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Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group.

girljanitor:

1. Police assault a gay man. It is reported and framed as an “anti-gay” attack. White gay people say “look at the terrible violence we face!”

He is a black man.

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2. Feminists decry the horrific new developments in regard to the criminalization of pregnancy, i.e. people with uteri who are prosecuted and/or sent to prison for refusing a c-section, having a miscarriage or stillbirth, having a mental illness, being perceived as “irresponsible”, et cetera.

White women: “this is happening to women!!!” News stories invariably show the pregnant bellies of white women. The stories are written by white women, and are addressed to white women. Which is also cissexist.

This is happening to Black and Native American women like Regina McKnight and Martha Greywind:

First, we describe characteristics of the women and the cases, finding that low-income women and women of color, especially African American women, are overrepresented among those who have been arrested or subjected to equivalent deprivations of liberty.

who are poor, and often living in the South, with its rich history of forced sterilizations and eugenics. South Carolina especially showed preference for sterilizing African American women.

From the report:

For example, in South Carolina thirty-four of ninety-three cases came from the contiguous counties of Charleston and Berkeley.

3. A white Autistic person writes the line, “Being mentally ill means that I am more likely to be shot by police”, and explains why hiding a mental illness can be a survival tool. 

Unfortunately, here in reality, those Autistic people who are shot to death by police can’t hide the immediate, visual fact that they are Black men.

Stephon Watts, 15

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Ernest Vassell, 57

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Stephen Eugene Washington, 27

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Roger Parker Jr., 9

Who was not killed, but was beaten by police and then arrested for aggravated assault to a police officer. [LINK INCLUDES IMAGE OF BATTERED CHILD]

4. The face of LGBT activism is white gay men writing about police violence toward white gay people. Pepper spray at a Pride Parade is big news. In fact, many articles defend a white gay man who assaulted a Black woman and told her to “go back to Africa”. White gay men love to write about how subject to violence they are.

The problem with that is, almost all of the violent crimes including murders are against gay people of color

and almost all of those (44 percent of overall) are against the “t” in LGBT

and nearly all of those crimes are against Trans* women of color

And those women are quite likely to be prosecuted, harassed, and/or arrested/assaulted by police when they are the VICTIMS of a violent crime.

Also, trans* women of color are sent to prison for surviving a vicious attack. After a trial in which evidence of the attacker’s racism, swastika tattoos, and criminal history is suppressed.

5. Disability advocacy organization in Washington decries disabled children being criminalized, arrested, and prosecuted for minor or nonexistent infractions. News sites report that Mississippi School-To-Prison Pipeline “targets African American AND disabled children”, and uses this image:

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When in fact, ALL of the children targeted were children of color:

all of them “children of color,” says Jody Owens, with the Southern Poverty Law Center–were routinely arrested at Meridian schools allegedly on the say-so of teachers or administrators, handcuffed and taken to jail where they were held for days on end without benefit of a hearing, a lawyer, or understanding their Miranda rights.

Meridian county is 55% African-American, and about 70% of schoolchildren are African American.

Disabled children of color face torture, imprisonment, vicious beatings perpetrated by teachers, and are African American children with or without disabilities are 3 1/2 times more likely to receive “disciplinary action” against them in school than white students.

6. There is a huge outcry against the NRA’s suggestion of armed guards at Elementary schools in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shooting.

A bare footnote or completely lost in this outcry is the fact that an overwhelming proportion of children of color, especially Black and Latino children, already go to schools with armed guards and police presence on the campus.

The notorious and unapologetic racist sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona, Joe Arpaio, has sent out more than 3,000 untrained “posse” volunteers to “police” schools under his purview. This is when his “trained” deputies already torture, abuse, beat, and murder people of color in Maricopa County on a terrifyingly regular basis.

The problem is, if you are a Black student, the campus police may be quite likely to shoot you dead.

To come full circle, the student shot dead by police in the link above also had a mental illness.

Almost every marginalized group that cites evidence of overwhelming discrimination and violence, especially police violence and abuse, is actually citing statistics against African-American members of that group.

The point of all this is that journalism repeatedly fails to accurately report that people of color suffer the overwhelming majority of police violence. The racism built into the very foundations of American society and culture ensures that this violence continues, is under-reported, misrepresented as evidence of criminality, when it fact it is evidence of the criminalization of people of color, especially Black Americans.

If you are a white person, and you experience a particular axis of marginalization and want to give statistics on the violence you face as an oppressed person, especially in regards to police violence, you should consider checking whether these statistics accurately reflect the violence against white members of the marginalized group you belong to.

And also of note: police violence is the measure of which overtly sanctioned violence perpetrated by U.S. government and society is glaring gateway into overall violence and discrimination is perpetrated again people of color, especially Black Americans. It permeates the education system, the medical and mental health systems, the social security and welfare systems, the legal system, the higher education systems, the banking systems, the commercial and entrepreneurial systems, and every single institution.

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[TW: Rape culture] Suit: nursing home supervisor fired for reporting sexual assault of patient

stfurapeculture:

champagnesafari:

karnythia:

sweetsweetsweetdivinething:

stfurapeculture:

A former Orland Park nursing home employee is suing her old employer, alleging she was wrongly fired for reporting to police in 2011 that a male co-worker sexually assaulted a 93-year-old patient.

Former night shift nursing supervisor Rosemary Braderic is seeking $30,000 compensation from Lexington Healthcare Center under Illinois’ whistle blower protection law, according to a suit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Rape culture. Not only does no one care about rape, but you will get fired if you care about it.

Ageism and rape culture are inextricably linked. Just look at the way women in nursing homes are treated, ESPECIALLY if they have Alzheimer’s. And ESPECIALLY if a man with Alzheimer’s is the one assaulting them. Literally none of the staff at the nursing home will give a fuck.

Tell me again rape is about clothes or location & I’ll slap you.

As someone who has worked in nursing homes the amount of sexual abuse occurring caretaker-to-patient and patient-to-patient was horrifying. There were multiple instances of both of those types and while they were ‘investigated’ there were never any repercussions for the perpetrators.

In one case a resident accused one of the employees of abusing her, and there was pretty undeniable proof that she had been sexually abused, but they couldn’t prove it was him so…nothing was done about it. This particular employer, had been accused of similar abuse at 2 other homes, by the way. Her family ended up transferring her to another home.That employee quit soon after and now works at another nursing home.

 I hate to be negative, but there are fucking predators in this industry and you can never ask too many questions about the ALFs/SNFs/Hospice care/etc you are considering for your loved ones. If you can afford to (financially and emotionally) care for your own, please do so. If it isn’t an option please try to visit frequently to see how they are doing, OK?

Reblogging again for the commentary at the end.

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Daily Mail
TRIGGER WARNING: SEXUAL ASSAULT OF A DISABLED MINOR GIRL





A mentally challenged 15-year-old New York girl endured a brutal gang rape as she was trapped beneath her by two boys with her teacher only feet away, alleges a lawsuit filed Friday. The special needs student, identified only by the initials K.J., was allegedly sexually assaulted for 10 minutes as another student ‘hit her on the head whenever she tried to escape,’ during a science class at Martin De Porres Academy in Elmont, N.Y.

Mentally challenged girl, 15, ‘gang raped under her desk during class as teacher did NOTHING’ | Mail Online (via biyuti)

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In Vietnam, the U.S Military Command made rape ‘socially acceptable’ in fact, it was unwritten, but clear policy. When GIs were encouraged to rape Vietnamese women and girls (and they were sometimes advised to “search” women “with their penises”) a weapon of mass political terrorism was forged. Since the Vietnamese women were distinguished by their heroic contributions to their people’s liberation struggle, the military retaliation specifically suited for them was rape. While women were hardly immune to the violence inflicted on men, they were especially singled out as victims of terrorism by a sexist military force governed by the principle that was exclusively a man’s affair.


“I saw one case where a woman was shot by a sniper, one of our snipers” a GI said.

“When we got up to her she was asking for water. And the lieutenant said to kill her. So he ripped her clothes, they stabbed her in both breasts, they spread her eagle and shoved an E tool (entrenching) up her vagina. And then they took that out and used a tree limb and she was shot”

In the same way that rape was an institutionalized ingredient of aggression carried out against the Vietnamese people, designed to intimidate and terrorize the women, slave owners encouraged the terroristic use of rape to put Black women in their place. If Black women had achieved a sense of their own strength and a strong urge to resist, the violent sexual assaults —so the slaveholders might have reasoned— would remind the women of their essential and inalterable femaleness. In the male supremacist vision of the period, this meant passivity, acquiescence and weakness.

Women, Race & Class (1981)- Angela Davis (via malditafeminista)

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[Trigger warning: violence]When hundreds of women descended on Nagpur district court armed with knives, stones and chilli powder, within minutes the man who raped them lay dead.

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At 3pm on August 13 2004, Akku Yadav was lynched by a mob of around 200 women from Kasturba Nagar. It took them 15 minutes to hack to death the man they say raped them with impunity for more than a decade. Chilli powder was thrown in his face and stones hurled. As he flailed and fought, one of his alleged victims hacked off his penis with a vegetable knife. A further 70 stab wounds were left on his body. The incident was made all the more extraordinary by its setting. Yadav was murdered not in the dark alleys of the slum, but on the shiny white marble floor of Nagpur district court.

Laughed at and abused by the police when they reported being raped by Yadav, the women took the law into their own hands. On the day of Yadav’s hearing, 200 women came to the court armed with vegetable knives and chilli powder. As he walked in, Yadav spotted one of the women he had raped. He called her a prostitute and threatened to repeat the crime against her. The police laughed. She took off her sandal and began to hit him, shouting, “We can’t both live on this Earth together. It’s you or me.”

It was a rallying cry to an incensed mob. Soon, he was being attacked on all sides. Knives were drawn and the two terrified officers guarding him ran away. Within 15 minutes, Yadav was dead on the courthouse floor. But his death has not brought the women peace. Five were immediately arrested, then released following a demonstration across the city. Now every woman living in the slum has claimed responsibility for the murder. They say no one person can take the blame: they have told the police to arrest them all.

“We can’t both live on this Earth together. It’s you or me.”

Damn fucking right.

YES

[content: abuse] That awesome moment

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karnythia:

girljanitor:

biyuti:

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linguist-love:

When  you start really appreciating your parents after the rebellious teenage years.

My process with them has been the opposite of this. I still love them of course, but. Disappointment :/

lol i wasn’t rebellious until i hit 19-20 because that’s around the time i realized i was being abused

and now i hate them more than ever

so

u tried

That awkward moment when linguist-love forgets that abusive, shitty, bigoted or etc crap parents exist in this reality, where we all live.

ugh. falling into this trap got me to waste 6 years of my life pretending like my parents weren’t shitty and abusive and, thus, giving them 6 additional years to abuse me and basically entirley ruin what little self esteem getting kicked out my house at 17 gained me.

I honestly find myself very concerned every time I see another article or media mention of how kids are having a harder and harder time moving out of the family home due to economic circumstances.

Like, when I was 16 my mom handed my keys (so to speak) to my adult boyfriend and was like, “ok, your problem now!” And sure all I had to eat was like ramen and $1 frozen dinners because we were living in a walled-off den in someone house and there was no kitchen. And it was an utterly abusive situation but I still have to say it was *probably* better than what was going on at home at that point…

Like, do I love and appreciate my mom? Yeah, I do. Did she fuck up about as much as a human being CAN fuck up and utterly fail as a mother? Yeah, she did. Does she know and admit she did? Yes. Is she still paying for it? Yes.

Like, sometimes you *can* move past these things or at least build a new relationship on the ashes of the old one, especially if there was something there before shit went south. But like….I really resent this idea that my problems were due to “rebelliousness”. A lot of people tried to say that about me, but it was really obvious to anyone who has a split second of empathy that what was going on was lightyears different than any kind of stupid sitcom bullshit.

Can I ask why everyone decided to make this person’s post about their life a soap box for people who have been abused by their parents? Because I don’t deal with my parents at all, but I know that other people have positive interactions with their families & I don’t begrudge them that or their right to talk about having a healthy family dynamic. Are we just derailing people’s posts for the hell of it today? Or what?

I don’t see the response as an attack.  It has to do with privilege. 

Some people have the privilege of loving parents. Some don’t.  And the original post, though not intended to harm, was triggering as fuck for at least some of us without that privilege Like, not all rebellion has to do with being a teenager.  It’s a survival mechanism, a way of protecting some of our sanity and identity.

For people with good or neutral relationships with their parents, it might be true that rebellion had everything to do with their age and hormones.  This is the perceived “norm” that people with abusive parents have to prove wasn’t the case.

People are more inclined to disbelieve stories of child abuse because of the  “rebellious teenager” narrative.

The original post was a person musing to themselves about their life. The fact that someone was dickish enough to jump all over them for it & then spread it around to others is ridiculous & I say that as a survivor of an abusive childhood. It’s not okay to derail their posts because they had a better childhood than we did. The fact that some teens are rebelling to survive doesn’t change the fact that rebellion is developmentally appropriate for all teens & people in families that aren’t dysfunctional don’t owe everyone else an apology.

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porcelain-horse-horselain:

de—profundis:

[for me, the most ironic token of that moment in history is the plaque signed by president richard m. nixon that apollo 11 took to the moon. it reads: ‘we came in peace for all mankind.’ as the united states was dropping 7.5 megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in southeast asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity: we would harm no one on a lifeless rock. - carl sagan]

porcelain-horse-horselain:

de—profundis:

[for me, the most ironic token of that moment in history is the plaque signed by president richard m. nixon that apollo 11 took to the moon. it reads: ‘we came in peace for all mankind.’ as the united states was dropping 7.5 megatons of conventional explosives on small nations in southeast asia, we congratulated ourselves on our humanity: we would harm no one on a lifeless rock. - carl sagan]

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yuppiesticks:

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allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.
Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

(I tagged for trigger warning every way I could think of in the tags, but in case that didn’t work the way I thought: trigger warning.)
Playing the game made me more aware than usual of the kinds of privilege that keep me rich*:
-stable childhood gave me strong reserve of personal resilience; makes it easy to turn down lotto tickets, cigarettes (even easier when playing a game online and not living an actual life) and sell all your shit
-can temp in an office because I type like a fiend- learned in school, honed at home with a computer 
-parents have a higher class standing than me; don’t need me to support them financially
*which of course accrue disproportionately and often by theft to white people, hence the whiteness tags on this post
It was also pretty easy to click “make the kid eat the free lunch or go hungry” when I was playing a game online. With an actual real child staring me in the face? I don’t know what I would do. Same (to a lesser extent) with the pet questions, which become even more wrenching if your child’s best friend is the pet. 
And I expected the consequence to “Let a friend of a friend crash on your couch” to be “Then he molests your child.”

I feel some kind of way that a life I led for years & that many of my friends are leading now having all of these trigger warnings. If we can live it, then people can damned sure encounter it in a game.

yuppiesticks:

awesomefuckyeahmotherfucker:

allisonrae:

majd3st1ny:

Could you live on $8 or $9 dollars an hour? A computer game made by the Urban Ministries of Durham in North Carolina and an advertising firm called McKinney lets you play out life with a low-wage job as a single mom. The objective is to make it a month, juggling getting a job, rent, a place to live, food and coping with the costs of repairs, things for your child, insurance, etc.. Actually a very hard game to play and full of reminders of the difficulties of life on that kind of salary.

Play the game.

Seriously, if you haven’t played before, play it now. If you have played before, play it again. Especially important during this election season.

just playing this game alone made me really stressed and anxious

(I tagged for trigger warning every way I could think of in the tags, but in case that didn’t work the way I thought: trigger warning.)

Playing the game made me more aware than usual of the kinds of privilege that keep me rich*:

-stable childhood gave me strong reserve of personal resilience; makes it easy to turn down lotto tickets, cigarettes (even easier when playing a game online and not living an actual life) and sell all your shit

-can temp in an office because I type like a fiend- learned in school, honed at home with a computer 

-parents have a higher class standing than me; don’t need me to support them financially

*which of course accrue disproportionately and often by theft to white people, hence the whiteness tags on this post

It was also pretty easy to click “make the kid eat the free lunch or go hungry” when I was playing a game online. With an actual real child staring me in the face? I don’t know what I would do. Same (to a lesser extent) with the pet questions, which become even more wrenching if your child’s best friend is the pet. 

And I expected the consequence to “Let a friend of a friend crash on your couch” to be “Then he molests your child.”

I feel some kind of way that a life I led for years & that many of my friends are leading now having all of these trigger warnings. If we can live it, then people can damned sure encounter it in a game.

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searchingforknowledge:

In which Sweden’s racism rises again:

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In which Sweden’s racism rises again:

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edwardgoblinhands:

NYPD officers stop-and-frisk black teen for being ‘a f*cking mutt’
New York Police Department officers berated a young African-American man named Alvin during a so-called stop-and-frisk in 2011, an audio recording obtained by The Nation revealed.
In the clip, the officers tell Alvin that he is being stopped because he kept looking at them with his hood up. As he was being searched, one officer threatened to arrest Alvin for “being a fucking mutt.” Another officer added: “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”
But the officers were apparently unable to find anything illegal on Alvin and he was not arrested.
“He grabbed me by my bookbag and he started pushing me down. So I’m going backwards like down the hill and he just kept pushing me, pushing me, it looked like he we was going to hit me. I felt like they was trying to make me resist or fight back,” Alvin told The Nation.
New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy allows police officers to stop, question and search anyone who looks suspicious. The policy is aimed at finding illegal guns and drugs, but has face a slew of criticism from those who contend the aggressive searches target ethnic minorities.
The NYPD detained 684,330 people in 2011 under the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. At least nine out of 10 people stopped were innocent, and 87 percent of them were either black or Latino.

edwardgoblinhands:

NYPD officers stop-and-frisk black teen for being ‘a f*cking mutt’

New York Police Department officers berated a young African-American man named Alvin during a so-called stop-and-frisk in 2011, an audio recording obtained by The Nation revealed.

In the clip, the officers tell Alvin that he is being stopped because he kept looking at them with his hood up. As he was being searched, one officer threatened to arrest Alvin for “being a fucking mutt.” Another officer added: “Dude, I’m gonna break your fuckin’ arm, then I’m gonna punch you in the fuckin’ face.”

But the officers were apparently unable to find anything illegal on Alvin and he was not arrested.

“He grabbed me by my bookbag and he started pushing me down. So I’m going backwards like down the hill and he just kept pushing me, pushing me, it looked like he we was going to hit me. I felt like they was trying to make me resist or fight back,” Alvin told The Nation.

New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy allows police officers to stop, question and search anyone who looks suspicious. The policy is aimed at finding illegal guns and drugs, but has face a slew of criticism from those who contend the aggressive searches target ethnic minorities.

The NYPD detained 684,330 people in 2011 under the city’s stop-and-frisk policy. At least nine out of 10 people stopped were innocent, and 87 percent of them were either black or Latino.

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