Anonymous said: hi, i'm sorry if this has been asked but in your powerpoint you said that the tumblr sj community is guilty of antisemitism. what kind of things has it done? also, i love your blog!
I’ll take this one since I’m the blog’s resident Jew. Oy vey, where do I start…
- SJ community loves to police Jewish identity and silence actual Jews when they talk about their own identities. This usually happens in context of either “Are Jews White?” or “Jewishness is just a religion” conversations. In reality, Jews are an ethnoreligious group that ethnically originated in the middle east, and while some ethnic Jews have light skin, it’s actually due to centuries of forced assimilation in European and Slavic countries through rape, which is a big reason why Jewishness is matrilineal. Furthermore, there exist Jews who do not look white at all. There are black, brown, and asian Jews who are all ethnically Jewish, and these conversations erase them.
- "Jewish privilege". Fact: It’s not a thing. It’s actually a very common anti-semitic trope that says that Jews run everything so they are not oppressed. Jews are oppressed, and face anti-semitic violence.
- "Anti-semitism is not just about Jews, there are other semitic people." While yea, there are other semitic people, the term "anti-semitism" was created by Germans in the 19th century to refer specifically to the hatred of Jews because it sounded more scientific.
- Blaming anti-semitic violence in Europe on the actions of Israel. I see this literally every single day on this site, and it’s very upsetting. Jews that live in the diaspora are not responsible for Israel’s actions, and especially should not be suffering at the hands of white people in Europe under the guise of anti-zionism.
- Finally, and this is a big pet peeve of mine. The only people I ever see reblogging posts about anti-semitism are other Jews. Even a lot of my non-Jewish followers will reblog posts about racism, sexism, homophobia, etc. but ignore posts about anti-semitism, and that as a Jew makes me feel unsafe.
That’s enough for now. If you’re interested in learning more about Jewish identity and anti-semitism, you are welcome to check out my personal blog: yochevedke. I discuss that stuff a lot.
Another Jew reblogging about anti-semitism. I’ve seen some increase in concern about this from goyim, but it’s been slow going. Hopefully we’ll pick up a big head of steam soon.
New Post has been published on http://petersontoscano.com/we-are-not-gonna-recycle-our-way-out-of-this-mess/
We are not Gonna Recycle our way out of this Mess
I’m about to piss off some people, but enough already with the recycling.
Not that recycling is a bad thing. It is a very good thing. It is the moral, pragmatic, and responsible thing to do. It feels good too. I love rinsing out the empty baked bean tins, the wine, beer, and gin bottles, and the plastic cleaning jugs. I feel so content sorting them into their appropriate bins, then carting them off to the municipal recycling center where I dump the cans and plastics into larger bins then gleefully toss the glass bottles (hear them smash!) into the dumpsters that correspond to their colors–brown, green, blue, clear. I come home, rinse out my bins, stack them up in my utility room, and start all over again. Recycling feels good. Satisfying.
I feel like I should get a gold star for recycling or a certificate declaring:
Congratulations! You have done your part for the environment.
Recycling seems to have a built-in, feel-good quality to it, one that has been marketed along with the slogan: If we each just do our part, together we will save the planet.
That’s why I think we should stop recycling. Like most products hawked at us, recycling doesn’t deliver on its promise. In light of the colossal changes that our governments and businesses need to make in order to radically reduce greenhouse gases, our individual efforts are about as effective as curing a cancer patient by giving her a gentle pat on the back. It’s sweet, loving, appreciated, but ineffective in saving her life.
Are you feeling defensive? I understand if you are. I am desecrating a sacred rite of modern liberal environmentalism. But the reality is that in the face of the climate crisis that is upon us–the urgent need to force our leaders to act boldly and quickly, the scale of the problem we face–all of our efforts to sort those cans, bottles, plastic jugs, newspapers, glossy print magazines, and flattened cardboard boxes, is about as futile as rearranging the deck chairs on a sinking Titanic. Deny it. Try to negotiate if you must. Get angry with me. Grow depressed. These are the necessary stages of grief many of us need to experience before we come to a place of accepting the shit storm that is upon us.
Of course recycle. It is a good thing. But as you rinse out that tin and sort those bottles and tie up those newspapers so neatly and set out the recycling for pick up or take it yourself, do so with the knowledge that these efforts will not save us. Don’t let the recycling euphoria sooth away the growing urgency to act like as your life depends on ii–because it does.
Want to do more than recycle? Consider attending the People’s Climate March Sept 21 in NYC and check out the LGBTQ Climate Manifesto. If you can’t get there, attend a regional event that same day or organize one yourself. Have teach-in to educate yourself, your friends, faith community, and neighbors.
Want to do more than just a one-day event? (I’m liking your enthusiasm!) Check out the Citizens Climate Lobby, a group that is assertively looking to place a fee on greenhouse gases as a way to radically cut consumption. They even have a plan to help households deal with the higher energy prices that will come with a carbon fee.
We will not recycle our way out of this crisis, no matter how good it feels. But there is still plenty we can and must do. What’s your next step?
(photo credit for TV Elephant Recycling : CoolFunPic.com)
When an officer pulled Bahl over for a traffic violation more than six years ago, the officer “knew Mr. Bahl was deaf, but he thought it would work to just use gestures and use a loud voice to communicate with Mr. Bahl,” Macpherson said, speaking with Bahl at a news conference.
Bahl asked the officer to communicate with him in writing, but the officer sprayed him with a chemical irritant, dragged him out of his car and beat him, Macpherson said.
At least Bahl survived the police brutality. Not everyone does. Native American man John T. Williams, also hard of hearing, was shot dead by police while wood carving in Seattle four years ago.
Lucy Hicks Anderson was a pioneer in the fight for marriage equality. She spent nearly sixty years living as a woman, doing domestic work, and working as a madam. During the last decade of her life, she made history by fighting for the legal right to be herself with the man she loved.
After marrying her second husband, soldier Reuben Anderson, in Oxnard, California, in 1944, local authorities discovered that she was assigned male at birth. The couple was charged with perjury for marrying despite their both being legally male, resulting in ten years of probation. Standing up to the charges against her, Anderson said, “I defy any doctor in the world to prove that I am not a woman. I have lived, dressed, acted just what I am, a woman.” Years later, Anderson and her husband were charged again, this time with fraud after she received federal money reserved for military spouses. Both went to prison and were banned from Oxnard upon their release.
Lucy Hicks Anderson spent the remainder of her life in Los Angeles until her death in 1954, at age 68, leaving behind a legacy of authenticity and determination in the face of unjust laws.
5 Black Trans Women who Paved the Way — Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition
a lake in montana whose water is so clear it appears shallow, when really its over 100 feet deep!
this is actually kinda terrifying because what if someone doesn’t know how deep it is, so they go diving and try to swim to the bottom, but they always seem just out of reach, so they just keep swimming… and when they realize something’s wrong it’s too late
Imagine seeing a body at the bottom….
tumblr has the ability to turn everything beautiful into something terrifying
What if you see a skeleton at the bottom of what appears to be a shallow part of the lake. As you dive down to check them out you notice the water is deeper than you originally thought. Much deeper. You come to realize that there is no way these remains could be human, you’re not even half-way down and already the skull already looks bigger than your car
This started so tranquil and then it turned into Friday the 13th
welcome to night vale
….how does he fit his head through doors?
For further understanding, see Kathleen Cleaver’s (of the Black Panther Party) interview where she addresses natural hair: youtu.be/cKdPUaBCTBA
You can follow each of these women on their twitter accounts:
'My name is Robert but I would prefer that you call me Bob.' It's just like that. You know what I mean? And if you were to insist upon calling that person Robert, you would be a colossal dick.
Paul F. Tompkins, succinctly explaining why you call people what they want to be called, whether it’s “little people” or “transgender” or “chairperson” or “Bob”. It’s not about being politically correct and it’s not about you. It’s about basic decency and respect. (via ericmortensen)
One time we had missionaries over at our house, and my Mom mentioned the fact that there is a Star Wars religion. One of them got so excited that he clapped his hands together and blurted out:
"I WANT TO JOIN!!!!!!!!!!"
The other missionary gave him a surprised look, and then, I kid you not, two seconds later it started pouring and hailing outside.
The other missionary just glared at him and went: “Look at what you’ve done.”
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