Mambo, you’ve so often had really great political messages to share. So this puppy in a headdress with the tag “Intelligent Dreams” makes me double sad. I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt due to its shape - maybe it’s not really a headdress? But I think the image is pretty clearly evocative of it. Spotted in Big W Ellenbrook, in the sleepwear section.
Gentrifiers focus on aesthetics, not people. Because people, to them, are aesthetics.
Proponents of gentrification will vouch for its benevolence by noting it “cleaned up the neighbourhood”. This is often code for a literal white-washing. The problems that existed in the neighbourhood - poverty, lack of opportunity, struggling populations denied city services - did not go away. They were simply priced out to a new location.
That new location is often an impoverished suburb, which lacks the glamour to make it the object of future renewal efforts. There is no history to attract preservationists because there is nothing in poor suburbs viewed as worth preserving, including the futures of the people forced to live in them. This is blight without beauty, ruin without romance: payday loan stores, dollar stores, unassuming homes and unpaid bills. In the suburbs, poverty looks banal and is overlooked.
In cities, gentrifiers have the political clout - and accompanying racial privilege - to reallocate resources and repair infrastructure. The neighbourhood is “cleaned up” through the removal of its residents. Gentrifiers can then bask in “urban life” - the storied history, the selective nostalgia, the carefully sprinkled grit - while avoiding responsibility to those they displaced.
Sarah Kendzior - The peril of hipster economics (x)
Even when I think I know a lot about a thing, I still have more to learn. This article, particularly the section on Lyft and rideshares, is good and also now I’m having a moment.
I’ve been asked to compile a list of appropriate terms/words when referring to Indigenous Australians.. So here goes!
As a little bit of back-ground info on us.. Indigenous people in Australia have the longest continuing culture/s in the world. With many different language groups, culture groups, similarities with cultures in certain parts of Africa, Indonesia and nearby countries/nations, Aboriginal Australia is indeed diverse, to say the least.
Terms/words that are appropriate:
- Indigenous Australian/s
- Aboriginal people/s
- Torres Straight Islander person/s
- Torres Straight Islander people/s
- Native (though it’s not used as much here and more often heard to describe the Indigenous people of America, some will use the word)
- Black (yes, we ARE Black.. the white settlers used the term “Blacks” which reduced us down to our skin color.. we’ve reclaimed that word and is often used like “Black-fella”)
- ATSI - Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander/s (umbrella term for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Island people’s or for shorthand)
Terms/words that are NOT appropriate:
- Aborigine/Aborigines (a big no-no and sadly many still use these terms today)
- The Aborigines
- The Aboriginal people
- The Torres Straight Islanders
- The n word (pretty obvious, really)
Appropriate area-specific terms:
- Murri - Qld, north west NSW
- Nyoongah - WA
- Koori – NSW
- Goori - north coast NSW
- Koorie - Vic
- Yolngu - Arnhem Land
- Anangu - Central Australia
- Palawa - Tasmania
- Ngarrindjeri – SA - River Murray, Lakes, Coorong people
- Torres Strait Island Peoples
- Murray Island Peoples
- Mer Island Peoples
Also, words that are used to describe us as “less-advanced” when compared to European societies, are not acceptable. We are not less-advanced, or less-modern or a “primitive” people - we are just different. As is everyone.
Please direct any further questions to black-australia.
I swear to god, Australia is some kind of bullshit Night Vale country.
Impoverished Black and Brown communities do not exist for white people to enter, stay in for a week or so and then come out as though they’re saints because they hugged little Black and Brown kids. #stopthewhitesaviorcomplex2k14
These phonebooths provide a place to record thoughts, alliances, wishes and important information. And despite the rise of mobiles and the internet — both enthusiastically adopted in the bush — phonebooths remain an important means of communication for those who’ve run out of credit or can’t afford or can’t access a mobile.
Hi all,Currently, the Utopia Homelands are experiencing extreme water shortages. Utopia is an Aboriginal homeland formed in 1978 on a traditional boundary of the Alyawarra and Anmatjirra peoples. Their usual water source comes from one bore, but it’s been ten weeks since the single bore supplying the clinic and the primary school collapsed during maintenance conducted by the Barkly Regional Council. Since then, they’ve been completely reliant on Council trucks carting in water. However, water isn’t being delivered on a daily basis. Children cannot be bathed and there is no drinking water at school. Scabies and other infections are spreading fast. Read more here.This is completely unacceptable.We need to be showing support for the people of the Utopia Homelands and doing whatever we can to help.Things you can do:
- Post bottled water to:
WATER FOR UTOPIA
P.O Box 196
Gungahlin ACT 2912.
- You can also buy water online from Woolworths and Coles and enter in the postage details above instead of your home address for efficiency. Please buy in bulk! *All deliveries of water to the Utopia Homelands will be covered through corporate sponsorship.*
- Donate to the Water For Utopia fundraiser here.
- Contact the Barkly Regional Council. Contact details here. Demand that they act immediately.
- Use the hashtag #Water4Utopia on social media, and “like” Water For Utopia on Facebook to receive updates on this crisis as they come to hand.
- And in general, spread the word!
This crisis is unlikely to receive any attention in the mainstream media. In order to create awareness and work towards effective solutions, we must employ social media services and other forms of information delivery to convey the urgency of the situation as it currently stands. No more can there be silence on Indigenous issues.
Thank-you and please help in any way you can!
What is saddest about the brain death of 24-year-old Iranian man Hamid Kehazaei is what could have saved him: a pair of shoes, or some basic medical treatment. Perhaps just a bandaid. A bandaid.
And now, following his completely preventable, completely racist, completely reprehensible death, Hamid Kehazaei’s family has given permission for his organs to be donated, to people in a country whose government wasn’t even willing to let him in.
Hamid Kehazaei was an asylum seeker being held in Manus, and we should not be treating anyone in this way, let alone those who have come here seeking asylum.
OH EDIT: as not a doctor, I don’t know, but maybe septicaema means his organs can’t be donated? HOWEVER still they have given permission if it’s possible, which is better than our actual government in terms of their capacity for generosity
M.I.A. shitting on ignorant opinions
This isn’t a Nazi Swastika what so ever, as a JEW I can recognize this unlike some people.
Gonna quote straight from wikipedia here.
The word swastika derives from the Sanskrit root ssu(“Good”),asti(“to be”),andka(making)The older term gammadion cross derives from its appearance, which is identical to four Greek gamma letters affixed to each other.
What I find interesting is that this is actually a very very good representation of what can happen when white people culturally appropriate something.
The Swastika, long before the Nazis came about and started brandishing their own bastardization of it, had a strong religious and cultural significance to a LOT of people.
It didn’t represent anything evil, it didn’t represent a dictatorship that perpetuated one of the most well known genocides taught today.
It only started having this horrible association in the 1920’s when the Nazi party appropriated it as for their logo.
White people, white supremacists, taking something with an already well established past and meaning; and placing their own over it.
Because of these people, swastikas that do not have anything to do with the Nazi party are demonized in most people’s eyes because they don’t know any better, because white people wiped out it’s original meaning in white culture.
People seriously need to learn some history.
THIS is the sort of damage that cultural appropriation can do in the long run.
My aunt, Buddhist from birth, wears a diamond studded swastika pendant around her neck every day. That she can’t wear it outside her city is something that we never discuss; that she can’t wear it because it was appropriated by white people because they wanted it makes me angry every day.
Kraken spotting in San Francisco, California.
Genevieve Valentine (x)
I am flat serious about this, though:
2014 Emmys - Cocktail hour at the punk enclave, drinking blood-of-my-enemies-tinis and showing off jewelry made from the teeth of all those who partied too hard.
2012 Emmys - peignoir’ed for a quiet evening at home with the punk enclave, sipping moonshine and declaring anarchy.
2011 Emmys - Formalwear for an ambassadorial outing to represent the interests of Punk Enclave on the diplomatic scene. [Her clutch purse carries nothing but four pairs of bras knuckles - one set for her, and one set in case she a) wears out the first set or b) runs across someone cool who could use brass knuckles.]
2013 Emmys - It’s Garden Picnic Day at the punk enclave! (You can tell from the shoes; turns out even a punk enclave wouldn’t wear white after Labor Day.)
300: Rise of an Empire premiere - Casual Friday at the punk enclave.
And the 2014 SAG Awards - The specific but sublime “Oh, we’re posing for more pictures? Well, I hope you look at this dress until you puke, how’s that sound?” Day at the punk enclave.
- Spears, Sorcery, and Double Consciousness (Part 2) (Part 3) - a series about African-inspired fantasy and the Western vs Non-Western writer.
- Sexy Loki, Queer Tricksters, and the Problem with LGBT Villains - an opinion piece on how lgbt+ villains are written and used in fiction.
- Postcolonial Fantasy and African Against the Word “Tribe” - a discussion on the use of the word “tribe” in fiction, especially fantasy.
- The “Other” Histories of Fantasy - about (the lack of) non-European settings in fantasy and drawing from history.
- Fantasy’s “Othering” Fetish - about the portrayal of POC in fantasy, particularly how they are “othered”.
- Green-Eyed Asian - about giving POC traits that are more common in white people in an attempt to “beatify” or “exotify” them.
- Respective Portrayals of Asians in the Media and How to Balance Them - a primer on stereotypes and portrayals of Asians and Asian-Americans in American media.
- No Queens in Afrika: Women Rulers in Sword & Soul and Other African-Inspired Fantasy - about the use of the word “queen” in relation to non Western European (mostly African) female rulers.
- Tropes of Women of Color in Sci-FI - an eight-part series looking at five tropes that surround women of color in sci-fi.
- Why Sci-Fi Keeps Imagining the Subjugation of White People - an article about the popular topic of colonialism and anti-colonialism in sci-fi.
- On Black Women, Teen TV, and Fantasy Space - a short article about the desirability of black women in fiction and its relationship with women being validated “through heteronormative romantic success”.
- On the Erasure of People of Color from Dystopian Fiction - about the absence of POC in speculative fiction, particularly futuristic settings.
- Mary Anne Mohanraj Gets You Up to Speed Part I (Part II) - a two-part essay about race and racism in fiction and about writing a race other than your own.
- You’re Hurting My Head Again SF/F - a rant on erasing an entire race for the sake of an alternate history.
- Diversity and Disability - about the lack of representation for disabled people in YA fiction and the two tropes that often surround disability in fiction.
- No, Really, Stop Raping Your Women! - disputing arguments that favor rape and sexual assault against women in fantasy.
- Monstrous Females and Female Monsters - on the difference between the portrayal of male monsters and female monsters, and on what makes a female character a monster.
- How White Writers Should Address Racism - a short post on how characters address racial and ethnic prejudice in fiction.
- Dystropia: Why the Sassy Gay Friend Isn’t Progressive - an article on writing “sassy gay friends” and how it can turn bad quickly.