Apr 23
theonion:

Report: U.S. Still Leads World With Highest Density Of Kevins
Apr 22

quote If someone can be kicked out of school for copying a paper, a person should be kicked out of school for raping another human being.

— Wagatwe Wanjuki, UVM Dismantling Rape Culture Conference 2014 (via byebyethinspo)
Apr 22
tashabilities:

There’s a name for it
There’s a phrase that fits

tashabilities:

There’s a name for it

There’s a phrase that fits

Apr 21
I mean George RR Martin is still a rapey bastard, but this is definitely not the first time that HBO turned consensual sex into rape. wtf

I mean George RR Martin is still a rapey bastard, but this is definitely not the first time that HBO turned consensual sex into rape. wtf

Apr 21
ohhellokelsey:

difficults:

Plant Care MasterPost 
nothing makes me more upset than the thought of plants not being taken care of so here are some helpful links!!
House Plant Watering for Dummies 
Lighting for House Plants
Ideal Conditions for Specific Plants
Potting Plants; the Basics 
Easy Plants for Beginners 
25 Best Indoor Plants/ With Care Guide 
Keeping Your Plants Healthy and Disease Free
Cacti and Succulent Care
Feeding Your Plants; Fertilization
Rescuing Almost Dead Plants
Plants Respond to Music!!!!
10 Songs to Play to Your Plants 

The best post ever 🙌
Apr 21
thenewwomensmovement:

Buy it here on Etsy!

Equality? This almost seems like some libfem lovemenz nonsense

thenewwomensmovement:

Buy it here on Etsy!

Equality? This almost seems like some libfem lovemenz nonsense

Apr 21

Dread drama →

dynastylnoire:

note-a-bear:

opinionated-light:

note-a-bear:

roropcoldchain:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

letthetruthlaugh:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

failedblackwoman:

dumbthingswhitepplsay:

white allies, come collect this shit

You know why I hate white people dreads? Because I’m selfish, it doesn’t mean anything to them and I personally think they’re gross. The lazy method? Shit’s nasty. That honey goo method? That’s gross too, when a part of getting dreads is that you can’t wash your hair. Don’t do it. 

As a black woman hair is a huge part of my life/culture what have you. My mother promised herself she would never perm/relax my hair, know what happened? People insulted her choice, they told her that my hair was “out of control” and that it would look soooo much better relaxed and that she should think of the future because having nappy hair isn’t “professional.” 

My mother listened, fast forward a few years she finally stopped and allowed me to get locks like she had. My locks have come to mean something to me, I won’t allow myself to be pressured to change my hair back to “meet the needs of others.”

I have been told that my locks aren’t “professional” looking and that I should consider cutting them off, wearing wigs and then going back to perming my hair like I should be afraid of its original texture. 

I no longer accept the backwards compliment of “If it wasn’t locked your hair would be so long.” I no longer accept “You should take them out and straighten it.” Because fuck that noise. I am not afraid of my natural hair, it is not a curse, and if you don’t think my locks are professional you can take a step back, and fuck your own face. 

I hate white people dreads because I don’t think they appreciate the privilege of their naturally straight hair, I don’t think they understand the struggle with ethnic hair. They don’t know how many people would love to have their straight hair and yet they go and put nasty shit in it and then don’t wash it and go “Look at me I’m a rebel.”

Reblogging because seriously white people. Seriously.

Well, the Celts did have dreadlocks. The Romans reported Celtic warriors as having “hair like snakes,” which has been taken to imply that they had dreadlocks. Its also been recorded that Germanic tribes, Greeks, and Vikings often wore dreadlocks as all. So as far as historically speaking, there is plenty of precedent for white people having dreads. Its also considered to have Biblical origins, with Delilah cutting off Samson’s “seven locks.”

So I’m going to say, yeah, its not appropriative for white people to have dreads. My ethnic ancestory is Celtic/Viking, both of which have been recorded as historically having dreads. I would never get dreads, but still.

The earliest recording, I believe, is Egypt where dreads are seen in hieroglyphs.

As for the entire rest of “Rafiki’s” post (spiritual name? wtf?), I’m not even going to touch that. As someone with Scottish ancestry who’s Scottish relatives came to the US and worked their asses off, I’m not sure what the hell this Scottish people being lazy bullshit is.

this was the wrong conversation to butt in the middle of if you are white

Couple things: Samson and Delilah probably weren’t “white” as the ideology exists today…and neither were the Egyptians (people from Kemet…”land of the blacks”.) So…maybe those two groups shouldn’t be used to bolster your point?

I tried real hard not to butt in on this, but I ahve to say:

Germanic, Gallic, and Celtic hairstyles, prior to Roman Conquest, and subsequent Anglo-/Germanic empire-building were absolutely not dreadlocks as we speak of them.

What I will concede to is that there were traditions of matting, plaiting, and braiding hair. The Roman references to “hair like snakes” could just as easily be speaking to long hair, since, as an essentially Mediterranean nation, Rome generally ascribed to short hair for those citizens in power. The military (through which nearly every Roman-born citizen and sub-citizen had to pass upon achieving adulthood) required short hair. Short hair was considered the standard for Romans.

Having gotten that out of the way, we can move on to what they would have seen from almost every non-Roman/non-warm weather nation they came across: Long, matted, braided, or otherwise “unkempt” hair by their standards. Hence, “hair of snakes.” Never mind that if you look at the other big Greco-Roman reference to “hair of snakes” (Medusa), archaeologists and anthropologists have ascribed that hair to the what would be considered, by our standards, mussed, dirtied, or generally “unrefined” hairstyles.

So, that brings us back to the Gauls, the Celts, the Saxons, the (Visi-, Ostro-) Goths, the Vandals, the Angles, and just about everyone North of what is now Italy. All those tribes had traditions of plaiting hair. They also, did not have the same traditions of cutting hair that the Romans did.

That is the only conceit I will give in this matter of dreadlocks.

Also, let’s be real, the Romans were notoriously unreliable observers when it came to the people north of contemporary Italy. Half of their references to the people of the North were to call them “Black” or some variation thereof.

So, y’know, don’t use the Romans to bolster your argument, in general.

I normally don’t bother putting my two cents in about dreadlocks (as a white  girl I don’t really think its my place) but I do know a few things about celtic ‘dreadlocks,’ which is why I get annoyed when people of celtic decent use their heritage to justify having dreadlocks. 

For one thing they weren’t even called dreadlocks they’re gleebs, I think the term dreadlock in itself is an appropriated term. Another thing is they weren’t made like any of the modern dreadlocks we see today. They were most commonly worn by warriors going into battle who would matt their hair and then cake it with mud/clay to make intimidating shapes to scare their enemies. This could therefore mean they were more like punk spikes than dreadlocks. Some however did just cake their matts with mud and leave them down so they could look a bit like modern dreadlocks. But it could be argued unless you cake your hair with mud you can’t use being a celt to justify having dreadlocks. Some people think the celts had matted hair because they were barbarians who never washed or brushed their hair which could be equally true, and some white people do make dreadlocks this way. But that is disgusting in my opinion and it is part of the reason dreadlocks have such a bad reputation, so if you have hair like that I suggest you just call it matted and not dreadlocked.

I will admit that there was a form of gleeb worn by the wealthier celts which may seem more appealing. They would have twisted their hair and tied pretty yarns around it, similar to a lot of white people with dreadlocks today. However these were not matted they were twists, perhaps they were similar to the twist and pull dreadlock making method but the structure of them were different. I’ve experimented with this form of gleeb on my hair, which is very stereotypical celtic hair (think Merida in Brave) and the twists do stay in due to the curl and dryness of my hair. However when I tried it on my sister who has only a gentle wave it was impossible, her hair was far too fine and slippy. They can be brushed out but I was also able to wash my hair and they remained intact when I did not use conditioner in the areas with gleebs I just had to tidy them a bit. I only kept them in for a month so perhaps over time the feel of them would have changed to a more dreadlock type form but they did look more like twists than dreadlocks. 

In my opinion you shouldn’t use being celtic as an excuse to have dreadlocks. Celtic gleebs were a different thing and anyone uses being celtic as an excuse they should do their research into it first and know not to call them dreadlocks. It is very difficult to find any references for gleebs, I came across it in obscure texts in my university library whilst researching ancient irish textiles and was interested so I looked into it a bit more. As it is written about in so few places and they often refer to the same clans, I assume only a few clans actually wore gleebs, perhaps all these clans had very curly hair like mines making it possible to make gleebs. 

Have I ever mentioned how relieved I am when I check the notes on something and find actual, useful commentary from white folks?

If I haven’t I’m saying it now

Apr 21

quote privileged kids go to counseling, poor kids go to jail.

— judge mathis, speaking the truth (via spring1999)
Apr 21

Poor students with degree worse off than rich students without one →

kyssthis16:

theuppitynegras:

blackfemalescientist:

big-gadje-world:

odundun:

LOL WOULDJA LOOK AT THAT? THE BOOTSTRAPS MYTH: GONE WITH THE WIND.

They actually needed a study for this?!

Latest research from the university of obvious put out by the department of “ya don’t say”

breaking news: water is wet

THIS IS BRAND NEW INFORMATION

Apr 21

thechocolatekennedy asked: On that last Photo: Actually, African Americans and Native Americans have a long and intertwined history dating back to 1502. Several Native American tribes, have historically extended full membership and citizenship to black persons, including the 5 civilized tribes, who inducted several African American slaves after having moved west ward with them. That said there are several notable examples of 'black indians' who would have been allowed to wear native headdresses. see wiki 'black indians'

owning-my-truth:

Numerous African Americans have native american ancestry actually. Hundreds of thousands- a conservative estimate- how do we not know that he has no NA heritage? In fact an 1835 survey of the Cherokee showed that 10% were of African descent. Additionally “African Cherokee people participated as full citizens of that nation, holding office, voting, running businesses, etc” Black skin does not make someone only black- as we have seen time and time again.

Yes, I know all of this. But there is a clear difference between being of partial native descent and identifying with and being a part of that culture

Like let me give you an example from my life-

Little known fact: I’m 1/32nd Jewish, which my family’s genealogical research just revealed a few months ago.

This is my Jewish 4th great grandfather:

image

Do you see me over here though spinning dreidels on the regular, donning yamakas and trying to rep Judaism and the Jewish experience as if I know anything about it? Nope. I don’t know shit and despite my partial descent did not grow up as a part of that culture (no matter how many times I went to JCC summer camp, which was the bomb by the way), and could never pretend to know. 

So no. This is also not an excuse that I buy at all. Of course there are black native folks (not just of partial descent, but ones who identify closely with those cultures and are part of those communities), but I SERIOUSLY doubt that this random black guy at COACHELLA of all places in ~native headdress~ is one given the rampant cultural appropriative fuckery there. 

Apr 21

This Teenage Artist Was Bullied Off Of Tumblr After Making A Webcomic About White Privilege →

lookatthewords:

tanukitsune:

abaffledking:

youarenotyou:

thiefofheartz:

wrapyourlipsaroundmyname:

headpeace:

whitepeoplemadatthings:

And sometimes white people get mad at other white people. 

The comic in question no longer lives on her Tumblr page, but you can find a reprint of it (with full credit and her permission) here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/aaronc13/this-comic-perfectly-explains-what-white-privilege-is

My heart goes out to this young woman, and I hope that she eventually feels comfortable enough to come back to Tumblr, as she’s a smart and gifted artist. 

Her tumblr, if you want to follow it, is http://jamietheignorantamerican.tumblr.com/

It’s a shame that this happened.  Her comic was perfect and nobody deserves death threats.

I love her comic and its a shame she got bullied off for telling the truth.

that comic was great. jesus white people y’all need some serious humility and love in your life.

wtf 

White people need to chill.

Doesn’t this just prove her point? 

From her page:

Please do not send me any more messages about how awful it was that I received death threats. I am beyond pissed that everyone has taken my comic about white privilege and the effects of institutionalized discrimination, and has turned it into a rallying cry against online bullying. This was not the point I was trying to make. Stop making me the face of bullying, and do NOT make me the face of “White Allies”. ——————-THERE ARE COMICS AND POSTS LIKE MINE BEING MADE BY PEOPLE OF COLOR ALL OVER THIS WEBSITE, AND THEY DON’T RECEIVE 1/5TH OF THE ATTENTION THAT I HAVE GOTTEN. THE FACT THAT MINE GOT POPULAR SPEAKS VOLUMES TO WHAT EXACTLY WHITE PRIVILEGE IS. I may not have deserved this hatred, but I do NOT deserve ANY praise. I want you all to know that Education is NOT where oppression ends, it’s where it begins. Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful words, but it’s over now. There’s nothing left for me to say.

Apr 21

quote yes, denny’s lost a $54 million law suit for being anti-black.

here’s another source. (via floricanto-desnuda)

Which after they lost, they completely changed their policies and how things were run if anyone had actually read the source.

(via rulioxjamos)

that’s actually not my point. rather, i asked mi gente to do some further research on why denny’s changed their policies, and what public relations for a huge corporate entity might mean, after being hit with the largest and broadest settlement ever paid under federal public accommodation laws—the laws put in place over 70 years ago, to end discrimination in public places.

of course denny’s changed their policies, after six uniformed members of president clinton’s secret service detail were refused service, while their white counterparts were quickly seated and given food. those six members brought a case. does anyone believe any corporation could escape that kind of publicity?

now, denny’s has public relations people to send out the kind of tweets jovenes find “cool.” that’s no accident. 

critical thinking, gente. capitalism. corporate structures. the denny’s tumblr page. advertising, in general. mm hmm.

(via jopara)

I knew something was wrong with Denny’s calling out cochella.

Apr 21
wtf-fun-factss:

FBI spying on Muslims in mosques - WTF fun facts

wtf-fun-factss:

FBI spying on Muslims in mosques - WTF fun facts

Apr 21
wtf-fun-factss:

FBI spying on Muslims in mosques - WTF fun facts

wtf-fun-factss:

FBI spying on Muslims in mosques - WTF fun facts

Apr 21

snh-snh-snh:

I keep thinking oh man, I’m so immature. How am I allowed to be an adult.

Then I spend time with teenagers.

And it’s like, wow, okay, yeah. I am an adult. I am so adult. Look at me adulting all over the place.