I was in the mood to read webcomics, so I googled “best webcomics” and a buzzfeed list came up. I knew this was a mistake before I clicked on it but I clicked on the link regardless. I scrolled through all the descriptions uninterested until it talked about “girls with slingshots” which buzzfeed claims is “one of the few prominent web comics to honor the experience of queer women.” They also had a snippet of a comic which showed a white woman and a brown skinned woman. I was thinking “Great! Queer women of color!”

So I started reading. The first few comics had two white women as the main characters. Then I read more and they both identify as straight. Where are the queer women of color I’m expecting, I wondered. I kept reading, only to be disappointed by the cliche moments that were supposed to be humorous and stereotypical tropes, interactions and characters. I kept reading out of boredom. Then the webcomic became really problematic with an implicit sexual assault scene which really disgusted me. Somehow, I still kept reading. The author issued a defense saying she was called out by her readership and does not support sexual assault and that readers should wait and see where the story arc goes. I kept reading. Then one of the characters talked about “reverse sexism” and this may be where I draw the line. Am I so willing to find good representation of queer people of color that I’ll read through this annoying white bullshit before I get there. Will it even be worth it? I’m desperate enough to keep reading unless someone has a recommendation which is less problematic, cliche, and more engaging. 

I recently decided to start being active on facebook again. I would go on the website every day but never post anything. Now I’ve been posting political statuses and calling people out on their bullshit. I’m proud of myself. At least I’m using my voice on social media. 

I haven’t been writing because I’m lazy. I’ve become complacent and I hate that about myself. I’m working on changing but to be honest I’m procrastinating. I don’t like doing things that requires effort. My physical sluggishness accompanies mental sluggishness. Acceptance is the first stage but all I seem to do is accept and nothing else. 

stele3:

Ferguson Police have dogs and shotguns. The unarmed crowd is raising their hands.

For anyone not following the Mike Brown story on Twitter: a 17 year old black boy named Mike Brown, who was supposed to start college tomorrow, was shot to death in Ferguson, Missouri by police while jaywalking. He was unarmed. He was shot 9 times.

Initial media reports claimed that an 18 year old black man had been shot and killed while fleeing police after shoplifting.

People in the neighborhood, including members of Mike Brown’s family, came out of their homes and began to protest, shouting “no justice, no peace,” and keeping their hands in the air.

Media reports claimed that a violent mob quickly formed around the shooting location shouting “kill the police.”

Spread this. Tell the truth about what happened to this boy. Tell the truth about what is happening NOW. The police and the mainstream media is painting him as a criminal, and his community as a violent mob.

SPREAD THIS. Don’t let them lie.

(via knowledgeequalsblackpower)

Race/Gender Relations

My friends and I created an impromptu space for discussion earlier today. Originally, I was talking to one friend about worries she had about a romantic interest to whom I introduced her. Soon, another friend of ours came along and moving away from the personal topic, we started talking, venting, exchanging ideas about life. We talked about so much—we went from talking about majors and financial security to personal philosophy to the role of school in shaping and developing personal philosophy to talking about how families shape our personality and values, all the while critically analyzing various aspects of our responses. We were in our impromptu space—a wide, open hallway in front of an elevator—for about two hours. So eventually, we sat down in a crude circle.

So picture it, three women of color created a space for themselves in an Ivy League university to talk about their personal lives. Given it wasn’t a private space, nor was it completely polite to sit so close to the elevator, there was space enough for people to walk around us. Recognizing and respecting our space, most people did.

One white guy, however, walked—purposefully—right between us. He stepped over my friends legs, without saying excuse me, without acknowledging he came in contact with another person. And it greatly angered me. I had to stop our heart-to-heart conversation to rant for a few minutes. This one occurrence is an epitome of the lack of respect white men in particular have for spaces occupied by women of color. 

The feeling of entitlement is so pervasive among white men. They learn that the whole world is basically handed to them from a young age. This is especially true for rich/upper class white men found at prestigious universities such as Columbia. Although there was more than enough space for white guy to walk around us, he felt entitled to have access to our space. He physically inserted himself and disrupted our conversation and our space. He had such a lack of respect for three women of color that he felt he didn’t feel the need to take 10 extra seconds in his trip to walk around us. There was a marginally shorter path and as a rich, white man, he was entitled to that path regardless of the people he would literally have to step over to pass it. 

I note now, that I made eye contact with him before he interrupted us and he had a spiteful look in his eye. 

Basic manners dictates that you don’t step over another being if there isn’t a need. Basic manners also dictates that if unavoidable, you say “Excuse me,” and either wait for the person to adjust themselves so you can move or until they acknowledge that they are not in a position to move and you can step over them. Basic manners is not something that is taught to the rich, white male.

The same entitlement they feel to spaces occupied by women of color is the same entitlement they feel to the bodies of women of color, is the same entitlement they feel to the work of women of color (whether creative, emotional or physical).

Simply because it is present, it must be present for them and their use

wocinsolidarity:

socialismartnature:

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.
That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

sickening 

wocinsolidarity:

socialismartnature:

Breaking via ABC News: UN Human Rights Council votes to open inquiry into alleged war crimes in Gaza; U.S. is the ONLY “no” vote.

That’s because the U.S. is a direct accomplice to every war crime that Israel commits.

sickening