Radical simply means “grasping things at the root.” - Angela Davis
Good chance to share some of her talks..
We interrupt the regular broadcast of arresting children, shooting innocents, and raiding refugee camps with some breaking news from Israel:
Gay people can now serve in a colonial project to ethnically cleanse a nation via apartheid and militarism.
Wow.. so democracy; much liberalism; very liberation.
We don’t discriminate. We don’t care if you’re heterosexual or homosexual, if you want to help us oppress Palestinians, we will take you!
I make an effort to avoid Muslim events on campus that rely on sensationalized/exotifying/otherizing narratives to draw a crowd, but I’m in this stupid scholars program at my university that requires me to attend a certain number of events per semester and the MSA had one that counted for credit …called “Behind the Veil” (ugh) so I attended.
And it was everything you’d expect it to be. Patriarchal ideas about saving yourself for your husband, framing the discussion in terms of the male gaze rather than a woman’s choice for herself, completely ignoring Muslim men’s parallel religious obligations for modesty, etc. And I should be used to it by now — it’s like this stupid cycle where you become dismayed with the state of mainstream discourse in your community, and then you start distancing yourself from said community so you really don’t have anyone to blame but yourself, and then you give them another chance because you’ve been interacting with really cool individuals that get your hopes up, and then you’re brought back to the ugly reality by the state of things. (Repeat for a million different “”“controversial”“” issues). If our own ideas as a religious community about why we do certain things are so skewed/distorted, how the hell do we expect others to be able to understand them?
[I]t did not occur to me that my Muslim-ness and my queerness were supposed to be at war with each other until I started performing these identities in semi-public ways. The exoticization, the Islamophobia, the disbelief at my existence – these are all manifestations of imagined narratives that are projected onto me and do not reflect an innate discordance of being. My queerness and my Muslim-ness do not need to be reconciled mostly because they cannot be disentangled from each other. I can’t remember ever not having been both.
"Americans may live in the richest country in the world, but it is in a society where about 10% of the population possesses nearly 90% of the nation’s assets. In a country of 312 million people the entire ruling class can fit comfortably into Yankee Stadium, with room left over to generously pass out free tickets to thousands of the 46.2 million Americans living below the poverty line. Democracy can never fulfill its potential under such circumstances, and the vaunted “American dream” is fast fading for the working class/middle class as the U.S. economic system seems headed into a second recession and the weakening of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Isn’t it time for the American people to directly question what’s wrong with capitalism, or at least inquire, in the words of an old say"
This is beyond offensive and of course the poster is some idiot white girl. Like just so y’all know the majority of terrorists are not even Afghan, they’re Pakistani. When Taliban groups became powerful in the end of the Soviet War in Afghanistan, Pakistan was pumping money and troops into keeping the Taliban in power, meanwhile displacing thousands of Afghans and oppressing Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Pakistan is one of the major sources of terrorism in the Middle East, and its government has paved the way to the manipulation of Afghanistan by many terrorist groups.
Cunts like you need their assholes rammed with fact-based history books and reports until they come out of your throat. Here’s a little info in case you decide to run your motherfucking mouth off again: In the 1950’s, the United States of America utilized Pakistan as a sub-contractor of its imperialism by funding Mujahideen (at that time they were called so) and used the military dictatorship under Zia ul Haq later on to bolster opium and arms smuggling around the PK-AFG border. So you had young men brainwashed by the a proxy war funded by the USA in Pakistan going up to Afghanistan to save it from the ‘communist challenge’ the USSR posed in the country. In a way, it became a playground for USA where Pakistan carried out its orders. That was from the 50’s to the 70’s. Cunts like you don’t remember because cunts like you suffer amnesia and a warped sense of righteousness that serves no one but your own ahistorical narrative.
Fast forward to 2014, Pakistan has lost 50,000 Pakistanis since 9/11 so when you come up with your little rant about how Pakistan is ‘funding’ terrorism in the ‘Middle East, motherfucker Pakistan isn’t even in the ME; it’s in fucking South Asia, you forget that the country is used as a proxy frontier where not only Pakistanis are killed by terrorist factions and splinter groups but also Afghans from the very get go because the war spills into their eastern province. You also forget that, along with this white bitch, that Pakistan never really had a chance thanks to the praetorianism it suffered with the pressure of America. Add to this toxic concoction the ingredients of the Sunni-majority Gulf states that use the country as a playground to battle their arch Shia rival, Iran.
When you don’t remember this context, your motherfucking type continues perpetuating context-less lies about a 180 million nation that never had a say in its fate from the very beginning. If you really want to talk about the ‘major sources of terrorism’, take your fucking pale ass up to America and see how fundamentalist groups were planted and amplified by your precious CIA.
Get the fuck off the internet, you fucking ugly son of a bitch. You don’t know shit about the ‘major sources of terrorism’ and need a better dose than regurgitating the dog shit you hear on CNN and Foreign Policy.
Underpinning all the surveillance of Muslim Americans is an assumption that Islamic ideology is linked to terrorism. Yet, over the last 20 years, far more people have been killed in acts of violence by right-wing extremists than by Muslim American citizens or permanent residents. The huge numbers being spied upon are not would-be terrorists but law-abiding people, some of whom have “radical” political opinions that still ought to be protected by the First Amendment to the constitution. Just the same, there are plenty of other minority Americans who are not would-be “home-grown” terrorists – but they still live in fear that they might be mistaken as one.
So let’s reform the NSA and its countless collections. But let’s not forget the FBI’s reported 10,000 intelligence analysts working on counter-terrorism and the 15,000 paid informants helping them do it. Let’s not forget the New York Police Department’s intelligence and counter-terrorism division with its 1,000 officers, $100m budget and vast program of surveillance. Let’s not forget the especially subtle psychological terror of being Muslim in America, where, sure, maybe your phone calls won’t be stored for much longer, but there’s a multitude of other ways you’re always being watched."
|AVC:||It’s definitely self-congratulatory.|
|JM:||That’s the thing. You can tell just by his voice and how triumphantly he’s delivering the lyrics that he thinks he’s being so brave, but it’s like, “No. It’s 2014 and you’re a white dude with a Hitler-youth haircut.”|
|JM:||And you’re from Seattle. I’m pretty sure everyone can tell you believe in gay marriage. I’d be more surprised if he made a song about how he loves gluten. Like how gluten deserves equal rights. I’d be like, “Yeah, that’s really brave of him. That’s so cool of a guy from Seattle to say something cool about gluten.”|
|He puts himself up on this pedestal like he’s the first rapper to be open-minded and that’s not true at all.|
|AVC:||There’s a way to convey that sort of sentiment without being so damn heavy-handed about it.|
|JM:||Another problematic part of the song is that, for being this anthem, he spends the first third of the song reiterating how straight he is. Like when he was a kid, he was worried that he was gay because he liked to draw, which isn’t even a stereotype. If a kid uses crayons, you better watch out, M.C. Escher. That’s not a thing. “And then my mom told me that I loved getting pussy in pre-K,” or whatever, but he has to keep stressing how straight he is. Just write a song about gay marriage; you don’t have to bring your insecurity or cross-hatching as a kid into it. It can be personal if you’re gay. But if you’re not gay, just say you believe in gay marriage. I feel bad for gay people that they had to adopt this song as an anthem.|
Alhamd re wedding. IA what’s best will happen. Also what’s the deal with the continues pelvic thrusting in the video help it won’t stop. I would actually die if I had to dance in front of people.
yeah alhamdulillah I really think it was for the best
and I think they’re just trying to get me married
although this probably would’ve had the opposite effect