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Sign the Petition to Stop Etsy from allowing Racist items to be sold!

moosedeevita:

Sign the petition here

    Etsy:Selling/Hate

· Etsy is refusing to follow the policies that they implemented for themselves early last year (2011) that would prohibit the sale of “…items that promote, support, or glorify hatred toward or otherwise demean people based upon: race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity, disability, or sexual orientation…” read the rest in the prohibited section here.

· The policy prohibiting these items came into effect on January 2011. Read the announcement here.

· The items most strongly in question are Golliwog Dolls or are Golliwog related. They have been reported numerous times to Etsy’s integrity team, however the over 70 items in question remain on the sites of Etsy’s various merchants, many of whom hand make these Golliwog items to order and are not vintage.

· The Golliwog is characterized by jet black skin, bulging white-rimmed eyes, disproportionately big red lips and a shock of black frizzy hair and is essentially a “minstrel doll”. Writer Enid Blyton adapted the Gollywog to her Noddy books. They were consistently horribly ugly black creatures who were rude and nasty and always villains. More on that here and here.

· In May of 2012 the San Francisco chapter of the NAACP attempted to reach out to Etsy only to receive this response:

  “…our members come from all walks of life, and may hold differing opinions of the legitimate  collectibility of certain types of historical items.”

· Perhaps one of the most disturbing aspects of this issue is that that one would be hard pressed to find racist items of any other demographic on Etsy, which begs the question, Why is it okay to sell items that dehumanize and denigrate those that fall into the category of ‘black people’; and would there be the same lack of response were these items offensive toward the LGBTQQ community, or Asian community, or any demography that is “more likely” to be shopping or selling on Etsy?

· Etsy receives $0.20 for every item listed on their site by merchants and they collect a 3.5% fee on the sale of every item, racist or not. Since Etsy has failed to address this issue it may be safe to assume that they have no scruples about profiting from the very items they prohibit.

Please help us tell Etsy to follow their own policies and stop profiting off of PROHIBITED ITEMS.

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deluxvivens:

first-peace:

I do not like images or quotes by native peoples that say how the whites killed natives or took lands away. Yes, it happened. Yes, it was tragic. But now is the time for us to set aside our hate and accusations, despite what may have happened. The reason we are so scattered and separated from our own culture is because we’ve allowed these events to infect our minds and defeat our love. We must find it in ourselves to forgive the whites of their transgressions and find peace within ourselves. That is the only way for us to mend the sacred hoop and become a proud, powerful nation once more.

No more anger, my friends.

Which nation specifically is this addressed to?

*stares*

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confessionsofafangbanger
ai-yo:

karnythia:

unappreciatednoirbeauties:

lilouklonnie:

mia-toretto:

rinoaacat:

aster-kia-rose:

rinoaacat:

I actually love Tara :)However, I do dislike Bonnie. Yes, she has a interesting story and CAN be a great friend to Elena but at the same time she happens to be so annoying and I find her selfish. :) 

Selfish? How the hell is she selfish? Please tell me more on that.

That’s just how I feel about her. I’m not trying to actually offend anyone. I just feel that she is hard on Elena for things sometimes, things Elena can’t control. Like when Damon turned her mother, yes she had the right to be upset but at the same time she could have been thankful her mother wasn’t killed (and she shut Elena out for that, but yes she did come and help Rick when he needed but she wouldn’t talk to Elena which wasn’t fair) It’s just how I feel. Other than things like that I actually enjoy her character. In fact I loved her with Jeremy and thought that he was the best match for her but I think it’s unfair that she doesn’t give him another chance. Just little things like that annoy me about her. Like I said, other than the little things like that, I actually do kinda like her. The first season I absolutely adored her. But to each his own. :)

You think it’s unfair how she doesn’t give a second chance to someone who cheated on her with a GHOST? Jeremy is lucky that Bonnie still cares about him. Elena is an idiot who lets Stefan and Damon do shit and hurt people. Did she call out Damon for killing Abby? No, she made out with him a few episodes later. Did she ask Bonnie if she was okay? No. She called her to do some spell. In 3x21, when Bonnie came with Damon to the Gilbert house after almost dying, Elena stayed uptairs paiting. Bonnie is the only one in TVD who has a normal reaction towards things. Everyone else is idiotic. Elena is still friends with benefits with the guy who fucked her mom and killed her brother. Caroline keeps drawings from the guy who ruined her boyfriend’s life and hurts all her friends. Matt stills hangs out with the people who killed and covered his sister’s death. Jeremy doesn’t say shit that Elena is still around the guy who killed him. And Bonnie should be thankful for what? Her mother left her again. Her Grams is dead. And all because of what? The vampires Elena let into their lives. Bonnie has no one. Elena has the Salvatores and the whole town willing to do anything for her.

    THIS /\ YOU A GENIUS!!!!!
And rinoaacat Bonnie Had All The Right The Be Mad At Elena After Damon Turn His Mom Did You Even See The Episode, Well Bonnie Ask Elena The Say Nothing To Elijah And She Run Tell It To Him For What Cause THAT BITCH WANTED AN OTHER VAMPIRE DICK TO RUN AFTER HER PETROVA GOLDEN VAGINA!!!! BONNIE HAD EVERY RIGHT THE BE MAD AT HER AND IF I HAD RUN THE SHOW I WILL HAVE MAKE BONNIE KILL EVERY FUCKING ONE WHO HAD A THING THE DO WITH HER MOM BEEN TURN!!!! AND BEGINNING WITH YOU LITTLE FAVORITE CHARACTER!!!!



I’m still stuck on the fact that both shows went out of their way to make the vamps former slave owners (in Bonnie’s case the Salvatores owned her ancestors!) and then tried to act like the women were wrong to be upset about it. This is why I can’t fuck with either fandom.

Tara mentions it Bonnie doesn’t even twitch.

Yeah, that just adds to my reasons to loathe TVD.

ai-yo:

karnythia:

unappreciatednoirbeauties:

lilouklonnie:

mia-toretto:

rinoaacat:

aster-kia-rose:

rinoaacat:

I actually love Tara :)
However, I do dislike Bonnie. Yes, she has a interesting story and CAN be a great friend to Elena but at the same time she happens to be so annoying and I find her selfish. :) 

Selfish? How the hell is she selfish? Please tell me more on that.

That’s just how I feel about her. I’m not trying to actually offend anyone. I just feel that she is hard on Elena for things sometimes, things Elena can’t control. Like when Damon turned her mother, yes she had the right to be upset but at the same time she could have been thankful her mother wasn’t killed (and she shut Elena out for that, but yes she did come and help Rick when he needed but she wouldn’t talk to Elena which wasn’t fair) It’s just how I feel. Other than things like that I actually enjoy her character. In fact I loved her with Jeremy and thought that he was the best match for her but I think it’s unfair that she doesn’t give him another chance. Just little things like that annoy me about her. Like I said, other than the little things like that, I actually do kinda like her. The first season I absolutely adored her. But to each his own. :)

You think it’s unfair how she doesn’t give a second chance to someone who cheated on her with a GHOST? Jeremy is lucky that Bonnie still cares about him. Elena is an idiot who lets Stefan and Damon do shit and hurt people. Did she call out Damon for killing Abby? No, she made out with him a few episodes later. Did she ask Bonnie if she was okay? No. She called her to do some spell. In 3x21, when Bonnie came with Damon to the Gilbert house after almost dying, Elena stayed uptairs paiting. Bonnie is the only one in TVD who has a normal reaction towards things. Everyone else is idiotic. Elena is still friends with benefits with the guy who fucked her mom and killed her brother. Caroline keeps drawings from the guy who ruined her boyfriend’s life and hurts all her friends. Matt stills hangs out with the people who killed and covered his sister’s death. Jeremy doesn’t say shit that Elena is still around the guy who killed him. And Bonnie should be thankful for what? Her mother left her again. Her Grams is dead. And all because of what? The vampires Elena let into their lives. Bonnie has no one. Elena has the Salvatores and the whole town willing to do anything for her.

    THIS /\ YOU A GENIUS!!!!!

And rinoaacat Bonnie Had All The Right The Be Mad At Elena After Damon Turn His Mom Did You Even See The Episode, Well Bonnie Ask Elena The Say Nothing To Elijah And She Run Tell It To Him For What Cause THAT BITCH WANTED AN OTHER VAMPIRE DICK TO RUN AFTER HER PETROVA GOLDEN VAGINA!!!! BONNIE HAD EVERY RIGHT THE BE MAD AT HER AND IF I HAD RUN THE SHOW I WILL HAVE MAKE BONNIE KILL EVERY FUCKING ONE WHO HAD A THING THE DO WITH HER MOM BEEN TURN!!!! AND BEGINNING WITH YOU LITTLE FAVORITE CHARACTER!!!!

I’m still stuck on the fact that both shows went out of their way to make the vamps former slave owners (in Bonnie’s case the Salvatores owned her ancestors!) and then tried to act like the women were wrong to be upset about it. This is why I can’t fuck with either fandom.

Tara mentions it Bonnie doesn’t even twitch.

Yeah, that just adds to my reasons to loathe TVD.

confessionsofafangbanger
unappreciatednoirbeauties:

lilouklonnie:

mia-toretto:

rinoaacat:

aster-kia-rose:

rinoaacat:

I actually love Tara :)However, I do dislike Bonnie. Yes, she has a interesting story and CAN be a great friend to Elena but at the same time she happens to be so annoying and I find her selfish. :) 

Selfish? How the hell is she selfish? Please tell me more on that.

That’s just how I feel about her. I’m not trying to actually offend anyone. I just feel that she is hard on Elena for things sometimes, things Elena can’t control. Like when Damon turned her mother, yes she had the right to be upset but at the same time she could have been thankful her mother wasn’t killed (and she shut Elena out for that, but yes she did come and help Rick when he needed but she wouldn’t talk to Elena which wasn’t fair) It’s just how I feel. Other than things like that I actually enjoy her character. In fact I loved her with Jeremy and thought that he was the best match for her but I think it’s unfair that she doesn’t give him another chance. Just little things like that annoy me about her. Like I said, other than the little things like that, I actually do kinda like her. The first season I absolutely adored her. But to each his own. :)

You think it’s unfair how she doesn’t give a second chance to someone who cheated on her with a GHOST? Jeremy is lucky that Bonnie still cares about him. Elena is an idiot who lets Stefan and Damon do shit and hurt people. Did she call out Damon for killing Abby? No, she made out with him a few episodes later. Did she ask Bonnie if she was okay? No. She called her to do some spell. In 3x21, when Bonnie came with Damon to the Gilbert house after almost dying, Elena stayed uptairs paiting. Bonnie is the only one in TVD who has a normal reaction towards things. Everyone else is idiotic. Elena is still friends with benefits with the guy who fucked her mom and killed her brother. Caroline keeps drawings from the guy who ruined her boyfriend’s life and hurts all her friends. Matt stills hangs out with the people who killed and covered his sister’s death. Jeremy doesn’t say shit that Elena is still around the guy who killed him. And Bonnie should be thankful for what? Her mother left her again. Her Grams is dead. And all because of what? The vampires Elena let into their lives. Bonnie has no one. Elena has the Salvatores and the whole town willing to do anything for her.

    THIS /\ YOU A GENIUS!!!!!
And rinoaacat Bonnie Had All The Right The Be Mad At Elena After Damon Turn His Mom Did You Even See The Episode, Well Bonnie Ask Elena The Say Nothing To Elijah And She Run Tell It To Him For What Cause THAT BITCH WANTED AN OTHER VAMPIRE DICK TO RUN AFTER HER PETROVA GOLDEN VAGINA!!!! BONNIE HAD EVERY RIGHT THE BE MAD AT HER AND IF I HAD RUN THE SHOW I WILL HAVE MAKE BONNIE KILL EVERY FUCKING ONE WHO HAD A THING THE DO WITH HER MOM BEEN TURN!!!! AND BEGINNING WITH YOU LITTLE FAVORITE CHARACTER!!!!



I’m still stuck on the fact that both shows went out of their way to make the vamps former slave owners (in Bonnie’s case the Salvatores owned her ancestors!) and then tried to act like the women were wrong to be upset about it. This is why I can’t fuck with either fandom.

unappreciatednoirbeauties:

lilouklonnie:

mia-toretto:

rinoaacat:

aster-kia-rose:

rinoaacat:

I actually love Tara :)
However, I do dislike Bonnie. Yes, she has a interesting story and CAN be a great friend to Elena but at the same time she happens to be so annoying and I find her selfish. :) 

Selfish? How the hell is she selfish? Please tell me more on that.

That’s just how I feel about her. I’m not trying to actually offend anyone. I just feel that she is hard on Elena for things sometimes, things Elena can’t control. Like when Damon turned her mother, yes she had the right to be upset but at the same time she could have been thankful her mother wasn’t killed (and she shut Elena out for that, but yes she did come and help Rick when he needed but she wouldn’t talk to Elena which wasn’t fair) It’s just how I feel. Other than things like that I actually enjoy her character. In fact I loved her with Jeremy and thought that he was the best match for her but I think it’s unfair that she doesn’t give him another chance. Just little things like that annoy me about her. Like I said, other than the little things like that, I actually do kinda like her. The first season I absolutely adored her. But to each his own. :)

You think it’s unfair how she doesn’t give a second chance to someone who cheated on her with a GHOST? Jeremy is lucky that Bonnie still cares about him. Elena is an idiot who lets Stefan and Damon do shit and hurt people. Did she call out Damon for killing Abby? No, she made out with him a few episodes later. Did she ask Bonnie if she was okay? No. She called her to do some spell. In 3x21, when Bonnie came with Damon to the Gilbert house after almost dying, Elena stayed uptairs paiting. Bonnie is the only one in TVD who has a normal reaction towards things. Everyone else is idiotic. Elena is still friends with benefits with the guy who fucked her mom and killed her brother. Caroline keeps drawings from the guy who ruined her boyfriend’s life and hurts all her friends. Matt stills hangs out with the people who killed and covered his sister’s death. Jeremy doesn’t say shit that Elena is still around the guy who killed him. And Bonnie should be thankful for what? Her mother left her again. Her Grams is dead. And all because of what? The vampires Elena let into their lives. Bonnie has no one. Elena has the Salvatores and the whole town willing to do anything for her.

    THIS /\ YOU A GENIUS!!!!!

And rinoaacat Bonnie Had All The Right The Be Mad At Elena After Damon Turn His Mom Did You Even See The Episode, Well Bonnie Ask Elena The Say Nothing To Elijah And She Run Tell It To Him For What Cause THAT BITCH WANTED AN OTHER VAMPIRE DICK TO RUN AFTER HER PETROVA GOLDEN VAGINA!!!! BONNIE HAD EVERY RIGHT THE BE MAD AT HER AND IF I HAD RUN THE SHOW I WILL HAVE MAKE BONNIE KILL EVERY FUCKING ONE WHO HAD A THING THE DO WITH HER MOM BEEN TURN!!!! AND BEGINNING WITH YOU LITTLE FAVORITE CHARACTER!!!!

I’m still stuck on the fact that both shows went out of their way to make the vamps former slave owners (in Bonnie’s case the Salvatores owned her ancestors!) and then tried to act like the women were wrong to be upset about it. This is why I can’t fuck with either fandom.

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justinspoliticalcorner

Conservative talk radio contributes to more hate of minorities, study says

velocikrafter-of-the-water-tribe:

sagwaaa:

justinspoliticalcorner:

The participants and content of five prominent conservative talk-radio programs contribute to increasing hatred against certain minorities, according to the report entitled “Social Networks for Hate Speech” released on Wednesday.

The study, carried out by the National Hispanic Media Coalition and UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, analyzed the themes and content of “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” “The Sean Hannity Show,” “The Glenn Beck Program,” “The Savage Nation” and “The John and Ken Show.”

“Our study found that the ideological content of conservative talk radio has helped cultivate a social network built around talk radio hosts and their guests,” NHMC President and CEO Alex Nogales said.

“This social network targets vulnerable groups in content that is spread across affiliated social media web sites. The result is an echo-chamber of voices, both online and off, that promotes hatred against ethnic, racial, religious groups and the LGBT community on social media web sites,” Nogales said.

The investigation emphasized that 89 percent of the 102 guests on the five selected programs over a six-week period were white and 81 percent were men - like the hosts.

Among the 88 issues of interest identified during the broadcasts studied between April 2 and May 14, 2010, immigration was by far the most frequently discussed, occupying 23.9 percent of the time analyzed.

Regarding the language used, the programs referred to undocumented immigrants as “illegals,” and the comments about Muslims frequently associated them with terrorism.

Cabrera, as a result of his activism, was the victim of incitements to harassment by the hosts of The John and Ken Show.

Hosts John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, in criticizing a bill in the state legislature to offer economic aid to undocumented students in California, announced on the air Cabrera’s cell phone number and invited their listeners to call him and express their opinion.

h/t: Fox News Latino

Talk radio is where the weirdos who think Fox News is too liberal go (ahem, Michael Savage and Laura Ingraham listeners).

posting for receipts for those who like the “isolated incident” argument

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lilliep

decantedjade:

peanuuutmilk:

decantedjade:

betweengreenandgray:

negritaaa:

lilliep:

Dear White People (2012)

DEAR WHITE PEOPLE follows the stories of four black students at an Ivy League college where a riot breaks out over a popular “African American” themed party thrown by white students. With tongue planted firmly in cheek, the film will explore racial identity in “post-racial” America while weaving a universal story of forging one’s unique path in the world. 

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So here for this.

Omg.

[This is like the sixth draft of this. The first draft was the best, but when I tried to post it Tumblr was all like HAHA NO FUCK YOU, YOU DON’T GET TO SAY THINGS and I lost it. Lost drafts a few times because of site glitches. Anyway, here we go.]

I am white. I am really, really white. Most of my ancestors come from the British Isles; those who didn’t came from Germany and France and Norway, and were all also very white. I can get a sunburn in December with 85 SPF slathered fucking everywhere.

I don’t discuss race very often, because frankly I don’t think about it much. I don’t worry about whether or not I appear racist because I assume that my actions will speak for themselves. I don’t give a fuck about your ancestors. I don’t give a fuck about what you look like. All I care about is who you are; what you do and how you do it and what you say and how you say it. But since this is titled “Dear White People”, and I am white, I am forced to conclude that you are addressing me.

So, I’ll respond to all of your statements in order:

I currently have no close black friends. I happen to live in a place where whites and Hispanics greatly outnumber any other ethnicities, so I am statistically more likely to find white and Hispanic friends. As it turns out, my closest friends are white (one is half Jewish, so there’s a little diversity). This was not a conscious decision, merely how the dice landed. I have never specifically sought out someone black so I could make friends with them. Does that make me racist?

My weed comes from many sources, none of whom are black or named Tyrone. Why the automatic association with illegal activity?

I would never touch someone without their express, or at least implied, permission. People do that? What the fuck?

Anyone who claims that any kind of music makes them practically whatever is a moron and I do not appreciate being lumped in with morons.

The only kind of people who piss my family off are the kind who steal, rape, murder, or use drugs irresponsibly. If they got pissed off about me dating a black person, however, that would in no way delegitimize my relationship with that person, because I would never date someone for the sole purpose of pissing off someone else. That’s not dating, that’s using.

I will NEVER STOP DANCING. So fuck you.

Dear White People,

Anytime you jump into our spaces, defending you personal Whiteness and are like NOT ALL WHITE PEOPLE ARE LIKE THAT you are in fact exactly like those white people you feel you need to separate yourself from. In fact, you are worse than them because you feel the need to defend whiteness in a space where Black people are discussing their experiences! TDLR; This shit ain’t about you, cracker. Get over yourself and go dance your ass to the shame box. 

Dear you,

You have no idea how hard it is for me not to just type “FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU” a thousand times. Cracker? Seriously? Why has this conversation disintegrated into racial slurs? To try to get back the calm, reasonable response:

I am not in any way trying to dimish or disrespect anyone’s experiences, or even this film. For one thing, I haven’t seen it. You’ll notice that everything I said was in response to the above GIFs. My point was not “Well, I’m not like that”, my point was “You’re stereotyping white people, which is also racist”. If I were to make a movie called “Dear Black People” about my experiences with racism, how well would that go over?

How about the scene where, on my first day at a new school, I’m assigned to sit next to a black person and that person stands up and says “Aw, hell no, I’m not sitting next to some privileged-ass white bitch” in response to absolutely nothing, because I’d said nothing and done nothing except be forced to stand at the front of the classroom and say my name and what school I’d gone to previously.

Or the scene where a friendless, shy little me in middle school has only one person to sit with at lunch, an absolutely awesome black girl named Shanna, but she ends up so harrassed for sitting with that “quiet little cracker” that I spend the rest of the year eating alone in the bathrooms.

Or the scene where I’m half in love with the most amazing guy, again, black, and as soon as I try to do something about it one of his friends stops me because apparently he doesn’t date white girls. I’m crushed, because he’s always so nice and charming and kind and I really thought there was something, but I let it go. Later I find out the friend stopped me because she didn’t want him to date a white girl, and I’m crushed all over again.

My point is that this GIF (and in fact probably the film) is addressing the subject in a bigoted and hurtful way. I am more than happy to watch a film, even promote and laud a film, that addresses the racism that I am entirely aware that black people face daily. I am more than willing to hear about everyone’s experiences, and I know that a lot of white people are ignorant, condescending bigots and they absolutely deserve a smackdown like this, but they deserve individual smackdowns. You can’t address a smackdown to an entire race of people. By calling this “Dear White People”, you’re including all white people in that statement and not accounting for the people of other ethnicities who are equally racist against blacks, and statements like “stop dancing” are simply playing to a stupid stereotype. Bigotry is not exclusively white, and shit like this deserves a response.

Somebody come get your cousin & explain reality to them. Or get her to shut the fuck up & stop derailing this conversation with her trite bullshit. I already got Bingo & she’s boring the shit out of me.

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themovementsmoving
pierrebennu:

The programming into popular mythology of the idea of a “dangerous black man” runs deep and its generational. #branding
-pierre bennu

pierrebennu:

The programming into popular mythology of the idea of a “dangerous black man” runs deep and its generational. #branding

-pierre bennu

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deliciouskaek:

stfuapologists:

l-a-r-s-e-n:

If you don’t speak english. GET THE FUCK OUT. If you aren’t from america. GET THE FUCK OUT. If your parents came here illegally. GET THE FUCK OUT.

um…

what.

Also why would you tag this with racial slurs that don’t even apply? Most black people came here legally, even if it was a racist institution that brought them over.

Not to mention, America’s the land of the free, right? So speak whatever fucking language you want.

Not to mention, English isn’t a language native to these lands. Just saying…

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knowhomo
knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons 
Love is blind; hate is deaf.  ~Author Unknown

knowhomo:

LGBTQ* Political Cartoons 

Love is blind; hate is deaf.  ~Author Unknown

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today
silentlyjudgingyou:

positivelypersistentteach:

today:


Gay teen’s parents: Bullying continued after his suicide The parents of Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed suicide at 14 after being bullied, alleged Tuesday that even his death hasn’t ended the harassment: At a school dance after his wake, they said, bullies chanted that the gay teen was “better off dead.”

Heartbreaking.

Parents. Administrators. Teachers. Media. We need to better.

This is where I live. It would break my heart even if it wasn’t, but that makes it hit so much closer to home.

silentlyjudgingyou:

positivelypersistentteach:

today:

Gay teen’s parents: Bullying continued after his suicide
The parents of Jamey Rodemeyer, who committed suicide at 14 after being bullied, alleged Tuesday that even his death hasn’t ended the harassment: At a school dance after his wake, they said, bullies chanted that the gay teen was “better off dead.”

Heartbreaking.

Parents. Administrators. Teachers. Media. We need to better.

This is where I live. It would break my heart even if it wasn’t, but that makes it hit so much closer to home.

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