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legalize but, i guess, don’t decriminalize?

lot of white kids outside new seasons really excited to get a signature for the one but nobody’s asked me to sign for the other, i’m sure that’s next on their list probably

legalize but, i guess, don’t decriminalize?

lot of white kids outside new seasons really excited to get a signature for the one but nobody’s asked me to sign for the other, i’m sure that’s next on their list probably

America was built on two monumental crimes: the genocide of the Native American and the enslavement of the African American. The tendency of official America is to memorialize other peoples’ crimes and to forget its own - to seek a high moral ground as a pretext to ignore real issues.

Mahmood Mamdani

I have never seen such perfect sentences.

(via yamesmooma)

Yes, indigenous children are detained at the US border (but are they interviewed in their own language?)

guatepolitics:

guatepolitics:

“It is surprisingly easy for gringos to look past the reality of undocumented migrants as human beings, and most gringos imagine immigrants as caramel-colored, Spanish-speaking Mexicans, not indigenous, Q’eqchi’-speaking Guatemalans.”

"Don’t Just Pay It Back, Pay It Forward: From Accountability to Reciprocity in Research Relationships" in the Journal of Research Practice

Seriously, though, I haven’t seen one single news article that acknowledges that some of the detained immigrants don’t speak Spanish, much less asks questions about the quality of credible fear determinations that are not conducted in immigrants’ native languages.

I was starting to wonder if my expectations for media representation were unreasonably high. Nope.

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This isn’t the clearest graph I’ve ever seen, but here’s what this recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) reveals in its study of more than 400 unaccompanied minors who were held in US federal custody. Of 100 Guatemalan minors, more than 40 spoke one or more languages other than Spanish. The study did not sample for ethnicity (as it did for nationality & gender), but by chance 48% of Guatemalan children self-identified as indigenous (also ~5% of Mexican and 3% of Honduran children).

The study did not discuss whether any of these children spoke Spanish as a second language or whether interviews conducted in Spanish might miss key elements of claims for international protection / asylum.

han-nara:

June 25, 1960. Korean schoolgirls demonstrate their protest against U.S. military presence.

han-nara:

June 25, 1960. Korean schoolgirls demonstrate their protest against U.S. military presence.

At this type of party, I always tell myself I won’t eat the food. Journalists are either shills or situational sociopaths. When you cover the powerful, they serve great canapés. The powerful can seem so nice. Your lizard brain tells you to be nice back. But to be nice is to sell out those workers sweating it out for $200 a month. I swipe a flute of orange juice.

I Confronted Donald Trump in Dubai | VICE United States

(via fritfilter)

A waitress offers macaroons. You shouldn’t eat these treats any more than you should eat fairy food. If you eat them, you might get your loyalties so mixed up that one day you’re sitting at a press conference asking Donald Trump about “the highest levels of luxury” like you believe it.

If you get too comfy in rich-people land, in New York or Dubai, you might stay here and belong to them.

markusbones:

oparnoshoshoi:

thatwasuzi:

letterstomycountry:

thisisnotjapan:

I was going through some old photographs and belongings of my grandmother’s in storage and I came across this. She saved the newspaper clipping from her internment.
Reading it made me feel so sad and disgusted I wanted to cry. 

LTMC: Jingoistic journalism at its best.

Never forget. This actually happened. In America. The United States.
FDR decided people of a certain heritage didn’t have rights and damn near everyone rolled over and let him do it.
Do not forget this. Do not let it happen again.

Next time someone says “the government would never do that!” or “the American people would never let that happen!” remind them of this.


and Canada.

markusbones:

oparnoshoshoi:

thatwasuzi:

letterstomycountry:

thisisnotjapan:

I was going through some old photographs and belongings of my grandmother’s in storage and I came across this. She saved the newspaper clipping from her internment.

Reading it made me feel so sad and disgusted I wanted to cry. 

LTMC: Jingoistic journalism at its best.

Never forget. This actually happened. In America. The United States.

FDR decided people of a certain heritage didn’t have rights and damn near everyone rolled over and let him do it.

Do not forget this. Do not let it happen again.

Next time someone says “the government would never do that!” or “the American people would never let that happen!” remind them of this.

and Canada.

There are at least three ways in which [U.S. foreign] aid to Israel is different from that of any other country. First, since 1982, U.S. aid to Israel has been transferred in one lump sum at the beginning of each fiscal year, which immediately begins to collect interest in U.S. banks. Aid that goes to other countries is disbursed throughout the year in quarterly installments.

Second, Israel is not required to account for specific purchases. Most countries receive aid for very specific purposes and must account for how it is spent. Israel is allowed to place US aid into its general fund, effectively eliminating any distinctions between types of aid. Therefore, U.S. tax-payers are helping to fund an illegal occupation, the expansion of colonial-settlement projects, and gross human rights violations against the Palestinian civilian population.

A third difference is the sheer amount of aid the U.S. gives to Israel, unparalleled in the history of U.S. foreign policy. Israel usually receives roughly one third of the entire foreign aid budget, despite the fact that Israel comprises less than .001 of the world’s population and already has one of the world’s higher per capita incomes. In other words, Israel, a country of approximately 6 million people, is currently receiving more U.S. aid than all of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean combined when you take out Egypt and Colombia.

US Aid: The Lifeblood of Occupation (via rs620)

Not to mention one of the biggest functions of this aid is to prop up the US military industry.

Over the last 20 years, the U.S. has been slowly phasing out economic aid to Israel and gradually replacing it with increased military aid. In 2007, the Bush Administration and the Israeli government agreed to a 10-year, $30 billion military aid package FY 2009 to FY 2018. In 2012, the U.S. began giving Israel $3.1 billion a year (or an average of $8.5 million a day) and promised to provide that amount every year through FY 2018.

75% of this aid is used to purchase military equipment from the US ‘defense’ industry.

(via openlyawesome)

gofatyourself:

thinksquad:

There are precisely 1,400,852 Americans currently serving the military both at home and abroad.

Whisper — an app which allows users to anonymously post messages — gives us a glimpse into the deepest, most emotionally-tinged thoughts of these men and women.

http://mic.com/articles/92885/what-america-s-soldiers-and-their-families-really-think-about-the-military

So important.  I’m always saying that so many soldiers take that path because they don’t have any other option, like college.  In a lot of instances they are flat out lied to.  The government legit gives military branches money to fund a position that is intended to con people into joining the military. 

blacksupervillain:

I’ll never down on the troops but if I see one more “so-and-so died keeping America safe” facebook status I might just have break into full hater mode and ask what they were keeping us safe from

note-a-bear:

ultralaser:

raum-konigin:

lipstickandrevolutionalamexicana:

genericlatino:

via The Dallas Morning News,

A Border Patrol agent reads the birth certificate of Alejandro, 8 — the only thing he brought with him as he and others crossed the Rio Grande near McAllen recently. Alejandro is one of more than 52,000 minors traveling without parents who’ve been caught crossing the border illegally since October. Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.  Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.  “They walked through some of the most hostile, hot, barren, dangerous country in the world. They were sent by poor families so terrified for their safety that they paid many thousands of dollars and entrusted their children to criminals hoping they might arrive in America and be safe. “Our hearts are not touched by these children. We want the law enforced. This is our country. Ours. And we don’t have to share it. Not now. Not 75 years ago. “Yes, these are children whom we’ll send back to be raped, maimed and killed. They aren’t our children. Our children are precious.”

Photo: New York Times


I want to know how you can lack compassion for children?! I want to know what twists your humanity to the point where you can’t value our most innocent?! I want to know how you can be so disturbed as to deny basic rights to children?

Where were we going to keep them? Where?

in the thousands and thousands of forclosed homes all across america, maybe

maybe, just maybe, if we stopped fucking about in other people’s countries for no reason than our own avarice there wouldn’t be an immigration “problem”maybe, just maybe, if we owned up to the damage we’ve wrought throughout Central America (among other places) via covert and not-so-covert foreign policies, many of those nations could pursue their own restorative justice policies.Just maaaaayyyyyyyybbbbbbbeeeeee if we stopped for a second to think “Wow, things must be desperate if someone is willing to send a CHILD thousands of miles to another country, at tremendous expense to themselves and possible/probable trauma to the child” something could be figured out.I mean, we sure as hell found a way to fit in MILLIONS of white immigrants (and that’s without even getting into the matter of the white folks who MADE space here at the cost of Indigenous nations, often out of deliberate malice and greed). Not to mention the phrasing of “where are we going to KEEP them” betrays a distinct lack of empathy.What you mean to say (and I’m being generous) is “Where could we house them”There are literally, at this moment, something like ~5 empty homes (I’ve seen higher numbers, but that’s the conservative estimate I’ve seen) for every homeless person (not family or group of a certain size). Every. Individual. Unhoused. Person.What we COULD do is extend our wet-foot-dry-foot policy into a general amnesty, rather than maintain it as a transparent relic of the Cold War.For those who are unclear, it began as an attempt to encourage Capitalist/Pro-America Cubans to abandon Castro’s Cuba. It was never a matter of open amnesty or fluid borders. It was a backdoor for the US to leech out of Cuba those Cubans who didn’t profit off the Communist revolution there. Since then it has become a way for many different people (both those ACTUALLY persecuted by Castro and those who were/are simply anti-Communist) to come to the US. That said, the fact that we don’t have any kind of similar policy wrt non-Cubans (in fact our actual Sanctuary and Political Refugee processes are WOEFULLY outdated, and that’s being kind) makes it clear what’s at play here.

like can we all just take a moment to acknowledge that this is //an eight year old// being asked to present his identity papers and earn entry into the richest country in the world, and we’re not even dignifying his circumstances by calling him a refugee.

note-a-bear:

ultralaser:

raum-konigin:

lipstickandrevolutionalamexicana:

genericlatino:

via The Dallas Morning News,

A Border Patrol agent reads the birth certificate of Alejandro, 8 — the only thing he brought with him as he and others crossed the Rio Grande near McAllen recently. Alejandro is one of more than 52,000 minors traveling without parents who’ve been caught crossing the border illegally since October.

Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.

Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.

“They walked through some of the most hostile, hot, barren, dangerous country in the world. They were sent by poor families so terrified for their safety that they paid many thousands of dollars and entrusted their children to criminals hoping they might arrive in America and be safe.

“Our hearts are not touched by these children. We want the law enforced. This is our country. Ours. And we don’t have to share it. Not now. Not 75 years ago.

“Yes, these are children whom we’ll send back to be raped, maimed and killed. They aren’t our children. Our children are precious.”

Photo: New York Times

I want to know how you can lack compassion for children?! I want to know what twists your humanity to the point where you can’t value our most innocent?! I want to know how you can be so disturbed as to deny basic rights to children?

Where were we going to keep them? Where?

in the thousands and thousands of forclosed homes all across america, maybe

maybe, just maybe, if we stopped fucking about in other people’s countries for no reason than our own avarice there wouldn’t be an immigration “problem”
maybe, just maybe, if we owned up to the damage we’ve wrought throughout Central America (among other places) via covert and not-so-covert foreign policies, many of those nations could pursue their own restorative justice policies.

Just maaaaayyyyyyyybbbbbbbeeeeee if we stopped for a second to think “Wow, things must be desperate if someone is willing to send a CHILD thousands of miles to another country, at tremendous expense to themselves and possible/probable trauma to the child” something could be figured out.

I mean, we sure as hell found a way to fit in MILLIONS of white immigrants (and that’s without even getting into the matter of the white folks who MADE space here at the cost of Indigenous nations, often out of deliberate malice and greed).

Not to mention the phrasing of “where are we going to KEEP them” betrays a distinct lack of empathy.
What you mean to say (and I’m being generous) is “Where could we house them”

There are literally, at this moment, something like ~5 empty homes (I’ve seen higher numbers, but that’s the conservative estimate I’ve seen) for every homeless person (not family or group of a certain size). Every. Individual. Unhoused. Person.

What we COULD do is extend our wet-foot-dry-foot policy into a general amnesty, rather than maintain it as a transparent relic of the Cold War.

For those who are unclear, it began as an attempt to encourage Capitalist/Pro-America Cubans to abandon Castro’s Cuba. It was never a matter of open amnesty or fluid borders. It was a backdoor for the US to leech out of Cuba those Cubans who didn’t profit off the Communist revolution there. Since then it has become a way for many different people (both those ACTUALLY persecuted by Castro and those who were/are simply anti-Communist) to come to the US.
That said, the fact that we don’t have any kind of similar policy wrt non-Cubans (in fact our actual Sanctuary and Political Refugee processes are WOEFULLY outdated, and that’s being kind) makes it clear what’s at play here.

like can we all just take a moment to acknowledge that this is //an eight year old// being asked to present his identity papers and earn entry into the richest country in the world, and we’re not even dignifying his circumstances by calling him a refugee.

swallowthatshit:

gang0fwolves:

wussut:

sizvideos:

4 Year Old Foils Babysitter’s Robbery Plot - Video

Let’s just blame the black guy…

believe a little girl in 30 seconds but won’t believe the black man after 5 hours….lol ok.

Says a lot.

a four year old white girl has the power to basically save this dude’s life

They call us murderers, but we did not murder over two hundred fifty unarmed Black men, women, and children, or wound thousands of others in the riots they provoked during the sixties. The rulers of this country have always considered their property more important than our lives. They call us murderers, but we were not responsible for the twenty-eight brother inmates and nine hostages murdered at attica. They call us murderers, but we did not murder and wound over thirty unarmed Black students at Jackson State—or Southern State, either.

They call us murderers, but we did not murder Martin Luther King, Jr., Emmett Till, Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, George Jackson, Nat Turner, James Chaney, and countless others. We did not murder, by shooting in the back, sixteen-year-old Rita Lloyd, eleven-year-old Rickie Bodden, or ten-year-old Clifford Glover. They call us murderers, but we do not control or enforce a system of racism and oppression that systematically murders Black and Third World people. Although Black people supposedly comprise about fifteen percent of the total amerikkkan population, at least sixty percent of murder victims are Black. For every pig that is killed in the so-called line of duty, there are at least fifty Black people murdered by the police.

Black life expectancy is much lower than white and they do their best to kill us before we are even born. We are burned alive in fire-trap tenements. Our brothers and sisters OD daily from heroin and methadone. Our babies die from lead poisoning. Millions of Black people have died as a result of indecent medical care. This is murder. But they have got the gall to call us murderers.

They call us kidnappers, yet Brother Clark Squires (who is accused, along with me, of murdering a new jersey state trooper) was kidnapped on April z, 1969, from our Black community and held on one million dollars’ ransom in the New York Panther 21 conspiracy case. He was acquitted on May 13, 1971, along with all the others, of 156 counts of conspiracy by a jury that took less than two hours to deliberate. Brother Squires was innocent. Yet he was kidnapped from his community and family. Over two years of his life was stolen, but they call us kidnappers. We did not kidnap the thousands of Brothers and Sisters held captive in amerika’s concentration camps. Ninety percent of the prison population in this country are Black and Third World people who can afford neither bail nor lawyers.

They call us thieves and bandits. They say we steal. But it was not we who stole millions of Black people from the continent of Africa. We were robbed of our language, of our Gods, of our culture, of our human dignity, of our labor, and of our lives. They call us thieves, yet it is not we who rip off billions of dollars every year through tax evasions, illegal price fixing, embezzlement, consumer fraud, bribes, kickbacks, and swindles. They call us bandits, yet every time most Black people pick up our paychecks we are being robbed. Every time we walk into a store in our neighborhood we are being held up. And every time we pay our rent the landlord sticks a gun into our ribs.

They call us thieves, but we did not rob and murder millions of Indians by ripping off their homeland, then call ourselves pioneers. They call us bandits, but it is not we who are robbing Africa, Asia, and Latin America of their natural resources and freedom while the people who live there are sick and starving. The rulers of this country and their flunkies have committed some of the most brutal, vicious crimes in history. They are the bandits. They are the murderers. And they should be treated as such. These maniacs are not fit to judge me…

raum-konigin:

lipstickandrevolutionalamexicana:

genericlatino:

via The Dallas Morning News,

A Border Patrol agent reads the birth certificate of Alejandro, 8 — the only thing he brought with him as he and others crossed the Rio Grande near McAllen recently. Alejandro is one of more than 52,000 minors traveling without parents who’ve been caught crossing the border illegally since October. Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.  Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.  “They walked through some of the most hostile, hot, barren, dangerous country in the world. They were sent by poor families so terrified for their safety that they paid many thousands of dollars and entrusted their children to criminals hoping they might arrive in America and be safe. “Our hearts are not touched by these children. We want the law enforced. This is our country. Ours. And we don’t have to share it. Not now. Not 75 years ago. “Yes, these are children whom we’ll send back to be raped, maimed and killed. They aren’t our children. Our children are precious.”

Photo: New York Times


I want to know how you can lack compassion for children?! I want to know what twists your humanity to the point where you can’t value our most innocent?! I want to know how you can be so disturbed as to deny basic rights to children?

Where were we going to keep them? Where?

in the thousands and thousands of forclosed homes all across america, maybe

raum-konigin:

lipstickandrevolutionalamexicana:

genericlatino:

via The Dallas Morning News,

A Border Patrol agent reads the birth certificate of Alejandro, 8 — the only thing he brought with him as he and others crossed the Rio Grande near McAllen recently. Alejandro is one of more than 52,000 minors traveling without parents who’ve been caught crossing the border illegally since October.

Seventy-five years ago, the St. Louis, a German trans-Atlantic liner carrying 938 Jewish refugees, was turned away from the United States and forced to return to Europe. U.S. law didn’t allow them sanctuary.

Writes author and former Dallas Morning News reporter Christine Wicker: “The St. Louis is famous now as a failure of compassion that haunts American history. Today we are preparing to send 45,000 children back to Central American countries controlled by drug cartels that routinely torture, rape and kill children who refuse to work for them. So routinely are children menaced that their families sent them away, alone, across thousands of miles on just the slimmest of hopes that they might be safe. U.S. law doesn’t allow them sanctuary.

“They walked through some of the most hostile, hot, barren, dangerous country in the world. They were sent by poor families so terrified for their safety that they paid many thousands of dollars and entrusted their children to criminals hoping they might arrive in America and be safe.

“Our hearts are not touched by these children. We want the law enforced. This is our country. Ours. And we don’t have to share it. Not now. Not 75 years ago.

“Yes, these are children whom we’ll send back to be raped, maimed and killed. They aren’t our children. Our children are precious.”

Photo: New York Times

I want to know how you can lack compassion for children?! I want to know what twists your humanity to the point where you can’t value our most innocent?! I want to know how you can be so disturbed as to deny basic rights to children?

Where were we going to keep them? Where?

in the thousands and thousands of forclosed homes all across america, maybe