“The dominant media is itself a tool of white supremacy: it repeats what the police deliver nearly verbatim and uncritically, even when the police story changes upwards of nine times, as it has thus far in the Brown killing. The media use phrases like “officer-involved shooting” and will switch to passive voice when a black man is shot by a white vigilante or a police officer (“shots were fired”). Journalists claim that “you have to hear both sides” in order to privilege the obfuscating reports of the state over the clear voices and testimony of an entire community, members of which witnessed the police murder a teenager in cold blood. The media are more respectful to white serial killers and mass murderers than to unarmed black victims of murder.”—
At some point between 2012 and 2013 my mother, Wynette, was diagnosed with schizophrenia. We don’t know when this happened because her doctor failed to notify my family of the official diagnosis despite our having asked for one for years, only complicating our ability to get her adequate treatmen…
It feels strange, in light of all that’s going on in the world right now, to ask for help. And no doubt, if you can afford it, and you find yourself on gofundme tonight, you should also be contributing to any one of a number of fundraising efforts dedicated to supporting anti-police brutality organizing in Ferguson, MO. With this, I’m asking for your support; whether that be a re-post of this status, or a dollar contribution out of your own wallet, anything and everything will be greatly appreciated. Through the generous donations of a few close friends, we’ve already been able to raise one quarter of our goal, and my hope is that we might be able to get a little closer over the next few weeks.
A few years ago, my mom was diagnosed with schizophrenia and for a number of reasons, she has never received treatment. Last week she was issued an eviction notice and given less than two weeks to vacate her home. Her eviction is unjust and unfounded as she’s never been late on rent and we can speculate that ableism is playing a large role. However, because her county lacks a “just cause” ordinance, my mom is left with no other option but to move out and find a new place to live. You can find the full story on the gofundme page.
Your contributions will go towards all of the things that come up when one is forced to vacate unexpectedly: application fees, deposits, temporary housing, groceries, gas, etc.
, is asking for support for his mom right now… Despite always being on time with rent, his mom is being unjustly evicted from her place likely due to her untreated schizophrenia. Please reblog or contribute if you can.
“We understand clearly the difference between violence and self-defense. We understand clearly that you are not violent when you defend yourself against an attack. But, you would be violent, if you allow yourself to be attacked, and you refuse to defend yourself. Because then, you are perpetuating violence, you’re endorsing violence. You’re ultimately masochistic and suicidal because there is not one species of life put on this earth by the coordinator of life that does not defend itself when threatened.”—Ramona Africa from the MOVE Organization. (via disciplesofmalcolm)
“In 1860, 99% of all black people worked for whites. Today, 98% of all black people work for whites. You are enjoying a social illusion because you go to someone else’s restaurant, but you don’t own a restaurant yourself.”—Dr. Claud Anderson (via curvesincolor)
What fucks me up about the Darren Wilson fundraiser is that he hasn’t been charged with a crime. He doesn’t have to hire a lawyer. He’s on paid leave, so he’s not losing wages. This is not covering his expenses, because he doesn’t have any additional expenses. This is a reward. He’s getting a $250,000 reward for murdering an unarmed black kid, two days away from starting college, in broad daylight.
“Can a thin person have body image struggles? Can a thin person be at war with their self-image? Can a thin person hate to look in the mirror?
And does that suck?
But the difference between these negative feelings and fatphobia is this: The only person worrying about whether or not I’m meeting beauty standards is me.
And that’s not the same for fat folk.
When you’re not thin, other people on the beach actually do take offense. When you’re not thin, people really do think that you shouldn’t be in a bathing suit. When you’re not thin, people really do make your body their moral obligation.
And while your internal struggle is real and significant, the point is: You might hate your body, but society doesn’t.