I was at an LGBT* youth group last Tuesday and they had us watch a movie about stone wall. Not once was Sylvia Rivera mentioned. What's more, out of a room full of trans people, only me and one other person mentioned it. The staff didn't seem to mind
We have got to know our history, we have got to know who came before us and paved the way. This makes me sad. It’s good you mentioned it.
“Not every white person is a racist, but the genius of racism is that you don’t have to participate to enjoy the spoils. If you’re white, you can be completely oblivious, passively accepting the status quo, and reap the rewards.”—Mychal Denzel Smith, “White People Have to Give Up Racism” (via yungbasedplant)
my mum was struggling to open a chocolate easter egg so i was like ‘hold on i bet i can smash it against my forehead’ and she was like ‘no scarlett seriously don’t do it’ but i didnt listen and i picked it up like lmao and hit myself in the face with it and thats when i realised it wasnt hollow it was just a solid egg of chocolate i have never been in so much pain in my life someone call 999
While we’re at it, let’s not forget that today is the 71st anniversary of the Uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto (not to be confused with the Warsaw Uprising).
You’ve probably seen this iconic WW2 picture before:
It’s a picture of Jewish civilians being taken prisoner during the German’s efforts to quench the uprising. These people were defending themselves against extermination- the Germans had entered the ghetto on April 19th with the intent of emptying it. You can guess in what ways.
This uprising wasn’t a military act- it was a civilian self-defense, a last stand against execution.
On this date Warsaw citizens wear daffodils to remember them. Daffodils bloom in April, from a distance they look remarkably like a yellow star, and were the flowers that Marek Edelman, one of the Uprising’s leaders, would place at the Monument to the Ghetto Heroes every year.
Him: I don’t date black women. It’s just a preference.
Me: Based on what?
Him: Nothing, it’s just how I feel.
Me: Impossible, deliberate aversions come from somewhere.
Him: Its just a preference, that’s all.
Me: No, a preference is preferring broccoli to asparagus. You can say that because asparagus will always taste the same, even when prepared differently.
Me: And we’re not always the same at all. There are hundreds of millions of us and we’re each completely different from the next. If an employer said not hiring Black people was a preference would you agree?