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onlyblackgirl:

I hate when people say “Martin Luther King didn’t die for ___”. No he didn’t, he was MURDERED, he didn’t sacrifice himself for the greater good. He didn’t die for anyone, he didn’t die for a movement, he was literally fucking murdered. His life was taken for standing up for our people, stop trying to romanticize his murder like he planned on dying to make a statement.

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storyofagayboy:

LESBIAN JUDGE WILL NOT WED STRAIGHT COUPLES
It’s nothing personal, but Dallas County judge Tonya Parker does not perform wedding ceremonies for heterosexual couples looking to tie the knot. What is her reason? The state of Texas, along with 30 other states, does not currently allow same-sex marriage. Despite recent victories in places like Oregon and Pennsylvania, many states are still in court over the issue leading this openly gay judge to politely turn away couples until marriage is equal.
In an interview with the Dallas Voice, Parker said ,“I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.”
While some are outraged, many applaud Parker, pointing out that same-sex couples have been denied marriages for years and that this is just an ironic dose of how homosexuals are treated.

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TURNUP

blackfashion:

wocinsolidarity:

storyofagayboy:

LESBIAN JUDGE WILL NOT WED STRAIGHT COUPLES

It’s nothing personal, but Dallas County judge Tonya Parker does not perform wedding ceremonies for heterosexual couples looking to tie the knot. What is her reason? The state of Texas, along with 30 other states, does not currently allow same-sex marriage. Despite recent victories in places like Oregon and Pennsylvania, many states are still in court over the issue leading this openly gay judge to politely turn away couples until marriage is equal.

In an interview with the Dallas Voice, Parker said ,“I’m sorry. I don’t perform marriage ceremonies because we are in a state that does not have marriage equality, and until it does, I am not going to partially apply the law to one group of people that doesn’t apply to another group of people.”

While some are outraged, many applaud Parker, pointing out that same-sex couples have been denied marriages for years and that this is just an ironic dose of how homosexuals are treated.

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TURNUP

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"If I get a pick, I’m going to prostrate before God in the end zone."
Husain Abdullah, free safety for the Kansas City Chiefs and a practicing Muslim who was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct for excessive celebration for bowing in prayer after intercepting Tom Brady on Sunday. Funny, I don’t remember Tim Tebow getting penalized… (via beingblog)
chescaleigh:


The 10 Phrases I’ve Stopped Saying And The People Who Appreciate Me For It (via Upworthy)
It’s pretty common for people to use disability metaphors like “That guy is crazy!” or “This weather is so bipolar” without giving it a second thought. It’s important to realize how these words and metaphors can affect people with disabilities and perpetuate stigmas surrounding mental health. If you’ve never thought about the impact these words can have, you’re in luck because this chart provides some common disability metaphors and easy alternatives!

ps. Special thanks to m-arkiplier for inspiring me to create this graphic! (and for his permission to use his post) For more info on why it’s important to be conscious of the metaphors we use, check out this HuffPost article ”10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language.”

chescaleigh:

The 10 Phrases I’ve Stopped Saying And The People Who Appreciate Me For It (via Upworthy)

It’s pretty common for people to use disability metaphors like “That guy is crazy!” or “This weather is so bipolar” without giving it a second thought. It’s important to realize how these words and metaphors can affect people with disabilities and perpetuate stigmas surrounding mental health. If you’ve never thought about the impact these words can have, you’re in luck because this chart provides some common disability metaphors and easy alternatives!

ps. Special thanks to m-arkiplier for inspiring me to create this graphic! (and for his permission to use his post) For more info on why it’s important to be conscious of the metaphors we use, check out this HuffPost article ”10 Reasons to Give Up Ableist Language.”


luvallstuff:

The thing that’s so disgusting about the murders of Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown, Sean Bell etc (a very long list) is that it’s not like we’re trying to figure out who killed them. We know perfectly well. We’re just trying to figure out if that black kid deserved to die. They’re humanity is put on trial, like being a person wasn’t enough. Black people literally have to prove that we’re worthy of living.

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When you threaten or hit your daughter, her limbic system – the part of that brain that controls emotions, memories, and arousal – gets activated into a state of hyper-vigilance and readiness to respond to danger. Her amygdala gets the message that danger is coming and generates an emotional response that releases oxytocin. Over time, as her brain develops, this ripple of hormonal changes can permanently wire her brain to cope with this harsh treatment. Her nervous system will run on a continuous high because she will constantly anticipate more threats.

Hitting your daughter can not only impair her sense of trust and self-confidence, it is embarrassing, humiliating, and sends confusing messages about boundaries and her right to bodily integrity. Eventually, your daughter may experience emotional and cognitive numbing as she internalizes distress and aggression. Her self-esteem will be wounded and her spirit will be broken even as she develops a ‘hard’ or ‘tough’ or a so-called ‘strong black woman’ exterior at an early age.

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— Stacey Patton, "Why You Should Never Spank Your Daughter"

H/T Kamakure Faure (via sonofbaldwin)
"The rush and pressure of modern life are a form, perhaps the most common form, of its innate violence. To allow oneself to be carried away by a multitude of conflicting concerns, to surrender to too many demands, to commit oneself to too many projects, to want to help everyone in everything is to succumb to violence. More than that, it is cooperation in violence. The frenzy of the activist…destroys his own inner capacity for peace. It destroys the fruitfulness of his own work, because it kills the root of inner wisdom which makes work fruitful."
Thomas Merton, as quoted in Courtney Martin’s weekly column for On Being, "The Spiritual Art of Saying No"
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msdeonb:

theveekay:

gentillysavage:

cyb3ranthy:

thisiseverydayracism:

fuckyeahfeminists:

Melissa Harris-Perry, Black Female Voices: Who Is Listening?

I love this woman

this.

This succinctly explains why black people shame each other.

theveekay

!!!!!!

Perfect!!!!! This is such a hard concept to explain. Ughhhh I love this woman.

(Source: exgynocraticgrrl, via chescaleigh)

sonofbaldwin:

#ThisIsWhatSolidarityLooksLike

#YouMustDareEverything

(H/T James Earl Hardy)