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the message about the flint water crisis that is focusing on Brain Damage!!!! as the biggest problem is really creeping me out. like the problem is abuse of institutional power and racism and a disgusting disregard for the lives and health of poor people and, like, a lot of other things, but like… can’t we just be outraged about that? without implying that the biggest tragedy in this story is that some of these kids will have intellectual disabilities? (and therefore, it is implied or said outright, be a Burden To Us All). like, everything about what happened is terrible and reprehensible and at the same time it is totally possible to point that out without throwing people with DD/ID under a bus.
(warning i talk about a lot of violence against black children and the links here talk about freddie gray)
well, not to equivocate, especially because what’s happening now is kind of inconceivable, but, it’s notable that these children were already at preposterously high risk for lead poisoning, were almost all undoubtedly exposed at unsafe levels already. detroit’s children have high lead levels at an estimated sixteen times the national rate, these numbers are huge in black neighborhoods of baltimore and chicago. it’s a documented health crisis and has been a problem in flint for a long time–again, obviously nothing compares to what’s happening now, but it’s been there. black children are living in homes and neighborhoods full of lead and other toxins and there is essentially no accountability when it comes to landlords or city planners so they are being poisoned and people are making money off of it. this is not new and this is essential to segregation.
what happens then is key when we’re talking about the abstraction of disability in these discussions of the “generation” of kids “lost” in flint. these [almost all black] kids are already experiencing the effect of lead poisoning, and have been for generations. the symptoms–they are vast but they include developmental and learning disabilities and mood and behavior regulation problems–have been pathologized narrowly as only behavioral dysfunction, then criminalized. there are lots of connections i probably don’t have to spell out for you here to mechanisms in schools and the police state. black children are and have been institutionalized and incarcerated, failed by school systems, and killed for these symptoms.
i’m not really sure what i make of this issue as one of disability stigma–not that i don’t agree with you, i just don’t know how to handle that in this context. but i do think there is something alarming about how disability and poisoning is isolated in these stories, unqualified, abstracted in a way that will allow us to see these cases as exceptional.
i don’t want that to sound flippant and i also wanna ask people to respond as thoughtfully and respectfully as possible about this, this is my hometown and my life, children in my family were poisoned by lead in detroit, and so on.
SCREAM QUEENS // LISTEN
i wish could growl / wail / deadpanly drone abt consumerism like these ladies.
THE GITS - HERE’S TO YOUR FUCK / IMANI COPPOLA - WOKE UP WHITE / SKUNK ANANSIE - YES IT’S FUCKING POLITICAL / TEDDY & THE FRAT GIRLS - I OWE IT TO THE GIRLS / BUFFY SAINTE MARIE - HE’S THE KEEPER OF THE FIRE / THE BAGS - WE WILL BURY YOU / QUEEN ADREENA - KITTY COLLAR TIGHT / VERMILION - ANGRY YOUNG WOMEN / HONEY IS COOL - EARLY MORNING ARE YOU WORKING / X RAY SPEX - I LIVE OFF YOU / BETTY DAVIS - DEDICATED TO THE PRESS / ANTI-SCRUNTI FACTION - SLAVE TO MY ESTROGEN / KASMS - MALE BONDING / ALGEBRA SUICIDE - PLEASE RESPECT OUR DECADENCE / NOISETTES - SISTER ROSETTA / THE CASTRATION SQUAD - X GIRLFRIEND / BABES IN TOYLAND - BLUEBELL / CIBO MATTO - BIRTHDAY CAKE / FATAL MICROBES - VIOLENCE GROWS / VICE SQUAD - YOUNG BLOOD / DIAMANDA GALAS - YOU MUST BE CERTAIN OF THE DEVIL / 7 YEAR BITCH - DEAD MEN DON’T RAPE / BOW WOW WOW - SEXY EIFFEL TOWER / THE NUNS - DO YOU WANT ME ON MY KNEES? / DAISY CHAINSAW - YOU BE MY FRIEND / DELTA 5 - MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS / FIFTH COLUMN - ALL WOMEN ARE BITCHES / PENETRATION - LIFE’S A GAMBLE / THE MUFFS - I DON’T LIKE YOU / LUNG LEG - MAID TO MINX / CHERRY VANILLA - THE PUNK / TEENAGE JESUS & THE JERKS - ORPHANS / QUEEN ADREENA - A BED OF ROSES / CRASS - WHERE NEXT, COLUMBUS? / AU PAIRS - COME AGAIN / LILIPUT - DIE MATROSEN / THE PETTICOATS - NORMAL / THE FLOWERS - AFTER DARK / THE BAGS - BABYLONIAN GORGON
Thomas closes at work tonight and I tried to text four different people to hang out but no plans worked out. I made it to 7:30 before I started drinking. Not bad I guess!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Total Control - Singles / Live Raga CS
One hour of Total Control recordings: the first four singles and two extended jams recorded during the time of being a six piece.
Pressing of 250 made for European tour has sold out, pressing 200 for Australia now. Available from lulusmelb.bigcartel.com
I’ve been in an urgent care bed for 16 hours and I have an IV pumping antibiotics into my blood. My hair is greasy and the air is so dry in here my sinuses are clogging right up. God, get me out of here.
re-downloaded tumblr savior and blocked “bernie sanders” immediately
hi, it’s been almost a year since i logged into this tumblr. i still lurk a lot of your blogs from time to time so i decided to come back in full, for now.
THE REPLACEMENTS ARE TOURING AND PLAYING DC IN MAY THIS IS FUCKING EVERYTHING
this afternoon, a middle-aged man tried to sell me handbags out of the window of his chevy blazer at the west baltimore target when i was putting my toilet paper in the back of my car. he was a little suggestive, calling me “sweetheart,” giving me a long look in my running tights. i laughed and said “no thanks, i have plenty.” when i got into the driver’s seat and thought “i should have said, my husband will kill me.” but i don’t feel very married today. i feel scared and hurt. being married to someone with PTSD is hard and sad and terrible sometimes.
fixed the stereo/ground wire problem
washed all the dirty table and kitchen linens and sheets/towels
put the flannel sheets on the bed and changed out the duvet cover to match
made roasted curry cauliflower and packed main lunch dishes (mujadara and cauliflower) for the week
made steel cut oats for the week
worked out for the first time in a week
made a spreadsheet of the home reno projects I want to do this year with anticipated costs
watched like 7 episodes of total divas
Huffington Post’s map of “The Mountain Dew Belt” in the US. for their article Here’s why Mountain Dew Will Survive the Death of Soda. It’s a pretty good read!
glamorize going to bed early, like, 8pm early
instead of making high stress levels a competition, brag about feeling whole and at peace.
make it cool as hell to take 2pm naps and go on mindful walks by yourself.
talk about mental health and normalize visits to counselors or support systems
teach kids that being different is beautiful and that it’s healthy to love what makes us who we are.
make #selflove and #selfcare the most common hashtags
my life rn and tbh it is GREAT
“If you are excluding a segment of people, how can you fully say you’re one hundred percent for inclusion?”
Meredith interviewed Sean Gray on his new website, Is This Venue Accessible?
Martin Luther King Jr. stands in front of a bus at the end of the Montgomery bus boycott. Montgomery, Alabama December 26, 1956. (Photo Credit: Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Martin Luther King Jr is arrested by two white police officers in Montgomery Alabama on September 4, 1958. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. sits in a jail cell at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Birmingham, Alabama. October 1967. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)
Dr. King (left) and Stokely Carmichael (right) walk together during the March Against Fear in Mississippi June, 1966. (Photo Credit: Flip Schulke/Corbis )
Martin Luther King, Jr. and his wife, Coretta, lead a five-day march to the Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery in 1965. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)
Martin Luther King leading march from Selma to Montgomery to protest lack of voting rights for African Americans. Beside King is John Lewis, Reverend Jesse Douglas, James Forman and Ralph Abernathy. March 1965. (Steve Schapiro/Corbis)
Rev. King waves to the crowd at the March on Washington, August 28,1963. (Photo Credit: Bettman/Corbis)
// tw for suicide, depression, self-harm, abuse, etc //
hey, i made my first zine ! this has kind of been sitting at the back of my computer for a few months now so i decided to get rid of it for the new year. this is a collection of images and words from the past year during which i endured a pretty awful emotionally abusive relationship that ended in my institutionalization. i edited it all together today pretty haphazardly just to get it over with but i’m a strong believer in archiving your fears and facing the things you would rather forget about.
all of the content (images + words) is from around 4-7 months ago and it’s nice to realize that i am much less sad, sentimental, and dramatic now.
i also want to take this space to thank the people who gave me their love this past summer when i was hospitalized (thomas, lydia, ashley, hannah beth, kandi, amber, raven, brianda). i’m sorry for ignoring your advice even when i knew you were right. i’m bad at showing it sometimes, but you are the reason that i am still alive today and you make me want to get out of bed in the morning.
wow look how good my friend shells zine is! she is amazing
Repost of a playlist I made of punk/deathrock/hardcore from Hawaii during the mid 80’s.
One of my projects for this year is to do a zine documenting the early history of Hawaii underground music, as there is a long undocumented secret history of bands and sounds, including a lot of bands featuring POC members of Asian and Polynesian descent whose stories should be told in someway.
I’m hoping to make an actual tape compilation of this music if I can secure the okays from people. But at least the zine and this will be huge for me.
Cover Star: Raoul of Devil Dog. Definitely will be the cover of the zine when and if it happens.
Here’s a new song off the new PERMANENT RUIN LP on AGIPUNK
It’s a new E.P. Accompanied by all the previous E.P.’s on one 12” slab o wax!
Don’t know if we have anyone releasing the US version yet. We also finished tracks for a split with Column of Heaven! Who we will tour with in august out west!
Suddenly the entire sweep of our written history was clear to me. I was reading the West’s view of itself through the degradation of my own past. When historians wrote that the king owned the land and the common people were bound to it, they were saying that ownership was the only way human beings in their world could relate to the land, and in that relationship, some one person had to control both the land and the interaction between humans.
And when they said our chiefs were despotic, they were telling of their own society, where hierarchy always resulted in domination. Thus, any authority or elder was automatically suspected of tyranny.
And when they wrote that Hawaiians were lazy, they meant that work must be continuous and ever a burden.
And when they wrote that we were promiscuous, they meant that lovemaking in the Christian West was a sin.
And when they wrote that we were racist because we preferred our own ways to theirs, they meant that their culture needed to dominate other cultures.
And when they wrote that we were superstitious, believing in the mana of nature and people, they meant that the West has long since lost a deep spiritual and cultural relationship to the earth.
And when they wrote that Hawaiians were “primitive” in their grief over the passing of loved ones, they meant that the West grieves for the living who do not walk among their ancestors.
been thinking about this a lot lately. i haven’t traveled that much and i didn’t get to study abroad in college because i was always working. i did live in hawai`i for 4 years and in alaska for a summer, and i’ve been to japan, a lot of canada and a tiny little bit of mexico. but it’s a big wide world and now that i’m finally in a place where i can both afford to travel and have time to take off…