Monkey have little personal need for human money. Monkey have cool rainwater to drink, abundance of fresh fruit to eat, group to forage and socialize with. Monkey one of four adult males who calls shots in group, so Monkey’s life already pretty sweet. But Monkey also member of critically endangered species, and when the last time you managed to get high-priced lobbyists and P.R. people to take star fruit for payment? Let’s face it: licensing is sweetest plum, and with Monkey Selfie now most popular image on Internet (Monkey have intern from Macaca Nigra Project checking this) Monkey and Monkey’s kind can’t afford to leave money on trees.
That’s why Monkey announcing today that with intellectual-property dispute settled, Monkey now pivoting to next phase. Monkey’s loan-out corporation immediately filing to copyright Selfie for commercial reuse in all media. Monkey and Monkey’s attorneys fully confident that copyright will be granted in timely manner and intend to protect valuable intellectual property via every legal channel available. Monkey not talking about law of the jungle here, either. Monkey talking about your human law. Because Monkey may have been born in an Indonesian lowland, but he not born in Indonesian lowland yesterday.
“I tell my students, ‘When you get these jobs that you have been so brilliantly trained for, just remember that your real job is that if you are free, you need to free somebody else. If you have some power, then your job is to empower somebody else. This is not just a grab-bag candy game.’”—Toni Morrison (via medievalpoc)
Hey, for that "Beethoven can't be black since he's German" debate, someone actually has proof about it. It has some sources too if you're interested. whitepeoplestealingculture(.) tumblr (.) com/post/96652964321/im-confused-about-what-beethoven-was-doing-in-the
I mean, if anyone had any doubts left on why an American blogger writes about European art and history, it’s that right there. White Americans have been taught that they are entitled to claim European cultural accomplishments of the past, merely by virtue of being born white. It’s very connected to a quote that struck me from this article:
The myth of the monochrome Middle Ages, in which the medieval is originary, pure, and white, transcends geographical and temporal boundaries. It is attached, through supposed biological descent, to white bodies, wherever and whenever they go, even into the apparently non-corporeal digital realms of fan-forums, television and video-games.
A last note: “German” is a nationality, not a race. The sheer amount of times that I have had to explain to people that every single human being living inside a political border isn’t going to be the same race should be shocking, but sadly, it’s probably not.
For folks interested in musicians and composers of color in European history, check out the “Music" tag.
Do you think C.L.R James "The Black Jacobins" is a serious and valid source on Toussaint Louverture?
Hello. Thank you for your question.
First, it’s always good to pay attention to the subtitles of books you browse. In this case: “Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution” seems to suggests that the book will indeed deal with the leadership of Toussaint Louverture in the Haitian Revolution.
Second, C.L.R. James was a very important (Marxist/Socialist) intellectual in his time and I have to say, I am always surprised to see how little recognition he seems to be enjoying in the United States (i’m guessing his political affiliations may have something to do with it, but still). * I am only making this comment to state that he is a very authoritative source and even today (more than 6 decades after its release) The Black Jacobins is considered a classic and one of the most complete analysis of the Haitian Revolution.
That being said, not so long ago, I saw a post on Tumblr on how this was a very important book on Toussaint Louverture and Black Power, as much as i agree with the first clause, I’m hardly convinced by the second and I wonder what some people got from their own reading. I think that more than anything else, this was a book about placing the Haitian Revolution and radical figures like Toussaint Louverture inside a broder discussion of the French Revolution, which was something few people had attempted to do seriously. This books helps us see how the language of universal (or not so universal) freedom embedded in the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen greatly affected individuals in Saint-Domingue. In the end, once we place the events in Saint-Domingue back into this contingency, we see that even before Napoleon’s seizure of power, most French revolutionaries (although not all) could not reconcile the principales of their own Revolution and the slave insurrection (which is even more important to note, considering slavery had been abolished by February 1794). So, we should be careful when we read this book to remember part of the aims of the author (which are not kept a secret at all from the reader.) That we can see the Haitian Revolution as an event that transcended the frontiers of Saint-Domingue/Haiti in asserting the humanity of Blacks throughout the Atlantic (and hence give it a ”Black Power” resonance) is one thing, but to extend that meaning to C.L.R. James’ book is another. (I mean if that is so, what do we make then of all the class connections he makes with the slaves and the French sans-culottes?)
At any rate, to go back to your original question, this is indeed a valid source on Louverture but i don’t think our understanding of the book should be limited to the person of Toussaint. I’m sure you will enjoy this book and I highly recommend you also read some reviews or historiographical essays on the Haitian Revolution (a lot of them are freely available on the web).
“Apology: In our review of “The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism” by Edward Baptist, we said: “Mr Baptist has not written an objective history of slavery. Almost all the blacks in his book are victims, almost all the whites villains.” There has been widespread criticism of this, and rightly so. Slavery was an evil system, in which the great majority of victims were blacks, and the great majority of whites involved in slavery were willing participants and beneficiaries of that evil. We regret having published this and apologise for having done so. We have therefore withdrawn the review, but in the interests of transparency the text remains available only on this special page and appears below.”—
Should you desire to spend the majority of your life in the woods, you are free to do so; there is no limit to how often an American may go camping. You can work a summer job and save up enough cash to buy a polar sleeping bag, a few MREs and various basic supplies, and go forth (ugh, you probably have to get permits, though) to live off the fat of the land, and to cultivate a life of solitude and silence.
It is slightly less understandable, and altogether less admirable, to steal candy from children.
But the mythos. The fanboys! The adoring fanboys whose dream it is to live in their own filth in the wood, Nobly Living Alone And Also Eating As Much Fluff As I Want, and Never Having To Talk To Anyone About Awards Ceremonies, And Literally Stealing From Children, the Chris McCandless boys who want nothing more than to live out the last five minutes of Shane on a daily basis, who mistake male-induced anti-social behavior and chronic theft for true independence; what my friend Chris called “the romantic transcendence of listening to Lynyrd Skynyrd for hours while slowly dying from an all-marshmallow diet” — all that must GO.
It is very silly that we live in a country where the conversation about people who rely on government assistance runs generally along the lines of “DON’T TAKE HANDOUTS,” while white men who steal from their neighbors are touted as tragic symbols of noble self-reliance! You can spend as much time in the forest as you like; this is America and no one will stop you. Put aside your needless, trumped-up sense of social persecution (“I MUST ESCAPE FROM HUMANITY, but can I have your magazines?”).
their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
so I asked my students,
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
“Okay. Please put your hands down.
Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.”
blank stares mixed with curious ignorance
a quivering hand out of the crowd
half-way raised, like a lone survivor
struggling to stand up in Kigali
“Luz, are you sure about that?”
“That’s what I thought.”
they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”
“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”
“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”
they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them
Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him
Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade
she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal
“Carlos, what’s genocide?”
this right here…
Carlos Andres Gomez; “What’s Genocide?” (via oncewild)
In the wake of all of the foofaraw about hacks of peoples’ iPhone backups to get their spicy pictures, and in the wake of hacks of Target and now Home Depot by actors that appear to be state actors or actors that have been paid by state sponsors, this is a frightening world in which we live.
I don’t know how we fix this problem of increasing data in the cloud, and weak-ish security controls at their heart. I don’t know how we make stronger passwords that are easier to remember, or add another factor that isn’t just sending you a text message, but is, rather, truly indicative of identity.
So I console myself with something from the early 90s that warned us this was coming.
River Phoenix, Dan Aykroyd, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, David Straithairn, Mary McDonnell, hell, even Donal Logue is in it.
You're just genuinely a horrible person. You promote bigotry as comedy. The idea of you penning anything to influence children is terrifying. Worst of all, it's not that you're "not fun," you're not even funny. How fortunate for you that being a woman excuses you from even needing to have talent to hide your hate behind. I hope some day you get some level of a conscience and some empathy for all the people your words hurt. Maybe that will get you to reconsider your life.
okay but when you have holocaust survivors and people who were activists during the civil rights movement supporting mike brown and then KKK members and neo nazi’s supporting the officer you should be able to figure out which side is the right one.
I don’t want to argue that police officers don’t deserve common courtesy and respect during our daily interactions with them, but Sunil Dutta, who I posted a quote from earlier, is so completely wrongheaded in his conclusions that it’s stunning. It’s a blank check for police misconduct disguised as pragmatic advice.
The most salient (and enraging) paragraphs:
I know it is scary for people to be stopped by cops. I also understand the anger and frustration if people believe they have been stopped unjustly or without a reason. I am aware that corrupt and bully cops exist. When it comes to police misconduct, I side with the ACLU: Having worked as an internal affairs investigator, I know that some officers engage in unprofessional and arrogant behavior; sometimes they behave like criminals themselves. I also believe every cop should use a body camera to record interactions with the community at all times. Every police car should have a video recorder. (This will prevent a situation like Mike Brown’s shooting, about which conflicting and self-serving statements allow people to believe what they want.) And you don’t have to submit to an illegal stop or search. You can refuse consent to search your car or home if there’s no warrant (though a pat-down is still allowed if there is cause for suspicion). Always ask the officer whether you are under detention or are free to leave. Unless the officer has a legal basis to stop and search you, he or she must let you go. Finally, cops are legally prohibited from using excessive force: The moment a suspect submits and stops resisting, the officers must cease use of force.
But if you believe (or know) that the cop stopping you is violating your rights or is acting like a bully, I guarantee that the situation will not become easier if you show your anger and resentment. Worse, initiating a physical confrontation is a sure recipe for getting hurt. Police are legally permitted to use deadly force when they assess a serious threat to their or someone else’s life. Save your anger for later, and channel it appropriately. Do what the officer tells you to and it will end safely for both of you. We have a justice system in which you are presumed innocent; if a cop can do his or her job unmolested, that system can run its course. Later, you can ask for a supervisor, lodge a complaint or contact civil rights organizations if you believe your rights were violated. Feel free to sue the police! Just don’t challenge a cop during a stop.
Ask Abner Louima how that goes. Sure, he lived, and he won his suit, but at what cost? Or ask Oscar Grant—you can’t: He was shot in the back while being restrained. The officer was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, but how is that enough?
Right now, it is very much not enjoyed by one and all; do we need any further demonstration of that? Dutta needs to lecture police in St. Louis County about their role in the community, and the way they interact with citizens, rather than lecture the public to be nicer to the police. It’s clear that in America today, a young black man can be shot whether he’s courteous or not, whether he’s resisting or not. That’s the greater problem, and the idea that the problem is anything other than that would be laughable if it weren’t so deadly serious.
Meanwhile, in Iowa, a board that no-one elected and has no accountability, voted to end the delivery of Mifepristone via telemedicine, and a judge just approved it. This means some women will have to travel hours to obtain a legal medical procedure, because a board disregarded all the evidence that says tele-med abortions are just as safe as in-person ones.
At the same time, look at the way the numbers moved (in the poll you posted). Every group showed an increase in "raises important issues about race" and every group showed a decrease in "too much attention being paid to race" except black people as a whole. The numbers are striking, but the numbers are also moving, and that's important.