dynamicafrica:

People Magazine’s #MostBeautiful Woman of the Year, Lupita Nyong’o sits down with another beauty icon, Alek Wek.

Watch as two beautiful and incredibly inspiring East African women sit down and talk about the importance of representation, unapologetically being yourself, and not forgetting that no matter how different one is perceived in the world, one can always be beautiful.

One of the phrases that truly sticks with me, said by Alek Wek, is when she states, “I’m so normal”. I’ve often heard people refer to her beauty as ‘alien’ and out-of-the-ordinary, but what many who do this often forget is that Alek Wek sees herself as none of that. She comes from a whole host of people who carry the same features that, according to white and Western standards of beauty, seem rare or unconventional.

Using any word that seeks to strip her appearance of any normalcy, casting her in ‘shoots and editorials that enhance and contrast her differences - especially when racially motivated, as I’ve often seen done - are both acts of othering and of enabling white supremacy.

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The NYPD tried to start a hashtag outpouring of positive memories with their police force. 

If this were ever a bad idea, it was probably the worst idea for arguably the most corrupt police force in America. 

via Vice:

What the person running the Twitter account probably failed to realize is that most people’s interactions with the cops fall into a few categories:

1. You are talking to them to get help after you or someone you knew was robbed, beaten, murdered, or sexually assaulted.

2. You are getting arrested. 

3. You are getting beaten by the police.

In category 1, you are probably not going to be like, “Oh, let me take a selfie with you fine officers so I can remember this moment,” and the other two categories are not things that the NYPD would like people on social media talking about. Additionally, the people who use Twitter a lot (and who aren’t Sonic the Hedgehog roleplayers) are the type who love fucking with authority figures. In any case, #myNYPD quickly became a trending topic in the United States, largely because people were tweeting and retweeting horrific images of police brutality perpetrated by New York City cops.

In which the NYPD’s attempt at “public relations” backfires tremendously.

this had me dying of laughter

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just think about y’all millions and millions of little dark skinned black girls are going to go to the supermarket with their parents this month and when they’re waiting in line at the check out aisle they’re going to look up and see Lupita Nyong’o being hailed as the most beautiful woman in the world god is amazing

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Sonia Sotomayor delivers blistering dissent against affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”
"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”
The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.
ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.
"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.
Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.



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ethiopienne:

Sonia Sotomayor delivers blistering dissent against affirmative action ban

The Supreme Court upheld Michigan’s ban on affirmative action Tuesday, but not without a blistering dissent from Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor said the decision infringed upon groups’ rights by allowing Michigan voters to change “the basic rules of the political process … in a manner that uniquely disadvantaged racial minorities.”

"In my colleagues’ view, examining the racial impact of legislation only perpetuates racial discrimination," Sotomayor added. “This refusal to accept the stark reality that race matters is regrettable. As members of the judiciary tasked with intervening to carry out the guarantee of equal protection, we ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society.”

The court’s 6-2 decision upheld a voter-approved change to the Michigan state Constitution that prevents public colleges from using race as a factor in its admissions. As the AP noted, the ruling provides a boost for other education-related affirmative action bans in California and Washington state.

ABC News pointed out that Sotomayor has been open about the role affirmative action has played in her personal life. In her memoir “My Beloved World,” Sotomayor wrote that it “opened doors” for her.

"But one thing has not changed: to doubt the worth of minority students’ achievement when they succeed is really only to present another face of the prejudice that would deny them a chance even to try," she wrote.

Read Sotomayor’s full dissent here.

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"We integrated schools but never integrated the curriculum"

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Featured in Top ten of People’s Most Beautiful, 2014.#1 #4 #7  #10

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Anonymous asked: Assyrian Prince is racist piece of shit. He's a Zionist, in his answer to anon he says he likes the idea of Zionism, basically he's ok with the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians so *stateless people can have a state* because as stateless Assyrians he knows how it feels and if you look back at his older posts he admit to not liking all Kurds, he's only beginning to like some because of the people he met on twitter. It's like Kurds saying they hate all Arabs, Persians and Turks.

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assyrian-prince:

chasing-rose:

=x

Fuck off anon.

I’m not pro Assad. I’m not pro FSA.

Come to my blog if you have issues.

Peace out.

I don’t see any mentions of Syria in the original anon question? Unless I missed other mentions of Syria?

Ok, this anon is obviously an asshole but, a-p, your seeming respect for and agreement with Zionism has put you in a bad light, at least for me. I haven’t been able to shake that feeling, especially since you also are pretty vocal about your disdain for Arabs. So your Zionist leanings have felt like an extension of anti-Arabness (for lack of a better term?!) and I thought the same thing as anon, that you think being a stateless Assyrian somehow makes you understand the Zionist cause. 

Maybe you can explain it better because, as it stands, you’re siding with Zionists who, by the way, would sooner put a bullet to your Christian skull than side with what you perceive to be a same kind of Assyrian plight. 

There was a comment on the original post about me being pro Assad, which isn’t true.

I am against Arab governments, not the Arab people. If I hated Arabs I wouldn’t listen to Arabic music, nor have Arab friends, etc. Why is everyone so concerned with my ideology and twisting things?

I am against Arab people that choose to “Arabize” Assyrians. Baathism has killed Assyrians (and continues to) in a methodical and gradual means, very different than the genocides have. Assyrians in Mosul aka Mslawis are Assyrian yet can’t speak our language, and only speak Arabic. Arabization.

I’m not a Zionist.

Your answer to the Zionist question, however, was pretty terrible. I’m not trying to be aggressive but I mean, even now re-reading it, it’s making my blood boil. 

I’m not even going to approach the other thing because, well, you know the old “I’m not racist, I have black friends” thing? You say you’re ok with Arabs but your posts have a distinctly anti-Arab vibe that, when combined with that you said about Zionism, makes me think it’s not just about Arab “governments”.

I mean, Assyrians today are not the Assyrians of yore, who weren’t even Christian. You don’t seem to be as anti-Christianisation as you are Arabisation and so that makes me believe, again, that this is a strictly anti-Arab thing and not an anti-change-people thing.

I’m sure that white saviour will butt in soon.

Lol ok let’s break this down
1) he said he liked he idea of Zionism, which in itself isn’t a bad thing. He said he identified with the Jewish people having self determination with him being Assyrian and all. That being said, not all Zionism is realized in the form of Israel. You can be Zionist/pro-Zionist without being pro-Israel.
3) ooohhh people oppressed by Arabs having negative sentiments about Arabs oh wow like that’s not uncommon??!
4) did it ever occur to you that Xianity spread in the Mashriq long before Constantine?? Assyrian-prince IS Xian, you do know that, right?!

defending with “I can’t be anti-Arab bc I do XYZ with Arab culture/ppl” isn’t a good defense but the anti-Arab accusations are pretty flimsy

newsflash! a bunch of gentiles SHOULD NOT BE DISCUSSING JEWISH MOVEMENTS FOR JEWS WITHOUT TALKING TO SOME JEWS FIRST

zionism is a very broad term that covers non state versions, like the continuation of jewish language (hebrew, primarily, but also ladino, yiddish, aramaic, and judeo-arabic) and culture and practice and the preservation of our people. that has NOTHING *inherently* to do with states, ancient or modern or on the moon or whatever.

some forms of zionism call for a binational state, and have since the 19th c. yeah, you know the one state solution that iirc most palestinians advocate? a binational state right? correct me if i am wrong, i defer to palestinians here, but that is what i remember hearing reading and being told, including by my palestinians peers and friends, so….. yeah thats a zionist idea also (by which i mean, there are entire streams of zionism that also and independently of other jews and palestinians advocated for the same solution starting at the same time and some even before.)

lthen other forms of zionism are the not-okay-we-are-xenophobic-crazies kind, which is OBVIOUSLY racist and wrong. but that doesnt make that true for all forms of zionism or even all zionists.

take, for example, american jews (a deliberate choice on my part, since i know those are the jews that tumblr loves to hate.) the vast majority of american jews identify as zionist. and yet, the vast majority of american jews are highly ciritical of israel and OVERWHELMINGLY support the end of the occupation, and a free, independent palestine. that’s good, right? this does not make them not zionist, it makes your definition of zionism incorrect. jews define jewish movements, not gentiles. chances are, most anti zionists would disagree with these american jewish zionists on some stuff….but a lot less than you might think.

israel is a product of zionism, and israel is racist and horribly oppressive, and that doesnt make every oppressive dick move israel does representative of jewish hopes for independence. thats kinda a bit like saying everything Hamas ever does represents all Palestinian hopes for freedom and independence. it’s simply not true and misses a lot of context.

also - it’s REALLY INSULTING AND NOT TRUE to say that Assyrians now are not the Assyrians of yore. they are literally direct descendants. where did you think they came from, the ground?! the sky?! they just magically speak an indigenous language that predates Arabic? where did this statement even fucking come from, just?!?!?

I am not surprised that an Assyrian, oppressed by Arab governments, would be less than fond of Arab governments and less than supportive of them. There are Amazigh and Mizrahi and Sephardi Jews on this website, some very vocal, who feel the same way re: governments and forced Arabization for the *exact same reason*, we gonna tone police them too? How does that make SENSE???

I also don’t see why “I don’t support support Israel but I can see why oppressed Jews would turn nationalistic” —-> I AM A ZIONIST WHO SUPPORTS THE OCCUPATION OF PALESTINE where the hell is your reading comprehension just??????

understanding that stateless people often suffer and that some turn to statist nationalism….how does that engender support for israel as a current entity or support of the occupation and oppression of palestine and palestinians? i dont get it? doesn’t it davka speak to support of the palestinians, as a deprived and stateless people? I DON’T UNDERSTAND THE PREMISE OF THE OUTRAGE HERE??

To clarify: I don’t know Assyrian Prince. I don’t think I’ve even heard of him before. I saw this post because someone I follow reblogged it, and seeing goyim discuss Jews like we are lab animals pissed me off, and the blatant ignorance did also, so there you have it.

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Gabriel Iglesias Keeps It Real With Hilarious Hollywood Casting Truth

latinorebels:

This. Just watch the following video of a recent appearance on the “Arsenio” show by the very funny Gabriel Iglesias. (h/t @yayayarndiva)



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xfools asked: I'm not trying to offend you, I'm sorry. I guess it's just me but I don't care for race, people are people

lordbape:

You don’t get to say that. You don’t get to say “people are people” when Black people are intentionally being killed for being Black— people clearly aren’t people. People aren’t “people” when a white felon can more easily get a job than a Black person who has never committed a crime. You don’t get to pretend you live in an alternate reality in which the construct of race doesn’t exist because it does. It doesn’t help anyone for you to pretend that race doesn’t exist and “people are just people”. Psychologists link that thinking to people being racists because it shows that you’d rather ignore reality than realize that people are oppressed for their races and it shows you don’t know how to empathize.

aquaticspacepussy:

Why is it that removing race makes white people feel so comfortable.

You should be insulted that your racism is so deep you need to remove a person’s heritage to see them as a person. You need to change the context of events just to understand them. How do you have the nerve to call yourself enlightened when in order to see the picture you have to blur the whole image.

Get out of here lol!

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ashkenazi-autie:

I know what an SPN blog is now. I received at least five messages telling me what it is.

Lol You have summoned them! Beware!

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yesidolikecoatsbigtime:

Types of people who romanticize small town life:

  1. People who didn’t grow up in small towns

#THE LOCALS AREN’T QUIRKY#THEY’RE RACIST

#THERE’S NOTHING TO DO
#EVERYONE’S ON DRUGS

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blackpowerisforblackmen:

Lupita was recently named the most beautiful by People’s Magazine, and some of their readers expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision  in the comment section. One reader even commented that Lupita didn’t deserve this title because she’s 100% black(she finds women unattractive if they’re 100% black). These comments made me think of the brilliant post made by radicalrebellion: 
White women (non-black women of color included in this as well) become offended and angry when a black woman (especially a dark skinned black woman like Lupita) is depicted as beautiful and worthy of appreciation because it jeopardizes their position as the epitome of beauty and womanhood. Black women are viewed as the antithesis of White beauty and womanhood, these white women are completely apathetic and silent when dark skinned Black women are portrayed as “ugly” and “unlovable” by the mainstream media because they benefit from this oppression. That’s why you never see white supermodels discussing racism and colorism in the fashion industry. However, these readers wouldn’t complain if it were light skinned black women like Halle Berry, Beyonce, or Rihanna (we all know why, hint: colorism). Anyway, congratulations to the ***flawless Lupita for being named the most beautiful!  


She’s only the third black woman to be named most beautiful.

blackpowerisforblackmen:

Lupita was recently named the most beautiful by People’s Magazine, and some of their readers expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision  in the comment section. One reader even commented that Lupita didn’t deserve this title because she’s 100% black(she finds women unattractive if they’re 100% black). These comments made me think of the brilliant post made by radicalrebellion

White women (non-black women of color included in this as well) become offended and angry when a black woman (especially a dark skinned black woman like Lupita) is depicted as beautiful and worthy of appreciation because it jeopardizes their position as the epitome of beauty and womanhood. Black women are viewed as the antithesis of White beauty and womanhood, these white women are completely apathetic and silent when dark skinned Black women are portrayed as “ugly” and “unlovable” by the mainstream media because they benefit from this oppression. That’s why you never see white supermodels discussing racism and colorism in the fashion industry. However, these readers wouldn’t complain if it were light skinned black women like Halle Berry, Beyonce, or Rihanna (we all know why, hint: colorism). Anyway, congratulations to the ***flawless Lupita for being named the most beautiful!  

She’s only the third black woman to be named most beautiful.

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If you want to be my lover, you gotta get down with my staunch feminist values and unequivocal support for women.

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