Yesterday in Thailand, riot cops yield to peaceful protesters by removing barricades AND their helmets in a shocking gesture of solidarity.
Erykah keeping me company as I get some work done at my field work site.
Piñata by Pages Matam (x)
I was in tears by the end.
I want to tell you about Sinterklaas and his helpers Black Pete. A tradition in the Netherlands, a holiday for the children.
I’m gonna try to keep it short and simple.
On December 5th in the Netherlands, children are visited by Sinterklaas (Saint Nicholas) and Zwarte Piet (Black Pete). According to legend, Sinterklaas is very rich and lives in Spain. In mid-November, he travels by steamship to the Netherlands with all of his helpers, the Black Petes, and the gifts for the children. When he arrives, he travels through the country on Amerigo, his white horse and all of the Black Petes accompany him by foot.
St. Nicholas wears a long red cape, a white bishop’s dress and a red bishop’s hat. He also holds a long gold-colored staff with a curled top. Sinterklaas carries a big book that tells whether each individual child has been good or naughty in the past year.
And here is where it gets interesting..
Black Pete is usually a white man made black because he enters the house through the chimney. Sinterklaas and his Zwarte Piets usually carry a bag with candy and gifts for nice children, and the naught children are taken back to Spain in the bags.
As you can see from the pictures above Black Pete doesn’t just get black from going through the chimney. He also finds some golden earrings on the way down, a great afro wig and some red lipstick to go with it..
The black pete always acts foolish.
The hundreds of Black Petes are shipped to the Netherlands by ship.. The ship of this white Good Holy Man.
The (white) Dutch people, generally spoken, do not understand why this is racist. They Don’t understand why it hurts the PoC in the Netherlands. And when they do understand, they don’t care. Because it’s their tradition. And we should not try to touch or change their tradition.
We’ve been fighting to get the image of Black Pete altered, but so far the only compromise they were willing to make is the absence of the golden earrings.
I just needed to get this of my chest..
white people are the fucking worst. and internationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue. but all over the world white people show their assess. their idea of celebration and humor is the dehumanization of black people. you people are disgustinginternationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue.internationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue.internationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue.
- internationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue.
- internationally, white people love to convince themselves that it’s just an american issue.This is one of the most important points to understand about racism.
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The Rainbow Defense Fund seeks to raise funds for the bond release of LGBTQ detainees in immigration detention centers in Florence, Arizona.
Currently, we have two friends that have received a bond, that if they are paid, they can be released! WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT.
“Hello, my name is Vanessa Martinez. I am from Honduras. I have been in immigration detention for 2 years now. I am a 40 year-old transgender (male to female) loving and sensible person. I had a harsh childhood that included living in poverty, not knowing my mother until I was 14 years-old, not attending school, and facing discrimination and aggression due to my transgender identity. I also have a serious medical condition; I was diagnosed with diabetes. Getting deported to Honduras could mean a death sentence for me since I do not have access to medical treatment there. My dream is to open a home for homeless children and the elderly, so that no child or elder ever have to go through what I have endured. I was recently granted a bond hearing, and the judge gave me a $7,500 bond. If I pay this I can be free from detention. Hopefully, you are able to spread the word. Thank you!”
Karla is a fabulous, funny and sweet transgender youth from El Salvador. She dreams of living, working, and studying in the United States. Karla is detained in the Florence Detention Center. Since Karla is transgender, she is more vulnerable and marginalized at the men’s facility where she is currently detained in. She has applied for political asylum on the basis of persecution due to her sexual orientation.
The good news is a judge granted her a bond for $4,500. Her friend from New York has fundraised $2,000—all Karla needs is $2,500 to be released while her asylum case is pending.
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TRIGGER WARNING: INCEST
Screening for Woody Allen
Today I’ve got no insights, revelations, or provocations. Today I am merely asking questions. The question I mainly want to ask is: How do we screen out Woody Allen? There are a few of us molested Korean adoptees who have come out of the shadows to speak about the traumatic consequences of latent yellow fever combined with the ability to adopt yellow.
- Do these men KNOW they have yellow fever when they adopt? Is that why they choose Asian countries to adopt from?
- Are these men pedophiles before they adopt?
- What is it about these men that allows them to cross personal boundaries, morals, and ethics?
- How is it these men are so infantile and self-absorbed they ultimately can not control their urges?
WHY WERE MY FATHER’S WHITE, BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN NOT MOLESTED, BUT I WAS?
My similarly abused Korean adoptee friends and I all share the above question. In addition to the exclusive attention, I was also treated differently in many other ways than my non-adopted siblings were:
- As confidant – about relationship matters between my father and mother. (I was a child, for God’s sake – who didn’t need to know that information)
- As a special prize – The man actually referred to me as his little concubine…(I can’t tell you how gross that feels)
- As an equal (yet fictional) participant – and this is where it gets weird – most of us were not raped and most of us our abuse ended after puberty. But let me tell you – physical pain is nothing compared to having our minds twisted inside out, and molestation or rape or both – it’s still all about control. And the thing about incest is that it’s a captive audience, and in the adoptee’s case, a captured audience. In a private hell that lasts sometimes over a decade, from which the only escape is actual physical escape. And who’s entire family dynamics are permanently scarred long after the abuse ends. Because incest is chronic. Our fathers rationalized they were above rapists because they loved us. Not only did they have to relieve themselves, but they also wanted us to love it. And them. In a super natural way. It was some sick ego masturbation going on. And the greater the challenge or convoluted nature of it all, the more illicit and rewarding for them.
In their socially skewed fantasy world, what they were really hoping for was what Woody Allan got: a child bride. Not just any child bride. An ASIAN child bride. Because of the mystique of Asian women.
"a worker at an organization to help Korean adoptees in search of their birth families estimated that it was their experience that approximately 50% of the adoptees they had encountered had suffered abuse at the hands of their adoptive parents. These personal anecdotes were not something initially revealed or revealed on paper. There have been 76,646 adoptees who have returned to search for their families. Given those figures, the unofficial count of abused adoptees could be staggering.”
Where’s the outrage? The news coverage? The national publicity campaigns? The charities and NGOs?
When the pedophiles and abusers are white Westerners and the adopted children aren’t, everyone is silent?
Asian men being “desexualized” and rendered “neuter” is gross, but instead of trying to reclaim masculinity why don’t some of y’all try to shed off the notion of masculinity acting as a way for men to gain legitimacy. Demanding that Asian women see Asian men as “real men” and…
Black women are expected to use our anger only in the service of other people’s salvation or learning.
Audre Lorde, The Uses of Anger (via checkprivilege)
MY FOOD IS CRUELTY FREE
people who eat crops picked by under payed, overworked, exploited and abused poor migrant workers (via bertoltbrechtfast)
white women need to know
that their beauty is forced down every woc’s throat. that’s why we can’t handle a movie claiming they suffer the most from oppressive beauty standards even if it was fictional, because in reality beauty standards are exclusively made with white women in mind and values you higher than the rest of us.