Alexander Gardner (American, born Scotland, 1821-1882), A Fancy Group, in Front of Petersburg, 1864, albumen silver print
Portland Art Museum
can an austrlian explain this to me thnks
1788 was the year Australia was ‘settled’ which is a word here that means ‘invaded by white people’ and like it’s a pretty great country nowadays except for the fact that when you bring this up and the fact that it’s had horrible, horrible continuing effects on our indigenous population like in the early 1900s they started up a thing called the Aborigine’s protection act which sounds nice but they used to literally STEAL CHILDREN ‘FOR THEIR OWN GOOD’ and then in 2000 AS IN LIKE FOURTEEN FUCKING YEARS AGO they were like ‘was there really a stolen generation tho lol like i mean it wasn’t that many kids i mean we can hardly call it a generation lmao’
literally the people in power sort of tend to stick their fingers in their ears and go LALALALALALLALALALALALALA I CAN’T HEAR YOU Australia is actually so fucked up on this front it’s really gross
but yeah a lot of people call australia day ‘invasion day’ and for good reason we have a pretty shitty past that doesnt get talked about like literally all we learned in school about pre-1788 was ‘the aboriginals walked around and did stuff like there was the dreamtime and stories and stuff’ I could go on but that’s it in a nutshell
What do you mean they “used” to steal children in “a pretty shitty past”
Published as of 2013: More Aboriginal children are being taken into foster care now than during the ‘Stolen Generations.’
This exact same headline has been running in North American newspapers, delineating the exact same “phenomenon.” Just replace ‘Aboriginal’ with ‘Native’, and ‘Stolen Generations' with 'Residential Schools' if you wanna get specific, but in reality they're just synonyms of the same epidemic.
As it is in Australia, as it is Canada, as it is the U.S., as it is in every nation and region that white Europeans have invaded, ripped up, and colonized.
Of course the number indigenous children in foster care today far outnumber the heights of the Stolen Generations and Residential Schools combined. Every class bastard knows this. Bio spawn should probably get a clue by now.
Just don’t talk about this shit as if it were in the past. Cuz it’s not.
"do you ride camels?"
“are there, like, cities over there?”
“oh, it must suck being a woman in that culture!”
“have you tried henna? I just love doing henna!”
*a ticking noise that someone jokes is a pipe bomb* *everyone in the class looks at me*
“Jesus Christ…” *looks at me* “oh, sorry.”
“it’s so ironic that you’re such a feminist!”
*after hearing my name* “so, like…what is that? what are you?”
"but if you’re from Africa, why aren’t you black?"
"north Africa? isn’t that just…you know, a big desert?"
"do you know how to belly dance?"
"You dyed your hair red? That’s so Asian of you.”
"Are you full Asian? Because you’re not, like, tiny.” (I’m a size 6)
When I committed to a predominantly white, Southern college: “Oh my God, you’re gonna LOVE being token Asian!”
"You’re so lucky, white guys LOVE Asian girls."
“They tore my sweater and jeans off in the holding cell. There were three or four of them – men – a female guard was watching,” Joy I. told me. “I tried to sit up and they pepper sprayed me twice. They kept pushing me down and tearing my clothes off.”
Joy (a pseudonym) was recounting her experience when the RCMP arrested her in 2011 after breaking up a fight in which she was being beaten up. It was the summer of 2012, and my colleagues and I were conducting research for a Human Rights Watch investigation into police mistreatment of native women and girls in northern British Columbia. Joy hesitated to talk but ultimately came forward to offer her recollection of her encounter with the police. The police, she said, took her clothes and left her in the cell in her underwear for the rest of the night. The next morning the police released her without charges – and, she said, without allowing her to put her pants back on. “I had to walk back to my brother’s like that – no pants; clothes in bag.”
Photo: Highway 16, sometimes referred to as “the Highway of Tears” in recognition of the women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in its vicinity, in northern British Columbia. July 2012. © Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch
Anonymous asked: My mother is half black, half white, thus biracial. I am quarter black (I think) but light-skinned and pass as white. My twin has dark skin. Does this make me biracial, or white (since my white outweighs by 3/4... unless I've got the math wrong...)?
Well it makes you white-passing but since you aren’t completely white it really is up to you to label yourself as you see fit. A good blog for mixed-race people is weareallmixedup.tumblr.com
-Friend of Mod T
If you are 2 races then yes you are biracial. It doesn’t really matter how you got to be 2 races. You just are. Try not to get so stuck on the fractions. They don’t outweigh each other. You’re mixed, multiracial, biracial, black&white, and however else you’d like to ID. Saying you’re white passing isn’t really an ID as much as a note so people understand you have POC heritage but you don’t look like that and at least sometimes get treated as a white person.
I hope this helps!
How unfortunate is it that my parents had to literally force me to wear beautiful parts of my culture because I was afraid of being ostracized, but Selena Gomez can take aspects of the clothing I grew up with and make money off of them? How unfortunate is it that South Asian immigrants and South Asian Americans are Otherized every single day for the way they look, talk, and dress, but Urban Outfitters continues to commodify and make a profit off the sale of bindis – as made popular by American pop stars?
[..] My bindi is not a way for you to present yourself as being friendly to South Asian culture while exotifying it. My bindi is from my mother, put in my drawer because it is another mark of my internalized Otherness, on top of my brown skin. My bindi is tainted by Western celebrities trying to be “cultural” or “bohemian” or “tribal.” My bindi is not just a piece of plastic, my bindi is not for sale, and my bindi is not for you.
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I’m Japanese in America. I’ve decided to stop teaching people how to pronounce my name because they don’t have a right to it, since it becomes a game and a perceived “in” with me and a point of smugness for them. If they earn the right and the respect that they can actually sit down and try and not abuse it, then I will teach it to them. Until then they can use my false name, the Americanized mispronounciation. I tell them so too.
Published on Friday, January 31, 2014 by Common Dreams
US Public: Wars In Iraq and Afghanistan ‘Failures’
New poll finds bleak outlooks, with Republican attitudes towards Iraq war significantly more grim
The U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — two of the longest in U.S. history, waged simultaneously for nearly 9 years with the Afghanistan war now stretching into its 13th — are considered failures by a majority of the U.S. public.
This is according to a poll, released Thursday by Pew Research Center and USA Today, which finds that 52% say the U.S. “mostly failed” to reach its goals in Iraq, with 37% saying “it has mostly succeeded.” Respondents gave nearly identical answers when asked about the war in Afghanistan.
"Especially looking at the escalating sectarianism and violence today that is directly the result of the U.S. wars and occupations, it is not surprising that an even a bigger majority recognizes that these wars are failures," said Phyllis Bennis, senior fellow at Institute for Policy Studies, in an interview with Common Dreams.
The assessments reflected in the poll, which was conducted Jan. 15-19 with 1,504 adult respondents, are significantly more bleak than previous ones. In November 2011, 56% of respondents said the U.S. had achieved its goals in Iraq, and in June 2011, 58% predicted that the U.S. would achieve its goals in Afghanistan.
Regarding the Iraq war, the biggest shift came from Republicans whose outlooks have grown far more grim. In 2011, 65% of republican respondents said that war was a success — a number that has now dwindled to 38%.
Overall support for the invasion of Iraq has plummeted. At the start of the war, U.S. respondents said it was the right decision, but now 50%-38% say it was the wrong one.
While the public narrowly supports the decision to invade Afghanistan, this support is “among the lowest levels of support for the original decision to use force in Afghanistan since the Pew Research Center began asking the question eight years ago,” according to Pew.
"It seems to me that the majority of the American people long ago recognized that these wars are failures," said Bennis.
"People have different reasons for thinking it is a failure," she added. "That the wars were based on lies, were not based on a search for justice but rather a search for vengeance, were never able to provide security or democracy for Iraqis and Afghans despite efforts to impose U.S.-style political forms."
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