It’s coming up to Winter, it’s cold, and due to Government admin errors and several other hits, we’re now living below the poverty line and can’t afford to heat our home or eat.
Due to the economic crisis my family and I were forced into being below the poverty line, having to choose between food and heating during Winter, and this year thanks to admin issues at HMRC we are without a vital benefit that usually pays for our food. This year we cannot afford either heating or food.
I’ve been rejected for over 500 apprenticeships and jobs in the past year, yet I still try because we need some way to survive during this time.
The £60 a week that used to go on food has been taken away by the government because they cocked up their admin and we have to wait 3 more months for that money to come back, we’re now also losing £90 a month to the energy company through some kind of backwards ‘cost’ thing they’ve just implemented and cannot switch without incurring a costly fee.
This is all not to mention that we also have to pay a fraction of council tax now, something that never used to happen, so that’s £70 we somehow have to pay every month.
And finally our housing benefit has been cut so terribly over the past year we’re now having to pay £900 out of my mother’s life savings a month just to keep a roof over our head, even though we never used to have to before. Life savings that would go on helping her through her Cancer.
My Mother has also never been on holiday in her life, and has only just escaped an abusive household in recent years, so is in no fit state to be dealing with so much monetary stress.
Please help. There’s only so much I can do, and I’m already at the end of my tether.
"So this happened. John Kerry literally met with Henry Kissinger, an architect of the coup that installed dictator Augusto Pinochet in Chile, on the 40th anniversary of said coup. For advice on what the U.S. should do regarding Syria. Oh yeah, Kissinger is also a war criminal on a massive scale, behind the mass slaughter of Vietnamese civilians and the illegal war in Laos." - Gary Lapon
Just remember that The Amazing Atheist is a guy whose misogyny got him driven out of Reddit. I’ll say that again: this is a man who displayed a level of misogyny that caused Redditors to go “you’ve crossed a line and you should leave.”
Several of my country men and women are chest-deep in flood because of Typhoon Maring’s (international name: Trami) relentless rains. The sun hasn’t come out for days in Metro Manila and we need your help.
“I didn’t know what a fool they had made out of me until i grew up and started to read real history. Not only was George Washington probably a big liar, but he had once sold a slave for a keg of rum. Here they had this old craka slavemaster, who didn’t give a damn about Black people, and they had me, an unwitting little Black child, doing a play in his honor. When George Washington was fighting for freedom in the Revolutionary War, he was fighting for the freedom of “whites only.” Rich whites, at that. After the so-called Revolution, you couldn’t vote unless you were a white man and you owned a plot of land. The Revolutionary War was led by some rich white boys who got tired of paying heavy taxes to the king. It didn’t have anything at all to do with freedom, justice, and equality for all.”—Assata Shakur, in Assata [p. 33] (via pickledhappiness)
haha, u see, its scarier and edgier bbecause the pretty girl dies, pretty girl always die in horror, this is because girl are innocence, Girl is Purity, girl is expendable unrealistic dislikable memory of film director who could never manage 2 date her in high school & now has violent revenge fantasies for the profit + pleasure of thousands of other sad white dudes
“Let me tell you something about privilege: it is so intoxicating that you will fool yourself that you don’t have it. Do you understand how many people are not able to get ID? Do you know how many people are not able to spend the $20 to send that to a state for a birth certificate? […] Do you understand that there are people going to check cashing centers today to cash a damn check because they don’t have a proper ID? […] You pay an additional 10% to cash it because you don’t have an ID. It is an additional tax on poor people in this country!”—
Goldie Taylor, Real Time with Bill Maher (October 19, 2012)
Goldie, laying it down on Boris Epshteyn and John Fund over Voter ID laws.
A reminder that Margaret Thatcher once said Nelson Mandela was a “grubby little terrorist”, and David Cameron was a top member of the Federation of Conservative Students in 1985, who produced the “hang Mandela” posters.
This teacher needs to be terminated immediately….at LEAST.
This bitch needs physical violence. LOTS OF IT.
but notice how they humanize the teacher by constantly calling her frustrated. Notice how they put her frustration on the same level as the violence enacted upon this little girl. Lets talk about how deeply an act of violence it is to cut off and throw away a little black girl’s hair to the laughter of the classroom. Or about how the teacher shows the little girl that her mother has no power and cant do anything to protect her by asking “What are you going to tell your mother?” And about how cutting her hair was just as much a message to her mother for sending her child to school with a hairstyle that she deems disruptive and frustrating. And how as a teacher, if you dont have constructive ways of discipline that dont involve terrorizing children then you are unfit for the job. but o she is frustrated and is receiving a small fine as opposed to being fired. Lets talk about what would happen if you terrorized and cut some white child’s hair in a school district with some means, whose parents have a higher property tax….
last-minute edit: I am uneasy with the ‘discipline’ thing. A lot of people need to fidget to focus in school, or to cope with stressors like strobing fluorescent lights, some weird gasoline smell, etc.
“People don’t wanna be compared to the teenage girl; the teenage girl is hated, teenage girls hate themselves. If you listen to a certain kind of music, or if you express your emotions in a certain kind of way, if you self harm, you write diaries, all those kind of activities are sort of laughed at and ridiculed because they’re associated with being a teenage girl. Even just things like being cripplingly self conscious or overly concerned with our appearance, that’s considered like a teenage girl thing and therefore its ridiculous, it’s stupid, it’s not relevant or legitimate, and you know, what we needed at that age was legitimisation and respect and support but all we got was dismissal and “oh you’re such a teenage girl.”—Feminism, Education, and the plight of the teenage girl (via electric-wish)
The battle at Seattle’s Center School raises the question—how should schools teach students about tolerance and discrimination?
wooowww. so how come a teacher leading an anti-racist discussion should have to warn parents beforehand that white children may find the conversation “distressing,” yet teachers talking about slavery, christopher columbus, andrew jackson, the mexican-american war, etc, in the usual apologetic or glorified manner, don’t have to warn parents beforehand that children of color may find the conversation very distressing???
tl;dr version: Ton of rape jokes, Emma Watson made so uncomfortable during filming that she walked off set and was subsequently mocked for it, and everything we know about Seth Rogen’s ‘comedy’ is confirmed.
Take a look at this picture. Do you know who it is?
Most people haven’t heard of him.
But you should have. When you see his face or hear his name you should get as sick in your stomach as when you read about Mussolini or Hitler or see one of their pictures. You see, he killed over 10 million people in the Congo.
His name is King Leopold II of Belgium.
He “owned” the Congo during his reign as the constitutional monarch of Belgium. After several failed colonial attempts in Asia and Africa, he settled on the Congo. He “bought” it and enslaved its people, turning the entire country into his own personal slave plantation. He disguised his “business transactions” as philanthropic and scientific efforts under the banner of the “International African Society”. He used their enslaved labor to extract Congolese resources and services. His reign was enforced through work camps, body mutilations, executions, torture, and his private army.
Most of us – I don’t yet know an approximate percentage but I fear its extremely high – aren’t taught about him in school. We don’t hear about him in the media. He’s not part of the widely repeated narrative of oppression (which includes things like the Holocaust during World War II). He’s part of a long history of colonialism, imperialism, slavery and genocide in Africa that would clash with the social construction of the white supremacist narrative in our schools. It doesn’t fit neatly into a capitalist curriculum. Its bad to “say racist things” (sometimes), but quite fine not to talk about genocides in Africa perpetrated by European capitalist monarchs.
Mark Twain wrote a satire about Leopold called “King Leopold’s soliloquy; a defense of his Congo rule“, where he mocked the King’s defense of his reign of terror, largely through Leopold’s own words. Its 49 pages long. Mark Twain is a popular author for American public schools. But like most political authors, we will often read some of their least political writings or read them without learning why the author wrote them (Orwell’s Animal Farm for example serves to re-inforce American anti-Socialist propaganda, but Orwell was an anti-capitalist revolutionary of a different kind – this is never pointed out). We can read about Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer, but King Leopold’s Soliloquy isn’t on the reading list. This isn’t by accident. Reading lists are created by boards of education in order to prepare students to follow orders and endure boredom well. From the point of view of the Education Department, Africans have no history.
When we learn about Africa, we learn about a caricaturized Egypt, about the HIV epidemic (but never its causes), about the surface level effects of the slave trade, and maybe about South African Apartheid (which of course now is long, long over). We also see lots of pictures of starving children on Christian Ministry commercials, we see safaris on animal shows, and we see pictures of deserts in films and movies. But we don’t learn about the Great African War or Leopold’s Reign of Terror during the Congolese Genocide. Nor do we learn about what the United States has done in Iraq and Afghanistan, potentially killing in upwards of 5-7 million people from bombs, sanctions, disease and starvation. Body counts are important. And we don’t count Afghans, Iraqis, or Congolese.
There’s a Wikipedia page called “Genocides in History”. The Congolese Genocide isn’t included. The Congo is mentioned though. What’s now called the Democratic Republic of the Congo is listed in reference to the Second Congo War (also called Africa’s World War and the Great War of Africa), where both sides of the multinational conflict hunted down Bambenga and ate them. Cannibalism and slavery are horrendous evils which must be entered into history and talked about for sure, but I couldn’t help thinking who’s interests were served when the only mention of the Congo on the page was in reference to multi-national incidents where a tiny minority of people were eating each other (completely devoid of the conditions which created the conflict no less). Stories which support the white supremacist narrative about the subhumanness of people in Africa are allowed to be entered into the records of history. The white guy who turned the Congo into his own personal part-plantation, part-concentration camp, part-Christian ministry and killed 10 to 15 million Conglese people in the process doesn’t make the cut.
You see, when you kill ten million Africans, you aren’t called ‘Hitler’. That is, your name doesn’t come to symbolize the living incarnation of evil. Your name and your picture doesn’t produce fear, hatred, and sorrow. Your victims aren’t talked about and your name isn’t remembered.
Leopold was just one part of thousands of things that helped construct white supremacy as both an ideological narrative and material reality. Of course I don’t want to pretend that in the Congo he was the source of all evil. He had generals, and foot soldiers, and managers who did his bidding and enforced his laws. It was a system. But this doesn’t negate the need to talk about the individuals who are symbolic of the system. But we don’t even get that. And since it isn’t talked about, what capitalism did to Africa, all the privileges that rich white people gained from the Congolese genocide are hidden. The victims of imperialism are made, like they usually are, invisible.
Fun fact, it doesn’t stop there. After King Leopold II relinquished his personal control of the Congo Free State in 1908 it became the Belgian Congo under Belgian control, and they allowed scientists to use the Congolese population as forced test subjects for a (failed) Polio vaccine that may have contributed to the introduction of a mutated strain of SIV (Simian Immunodeficiency Virus) into the African population in the mid-20th Century. This was because the Polio virus was cultured in the livers of apes, and when they produced it in Africa they used local chimps, where SIV had been present for thousands of years.
My aunt told me about this. She’s from Congo. They learn about him in their schools there…but only skirted over not in detail.