“You try not to play favorites, I suppose. But I put all the characters through horrible things. I get letters from fans saying, ‘Why do you hate the Starks so much? Why do you put them through so many horrible things?’ Well you know, the Lannisters have been through some pretty horrible things too lately. The Baratheons have gone through an awful lot of horrible stuff. The Targaryens are practically all wiped out except for Dany.”— George R.R. Martin (via cakedcrusader)
“This country was founded by slave owners who wanted to be free. Am I right? A group of slave owners who wanted to be free. So they killed a lot of white English people in order to continue owning their black African people so they could wipe out the rest of the red Indian people and move west and steal the rest of the land from the brown Mexican people, giving them a place to take off and drop their nuclear weapons on the yellow Japanese people.”—George Carlin (What Am I Doing In New Jersey?, 1988)
“No other country in the world disenfranchises
people who are released from prison in a manner even
remotely resembling the United States. In fact, the
United Nations Human Rights Committee has charged
that U.S. disenfranchisement policies are
discriminatory and violate international law. In those
few European countries that permit limited postprison
disqualification, the sanction is very narrowly tailored
and the number of people disenfranchised is probably
in the dozens or hundreds. In the United States, by
contrast, voting disqualification upon release from
prison is automatic, with no legitimate purpose, and
affects millions.”—The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander (via of-praxis)
“People of color, women, and gays — who now have greater access to the centers of influence than ever before — are under pressure to be well-behaved when talking about their struggles. There is an expectation that we can talk about sins but no one must be identified as a sinner: newspapers love to describe words or deeds as “racially charged” even in those cases when it would be more honest to say “racist”; we agree that there is rampant misogyny, but misogynists are nowhere to be found; homophobia is a problem but no one is homophobic. One cumulative effect of this policed language is that when someone dares to point out something as obvious as white privilege, it is seen as unduly provocative. Marginalized voices in America have fewer and fewer avenues to speak plainly about what they suffer; the effect of this enforced civility is that those voices are falsified or blocked entirely from the discourse.”—Excerpt from Teju Cole’s essay “The White Savior Industrial Complex”. (via jalwhite)
“Other people have spoken about this a bit, but I’m frustrated and angry when I see other white people pulling the “I am Trayvon Martin” thing, because it’s so dismissive of the real issue, which is that we’re not Trayvon Martin. None of us ever will be. We’re George Zimmerman. Even if we don’t go out and shoot kids for fun, when we allow the images in the media to perpetuate the idea that young black men are violent, when our own speech (I don’t want to talk about the conversation I had to have at lunch today) perpetuates an idea of black Americans as criminals, especially young black American men, we are accessories to murder. We are creating people like George Zimmerman. That’s on us. And it doesn’t matter if we have black friends, or black relatives, or black ancestors– that doesn’t absolve us. In fact, it’s worse when we do, and say nothing, because it’s our loved ones who are suffering and we’re not doing anything to ease that.”—I was arrested once (via azspot)
“With chants of “We are the 99%” and signage to that effect as well, I was a little thrown off. I thought the purpose of this march was to bring awareness to the death of a young boy. Soon after the march started confusion was all around. Which way were we marching? Who was leading the charge? After we walked a few blocks members of the Occupy section of the march started running down the street knocking down trash cans. I was told later that some attempted to knock down police barricades and police scooters used to guide the marchers. I immediately became uncomfortable because that’s not what I signed up for. I wanted to speak out against injustice—just causing general destruction wasn’t on my agenda. Soon some Occupiers started chanting “F**k the POLICE,” one young white male wearing skinny jeans and a Justin Bieber haircut started yelling “THIS IS WAR, WE WANT WAR!” To which a hoodie-clad young black adult said “Hey, uh we don’t really want war, why don’t you tone that down. I’m about to graduate college in a few months.” The white male kind of laughed and kept moving forward yelling something else.”—
For fucks sake, are you really going to antagonize the police at a rally for a dead black boy?
Like the author of this article, I went easy on the criticism of OWS from jump street. However, the fact that people act like OWS is for everyone when it clearly isn’t, when it overlooks the history of radical organization by POC, when it overlooks the sensitivity POC have about police and war…. I can’t co-sign you.
I hope you can all read this and understand why, especially at times like these, we often want to be together and NOT be with everyone. The white male that was yelling, he has that luxury. His life and well being are not and never will be at stake based on the color of his skin. The problem is, he DIDN’T CARE that his actions COULD affect those that DO have to worry about this. Of all times to make an effort to care about your actions, wouldn’t THIS have been that time?
This is our life. We have to worry about something that we do that COULD be perceived as wrong AND we have to worry about what YOU do that we COULD be blamed for and subsequently get a MUCH HARSHER punishment for.
“We grow up being told that anger is bad. Good girls do not express their anger, good girls play nice, they accommodate, they please. It is time we start looking at anger differently. Why are we so bent on suppressing this anger when for so many, it is the only emotion left in the face of injustice? Why should young women appear compliant and docile when they are obviously being subjected to violence or inequity? Why shouldn’t anger be a legitimate drive for our politics? Change will not come because we ask for permission, change will happen because we leave no other alternative.”—Flavia Dzodan, “Show them how to resist: Connecting girls, inspiring futures” at Tiger Beatdown (via morecoffee)
“There’s so much cultural anxiety about isolation in our country that we often fail to appreciate the benefits of solitude,” said Eric Klinenberg, a sociologist at New York University whose book “Alone in America,” in which he argues for a reevaluation of solitude, will be published next year. “There is something very liberating for people about being on their own. They’re able to establish some control over the way they spend their time. They’re able to decompress at the end of a busy day in a city…and experience a feeling of freedom.”—The power of lonely - The Boston Globe (via sociolab)
“Fuck society. Fuck normality. Get piercings. Get tattoos. Do drugs. Get high. Drink ‘till you pass out. Have sex. Love with all your heart. Play the music loud. Live your fucking life. Fuck what people expect of you. Do what makes you happy.”—(via malomematome)
“It is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this. … But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son he’d look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”—Obama: ‘If I Had A son, He’d Look Like Trayvon’ (via zainyk)
“It makes an immigrant laugh to hear the fears of the nationalist, scared of infection, penetration, miscegenation, when this is small fry, peanuts, compared to what the immigrant fears—dissolution, disappearance. (272)”—
Zadie Smith, White Teeth.
My word, this gets bumped to the top of my reading list. Coincidentally I recently watched Thomas McCarthy’s 2007 film The Visitor and these themes have been weighing more heavily on my mind since. Another good, disheartening one is Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Babel.
“By the sheer fact that you live in the United States you are benefiting from the history of genocide and continued colonialism of Native peoples. That land you’re standing on? Indian land. Taken illegally so your ancestor who came in the 1900’s could buy it and live off it, gaining valuable capital (both monetary and cultural) that passed down through the generations to you. Have I benefited as well, given I was raised in a white, suburban community? yes. absolutely. but by dismissing and minimizing the continued subordination and oppression of Natives in the US, you are contributing to the culture of power that continues the cycle today.”—http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/2010/04/cultural-appropriation-bingo-proving.html (via themetropoliskid)
I would actually watch The Big Bang Theory if they got rid of the laugh track but kept the pacing they employ to fit the laugh track
Right now The Big Bang Theory isn’t funny at all really, and this isn’t a particularly revolutionary observation, most people are pretty aware of its humour-free approach to comedy
See, the funny parts, or at least the parts that elicit a reaction from the laugh track, can be broken down as follows
None of those things are actually funny, and a lot of them are kind of sad
So here’s what they could do
Axe the laugh track altogether but keep the timing as part of it all to change the show from a comedy (which it is bad at being) to an intense, dramatic character study of four fully grown men struggling to get some sort of reaction from the people in their lives
Sheldon compares the wonders of a clean apartment to the remarkable work of astrophysicist Somnath Bharadwaj. Penny and Leonard stare at him for thirty seconds, blinking. Sheldon’s face is entirely unreadable. Raj pipes in, “In my country, we ate that with toasted papadum!”
Though his face remains as stony and expressionless as ever, a single tear rolls down the cheek of Sheldon Cooper
There are videos that have done this exact thing. I highly advise that everybody watch at least one. Here ya go.
The Once-ler tells a young boy the story of how he mindlessly chopped down all the Truffula trees and destroyed the environment. He is filled with regret and sorrow at the way he treated the Lorax, a being who acted as a voice for the animals and trees. He gives the boy the last Truffula seed and a message: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”
An EVIL CORPORATION is forcing the totally kawaii~ Once-ler to chop down all the trees! The Lorax is so crazy, haha. Look at his mustache. Zac Efron has to save the trees because they’re fun to look at. Taylor Swift loves looking at trees. Sponsored by Mazda.
“Of course, this is one of the profound ways in which oppression works—to mire us in body hatred. Homophobia is all about defining queer bodies as wrong, perverse, immoral. Transphobia, about defining trans bodies as unnatural, monstrous, or the product of delusion. Ableism, about defining disabled bodies as broken and tragic. Class warfare, about defining the bodies of workers as expendable. Racism, about defining the bodies of people of color as primitive, exotic, or worthless. Sexism, about defining female bodies as pliable objects. These messages sink beneath our skin.”—Eli Clare, “Stolen Bodies, Reclaimed Bodies” (via croatoan)
“And yet, because of that randomness of birth, we tend to punish, ignore or fear those who live in poverty. As Congress continues to debate reauthorizing the 1996 federal welfare law, it should seek better ways to help the working poor who can’t make ends meet. It needs to understand what happens to families after they leave welfare. The Senate could, for example, invite people who have left welfare to Washington to testify about their experiences and the factors that stand in the way of their getting productive jobs.”—The Welfare Washington Doesn’t Know (via sociolab)