14 9 / 2014

1) Colorblind

What they say:

“People are just people.”  ”I don’t see color.”  ”We’re all just human.”   “Character, not color, is what counts with me.”


“Colorblindness” negates the cultural values, norms, expectations and life experiences of people of color. Even if an individual white person can ignore a person’s skin color, society does not.

Claiming to be “colorblind” can also be a defense when someone is afraid to discuss racism, especially if the assumption is that all conversation about race or color is racist.  Color consciousness does not equal racism.

2) Reverse Racism

What they say:

“Blacks cry ‘racism’ for everything, even though they are more or just as racist as white people.”


Let’s first define racism with this formula: Racism = racial prejudice + systemic institutional power.

To say people of color can be racist, denies the power imbalance inherent in racism. Although some Black people dislike whites and act on that prejudice to insult or hurt them, that’s not the same as systematically oppressing them and negatively affecting every aspect of their lives.

People of color, as a social group, do not possess the societal, institutional power to oppress white people as a group. An individual Black person who is abusing a white person, while clearly wrong, is acting out a personal racial prejudice, not racism.

3) It’s Not Race

What they say:

“It’s not race, it’s economics.”  ”Classism is the new racism.”


“Being Black and middle class is fundamentally different to being white and middle class.” This is what  Dr. Nicola Rollock, a researcher at The Institute of Education at the University at Birmingham in the U.K., said after researching the issue.

For the report, “The Educational Strategies of the Black Middle Classes,” Rollock and her team looked at African-Caribbean families in particular, and confirmed that there is a Black “middle class”  who work very hard to do the best for their children. But researchers also discovered that social status and relative wealth do not protect Black people from racism.

Racism is a reality in the lives of  Black middle-class families and it extends to the upper class too, as Oprah Winfrey would agree based on her widely reported racial-profiling incident at a Zurich boutique last year.

4) Blame the Victim

What they say:

“Blacks are not willing to work hard.”  ”Blacks feel entitled and want everything handed to them.”  ”Blacks hold themselves back, not racism.”   “We have advertised everywhere, there just aren’t any qualified Blacks for this job.”


When blame-the-victim tactics are used, it provides an escape from discussing the real problem: racism. Therefore, the agents of racism, white people and their institutions, can avoid acknowledging a system of oppression exists.

As long as the focus remains on Black folks, white people can minimize or dismiss our experiences and never have to deal with their responsibility or collusion in racism and white privilege.

5) Deny, Deny, Deny

What they say:

“Blacks are unfairly favored, whites are not.”


This form of denial is based on the false notion that the playing field is now level. When some white folks are expected to suddenly share their privilege, access and advantage, they often perceive it as discrimination. White people’s attacks on programs like affirmative action and Black History Month are usually rooted in this false perception.

6) Pull Yourself Up by Your Bootstraps

What they say:

“America is the land of opportunity, built by rugged individuals, where anyone with grit can succeed if they just pull up hard enough on their bootstraps. So Blacks need to pull themselves up from the bottom like everyone else.”


U.S. social propaganda has convinced many people that an individual’s hard work is the main determinant of success in the country. This ideology totally denies the impact of either oppression or privilege on any person’s chance for success, and pretends that every individual, regardless of color, gender, disability, etc.,  has the same access to the rights, benefits and responsibilities of society.

It also implies that Blacks have only their individual character flaws or cultural inadequacies to blame, and not racism.

7) Racism Is Over

What they say:

“Blacks live in the past. We dealt with racism in the 1960s with all the marches, sit-ins and speeches by Martin Luther King Jr.  Laws have been changed. Segregation and lynching have ended. We have some details to work out, but real racism is pretty much a thing of the past. They need to get over it and move on.”


The absence of legalized, enforced segregation does not mean the end of racism. This denial of contemporary racism, based on an inaccurate assessment of both history and current society, romanticizes the past and diminishes today’s reality.

If there is no race problem, there would be no school-to-prison pipeline in Mississippi that leads to the arrest and sentencing of Black students for infractions as insignificant as wearing the wrong color socks.

New York City’s Stop and Frisk policy that led to 400,000 police encounters with innocent Black and Latino New Yorkers, would not have happened.

If there is no race problem,  why is a Black person 3.73 times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than a white person, even though Blacks and whites use marijuana at similar rates?

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06 8 / 2014

Oh dear.

Oh dear.

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23 6 / 2014

Dear god

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22 6 / 2014

Carl washing his hands.

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18 6 / 2014


MCSLP6 - Nuts Noises.


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04 6 / 2014

I have never been completely happy with photo management—specifically, with regard to photos in the cloud. Options were limited and always involved making concessions:

  • Either fill up your device and not have photos available on others, which is what most people do, which has always baffled me
  • Use Photo Stream to have *some* of your photos in the cloud available on all devices (and use iPhoto to fill the missing gap, in a way that’s always felt hacky)
  • Use Dropbox, but forego a native experience and non-destructive editing, on top of having to pay for extra storage and manually keeping folders/albums organized
  • Sync with iPhoto, which would still take up quite a bit of room on your devices (even after they’re shrunk in size)

Recently, I even started testing Flickr which is *so* close to being ideal (they give you 1TB—with a T!—for free, albums sync, edits sync, and the new interface feels great in the browser or on the phone), but still lacks in some areas (particularly its appalling “Organizr” bulk meta editor, and lack of non-destructive editing).

So, you may not be surprised that of all the new features coming in the new iOS 8 (and even including OS X Yosemite), THIS is the one that’s gotten me the most excited!

All your photos on all your devices all the time. Edits propagate to all devices. Originals stay intact in the cloud, so you can revert any time. Albums sync across all devices. And any new photos go to all devices, as well. Native app. No thinking/setup required. So cool!

The only minor drawback: most people will have to add on to their free 5GB, if they have a big photo library. However, with their new pricing structure, I think it’ll be a fair price. About $1/month for 20GB. That’s plenty for me, but might not be enough for people who are constantly snapping pictures.

One thing I’m  interested to see is if they allow for bulk uploading into the cloud, though, since, without it, this only solves half the problem. I don’t see why they wouldn’t allow for that, but who knows. They’ve done strange things in the past. Like Photo Stream. Yikes!

Anyway, stoked! Who else is excited?

25 5 / 2014


Rodger was a website forum called PUAHate.com, which describes itself as the ‘Anti-Pickup-Artist Movement’ and aims to reveal ‘the scams, deception, and misleading marketing techniques used by dating gurus and the seduction community to deceive men and profit from them.’

Its members are all men who have spent a lot of time and money on books and seminars and other materials that claim to help men ‘pick-up’ women - but failed.

The bitter, often misogynistic threads are full of tales of woe from men who don’t know how to get women to date them and blame the women themselves for the problem…

Rodger’s actions have been lauded on the site by other members who have called him a ‘hero.’


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25 5 / 2014

Anonymous said: Hi. I have a few legit questions. If someone kills someone dont they have to be in some way shape or form mentally unstable? Can you be a completely stable person and murder? Also why is it bad to say that someone is mentally unwell when they killed someone? Also if someone has been confirmed diagnosed with a disorder and the do kill someone is it wrong to point out that disorder? If so then why?


If someone kills someone dont they have to be in some way shape or form mentally unstable?

No. People who have no diagnosis at all and show no symptoms of diagnosis murder people all the time. They also commit other violent crimes. Believe it or not, some people are just entitled pieces of shit. Some people are just simply bad people. Mental illness has nothing to do with it.

Can you be a completely stable person and murder?

Yes. You can also commit mass genocide. See: Adolf Hitler, who was mentally stable, had NO mental disorder to speak of. His only “condition” was that he was a racist, homophobic sack of shit.

Also why is it bad to say that someone is mentally unwell when they killed someone?

Because it creates further stigma against mentally ill people. Because it affects how we are treated professionally, in hospitals, and even by police. A schizophrenic boy was murdered in his own home recently because a police officer shot and killed him SIMPLY BECAUSE THE OFFICER ASSUMED HIS DISORDER MADE HIM DANGEROUS.

Also if someone has been confirmed diagnosed with a disorder and the do kill someone is it wrong to point out that disorder? If so then why?

It’s not wrong to point out the disorder. I’m not going to tell you to erase someone’s identity. However, it IS wrong to make a LINK between their mental illness and the fact they murdered someone. You can say a black guy murdered somebody as stating a fact, and whatever. But the minute you act like he murdered somebody BECAUSE he’s black, then that’s super racist. Obviously. No one questions this because it’s common fucking sense, yet y’all act like it’s some mind-blowing revelation to tell y’all not to fucking blame a murder on mental illness.

P.S. A mentally ill person more likely to be a victim of a violent crime than they are to commit a violent crime themselves. Educate yoself.

P.P.S. If men murder because they are mentally ill, then why don’t we see the same pattern in mentally ill women. Wow holy shit it’s almost like people murder because of privilege and entitlement and not because they’re mentally ill.

25 5 / 2014

"We don’t know if Elliot Rodger was mentally ill. We don’t know if he was a “madman.” We do know that he was desperately lonely and unhappy, and that the Men’s Rights Movement convinced him that his loneliness and unhappiness was intentionally caused by women.
Because this is what the Men’s Rights Movement does: it spreads misogyny, it spreads violence, and most of all it spreads a sense of entitlement towards women’s bodies.
Pretending that this is the a rare act perpetrated by a “crazy” person is disingenuous and also does nothing to address the threat of violence that women face every day. We can’t just write this one off – we need to talk about all of the fucked up parts of our culture, especially the movements that teach men that they have the right to dominate and intimidate and violate women, that lead to this, and we need to change things. Because if we don’t, I guarantee that this will happen again. And again. And again."

18 5 / 2014


speak gurl this is real

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