” within his writing. (Source) (Source)
tl;dr actually caring about whether someone says “ask” ~”correctly”~~ is rooted in racist & classist biases of language so, consider, not. 

Most linguistic pedantry is inherently racist in nature.

cakeandrevolution:

sadboosexual:

theyuniversity:

It’s good to know that we weren’t the only ones driven crazy by people who “axe” questions.

Okay, see, we talked about this linguisitic phenomenon in my grammar class. I don’t remember what it’s called, but it happens with other words, too - my professor used an example of “uncomfortable.” When you say it out loud, most likely, it sounds more like “un-comf-ter-ble,” thus mixing up the position of the r and the t, like how the k and the s are mixed in this speech pattern. However, not many people are out here acting high and mighty because someone said “uncomfterble” like they are with “ax,” and that has absolutely everything to do with academic biases - because “ax” is associated mostly with Black people (and occasionally lower-class whites), it’s viewed as “improper” speech, whereas most people, even middle & upper class white people who are thought to speak the most ~proper~ version of English, say “uncomfterble.”

And a quick Google search yields that even Chaucer used “axe” to mean “ask” within his writing. (Source) (Source)

tl;dr actually caring about whether someone says “ask” ~”correctly”~~ is rooted in racist & classist biases of language so, consider, not. 

Most linguistic pedantry is inherently racist in nature.

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selbstgerecht:

Students burn Mexican govt. building in protest over police corruption 

Hundreds of residents in a southern-Mexican city smashed up the state capital building in a furious protest over the continued lack of information about 43 local college students, believed to have been abducted by corrupt police. The local police are allegedly working with a powerful drug cartel and it’s feared that 10 newly discovered mass graves my contain the bodies of the students taken on September 26. “Up to 20” charred remains were discovered on Saturday. As an investigation is underway, 26 police officers have so far been arrested, a number of which admitted to working with the Guerreros Unidos - an infamous drug cartel. Arrest warrants have also been issued for the mayor of Iguala, Jose Luis Albarca, his wife and his security chief, but they have gone into hiding. 

Watch Video here

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In Wake of 'Gotham' Controversy Comes 'Painted Down' - New Doc Chronicling Struggles & Hard Fought Victories of Black Stunt People

jessehimself:

In case you haven’t heard, the Warner Bros. Television produced show created an uproar when the show was caught red handed in the act of a “paint down” last week. In other words, a white stunt woman, doubling for a black actress on the show, had “dark makeup applied to the face, in a hair and makeup test, in advance of two days of filming in New York.”

However, the practice of “painting down” white stunt people to double for black actors has been going on for a long time, even to this day; though there are many black professional stuntmen and women available for such work.

(via chescaleigh)

Michael Dunn sentenced to life without parole over ‘loud music’ killing

breakingnews:

NBC NewsMichael Dunn, the Florida man convicted of first-degree murder for shooting a teenager to death over loud music, has been sentenced to life without parole.

He was convicted of killing Jordan Davis, 17, in November 2012 after he shot into a SUV of four teenagers 10 times when an argument broke out over loud music coming from the teens’ vehicle.

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