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gradientlair:

I follow @KristyT on Twitter and she let me know about a project that she created with @tiffani (#DetroitWater) to help Detroit residents with their water costs. Their website is detroitwaterproject.org and there you can confidentially donate to cover a person’s bill. 
Detroit has the highest percentage of Black residents compared to any other major U.S. city, and as I wrote about in Black In The 99%, race is most certainly forever intertwined with class and poverty; these cannot be extracted from each other, especially in a country where its very financial system and imperialistic power would not exist without enslavement and genocide. There is no way to extract the economic violence being committed upon Detroit residents from racial histories. 
According to RH Reality Check, "in Detroit, the cost of water is nearly twice the national average, and approximately half of the city’s customers owe outstanding balances on their water bills. But let’s situate this against a broader historical and sociopolitical backdrop. By 2011, half of Detroit’s working-age population was unemployed, and only 27 percent had full-time work. Nearly one in five Detroit residents were below the poverty line. Approximately three in five children were living in households headed by single mothers (see Rose Brewer’s article on the prison industrial complex). Moreover, these statistics are significantly worse for the city’s Black and Latino residents.” 
People simply cannot go without water and while this entire situation is larger than just “unpaid bills” but are acts of violence against these residents amidst larger economic and racial disenfranchisement, with the recent 15 day suspension on the human-made drought, hopefully no other excuses can be used to harm these people if they’re able to pay the bills. This isn’t about lack of “personal responsibility” creating negligence over a “luxury” but about systemic poverty, capitalism, privatization and WATER. 
Again, if you want to support Detroit residents through a confidential donation via this fundraiser created by two thoughtful Black women, visit: detroitwaterproject.org.
frderickchilton
snarkbender:

melissabeck:

One is in diapers and the other is a busybody. Both knew better than to trample through the sugar on the floor to sit on top of, beneath the vulva of the exhibit like Pat did.
Let’s forget, for a moment, the subject matter of A Subtlety. And think about plain good home training. You don’t go to any place housing any works of art and touch. 
You quietly observe.
You show respect.
You keep your hands to yourself.
You do not touch. 
And now let’s think (for days and days since visiting the exhibit) specifically about the subject matter and all of its tentacles. And to that I say again, 
It’s not yours to touch and 
You show some respect. 

what’chu wanna bet the person sitting down in this photo spent all kinds of time talking about how beautiful their experience was, w/o taking a moment to think about context, etc.
melissabeck
bit.ly
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We live in a society that’s sexist in ways it doesn’t understand. One of the consequences is that men are extremely sensitive to being criticized by women. I think it threatens them in a very primal way, and male privilege makes them feel free to lash out.

This is why women are socialized to carefully dance around these issues, disagreeing with men in an extremely gentle manner. Not because women are nicer creatures than men. But because our very survival can depend on it.

"

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry

The whole article sadly hits very close to home.

(via rosalarian)

rosalarian

do you ever stop and realize that people probably discuss you from time to time when you aren’t around to witness it

not even in a specifically positive or negative way just like

people mention you, or think of you, you occur to people sometimes

thats the most unnerving thing that i can think of, thats so weird, that i exist to people when im not even interacting with them

partyshoggoth
tastefullyoffensive:

[dubyawinfrey]
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iguanamouth
kacydoodles

pyrefierceshot:

world of warcraft’s lore is literally a worthless amalgamation of shitty clichés and normalized sexism, racism, homophobia and misogyny whose status quo is protected over and over by its pwecious male developers as “not wanting to make a statement”

its lore is shitty and nonsensica and literally an anglo-saxon fantasy about white and white-centric races murdering “savage” races (who coincidentally draw significant influence from tribal/indigenous cultural stereotypes) in which the lore deigns to almost exclusively acknowledge and glorify straight white male characters (or characters who champion traditionally white imperialist ideals)

see: arthas’ circlejerk, varian’s “redemption”

poc characters in the world of warcraft universe are almost exclusively villainous in nature. the black dragonflight’s human forms are dark-skinned with the exception of onyxia, because i guess poc women don’t exist. trolls are a hysterically racist caricature and die all the time. the high elves slaughtered them to establish an empire, the humans killed them, and now we’re killing them too. we have actually never had an expansion to date where we did not, at some point or another, slaughter trolls.

non-straight characters exist only in the realm of fringe npcs, fan speculation, and derisive gendernormative humour about how “feminine” the elves are. comparatively, several other mmos on the market feature confirmed non-straight characters

despite a supposed “equality” between men and women of almost every race in the franchise, prominent female characters are always sidelined for their male counterparts. tyrande whisperwind is suddenly joint ruling the matriarchal night elves with her husband who has done nothing but demean her and generally be useless? someone explain to me how varian wrynn is a better military planner than tyrande whisperwind. shoutout to jaina proudmoore character assassination. most female characters can be placed into at least one of three categories by general fan opinion: “bitch,” pregnant,” or “who is that?” if you add “dead” to that list, you pretty much cannot win the game

the point of this rant- and there is a point- is that marginalized groups in world of warcraft lore literally only exist to be mocked or to have a caricature of them appear as a race to butcher and-or ostracize. blizzard has proven to the playerbase time and time again they have absolutely 0 intention of providing anything even vaguely akin to real, respectable representation, period. the burden can literally only be entrusted to the rp community to provide good, believable, and positive minority characters

"but the lore-"

fuck

the

lore

if the lore is shitty, unapologetically misogynistic (while pretending to be otherwise), homophobic, racist and generally disgusting, fuck the lore

if the lore unwrites marginalized characters or reduces their role to “sidekick for the straight white male powerfantasy”, fuck the lore

if the lore reduces non-white cultures to “strange and possibly savage” stereotypes predominantly to give the players things to kill, fuck the lore

if the lore refuses to provide positive minority characters and you can to do so while literally affecting no one else’s public rp, fuck the lore

i don’t know how much simpler i can make it than that

pyrefierceshot
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