skyliting

paradiscacorbasi:

redrupee:

!! DO NOT SUPPORT SAD PICTURES FOR CHILDREN !!

The creator recently admitted that he is faking his depression for money. He also goes on to accuse the entire disorder of being a “socially enforced” construct that doesn’t medically exist. (Pointedly he only brings this up after he gained…

The fact that he can “pretend to be depressed” has no bearing on the fact that I have been suicidal for no reason since I was 13 years old, and that without medication, the genuine and actual imbalance in my brain chemistry drives me right back there in a matter of days — sometimes hours, if I forget to take my medication.  If I were only choosing to be depressed, I could CHOOSE to feel better if I weren’t taking the meds, and then I could CHOOSE to spend the money on some damn thing else! 

He has just contributed to the social stigma of mental illness.

If you support this man, you are slapping the face of anyone you know, love, or care about who suffers from mental illness.

His apology is empty and meaningless. If his artwork was that awesome, the Kickstarter would’ve funded him just fine without him having to feign depression for sympathy.  So what he is is a person with low self esteem,  questionable moral fiber, and perhaps a pathological liar whose word in anything is no longer worth anything.

But most importantly, he has damaged trust of many people, and he has contributed further damage, making stronger the stigma against mental illness.

His opinion is worthless because he IS NOT A DOCTOR.

darkjez

I’ve never read Sad Pictures for Children

darkjez:

…but just reading that lil “confession” from its creator made me want to vomit.

Not just because he basically robbed people of tens of thousands of dollars.

It makes me sick to know just how many people have no idea what depression really is & honestly think it’s just a matter of people who’re needing to “identify the problems in… life, face them, and allow themselves to be changed but instead [find] it necessary to conceive of themselves as ‘struggling with depression’…

No.

You think I don’t know what my problems are? You think I don’t want or know how to fix them? You think I *enjoy* wallowing in the self-hatred, exhaustion, anxiety, apathy, lethargy, sadness, guilt, self-doubt, and all the other shittiness that is depression?

Fuck you, dude.

My brain literally hasn’t worked the same way for last 3 years as it did in the 20 before that.

These are legitimate chemical imbalances & shit.

Fuck this dude so hard. I hope he gets to feel what real depression is like one day & we’ll see if his theories about the “culture of depression” hold up.

hamburgerjack

Look at the difference between how they’re portraying a white college student that just killed random people, and how they portrayed a young Black man gunned down for being Black

bcapitalized:

THE MEDIA SAYS THIS:

The white one must just be depressed.

The Black one must have been a thug.

The white one had mental problems, it’s not his fault.

The Black one shouldn’t have been walking in that neighborhood.

The white one was about to get his doctorate.

The Black one was suspended from school so he must have been a gangster.

The white one killed 12 people and injured more and he was just a regular person with mental problems. SOMEONE SHOULD HAVE REACHED OUT TO HIM.

The Black one should have just stood there and let the random white/hispanic guy with a gun hunt him down without doing a thing.

the-real-goddamazon
thegoddamazon:

jemimaaslana:

saynathespiffy:

http://thegoddamazon.tumblr.com/post/16377621201/theres-absolutely-no-reason-to-do-it-and-you-said
Will somebody please tell goddamazon that encouraging people to kill themself is not okay?
Regardless of what you think of what I said, this is fucked up.
EDIT:
http://thegoddamazon.tumblr.com/post/16378616273/most-importantly-im-incredibly-upset-that-you-told-me
Fucking CLASSY response there.
-_-

Since you’re urging people who weren’t in the conversation to begin with to be telling off people…
Nope. Not okay to tell anybody to kill themselves. But how’s about you stay the heck out of her ask if you don’t want to hear what she has to say?
You’re policing her life and her religion in HER askbox, and you were getting pretty damn high and mighty about it too, without even knowing what words mean. And then YOU have the nerve to get pissy when she reacts with angry-sounding words when YOU butted into HER space lecturing HER about HER life.
If she’d looked you up on your blog and told you to kill yourself, yeah, then I’d be taking issue, but you pushed your nose into her ask with a patronising and incorrect lecture on what shit means to her, when you should know damn well that she knows that better than you.
And now you go whining to your friends to come to your aid because someone told you off for being obnoxious.
Yeah, what if you’d been triggered by this? Yeah, what if? Clearly you weren’t or you wouldn’t have kept posting to her ask nor would you be whining like this using it as leverage to get people to gang up on the woman your white-privileged self just talked down to. If you were at risk of being triggered by angry words, then maybe you shouldn’t go police other people’s lives and doings and completely ignoring what they tell you, thinking you know them and their lives better than they do themselves. See, that kind of behaviour does tend to cause angry words to be said - and with good reason.
And this trigger excuse. Yeah, I have triggers myself, but you know what? I am sick and fucking tired of seeing my fellow white women using triggers as a get-out-of-being-called-on-your-privileged-shit-free card. Triggers are real, as I’m sure you know, they’re not a damn “what if I had them”-thing. So if you insist on using triggers in a what-if-capacity, how about next time you feel like lecturing a person of colour on their life, their choices, their religion, the meaning of the words they choose to describe themselves, you stop and think “what if that person will be triggered by my patronising attitude?” and then you don’t do/say whatever it is you were going to.
Right now you’re just pulling a classic example of how the white woman’s feelings are the only ones that should be cared for. Where was your concern for people’s feelings when you were being an ass to the goddamazon? Hm? Nowhere? That’s what I thought.
And if you insist on holding a pity party - at least do it without the whole “please help me gang up on this person who was mean to me because I was being condescending to them” it tends to work better that way.

I just found this. Ha.

thegoddamazon:

jemimaaslana:

saynathespiffy:

http://thegoddamazon.tumblr.com/post/16377621201/theres-absolutely-no-reason-to-do-it-and-you-said

Will somebody please tell goddamazon that encouraging people to kill themself is not okay?

Regardless of what you think of what I said, this is fucked up.

EDIT:

http://thegoddamazon.tumblr.com/post/16378616273/most-importantly-im-incredibly-upset-that-you-told-me

Fucking CLASSY response there.

-_-

Since you’re urging people who weren’t in the conversation to begin with to be telling off people…

Nope. Not okay to tell anybody to kill themselves. But how’s about you stay the heck out of her ask if you don’t want to hear what she has to say?

You’re policing her life and her religion in HER askbox, and you were getting pretty damn high and mighty about it too, without even knowing what words mean. And then YOU have the nerve to get pissy when she reacts with angry-sounding words when YOU butted into HER space lecturing HER about HER life.

If she’d looked you up on your blog and told you to kill yourself, yeah, then I’d be taking issue, but you pushed your nose into her ask with a patronising and incorrect lecture on what shit means to her, when you should know damn well that she knows that better than you.

And now you go whining to your friends to come to your aid because someone told you off for being obnoxious.

Yeah, what if you’d been triggered by this? Yeah, what if? Clearly you weren’t or you wouldn’t have kept posting to her ask nor would you be whining like this using it as leverage to get people to gang up on the woman your white-privileged self just talked down to. If you were at risk of being triggered by angry words, then maybe you shouldn’t go police other people’s lives and doings and completely ignoring what they tell you, thinking you know them and their lives better than they do themselves. See, that kind of behaviour does tend to cause angry words to be said - and with good reason.

And this trigger excuse. Yeah, I have triggers myself, but you know what? I am sick and fucking tired of seeing my fellow white women using triggers as a get-out-of-being-called-on-your-privileged-shit-free card. Triggers are real, as I’m sure you know, they’re not a damn “what if I had them”-thing. So if you insist on using triggers in a what-if-capacity, how about next time you feel like lecturing a person of colour on their life, their choices, their religion, the meaning of the words they choose to describe themselves, you stop and think “what if that person will be triggered by my patronising attitude?” and then you don’t do/say whatever it is you were going to.

Right now you’re just pulling a classic example of how the white woman’s feelings are the only ones that should be cared for. Where was your concern for people’s feelings when you were being an ass to the goddamazon? Hm? Nowhere? That’s what I thought.

And if you insist on holding a pity party - at least do it without the whole “please help me gang up on this person who was mean to me because I was being condescending to them” it tends to work better that way.

I just found this. Ha.

strugglingtobeheard

strugglingtobeheard:

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) — Racism is similar to trauma in how it affects the mental health of black adults in the United States, a new analysis finds.

An examination of 66 previous studies that included more than 18,000 black adults concluded that there are common responses to both racism and trauma, including somatization (psychological distress that is expressed as physical pain), interpersonal sensitivity and anxiety. The more stressful the racism, the more likely a person was to report mental distress.

The study is published online in the Journal of Counseling Psychology.

The researchers suggested that the link between mental health and racism could contribute to physical health disparities between blacks and other Americans of different races and ethnicities.

“The relationship between perceived racism and self-reported depression and anxiety is quite robust, providing a reminder that experiences of racism may play an important role in the health disparities phenomenon,” study lead author Alex Pieterse from the University at Albany, State University of New York, said in an American Psychological Association news release. “For example, African Americans have higher rates of hypertension [high blood pressure], a serious condition that has been associated with stress and depression.”

The study’s authors noted that therapists should routinely assess their black patients’ experiences with racism during treatment.

More information

This is something many people of color have known for awhile, but now I guess they are starting to collect real data to prove the correlation or certain causes. We know racism will get that pressure up and fucking stress you the hell out, but I’m hoping more people acknowledge this. Also, this should touch on INSTITUTIONAL racism and not just “racist people” because those racist institutions are the ones that deny us the income and education to get the access to other institutions that help improve our health and wellbeing. 

don’t read the comments. really. just don’t. it will ruin your health, as in point of article.

squeetothegee-deactivated201111

Everywhere you turn, conservatives are bemoaning the so-called “mentality of entitlement.”

To hear such folks tell it, the problem with America is that people think they’re owed something. Of course, income support programs, nutritional assistance, or housing subsidies have long been pilloried by the right for this reason — because they ostensibly encourage people to expect someone else (in this case, the government, via the American taxpayer) to support them. But now, the criticisms that were once reserved for programs aimed at helping the poor are being applied even to programs upon which much of the middle class has come to rely, like Social Security, Medicare, and unemployment insurance.

Increasingly one hears conservative politicians and commentators arguing for cuts in these efforts as well, and critiquing those who rely on them for health care, retirement, or income in-between jobs. To the right, the elderly and unemployed apparently refuse to do for self….In other words, there’s something wrong with these people: they’re lazy, have the wrong mindset, and need to get out there and show initiative, presumably the way rich people do.

Though this critique is not solely aimed at persons of color, there is little doubt but that the history of growing opposition to social safety net efforts — which were wildly popular among most whites from the 1930s through most of the 1960s — mirrors, almost perfectly, the time period during which black and brown folks began to gain access, for the first time, to such programs. While blacks, for instance, were largely excluded from Social Security for the first twenty years of its existence, and while very few people of color could access cash benefits until the 1960s, by the 1970s, the rolls of such programs had been opened up, and the public perception was increasingly that those people were the ones using (and abusing) the programs. So in large part, the critique of “entitlement” has been bound up with a racialized narrative of the deserving and undeserving, which can be seen, in many ways, as a racist meme.

READ MORE→

peechingtonmariejust
cabell:

Sorry about the graphic—I couldn’t make Tumblr do tables so I had to do a screenshot from the PDF I’ve got.  This is excerpted from Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (ed. Paula Rothenberg), 2nd edition, 2003.  Obviously it’s old, but it gives a much more comprehensive view of wage inequality than the quote that’s been circulating.
It’s still misleading, however.  As karnythia and others have noted, unemployment for POC, particularly Black people (and Black men even more so than Black women) is about twice as high as for White people.  The “recession” that White people are currently experience is a depression for Black people, and it started in about 2000 and hasn’t really let up for them at all since.  POC, especially Black Americans, have about 12% of the wealth of White Americans, and that drops to 3% if you take housing out of the equation (Black Americans are much less likely to own a home in the first place, though).  This means that a short period of unemployment can really fuck them up, because they don’t have a cushion—or a family with a cushion—to get through the hard times.
Unemployment for Black men with a criminal record, which they are much more likely to have than White men due to racist policing, charging, and sentencing, is sky high, but even with no criminal record, a Black man in Milwaukee is slightly less likely to get called back for a job than a White man WITH a criminal record (Pager 2004; with a criminal record, the Black man’s chance of a callback is effectively zero while the White man still gets one 17% of the time).
The figures in the graph here are based on people who are in the labor force.  That means that POC who are unemployed are not part of the calculation.  A Black man with a bachelor’s degree will get paid more than a White woman with a bachelor’s degree for the same job—but he is vastly less likely to get that job in the first place.
Oh, and the bachelor’s degree.  Since standardized test scores are systematically lower for students of color, and college aid, as again, karnythia and others have been blogging about a ton lately, is significantly more likely to go to White students, POC have a much lower chance of getting that bachelor’s degree in the first place, let alone the master’s degree.  And of course, Black and Hispanic men STILL don’t make as much as White men even if they manage to get the degree and the job.
Statistics need to be contextualized.

cabell:

Sorry about the graphic—I couldn’t make Tumblr do tables so I had to do a screenshot from the PDF I’ve got.  This is excerpted from Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (ed. Paula Rothenberg), 2nd edition, 2003.  Obviously it’s old, but it gives a much more comprehensive view of wage inequality than the quote that’s been circulating.

It’s still misleading, however.  As karnythia and others have noted, unemployment for POC, particularly Black people (and Black men even more so than Black women) is about twice as high as for White people.  The “recession” that White people are currently experience is a depression for Black people, and it started in about 2000 and hasn’t really let up for them at all since.  POC, especially Black Americans, have about 12% of the wealth of White Americans, and that drops to 3% if you take housing out of the equation (Black Americans are much less likely to own a home in the first place, though).  This means that a short period of unemployment can really fuck them up, because they don’t have a cushion—or a family with a cushion—to get through the hard times.

Unemployment for Black men with a criminal record, which they are much more likely to have than White men due to racist policing, charging, and sentencing, is sky high, but even with no criminal record, a Black man in Milwaukee is slightly less likely to get called back for a job than a White man WITH a criminal record (Pager 2004; with a criminal record, the Black man’s chance of a callback is effectively zero while the White man still gets one 17% of the time).

The figures in the graph here are based on people who are in the labor force.  That means that POC who are unemployed are not part of the calculation.  A Black man with a bachelor’s degree will get paid more than a White woman with a bachelor’s degree for the same job—but he is vastly less likely to get that job in the first place.

Oh, and the bachelor’s degree.  Since standardized test scores are systematically lower for students of color, and college aid, as again, karnythia and others have been blogging about a ton lately, is significantly more likely to go to White students, POC have a much lower chance of getting that bachelor’s degree in the first place, let alone the master’s degree.  And of course, Black and Hispanic men STILL don’t make as much as White men even if they manage to get the degree and the job.

Statistics need to be contextualized.

creolesoul
denverpost:

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943
These images, by photographers of the Farm Security  Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color  photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural  and small town populations. The photographs and captions are the  property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit  Bound for Glory: America in Color.
View the complete gallery of 70 striking historic photos
This blog entry is from last year, but it’s enjoying a resurgence we thought we would share.

denverpost:

Captured: America in Color from 1939-1943

These images, by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information, are some of the only color photographs taken of the effects of the Depression on America’s rural and small town populations. The photographs and captions are the property of the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

View the complete gallery of 70 striking historic photos

This blog entry is from last year, but it’s enjoying a resurgence we thought we would share.

qweerdo
cabell:

Sorry about the graphic—I couldn’t make Tumblr do tables so I had to do a screenshot from the PDF I’ve got.  This is excerpted from Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (ed. Paula Rothenberg), 2nd edition, 2003.  Obviously it’s old, but it gives a much more comprehensive view of wage inequality than the quote that’s been circulating.
It’s still misleading, however.  As karnythia and others have noted, unemployment for POC, particularly Black people (and Black men even more so than Black women) is about twice as high as for White people.  The “recession” that White people are currently experience is a depression for Black people, and it started in about 2000 and hasn’t really let up for them at all since.  POC, especially Black Americans, have about 12% of the wealth of White Americans, and that drops to 3% if you take housing out of the equation (Black Americans are much less likely to own a home in the first place, though).  This means that a short period of unemployment can really fuck them up, because they don’t have a cushion—or a family with a cushion—to get through the hard times.
Unemployment for Black men with a criminal record, which they are much more likely to have than White men due to racist policing, charging, and sentencing, is sky high, but even with no criminal record, a Black man in Milwaukee is slightly less likely to get called back for a job than a White man WITH a criminal record (Pager 2004; with a criminal record, the Black man’s chance of a callback is effectively zero while the White man still gets one 17% of the time).
The figures in the graph here are based on people who are in the labor force.  That means that POC who are unemployed are not part of the calculation.  A Black man with a bachelor’s degree will get paid more than a White woman with a bachelor’s degree for the same job—but he is vastly less likely to get that job in the first place.
Oh, and the bachelor’s degree.  Since standardized test scores are systematically lower for students of color, and college aid, as again, karnythia and others have been blogging about a ton lately, is significantly more likely to go to White students, POC have a much lower chance of getting that bachelor’s degree in the first place, let alone the master’s degree.  And of course, Black and Hispanic men STILL don’t make as much as White men even if they manage to get the degree and the job.
Statistics need to be contextualized.

cabell:

Sorry about the graphic—I couldn’t make Tumblr do tables so I had to do a screenshot from the PDF I’ve got.  This is excerpted from Race, Class, and Gender in the United States (ed. Paula Rothenberg), 2nd edition, 2003.  Obviously it’s old, but it gives a much more comprehensive view of wage inequality than the quote that’s been circulating.

It’s still misleading, however.  As karnythia and others have noted, unemployment for POC, particularly Black people (and Black men even more so than Black women) is about twice as high as for White people.  The “recession” that White people are currently experience is a depression for Black people, and it started in about 2000 and hasn’t really let up for them at all since.  POC, especially Black Americans, have about 12% of the wealth of White Americans, and that drops to 3% if you take housing out of the equation (Black Americans are much less likely to own a home in the first place, though).  This means that a short period of unemployment can really fuck them up, because they don’t have a cushion—or a family with a cushion—to get through the hard times.

Unemployment for Black men with a criminal record, which they are much more likely to have than White men due to racist policing, charging, and sentencing, is sky high, but even with no criminal record, a Black man in Milwaukee is slightly less likely to get called back for a job than a White man WITH a criminal record (Pager 2004; with a criminal record, the Black man’s chance of a callback is effectively zero while the White man still gets one 17% of the time).

The figures in the graph here are based on people who are in the labor force.  That means that POC who are unemployed are not part of the calculation.  A Black man with a bachelor’s degree will get paid more than a White woman with a bachelor’s degree for the same job—but he is vastly less likely to get that job in the first place.

Oh, and the bachelor’s degree.  Since standardized test scores are systematically lower for students of color, and college aid, as again, karnythia and others have been blogging about a ton lately, is significantly more likely to go to White students, POC have a much lower chance of getting that bachelor’s degree in the first place, let alone the master’s degree.  And of course, Black and Hispanic men STILL don’t make as much as White men even if they manage to get the degree and the job.

Statistics need to be contextualized.