Today in history: February 19, 1942 - President Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, leading to the incarceration of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II.
The war-time measures applied to Japanese Americans in a sweeping way, uprooting entire communities particularly on the West Coast. Afterward, Japanese Americans fought a legal battle against the concentration camps all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. The original Supreme Court decision which upheld the camps in the interests of ‘national security’ was later vacated (overturned on a technicality), but the Supreme Court never ruled that the camps were unconstitutional. After a decades-long battle, in 1988 the U.S. government was forced to formally apologize for the internment, admitting that government actions were based on “race prejudice, war hysteria, and a failure of political leadership.”
The U.S. government eventually disbursed more than $1.6 billion in reparations to Japanese Americans who had been interned and their descendents. Today Japanese American organizations on the West Coast organize an annual Day of Remembrance to mark this date and to continue to raise consciousness so that such attacks on civil liberties never happen again to Japanese Americans or oppressed groups.
(image: sign ordering Japanese Americans to concentration camps)
Via Freedom Road Socialist Organization (Fight Back!)
This is the same man.
This works quite nicely at debunking the “beefcake guys in comics are objectified for women just like women in comics are for men!”, imo. On the left: a magazine tailored for a male audience, showing him in full beefcake-type mode with headlines about how you, too, can look like this. On the right: a magazine tailored for a female audience, which has a headline about romance and shows him looking more or less like a normal dude.
Tell me again how comic book guys are designed for female sexual enjoyment, completely equivalent to anatomically-improbable spines and giant tits with their own individual centers of gravity, and totes aren’t just male power fantasies.
Shallow bit of commentary from me: I would one-and-done the guy on the left and totally wife the guy on the right. HEY GUYS, GIRLS CAN EXERCISE THE MADONNA/WHORE DOUBLE STANDARD TOO. MUAHAHAHAHA
[ok I know that’s totally not the same thing at all]
Jason Jones talks to a Russian woman protesting against Russia’s anti-gay laws.
SHE QUOTED ANGEL. GOD BLESS YOU. AH.
This is fantastic and oh yes that just so happens to be my favorite line from anything Joss Whedon has ever done.
There isn’t anything about this post that I don’t love all to pieces.
A Chicago man who discovered a trunk of rare papers formerly belonging to Harvard University’s first black graduate says he plans on burning them all if Harvard doesn’t stop lowballing him on the price. Rufus McDonald is not playing around: “I’ll roast and burn them,” he told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Wanda Sykes: «Oh, I left it at home! Sorry.»
I’ve reblogged this before, but this time I actually have context/an anecdote to go with it.
So tonight, I went on my usual social group bicycle ride. Granted there’s usually a lot more guys than girls who show up, but no big deal, right?
Anyway, at one point, we’re exploring a particularly sketchy looking dark, remote area and one of the lads makes a joke about entering “rape alley.” I cringed rather hard, but instead of asking him why he thought that was funny, telling him that it bothered me or really saying anything useful, nothing. I may have even done the awkward nervous laugh. This particular friend is someone I generally respect and think well of, but I’m not sure how I feel now. I even resent myself for not saying anything in hindsight.
I’m a librarian. Teachable moments are supposed to be my thing, right? Still, I always hate feeling like I have to give the Rape Culture 101 or the Privilege 101 primer to people. Sometimes I just want to be one of the guys… except that makes me part of the problem.
In telling a female friend of mine about this incident, I even said that I was part of the problem because later in the evening I joked about how the first midnight ride I went on with the guys was to a remote location “riding after midnight with a bunch of guys I don’t even know to a remote location… SEEMS LEGIT.”
But, my female friend explained that while rape jokes are bad, jokes about rape culture usually highlight the issues behind rape culture. Hence my reblogging of the Wanda Sykes joke. The joke works because the idea that one needs to detach their genitalia in order to go for a jog safely is absurd. [The Sykes joke also highlights the problematic idea reinforced by society that female sexuality or women are objects/possessions/commodities to be stolen.] Likewise, it should be absurd for me to think that I would be in danger going on a social bike ride while trying to make new friends. Yet this highlights the problems that female-identifying people face every day. Being raped is a valid fear. And of course, I deal with things with inappropriate humor. Yet I still have uneasy feelings since I’m not entirely convinced that I behaved any better than my male friend did.
At any rate, my female friend gave me tips on how to handle things next time (should it happen again).
You can also just say, “Not cool dude. Seriously.”
and when he asks why be like, “What the fuck is wrong with you”if they want to start nitpicking then you can engage, if you don’t want to repeat the “what the fuck is wrong with you”it really does put most dudes on edgehave him explain it to you in detail why it’s funnymost people get about 5-10 words inand everyone is fucking disgusted with them"Well it’s funny because we could get raped." "What the fuck dude?
Malala Joya, like Malala Yousafzai, fought for the right of girls to go to school, teaching at secret underground schools during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan. Joya survived assassination attempts and was even elected to the Afghan Parliament back in 2005. She was then kicked out of her elected position and has been subjected to more threats and violence, forced now to live on the move, surrounded by bodyguards.
No Bush or Obama administration officials ever condemned her suspension from Parliament. In fact, last year, the US government refused to give her an entry visa for public speaking events, only relenting after a public pressure campaign demanded she be allowed to enter the United States.
In 2010, Time magazine included Malalai Joya in their “Top 100” list of the most influential people in the world, but then the write-up completely erased her anti-war, anti-NATO positions.
That is really the only way they know how to tell the story. For all the talk of “liberating women”, they actually prefer a one-dimensional image - they want victims, not empowered agents of their own liberation.
Derrick O’Keefe (via yourfriendlycomrade)