Reblogged from commie-pinko-liberal April 23rd, 2014 24,097 notes
I really liked the way Rachel Maddow explained her support for affirmative action, and I thought it might be useful for some people. (Full Video)
Once hip-hop culture is ubiquitous, it is also invisible. Once it’s everywhere, it is nowhere. What once offered resistance to mainstream culture (it was part of the larger tapestry, spooky-action style, but it pulled at the fabric) is now an integral part of the sullen dominant. Not to mention the obvious backlash conspiracy paranoia: Once all of black music is associated with hip-hop, then Those Who Wish to Squelch need only squelch one genre to effectively silence an entire cultural movement.
And that’s what it’s become: an entire cultural movement, packed into one hyphenated adjective. These days, nearly anything fashioned or put forth by black people gets referred to as “hip-hop,” even when the description is a poor or pointless fit. “Hip-hop fashion” makes a little sense, but even that is confusing: Does it refer to fashions popularized by hip-hop musicians, like my Lego heart pin, or to fashions that participate in the same vague cool that defines hip-hop music? Others make a whole lot of nonsense: “Hip-hop food”? “Hip-hop politics”? “Hip-hop intellectual”? And there’s even “hip-hop architecture.” What the hell is that? A house you build with a Hammer?
Questlove in “How Hip-Hop Failed Black America” (via reichsstadt)
PREACH QUEST!(via dynastylnoire)
(via jessehimself)Reblogged from reichsstadt April 23rd, 2014 333 notes
Surprise surprise, it’s racist garbage. It’s like Frankenstine made an abomination out of katy perry, gwen stephani, and ke$ha. I really shouldn’t have to explain what’s wrong with it, but in the first 5 seconds we have:
Butchered the Japanese language
reduced Japanese people into props
bastardized Japanese street fashion
and made ourselves look like we’re trying WAY to hard to revitalize our careers. My guess at the thought process for this was “what do the kids like these days??? What’s that Japanese stuff called.. um.. kuhwaee? Yeah that’ll get us money! We can still keep pretending like Avril Lavigne is relevant to the younger generation!”
(via angrywocunited)Reblogged from thisisnotjapan April 23rd, 2014 3,021 notes
I made these as a way to compile all the geographical vocabulary that I thought was useful and interesting for writers. Some descriptors share categories, and some are simplified, but for the most part everything is in its proper place. Not all the words are as useable as others, and some might take tricky wording to pull off, but I hope these prove useful to all you writers out there!
(save the images to zoom in on the pics)
omg thank you for reblogging this.
(via coorio)Reblogged from octoswan April 23rd, 2014 50,102 notes
- Environmental racism is the geographic relationship between environmental degradation and low-income or minority communities.
- The people populating areas within 2 miles of our nation’s hazardous waste facilities are by majority of color.
- Racial disparities of color exist in 9 out of 10 Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regions.
- Existing laws and land-use controls have not been adequately applied in order to reduce health risks for those living in or near toxic “hot spots”.
- African Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of causing the greatest health dangers.
- A Commission for Racial Justice study found that three of the five largest waste facilities dealing with hazardous materials in the United States are located in poor black communities.This study also showed that three out of every five African American and Latinos live in areas near toxic waste sites, as well as live in areas where the levels of poverty are well above the national average.
- Poverty-stricken Native American communities face some of the worst toxic pollution problems in the country.
- “Approximately half of all Native Americans live in communities with an uncontrolled toxic waste site,” according to the Commission for Racial Justice.
- Living near toxic waste facilities and in low income housing affects almost every aspect of life including food, water, and air. Homes, schools, and workplaces are deemed unsafe because of environmental hazards in the buildings, which are dilapidated and outdated.
- Children of color who live in poor areas are more likely to attend schools filled with asbestos, live in homes with peeling lead paint, and play in parks that are contaminated.
- These same children are nearly 9 times more likely than economically advantaged children to be exposed to lead levels so high they can cause severe learning disabilities and neurological disorders. 96 percent of African American children who live in inner cities have unsafe amounts of lead in their blood.
(via theblackamericanprincess)Reblogged from knowledgeequalsblackpower April 23rd, 2014 880 notes
“ Ignorance is acceptable up to a point. For instance, when I was 12 years old my mom had to take me aside in the hippie store and explain to me why I, a 12-year-old white girl, could not wear a dashiki. But I was 12, I didn’t know what a dashiki was and I just thought it was a neat pattern. Now I understand. You don’t play dress-up with other people’s cultures to assert your own uniqueness and specialness.
Avril Lavigne’s New Video Wins The Gold At The Cultural Appropriation Olympics By Robyn Pennacchia (x)
(via mikal-xavier)Reblogged from hanaxohana April 23rd, 2014 1,239 notes
“ By a 6 to 2 vote, the divided court concluded that neither the Constitution nor Supreme Court precedents provide authority for the courts to overturn Michigan laws that allow the voters to determine whether racial preferences may be considered in decisions such as school admissions.
(via cognitivedissonance)Reblogged from Washington Post April 23rd, 2014 56 notes