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“Say NO to paying for something that happened 100s of years ago,” screamed one meme that was doing the rounds on social media around the time tabloids began to claim that Caribbean nations were “suing” for reparations. They aren’t, strictly speaking, and nor can something which ended only in 1838 be compared, as it often is, with the Viking invasions or Roman conquest. The CARICOM group of nations, led by Barbados , is really calling for a wider dialogue about historical justice. Why should Britain – or any other former slave-trading nation – shy away from it?

After all, in almost any other sphere, historical continuities are acknowledged, even venerated – aren’t we told ad nauseum that the monarchy is important because it represents continuity? Even something like the “Commonwealth” – whose Games will be held in Glasgow this summer – celebrates the international “links” forged by Britain’s Empire and its apparent historical achievements. Britons are constantly reminded by politicians and some historians to take pride in having “given” former colonies those two old chestnuts, the railways and the English language. Seems a bit odd, if not thoroughly hypocritical, to then swiftly put distance between our “proud” present and the Empire’s rather less flattering legacies, which include gargantuan impoverishment and dislocation across swathes of the globe. How is it possible to keep up the endless national self-congratulation for the abolition of the slave trade while insisting that no one today has any connection to slavery itself?

Priyamvada Gopal for the New Statesman | brilliant piece on reparations that really opens out the discussion (via derica)

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yourmediahasproblems:

littlemissrantsalot:

yourmediahasproblems:

i want to create a tv show about a group of friends where they’re all queer except the one token cishet friend who’s only there to say stereotypical “straight” things for laughs like “macklemore got me into rap” and “my mom and i got into a fight because she wouldn’t buy me a fourth obey snapback”

Or we could just stop stereotyping people.

you’re cast

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note-a-bear:

bloop

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anirresistiblysexyperson:

s/o to my socially aware white friends who don’t throw bitch fits when i’m shitting on white folks and understand struggles poc face and own up to their privilege and don’t let posts like these get to their heads

u r cool people

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postwhitesociety:

youcantroamwithoutcaesar:

I don’t care how connected you think you are to a culture, if it’s not the one you were raised in you have no claim to it. That’s not a hard concept

say it again

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afro-rabbit:

Gettin sick of that false equality mindset that’s flying around.

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weareallmixedup:

petitepasserine:

white women of hollywood, reducing japan and japanese culture to cupcakes, sexy ”costumes” and submissive sex-kittens since god knows when

Look someone already made the post for me. If you think I’m overreacting to this shit you can jog the fuck on white women have been doing this ever since I was a little girl.

- Melody

I have three words for y’all…

AVRIL WEEABOO LAVIGNE.

I’m so fucking done! Did Gwen Stefani bang Canada? is that what happened here? Like I can’t even….

jitterbugjive:

geekygothgirl:

fictioninchains:

jayneausten:

lioar:

hookersorcake:

quiyst:

beefranck:

transgalacticwanderer:

electricalivia:

sageruto:

rabbitsnwolves:

Well, he was sorta asking for it, dressing in such flammable clothing.

if he didnt want to get set on fire, he should have stayed indoors

He was probably drinking that night, alcohol makes you susceptible to fire.

If it’s a legitimate inferno, the male body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

God I love you, Internet.

Why didn’t he stop, drop, and roll? He should have stopped, dropped, and rolled. He must have secretly wanted it.

If you read the article, eyewitnesses said the man had purchased a lighter earlier that same day. Dude probably set himself on fire and lied about it. Typical.

He should have relaxed and enjoyed it. After all it was just a bit of kindling cuddling

We need to start educating people about wearing fire-safe clothing and carrying extinguishers with them at all times. For their own safety.

Everytime i see this, the comments keep getting better

He has lit fires before, right? Participated in bonfires and barbecues? Well, then, he has no right to complain about being set on fire. If you do something consensually in the past that means you de facto consent to it in the future, right? 

*I’m dying here*

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http://thepastryalchemist.tumblr.com/post/83535425701/thevoxbox-theconcealedweapon-abled-people

thevoxbox:

theconcealedweapon:

Abled people complain about disabled people needing accommodations, because “in the real world there are no accommodations”.

But abled people receive accommodations all the time. Cars are an accommodation for those who can’t run a steady speed of 60 mph….

I feel I’m starting to look like a grumpy daddy

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The United States of America did not save black people, black people saved the United States of America.

Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Other People’s Pathologies." The Atlantic. March 30, 2014. (via jalylah)

Real talk.

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PREACH!!!

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Word!

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Ta-Nehisi say that shit one mo time for the people in the back that’s hard of hearing

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Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz have a few comments about transphobia on RPDR.

rafi-dangelo:

Two women who previously appeared as contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race have commented on the controversy around the “Female vs. She-Male” mini challenge.  Given that RPDR gave Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz wider exposure and a larger platform, I hadn’t given much thought to either of these ladies commenting publicly, but they have, and I’m glad we finally have statements from people close to the issue.

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