Immigrant Stories: How did you come to US?

Celebrating the Immigrant in all of US--even you, yes you

lordewilling:

gradientlair:

Inspired by the truth and power of #ITooAmHarvard, people of colour who are students at University of Oxford in the U.K. created #ITooAmOxford to speak of their experiences with racism on campus. The photographs are diverse (there’s more on their site) and here I included some of the ones of Black women/women of African descent (my apologies if I misread any genders) as I did when I posted my now viral post on I Too Am Harvard because again it reveals the racist assumptions about both their intelligence and appearance, something I dealt with as a Black woman when I was younger and in undergrad/grad. I also noticed the sense of “place” and nationality that impacts the stereotypes that they face. 

This is a point for the lies about racism being uniquely American to stop. Now. Today. I am tired of weekly emails from Whites ahistorically announcing how racism does not exist in the U.K. It is not their place to make that determination anyway; only Black and other people of colour can. The person who experiences the oppression, not the oppressor, the oppressed, not the privileged, speak truth to the experiences.

These students are speaking their truths. Do not ignore them. Their lives matter. They deserve better than the stress and even physical/mental health issues that dealing with racism can cause. Stereotype threat is real and impacts academic performance and health. 

I wish these students the best. Much love. 

(Any ideas about Europe being less racist than the states are straight-up bullshit, and I say this with firsthand knowledge)

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lamaschingonaa:

pussywag0n:

lamaschingonaa:

Shout out to all our Mexican brothers and sisters who had to work late last night at bars and restaurants and clean up after gringxs while watching their culture and identity be turned into a mockery.

This is in English

I know this may come as a fucking shock to you but many Mexicans can and do speak English.

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orientallyyours:

Chinese Humiliation Parade, May 10, 1938. New York City. Photographer: Peter Stackpole for LIFE Magazine.

Twelve thousand Chinese Americans from all parts of New York City, Newark, Jersey City, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Wilmington, and Washington D.C. closed their laundries and other businesses to take part in one of the largest demonstrations staged in the USA, observation China’s ‘National Humiliation Day,’ on which to pause and recall Japan’s humiliating Twenty-One Demands on China of May 9, 1915. They marched from Mott Street in Chinatown through lower Manhattan. 

A group of a hundred smiling young Chinese women in cheongsam carried a 45 x 75-feet Nationalist Chinese flag. It was reported that although no appeal was made for funds, spectators threw coins and even dollar bills onto the flag, and this appears to have been the prototype for future fundraising parades in Chinese American communities.

More info:  Kevin Scott Wong’s Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War (2009)

Source: LIFE Magazine- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

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digitaldesperados:

These photos are from the archives of the Indian Express 2013 and capture moments from when women who are widows were allowed to join the Holi celebrations. 

They say “ Breaking the shackles of tradition, around 800 widows played Holi with gulal and flowers in the land of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan in four-day Holi celebrations that began on March 24. 

Vrindavan Holi is an effort to free widows from the shackles of age-old tradition. Not only will the widows play Holi, they will also participate in cultural programmes.

The widows feel such celebrations would prove to be an unprecedented step towards ending social prejudice against them. The event this year may need some amount of change in the mindset of the society.

However, the ‘breaking’ of traditions by widows in Vrindavan has drawn criticism from a section of religious leaders who believe that it is an ‘infringement of our ancient culture’.

In the past, widows living in the ashrams could have played Holi only with Thakurji (Lord Krishna).

A veteran in the popular Ram Lila act, Shankar Lal Chaturvedi criticised the event, saying, ‘The manner in which they smeared face of each other with gulal is not good.’ ”

The photos show the women (who are widows) praying, tossing flowers and generally celebrating Holi at at the Meera Sahavagini ashram in Vrindavan.



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whitecolonialism:

Emancipation Inclusion and Exclusion: A Look Into Slavery in Brazil.

Brazil was the last nation on the Western Hemisphere to outlaw slavery, by the time slavery had been abolished in 1888, an estimated four million African slaves had been imported into Brazil, making up 40% of the total number of slaves brought into the Americas. The images above display the faces of the driving force behind Brazils economy for centuries. 

After outlawing slavery in 1888 Brazil initiated a national campaign known as branquemento, translated into English as “whitening,” with the purpose of whitening the face of Brazil. Brazil attempted to accomplish this by inviting white immigrants into the nation as well as encouraging Blacks to marry whites. Through inter-marriage the Brazilian elite was hopeful that the Brazilian population would acquire lighter skin. 

Despite Brazils numerous attempts to make the nation appear whiter and less Black, today 50.7% of the Brazilian population or 97 million Brazilians identify with their African ancestry for the first time in it’s history since records began.

"People are no longer scared of identifying themselves or insecure about saying: ‘I’m black, and black is beautiful.’"

- Elio Ferreira de Araujo, Brazil’s minister for racial equality, describes why there is a rise in the number of Brazilians who identify as Black.

vicemag:

Denmark’s Controversial Teenage Muslim Superstar Poet
Yahya Hassan is an 18-year-old Muslim Palestinian immigrant to Denmark who has become a social critic, celebrity writer, and general shit-stirrer—all thanks to a slim volume of poetry. Since the release of his self-titled debut collection in October, he’s been all over the Danish media, at least in part due to his subject matter. His poetry, written in all caps in Danish, is full of rage directed at his parents’ generation, a group of Muslims he accuses of hypocrisy and abandoning their children. He’s penned lines like:
YOU YOU’RE A MUSLIM? / YOU YOU DON’T KNOW/ IF YOU WANT HALAL OR HARAM / YOU YOU KNOW YOU WANT HARAM / BUT YOU YOU PRETEND YOU WANT HALAL / YOU YOU DON’T WANT PIG / MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU FOR YOUR FOOD HABITS.
Some of his poetry documents an abusive childhood; Yahya grew up in a poor neighborhood of Aarhus, and flirted with crime from an early age. He blames much of that on his mother and father. “As soon as our parents landed in Copenhagen airport it felt as if their role as parents was coming to an end,” Yahya told the Danish newspaper Politiken in the interview, published on October 5, that turned him into a teenage social commentator.
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vicemag:

Denmark’s Controversial Teenage Muslim Superstar Poet

Yahya Hassan is an 18-year-old Muslim Palestinian immigrant to Denmark who has become a social critic, celebrity writer, and general shit-stirrer—all thanks to a slim volume of poetry. Since the release of his self-titled debut collection in October, he’s been all over the Danish media, at least in part due to his subject matter. His poetry, written in all caps in Danish, is full of rage directed at his parents’ generation, a group of Muslims he accuses of hypocrisy and abandoning their children. He’s penned lines like:

YOU YOU’RE A MUSLIM? / YOU YOU DON’T KNOW/ IF YOU WANT HALAL OR HARAM / YOU YOU KNOW YOU WANT HARAM / BUT YOU YOU PRETEND YOU WANT HALAL / YOU YOU DON’T WANT PIG / MAY ALLAH REWARD YOU FOR YOUR FOOD HABITS.

Some of his poetry documents an abusive childhood; Yahya grew up in a poor neighborhood of Aarhus, and flirted with crime from an early age. He blames much of that on his mother and father. “As soon as our parents landed in Copenhagen airport it felt as if their role as parents was coming to an end,” Yahya told the Danish newspaper Politiken in the interview, published on October 5, that turned him into a teenage social commentator.

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guatepolitics:

Selections from a photo series by Fred Ramos that won World Press Photo in 2014.

Despite the massive and continuing rise of disappeared people, and reappearing bodies, the Mexican state still does not have a DNA database that would allow family members seeking loved ones to find them. Raymundo Sánchez, of the Institute of Legal Medicine, has begun saving the personal details, especially clothing, of the re-appeared in the hopes that they can be recognized and claimed by loved ones.

(Source: elfaro.net, via mamitah)

larespuestamedia:

We attended Centro’s event for their new book on Tato Laviera last night.

larespuestamedia:

We attended Centro’s event for their new book on Tato Laviera last night.

garraberlin:

The Founding Father of the Tropical Diaspora Roots Sound with the very afro-latin undeground party inna Berlin city, Dj GArRinchA strictly vinyl with a focus on quality music - rare brazilian afro and latinamerica grooves.

…to point out not only the importance and meaning of this statement in the early 1960s but also its effect today for the tropical diaspora…

“I want to play music that is meaningful, that stands the test of time,”. “It’s no longer commercial; it’s deep African music, serious music,….” - FELA KUTI

GRAND OPENING WITH LIVE ACTS, DJS, WM PUBLIC VIEWING and FESTA JUNINA THE WHOLE DAY!

insidethediasporawithfatima:

Hope you and the family enjoyed your #Birthday Ms. @oluchi1 Thanks for all you are doing. #Oluchi #Diaspora #AfricasNextTopModel @antmafrica #InsideTheDiasporaWithFatima #Nigeria

insidethediasporawithfatima:

Hope you and the family enjoyed your #Birthday Ms. @oluchi1 Thanks for all you are doing. #Oluchi #Diaspora #AfricasNextTopModel @antmafrica #InsideTheDiasporaWithFatima #Nigeria

nhaofnewnu:

"we are the children of fearless visionaries,
of revolutionary refugees who escaped the motherland,
packing only the resilience burning within their hearts,
the mindset that carried them on,
the tradition that they can now pass down to us.”

Strangers in a Foreign Land: Nationalism and the Orthodox Church

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Strangers in a Foreign Land: Nationalism and the Orthodox Church

Strangers in a Foreign Land: Nationalism and the Orthodox Church

In calling the Church ‘catholic,’ Orthodox Christians confess belief in a Church that is for all ages, nations, and races.

The Catholic Church is whole, complete, and lacking nothing—for this is what ‘catholic’ truly means. It is a calling for all, and Christ our God is sacrificed ‘on behalf of all, and for all.’

There is often confusion—especially for those either outside or unfamiliar with the…

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