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More white people believe in ghosts than in racial discrimination | Death & Taxes Mag

This month, following the police shooting of Michael Brown and then the police-led violence against demonstrations calling for justice, one would think that any skepticism regarding the existence of racial discrimination in the U.S. would be eradicated.

And although it’s finally the topic of mainstream discussion, according to a Pew/MSNBC poll, it turns out more white people believe in ghosts than in “discrimination against blacks.”

Not only do 17% of the people polled believe in ghosts, but they also think they’ve “interacted” with them. So, racial discrimination based on hundreds of years of well-documented systematic oppression? Nah. High-fiving supernatural beings, of which there exists absolutely no evidence? Yep!

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scaredystark:

it’s really weird to be a person who supports hank pym who is also a person with bipolar and also a victim of domestic violence

i should hate him, i should be president of the “this man is a bad man” club, but i can’t

i can’t forgive him or forget how he hurt jan, but i also can’t turn my back on the first accurate and positive representation of myself in the entire comics medium

i’ve been reading comic books for half my life now, and this is the first time i’ve seen myself in them

don’t get so excited over hating him that you throw away what he represents to a lot of very underrepresented people

because yes, he’s a white cis hetero male, but he’s also disabled

he is disability representation, and even if it’s super neato cool to hate him, don’t fucking hate what he means. don’t erase his disability, because last i checked, there aren’t enough disabled superheroes to throw away every one that it’s socially cool to unquestionably shit on

hank pym gets more shit than fucking batman, and batman goes around fucking beating the shit out of mentally disabled people

why is it more acceptable to hurt disabled people than it is to be one?

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semiserious:

Hi, can we stop patrolling Beyonce’s feminist credentials because omg she said “Bow down bitches” and “thots” in a song. 
There aren’t a lot of words in general use like “feminist.”There’s not that widely recognized one-word equivalent for like queers or blacks. Like you can call yourself an activist, sure, but generally if you’re of a marginalized identity you’re just assumed to be for that community’s rights. 
The brilliance of the term “feminist” is that it’s an active thing to declare oneself in a world where woman are taught to be passive. 
Society has a big problem with women calling themselves feminists because society has a big problem with women being non-passive. Society has twisted the word into something taboo to use. 
There’s way too many examples of female pop stars who shy away from declaring themselves feminists — even Madonna never embraced the word! Many of them were in the audience that night (*ahem* Katy Perry). 
So here comes Beyonce, the unimpeachable queen of pop at the top of her game giving a career milestone performance proudly and unambiguously declaring herself a feminist. I’m willing to bet a lot of those other artist in the audience (not to mention the millions of people watching at home) might stop shying away from declaring themselves feminist. Beyonce is doing a lot to destigmatize the word. More than probably anyone else has in the mainstream in a long, long time. 
But then cue up these white girls and white gays on the internet like “oh, but she still said bitches in that one song” which is like the same as saying “he’s not a good example for the black community because he uses the n-word” or “that gay is homophobic because one time I heard him call his drunk friend a tagic fag.” Like, no, shut up. 


It would be foolish to suggest that women can’t rightfully reclaim gendered slurs, but it does become an issue, as plenty of feminist criticisms of the use of “thot” have argued, when women use these words against each other. Which is not at all to say that Bey’s feminist credentials have hereby been revoked. Maybe, at worst, your fave might be a little problematic? Which, like, throw a rock?

semiserious:

Hi, can we stop patrolling Beyonce’s feminist credentials because omg she said “Bow down bitches” and “thots” in a song. 

There aren’t a lot of words in general use like “feminist.”There’s not that widely recognized one-word equivalent for like queers or blacks. Like you can call yourself an activist, sure, but generally if you’re of a marginalized identity you’re just assumed to be for that community’s rights. 

The brilliance of the term “feminist” is that it’s an active thing to declare oneself in a world where woman are taught to be passive. 

Society has a big problem with women calling themselves feminists because society has a big problem with women being non-passive. Society has twisted the word into something taboo to use. 

There’s way too many examples of female pop stars who shy away from declaring themselves feminists — even Madonna never embraced the word! Many of them were in the audience that night (*ahem* Katy Perry). 

So here comes Beyonce, the unimpeachable queen of pop at the top of her game giving a career milestone performance proudly and unambiguously declaring herself a feminist. I’m willing to bet a lot of those other artist in the audience (not to mention the millions of people watching at home) might stop shying away from declaring themselves feminist. Beyonce is doing a lot to destigmatize the word. More than probably anyone else has in the mainstream in a long, long time. 

But then cue up these white girls and white gays on the internet like “oh, but she still said bitches in that one song” which is like the same as saying “he’s not a good example for the black community because he uses the n-word” or “that gay is homophobic because one time I heard him call his drunk friend a tagic fag.” Like, no, shut up. 

It would be foolish to suggest that women can’t rightfully reclaim gendered slurs, but it does become an issue, as plenty of feminist criticisms of the use of “thot” have argued, when women use these words against each other. Which is not at all to say that Bey’s feminist credentials have hereby been revoked. Maybe, at worst, your fave might be a little problematic? Which, like, throw a rock?

This is probably the least stupid thing I’ve read about the recent Israeli/Palestinian quagmire. Since this article ran (Aug. 1), it’s been revealed that Hamas was involved (as opposed to suspected) in the kidnapping and murder of the three Israeli teens in the West Bank (which is not politically controlled by Hamas), but it’s clear that the war that followed was caused by a host of other factors that had been building steadily for years.