if you know what’s going on in ferguson and you’re white

yungfeminist:

  • share all the material you can; share this article on how to make a tear gas mask or this post on the rundown of the situation in ferguson or this livestream link to the peaceful protests in ferguson
  • don’t you DARE make this about yourself or how you hate when people blame “all white people” for “the actions of a few corrupt cops”
  • this is not about you THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU DO YOU HEAR ME THIS IS NOT ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE
  • do you fucking understand me share all the shit you can to make noise about what’s going on but THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME TO GIVE SOME LENGTHY OPINION ABOUT HOW YOU HATE COPS WHEN YOUR LIFE IS NOT LITERALLY THREATENED BY OUR RACIST CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM EVERY DAY. THIS IS NOT YOUR TIME TO “SYMPATHIZE” WITH BLACK POCS ON HOW YOU LOVE TO JUST SAY “FUCK THE POLICE” TOO. THIS IS NOT SOME CUTE TREND.
  • THIS IS A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH AND THIS IS ABOUT ANTI BLACK RACISM AND IT IS NOT ABOUT YOU. DO NOT SPEAK OVER ANYONE.

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vul-va:

jambo-rosa:

dancinginyourhead:

About the teargas, I don’t know if anyone already said it, but in Brazil we were putting vinegar on tissues and breathing on it (ppl started getting stopped/arrested for carrying vinegar), it kinda cuts the effect of the teargas, how it burns the throat and doesn’t allow you to breath. ive seen ppl saying about the don’t rub your eyes part, that’s really important too.

i used to put it in a tissue on my wrist so they wouldn’t stop me for being with my face covered, cause they do it here, i don’t know if they’re doing in ferguson

This helps a lot. Also, when the teargas would hit us in Pakistan, we’d avoid vaseline, mineral oil, oil-based sunscreen or moisturizers on our skin because it only worsened the burning/irritation. Don’t use those. Do not swallow the phlegm/mucus, if you feel any. Blow it out/cough it out. Don’t let it stay in. Do not rub your skin.

I’m also seeing people out in beaters/less-covering and I completely understand that August is not a month where we’d like to cover ourselves with clothes but in this situation under armed warfare, please wear jackets when you’re out. The chemical doesn’t cling on your skin then and will stick to the fabric. Focus on breathing, like everyone says, stay calm. Inhale, exhale.

Smear lime juice on the scarf covering your nose and mouth. You’ll breathe better when hit. Or smash charcoal and dip your bandana/scarf in water and rub the charcoal over it. Cover your mouth/nose with this. Do not wash your face with water. It increases the effect of the tear gas.

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maarnayeri:

So much love and power to Black mothers in America and Palestinian mothers in the West Bank and Gaza.

You all are so brave, so resilient and so beautiful. Raising children and creating homes of love in perpetual warzones. Utterly indebted, this world owes you so much more.

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Anonymous said: Internalized racism may be one reason some African Americans don't like Africans, but I partly think it's also a result of living in the West. I'm an African American, and I certainly don't think we are immune to things like American exceptionalism. Even though we're black we're still American, so in a lot of ways, we are ignorant like other Americans. But I think when you add the internalized racism factor it's like we're trying to separate ourselves from those "primitive" black ppl. idk

Anonymous said: How do you feel about assimilated african americans not liking africa/africans?

could you clarify what you mean by assimilated?

i feel its an unsuprising result of decades of being brutalized and made to compete and hate your own race/ethnicity by white supremacists. white supremacy also caused many African families to dislike Black Americans.

learning and understanding our shared past and respecting our similar yet distinct struggles will slowly erase the white supremacist lie we’ve swallowed- that we’re supposed to distrust each other. we’re literally much more powerful as communities when we recognize this white supremacist lie and begin to respect ourselves. 

every death that affects Black Americans affects Africans. Every struggle that Africans face, affects Black Americans as well. that’s how I feel about it. Im not saying we all hold hands and sing. Im saying we need to challenge these lies what white supremacy has told us- separately- about the ”other side” as if we’re strangers, when in reality we literally has shared histories and cultures 

yagazieemezi:

In 1960, Garanger, a 25-year-old draftee who had already been photographing professionally for ten years, landed in Kabylia, in the small village of Ain Terzine, about seventy-five miles south of Algiers. Garanger’s commanding officer decreed that the villagers must have identity cards: “Naturally he asked the military photographer to make these cards,” Garanger recalls. “Either I refused and went to prison, or I accepted. 

“I would come within three feet of them,” Garanger remembers. “They would be unveiled. In a period of ten days, I made two thousand portraits, two hundred a day. The women had no choice in the matter. Their only way of protesting was through their look.”

Read more

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Anonymous said: How can one become a mod?

get off anon! :)

pepper-soup:

maarnayeri:

I’ve seen more hollow think pieces about what Gal Gadot means to representation in a “feminist” lens with this role of Wonder Woman than anti colonial feminist critiques and commentary of Israeli apparatus and Palestinian women under IDF surveillance (precisely the work the likes of Gal Gadot pride themselves upon).

Mainstream feminism is a morally bankrupt institution. Nothing more than an agent and normalizer of neoliberal violence.

feminists- radical or liberal or whatever the fuck else they wanna call themselves to sounds special- whose energy is more concerned with if  buffy or Xena is a kickass woman, more concerned on defending sicko policies and women who create those policies rather than caring on a higher scale (not EQUAL scale) about the ways colonial policies destroy women’s and children’s lives are nothing but scum-stain on your bathroom floor, they are to me as dangerous as men and whites who enforce the status quo because these branches of women appear to be nice and polite and civil as a way to garner support & trust, all the while ignoring the most heinous things. 

when you consciously prefer to comment on superheroes and which lipstick is more empowering or which henious woman is wearin the latest outfit- you are no better than TV/radio/media whose main job is to sanitize the general population from what is happening in the real world

Anonymous said: Where do Afro Palestinians fit in with the struggle? They also face racism from other Palestinians and are often not considered Palestinian enough nor that they have the right to be in the land despite many of them being in the country since the Islamic conquest. What is their position and who is rallying for their rights?

ard-al-burtuqal:

First, Afro-Palestinian have always fitted in the Palestinian anti-colonial struggle for national liberation they participate in resistance and mobilizations against the occupation. The first Palestinian woman to organize a commando operation in “israel” was Fatima Bernawi and she is Afro-Palestinian.I don’t know where you got that Afro-Palestinians “don’t have the right to be on the land” they are indigenous to the land just as any Palestinian. I suggest you look at these links to resources i provided below to learn more about the community and their struggles and aspirations. 

Video: Ali Jiddah Afro-Palestinian activist from Jerusalem 

Afro-Jerusalmite Society: An Afro-Palestinian organization based in Jerusalem 

Article: Black, Proud and Palestinian

Photo Portraits: Portraits of Afro-Palestinians from Jerusalem and Jericho 

Articles about Afro-Palestinians in Gaza:

Here & Here 

Darg Team Palestinian Hip-Hop group group from Gaza that is made up of Afro-Palestinian members (The second article above talks about them)

Reema Morgan Afro-Palestinian singer from Gaza

The crisis of solidarity: Using ‘’their plight” to score political points by Budour Hassan 

This is a great article although Budour discusses Eritrean and South Sudani refugees in “israel” she also writes about Afro-Palestinians.

You can read about Fatima Bernawi here beginning on page 10:

Daughters of Palestine Leading Women of the Palestinian National Movement by Amal Kawar

Article about Majed Abu Maraheel the first Palestinian to compete in the Olympics back in Atlanta in 1996 who is Afro-Palestinian.

heckyeahgnawa:

overflowing-bins:

I’ve been asked to take part in a dance concept video which pays respect to African heritage and cultures from different parts, and I’ve chosen to do gnaoua (or gnawa) from Morocco.

I’m researching the dance styles used in gnaoua music and it looks sooo similar house dance ahaha wtf. I wonder if House originates from Africa too?

Since house music was created by African-Americans, and much of our culture is West African in origin…it makes sense. They share that musical link in common. :)

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