This was by far the most problematic thing I’ve ever heard one of my friends say.
1) Not when it comes out your mouth, white boy.
2) Deracializing that word - as and especially as a white person - erases and thence delegitimizes the historical oppression that word is symbolic and reminiscent of.
3) Given said historical context and the inseparability of that word from people of African descent in general and African-Americans in particular, such a statement implies that said people are ignorant by using their existence as a yardstick for said ignorance.
He justified his claim after several attempts at finding an online dictionary definition.
To everyone fighting against this kind of shit, keep your head up.
But despite the person in the photo…
That IS legit what it means.
Not to say its okay for Caucasians to use the word since it has so much hatred behind it towards coloreds, its still the truth.
- usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a black person
- usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a member of any dark-skinned race
- a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons <it’s time for somebody to lead all of America’s niggers … all the people who feel left out of the political process — Ron Dellums>
Nigger in senses 1 and 2 can be found in the works of such writers of the past as Joseph Conrad, Mark Twain, and Charles Dickens, but it now ranks as perhaps the most offensive and inflammatory racial slur in English. Its use by and among blacks is not always intended or taken as offensive, but, except in sense 3, it is otherwise a word expressive of racial hatred and bigotry.
Now tell me again how that shit means “ignorant person”.
This video was posted in 2008. But don’t worry, the Supreme Court Approves of this, so we can watch it happen all the time now.
Spring is here and so is the Police State.
Female arrested forcibly strip searched nude by ohio male cops (by RonPaulvsTyranny)
Protesters outside Cambridge Union Society this weekend demonstrated against a speech given there by Dominique Strauss-Kahn. DSK gave the speech flanked by bodyguards and security for attendance was very high. About 200 student protesters attempted to derail the event, scaling a fence and struggling with police. Ultimately, two were arrested. Thanks to a Tumblr user who was there for this for alerting me.
TRIGGER WARNING: RACISM, VIOLENCE, DEATH
Unarmed Black Teen Gunned Down By Neighborhood Watch Leader After Being Deemed Suspicious
Trayvon “Trey” Martin, 17, of Miami was visiting relatives living in a gated community in Sanford, Florida. He had just left a local 7-11 after buying a snack and was on his way home around 7:00 PM on February 26. George Zimmerman, a 26-year-old member of the local neighborhood watch, saw Martin and called police to report a suspicious man in the community. He tailed Martin in his car. He had a loaded pistol on him. The police told Zimmerman they would handle it.
For some reason, Zimmerman didn’t obey. Minutes later, a number of local residents called police to report a fight. A gunshot was heard. Martin died 70 yards from the house he was staying in. Zimmerman was arrested and then released. He was carrying the pistol legally and has claimed that he was acting in self-defense.
Said Sanford Police Chief Bill Lee Jr. in an interview with the Huffington Post, “For some reason he (Zimmerman) felt that Trayvon, the way that he was walking or appeared seemed suspicious to him.”
Ah, yes. The way he was walking and his appearance were deemed “suspicious.” Oh, did I forget to mention that Martin is black? And that the gated community, called Retreat at Twin Lakes, is predominantly white?
Martin’s parents are demanding the police make an arrest and release the 911 call. They are expected to file a suit in state court on Friday.
“Zimmerman, an adult, had a gun. Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old, had Skittles. No way you can say self-defense,” said the family’s attorney, Benjamin Crump.
what the fuck do you mean they’re calling for his arrest. the fact that Zimmerman isn’t right now in custody is all the proof anyone needs of what is still happening in this country.
What irks me the most about this situation is that Zimmerman is trying to claim self defense. How in the hell are you going to plead self defense against a 17-year-old boy when he had nothing but Skittles in one pocket and a damn iced tea in the other?
Is it possibly THAT hard to just be a decent human being and admit that the basis of your “suspicion” came from the fact that he was black?
Some reports are stating that when police arrived on the scene Zimmerman’s back was wet, his nose was bloodied, and he was yelling about how he cried for help and no one came. So “‘There is some physical evidence and some testimony that would corroborate [his claim of self defense].” Which is fucking ridiculous.
He was a twenty six year old man in a car following a seventeen year old kid at night. He has all the power in this situation. He is older, he is more familiar with the area, he is armed, and he is inside a goddamn car. The only way an altercation occurs is if he gets out of his car. If it’s night and I’m walking alone and a car begins to follow me, I am going to be terrified of that car and it’s driver. I can completely understand a young kid reacting aggressively in that situation because that’s a terrifying situation to find yourself in. The only person who should be held responsible for any alteracation that occured is the grown ass man who thought it appropriate to follow a young kid around in the dark after the police dispatch explicitly told him not to do so and then GOT OUT OF HIS CAR.
Zimmerman is clearly and undeniably the aggressor here and the fact that he has not been arrested is disgusting.
I don’t even know what to say.
Wow. This is fucking bullshit. Seriously, America. What is this? It’s manslaughter, murder in the first. Please send this psychotic asshole to jail because if you don’t, he can kill anyone and you’re basically showing other people that you can get away with killing minority kids cuz no one cares about them.
“Penetration of a woman’s vagina without her consent is sexual assault. In other words, it is rape — which is punishable by imprisonment.”
So why then are states in the U.S. considering laws that would force a woman to undergo rape — according to legal definition — before they can have an abortion?
This is especially disgusting because most abortion procedures are themselves less physically invasive than a trans-vaginal ultrasound.
State-sanctioned bigotry and misogyny run amok.
Virginia is poised to send two of the most abhorrent anti-choice bills to Governor Bob McDonnell to sign. The governor, eyes trained on a vice presidential bid, has indicated he will sign at least one if not both of the bills.
The first is a bill requiring the use of trans-vaginal ultrasound prior to a woman obtaining an abortion, the other is an egg-as-person bill. Like other failed “personhood” bills, the Virginia provision would outlaw not only abortion but also forms of hormonal birth control.
Although the Governor has said he will consider the personhood bill he has been clear he would sign the forced ultrasound bill. But let’s start calling this what it really is: state sanctioned rape.
“Think about how much cheaper it would be for all of us if they were raped just the right amount.”
Sometimes, you can’t help but make it personal. Liz Trotta is just an awful, awful person. It really is that simple.
She shouldn’t just be fired from Fox News. She should be fired from Fox News out of a cannon.
This is disgusting. Women are not the only people raped in the military. Men are as well. Women being raped is ignored and so not really reported because it’s seen as humiliating and useless. These women are fighting and dying for your country. From people who are so pro-military and ‘support our troops’, they sure don’t give a fuck about the large female population. They fight and die just the same. Fuck anyone who thinks this is admissible, unimportant, or trivial. Rape is not a joke for anyone at all BUT CAN WE FUCKING TAKE CARE OF THIS??? CAN PEOPLE BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR ACTIONS??? CAN MEN NOT BE DEMEANED LIKE ANIMALS WHO CAN’T CONTROL THEIR PENISES BUT CAN SOMEHOW CONTROL NUCLEAR WEAPONS??? THIS IS FUCKING BULLSHIT.
A rape victim in Mogadishu. From the New York Times, a sickening story of the alarming rise in sexual assaults against women and girls in war- and famine-torn Somalia:
Somalia has been steadily worn down by decades of conflict and chaos, its cities in ruins and its people starving. Just this year, tens of thousands have died from famine, with countless others cut down in relentless combat. Now Somalis face yet another widespread terror: an alarming increase in rapes and sexual abuse of women and girls.
The Shabab militant group, which presents itself as a morally righteous rebel force and the defender of pure Islam, is seizing women and girls as spoils of war, gang-raping and abusing them as part of its reign of terror in southern Somalia, according to victims, aid workers and United Nations officials. Short of cash and losing ground, the militants are also forcing families to hand over girls for arranged marriages that often last no more than a few weeks and are essentially sexual slavery, a cheap way to bolster their ranks’ flagging morale.
But it is not just the Shabab. In the past few months, aid workers and victims say, there has been a free-for-all of armed men preying upon women and girls displaced by Somalia’s famine, who often trek hundreds of miles searching for food and end up in crowded, lawless refugee camps where Islamist militants, rogue militiamen and even government soldiers rape, rob and kill with impunity.
With the famine putting hundreds of thousands of women on the move — severing them from their traditional protection mechanism, the clan — aid workers say more Somali women are being raped right now than at any time in recent memory. In some areas, they say, women are being used as chits at roadblocks, surrendered to the gunmen staffing the barrier in the road so that a group of desperate refugees can pass.
“The situation is intensifying,” said Radhika Coomaraswamy, the United Nations’ special representative for children and armed conflict. All the recent flight has created a surge in opportunistic rapes, she said, and “for the Shabab, forced marriage is another aspect they are using to control the population.”
(Photo: Sven Torfinn / The New York Times)
A facebook friend posted this with the caption “Google ads get too real?” If you click on the picture, it will take you to the site. A big fuck you goes out to PA liquor control board for victim blaming.
STFURC: Well, that’s disgusting. Not only the message, but the inflammatory picture on the ad. WTF.
[Actually though, I’ve been triggered by a dude, and I was there, crying, red all over, totally withdrawn and unable to speak, visibly shaking and just basically a mess, and he would not shut up with the “men can’t be raped” bullshit until another person stepped in and told him to stuff it. (er, to be clear this was IRL). There are a lot of people who just don’t give a fuck, even in real life.]
Yikes. That is horrible. I agree with you, definitely. I don’t think all people in real life are going to be aware of other people’s feelings and not trigger them. I just think that in some facets of the real world, we do try to censor objectionable content. So the argument that that ‘we don’t do it anywhere else why should we do it on the internet’ is ridic.
TW: The reason is straightforward: these [how to not get raped] “tips” are actually a list of reasons that it’s okay to rape someone. If the tip is, “Don’t wear miniskirts”, that ends up saying to rapists, juries, and cops, “If she was wearing a miniskirt, she had it coming.” Rapists basically use these tips as a checklist for what to look for in potential victims, for the same reason that burglars wear gloves and masks: it’s a keep-yourself-from-going-to-jail strategy. If you attack drunk women, women who have a history of having (gasp!) sex, women who are wearing miniskirts after dark, then your chances go up of not getting caught. Your victims will be afraid to come forward, the cops won’t take it seriously, juries will let you off. So every time you pass around a “how not to get raped” list, you’re saying to rapists, “Here are the women you can rape and we, as a society, will allow it.”
1. Don’t put drugs in people’s drinks in order to control their behavior.
2. When you see someone walking by themselves, leave them alone!
3. If you pull over to help someone with car problems, remember not to assault them!
4. NEVER open an unlocked door or window uninvited.
5. If you are in an elevator and someone else gets in, DON’T ASSAULT THEM!
6. Remember, people go to laundry to do their laundry, do not attempt to molest someone who is alone in a laundry room.
7. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM! If you are not able to stop yourself from assaulting people, ask a friend to stay with you while you are in public.
8. Always be honest with people! Don’t pretend to be a caring friend in order to gain the trust of someone you want to assault. Consider telling them you plan to assault them. If you don’t communicate your intentions, the other person may take that as a sign that you do not plan to rape them.
9. Don’t forget: you can’t have sex with someone unless they are awake!
10. Carry a whistle! If you are worried you might assault someone “on accident” you can hand it to the person you are with, so they can blow it if you do.
And, ALWAYS REMEMBER: if you didn’t ask permission and then respect the answer the first time, you are commiting a crime–no matter how “into it” others appear to be.
(from a Salon.com article)
Exactly. If you’re mature enough to consent to sex, you’re mature enough to ask for consent. Make it clear. If you’re too embarrassed, you shouldn’t be having sex.
Why do good men have to pay for other men’s bad behavior? Hugo Schwyzer explains the answer he learned in his first Women’s Studies class.
"There’s more to being a “good guy” than not raping women. Good guys hold themselves and other men accountable, in public and in private. That’s a high standard to meet, particularly for the young. But it’s only by meeting that standard that men can help to change the culture. And until we do that, our feelings of guilt will not be entirely undeserved."