“I suppose earlier generations had to sit through all this huffing and puffing with the invention of television, the phone, cinema, radio, the car, the bicycle, printing, the wheel and so on, but you would think we would learn the way these things work, which is this:
1) everything that’s already in the world when you’re born is just normal;
2) anything that gets invented between then and before you turn thirty is incredibly exciting and creative and with any luck you can make a career out of it;
3) anything that gets invented after you’re thirty is against the natural order of things and the beginning of the end of civilisation as we know it until it’s been around for about ten years when it gradually turns out to be alright really.
Apply this list to movies, rock music, word processors and mobile phones to work out how old you are.”—
Glenn Broadnax, a 35-year-old black man from Brooklyn, was unarmed on the night of September 14 when NYPD officers shot at him in the middle of Times Square, striking two bystanders.
Instead of apologizing, the New York Timesreports that the city has charged Broadnax ”with assault, on the theory that he was responsible for bullet wounds suffered by two bystanders.”
Broadnax was emotionally disturbed and dodging cars in the middle of the street when officers say he reached into his pocket to grab what they believed was a weapon, prompting them to open fire. His lawyers says he was reaching for his wallet.
So, because the NYPD is made up of trigger happy, crappy marksmen who fire at unarmed black people with impunity, Broadnax might spend up to 25 years in prison on trumped up assault charges, which the Manhattan district attorney insisted on.
… Meanwhile, the two cops who did the shooting are on desk duty pending an investigation. If the past is any indication, that means they will be back on the streets in no time.
from nytimes: Mariann Wang, a lawyer representing Sahar Khoshakhlagh, one of the women who was wounded, said the district attorney should be pursuing charges against the two officers who fired their weapons in a crowd, not against Mr. Broadnax. “It’s an incredibly unfortunate use of prosecutorial discretion to be prosecuting a man who didn’t even injure my client,” she said. “It’s the police who injured my client.”
"When he reached into his pants pocket [for his wallet], two officers…opened fire, missing Mr. Broadnax, but hitting two nearby women. ‘The defendant is the one that created the situation that injured innocent bystanders,’ said an assistant district attorney, Shannon Lucey."
are you serious????
Basically, they’re charging him with not taking the bullet himself.
“I came to the conclusion that as violence in this country was inevitable, it would be unrealistic to continue preaching peace and non-violence. This conclusion was not easily arrived at. It was only when all else had failed, when all channels of peaceful protest had been barred to us, that the decision was made to embark on violent forms of political struggle. I can only say that I felt morally obliged to do what I did.”—Nelson Mandela,"An ideal for which I am prepared to die". Mandela made this statement from the dock at the opening of his trial on charges of sabotage, Supreme court of South Africa, Pretoria, April 20 1964 (via randomactsofchaos)
because he was such a fundamentally and wholly good person, i’m sure we’re going to see a lot of mainstream and conservative sources appropriating mandela’s feel-good quotes to show their deference to him in the next few days. and we owe it to mandela’s legacy to not let them get away with that.
never forget that apartheid ended in the fucking nineteen NINETIES and never forget that the people who opposed the ANC’s anti-apartheid mission and who threw him in prison and tried to kill him are still alive and still powerful. never forget that the ANC was closely allied with communist groups in south africa and namibia. never forget that without funding and resources from the CIA and american businesses apartheid would’ve ended much, much sooner. never forget that the ANC was considered a terrorist group by the US until two thousand fucking EIGHT. never forget that the ANC actually WAS a terrorist group at some points in history and that mandela himself condoned the use of violence in response to the severe oppression his people underwent.
do justice to the legacy of your idols by remembering them for who they were, not making them safe for mass consumption
the weird ownership that family and co-workers feel over my hair. like they are so proud of me for growing it out again and tell me what i should do with it and they cringe and gasp when i mention the probability of me cutting it all short again
“We may never touch queerness, but we can feel it as the warm illumination of a horizon imbued with potentiality…an ideality that can be distilled from the past and used to imagine a future. The future is queerness’ domain. Queerness is a structuring and educated mode of desiring that allows us to see the future beyond the quagmire of the present. The here and now is a prison house. We must strive, in the face of the here and now’s totalizing rendering of reality, to think and feel a then and there. Some will say that all we have are the pleasures of the moment, but we must never settle for that minimal transport; we must dream and enact new and better pleasures, other ways of being in the world, and ultimately new worlds … Queerness is essentially about the rejection of a here and now and an insistence on potentiality or concrete possibility for another world.”—In memory of José Esteban Muñoz, from his book, Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (via nyupress)
I’d never, ever hurt a lady but I’d be happy to punch a feminist.
It’d bring me great joy.
I’m 6’2 and weigh 180lbs
ready when you are
Or if you’d like to have some more options….
I’m 6’4” 228 pounds and have 9 years of combined martial arts training and 3 years of being a Line Backer in football. Just in case you are looking for variety.
this took an unexpected turn.
HEY, YO, PRETTY SURE THE PROPER RESPONSE TO THIS IS NOT FOR ~FEMINIST~ DUDES TO TRY TO OUT-MASCULINE EACH OTHER.
OP is trying to say that being a feminist makes a woman not really a woman. OP is justifying violence against women by removing/failing to recognize the womanhood of women with different political beliefs than him. That’s gross. That’s fucked up. And the answer to that is NOT for dudes to be manly at each other.
So why don’t you come after me, OP? I’m a feminist and a woman, two things you apparently hate. I’m not going to post my stats or a pic of me looking tough. I’m not an athlete. I’m not physically strong. What I am is angry and carrying keys, so you come after me, and I will claw your fucking eyes out.
i need to walk away from the internet right now. getting really angry at people talking shit about katniss. oh, oh, she prioritized the safety of her loved ones over the rebellion, a rebellion which was going to end up, thanks to coin & co, being simply a transfer of power from one oppressive regime to another, and that second regime perpetrated war crimes which killed children, including her own damn sister, and katniss is a teenage girl who just wanted to be done with it all and go home WOW what a terrible person fuck katniss amirite
“And on a strategic note, Miss Cottle: before we enter the 2016 election cycle and the feminists come asking black women for our support for your candidate, you might want to read up a bit on black women and our feminism. I can send you a syllabus!”—
i want more lesbians in the media. fat lesbians, skinny lesbians, chubby lesbians, black lesbians, brown lesbians, shy lesbians, loud lesbians, short, tall, disabled lesbians, i want lesbians who like to motor bike and knit, lesbians who cut their hair short and wear it long, lesbians who wear a different wig every day, tattooed lesbians, trans lesbians, lesbians who don’t fit the gender binary.
jeez i would love to order that thing online, but i don’t know what size to order it in because women’s clothing sizes are determined by the alignments of the planets in relation to the fuck you galaxy
Occasionally during December we get customers in the store who sort of defiantly say “Merry Christmas” to cashiers. Like, sometimes people just say it to be kind and happy and wish the joy of the season to people; but sometimes, it’s a HA I said MERRY CHRISTMAS down with the war on chrimstas!!!!! i heart fox news sort of a feel. It’s all in the tone of voice.
Anyway, someone did that today. They defiantly wished Merry Christmas to a cashier.