Understand the racism here. It is certainly true that ‘most African rulers’ do not willingly hand over power. That is because most human leaders do not hand over power. What racism does is take a basic human tendency and make it it the property of ancestry. As though Franco never happened. As though Hitler and Stalin never happened. As though Pinochet never happened. As though we did not prop up Mobutu. As though South Carolina was not, for most of its history, ruled by Big Men as nefarious and vicious as any ‘African ruler.’
To not see this requires a special disposition, a special blindness, a special shamelessness, a special idiocy."
— Ta-Nehisi Coates on the racism in the Wall Street Journal's obituary of Nelson Mandela, among other commemorations, in The Atlantic
The Twitter Mandela Hall Of Shame
When the right side of history doesn’t forget.
Members of the NYU Student Labor Action Movement gathered on the 12th floor of Bobst at 2:30 pm today to sing carols about workers’ rights. Likewise, they delivered a letter to John Sexton urging implementation of an updated code of conduct to protect the rights of workers in unsafe factories in Bangladesh that produce NYU apparel. The University Senate unanimously passed a resolution yesterday submitted by SLAM, specifically requiring NYU’s licensees to sign the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh across the 28 factories that produce NYU apparel in the country. Only one licensee, Adidas, has signed the accord to date.
Parisian photographer Janol Apin Creates Visual Puns of Paris Metro Stations in a Project Called “Métropolisson ”
Dear Mr. Kennedy,
Please stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole because they will kill Santa Claus. I am 8 years old. I am in the third grade at Holy Cross School.
THE WHITE HOUSE
October 28, 1961
I was glad to get your letter about trying to stop the Russians from bombing the North Pole and risking the life of Santa Claus.
I share your concern about the atmospheric testing of the Soviet Union, not only for the North Pole but for countries throughout the world; not only for Santa Claus but for people throughout the world.
However, you must not worry about Santa Claus. I talked with him yesterday and he is fine. He will be making his rounds again this Christmas.
(Signed, ‘John Kennedy’)
Miss Michelle Rochon
Marine City, Michigan
— "In 1961, immediately after overhearing her parents discuss the possibility of Soviet nuclear tests at the North Pole, 8-year-old Michelle Rochon grabbed a pencil and wrote a letter to U.S. President John F. Kennedy, in which she asked him to prevent the tests for one particular reason.” —Letters of Note
Disney’s Frozen (2013)“We’re not saying you can change [them] because people don’t really change. We’re only saying that love is a force that is powerful and strange. People make bad choices if they’re mad, or scared, or stressed. Throw a little love their way and you’ll bring out their best.”
"It is said that if one were to spend one minute looking at each individual exhibit, it would take roughly 11 years to view every single display."
525,600 x 11 = 5,781,600 and I am sorry but the Hermitage does not have five point seven million exhibits. But I’d be surprised if it didn’t have, like, twice that number of items in its collection, both on display and in storage.
"This is gospel for the fallen ones, locked away in permanent slumber. Assembling their philosophies, from pieces of broken memories." "I ponder of something great, my lungs will fill and then deflate. They fill with fire, exhale desire. I know it’s dire, my time today."
MASH UP: This Is Gospel by Panic! at the Disco (vs) Car Radio by Twenty One Pilots
Men make $1.22 for every woman’s $1.
It interests me that even the most common simple measure of gender inequality is firmly based on male-as-normative …"
this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1
White people are still the ~standard so that’s not so revolutionary.
A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes
A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes
A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes
A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes
A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes
That’s some bullshit right there.
If you take away anything from this website, please let it be what I bolded ^