lastrealindians:

Sex, Drugs and Blood Money on the Rez, By Ruth Hopkins

…Some of the outsiders coming onto our reservations are pimps and sex offenders. Sexual violence against Native women is already an epidemic. One Native women in three is sexually assaulted in her lifetime, and although it’s seldom discussed, sex trafficking has been a problem in the Dakotas for years. The oil boom has amplified it. Native women and girls who fall between the cracks are lured by men into sex work, or even sold by male relatives.

Thankfully, Senators Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) and Jon Tester (D-MT) have called attention to sex trafficking and taken action to combat it, but prevention can’t happen soon enough. As camps brought by Big Oil spring up on treaty lands, we’ll see more sexual violence perpetrated against Native women. The reauthorized Violence against Women Act, which includes provisions for Natives, will assist tribes in fighting domestic abuse and sex crimes, but it doesn’t take full effect until March 7, 2015. Tribes cannot prosecute non-Indian abusers until that date and even then participation is not mandatory.

The Department of Justice’s Office on Violence against Women recently announced the release of three million dollars in grants to aid VAWA with Native provisions. That is seed money, but it won’t be enough, especially if the Keystone XL pipeline is implemented. South Dakota legislators must step up to the plate for Native women and take a strong stance in support of fighting sex trafficking in their state. Sen. Heitkamp (D-ND), Sen. Tester (D-MT), and Sen. Thune (R-SD) should all be questioned as to how they justify backing the Transcanada Keystone XL pipeline when it’s implementation will only make sex trafficking throughout the Northern Plains worse.

Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouths all the time, but that doesn’t mean Natives can’t call them on it and use our voting power to influence their decisions. As the Bakken oil boom peaks and fades, we will continue to see a rise in crime, in substance abuse, in sex trafficking, and in violence against Native women. We must act now to protect Native communities, and work toward educating tribal members on finance management. Above all, we must remember that no amount of money is worth the lives of our sisters.

READ MORE HERE: http://lastrealindians.com/sex-drugs-and-blood-money-on-the-rez-by-ruth-hopkins/

misandry-mermaid:

muslimfeminist:

toxicnebulae:

nowyoukno:

Source for more like this follow NowYouKno

its name is the University of al-Qarawiyyin
the woman’s name was Fatima al-Fihri
failing to mention the names contributes to the erasure of the accomplishments of people, and especially women, of colour throughout history
once again: her name was FATIMA AL-FIHRI

"…and is sometimes referred to as the oldest university, although some scholars dispute whether the term can be properly applied historically to institutions outside the European model” - wikipedia
sounds like white tears

FATIMA AL-FIHRIFATIMA AL-FIHRIFATIMA AL-FIHRI

misandry-mermaid:

muslimfeminist:

toxicnebulae:

nowyoukno:

Source for more like this follow NowYouKno

its name is the University of al-Qarawiyyin

the woman’s name was Fatima al-Fihri

failing to mention the names contributes to the erasure of the accomplishments of people, and especially women, of colour throughout history

once again: her name was FATIMA AL-FIHRI

"…and is sometimes referred to as the oldest university, although some scholars dispute whether the term can be properly applied historically to institutions outside the European model” - wikipedia

sounds like white tears

FATIMA AL-FIHRI
FATIMA AL-FIHRI
FATIMA AL-FIHRI

cannaes said: Just to clear some things up about the Homestead Act of 1862: it only excluded freed slaves for its first few years after which point the Fourteenth Amendment granted them equal citizenship rights which allowed them to apply for homesteads. The Act was revised in the 1870's to ensure that it was accessible to women, African Americans, immigrants (who were being naturalized) and Native Americans. But there was widespread corruption and many rich landholders built their wealth off this system.

Thank you for the additional information

-chauvinistsushi

starklyinaccurate:

ughgodwhatever:

Funeral Expense Fund for Transgender Woman: #RememberAlejandra

The Gun Violence Survivor Foundation has graciously set up a donation fund for Alejandra; only 2.5% of the proceeds go to PayPal, but the rest is directly given to the Funeral Home to pay for the Leos’ family expenses. Please please boost this post, so that the Leos’ family doesn’t have to pay any more than they already have.

reclaimingthelatinatag and starklyinaccurate followers, if all of you donated $5 or challenge your friends to match, we’d have enough money to help Alejandra’s family say goodbye to their daughter.

White privilege

chauvinistsushi:

lilcochina:

afro-dominicano:

ethiopianbutamerican:

Forty-six million white adults today can trace the origins of their family wealth to the Homestead Act of 1862. This bill gave away valuable acres of land for free to white families, but expressly precluded participation by Blacks.

"how do I have privilege?"

I’m using this in my essay about how the American dream is a racist myth

I’,m assuming it excluded other poc as well. Let’s not even get started about who was forced to leave that land

whydoikeepgettingdeleted said: What exactly do you wish to occur for all races and all nations to be even and thus equal in your eyes? You obviously see blacks as superior why is that? Why do you act as though it is so obvious when NO ONE has ever explained exactly what poc want and expect exactly how fucking easy do you want your life to be before you'll feel = to a white person and no longer hate them? What rights do you not have that whites do?

I don’t think race makes anyone superior to anybody. People of color would like to not be discriminated against based on our skin color. Like, not being murdered would be awesome.
-Dion

whydoikeepgettingdeleted said: I feel you are more racist and hate filled against whites than even the most angry murderous rapacious beastial Nazi fuck head could ever be against black people. You hate whites because you think they have life so much better than you when the truth is if a poc get off their lazy ass and does the work they can have it as good or better than a white person. You seem to think that whites have it so easy well they fucking do not. Let go of your hatred and whites will too.

I’m not angry at white people and I’m certainly not shoving them in gas chambers, so I think the nazis edge us out on this one.
-Dion

Saying “what about the Irish” when talking about racism is like saying “what about polio” when talking about cancer.

pixelguy979 said: I just wanted to understand what exactly makes you think your hypocrisy and racism is justified. You say whites are "privileged" but really the're the same if not worse off than you in terms of life. For example if a white man says the n word he could get arrested for using a racial slur. But if a black man or any other race for that matter called me a "cracker" he`d get off scott free. I've seen your previous posts on the internetaristocrat`s video. so please go ahead and ignore the irish.

"If a white man says the n word he could get arrested."

tomii-writes:

owning-my-truth:

kenzie5175:

owning-my-truth:

@OwningMyTruth: White people are more worried about “freedom of the press” than the assault on black lives and bodies

This is so disgusting. It’s racial profiling and all it does is add problems.

And this is it. This shows how so many white people think and, brilliantly, also reveals that this is what they think of as “racial profiling” since they have never (and will never) experience what actual racial profiling is like. Is this the extent of the injustice that you feel right now? That black people are calling out structural violence against our bodies and lives by white and non-black people and speaking truth to power against white supremacist power structures? A community is being occupied and militarized to assault and silence black people after Darren Wilson murdered a member of their community, but you’re the victim? Ferguson police are trying to cover this up and justify the death of yet another black person (because remember, this happens every 28 hours to black people and isn’t “random”), but it’s about you, right? Not the fact that mainstream media outlets again and again are focusing their reports on the white journalists and caring nothing about the dozens of black people who had been assaulted and arrested during the protests in Ferguson. How about that the headline of the lead trending story on Politico for the last 3 days was “Reporters arrested in Ferguson," no mention of black life or Mike Brown, no mention of the antiblackness and surveillance which are central here and have always been a part of black life, no mention of the fact that if this were a white neighborhood this militarization, silencing and brutality would be unimaginable, while it’s simply par for course in a long history of this country’s assault against black people and black life.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- white people have a huge victim complex. Black people are being assaulted, hurt and killed as we speak in a militarized, occupied town simply for demanding accountability from the police for the murder of a child in their community, and all you can say is that you are being “racially profiled” or wax obtusely about “not all white people”? How selfish and narcissistic can you be? How ahistorical is your perspective? You have enough time to write bullshit like this on tumblr, but not enough to have some damn sense and use Google and see how many  articles are out there (by and large by white people) bemoaning the assault on journalists in Ferguson and giving short shrift to the black lives which were brutalized long before, during and after them? The number of comments on this post and others that I’ve gotten saying that they as white people are getting “racially profiled” right now is absurd, even with the violence against black life in Ferguson so prominently on display, and it goes to show you that for all the time you people waste saying “not all white people,” at the end of the day the vast majority of you play true to script and are the racists you try to separate yourselves from and demonize.

BOOM!
For white people, racial profiling is a tweet about structural racism that hurts their feelings. For black people, racial profiling could get them killed.

tomii-writes:

owning-my-truth:

kenzie5175:

owning-my-truth:

@OwningMyTruth: White people are more worried about “freedom of the press” than the assault on black lives and bodies

This is so disgusting. It’s racial profiling and all it does is add problems.

And this is it. This shows how so many white people think and, brilliantly, also reveals that this is what they think of as “racial profiling” since they have never (and will never) experience what actual racial profiling is like. Is this the extent of the injustice that you feel right now? That black people are calling out structural violence against our bodies and lives by white and non-black people and speaking truth to power against white supremacist power structures? A community is being occupied and militarized to assault and silence black people after Darren Wilson murdered a member of their community, but you’re the victim? Ferguson police are trying to cover this up and justify the death of yet another black person (because remember, this happens every 28 hours to black people and isn’t “random”), but it’s about you, right? Not the fact that mainstream media outlets again and again are focusing their reports on the white journalists and caring nothing about the dozens of black people who had been assaulted and arrested during the protests in Ferguson. How about that the headline of the lead trending story on Politico for the last 3 days was “Reporters arrested in Ferguson," no mention of black life or Mike Brown, no mention of the antiblackness and surveillance which are central here and have always been a part of black life, no mention of the fact that if this were a white neighborhood this militarization, silencing and brutality would be unimaginable, while it’s simply par for course in a long history of this country’s assault against black people and black life.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- white people have a huge victim complex. Black people are being assaulted, hurt and killed as we speak in a militarized, occupied town simply for demanding accountability from the police for the murder of a child in their community, and all you can say is that you are being “racially profiled” or wax obtusely about “not all white people”? How selfish and narcissistic can you be? How ahistorical is your perspective? You have enough time to write bullshit like this on tumblr, but not enough to have some damn sense and use Google and see how many  articles are out there (by and large by white people) bemoaning the assault on journalists in Ferguson and giving short shrift to the black lives which were brutalized long before, during and after them? The number of comments on this post and others that I’ve gotten saying that they as white people are getting “racially profiled” right now is absurd, even with the violence against black life in Ferguson so prominently on display, and it goes to show you that for all the time you people waste saying “not all white people,” at the end of the day the vast majority of you play true to script and are the racists you try to separate yourselves from and demonize.

BOOM!

For white people, racial profiling is a tweet about structural racism that hurts their feelings. For black people, racial profiling could get them killed.

a-little-bi-furious:

natashiyaa:

shatteredchrystal:

runaon:

a-little-bi-furious:

asherehsa:

samjoonyuh:

Perspective. 

"Looting? I thought these were supposed to be nonviolent protests"

I know it’s incredible! People are literally coming out of the woodwork to comment on this photoset to focus on the looting headline with “well yes it is nice they were helping people hit with the tear gas, but stealing is still wrong uwu” as if they’re back to kindergarten morality.

Like everyone who’s gone to boot camp I’ve been tear gassed. They put about 50+ of you in a gas chamber and toss it in. You have to stay there until your rank is allowed to exit. Before that though, you have to say your name, rank, and social security number. You then exit and file into ranks (again) outside and are not allowed at any point to rinse your face or eyes for the entire day.

That right there? Easily the worst part of boot camp. My eyes were literally swollen shut. I was blinded for a good 30 minutes and my chest hurt for days.

I have zero problem and not and ounce of judgement for people raiding a mcdonalds that can easily afford to repair damage for ANYTHING to help ease the shittiness that is being tear gassed. Esp because every one of us in boot were medically sound to deal with tear gas. Children, asthmatics, people prone to panic and anxiety attacks, the elderly as sooo many more are NOT going to handle tear gas well at ALL.

Or that smoke the police use either.

It’s easy to sit there and judge someone from the safety of your home and say things like “it’s just tear gas” or “it can’t be that bad”.

Fuck you. As someone who HAS been gassed, you need to stfu.

I remember all the preparation they did to get us ready for the gas chamber in boot camp. We were taught how to handle ourselves, how to control our breathing, not to touch anything, how to avoid the worst of the gas. But it still didn’t matter. I remember taking in that first breath and feeling like I had just been kicked in the chest. I remember a few guys in my platoon falling down and vomiting. We knew the gas wasn’t as bad on the floor but we were the fifth platoon through and the vomit kept us from bending over more than absolutely necessary. I remember a few guys, guys in peak health training to be infantrymen, breaking ranks and running for the door only to be dragged back in kicking and screaming until they said name, rank and serial. They were expecting it, trained for it, bragging about how it wouldn’t bother them.
I remember standing there with all of the mucus from my nasal cavity on the front of my ACUs and thinking to myself “This is the nonviolent option?”
Covered head to toe and my skin still itching I looked down at the silver wedding band hanging next to my dog tags and realized that the gas had eaten little pits into its surface.
I stood there and thought of all the news reports I had seen over the years. The uprisings and revolutionaries being gassed, the crowds running from men in masks.
That’s the moment I got it, staring at my ruined wedding band, that’s the moment I realized terrorism isn’t about bombs or who is using them. It’s about controlling people through fear. It’s about removing their ability to act reasonably, to make them seem like the monsters. Terrorism is about triggering people to fight or flight then blaming them for not being rational. It’s about power. Remove someone’s power to act with reason, and you remove their humanity.

Oh fuck

My god this commentary is perfect. Also a reminder that it turned out this “looting” was not that at all, the police bust that window with a bullet and the staff were gracious enough to hand milk out it seems, the protestors did not break in but even if they did just look at what they were trying to do with that milk, look at what they went through. The immense endurance that’s been shown by the people of Ferguson in the face of all this is incredible.

How to Help

justice4mikebrown:

  • Donations/Fundraisers

School Supplies for Ferguson

STL Crisis Nursery

"Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!" t-shirts

Mike Brown Memorial Fund

#LetUsBreathe: Supplies for Ferguson

#OperationHelpOrHush

Feed the Students of Ferguson

Amnesty International

Buy The Game’s song “Don’t Shoot”. All proceeds go to Mike Brown Fund.

Hands Up United 

"Don’t Shoot" t-shirts

Edit: Donate to Ferguson Municipal Public Library

Donate to STL Food Bank

Edit: Lost Voices Amazon Wish List

Help looted businesses get back on their feet. Donate to:

North County Regional Development Association, 350B Village Square Drive, Hazelwood, MO 63042

  • Organizations

Lost Voices: Facebook Twitter

The Dream Defenders: Twitter Website

Operation Help or Hush: Website Twitter

Hands Up United: Website

The Organization for Black Struggle: Website

Ferguson Youth Initiative: Website

  • Petitions

Mike Brown Law

7 New Policies to Protect Citizens from Police Violence and Misconduct

  • Miscellaneous 

Talking and Teaching about Police Violence

The Ferguson Syllabus

Preparing to Discuss Mike Brown in the Classroom

Melissa Harris Perry - How to Teach Students About Ferguson

#SEPT6CTA

Share Your Skills 

Send Your Condolences and Support to the Family of Mike Brown

Edit: Resources for teaching about Ferguson, discussing race and injustice

**If can’t afford to donate, you can help by continuing to share information. Share the truth. Don’t let people forget about Mike Brown or Ferguson. Demand Justice for Mike Brown.

"Justice in Ferguson? Looks like a Longshot" by @ShaunKing

sonofbaldwin:

Apparently, if you’re looking for real investigative journalism coming out of Ferguson, Missouri—and not the watered-down, false-equivalence, all-sides-are-equal-even-when-they’re-inherently-unequal, black-equals-guilty, white-equals-benefit-of-the-doubt bullshit that we’re being fed—you need to completely bypass most of the mainstream media and go to particular sources on Twitter.

There’s this one civil rights activist and scholar named @ShaunKing who is using all of his formidable academic, historical, political, and investigative prowess to bring forth powerful and frightening revelations about how deeply corrupt and racist the Ferguson government and criminal justice system is and why Michael Brown’s death isn’t an anomaly, but evidence that the racist machine that is America is fully operational.

Most of this history of corruption and inhumanity is, of course, being ignored by the press. And the reason for that is that White Supremacy is, as Junot Díaz pointed out, the great silence of our time, the thing that American institutions in particular dare not speak its name. So because they are more interested in protecting the sanctity of Whiteness, most journalistic organizations are not doing their jobs—or maybe they ARE doing their jobs, which is why so much of what’s being reported is being reported in the interest of dragging Michael Brown’s name through the mud.

White supremacists of a feather teabag together.

In any event, get into the not-shocking and so commonplace corruption that Shaun has uncovered and do yourself a favor and follow his Twitter timeline.

Shout out to sister Mercy Garetz for the put-on!

The Foundations of Whiteness

so-treu:

The historical construction of Swedishness can be traced to the pre-eminence of the Swedes, along with the Norwegians and Danes, in the construction of the white race as the elite of homo sapiens. In a scientific discourse hegemonic for almost 200 years, the Swedes and other Scandinavians were considered the most physically and aesthetically perfect people on earth.

The nation’s scholars excelled in and contributed substantially to racial science: Carl Linnaeus created the first modern scientific system for race classification in the mid-1700s; Anders Retzius invented the skull or cephalic index – which became the principal method for racial science itself – in the 1850s; and the Swedish government founded the Swedish Institute for Racial Biology in 1922.

In the mid 1930s, Sweden also installed one of the most effective sterilization programs ever, a eugenicist project that was both racialized, heteronormative, gendered and classed, and that affected more than 60,000 Swedes before being dissolved in the mid-1970s.

However from the 1960s and 1970s, Sweden and the other Scandinavian countries arguably became the leading (western) voice and (white) supporter of decolonisation and anti-colonial, anti-segregation and anti-apartheid movements. In the process, the world’s most radical proponent of social justice and gender equality transformed racism into a non-Swedish issue.

In a feat of national branding, “good Sweden” was promoted as more tolerant and liberal than any other (western) country and (white) people in the world. One result was, for example, that Swedes have adopted proportionally the most children of colour from former colonies than any other western country... Sweden imagined itself as a non-racist and post-racial utopia with no colonial past.

Third World solidarity and antiracism has, in other words, gone hand in hand with white superiority and white homogeneity[…]

A central aspect of the construction of “good Sweden” has to do with the generous welfare state and achievements in gender equality. Along with other Scandinavian countries, Sweden has been regarded as exceptionally “woman-friendly” and ranked among the most gender-equal societies in the world. This ideal has been exported to other (Third World) countries through international development aid. However, the institutionalised gender equality discourse carries with it a sense of national identity that is intimately intertwined with whiteness and racial hierarchies, and that excludes migrants as Others.

In order to maintain the supposedly uniquely [Scandinavian] construct of gender equality, non-whites are depicted as the “gender non-equal”, in conjunction with a discourse of the “oppression of the Other”. For Swedish white gender equality to exist, some-body is needed that is not Swedish, gender-equal and white.

This might explain why two of Scandinavia’s far-rightwing leaders are women, and why the Norwegian far-right terrorist Anders Behring Breivik was obsessed by gender and sexual issues.

- Tobias Hübinette and Catrin Lundström, White Melancholia

oh but tell me more about how european construction of whiteness is ~different~

(Source: eurozine.com)

Brazil's first indigenous woman lawyer fights for Indigenous Land Rights

wocinsolidarity:

badass-bharat-deafmuslim-artista:

This woman is amazing! I recommend reading the whole piece. Unfortunately her photo doesn’t show up in the link above.

and another excerpt:

Now 40, Carvalho coordinates the legal department of the Indigenous Council of Roraima and juggles her indigenous home life there with trips to the capital Brasília, where she continues the fight against land grabs by business, farming and hunting interests.

She is also working to reduce the impacts of climate change in Brazil. 

Authorities in the Amazon, home to the world’s largest rainforest, have been struggling to curb the loss of trees. Deforestation increased by nearly a third in the 12 months through the end of July 2013, compared with the previous year, Brazilian government figures show.  

Carvalho said climate change and deforestation - for timber or to plant soy and other crops for biofuel - are affecting the whole environment.

“A few years ago, parts of the river were dry. One summer in Roraima, there was flooding. Sometimes the sun is too strong and you cannot grow crops,” she said. “We don’t know when the seasons start anymore.” 

Carvalho also trains indigenous women so that more can take up leadership positions, especially at international climate negotiations.

“A lot of women want to participate but they don’t get support,” she said. “If there is a meeting at international level, men say, ‘We go. The women have children so they cannot leave the house. They need to take care of the children’.” 

“I know lots of strong women with strong voices. You just need to push them to be part of the process,” she said.

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