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So anyway, I was having this argument with my father about Martin Luther King and how his message was too conservative compared to Malcolm X’s message. My father got really angry at me. It wasn’t that he disliked Malcolm X, but his point was that Malcolm X hadn’t accomplished anything as Dr. King had.

I was kind of sarcastic and asked something like, so what did Martin Luther King accomplish other than giving his “I have a dream speech.”

Before I tell you what my father told me, I want to digress. Because at this point in our amnesiac national existence, my question pretty much reflects the national civic religion view of what Dr. King accomplished. He gave this great speech. Or some people say, “he marched.” I was so angry at Mrs. Clinton during the primaries when she said that Dr. King marched, but it was LBJ who delivered the Civil Rights Act.

At this point, I would like to remind everyone exactly what Martin Luther King did, and it wasn’t that he “marched” or gave a great speech.

My father told me with a sort of cold fury, “Dr. King ended the terror of living in the south.”

Please let this sink in and and take my word and the word of my late father on this. If you are a white person who has always lived in the U.S. and never under a brutal dictatorship, you probably don’t know what my father was talking about.

But this is what the great Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished. Not that he marched, nor that he gave speeches.

He ended the terror of living as a black person, especially in the south.

I’m guessing that most of you, especially those having come fresh from seeing The Help, may not understand what this was all about. But living in the south (and in parts of the midwest and in many ghettos of the north) was living under terrorism.

It wasn’t that black people had to use a separate drinking fountain or couldn’t sit at lunch counters, or had to sit in the back of the bus.

You really must disabuse yourself of this idea. Lunch counters and buses were crucial symbolic planes of struggle that the civil rights movement used to dramatize the issue, but the main suffering in the south did not come from our inability to drink from the same fountain, ride in the front of the bus or eat lunch at Woolworth’s.

It was that white people, mostly white men, occasionally went berserk, and grabbed random black people, usually men, and lynched them. You all know about lynching. But you may forget or not know that white people also randomly beat black people, and the black people could not fight back, for fear of even worse punishment.

This constant low level dread of atavistic violence is what kept the system running. It made life miserable, stressful and terrifying for black people.

White people also occasionally tried black people, especially black men, for crimes for which they could not conceivably be guilty. With the willing participation of white women, they often accused black men of “assault,” which could be anything from rape to not taking off one’s hat, to “reckless eyeballing.”

This is going to sound awful and perhaps a stain on my late father’s memory, but when I was little, before the civil rights movement, my father taught me many, many humiliating practices in order to prevent the random, terroristic, berserk behavior of white people. The one I remember most is that when walking down the street in New York City side by side, hand in hand with my hero-father, if a white woman approached on the same sidewalk, I was to take off my hat and walk behind my father, because he had been taught in the south that black males for some reason were supposed to walk single file in the presence of any white lady.

This was just one of many humiliating practices we were taught to prevent white people from going berserk.

I remember a huge family reunion one August with my aunts and uncles and cousins gathered around my grandparents’ vast breakfast table laden with food from the farm, and the state troopers drove up to the house with a car full of rifles and shotguns, and everyone went kind of weirdly blank. They put on the masks that black people used back then to not provoke white berserkness. My strong, valiant, self-educated, articulate uncles, whom I adored, became shuffling, Step-N-Fetchits to avoid provoking the white men. Fortunately the troopers were only looking for an escaped convict. Afterward, the women, my aunts, were furious at the humiliating performance of the men, and said so, something that even a child could understand.

This is the climate of fear that Dr. King ended.

If you didn’t get taught such things, let alone experience them, I caution you against invoking the memory of Dr. King as though he belongs exclusively to you and not primarily to African Americans.

The question is, how did Dr. King do this—and of course, he didn’t do it alone.

(Of all the other civil rights leaders who helped Dr. King end this reign of terror, I think the most under appreciated is James Farmer, who founded the Congress of Racial Equality and was a leader of nonviolent resistance, and taught the practices of nonviolent resistance.)

So what did they do?

They told us: Whatever you are most afraid of doing vis-a-vis white people, go do it. Go ahead down to city hall and try to register to vote, even if they say no, even if they take your name down.

Go ahead sit at that lunch counter. Sue the local school board. All things that most black people would have said back then, without exaggeration, were stark raving insane and would get you killed.

If we do it all together, we’ll be okay.

They made black people experience the worst of the worst, collectively, that white people could dish out, and discover that it wasn’t that bad. They taught black people how to take a beating—from the southern cops, from police dogs, from fire department hoses. They actually coached young people how to crouch, cover their heads with their arms and take the beating. They taught people how to go to jail, which terrified most decent people.

And you know what? The worst of the worst, wasn’t that bad.

Once people had been beaten, had dogs sicced on them, had fire hoses sprayed on them, and been thrown in jail, you know what happened?

These magnificent young black people began singing freedom songs in jail.

That, my friends, is what ended the terrorism of the south. Confronting your worst fears, living through it, and breaking out in a deep throated freedom song. The jailers knew they had lost when they beat the crap out of these young Negroes and the jailed, beaten young people began to sing joyously, first in one town then in another. This is what the writer, James Baldwin, captured like no other writer of the era.

Please let this sink in. It wasn’t marches or speeches. It was taking a severe beating, surviving and realizing that our fears were mostly illusory and that we were free.

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This was just one of many humiliating practices we were taught to prevent white people from going berserk.

I think this is a really important quote for white people to read. For anyone who is in any group that systematically oppresses another. You think that other group doesn’t have it that bad, but that’s only because you don’t know all the work that is going on behind the scenes - all the things they are doing to keep you thinking everything is OK.

All the things they are doing to keep you from going berserk.

And it really really doesn’t matter that not ALL white people (or not ALL men, or not ALL cis people etc.) were going to go berserk. The point is that a significant number probably would, and so black people had to do what they could to protect themselves.

I cannot imagine the bravery of standing up to that. And please don’t misunderstand me. I made a point that expands this to other oppressed groups. But that is not to say that the oppressions are the same. Each is different. And the way that black people were treated is quite horrifying. And the bravery of standing up to that is something I am ashamed to admit that I am not sure I could manage.

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blkdzn:

excuse my language

strippedtease:

if you’re talking about racism, or specifically about white people towards POC or how much they benefit from racism they white ass will probably say “skin colour and race doesn’t define you”” and if you’ve noticed white people are the only people that say this and it seems like…

Anonymous Asked
Questionwhat do you think about this new trend of people thinking and identifying themselves as plants….. called 'plantkin' ? Absolutely ridiculous and insulting to real problems in my opinion Answer

panatmansam:

I had no idea that this was a thing. It is an aspect of the generation which was born in the ’90s to be heavily into fantasy. It is a worldwide cultural phenomenon and I see no harm in it so long as it does not keep people from dealing with reality when they need to do so. I think it is rather charming actually.

"Start ignoring people who threaten your joy.
Literally, ignore them.
Say nothing.
Don’t invite any parts of them into your space."
— Alex Elle (via milosop)

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raspberriesandcolfer:

youarebeingshaggedbyarareparrot:

Give me Slytherins in Dumbledore’s Army.

Give me Slytherins vouching for and adopting muggleborn first years during the reign of the Carrows. Walking the corridors a day or two after the start of term, spotting a cornered and…

snarkysourwolf:

different-to-the-rest:

lanadelnachos:

ayeyophoebe:

slytherin-kyuubi:

a-study-in-cheekbones:

childofaphrodite:

soaringpenis:

notkorra:

antlare:

here, have some childhood nostalgia

whAT THE FUCK

YOURE NOT ALLOWED TO DO THAT

LITERALLY SCREAMING. I SPAT MY DRINK ALL OVER MY SCREEN. this is so wonderful. ohmyjesus.

two grown up girls crying here as they recognized eVERY FUCKING SINGLE SONG OMGS

I FEEL OLD IM 16 I SHOULDN’T FEEL OLD

This is annoying me to no end what’s the one after American dragon, both me and my sis know the tune but we can’t match up the cartoon?!?!?!?!?! WHAT IS IT?!?!?!

^^IT’S THE MOTHERFUCKING POWERPUFF GIRLS DUDE.
and srsly… i’m nearly 20 and i sang along to every song with lyrics.
THE POKEMON SONG HIT ME LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN THO.

i lost it at rugrats

KIM POSSIBLE WHAT

you lost me until rugrats, holy shit I feel old

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adamhowardcross:

The comfiest cinemas in the world?
TGV Beanie in Malaysia
Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta, Indonesia
Electric Cinema in London England
Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok
adamhowardcross:

The comfiest cinemas in the world?
TGV Beanie in Malaysia
Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta, Indonesia
Electric Cinema in London England
Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok
adamhowardcross:

The comfiest cinemas in the world?
TGV Beanie in Malaysia
Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta, Indonesia
Electric Cinema in London England
Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok
adamhowardcross:

The comfiest cinemas in the world?
TGV Beanie in Malaysia
Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta, Indonesia
Electric Cinema in London England
Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok

adamhowardcross:

The comfiest cinemas in the world?

  1. TGV Beanie in Malaysia
  2. Blitz Megaplex in Jakarta, Indonesia
  3. Electric Cinema in London England
  4. Paragon Cineplex in Bangkok
Anonymous Asked
QuestionChooch, I feel I'm horribly uneducated on the Israel/Palestine situation. :( I mean, I understand the basic conflict, but I know there's much more to the issue and I have no idea where to start looking. Are there any links/articles/videos on the topic that you've found particularly accurate or informative? Zayn's tweet definitely makes me want to learn more on this issue. Answer

goodladnicelittlebody:

Here is one of the biggest benefits to having zayn tweet this; uninformed people decide to figure out what’s going on. Unfortunately, I’m not the best person to talk to about this, but I’ll try my best. I also know that twerk-it-larry is pretty informed on the situation and has faced it first hand.

So, Zayn Malik tweeted this today:

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Some history:

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Until1946, Palestinians lived all over the country, some Jewish people did too, and they actually lived pretty peacefully.

After WW2, the British, finding that Jews felt unsafe in Europe, decided to establish Israel as their state. Over a million fled to Israel from 1948-1970.

Here’s some more history.

Here’s a video.

Here’s a post about some of the ways Palestinians are discriminated against.

Here’s whats happening now:

The current escalation was caused when 3 Israeli teenagers were kidnapped while they were found on Palestinian land. Israeli government was quick to blame Hamas, the people in power in Palestine, they later admitted that that it was a lone act, in other words, Hamas wasn’t involved. In other words, you could make the argument that Israel blamed Hamas in order to justify the planned attack.

Further, the Israeli government was well aware the teens were dead, but acted as if they didn’t:

Yet for the next two weeks authorities put on a phony rescue effort, instituted a gag order to prevent the public from knowing the truth and rallied the Jewish domestic and diaspora populations in anticipation of their move against Hamas.

Sad.

The death toll is approaching 1,000, most of them women and children. That because Israel consistently target, hospitals, and UN shelters

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Israel: 42.

"Israel has the right to defend itself?"

In a nutshell, the conflict is about two peoples, living in peace. One side does something, and the other reacts.

I’m not saying Palestine is innocent in all of this, but they are definitely the disenfranchised population. According to Human Rights Watch:

World Report 2014.

Israeli forces killed more Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and demolished more Palestinian homes than in 2012. Israel continued to build settlements in the West Bank, violating international law. Palestinian security forces in both the West Bank and Gaza enjoyed virtual impunity from criminal prosecution despite credible allegations of torture. In Gaza, Israel and Egypt impeded rebuilding of the devastated economy by blocking virtually all exports. Israeli and Palestinian security services in the West Bank and Gaza arrested people arbitrarily and unlawfully restricted people from protesting.

Oh and:

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I have general knowledge of what’s going on, so here are some more links to explore and stay updated:

Haaretz 

PressTV

James Gelvin

Noam Chomsky

Jewish Voices for Peace

*Note: this is really general, I hope its informative, but please don’t let this post be your sole source. Please do your own research, come to your own conclusion.