"That much of the anti-Muslim violence in Myanmar has been carried out by ordinary people does not mean that it is purely a social phenomenon free from any political involvement. Indeed, this form of violence is neither new nor apolitical, as campaigns to spread public fear against Muslims and the mobilization of pogroms have been consistently carried out by Myanmar’s military and their proxies since 1981."
Kyaw Win, ‘Hatred as politics in Myanmar’, Asia Times (via indizombie
So Egyptians needed aliens’ help to build big pyramids, but white people got to space all by themselves?
Horror stories about Muslim misogyny have long been used by western patriarchs to justify imperialism abroad and sexism at home. The Guardian’s Katharine Viner reminds us about Lord Cromer, the British consul general in Egypt from 1883. Cromer believed the Egyptians were morally and culturally inferior in their treatment of women and that they should be “persuaded or forced” to become “civilised” by disposing of the veil.
"And what did this forward-thinking, feminist-sounding veil-burner do when he got home to Britain?" asks Viner. "He founded and presided over the Men’s League for Opposing Women’s Suffrage, which tried, by any means possible, to stop women getting the vote. Colonial patriarchs like Cromer … wanted merely to replace eastern misogyny with western misogyny." More than a century later, the same logic is used to imply that misogyny only matters when it isn’t being done by white men.
Before u make fun of someone’s foreign accent, take some time to think about how they speak more languages than u and how u are a failure
(Source: isxbelle, via ragemovement)
"A large number of American teenagers live exactly like Michael Brown. Very few of them are shot in the head and left to bake on the pavement.
The “angelic” standard was not one created by the reporter. It was created by a society that cannot face itself, and thus must employ a dubious “morality” to hide its sins. It is reinforced by people who have embraced the notion of “twice as good” while avoiding the circumstances which gave that notion birth."
"If only that were true! If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being."
"We’ve had enough of the police brutality, of the colorblind mythologies and post-racial rhetoric, of the sweet-talk, of the calls for non-violence; of mass incarceration and systemic poverty, of trigger happy cops and crying black mothers, of the Eric Garners and Renisha McBrides, the Michael Browns and Tarika Wilsons; of black tears and white terror. Dr Martin Luther King Jr said in 1968: “A riot is the language of the unheard”. Today, nearly 50 years later, black America demands to not only be heard but heeded – by any means necessary."
Nyle Fort, ‘White supremacy is the real culprit in Ferguson. The excuses just prove it’, The Guardian (via indizombie
That Solzhenitsyn quote is so profound.
We’ve no problem associating it with communist societies or the Nazi regime, yet can’t tolerate any suggestion that it’s relevant in the present.
This is why I hate questions like “are there good cops?”
It’s so banal and inane. Obviously, there are.
However, it’s utterly irrelevant.
The individual morality of actors within immoral and bad institutions isn’t a useful critique. I don’t care if flawed institutions are controlled by completely good or completely bad people. I’m upset that it exists.
People get more upset over a live-streamed funeral of a black teenager instead of the shooting of the black teenager. For everything happening in Ferguson, it’s stark and mindnumbing that the core of the coverage isn’t police brutality, racism, and militarization, but fraudulent outrage at looting. And the racist, hideous lies and misdirection that provide excuses to talk about petty theft, as if it would justify death.
Stop asking whether cops are good or bad. It doesn’t matter. If the issue were bad cops, we’d find isolated incidents and sack the aggressor, with the backing of the majority of police. That’s tepid reform, and a lack of reform isn’t the problem here.
"Let’s say it this way, because it’s more honest. Instead of saying, “Let’s get rid of all these drug addicts and drug dealers, and once we throw away the key on them, we’ll solve this problem,” why don’t you try saying it to yourself this way? “All these Americans that we don’t need anymore—the factories are closed, the textile mills are gone, GM is closing plants—we don’t need these people. They’re excess, extra Americans. We don’t need them. Let’s just get rid of the bottom fifteen percent of the country. Let’s lock them up. In fact, let’s see if we can make money off of locking them up in the short term. Even though it’s going to be an incredible burden for our society. Even though it’s going to destroy these families, you know, where these people are probably integral to the lives of other Americans—let’s just get rid of them.” At that point, why don’t you just say “Kill the poor. If we kill the poor we’re gonna be a lot better off.” Because that’s what the drug war’s become."
#will always reblog david simon