so just to be clear. shane dawson has:
- mocked trayvon martin’s death
- shared a GRAPHIC fantasy about mutilating and killing a black woman who called him out on racism and misogynoir
- defending pedophilia on his podcast
- gave multiple racist influencers platforms
- one of which he made jokes about their racist scandals the whole time
- the other he sympathized with when he whined about getting called a cracker in response to calling 2 of his latino employees b**ners
- made a parody of nicki minaj in black face, in which he was mostly making fun of her for having plastic surgery and having a fat ass, literally a modern day minstrel show
- made a song where 2 characters were at a club and the joke was that they saw a trans woman and thought she was hot, saying the t slur in said song (only source i could find)
- made a video where he jacked off to a poster of willow smith (who was ELEVEN. 11 at the time)
- profited off of a character who’s literally based on black stereotypes for years
- done blackface in other instances i don’t even know the context of
- shouted the n word
- there’s a bit in another of his old videos where he literally masquerades as an immigrant who doesn’t know much english- this hasn’t been called out yet, but i remember seeing it in 6th grade (in the same video he asks a character that’s supposed to be his mom- but just him in a wig, as usual, if white people or latin people are better, and the mom character refers to as a trick question)
- refers to himself as poor in his videos to this day, even though we all know he damn well isn’t.
these are 13 instances that i alone know of. if this man doesn’t face repercussions, he will continue getting away with this shit. nothing will fucking change, this will happen every 6 months.
Police officers have arrested a man for filming an arrest even though they acknowledged it was legal for him to do so– and he’s a State Congressman
The police officers seemed more concerned with calling Rep. John Walker a “race baiter” for doing something completely legal than they were in upholding the law. But the kicker is that Rep. Walker had already been arrested for the same thing years ago, which is why he fought for the law (and won) in the first place.
Gifs: John Horse
“What have cops ever done to make you not trust them???”
Immediately does something racist and illegal
Can we please stop associating being a good person with how much you’re willing to suffer in silence for other people? You can be a kind person and still say “no, I don’t have the time/energy to help you with that.” You can be a kind person and still say “this makes me uncomfortable, please stop.” You can be a kind person and still say “I disagree and here’s why.” You can be kind and still say “I’m not okay with this.” Being kind is about treating people with kindness and respect, not about being the human equivalent of a doormat!
Joshua T. Dickerson is not a student of Baltimore city public schools but he did write this poem in 2014 when he witnessed a student in Atlanta ask his teacher for a pencil. The teacher asked him to give up his shoe as collateral and when he took off his shoe his sock was dirty and the class laughed and Dickerson wrote this poem as he wondered what events led up to that moment.
I don’t think there’s a more asinine statement in the study of history than the phrase “We may never know why.”
It both needs not be said and kills wonder simultaneously
Yet you hear it in almost every documentary and even a few research articles.
What cowardice to pack up your toys and go home with pages upon pages unturned in hundreds of private libraries. Bogs unexplored. Armor still rusting in the ground from a thousand lost battlefields.
What hubris to think the sum of our knowledge is the punctuation on history.
One minute you’re debating the accepted portrayal of a historical figure and the next, by sheer chance, you’re digging up Richard III from under a parking lot.
Someone tells you “We may never know why” you take that as a challenge.
The minute you think you know enough to stop learning about a thing, you start over from scratch.
“We may never know why” …pff, not with that attitude.
I knew my ex wasn’t the one when I realized that if I were kidnapped by the Phantom of the Opera, he wouldn’t venture into the catacombs beneath the Palais Garneir to rescue me. If you are feeling iffy about a relationship, ask yourself “Would my significant other fight the Phantom of the Opera for me?”, and if the answer is no, then they are not the one.
Resolutions for July 2020
- Get down to 125 lbs (-4lbs)
- Become more “fit”
- Eat cleaner and healthier
- Drink more water
- Pay off my credit card
- Stay on track with my medication/routines
- Finish my online courses with an A ❤️
24: talk about the complexity of some of your labels
Honestly, I feel like pansexual is not that complicated as a label. It gives me a lot of freedom, and I personally really appreciate that I don’t have to define or quantify my attraction to people of all genders. When I first found it, I felt like pansexual let me be able to express my attraction to everyone without having to quantify or explain my preferences for any particular gender over another. There is no one common thread through all of the people I find attractive, and I feel like the term “pansexual” really captures that. The “hearts not parts” slogan may be a bit cheesy, but I find it to be mostly true. My best relationships are not determined by the gender of the partner I am dating, but by the way they treat me and those around them.
I guess the thing I have the most difficulty with are forms of bi/pan-phobia that still exist in the community. I have definitely felt (especially in one romantic relationship) like I was only valued because of my attraction to women, and my pansexuality was kind of dismissed. While I don’t mind being outspoken about my love for women, I do find it kind of uncomfortable to see some people say that they are “unfortunately” still attracted to men. I wish that some of these things would be addressed more, especially by bi/pan people.
“but the age of consent in other countries is…”
As a history major I also want add to the beautiful comments on this post that things weren’t “different back then” either.
The average medieval woman was married in her early or mid twenties.
Arranged marriages might have rarely been performed at a younger age, but it was absolutely not normal for them to be consummated, and the punishment for pedophilia when it could be proved was usually far worse than it is today.
Stop using medieval inspired fantasy as an escape for your sick bullshit.
Medievalist piping in to add yes he’s right. Child marriages were looked on with disdain and disgust in the Middle Ages. Arranged marriages might be performed as a rite and to secure land but it was kind of obvious to everyone involved that it was a legality thing and that the pair of children or child involved would not actually be involved in anything until they were an adult. Because that’s never been acceptable.
And before anyone says “but Ancient Greece!”…. no.
It is true that pedastery was practiced in Ancient Athens, modelling themselves on Minoan Crete, and that the younger partner in such a relationship could be as young as 15.
What they don’t tell you is that the age of majority in Ancient Athens was… also 15. These young men were old enough to vote, marry, and own land. You know, what we’d call in the modern era “a legal adult.” And even then, the sexual aspects of pedastery were frowned upon until the younger partner could grow out a full beard. These relationships were mainly used as a gateway into Athenian elite circles and to teach all the complex social customs practices therein, not as an excuse to bone underage boys (though I’m sure some unscrupulous individuals used it that way. It wasn’t the norm, though).
And many of the older partners werent that much older, usually in their early to late 20’s.
So yeah, the Athenians would look at you leering at that 14-year-old and also want to vom. An adult thirsting after someone below the age of majority has (surprise!) always been considered super taboo!
It’s almost like we created the age of majority to decide the age at which most people are mature enough to make important, adult decisions like marriage. And sure, in our modern era, that age is no longer 15 (and for good reason!), but when we analyse these sorts of practices, they require more historical context than just “the Greeks were paedophiles.”
historyblr is absolutely tearing apart MAP apologists in this thread and I’m all for it
I don’t think welfare fraud is a problem period I genuinely don’t. I don’t care when it happens and it means nothing to me. I’m glad. As if the government doesn’t steal from you every day lmao… I don’t give a damn
It’s also literally not a problem because there isn’t enough welfare fraud happening to even be a problem to any reasonable human being. It’s practically nonexistent, in fact.
My first “real job” out of college was working for the welfare fraud and collection line.
If ever there was a job that made you despair for humanity.
I learned two things there:
1. People are petty-ass bitches who can’t stand to see their “neighbor on welfare” doing “better” than they are.
2. 99.9999% of the time there was no actual fraud, just a GROSS lack of knowledge as to how the welfare system actually works on the part of both non-recipients.
Example: Had some guy report his neighbor for owning an “expensive antique car”. Said car was a 1978 Buick with no remaining paint, no hubcaps, and was at least fifth-hand. At the time, the year was 2002. I politely explained that a) that’s not a classic car and b) he should pity his neighbor the gas mileage and insurance costs. The caller said he had not thought of that and hung up.
My other favorite was someone calling to report that their “neighbor on welfare” who was a single mother with no income or support had her children in a “private school”. I asked what the name of the school was. Said private school is actually a charity-run orphanage and school for children who have no parents, or whose family situation is less than stable. I informed the caller of this and they hung up without a word.
Someone else called and felt that their “neighbor on welfare” should have to sell all their jewelry, antiques, family heirlooms, and collection of vintage sports memorabilia before they could be eligible to be “given free money” by the state.
The system is old, overtaxed, convoluted, and being forced to function in a way that was never intended. Like the workhouses of the 19th c, welfare was originally for out of work men. But the people who wound up using it were women, children, the disabled, and the elderly. This continues to this day.
If there’s fraud, it’s minimal to the point of barely existing. Ya’ll are just greedy, nosy, entitled assholes who can’t mind your own damn business. If you REALLY want to do something about “all these people on welfare” try, I don’t know, ACTUALLY HELPING THEM. Offer to watch their kids. Make them a casserole. Drive them to the store. Don’t make their lives harder than they already are. I guarantee, their lives are a LOT harder than yours.
“Make them a casserole. Drive them to the store.”
I read somewhere that the majority of “welfare fraud” that even EXISTS is things like “I can only use SNAP to buy food, and what I really need is toilet paper and toothpaste, which I have insufficient funds for, so I sold some SNAP money to my friend that they spent on food, and I bought the toothpaste.”
Hardly a grand heist.
The last time I applied for food stamps it took the county three months to approve them so I committed fraud by using the excess that I received when I finally received my benefits to buy food for homeless people.
Offer to watch their kids. Make them a casserole. Drive them to the store.
I’m still like. Personally offended that I had to be the one to suggest this to my boomer mother who preferred to bemoan the state of the rental house down the street and judge the family who lived there instead of idk FUCKING HELPING OUT MOTHER YOU ARE RETIRED AND HAVE LITERALLY NOTHING BETTER TO DO
museums should repatriate artifacts belonging to living cultures and display reproductions instead
no one is entitled to the sacred art, tools, or costumes of another culture (save members of the culture itself) and nonsacred reproductions will serve just as well for the purposes of education and appreciation
having museums full of reproductions would be even cooler than having museums full of sacred artifacts because when modern craftspeople are able to replicate those artifacts, it’s usually because they still make the same items the same way today
this means that you could have description tags emphasizing that such-and-such item has been made by these people in almost the same way for hundreds of years
having museums full of beautiful reproductions takes the emphasis off of Things and places it on the People who make them, which is really as it should be
Body: if we sleep before 2 AM we lose
Bringing this back to remind y’all to VOTE DONALD TRUMP OUT OF OFFICE ON NOVEMBER 3RD 2020. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT ELECTION OF OUR LIVES, DO NOT BE COMPLACENT IN A DONALD TRUMP VICTORY. AGAIN.
Here’s how you verify you’re registered to vote: https://www.rockthevote.org/voting-information/am-i-registered-to-vote/
Here’s how you register if you’re not: https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/
Here’s how you find your fucking polling place: https://yourfuckingpollingplace.com/
If you have time, register for an absentee ballot in your state. That way you don’t even have to go to a polling place, you just have to fill it out and mail it in on time.
Gen X, Millennials, and Gen Z outnumber Boomers. More of us are Liberals who care about each other and social safety nets. More of us give a fuck about the future because we have to live in it.
Flip the Senate. Fucking Vote. It’s so goddamn important.
2020 is crucial.
The 2020 election is also coming up and a number of these senators are coming up for re-election.
In case you’re wondering why this would make the republicans upset, the need this to go to trial or Trump will be on record as having been impeached and not acquitted.
Our president has been charged with misconduct through the only proccess that is outlined in our constitution (impeachment). The next step in the process is that the president goes on trial. Republicans in the senate, where the trial will take place, have already said they have made up their minds and will vote based on bias. They have stated that it will be a quick trial with no witnesses and a guaranteed vote on acquittal. The democrats, who control the charges, have said that they will not release the charges to the senate until fair rules have been established. Republicans seem shocked by this turn of events
Can someone explain what this means?
Democrats: alright we finally did it, Trumps been impeached. Time for a trial in the-
Republicans: lol yeah about that trial. It’s not gonna be fair or anything, we’ve already made up our minds and there’s gonna be like, 0 witnesses
Democrats: oh? Ok then. If that’s the case then I guess we’ll just hold on to these *pockets articles of impeachment*
Remember the kind of country we live in
Freshman year of college I was in a philosophy class and I was giving some sort of group presentation. The prof asked my group “what do you think is your purpose in life?” And none of them really had an answer while I just said “to make the world a better place for those who come after us” because in my mind that’s just the obvious answer. The prof looked kind of taken aback that I just had an answer on the ready and was like “Why? What’s your motivation?”
In that moment I realized I was in front of a lecture hall of privileged students. I was surrounded by people who didn’t know poverty or desperation like I had. I clawed my way here on scholarships while they were legacy kids or trust fund babies. In that moment it clicked in my head that there’s this level of empathy that you can only gain when you have absolutely nothing to lose. A level of empathy that only the impoverished have. A level of empathy that screams out that you have to fight to make things better even if it doesn’t benefit you. It’s a concept that you can only really grasp when you have nothing to lose and the kids before me hadn’t known that pain. They hadn’t developed that kind of empathy.
My only answer that I could give the prof was “Why wouldn’t I?”
A level of empathy that screams out that you have to fight to make things better even if it doesn’t benefit you.
all the angry rich people in the notes:
also to all the people who are arguing that class privilege has nothing to do with empathy, studies show that richer people have less empathy
i know u dont like to listen to us commoners but… lmao
oh this one of them good posts where the basic message is “treat people better” and this causes the most controversy
One of the first standalone events I ever planned was a donor drive for a young child. One of the reporters from the paper I worked at had written a story about him & his family and after reading it I was both moved and furious. The parents were both working full-time and half/pick-up work on top of raising one healthy son and one younger son who had cancer. I didn’t have any money, I had already been on the registry myself for years at that point (so obviously I wasn’t a match or I’d have been called) but I did have something: time.
So I gathered up info, started making some calls and before I knew it had everything needed from a venue to phlebotomists to decorations, a mini flier stuffed in with the payroll cheque of the largest employees in the area, radio/paper ads, and made a sandwich board I wore around the Farmer’s Market in the few weeks before the drive. I would get asked left and right if I was related to the kid, if he was my student or neighbor or family friends or if I was being paid and the #1 response to my “Nope, he’s just a local kid who needs a transplant, I’m doing it because I can and his family should be spending all the time they can with him, so with their permission I started this drive to help.”?
“So if you don’t know this kid at all and aren’t getting money why are you doing all of this?”
Because I can. Because I don’t need to know someone to help them. Because it infuriates me that for them to try and save their kid, they miss out of that very life they want to save. Because their situation isn’t one I have personal experience with doesn’t invalidate me from being able to empathize and care and offer what I can. It isn’t much, but it’s what I can do and what I feel like I should do.
After the drive, I was crying in my car absolutely beyond frustration at the turnout. With all the media, payroll fliers, posters, etc. I’d figured we’d get 500+. We got 86. The regional manager of the saw me and congratulated me on a successful drive and I was like “Thanks for saying that even though we both know it wasn’t.” Before I said anything else she said “STOP. We just had a booth at a large 3 day event and didn’t break 25 for the entire weekend. By any measure, this was a successful event.”
I decided on the spot to keep running drives and volunteering and beating the drum. I ran larger events with more groups participating, did small events, got everyone I knew to sign up and kept on moving. That young boy did find a match through a different drive elsewhere, thank everything, and more encouraging is that several of the drives I coordinated found donor matches with at least 3 successful transplants. I didn’t know any of those patients either, but neither did the donors and they still signed up because of the chance they’d be a match for someone in the world.
A lot of us are motivated to mitigate the suffering of others, not to increase the comfort of ourselves. I may not be able to buy groceries with the shaky smiles of gratitude or knee-level hugs, but those things feed your very core of your being and fill your heart to bursting.
I’m an atheist, yet the Prayer of St Francis evoked such a strong feeling in me that I’ve tweaked it and have it as a future tattoo design.
I will be an instrument of peace
Where there is hatred, I will bring love;
Where there is injury, justice;
Where there is illness, healing;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.
As I walk this path, I will strive all my days
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console
To be understood, as to understand
To be loved, as to give love
For it is in giving that we receive
It is in sharing that we are are made One,
And it is in Love that we are made eternal.
I don’t understand how so many people require so much more reason or reward to simply be kind and care about each other. Be compassionate, care about others more than you do about yourself, and offer help where you can.
Reblogging again to note that the study cited in the link is out of the Berkeley psych department as one of the projectsin their ongoing study on what makes people happy, which they have found to be making other people happy.
here’s a compilation of some of the most galaxy brain tweets i’ve ever read
Sometimes, you just sit back, look around this blue hellsite, and think, well, it could be worse.
Remember that AI experiment where the two programs were taught to bargain, and they learned what words and phrases yielded the best reactions? And when they put the two AI against each other it devolved into an incoherent mess of buzzwords? I feel like some of these people see the kinds of discourse posts that get traction and just try to cobble some hot takes together for clout
Me, abandoning my kid and family:
you have failed your vibe check