Marcie Sanchez

Subtle as a brick...
... to the face.
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#civil rights

I am also not responsible for the spread of caffeine addictions

whitegirlsaintshit:

thepeoplesrecord:

Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She also filed a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 

Where is the rapist’s information? why is his identity being withheld?

chillona:

fyeahblackmodels:

anais mali for dolce & gabbana skincare the vision: image of beauty

The lordt didn’t bless me with flawless skin because if she did, I’d be the biggest bitch on earth.

chillona:

fyeahblackmodels:

anais mali for dolce & gabbana skincare
the vision: image of beauty

The lordt didn’t bless me with flawless skin because if she did, I’d be the biggest bitch on earth.


Some problems we share as women, some we do not. You fear your children will grow up to join the patriarchy and testify against you, we fear our children will be dragged from a car and shot down in the street, and you will turn your backs upon the reasons they are dying.
— Audre Lorde, Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference

raptorific:

Can people seriously not see why the whole “I’m not attracted to black people” concept is racist

Like, okay, nobody’s denying you your right to have preferences, but:

  1. Your preferences are not immune to being racist, and
  2. There is no reason other than racism for your preference to unilaterally rule out everyone of a specific race

Like, I dare you to come up with an answer to “what is it about black people you aren’t attracted to” that isn’t racist? What is the thing that all black people have, that nobody other than black people has, that’s a dealbreaker for you?

I’ll give you a hint: If your answer to that question implies that there is something both universal and exclusive to black people other than “they are black,” then that’s what we call a “racial stereotype” which is kind of textbook racist, and if your answer to “what is it about black people you aren’t attracted to” was “they are black,” then I’m not really sure what further explanation you need beyond the fact that you just said the thing you don’t like about black people is that they’re black. 

Like, I get that you might prefer some physical characteristics over others, and whatever, that’s a different conversation for a different post, but just say that. There is no characteristic, physical or otherwise, that is universal or exclusive to any one race. If you met someone who had every trait you find attractive in a person, and was black, and you still ruled them out because they were black, then yes, that is racist.

Stop throwing up a “you can’t find everyone attractive” argument because you are fighting against the scarecrow version of the argument everyone else is actually making. No one is saying you can, or should, find everyone attractive. Nobody wants you to find everyone attractive. That would be exhausting for everyone involved. 

What people do want is for you to stop saying you like one race less than all the others and then pretend anyone who calls you out on your racism is just shaming your preferences. Your preferences are racist, which means they don’t need anyone else’s help to be shameful.

And yes, by saying “I don’t find black people attractive,” you are saying you like black people less than everyone else, because you like everyone else enough that you’re attracted to them on a case-by-case basis, but all you need to hear is “black” and they’re not even an option.


As N.P.R. reported in May, services that “were once free, including those that are constitutionally required,” are now frequently billed to offenders: the cost of a public defender, room and board when jailed, probation and parole supervision, electronic monitoring devices, arrest warrants, drug and alcohol testing, and D.N.A. sampling. This can go to extraordinary lengths: in Washington state, N.P.R. found, offenders even “get charged a fee for a jury trial — with a 12-person jury costing $250, twice the fee for a six-person jury.”


this-tragic-affair:

Reasons why October is the best month:

  • Cold but dry weather 
  • Everything is pretty colours
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Pumpkin coffee
  • Everything being made to look spooky
  • Horror movies on TV all the time
  • Halloween
  • Jumper weather
  • Dressing up as scary things
  • Hot drinks
  • Lots of sweets



Again and again, I have to insist that feminist solidarity rooted in a commitment to progressive politics must include a space for rigorous critique, for dissent, or we are doomed to reproduce in progressive communities the very forms of domination we seek to oppose.
bell hooks, Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations, 1994, p. 67

Lana after her bath! She’s so happy :)

Lana after her bath! She’s so happy :)


4.9%

That’s how many speaking roles in Hollywood hits are going to Latinos. For the record, Latinos make up 16% of the U.S. population. Representation matters. (via micdotcom)

Even more alarming is that, when Latino actors are cast, they are by far more likely than any other group to be sexualized, either by revealing clothing or by being defined in the screenplay as attractive. Indeed, 36% of Hispanic actors are displayed in some sort of sexualized attire, the highest of any group looked at in the study. Hollywood seems to think America is not interested in stories about Latinos, unless they are taking their clothes off.

Let’s talk about this. Let’s talk about how most of those roles are to be hypersexualized maids, spicy armcandy love interests, and exotic criminals. Let’s talk about how many of these roles use stereotypes to make these characters as the butt of the joke. Let’s talk about though how most of those roles go to light skinned and white Latinas. Let’s talk about how shitty the representation that Latinxs do have is pretty much restricted to bullshit and biopics. (via wocinsolidarity)


humansofnewyork:

“I wanted to be a defense lawyer because I wanted to come back and protect my community. I wanted to protect my people from the police. People around here grow up hating the police. But you know what they’ve done? The police have recruited our people. They’ve made it more complicated. They’ve got Dominicans and Puerto Ricans doing their work for them. Because they know it’s hard to hate your people. But as soon as that badge goes on, it changes you. Once that badge goes on, your people are the ‘boys in blue.’”

humansofnewyork:

“I wanted to be a defense lawyer because I wanted to come back and protect my community. I wanted to protect my people from the police. People around here grow up hating the police. But you know what they’ve done? The police have recruited our people. They’ve made it more complicated. They’ve got Dominicans and Puerto Ricans doing their work for them. Because they know it’s hard to hate your people. But as soon as that badge goes on, it changes you. Once that badge goes on, your people are the ‘boys in blue.’”


And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.

Birthday dessert #grenteaicecream (at Izakaya Sankyu Japanese Restaurant)

Birthday dessert #grenteaicecream (at Izakaya Sankyu Japanese Restaurant)


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