Posts tagged: american empire
the trailer for the new american godzilla movie which asks the very important question - //could it happen here//.
except ‘it’ in the original godzilla was hiroshima and nagasaki, and japanese national anxiety about being the only victims of an atomic attack in world history
and ‘it’ in the new remake is 9/11
wherein godzilla goes from being an allegory for the cold war itself and the little nations caught between the nuclear detente of the major superpowers
to an allegory for, idk, islamic terrorism or whatever the fuck we’re most afraid of right now, isn’t it china?
bc if we’re being really really honest? GODZILLA WAS ACTUALLY AN ALLEGORY //FOR AMERICA//. godzilla attacking japan and being //driven off// but never killed, godzilla attacking japan again and again and again? that’s US. THAT IS THE OCCUPATION.
but now, you know, what if it was white people being threatened
best case, //literally// the best case is godzilla as our own nuclear ambitions, godzilla as the devil we have unleashed upon not just ourselves but the whole of the world, and godzilla smashes america flat and WALKS AWAY CASUALLY AT THE END
but nah, he’s going to be taken down by the invincible american military at great personal noble-sacrificial cost
the same military that CREATED HIM IN THE ORIGINAL FILM AND FOR WHICH HE WAS LITERALLY A WALKING ALLEGORY
but sure what about 9/11, that was pretty bad too, never forget
(go ahead and forget about hiroshima though, i guess)
This is too important for me not to mention.
The book states: "Give 10 licks at a time, more if the child resists. Be careful about using it in front of others — even at church; nosy neighbors might call social workers."
This is literally a how-to manual on how to abuse and beat your children.
OH MY GOD. Okay stop scrolling and look at me. My mother actually used this book. I am a victim of this piece of literary evil, and let me tell you, it has left me with some seriously deep scars. It got to the point that my brother and I couldn’t even laugh. Laughter was considered “foolishness” and we would literally be struck ten times for it if she heard it. Let me reiterate that.
We could not enjoy ourselves or even be happy without being beaten.
One of the “Christian” cult families introduced this to her and yes, it is basically condoning serious child abuse. I actually personally believe in corporal punishment and let me tell you, THIS IS NOT CORPORAL PUNISHMENT. It is heavy abuse and it’s evil, evil, evil. I’m going to go sign that petition, and so help me, if you know of someone using this book, call Child Protective services immediately. The children of that cult family are now actually being rehabilitated because they grew up like robots. It’s a sick fucking book, okay? Sick. Let’s get this thing banned before it ruins anymore lives.
I am the way I am today because of this hideous thing. I cry every time someone even gently reprimands me. I’m afraid of cutting up in public because I think someone is going to hit me. Worst of all: It taught me to tolerate abuse, that I deserved abuse, and that if someone abused me, I was clearly in the wrong. I can’t possibly begin to tell you how dangerous it has been for me. Thanks to people around me who were raised right, I am only now starting to learn to stand up for myself and that, no, I am not an idiot who deserves verbal, physical, emotional, or mental abuse. I am not just a child who will forever be subject to her power-hungry mother.
Most of all… Children are not animals. And really, who the fuck even treats an animal like that??? Please, if you reblog one thing from me, please let it be this. I don’t want anyone else to go through what I did.
People looking to put an end to these “Christian” child-rearing fatalities need to take into account Western Evangelicals’ highly subsidized agenda to adopt as many “orphans" as possible: "The ultimate purpose of human adoption by Christians is not to give orphans parents… It is to place them in a Christian home that they might be positioned to receive the gospel.”(Y’all are aware of the fact that Evangelicals co-founded the International Adoption Industry, right?)
This “Christian” parenting stresses obedience — “if you can’t obey your parents, how can you obey God?” And adoptees as a whole are pathologized as defiant, burgeoning psychopaths on account of our requisite traumatic orphanhood. Not to mention that we often hail from “heathen,” “devil-worshipping,” “Third World” regions used as missionary playgrounds to this day.
This is why of these known cases of children murdered by the Pearls’ “To Train Up a Child,” ALL of them are adoptees.
[TRIGGER WARNING: CHILD ABUSE, MURDER] Hana Williams, adopted from Ethiopia, beaten and killed at 13. Her adoptive brother Immanuel, also from Ethiopia, and also beaten, malnourished, and forced to sleep in the bathroom. Lydia Schatz, adopted from Liberia, beaten and killed at age 7. Sean Paddock, US adopted foster kid, beaten and killed at age 4. According to the prosecution at the Paddocks’ murder trial, Sean’s 9-year-old brother (also adopted) was beaten so badly he could barely walk.
While this book definitely needs to stop being sold, people should be aware that it and the Pearls are the tip of the iceberg:
Adoption is a billion+ business and that procures millions of children worldwide — as such, survivors of such “parenting techniques” are actually quite common, it’s just that you never hear from us because A) no one listens to adoptees who don’t toe the line of White Christian Savior narratives "but why aren’t you GRATEFUL?" and B) Even fellow POC accuse us of “Oppression Olympics” if we so much as summarize our survival. This may be the last time I talk about this on tumblr personally because I am SICK TO DEATH of bio spawn presuming to know our lives while completely fucking dismissing the dangers we face.
So yeah, co-signed: if you reblog just one thing from me, reblog this post, with hyperlinks intact.
Nathan: Well, I’ve always dug the beauty and elegance of post - war American design. People had a sense of timeless style and civilized decorum back then.
Daria: Well yeah but you also had the timeless style of cold war conformity and the civilized decorum of segregation.
i am so stoked that cap 2 is taking the military escalation angle from the avengers and running with it
the irony of five and six being the only treks i was old enough to remember seeing in theaters - i may well have seen four but i was five at the time so it doesn’t really count - is that they’re also the only treks i feel attached to based on memories of my original viewing. one through four i went back and ‘rediscovered’, such that my attachment to them goes in reverse chronological order.
i grew up watching tos reruns, but while five and six are vividly personal, even wrath of khan feels like someone else’s star trek. the first three are as much artifacts of their time as trek movies, and while the cold war ending storyline of six feels perfectly normal bc i was //there//, the strong seventies flavor of one two and three is a stumbling block bc i //wasn’t//.
in a way i think of four as the first trek movie, because four time capsules the world - of 1986 san-fran //and// of 1986 syfy - as i first came to know it. 1986 was when i first started to understand things outside my actual house.
when six lays heavy on the latent starfleet racism against klingons - and indicts it openly for what it is - it helps me understand how the world actually was before the khitomer accords, how older generations had to face down their own red dawn fantasies for the xenophobic nationalism they always were.
but when christopher lloyd shows up in three in a mashup of brownface and yellow peril, it’s just cartoonishly, offensively racist, because the soviet union had already collapsed when i was ten, and also, //come on//. the first klingon i knew about was worf, and worf is a good dude.
this is rough and i may revisit this thought later but star trek six and the hunt for red oktober are the movies that taught me what the cold war was actually like at the end: which is to say, posturing by hawks, casual xenophobia, and wierd racist othering of a rival superpower, all of which have poisoned us/russian relations to this very day, to the point that john kerry //accidentally// averted military action in syria by getting the russians on board, bc nobody thought to actually //ask them//.
American History 101
truth. i honestly dont give a rats ass if you unfollow me for this. learn the truth, sometimes the truth hurts.
Reblogging for the gif about shrinking Native American territories. Just look at the huge difference between 1860 and 1870. In just ten years.
This is one of the best posts on Tumblr.
Hey, do your people even celebrate Thanksgiving?
We did. Once.
especially when you consider that the white native population of the united states is zero
Published on Nov 27, 2013
http://www.democracynow.org - Two days after he interrupted a speech by President Obama, Ju Hong, an immigrant rights activist from South Korea, joins us to talk about how Obama’s immigration policies have torn apart his family. As Obama continued his campaign for comprehensive immigration reform with a speech in San Francisco, Hong interrupted him to call for an end to deportations. Obama then turned around to address him directly, and Hong continued talking, pleading for Obama to stop separating families through deportations. Those who placed Hong behind Obama during the speech may not have realized he is one of the most outspoken young immigrant activists in California. Hong has been arrested previously during immigration protests — most recently over the summer when he opposed the confirmation of former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as president of the University of California system. Hong is a member of ASPIRE - Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights Through Education. “I thought about my family, I thought about my personal struggle as undocumented, and I thought about my friends and my communities who have been deported and who are currently in detention centers,” Hong says about why he spoke out. “I felt I was compelled to tell the truth to President Obama that he has the ability stop the deportations for all.”
"The first Thanksgiving Day did occur in the year 1637, but it was nothing like our Thanksgiving today. On that day the Massachusetts Colony Governor, John Winthrop, proclaimed such a “Thanksgiving” to celebrate the safe return of a band of heavily armed hunters, all colonial volunteers. They had just returned from their journey to what is now Mystic, Connecticut where they massacred 700 Pequot Indians. Seven hundred Indians - men, women and children - all murdered.This day is still remembered today, 373 years later. “ No, it’s been long forgotten by white people, by European Christians. But it is still fresh in the mind of many Indians. A group calling themselves the United American Indians of New England meet each year at Plymouth Rock on Cole’s Hill for what they say is a Day of Mourning. They gather at the feet of a stature of Chief Massasoit of the Wampanoag to remember the long gone Pequot. They do not call it Thanksgiving. There is no football game afterward.
I remember getting older and learning what really happened and sitting in history class stunned.
I was in about 8th grade or so….up until that point, all I had known was cutesy Scholastic images of pilgrams and “indians” at dinner together. They would have us make little paper hats of either native head dress or pilgrim top hat.
And they made it fun. For years.
And I can remember sitting in the classroom thinking they lied to us. About everything. And when I got older still the gravity of it was just…Because they wouldn’t say in the books that the massacre and thanksgiving had anything to do with each other.
And it made me wonder why is it so important to keep the party and the ignorance going? Why is this teaching of bold lies acceptable for generations?
i has another question
what, historically, has happened to black people within the u.s. when they have tried to stop the u.s. imperial machine?
what, historically, has been the relationship between the general masses of african americans and african american elected officials?
how has that relationship compared with the relationship between the white middle class and white business interests and african american elected officials?
[As] long as the white man sent you to Korea, you bled. He sent you to Germany, you bled. He sent you to the South Pacific to fight the Japanese, you bled. You bleed for white people. But when it comes time to seeing your own churches being bombed and little black girls be murdered, you haven’t got no blood.
You bleed when the white man says bleed; you bite when the white man says bite; and you bark when the white man says bark. I hate to say this about us, but it’s true. How are you going to be nonviolent in Mississippi, as violent as you were in Korea? How can you justify being nonviolent in Mississippi and Alabama, when your churches are being bombed, and your little girls are being murdered, and at the same time you’re going to be violent with Hitler, and Tojo, and somebody else that you don’t even know?
If violence is wrong in America, violence is wrong abroad. If it’s wrong to be violent defending black women and black children and black babies and black men, then it’s wrong for America to draft us and make us violent abroad in defense of her. And if it is right for America to draft us, and teach us how to be violent in defense of her, then it is right for you and me to do whatever is necessary to defend our own people right here in this country.