6 hours ago   •   13,898 notes   •   VIA: soulforsam   •   SOURCE: iwriteaboutfeminism
  • iwriteaboutfeminism:

    Less than 3 miles from where Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, another young black man was gunned down by police this afternoon in North St. Louis.

    8 hours ago   •   1,109 notes   •   VIA: castithann   •   SOURCE: danverskate
  • IF YOU KNOW MY NAME, THEN YOU SHOULD KNOW I DON’T PLAY BY ANYONE’S RULES.

    8 hours ago   •   18,397 notes   •   VIA: spooteh   •   SOURCE: solipsistic-interjection
  • I am not Mike Brown. I am white. I am middle class. I am female. I am small. I am not considered a threat. When police see me they see someone who looks like them. They see their mothers, their daughters, their sisters, themselves. I am not at risk of being shot by police for existing while black. I am not at risk of being shot while unarmed. I am not at risk of being shot while armed with nothing more than a BB gun. I am not at risk of being shot for reaching for my wallet. I am privileged.
    But I am outraged. And if you aren’t outraged, then you aren’t paying attention. This is America in 2014. This is our reality. It’s so easy to get jaded and to ignore these atrocities, to act like this doesn’t affect us. It’s so easy to get apathetic. In the past it was the youth who protested. Where is the rage of the youth? Where is our rage?
    Like I said, I am not Mike Brown. But I am outraged.

    9 hours ago   •   106,668 notes   •   VIA: centrumlumina   •   SOURCE: cognitivedissonance
  • cognitivedissonance:

    Tonight in Ferguson, Mo. Even CNN is calling out police brutality.

    We are watching history unfold. Do not stand down. Spread the word.

    No justice, no peace.

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  • bisexualbuffysummers:

    #THIS  #POST  #SEE THIS IS WHAT WOMEN GO THROUGH ON TV  #TO GET REDEEMED  #TO DEAL WITH THEIR MISTAKES  #SO IF WARD IS TO BE REDEEMED  #I WANT HIM ON HIS KNEES  #BEGGING  #I WANT HM TO FEEL UNWORTHY OF LOVE AND I WANT HIM TO FEEL HE DOESN’T DERSERVE REDEMPTION  #BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ‘ME TRYING TO KILL PEOPLE WAS OK I SHOULD PROBABLY BE FORGIVEN’  #YOU ARE NOT AT A POINT WHERE YOU DESERVE FORGIVENSS  #SO GRANT WARD NEEDS TO GET TO THIS POINT  #HE NEEDS TO BE WHERE FAITH IS  #BEFORE I WOULD EVER ACCEPT HIS REDEMPTION  

    tags on this (x) gifset. so much fucking truth!

    [pulls out chair] let’s talk about Faith Lehane vs Grant Ward!

    So if you have seen “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (if you haven’t you need to watch it immediately because its literally the best Joss Whedon show ever full of feminism, serious issues talked about, best humor and also non sexualised lesbian represenation in the fucking 90s!) you know that Faith has done a lot of horrible things. She has murdered several people in cold blood, betrayed her friends (Buffy and the rest of the Scoobies) and done everything in her power to make Buffy suffer. At the end of the day the fandom loved her though. 

    Why? Because she was a hot, snarky BAMF who somehow managed to flirt with Buffy even while threatening her? Well yeah that played a factor too but most of all because we got to see Faith truly regret her actions.

    As depicted in the gifset Faith hated herself for what she did. She kept throwing herself into fights/kept doing bad things, to get herself killed by those who fought for justice. She was desperate to die for what she did because she saw no other way out. She voices that she has no idea how to make it better; how apologies can’t and won’t help those people she has wronged in the past which is most likely why she doesn’t want to keep on living. She feels like she has no way left to pay for what she has done and is desperate for her redemption that she only feels she can get by giving up her life at that point. She wants people to hate her for what she did because she deserves just that.

    Ward has shown us nothing of the sort. The only close thing to humanity he has left is his possessive and unhealthy love for Skye. That is not enough for a redemption. Ward has betrayed his close friends, his team the whole time. He sent Fitz and Simmons to their almost sure death. He used and degraded Agent May. And murdered countless people as well as helping a Nazi organisation. I’d say his crimes are just as bad if not worse than Faith’s so he should be showing just as much remorse to be forgiven. 

    We only hear a few lines but we get enough information to know that Faith has had a rough childhood, shitty parents, no friends, no one she could trust, she dropped out of high school and people kept telling her she’d end up “a loser […] or dead”. Does that excuse anything she did? No, it doesnt. Which is also why Wards difficult past does not excuse his current horrible behaviour. It makes it more relatable but it does not excuse it.

    What will be interesting to see if Ward ever does get redeemed is how he deals with people who don’t accept that he has changed or refuse to forgive what he has done. 

    Buffy asked for Faith’s help in later seasons but she was cold and hostile towards Faith during her stay. During an argument they had emotions ran high and Buffy punched Faith. Faith does not punch back like she definitely would have done a few years ago. She then later has a conversation about it with another character. It starts out with him claiming he knows all about her from the stories Buffy tells and she replies with “believe every word.” because she knows what Buffy has told him about her is most likely about how horrible she is because of the stuff she has done to Buffy and her friends. Faith accepts that Buffy or other people won’t ever be able to forgive her; she knows that no matter what she does some people cant just move on even though she apologizes or helps them out. 

    If Ward goes about his redemption in a similar way I might just be able to forgive him but if he isnt and we are just supposed to forgive him because of his ridiculous manpain that exists mostly because of the shit he himself has done, without him showing any remorse for his actions and only for the consequences aka the pain he now has to suffer through because of it then I won’t buy it at all and will continue to hate him.

    1 day ago   •   19,991 notes   •   VIA: spooteh   •   SOURCE: postcardsfromspace
  • Hey, White Americans. We Need to Talk.

    postcardsfromspace:

    According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

    Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

    Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.

    I have never been arrested.

    I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.

    I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.

    When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.

    So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.

    When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.

    And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.

    It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.

    But here’s the thing:

    This happenedThis is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.

    And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.

    So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all,  no one’s shooting at your kids.

    Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.

    1 day ago   •   146,268 notes   •   VIA: soulforsam   •   SOURCE: kingjaffejoffer
  • kingjaffejoffer:

Remember this when you read reports of people ‘looting’ McDonalds tomorrow

    kingjaffejoffer:

    Remember this when you read reports of people ‘looting’ McDonalds tomorrow

    1 day ago   •   1,534 notes   •   VIA: candyumbrella   •   SOURCE: bellegold
  • bellegold:

    female awesome meme: favorite female dynamics [4/20]
         ↳ Melinda May and Skye; Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
    "You know, I never gave you enough credit for this whole zen warrior thing. But I gotta admit, it’d be nice to feel nothing right now."
    "You think I don’t feel anything?"