In the past few years, the science of Internet trollology has made some strides. Last year, for instance, we learned that by hurling insults and inciting discord in online comment sections, so-called Internet trolls (who are frequently anonymous) have a polarizing effect on audiences, leading to politicization, rather than deeper…
I think everyone on tumblr already knew this.
Students at a Queens, New York school have been banned from researching or writing about Malcolm X. The teacher’s decision to disallow student reports on Malcolm X for Black History Month was rationalized with the explanation that the civil rights leader was “violent.”
Parents of the Kew Gardens Hills students were outraged.
“My son came home and said, ‘Guess what dad, the teacher said we can’t write about Malcolm X because he was quote unquote bad,’” Frank Brown said.
While Malcolm X said that African Americans should use “any means necessary” to fight for liberation, he always specified that this only referred to the legitimacy of self-defense, never aggression.
The teacher at the school admits to polemically describing Malcolm X as “bad” and “violent”.
“My son came home with that negative stain on his brain that Malcolm X was a bad, violent man,” Angel Minor said of her child’s experience.
This. Is. AMERICA.
This hits me in ways that are unimaginable
I just can’t not reblog this, every single time.
I’m fairly sure I have reblogged this before, but I cannot help but reblog it again. I see this and I weep. Truly sobbing at my computer because I see all of the faces of my 8th grade boys who have had to grow up too quickly because they’re black, poor, and male. I think about their lives and the lessons that I can’t teach them in my 45 minute writing class. I cry because I know that some of them will not survive the war that Javon speaks about in this poem. I cry because I care so deeply for my students, but no matter what I do I am just one more adult that cannot protect them from their surroundings.
I’m personally surprised I haven’t seen anything about this young girl on tumblr, but Kim Pham, of Southern California, was literally beat to death by a group of friends because she photobombed their picture. No one did anything. Bystanders literally stood by and videotaped as this girl was BEAT TO DEATH. I think it’s important to note that we live in a social-media driven society that has been desensitized to utter violence and I hope that none if you would just stand by and let someone have their life stolen from them.
A year ago today, Omar Aziz, a Syrian anarchist, intellectual, anti-Assad activist, and martyr, was tortured and killed under detainment by regime forces in the Air Force Intelligence branch. May he rest in peace and power and may his legacy live on.
To read and learn about Omar Aziz:
Joseph Weinberg & Michael Biernbaum, Conversations of Consent: Sexual Intimacy without Sexual Assault (via cocknbull)
And MRA’s dont say SHIT on that. Can we talk about racism please?????
Group of white men dedicated to shouting down women does not publicise evidence of systemic racism, news at eleven.