“If there is a country that has committed unspeakable atrocities in the world, it is the United States of America. They don’t care for human beings.”—
Remembering the unvarnished truth of Mandela’s words means refusing to let anybody sanitize his legacy. As the United States attempts to piggyback on Mandela’s revolutionary spirit, never forget that it was the CIA who helped jail him for 28 years. His sentiments toward our imperialist government reflect what our government remorselessly tries to keep we citizens from seeing, that indeed ”…the United States now feels that they are the only superpower in the world and they can do what they like" regardless of who we harm in the process.
Here are a few more quotes we are unlikely to see in the mainstream press:
“When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.”
"A critical, independent and investigative press is the lifeblood of any democracy. The press must be free from state interference. It must have the economic strength to stand up to the blandishments of government officials. It must have sufficient independence from vested interests to be bold and inquiring without fear or favor. It must enjoy the protection of the constitution, so that it can protect our rights as citizens."
It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.”
“Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity, it is an act of justice. Like Slavery and Apartheid, poverty is not natural. It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings. Sometimes it falls on a generation to be great. YOU can be that great generation. Let your greatness blossom.”
“We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians.”
“No single person can liberate a country. You can only liberate a country if you act as a collective.”
"If the United States of America or Britain is having elections, they don’t ask for observers from Africa or from Asia. But when we have elections, they want observers."
“Racists will always call you a racist when you identify their racism. To love yourself now - is a form of racism. We are the only people who are criticized for loving ourselves. and white people think when you love yourself you hate them. No, when I love myself they become irrelevant to me.”—Dr. John Henrik Clarke (via sonofbaldwin)
i’m really tired of (still) seeing people argue about mako and how she has NO AGENCY;;; and how her story arc REVOLVES AROUND MEN;;;;; and i’m not interested in the mako mori test or anything that tries to boil representation down to one or two simple tests but
she uses her agency in a way that doesn’t undermine pentecost’s authority and doesn’t damage the relationship she has with him. i mean does that NOT look like a conscious decision on her part?
why do women have to be as violent and insubordinate as white dudes are in order for yt feminists to consider it ‘equal representation’? (but lbr, they’d turn around just as quickly to shit on mako for acting like a dragon lady~*~ if she were written like ‘empowered’ white women are written)
mako’s arc revolving around her family doesn’t take agency away from her, what the fuck. western media’s so caught up in this idea of people being INDEPENDENT!!!! and for the story to revolve around ONE PROTAGONIST!!! who SAVES THE DAY!!! when hello, it’s hundreds of people coming together, it’s humanity working and sacrificing and propping each other up for the slim chance of survival.
mako’s story revolves around other people because EVERYONE’S story revolves around other people. name one movie where the main protag isn’t supported by other people, whose motivations don’t center around other people. YOU’RE NOT GONNA FIND ONE (and if you do, it’s a shit movie/show) so show me where someone tries to claim that vulnerability and doing things for other peoples’ sake takes away from a white character’s development and agency.
but the moment you put a japanese women in that role and don’t have her leaping into a jaeger against orders or punching the first person who insults her instead of, say, having a modicum of control over her impulses and putting the cause above her own desires and deferring to the authority figure in her life while CONTINUING TO ASSERT HER COMPETENCE IN WAYS THAT DON’T DIMINISH OR DAMAGE HIS STANDING BECAUSE SHE LOVES AND RESPECTS HIM suddenly she’s ‘weak’ and ‘has no agency’
lmao fuck outta here i’m getting real sick of this fandom’s racist-ass attempts to be progressive
i will always take Regina’s side in everything because FTL is an oppressive piece of shit, this show is an oppressive piece of shit, the writers are oppressive pieces of shit and so is 90% of the fandom
if you don’t like that, don’t read my blog, don’t send anon hate, just unfollow
you know where the button is
I hereby throw my support behind yours of the glorious Evil Regal and her wonderfulness in spite of the shitty writing, oppressive FTL life, and garbage fandom.
I’m actually immensely interested in how anyone can call themselves a fan of Katrina Crane anyway?
Throughout the entire series she’s had, what? Two and a half minutes of screen time total? (Opening credits don’t count)
All we know is what Ichabod thought he knew, and he didn’t even know she was a witch.
To be quite honest, what I see is a blind allegiance to the white female protagonist simply because she’s being treated like how a black female character is usually treated in the narrative.
Folks are flocking to Katrina because they can’t do the self insert with Abbie because Black women ain’t supposed to be treated all good and shit.
And they’ll concoct all kinds of arguments as to why Crane and Abbie should never get together because, gasp, shock, they’re so utterly afraid that a fictional black woman will take their fictional white man.
Irving’s daughter has had hardly any screentime either, and I like her.
I liked Ichabod and Abbie and Jenny within minutes of seeing them
You don’t have to know shitloads about a character to like them
and also fucking christ stop acting like not shipping ichabbie is purely racism jesus christ
Some of us are fucking tired of ships everywhere and wish that romance wasn’t seen as the only real form of close companionship
True, but still, it’s REALLLY interesting how you say some of you are tired of ships when it’s a black woman in the lead of a show who has fantastic chemistry with a white dude.
Because Abbie should just be a strong, independent black woman who don’t need no man, right? ^^ RIIIGHHHTTT…?
“They smile, they drink, and they toast to family. I hope the show never stops having these little moments at the end of the episode. They’re usually the most poignant scenes of the weekly program, and give us real reason to bond with the partnership building between Abbie and Crane.”—Popinsomniacs Recap of 1x09 - “Sanctuary” (via sleepyhollowkiss)