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How many people have lived, labored, and died without leaving a record of their existence, not even a scribbled trace? Today, for the most part, we do not know who built the roads, and bridges we travel; the buildings we work, reside, and shop; the water and sewer system we use daily. We don’t usually think about who made our furniture and clothing, let alone our toothbrushes, nor who tends, harvests, and transports the food we eat everyday.

Philip Vera Cruz: A Personal History of Filipino Immigrants and the Farmworkers Movement  (via yonce-taught-me)

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There’s really no such thing as the ‘voiceless.’ There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard

Arundhati Roy (via 95db)

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On “Kawaii” and Appropriation

sad-queer:

I am Japanese and I find the usage of the word “kawaii” by non-Japanese people to be extremely appropriative and damaging. I’ll tell you why:

  1. It is not just a word for cute. When non-Japanese people say something is “kawaii,” they are not simply saying something is cute. There are hella connotations and implications that come with the word. Which brings me to…
  2. The subtleties of Japanese pop culture, style, street fashion, etc. get completely lost on non-Japanese people. “Kawaii,” the way non-Japanese people use it, is like a 2-d projection of a very complex and multi-faceted subculture. The subversiveness and subtleties of things like Lolita and Harajuku culture are completely erased when taken out of context and away from actual Japanese people. 
  3. “Kawaii” as an aesthetic contributes to the commodification and exotification of Japanese people. Japanese pop culture and style is not for your consumption. It is not for you to steal and make money off of. It is not for you to exploit. There is a very thin line between “appreciating” things from other cultures and appropriation. You are allowed to engage in Japanese pop culture, but chances are that your desire to consume it is rooted in some really deep exotification, which also ties into…
  4. Japanese people are not your prop or your costume, we are not here to be cute for you. “Kawaii” and its implications contribute to stereotypes about Asian people. We are not cute, quiet, submissive playthings for your enjoyment. The stereotype that all asian people are just docile is really damaging. I am not your asian bitch. I may be cute, but it’s not for you. We are radicals, we are angry, we fight. That shit isn’t “kawaii.”
  5. We are so much more than what you take from us.We aren’t just peace-sign loving girls in pigtails and school-girl outfits. We have an entire fucking culture and language that is incredibly rich and beautiful. “Kawaii” as a style just serves to make a caricature out of an entire culture and people.

So basically, if you’re not Japanese, don’t say “kawaii.” Just call it fucking cute. That way your words won’t carry racist implications and I won’t think you’re an asshole. 

**This is just what I feel about the matter. My voice should not and does not represent all Japanese people. However, my voice calling this out should be enough for people to stop doing this. It is offensive. It is disrespectful. It is hurtful. 

All of this. All. Of. This.

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morenamagia:

Just a friendly reminder that the US government is responsible for the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X. 

You know, the politicians call it socialism when they give a little money to the poor to keep them alive but when they give huge amounts of money to a big business to keep it alive they call it “subsidies.”

Prometheus Brown ftw with this tweet.

Racist immigration policies, boxing and politics - perfectly packaged in 140.

jahanzebjz:

Israel is as much a victim of Palestinians as US is of the Iraqis. Meaning: It’s not a victim - at all. In fact, it’s the opposite. 

Respect the architect: Malcolm X, the elections and the politics of empire - Opinion - Al Jazeera English →

guerrillamamamedicine:

For to be black in America is enough to be deemed un-American, but to be black and Muslim is to be anti-American. While the “smearing” of Obama as a Muslim in the post-9/11 climate is informed by the threat posed by that thing called “al-Qaeda”, Obama’s blackness and his “proximity” to Islam is really a deeper seated anxiety around Malcolm X, who challenged American authority over not only the black past but also a black future, demanding that black people view themselves not as a national minority but as part of a global majority. For Malcolm X, “Islam was the greatest unifying force of the Dark World”, and the Muslim third world had a defining impact on Malcolm X’s life and political vision, whether it was the spiritual centre Mecca or the anti-colonial struggles in Egypt, Algeria, Palestine, Iraq and elsewhere. But for Malcolm one didn’t have to be a Muslim. What was important was the recognition of a racial reality to one’s secular suffering that would view white supremacy as a global phenomenon and link black struggles with those in the third world.

The greatest mistake of the movement has been trying to organize a sleeping people around specific goals. You have to wake the people up first, and then you’ll get action.

Malcolm X (via trusimplicity)

For example, though the identity ‘Asian American’ was initially imposed by the dominant society, it has acquired personal and social salience among second generation Americans of various Asian ethnic grops due to the shared experiene of anti-Asian racism and growing up outside the boundaries of whiteness.

Karen Pyke and Trau Dang (via coupleofmycravings)

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Now it’s white women,
Colagen
In lips,
Fake tits.
Now we overlook a sister cuz a white girl thick?
Uhhh, that’s me scratchin’ my head

Bambu “Like Us”

Perhaps a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant

Hamza Yusuf (via asunkee)

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theprofoundprogrammer:

[text: “i fucking hate this i hate everything, wait it’s working now I love all of you”, slow-shutter photograph of small tranquil waterfall in a pristine autumn forest]

[HD Version]

lol!

I’m so tired of hearing how there no more true good rappers way to be ignorant… , We destroyed hip-hop. Lets take it further Blaming rappers these days. Hip-hop was never meant to be about being gangster. A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Krs-One… do they ring any bells? Hip-Hop was never to flex on who was the “Realest”. It was about expressing yourself and uprising through all circumstances and uplifting the beliefs we have in a culture at the time that forced people to live a box in the urban world… and yes party and live freely as well through those values. Time and time again some body comes with songs with how rich they are; the degradation of women, or with the gangster element and we ate that crap up. So people who marketed off this stuff didn’t care about what we valued in hip-hop; they wanted to get rich quick and some of these rappers made it easily possible . So we destroyed it because we gave some of the dumbasses the power to do so. We destroyed H.E.R (and if don’t understand that acronym, than you’re part of the problem).

I don’t think you can be an ally without getting dirty….

jcoleknowsbest:

If you’re comfortable.. You might be doing it wrong…

My only addition:

If you’re comfortable.. You might be are doing it wrong…

:-)

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