July 28, 2014

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Day 19: Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 | July 26, 2014

Thousands of Gaza residents who fled the violence streamed back to devastated border areas during Saturday’s 12-hour humanitarian truce to find large-scale destruction: fighting pulverized scores of homes, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. In northern Beit Hanoun, even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling. Across Gaza, more than 130 bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, 20 members of an extended family were killed before the start of the lull when a tank shell hit a building where they had sought refuge. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

Pictures from Beit Hanoun & Shejaiyah during a pause in the bombing by Israeli forces:

1. A general view of destruction in the Shejaia neighbourhood. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

2. Palestinians carry belongings they find at their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

3. A Palestinian man looks staggered after seeing his home destroyed, while visiting the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

4. Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

5. Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A mare and her foal walk along the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinians survey the damage in Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Children wait for their parents, who collect belongings from their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

9. A general view of destroyed buildings after Israeli attacks in a part of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

10. Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

July 28, 2014

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Filed Under:  Israel  Palestine  hamas  gaza  

Here go your “both sides”.


Here go your “both sides”.

July 27, 2014

I am always shocked and astounded to talk to “liberals” and many black folks and hear them jump to defend Obama’s blatantly imperialist agenda across the world. This includes many “anti-racist” activists who just don’t seem to get it.

This is a PSA: You cannot be anti-racist and at the same time advocate for imperialism.

American wars of aggression, military expansion, drone strikes and the  torture, dehumanization and massacre of brown and black bodies abroad are directly connected to the white supremacist, patriarchal and capitalistic exploitation of black and brown bodies right here at home. Please don’t be so myopic as this is patently obvious. We cannot pretend like the US military industrial complex slaughtering poor POC across the globe, whose suffering is made nameless and faceless, has no connection to the violence being enacted every day against poor black, brown and immigrant communities within the United States. This is why bell hooks names these interlocking systems of domination in a compound manner:

Imperialist capitalist white supremacist patriarchy

You cannot challenge white supremacy while upholding patriarchy. You cannot challenge imperialism while advocating for capitalism. All of these systems of domination are inter-connected, and pretending like you can enact domination in one sphere while dismantling another is obtuse to put it kindly. We will never overcome domination without fighting all of these systems in tandem. 

But all of this doesn’t seem to matter because to Americans across the political spectrum- “liberals,” conservatives, you name it- the one thing that seems to unite them above all is their advocation for imperialism. And it just goes to show how most of them just don’t seem to get it.

July 27, 2014

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The Two Types of White People

  1. White people who don’t get race at all and are openly, blatantly and consistently racist- your Paula Deens and Donald Sterlings of the world, members of the KKK, Neo-Nazis, many “anti-immigrant” Republican lawmakers, etc.  
  2. White people (usually “liberals”) who get race a little bit and then proceed to monopolize discourse, engage in microaggressions and never turn a mirror on their own privilege- your Tim Wises of the world who will talk about white privilege but not understand their own, your white friend who took one African American studies class in college and thinks they ” totally get it”, your white friend in TFA (enough said), your white friend who is “nice” but secretly thought that Trayvon did have it coming, you name it. 

These are two sides of the same white supremacist coin. Just because most white people (and their POC apologists) only recognize the former as representing “racism,” doesn’t mean that they are right, as the far more insidious racism of white liberals is just as disempowering and destructive as that of their more conservative counterparts. And when you change your reference frame in this way, you see that sadly the vast majority of white people fall into one of these two racist camps.

July 27, 2014

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Important things from Igbohistory Instagram. European colonialism has, and still continues to dismantle the myriad of sophisticated social constructs upheld by so many African ethnicities, by presenting Africa as a unit by choosing to ignore the huge ocean of differences between ethnic groups, let alone countries.

Did Igbohistory quote the person who actually wrote this? As I read this, I had the feeling that I’d read the exact words before and not from Igbohistory. In fact I believe that I shared a link to the original essay on my tumblr years ago but I can’t find it now, I will sha…

I was taught this in my African History class, and since then i stopped referring to my people (Yoruba) and other ethic groups of Africa and the world as tribes. This large groups of people are nations with strong rich history and deserve to be respected as such. 

i do hope that igbohistory doesn’t claim that this is their own work, and they simply forgot to cite where the information comes from. 

I updated! I made a mistake pls, it was very similar to another essay I’d read but not the same.

I BEEN saying this, YES.

'Tribe' is a white anthropological word meant to diminish.

And can people still stop referring to the Amazigh as “Berbers” which means “barbarian”. Otherwise great points.

July 27, 2014

pppookkk: Are you stupid or just dumb. The gazans started this whole escalation by killing people and then taking it too far after one of their citizens was killed. If another country fired one rocket at America it would cause world war 3 but in Israel there were negotiations and attempts to stop an invasion of gaza while rockets were being fired into Israel. The only solution was a ground invasion of gaza which has killed people from both sides The main question is why are you defending the aggressor?

The growing [Zionist] violence culminated in Israel’s ruthless 1947-49 “War of Independence,”in which at least 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children were expelled from their homes by numerically superior Israeli forces – half before any Arab armies joined the war. This massive humanitarian disaster is known as ‘The Catastrophe,’ al Nakba in Arabic

Zionist forces committed 33 massacres and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns. Author Norman Finkelstein states: “According to the former director of the Israeli army archives, ‘in almost every village occupied by us during the War… acts were committed which are defined as war crimes, such as murders, massacres, and rapes’…Uri Milstein, the authoritative Israeli military historian of the 1948 war, goes one step further, maintaining that ‘every skirmish ended in a massacre of Arabs.’[…]

Over the 60 years since Israel’s founding on May 14, 1948, this profound injustice has continued. Palestinian refugees are the largest remaining refugee population in the world.

1.3 million Palestinians live in Israel as “Israeli citizens,” but despite their status as citizens, they are subject to systematic discrimination. Many are prohibited from living in the villages and homes from which they were violently expelled, and their property has been confiscated for Jewish-only uses. In Orwellian terminology, Israeli law designates these internal refugees as “present absentees.”

In 1967 Israel launched its third war and seized still more Palestinian (and other Arab) land[…]

Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip – the final 22% of mandatory Palestine – and began building settlements for Jewish Israelis on land confiscated from Palestinian Muslims and Christians. It has demolished more than 24,145 Palestinian homes since 1967. In 2005 Israel returned Gazan land to its owners, but continues to control its borders, ports, and air space, turning Gaza into a large prison, where 1.5 million people are held under what a UN Human Rights Commissioner described as “catastrophic” conditions.

Over 7,000 Palestinian men, women, and children are imprisoned in Israeli jails under physically abusive conditions (many have not even been charged with a crime) and the basic human rights of all Palestinians under Israeli rule are routinely violated. Some prisoners tortured by Israel have been American citizens. In the violence that began in fall, 2000 through Feb. 5, 2009, Israeli forces killed 6,348 Palestinians; Palestinian resistance groups killed 1,072 Israelis. Israel’s military, the fourth most powerful on earth possesses hundreds of nuclear weapons.

American taxpayers give Israel more than $8 million per day. Congress gives far more money to Israel than to all of sub-Saharan Africa put together. In its 60 years of existence, Israel, the size of New Jersey, has received more U.S. tax money than any other nation.


July 27, 2014

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levilikescookies: Wow just found your blog! o.o loved the review of Looking and i totally agree xD You should review the cute Australian show Please Like Me (lol its also white boys falling and love and has like 2% poc representation but its funny :p)

White gay boys falling all over each other with minimal tokenized representation of qpoc. Sounds awful. lol

July 27, 2014



George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

July 26, 2014



H*27: We’re Baaaaaack! (and confronting our class privileges)

After a month-long hiatus (sorry y’all), Kari (now blogging at voguedissent and heauxchinoise) and Chuks are back! We open this episode with a quick discussion about Beyonce and Jay Z’s potentially impending divorce, Gaza, and the children at the border. This week’s main discussion centers on what has happened in our lives lives in the past month, namely thinking about the role of our (obscene) class privileges and what that means for the work we do. For listener questions, we have anonymous questions about how we record, getting involved in anti-oppression advocacy work in high school, and analyzing Jewish guilt about Israel and Palestine, and an ask from jezebelwasunbothered about our lack of discussion regarding the accessibility of higher education when we talked about the Ivory Tower in a previous episode.

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