First stills of Mia Wasikowska as Emma Bovary in Madame Bovary
I need white people to stop pretending consent was possible during slavery.
Stop lying to yourselves that those black cousins are the result of illicit love affairs & grasp that slaves could not say no.
When consent is not an option, when you’re only seen as 3/5ths of a human being & you have no legal standing? You can’t say yes.
I need white America to sit down for a sec. Look into the faces of black Americans with the same last names & figure it the fuck out.
Our ancestors were raped by your ancestors. Regularly. Some of the kids were treated kindly. Most were not. They were sold.
White mistresses punished the slaves for “tempting” master & congratulated themselves on that bloody work. Read the narratives.
Not the cleaned up ones either. Read Incidents in The Life of A Slave Girl & understand that Mammy was a victim, not the one who loved you.
She couldn’t care for her kids, couldn’t choose her husband or their father most of the time. She was a slave.
Millions of people died on the Middle Passage. Millions more died here at the hands of your ancestors. Own that.
Now you want to sing Kumbaya & keep oppressing our communities & erasing our contributions. Spare me the tired bullshit.
Male slaves fared no better. There’s a long history of them being raped, tortured & killed too. That was slavery. Stop romanticizing it.
Our children were fed to alligators as bait (feel free to look that up) died of starvation or exposure & that was slavery too. Yep, we were livestock & you use sickly livestock as bait.
Stop watching Gone With The Wind & fantasizing about beautiful plantations if you can’t accept what happened on those plantations.
House slaves had it better in the sense of access to food & possibly better treatment, but they were still slaves.
14 year old slave girls weren’t falling in love with the men who could beat them & everyone they loved to death.
Read the tales of enslaved women who killed their children to spare them. Read about people beaten to death as an example.
Sally Hemings could have left Jefferson in Paris. Of course her entire family was still in his power. And his “love”? Didn’t free her. Ever.
Go look at the pictures of former slaves backs. Whipped until they bled & left to scar so they were maimed for life & couldn’t run.
Also before you talk about the cleaned up narratives, remember that the people relating their stories knew lynching was always possible.
Records of slavery were deliberately destroyed so that former owners wouldn’t have to pay anyone.
That “peculiar institution” was generations of blood, pain, & terror. That’s what built America. Never forget that.
Now stop talking about anyone’s white ancestors like they deserve the fucking credit for the success of people descended from slaves.
American slavery began in 1619. June 19, 1865 was the last official day of slavery. Do the math on how long it takes to heal that wound.
After slavery was officially over? Black codes & Jim Crow laws followed. America’s history of oppression is longer than that of freedom.
Also before any dumb motherfuckers land in my mentions. I have a degree in history. I will read you to filth & bury you in sources.
Trust & believe there is no country here for people who want to romanticize a system that is still grinding away at my community.
All this fluffy fucking talk about American history to coddle white kids feelings & engender patriotism? You won’t get it here.
My ancestors built this country, I served this country & I will tell the damned truth about this country. Don’t like it? Fuck you.
Now let me get in my feelings about slavery before Africans were brought here. Because we weren’t the first people enslaved.
We were deliberately sought out for our skill sets & resistance to disease. Know why we were resistant? We’d had contact for years.
All of that “My ancestors never owned slaves so it has nothing to do with me?” Go look at those NDN ancestors again. See how many were free.
While you’re in there checking that out? Look up those old country ancestors & see how many benefited from slavery indirectly.
Also while we’re talking about NDN relatives? Yo, learn a name besides Cherokee. Better yet, learn about the genocidal tactics they faced.
Look up immigrant groups becoming white in America. Find out who had to bleed so they could gain access to white privilege.
Let’s really talk about the Red Summer of 1919 & how it wasn’t an unusual occurrence. Tulsa, Rosewood? They were just famous.
Let’s talk about welfare & who could access it. Hell let’s talk about who is collecting more of it right now.
Let’s talk about the primary beneficiaries of affirmative action (spoiler! White women!) & what it means to attack black people instead.
Shit, let’s get into the Great Depression & the Great Recession & who is hurting the most financially through both.
Let’s talk about conditions on reservations, in the inner city, & the violence faced by POC who try to leave those areas.
Hell, let’s talk about why we don’t see shows that reflect the American population set in the past, present, or future.
Go read Columbus’ diaries & see what “civilization” really meant to the people he encountered.
For that matter go read up on King Leopold & the Congo. I’ll wait while you cry.
That’s the thing about whiteness as a social construct in America. It’s not about white people, it’s about white power over others.
When we’re talking about white privilege? We’re talking about what it takes to shape this society based on oppression.
America is a young country with a lot of power because of genocide, slavery, & continuing oppression. Individuals build institutions.
All of these conversations aren’t about bringing out white guilt, they’re about ending this institution developed over the generations.
Also let’s be clear that America is sick with this ish across the political spectrum. It may manifest differently but it exists everywhere.
Before I go, let me also suggest that people who are curious about anything I tweeted about take a tour through Google with terms.
It’s not that I won’t answer questions, but there are books out there that I think everyone should read on slavery, whiteness, & America.
“When the whales at SeaWorld were played a sound recording of a group of whales made at sea, they all stopped moving in their tanks. Then one of them, Corky, began shaking violently. The tape was playing sounds of her family. “I have no idea if this creature shares any feelings that we know as humans, but her reaction reminded me of the times I heard messages from my own family when I was a hostage in Lebanon. I would feel great relief at knowing they were well, but also much sorrow and a sharpened longing to be reunited with them. “What is clear is that Corky could recognize her family’s sounds after years of separation…Knowing only this much I believe it is pointless and cruel to keep these animals apart for commercial reasons - to exploit them for commercial entertainment.” -John McCarthy, journalist
Sea World pisses me off so much. I cannot get over these beautiful, huge creatures kept in tiny tanks and forced to perform for human’s enjoyment. That’s fucked up
So is vaccination really necessary and not just a Big Pharm heist for money?
Are vaccinations necessary?? ARE VACCINATIONS NECESSARY??
IS THE POPE CATHOLIC??
Vaccines save thousands of lives every year. Ever heard about Polio?? A disease that used kill thousands of children in this country. (Read Nemesis by Philip Roth). 58,000 children used to get this disease a year—it left thousands dead or crippled for life.
So are vaccines necessary to save children from disability and disease? YES
Rubella can cause horrible congenital defects in children. By ensuring that every woman who might become pregnant has been vaccinated we save thousands of babies every year from being born deaf or with congenital heart defects.
So are vaccines necessary to protect babies in utero?? YES
The HPV vaccine prevents the top 2 strains of HPV that cause cervical cancer—a cancer that used to kill thousands of women in this country. (Not to mention it protects against 2 strains of genital warts!). The HBV vaccine prevents people from contracting Hepatitis B which can lead to HCC (hepatocellular carcinoma).
So can some vaccines prevent cancer?? YES
Some people cannot have vaccines. Some people are allergic to them, or are immunocompromised (patients with HIV, cancer patients, etc) and cannot tolerate the vaccine. By ensuring that all people who can be vaccinated are vaccinated we protect those people who cannot be vaccinated!!
So can vaccines protect children with inherited immunodeficiencies, those who are HIV+, cancer patients, and a whole long list of other people who aren’t able to vaccinated? YES.
Can vaccines prevent the elderly from suffering from certain types of pneumonia? YES.
Can vaccines save the lives of children bitten by rabid dogs? YES.
HAV? HBV? HiB? HPV? H1N1? Yes.
Rotavirus? Chickenpox? Pertussis? Mumps? Yes.
Did vaccination eradicate smallpox? A disease that killed thousands of people every year? YES.
What about Anthrax? Shingles? Yellow fever? YUP. YUP. YUP.
Does the vaccination of health professionals against influenza prevent thousands of patients from being exposed every year. YES!
So if vaccines are a “Big Pharma heist” I don’t really give a fuck—because it’s a scheme that saves thousands of people every year. (Besides—vaccines don’t make a lot of money for those companies at all! They count on Viagra to make their big bucks). NOT TO MENTION big pharma would make a hell of a lot more money on the drugs it would take to treat these people if they got sick…. SOOOO it sounds like they would make a hell of a lot more money off not producing the vaccines to me. But you can form your own opinion on that one—because whether or not they make money is not really the issue for me here! The issue is can we save lives??
This is the one and only time I will ever answer this question because it is a RIDICULOUS question. It is 100% OUTRAGEOUS that we have to have this debate in this country.
So for the record
- DO VACCINES CAUSE AUTISM? NO
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- CAN EVERYONE BE VACCINATED? NO
- SHOULD EVERYONE WHO CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE LIVES? YES
- DO VACCINES SAVE THOUSANDS AND THOUSANDS OF LIVES EVERY YEAR? YES
So shut it down. Shut down anyone who tells you vaccines cause autism (because the guy who FALSIFIED the results of that study had his medical license pulled and his FAKE findings have been disproven a thousand times over).
Shut down anyone who tells you it’s about the money (because if it was about the money there would be more money made in producing designer drugs for erectile dysfunction).
Shut down anyone who tells you they’re dangerous (because while a VERY FEW people can have severe adverse reactions this is not only OUTRAGEOUSLY rare, but you are at a much higher risk from getting the disease than you are of having ANY side effect at all from the vaccine).
Shut it the fuck down.
IF YOU CAN BE VACCINATED GET VACCINATED.
Because guess who you protect when you get vaccinated?
- Your family
- Your grandmother with cancer who can’t get the flu vaccine this year because of her chemo.
- Your pregnant sister whose fetus could develop terrible birth defects if she were to be exposed to certain diseases.
- Your roommates in the dorm from getting meningitis.
- Your neighbors kids who might get pertussis if you haven’t been vaccinated.
- The patients you see at the ER
- Strangers on the bus
- Children with BTK, SCID, and other immunodeficiencies.
- ALMOST EVERY OTHER PERSON ON THE PLANET.
So guess what—vaccines are perhaps one of the best developments of modern medicine in my opinion. And if only people would stop asking these ridiculous questions we could eradicate polio in the third world. We could stop children from DYING in this country from diseases that haven’t been seen in our parent’s lifetimes.
So—yes—I will SHUT IT THE FUCK DOWN any time I hear this pseudo-science because vaccines SAVE LIVES. And it’s time we wake up before we live in a world where there are thousands of children dying every year from Polio all over again.
Google Glucose Contact
I think one of the greatest contributions from the so called “tech-bubble” is the creative technology being developed by the tech giants. Here is one amazing thing.
“We hope a tiny, super sensitive glucose sensor embedded in a contact lens could be the first step in showing how to measure glucose through tears, which in the past has only been theoretically possible.”
The chip and sensor would be embedded between two layers of soft contact lens material, while a pinhole in the lens would allow fluid from the surface of the eye to seep into the sensor.
This can save so much efforts of monitoring diabetes. We won’t need any more finger pricking, or difficult devices to monitor blood levels. Rather, we can get this completely connected to our phones and always be aware of whats going on!
I really hope this is a thing that gets on the market. (Google confirms it’s a real project, at least.) It will save so many lives. Because it’s not just about “fingersticks suck”; it’s about “fingersticks suck so much a lot of people don’t do them and just guess how much insulin they need,” and they end up sustaining long-term damage from poorly controlled blood sugar.
And it’s one of those things in healthcare that cross-applies to a lot of life—the success rate on telling people “well, just don’t do that” is near nil. They’re doing it for a reason and whether you think that reason is good or not, you don’t address it if you just say “you know how you don’t do your fingersticks? well, do them.”
Whereas if you give them new tools, ones that actually meet the needs they’re expressing and not just the ones you think they should have—that’s how you actually get change.
I just love yarn so much ;)