Racism and ignorance clearly evident in our society, as experienced by my friend’s sister. This is what her potential dorm roommate, whom she had never met or talked to before, tweeted about her.
"Today I googled my last name and found this as one of the search results. Apparently, just by looking at my profile picture, I am Indian and I can barely speak english. This, my friends, is a prime example of racial profiling. I am an American citizen. I was born in Houston, Texas. My roots are not from India but from Africa. My parents are Algerian. I am Algerian American. English is my primary language and it is a struggle for me to speak my parent’s native tongue. My name is pronounced exactly as it is spelled. I wear a hijab (a head covering), and not a niqab ( a facial covering that excludes the eyes) though I do admire, respect, and find the beauty in all those who do choose to wear the niqab. But this girl is right, I probably would have had a heart attack living with a person who could not, and refused to, respect me and my beliefs. I can only thank God for an opening of a single room shortly after they assigned this roommate, way before I knew she had posted any of this. Alhamdullilah. I also thank God for being born in Houston, one of the most multicultural cities in the United States, and not experiencing racism like this everyday of my life.
Sunday is my move in day and the start of my college career. This can be nothing but a good sign for the years to come, inshaAllah.
In conclusion, I urge everyone, please, don’t judge a person by their appearances. Racism exists in this nation because we continue to do so. We have to look beyond the covers of appearances and read the texts of their characters. Stand with me and #stopracism.”
She should be banned from life
this is so fucked up
this makes my fucking stomach hurt.
I ASKED MY SISTER TO MAKE ME A DANNY DEVITO CAKE FOR MY BIRTHDAY AND SHE DID OH MY GOD
hey hii i made myself a wishlist so if by any chance u think I’m cool and you have too much money laying around, i’d really appreciate getting any of these things like a lot (specially chocolate)
my address is also in there if you wanna send me something else i guess - if you wanna send me a cute letter i’ll absolutely send you something back! i love having penpals and doing that kind of silly cute shit
(As of 28 Aug 2014)
Sign the petition:
According to the timeline, the petition started over a year ago and i’m beyond saddened that we haven’t hit 5000 signatures yet.
I want to highlightArtificial turf has been blamed for increased injuries on sporting fields, including more sprained ankles, concussions, turf burns, and an injury known as "turf toe." Overheating is also a health concern for athletes since temperatures can be hotter on artificial surfaces than on natural grass. Finally, turf is widely known to alter the speed and quality of play on the field.
On top of the health hazards, it alters the game. Players would be more wary about slides and tackles. You won’t see any dolphin RVP headers here. No slidey celebrations.
Again, please sign the petition:
I’m passing this around again, if you see this, you have an obligation to sign it
CALL THEIR MAIN NUMBER: (510) 451 4000 - they are now sending calls straight to voicemail for the number listed in the graphic!
TODAY: Fight back against #PoliceMilitarization. CALL THE OAKLAND MARRIOTT CONVENTION CENTER and tell them to #StopUrbanShield! (via War Resisters League)
READ MORE: http://diy.rootsaction.org/petitions/marriott-don-t-host-urban-shield
Participating Police Departments:
1. Alameda County Sheriff’s Office
2. Alameda Police Department
3. Berkeley Police Department
5. California Highway Patrol
6. Central County Regional SWAT
7. Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff
8. Daily City Police Department
9. East Bay Regional Parks District Police Department
10. East County Tactical Team
11. Fremont Police Department
12. Hayward Police Department
13. Marin County Sheriff’s Office
14. Newark Police Department
15. North Central Regional SWAT Team
16. Oakland Police Department
17. Philadelphia Police Department SWAT Unit
18. Pittsburg Police Department
19. Redwood City Police Department
20. Richmond Police Department SWAT Team
21. Sacramento Police Department
22. San Francisco Police Department
23. San Francisco Sheriff’s Department
24. San Jose Police Department
25. San Leandro Police Department
26. San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office
27. Santa Clara County Sheriff’s ER Team
28. Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department
29. Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety
30. Travis County Sheriff’s Department
31. UC Berkeley Police Department
32. Union City Police Department
33. United States Marine Corps
34. Korea Coast Guard Sea Special Attack Team
35. Singapore Special Tactics And Rescue (STAR) Unit
Here is a sample script:
"My name is _____ from _____, _____ and I am appalled that Urban Shield will be taking place at the Oakland Marriott Convention Center this September 4th - 8th. I am asking you to stand on the side of communities that face police militarization every day. Don’t enable the City of Oakland’s weapons expos and SWAT trainings. Please make the Oakland Marriott Convention Center a safe place for all communities. If you do host Urban Shield, I will not use any Marriott facilities until you side with communities over state repression."
So, here’s a thought:
The types of fandom that are most often considered traditional and acceptable, and which are often either male-dominated or coded as masculine, tend to be acquisitive, whether in terms of knowledge (obscure trivia) or merchandise (collectibles). Whereas, by contrast, the types of fandom most often considered insincere, non-serious or “unreal”, and which are often either female-dominated or coded as feminine , tend to be creative, such as making costumes, writing fanfic and drawing fanart.
Which is arguably an interesting expression of gender dynamics within fandom, in the sense of being a direct response to gender representation within the canon of particular franchises: namely, that because men, and particularly straight white cismen, are so ubiquitous within popular narrative(s), they have less need to create personal fan interpretations in order to see themselves represented, or to correct/ameliorate stereotypical portrayals; whereas women - and, indeed, members of any other group likely to suffer from poor representation - do.
Which isn’t to say that it’s impossible to be both an acquisitive and a creative fan - not by any stretch of the imagination. Nor am I trying to say that the only reason someone might be an acquisitive fan is because they’re complacent about issues of bias and representation, or that the only reason someone might be a creative fan is because they want to address an issue in the canon. Some people like to collect, some like to make, and some like both, or neither. It’s fine! But I do think that, when it comes to conversations about Fake Geek Girls and what being a “real fan” means - conversations which tend to be strongly gendered - the split between acquisition/creation tends to follow gender lines, too: that guys who know All The Facts and buy All The Merch are the REAL fans, whereas girls who just dress up and tell silly headcanon stories aren’t, and that maybe, there’s an interesting reason for why this might be.
have people started forgetting? my dash is still packed with stuff. just follow black activists
ooh you wanna be the death of me fun game but i’m not defending eridan he’s got plenty of people doing it for him already