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Here we are in 2014 yet still dealing with the same fear and ignorance as the AIDS scare of the 1980s.
Most of you are too young to remember the mass hysteria surrounding AIDS. People thought they could become infected by simply being in the same room as someone with HIV.
Nothing’s changed. Fear and ignorance still reign supreme. #smdh

Here we are in 2014 yet still dealing with the same fear and ignorance as the AIDS scare of the 1980s.

Most of you are too young to remember the mass hysteria surrounding AIDS. People thought they could become infected by simply being in the same room as someone with HIV.

Nothing’s changed. Fear and ignorance still reign supreme. #smdh

(Source: whitehouse)

micdotcom:

15 questions white people will never have to ask themselves

Many white people may never truly understand why incidents like the Michael Brown shooting infuriate blacks and other people of color — even when it’s clear that race plays a large, looming role in how the situation snowballed to the 18-year-old’s death.

This is in part because white people can move through daily life without constantly thinking about how their race will be perceived. Part of having white privilege is the freedom from worrying about racism, a freedom their black counterparts have never known. But it gives black people a unique yet challenging perspective by which they navigate the world. 

African-American scholar W.E.B. DuBois called this “double consciousness,” Follow micdotcom

staff:

Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.
The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.
Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.
So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

staff:

Happy National Voter Registration Day, Tumblr.

The number one way of celebrating it? Registering to vote.

Every year, millions of eligible Americans neglect to register, which means that millions of important voices are utterly silent on Election Day. Don’t be one of them. There’s basically a 100% chance that something you care about is on the ballot, something you don’t want to be quiet about.

So be one of the loud ones. Register already. It’s an easy form that you already know all the answers to. No excuses.

courtneythebumbling:

Reasons why I’m excited for “Dear White People:”

  • Black actors portraying 3-dimensional characters
  • Honest social commentary
  • Targeted to the college age demographic
  • Thorough exploration of the various forms of racism in America
  • Tessa Thompson’s voice and Tyler William’s afro wig

Reasons why I’m not excited for “Dear White People:”

  • White people calling it racist
  • Mainstream media agreeing with the white people calling it racist

I haven’t heard anyone call it racist.

Come to think of it, I haven’t heard anything about ‘Dear White People' at all outside of Tumblr, which is worse. Because that means it's being ignored.

Hmm… If that’s the case, I can’t wait to see it!

**UPDATE**

So, I went to YouTube to find a trailer to link you guys to and, Oh. My. God!  There’s one entry titled, “Bigoted, Divisive, Black Supremacist, Movie Titled ‘Dear White People’”. I wish I was kidding. :\

"Black Supremacist"? Really? Why can’t stupid people just shut the fuck up? (sorry about the f bomb)

Dear White People,

"Black Empowerment" does not mean supremacy. No one is trying to take things away from you. No one is trying to say black folks are better than white folks. Though, with the stupid racist ranting going on over this film, you aren’t helping your argument any. - adignorantium

This goes to everybody. Though I suspect black folks already know this. When someone is telling their story, their experience, their truth, it takes nothing away from you. In fact, chances are, it has nothing to do with you personally.. Maybe, just maybe, if you listen closely you just might learn something.

Dear White People opens nationally in theaters October 17.

Let’s support this film and encourage more like it.

(Source: spikeleeoprah-pissedoffbaby)

Al Franken Drops a Truth Bomb On The Senate: Citizens United Is Money Laundering

"As the Senate continues to debate final passage of a constitutional amendment that would overturn Citizens United, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) came to the Senate floor and called Citizens United money laundering that was made legal by the Supreme Court.

During his remarks on the Senate floor, Sen. Franken said,

This is real, M. President: spending by outside groups more than tripled from the 2008 presidential election to the 2012 presidential election, when it topped a billion dollars – that’s billion with a “b.” What happened in the interim? Well Citizens United was decided in 2010 – the floodgates were opened.

And, worse still, the middle-class isn’t just being flooded; it’s being blindfolded, too – because these wealthy special interest groups often can spend the money anonymously, so voters have no idea who’s behind the endless attack ads that fill the airwaves. Here’s how it works: if you have millions of dollars that you want to spend, you can funnel it through back channels so that it ends up in the hands of a group – typically one with a generic and benign-sounding name – that uses the money to buy ads, often without disclosing the source of its funds.

This whole thing looks to me a lot like money laundering – except that it’s now perfectly legal. And, again, this is real: a study just came out which showed that, in the current election cycle alone, there’s already been over 150,000 ads run by groups that don’t have to disclose the source of their funding.

And get this… “

read more at http://www.politicususa.com/2014/09/09/al-franken-drops-truth-bomb-senate-citizens-united-money-laundering.html

Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Powerful Tribute to Unarmed Black Men Killed By Police

  • Note: Melissa mentions Supreme Court Justice Roger B. Taney, the man for whom Philadelphia’s Little League phenoms the Taney Dragons are named. Justice Taney is most famous for the Dred Scott v. Sandford decision, which is considered to have indirectly been a cause of the Civil War. He said in part, …when the Constitution of the United States was framed and adopted… They (African descendants) had for more than a century before been regarded as beings of an inferior order, and altogether unfit to associate with the white race, either in social or political relations, and so far unfit that they (black men) had no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”

I bring up the Taney Dragons for two reasons…

  1. Mo’Ne Davis, a young black girl on a team largely populated by black children, is a superior athlete who deserves commands respect.
  2. Maybe it’s time for the Taney Dragons to change their name.