Tens of thousands in Hong Kong are spending the night occupying a major highway, demanding free and fair elections independent of Beijing’s influence. Beijing has responded with militarized police, and is censoring photos of the protests on social media.
the world is on fire
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle." At times, social activism may seem bleak and hollow, but the fact that justice prevailed this time makes me very optimistic in this moment. The family of Jordan Davis can hopefully fi nally begin to heal. #ViGetsSentimental
Do y’all realize how serious this is?
there are guys in my dorm who decided to play cards in the elevator
see what intrigues me about college isn’t the intellectual pursuit or the bonding or whatever, its the fact that people have the freedom to do random shit like this
Okay, everybody, I have a story about random shit in college. When I was in college, there was a particular class I took where, no matter what time you walked into class, if you made it into the room before the professor, you wouldn’t be counted late. I mean, that’s a pretty cool policy, given how some professors are really obnoxious about attendance.
Well, one time, a fellow student of mine was running late to class. As she reached the edge of the building, she saw her professor making it to the front steps (super long rectangular building here). He looks up from walking and he sees her. He then points to his watch, gives her a well-meaning “Look who’s late” face, and walks on inside.
What he didn’t know, though, was that this particular student was like freakishly good at bouldering and related climbing skills, so she was just like “Fuck it” and SCALED THE BUILDING!
She tapped on the window of the 4th floor classroom (the floors had like 20ft ceilings, so, she was quite a ways up there), nearly making one student piss himself. They opened the window, she rolled through, onto the floor, and slid into her seat about five seconds before the professor opened the door to the classroom.
He did a double take, started to say “How the hell d—” when a security guard ran in, red-faced and panting, pointed at her and bellowed “STOP DOING THAT!”
PETITION TO MAKE LEARNING ANOTHER LANGUAGE COMPULSORY IN ENGLISH-SPEAKING COUNTRIES FROM A YOUNG AGE BECAUSE ENGLISH SPEAKERS ARE LAZY ASSWIPES WHO EXPECT EVERYONE TO SPEAK ENGLISH AND NEVER BOTHER EVEN LEARNING ANY OTHER LANGUAGE.
Actually, most of us would love speak another language but our education system sucks so we literally learn 4 words. It’s not because we are all lazy.
AMEN TO THAT
Yo, son- this gif isn’t from Hong Kong. It’s from Venezuela. I repeat: not from Hong Kong. It is from Venezuela.
Hong Kong protester catching a tear gas grenade and throwing it back
The gif is specifically from the Venezuelan Protests of 2014, which, from what I’ve seen, Tumblr does not know a whole bunch about. Since I think it’s kinda necessary knowledge, I’m going to try to explain it below. (Anyone who knows more about it than me, which would probably be most people, is welcome to add below or correct me. )So, as you can see, there’s some shit going down in Venezuela. I’m not honestly sure what exactly we can do, other than spread knowledge of what is happening currently, and try to make sure that the Venezuelan government does not succeed in sweeping this under the rug. If you can, I urge you to reblog this post, and to correct the incorrect use of this gif when you see if. Thank you. additional sources
The Venezuelan riots began in January of 2014, after the murder of Miss Venezuela, aka Mrs. Monica Spear. The actress was attacked by armed robbers after her car broke down, leaving her stranded. Mrs. Spear and her ex-husband, Thomas Henry Berry, were both killed. Their daughter Maya was shot in the leg, but survived. x
Unfortunately, the actress’ death was not a unique incident; Venezuela has a notoriously high violence rate. According to CNN.com, (same source as above,)One person is killed roughly every 21 minutes in Venezuela. And there were 24,700 violent deaths last year in the oil-rich country of roughly 30 million people, according to the nonprofit Venezuelan Violence Observatory.The Venezuelan government does little to help halt this excess violence. In fact, the country’s president, Nicolas Maduro, doesn’t report the crime rate, and neither did the president before him, Hugo Chavez. X So the protests originally began as a, y’know, protest against violence.
The riots picked up speed after the attempted rape of a student in San Christobal, and became mainly student run. The local students and their allies took to the streets in protest.
The police and the government did not respond well, to say the least; there were five students arrested, and sent away to jail in Coro. Students in other schools across the nation joined the protest, urging the police to release the original five. Each of these protests was detained in turn. It was only eighteen days before the whole nation joined the protest.
by February 21st, the Internet in San Christobal had been turned off by the government, and the police and the protesters were clashing nightly. The protesters set up makeshift barricades, called “guarimbas,” and the police, and later the military force established in the city, used (supposedly) non-lethal rubber bullets. x Students also showed their displeasure through peaceful protest, using methods such as hunger strikes and sit-ins. The protests became more violent with the introduction of colectivos, or pro-government enforcer gangs, who were responsible for beating protestors. A subgroup of the colectivos known as the motorizados rode through crowds on motorcycles, and are believed to be responsible for the deaths of several student leaders. x The protestors also stood against the crushing poverty faced in Venezuela (it’s reportedly hard to get basic, essential items such as toilet paper or toothpaste, and I know I’ve seen people on my dash talking bout this) and the government censorship, which even now is on ongoing issue; Leopoldo Lopez , an ardent opponent of Venezuela’s socialist government was arrested on President Nicolas Maduro’s orders. He was charged for homicide and inciting violence, and was escorted by the national guard into a vehicle after he turned himself in during a demonstration in Caracas, on February 18, 2014. x.
I thought this gif looked incredibly familiar.
When did people ever make jokes about Columbine or any other time when white lives are in jeopardy? A big “Fuck you” to all of you that find Ebola that’s killing Africans to be “funny” and a convenient punch line in your sordid lives
People making jokes about Ebola (myself included) aren’t making the jokes because the victims are African, we’re making jokes to lighten the mood of a terrible issue that could be affecting us soon. People make jokes about Columbine too. Get off your high horse and stop thinking you’re better than everyone just because you can’t take a joke.
This is how white people operate. I can stand here as a Nigerian-American and tell a white person that I literally have family members working as doctors in a Nigerian city that has had a documented case of ebola, and where my younger relatives had the start of their school years pushed back by a whole month due to ebola, and where people are literally living in fear and you can sit here and say “get off your high horse” and that I should know how to “take a joke.” The senseless cruelty of white people will never cease to surprise me at times, but I know why they do it.
They do this because black life means nothing to them. Black pain and humanity are abstractions that they simply cannot grasp. The only way they can relate to us is from a point of dehumanization and domination, and there is no middle ground. They go about telling lies that tragedies affecting mostly white people (e.g. Columbine, Newtown, Aurora shooting) etc. aren’t given special weight in our racist society and that by and large any “joke” someone would make about these events would be seen as tasteless at minimum, and as if most times when this happens the people (rightly) get vehemently called out.
Black tragedies and the brutalization of black life in this country on the other hand are sources of amusement before the white gaze. After the Zimmerman verdict, the white neighbors of one of my black friends shot off fireworks in a show of their cruel disregard for black suffering and pain. It was all funny and a source of celebration for them.
And remember this from Halloween last year?
Similarly when Mike Brown was lynched by police in front of his community in broad daylight, his body was left in the sun for hours. His dead body was a spectacle and a form of dehumanizing amusement for the white officers before being bundled off in an unmarked black van in an act of terrorism and psychological warfare against the community. Effectively they were saying with a wicked smile to the devastated members of his community, “Step out of line and you’ll be next *chuckle*”
This is how lynching operated historically as well. White people would gleefully gather to watch the execution and brutalization of black bodies, even posing with these bodies in pictures after the fact and ripping off body parts to take home as souvenirs and gifts for their loved ones.
Lynching a perfect time for a date too (as we zoom in a bit closer on this picture) to the young white couple holding hands:
And so it goes in Africa too where the mutilation of black bodies was a form of entertainment for the white gaze as well:
Today this addiction to images of black African suffering emerges in the poverty pornography exported as yet another form of spectacle by Western international “development” organizations as part of the white savior industrial complex. And if its not that dehumanizing image of black Africans that is created as a form of titillating pornography for the white gaze, it is “jokes” about Ebola, Africa and other forms of suffering we endure.
So spare me with your obtuse, racist ahistorical bullshit, white boy. You may delight in black suffering, the pain and fears of my own family members in cities literally being affected by ebola as we speak but I’m not going to stand for it.
"…I see a very bright future for the Air Nation."
has anyone posted this yet? I love it!
This was perfect