1. 09:51 12th Jul 2013

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    Reblogged from amaditalks

    Tags: fuck that guywhite privilege

    amaditalks:

carnivaloftherandom:

idgie:

Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to share it in solidarity. (x)

If I need to explain why I’m reblogging this: GO FREAKING GOOGLE IT YOURSELF. 

The privilege displayed by this (rape apologist) woman in this stunt is really rather appalling. A foreign national, who could leave the country right after this and never return (and whose government would work to affect her release if she were arrested) dangles a piece of cloth and gets international attention about what a great ally she is.
Meanwhile, not only are gay and lesbian Russians living under a cloud of persecution and subject to arrest for “promoting homosexuality” for merely acknowledging their own identity or being together in groups, the government has threatened — in advance of hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics — to arrest gay tourists who openly display their sexuality while in the country.
But yay, a straight Briton waved the pride flag. What a moment for progress!

In case anyone’s unaware of what’s meant by “rape apologist,” read this.

    amaditalks:

    carnivaloftherandom:

    idgie:

    Tilda Swinton risked arrest waving a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin in violation of Russia’s new homosexual propaganda bill. And she wants everyone who can to share it in solidarity. (x)

    If I need to explain why I’m reblogging this: GO FREAKING GOOGLE IT YOURSELF. 

    The privilege displayed by this (rape apologist) woman in this stunt is really rather appalling. A foreign national, who could leave the country right after this and never return (and whose government would work to affect her release if she were arrested) dangles a piece of cloth and gets international attention about what a great ally she is.

    Meanwhile, not only are gay and lesbian Russians living under a cloud of persecution and subject to arrest for “promoting homosexuality” for merely acknowledging their own identity or being together in groups, the government has threatened — in advance of hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics — to arrest gay tourists who openly display their sexuality while in the country.

    But yay, a straight Briton waved the pride flag. What a moment for progress!

    In case anyone’s unaware of what’s meant by “rape apologist,” read this.

     
  2. Alas, such is the devil that is race and class privilege; those who benefit don’t say “You know what? It’s enough that I have been able to grow up safely, with a relative unlikelihood that I would ever be suspended or diagnosed with a learning disorder based on my race and gender. It is enough that I was able attend college surrounded by people who looked like me and have a great career in the middle of a job crisis. It is enough that I haven’t been racially profiled while driving, shopping or performing some other mundane task. It is enough that I have been assaulted by a police officer for simply daring to venture outside of my neighborhood. My privileges are enough.”

    No, most of these people don’t even see themselves as privileged. They simply acknowledge that they have rights and freedoms that “all” people should have, yet many of them challenge efforts to extend this access to others, particularly if there is any chance that they may not have the same entitlements to which they have been accustomed; others don’t even feel that all Americans deserve their level of access, and work diligently to keep it reserved to certain groups.

     
  3. "Are you following him," an emergency dispatcher asks after Zimmerman describes Trayvon as a black male who was acting suspiciously.

    Zimmerman responds: “Yeah.”

    "OK, you don’t need to do that," the dispatcher says.

    The recordings were released after Trayvon’s family spent two hours with city officials, listening to the calls that documented the 17-year-old’s last moments alive.

    "What you hear on that tape is shocking. It’s riveting," Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Trayvon’s family, said after the group emerged from their meeting with officials late Friday.

    Police had previously refused to release the calls. Zimmerman, a 28-year-old neighborhood crime watch volunteer, has not been arrested and is not charged with a crime. He claimed the Feb. 26 shooting was in self defense.

    In one of the eight calls, screaming can be heard in the background as a woman tries to get help. That call is punctuated by two gunshots.

    "You hear a shot, a clear shot, then you hear a 17-year-old boy begging for his life," said Natalie Jackson, another family attorney. "Then you hear a second shot."

    It was the first time that anyone said two shots were fired that night.

    But police on Friday told the Orlando Sentinel that they believe it was Zimmerman’s screams for help that could be heard on the recording.

    In the call placed by Zimmerman to alert authorities that there was a suspicious person in the neighorhood, he says the person “looks like he’s up to no good, or he’s on drugs or something.”

    Moments later, Zimmerman says, “These assholes, they always get away.”

    ….

    At the family’s press conference Friday, Mary Cutcher, who lives in a townhome near where Trayvon was shot, described what she heard the night of the shooting. She said she heard what sounded like a child crying and then a gunshot. When Cutcher went outside, she said she saw Zimmerman crouched over the boy’s body. Trayvon, who was shot once in the chest, was face down, Cutcher said.

    "I thought it was common sense that [Zimmerman] would be arrested," Cutcher said. "This was not self-defense."

    Last summer I had an argument about white privilege with one of my cousins who grew up in suburban Orlando. He insisted that he’d never experienced an advantage from being white. I really hope that he’s following this case.

     
  4. “When the police came, I was relieved,” Fishman said — but that feeling quickly changed.

    “They didn’t listen to a thing she said,” Rothman said of the two officers and two detectives who responded. “It’s though they were a private company working for Rite Aid.”

    Appeals to prove her innocence were ignored, and Fishman started crying, according to the lawsuit filed in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

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    Rite Aid sued by Brooklyn woman over false shoplifting arrest - NY Daily News

    For what it’s worth, I fully support this woman’s lawsuit. This quote, however, is a perfect snapshot of the way white privilege plays out when we’re the ones accused of wrongdoing. We immediately think, Oh, thank heavens the police are here! They’ll clear this right up.

     
  5. In a society that is marked by deep economic inequality, it is hardly surprising that those women most affected by the assaults on both abortion and contraception are disproportionately poor women of color — that is, those who have the least political, as well as economic power, and who are most vulnerable to cuts in public services. The unfortunate reality is that…most in this society — including other women who also use reproductive health services — worry little about these marginalized women. Nonpoor women have long been able to assume that contraception and abortion will always be available, as long as one has the means to purchase them.
     
  6. Throughout the night it became clear that they wanted my fellow protestors to think that I did something criminally wrong. That I had done something different from them. That I was not just a peaceful protestor exercising my rights on that bridge. That I deserved to be handcuffed to a railing in the side of the precinct with violent criminals. Everyone seemed to wonder why I had been separated. When other officers chatted amongst themselves about why I was separated, one officer suspected aloud that I was a “ringleader”. The woman officer stood a few times outside the glass wall with the door open as male officers asked about me. It appeared that she told them that I was transgender as they gawked, giggled and stared at me.
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    Transgender ‘Occupy Wall Street’ Protester Segregated, Humiliated by NYPD During Arrest, Detention. Read his statement in full. (via owst)

    This is quite a bit different from the reeking-of-privilege “The cops were on our side" reportage, isn’t it.