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Tattoo i sketched today that i am getting soon.
holy fuck, this is like a vomit cocktail of cultural appropriation.
“this is like a vomit cocktail of cultural appropriation”
I do believe that is the aptest possible description.
I’m a little confused, though… where are the ΙΧΘΥΣ fish, tree of life, pentacle, sun cross, seal of Solomon, star-and-crescent and hammer-and-sickle? Maybe those are going to be on the “matching” tattoo on the other limb…
[image description: A drawing, in what looks like dark brown pen or marker, depicting two circles attached by a short thin chain.
- The larger upper circle resembles a dreamcatcher somewhat; its outer border is in the form of a seven-rayed spiderweb with random additional connecting lines, and four beads at apparently random positions in the web area. The center of this upper circle, however, is taken up by a mis-drawn calligraphy “OM” inside a thick, irregular ovoid border that also contains nine apparently random small dots in two groups.
- The lower, smaller triangle has a triangle inscribed inside it; a fine-line brickwork pattern suggests it’s a pyramid, and an oddly-rendered (pale-irised, lacking the usual kohl-liner extension at the eye’s outer corner, and with a dashed line for the eyelid) eye of Horus fills most of the shape. Four pairs of ovals, at roughly 1, 3, 7 and 10 o’clock, connect the triangle to the enclosing circle, which is empty aside from a narrow border decorated with loops or half-ovals.
- Two beaded feathers hang down from the bottom of each circle, and a fifth feather hangs below the lower circle on a chain like the one connecting the two circles; the three lowest feathers are drawn darker on 1/3 (left), 1/2 (middle) and 1/4 (right) of their length, while the top two appear monochromatic. It is unclear what specific bird, if any, the feathers are intended to be depicted as coming from. Finally, three ribbon streamers are also attached to the circles at apparently random points.]
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“It is my privilege, and an honor, to introduce to you Martha Kane Wayne…
…my significant mother.”
/end Bruce voice
[drawn by me, on the tablet (no stylus) using the PaintJoy app; now you all know why I’m usually reblogging other people’s art instead of posting my own]
[why are hairlines so hard augh]
If your partner were terrible all the time, it would actually be easier to deal with in many ways; you would tell yourself, “Well, he turned out to be a jerk.” But when someone you love goes back and forth between kindness and cruelty, generosity and selfishness, tenderness and intimidation, loving you and cheating on you, you can come to feel that it’s impossible to understand people. Your feelings for the primary person in your life tend to carry over into how you view everyone. Your partner may further feed the problem by encouraging you to think badly of others. He may tell you that people are lying to you or taking advantage of you; that your friends have hidden motives; that you are naïve in your dealings with people; that “everyone is just out for themselves.” He’s talking about himself, though he probably doesn’t know it.
- What You Said: I don’t think it’s right for you to say that I shouldn’t have a say in a certain conversation.
- What You Meant: The world has told me that my opinion is so valuable, my voice is so universal and my very being is so much more important than yours that I am positive that by simply adding my view on a topic, a topic that I am neither educated on nor have lived through, makes the conversation better, more viable and more important. I can not fathom a single subject or conversation that wouldn’t be made better when my opinion is given.
[image description: a three-color (sky-blue, earth-brown and blood-red on white) poster, in a style reminiscent of wood-block or woodcut printmaking.
The outer margin, and the human figure in the center of the poster — a kneeling Native North American elder, wearing a single eagle feather in their hair, braided (or beaded or bound) side-locks, a bone choker and what appears to be a long robe- or dress-type garment decorated with embroidery, and holding a tomahawk in their left hand / resting in their lap — are rendered in brown.
All of the block-print, ALL CAPS text (see below) is rendered in blue, as are:
- at left, a stylized eagle on a prickly-pear cactus, the sign that in Aztec / Mexica belief was foretold by the god Huitzilopochtli as indicating the place where Tenochtitlan (modern Mexico City) should be founded, and which has been a symbol of Mexico since pre-Columbian times;
- at right, a stylized turtle, representing the Turtle Island which appears in the traditional belief systems of several First Nations who lived at or near the east coast of the modern United States when they first encountered European colonizers, and which has for decades been adopted by members of those and other Native American and Native Canadian peoples as a term for the North American continent as a whole;
- at bottom left, what appears to be a stylized mountain range or series of hills;
- at bottom right, what appears to be a council circle, with four seated human figures and what may be the arm of a fifth visible as silhouettes, at least one of whom is also wearing a single feather.
The blue turtle and brown human figure are superimposed on one another, so that the turtle’s left front flipper is a series of lines across the human’s otherwise-white face, and the turtle’s left side and left rear flipper are discernible in the white stitching decorating the human’s otherwise-brown clothing. There is a slight overlap of the brown human figure and the blue eagle-on-cactus, but those two elements appear more to border one another than to share space.
The blood-red element is somewhat like a Western-cartooning-style “speech bubble,” having a point which is aimed as if emerging from the brown human figure’s mouth, but which is mostly filled in with dark red, aside from numerous short, thin, pale lines suggestive of flowing water or woodgrain (or breath) and which curve inwards into a spiral at the end furthest from the human’s mouth. The word being spoken is also written along the top of the spiral/bubble, rather than inside; it is rendered in cursive script, all lowercase, the single word “libertad” (Spanish for “liberty”) with no punctuation.
The first, fourth and fifth lines of block-letter text are sky-blue on earth-brown, as the bottom margin of the poster has a wider band of brown to accommodate the text, while the brown background of the first line is in the form of a thin banner near, but not at, the top margin and slanting slightly downwards to the right. The text reads as follows (rendered in mixed Caps for readability):
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Image credit: Poster created by visual artist and Michigan State University assistant professor Dylan Miner.
Johnny Depp isn’t Cherokee
He claims to be cherokee
But Johnny Depp isn’t Cherokee
he claims to have some Creek ancestry too
Johnny Depp is NOT Native American, guys.
Seriously, stop saying it
The exact quote is “[great-grandmother] grew up Cherokee or maybe Creek Indian”
It is literally the definition of a blood myth. I mean most people with a blood myth name a specific tribe but Depp can’t even do that and for some reason this crap is given credence.
Reblogging for the quote. I knew someone had it
It’s true that many, probably most, apparently White (and Black) Americans with a story about how “their greatn-grandmother was an Indian princess” that has been handed down in their family — or that they claim has been handed down in their family — turn out to have zero Native ancestry whatsoever.
But among people who do the genealogical research to find out who, when, where, and were-they-really, and find that they do have genuine Native ancestry, it’s actually not uncommon for the family story to have mentioned Cherokee (or another well-known Native people) while the actual ancestor belonged to another Nation entirely. One reason for this is that the Tsalagi are one of the best-known tribes, particularly on the East Coast, and stories do change when they’re retold.
Maybe a child heard their grandparent tell the story and name their own mother’s people as Creek, or Cree, or even Seminole or Lenape, but then when the grandchild tried telling the story themselves years later, listeners said they had never heard of that tribe, or maybe even suggested that the grandchild must have meant Cherokee, or must have mis-heard or mis-remembered. Maybe the grandchild tried to look up information on their ancestral tribe, and nothing in the library matched the name they remembered — between there being separate names for different clans, groups, settlements, and peoples who considered themselves multiple nations within a larger Nation (the Iroquois or the Lakota-Dakota, for example), and the fact that White people and White people’s books tend to use exonyms far more often than any of a Native people’s own names for themselves — so maybe the grandchild decided for themselves that they must have had the name wrong. Maybe family members found it simpler to tell non-Native acquaintances that the tribe was one they’d heard of, and that’s what the next generation grew up having heard and believed. These things happen.
I’m not saying that anyone claiming Cherokee (or any Native) ancestry should be taken at face value, or even necessarily be given the benefit of the doubt. I’m definitely not saying I think Depp is really Native — or that it would excuse the roles he’s consented to play for Disney in recent years if he were Native.
But White America has been trying for five hundred years to take our cultures and our identities away from us. In too many cases, they’ve been too successful. We need to remember not to help them by shunning people who are our own, just because White interference managed to fracture their ancestral communities and disrupt cultural transmission in their families…
Labeling people as “Illegal Immigrants” benefits capitalism and corporations.
As long as America continues to threaten migrants, it will benefit economically. Now, many naysayers and tea partiers will disagree — the rhetoric of “they took our jobs!” etc. The fact is, as long as people are threatened about their paperwork status on being here, they can be mistreated and forced to work shit pay — and companies routinely do this. It is cheaper and more “cost effective” for them to keep a lid on the status of their workers so they don’t have to pay for things like health benefits, an actual fair wage, and compensation for injuries (since majority of the jobs in factories and agriculture are labor-intensive and full of risk).
One of the best reasons to buy organic when it comes to fruit that must be hand-picked (all berries other than cranberries; grapes; cherries, apricots and many other stone fruits; most melon varieties; figs; and the list goes on, but you can usually infer from how delicate the fruit in question is) — besides the fact that those are also some of the most-poisoned produce, between insecticides and herbicides and fungicides, and besides the fact that they lead to significant soil and water pollution when grown “conventionally” — is that it’s common for agribusinesses, and even some smaller farms, to spray assorted poisons on fruit fields while there are migrant workers in the field picking fruit.
Yeah; on top of
- the illegally-long shifts without breaks;
- the inadequate provision of water, for drinking or otherwise;
- the inadequate provision of sanitary facilities, i.e. toilets or port-a-potties (even after multiple e. coli outbreaks led to thousands of dollars’ worth of produce needing to be recalled and destroyed, and thousands of dollars more lost due to consumers’ fears after the outbreaks were contained);
- the complete lack of overtime pay, sick pay, vacations, etc.;
- the complete lack of workers’-compensation coverage for injuries or illnesses due to / during work;
- the complete lack of healthcare coverage;
- the typical lack of a first-aid station on premises, or even a handful of band-aids, despite frequent occurences of heatstroke, heat exhaustion, severe dehydration, heart attack, and other work- and/or working-conditions-related medical emergencies among farm workers;
- and the illegally-low pay;
- migrant workers get poison sprayed directly onto them, typically without any warning, and without any way to wash themselves off until many hours later.
There’s a reason why so many migrant farm workers are undocumented (“illegals”); most people who are citizens, or legal residents with work permits, won’t work under illegally-dangerous, illegally-unpleasant conditions for illegally-low pay!
If you want strawberries badly enough to pay $2 for them, then you probably want them badly enough to pay $3 or $4 for them…
[Trigger Warning: Dead Baby Animals] PETA’s secret slaughter of companion animals
1. A pile of garbage bags, mostly black with a few white or transparent, in what appears to be a commercial Dumpster-type waste receptacle with rusty-crusty metal walls and floor. The context implies the bags are full of the corpses of companion animals, but the bags’ contents are not visually discernible.
2. In a field, on a sunny day, a human wearing a white “clean suit” and some sort of rebreather-type mask is holding a dead puppy by its hind legs at arm’s length over a black garbage bag. Someone out-of-frame except for part of their nitrile-displosable-glove-clad left hand is pointing down at the open garbage bag. (The other human is wearing what appear to be latex disposable gloves, as they are off-white, whereas the out-of-view human’s glove is purple, a color typically used for nitrile gloves so they’re readily distinguishable from latex ones for latex-allergy reasons.) Several vehicles are parked in the background, at least one of which has a blue law-enforcement light (turned off) on its roof.
3. A hard-plastic pet carrier, large enough to hold a medium-sized dog or two adult cats who like one another, is situated on some sort of metal grating. The carrier’s metal-grate door is open, and a tabby-striped kitten, appearing roughly three to five months old, is lying on its side on the floor of the carrier, its tail towards the viewer. The kitten is wearing what appears to be a paper identification collar, similar to hospital wrist-IDs for human patients. From its unnatural position and stiffness, and the peculiar way its fur is mussed, it is clear that the kitten is dead… or possibly “merely” comatose.
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I reblogged this as text because the great big triggery photos show up before the trigger warning, otherwise. Those who want to see the photos, click through here (or click any of the next four links).
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is an organization that publicly claims to represent the best interest of animals — indeed their “ethical treatment.” Yet approximately 2,000 animals pass through PETA’s front door every year and very few make it out alive. The vast majority — 96 percent in 2011 — exit the facility out the back door after they have been killed, when Pet Cremation Services of Tidewater stops by on their regular visits to pick up their remains. Between these visits, the bodies are stored in the giant walk-in freezer PETA installed for this very purpose. It is a freezer that cost $9,370 and, like the company which incinerates the bodies of PETA’s victims, was paid for with the donations of animal lovers who could never have imagined that the money they donated to help animals would be used to end their lives instead. In fact, in the last 11 years, PETA has killed 29,426 dogs, cats, rabbits, and other domestic animals.
Source: The Huffington Post
Image description… This is a form letter with handwritten notes all over it, and complex to describe. I transcribed and formatted the form letter as closely as I could to the way it appeared, with descriptions of formatting I can’t get Tumblr to render enclosed in [square brackets].
Positioning of the handwritten notes is indicated by numbers within asterisks, e.g. *7* or *13*; descriptions of the notes each number denotes appear inline within the transcribed form letter, enclosed in (parentheses) to further distinguish them from the text of the letter, while the text of each note is set off by *asterisks* within the parenthetical description.
There are no [square brackets], *asterisks* or (parentheses) used in the original form letter. The letter did use bolding, italics, underlines, and changes in text size and color, so I wanted to avoid using any of those to indicate descriptions of any of the image’s elements.
I’m reasonably sure this will still be a somewhat confusing image description, but I couldn’t figure out any alternatives that would be less confusing. Suggestions and/or edits are welcome! :)
Finally, instead of following the usual Tumblr-image-description convention and enclosing the entirety of the description text in [square brackets] — since I used those to signify something else — I have instead set it off with HTML horizontal-rule lines above and below, and also added ALL-CAPS textual markers for those whose screen-readers may not recognize the hr tag, like so:
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Dear Dana Commandatore,
It really is shocking; *1* (the word “shocking” is circled; a line connects it to an upper margin note: *Why is it shocking?*) As I type this letter, one more set of parents will learn that their son or daughter has autism. And their lives will be forever altered.
*2* (a line connects “We” to a left-margin note: *It is genetics.*) We have to find out why. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis. We do not know its cause and there is no known cure. *3* (a short line connects “cure” to a note written beneath: *So, stop searching for one.*)
And that’s why I’ve written you today.
My name is Elizabeth Feld, and I am the President of Autism Speaks — the nation’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. *4* (a short line connects this sentence to a note written beneath: *So, why don’t you listen to autistic people?*)
Did you know that the diagnosis of autism has increased tenfold in the last decade? In fact, 1 in 88 children will be affected by some form of autism. That is over one million children.
I am asking you to help — to help someone with autism.
We really need your support… autism receives less than 5% of the government’s research funding available for many childhood diseases. *5* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *It is NOT a disease.*)
That makes your support all-the-more important. We cannot wait for public funding to come to us — we rely on caring friends like you. *6* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *I’m not your friend.*)
You allow us to forge ahead with great urgency. *7* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *I will do all I can to stop you.*)
*8* (a long line goes from the word “We” down the left margin to a note written in the extra-wide space between the sentence ending “make a difference now” and the huge blue “Yes!”: *except you leave autistic people out of the conversation*) We recruit the most brilliant scientific minds to answer autism’s baffling questions.
We focus on finding the causes of autism and developing medicines that will target autism’s core symptoms in ways that reduce disabilities and improve learning abilities.
Your donation today — no matter the amount — will have great meaning to individuals and families living with autism. *9* (a short line connects this sentence to a note beside it: *It will go towards funding a cure — and there is no cure, so it will go towards promoting more fear of autism.*)
Because when you give to autism speaks, you are contributing to our advocacy and research efforts that make a difference now. *10* (a short line connects the word “now” to a note in the extra-large space beneath: *You are contributing to ignorance.*)
*11* (see *8*) *12* (see *10*)
[begin blue text] [begin huge text]Yes![end huge text] I am proud to ease the burden of people and families with autism. [end blue text]
[begin small text] Please accept my tax deductible contribution of $_____
Please make your check payable to: AUTISM SPEAKS and return it along with this card in the envelope provided.
For credit card payments, please see other side. [end small text]
[Recipient’s name and address, with the address marked out with pen to redact everything except “CA” for California, and what looks like “Los Angeles” semi-legible under less-dense scribbles] *13* (a note is written in the space between the recipient-address block on the left and the AS identity block on the right: *Don’t ever send me anything again unless it is an apology to my son.*) [Autism Speaks logo with AUTISM SPEAKS underneath, followed by the hypocritical slogan “It’s time to listen.” and their website address.]
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This is the best thing I’ve seen this week.
I love how many notes this has gotten.
Rose, you are magnificent.
Frankly, I’m baffled. I want to yell “where are you all coming from???”
Because my anti-A$ post has jumped about 500 notes as well in the past 72 hours or so.
“ease the burden of people and families living with autism”
Bringing this back again.
This is incredible. Thank you for posting this. This damn near made me cry
As someone with an autism spectrum disorder, this disgusts me so much I just want to throw up.
This needs to stop.
As a person who has a relative who is autistic, I will say that the comments made me laugh, but this entire letter made me want to punch someone in the face. How can someone be an advocate for Autism if they have absolutely no idea what they are talking about?
I started composing a brief answer to the question above, but it turned into a long-ish rant, so I turned it into a separate post: Autism Speaks does NOT advocate for people with autism, and it never has. I’d intended to reblog this with the link to my rant shortly after I posted my rant yesterday; adding the image description for the original letter wound up taking a while.