One Species

An exploration of human nature. How we treat one another, both the kindness and the cruelty.

"cultural appropriation. they love everything about us but us."
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policymic:

The KKK “rebranding” is still terrible news for America

Some may find it encouraging that Klan reps want to shed their image as the gay-bashing, black-hating, lynch-happy anti-Semites we’ve all known for years. Even people like KKK Grand Wizard Johnny Lee Clary are admitting the Kansas shooter was unhinged: “I wanted nothing to do with him,” he told the Huffington Post. “I knew he was a loose cannon.”

So the question arises: Should we rest easy knowing there’s a kinder, gentler Klan out there? I’ll answer that with another question: Are you fucking crazy?

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inothernews:

Today, the Occupy Wall Street movement was briefly and brazenly resurrected when their Twitter account took over the New York City Police Department’s #myNYPD campaign with photographic reminders of brutality carried out against OWS protestors just over two years ago.  Hashtag “oops.”(via the New York Daily News)

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i-shapebeauty:

Using film, visual art, dance and poetry, A Different Mirror provides a platform for Women of Colour artists to explore the conflicts about how we see ourselves versus how we are seen.

The 3 day exhibition and educational activities confront these crucial questions about the systems or structures that shape our relationship to our bodies and its connection to our identities. It holds up a mirror to see and know ourselves differently.

Exhibition Public Opening Times:

Saturday 26th April 2014 10 am – 5pm

Sunday 27th April 2014 12 pm – 5pm

 Featuring works by: Indigo WilliamsLesley AsareSanaa HamidNasreen RajaSarina Leah MantleWasma MansourUchenna Dance, Patricia Kaersenhout, and Ng’endo MukiiAowen JinJanine ‘j*9′ FrancoisClare Eluka, and Emerzy Corbin.

Reflections: Art as a Tool for Healing

Saturday 26th of April 2014

6:30pm – 8:30pm £7.50 (early bird £6.50)

This artist seminar explores the ways in which art can be used to heal and empower ourselves and others. It offers insight into different artistic mediums and how these artists have used their practices for reclamation and transformation.

Featuring a performance by writer Yrsa Daley-Ward, talks by Indigo Williams (poet) and Lesley Asare (visual and performance artist) of I Shape Beauty, and a panel discussion featuring Sharmila ChauhanAowen JinVicki Igbokwe (Uchenna Dance) and Bola Agbaje.

Book your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/reflections-art-as-a-tool-for-healing-tickets-11083233249?ref=ebtnebtckt 

Photos by Rowena Gordon Photography

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ARI HANDLER, AND EVERYONE WHO WORKED ON THE CASTING FOR NOAH YOU ARE ALL RACISTS (AND IDIOTS) →

2brwngrls:

HOLD THE FUCK UP.

YO ARI HANDLER IT DOESN’T FUCKING MAKE SENSE THAT IT’S A MYTHOLOGICAL WORLD IN NOAH AND SO THAT’S WHY YOU THOUGHT: HEY NO BIG IF PEOPLE OF COLOR DON’T APPEAR IN THIS FILM. DON’T YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THAT IS THE FUCKING PROBLEM! WE ARE NOT THE NORM TO YOU, YOU FUCKING IDIOITIC…

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"You can’t just start the clock on 9/11 and forget 50 years of unjust oppressive Western foreign policies in the Middle East."

Medhi Hasan

Thank God someone finally said this. I’m so sick of stating that Western intervention and invasion of other countries fuels terrorism only for people to respond 'They did 9/11 first!' 

In 1953 the UK & the US staged a coup of the democratically elected leader of Iran and installed a dictator who was more to their liking. Today the US continues to support brutal dictators (such as in Saudi Arabia) where it suits them to do so. Palestine has been occupied for decades. The list of Western imperial foreign policies over the past decades could go on and on.

9/11 was not only only a result religious extremism and it certainly was not because 'they hate our freedoms.' Terrorism is often primarily politically motivated and anyone who is serious about preventing it had better take some fucking notice of this fact.

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And if you take this as meaning “the 9/11 victims deserved to die” then YOU ARE MISSING THE FUCKING POINT.

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Asian American Readings:

ushistoryminuswhiteguys:

Taken from a syllabus for a course in Gender and Generation in Asian American Diaspora studies


*Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Chapter 7, “ ‘We Don’t Sleep Around Like White Girls Do’: The Politics of Home and Location,” in Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Counties. Berkeley: University of California Press.


*Espiritu, Yen Le. 2003. Chapter 6, “Home, Sweet Home: Work and Changing Family Relations,” in Home Bound: Filipino American Lives Across Cultures, Communities, and Counties. Berkeley: University of California Press.

*Kibria, Nazli. 1993. Chapter 5, “The Family Tightrope: Gender Relations.” Pp. 108-143, in Family Tight Rope: The Changing Lives of Vietnamese Americans, Princeton: Princeton University Press.

*Zhou, Min. 2004. Chapter 2. “Coming of Age at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century: A Demographic Profile of Asian American Youth.” Pp. 34-50 in Jennifer Lee and Min Zhou (eds.). Asian American Youth: Culture, Identity, and Ethnicity. New York: Routledge.

*Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 5, “The Model Minority at Work.” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities. 

* Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 6, “Ethnic Futures: Children and Intermarriage,” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities.

*Min Zhou & Yang Sao Xiong. 2005.“The multifaceted American experiences of the children of Asian immigrants: Lessons for segmented assimilation.” Ethnic and Racial Studies, Volume 28, Issue 6: 1119-1152. (Print will be available on bSpace.)

Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 1, “Asian Americans and the Puzzle of New Immigrant Integration.” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press. (All chapters of the book available through EBRARY)

*Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 2, “Growing up Chinese and America, Korean and American.” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities. 

*Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 3, “The Everyday Consequences of Being Asian: Ethnic Options and Ethnic Binds.” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities. 

*Kibria, Nazli. 2002. Chapter 4, “College and Asian American Identity.” Becoming Asian American: Second-Generation Chinese and Korean American Identities.

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twerkspotting:

america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 
The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.
An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.
For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.
It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.
That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.
This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…
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america-wakiewakie:

Princeton Concludes What Kind of Government America Really Has, and It’s Not a Democracy | PolicyMic 

The news: A new scientific study from Princeton researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page has finally put some science behind the recently popular argument that the United States isn’t a democracy any more. And they’ve found that in fact, America is basically an oligarchy.

An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military.

For their study, Gilens and Page compiled data from roughly 1,800 different policy initiatives in the years between 1981 and 2002. They then compared those policy changes with the expressed opinion of the United State public. Comparing the preferences of the average American at the 50th percentile of income to what those Americans at the 90th percentile preferred, as well as the opinions of major lobbying or business groups, the researchers found out that the government followed the directives set forth by the latter two much more often.

It’s beyond alarming. As Gilens and Page write, “the preferences of the average American appear to have only a minuscule, near-zero, statistically non-significant impact upon public policy.” In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.

That might explain why mandatory background checks on gun sales supported by 83% to 91% of Americans aren’t in place, or why Congress has taken no action on greenhouse gas emissions even when such legislation is supported by the vast majority of citizens.

This problem has been steadily escalating for four decades. While there are some limitations to their data set, economists Thomas Piketty and Emmanuel Saez constructed income statistics based on IRS data that go back to 1913. They found that the gap between the ultra-wealthy and the rest of us is much bigger than you would think…

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This is REALLY important.

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"To the extent that the word ‘desegregation’ remains in our vocabulary, it describes an antique principle, not a current priority. Today, we are more likely to talk of diversity—but diversification and desegregation are not the same undertaking. To speak of diversity, in light of this country’s history of racial recidivism, is to focus on bringing ethnic variety to largely white institutions, rather than dismantling the structures that made them so white to begin with."

Jelani Cobb on the failure of desegregation: http://nyr.kr/Qs3Ktj

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"

The captain was among the first to flee. Only a couple of the 44 life rafts aboard were deployed. The hundreds of passengers were instructed over the intercom to “stay inside and wait” as the ship leaned to one side and began to sink, dragging scores of students down with it.

“I repeatedly told people to calm themselves and stay where they were for an hour,” Kang Hae-seong, the communications officer on the South Korean ferry that sank on Wednesday, said from his hospital bed. He added that he could not recall taking part in any evacuation drills for the ship, and that when a real emergency came, “I didn’t have time to look at the manual for evacuation.”

It took two and a half hours for the ferry, the Sewol, to capsize and become submerged in the blue-gray waters off the southwestern tip of South Korea. Yet in that time, only 179 of the 475 people believed to have been on board were rescued. By Thursday evening, the confirmed death toll was 25.

As rescuers battle bad weather and dwindling hopes to search for the 271 people still missing, most of them students, evidence is growing that human error contributed to one of South Korea’s worst disasters in recent decades.

Kim Su-hyun, a provincial coast guard chief, told reporters on Thursday that the ship’s captain, Lee Jun-seok, stood accused of violating his responsibilities by abandoning the ferry ahead of most of his passengers. Coast guard officials who questioned Mr. Lee on Thursday said they were reviewing possible criminal charges, while the police said they were investigating whether he had escaped aboard one of the few life rafts used.

“I can’t lift my face before the passengers and family members of those missing,” Mr. Lee said during a brief appearance before reporters on Thursday.

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The New York Times, "Hope Fades as Human Error Suspected in Ferry Sinking."

A profound tragedy.

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