“Think back. What did you do last night?”
Please sign this petition concerning police brutality and government corruption in Brazil. The mass media is not reporting on any of this, today on June 16th radio stations’ signals were cut and replaced with the narration of soccer games simply because they were reporting on police brutality who locked protesters inside a park with children and women inside, gassed them and shot rubber bullets.
The Brazilian media is being censured. Websites that express the true situation by people who have been victims of police brutality are being taken down. The government is refusing to acknowledge any of this, and their president has not even made a statement about the situation.
Please don’t turn your back on these people. Don’t not care because they aren’t your people and its another country. This is HUMAN RIGHTS we are talking about. It is important; people need to stand up and take notice. If a video of Miley Cyrus twerking can get over 1,000 notes then I know we can get this to 1,000 & beyond. As human beings, brothers & sisters of the human race, we have an obligation to help others who are in distress. So sign the petition everyone, bring attention to the Brazilian government and help change Brazil.
This is really fucking misleading. This is not about the corruption of our government (if you think so, ding dong you’re fucking wrong). This was about the raises of the bus fare and this is the first fucking time the middle class has risen and witnessed the violence of our police, which is still a part of the ARMED FORCES, a violence that was always defended when used against the people in the favelas (ghettos, black and poor areas of the city), but now happened in the white central rich area. This used to be a protest of the people but in the end, the right-wing wave came and tried to appropriate the movement (and is succeeding).
This is not about the World Cup. This is about fair living and about the difference these cents in the bus ticket are making to the people (stories about workers missing meals to pay the difference of the fare).
And now suddenly people are trying to take down the government, they’re saying that all politicians are shit and that we’re living in a dictatorship when we ARE NOT. People don’t believe in the power of vote and some are even saying that the army should intervene in the goverment.
This is about the indignation of a white middle class who’s seen a Worker’s Party rise to power and seen the lower working class’s life being improved.
This movement only gained all this media because the goverment lost control of the police and the police repressed not only the protesters (which, until last protest were being called hoodlums (i’m not sure if i’m saying this right) and were being violently repressed) but also the journalists that were working! Suddenly, all the media started to side with us and thus the public opinion swayed, Now they’re trying to appropriate this movement for their own ends.
By god how I hate this fucking call to arms against the fucking World Cup.
I’m not fucking saying that the repression shouldn’t be fought, but yeah, it’s interesting that it has only gained this attention when white rich kids started to whine about it..
I’m not fucking saying that our goverment is the most saint, but this is always the first argument against the left party, and people tend to forget that the right was 3x times more corrupt than our current goverment.
I’m not fucking saying that the World Cup will be awesome, but given that our president has been booed by people who payed 400$ for the price of the fucking ticket, I think we may as well invite the fucking foreigners to our country and get some of the money back, SINCE IT’S ALL FUCKING GONE NOW ANYWAY. WE SHOULD MAKE OTHER AWARENESS PROTESTS IN RELATION TO WORLD CUP, AS, FOR INSTANCE, THE QUESTION OF THE SEXUAL TOURISM THAT HAS NOT BEEN ADDRESSED AT ALL SO FAR.
I’m just tired of people appropriating shit and nice people, whom I very much admire, and who don’t understand that the brazilian demography of tumblr is very white, very middle class and very privileged, is who’s trying to llluminate you in these matters.
It’s like if I asked how the fuck the US are doing TO A FUCKING REPUBLICAN. I bet they’d have a lot of shit to say too.
So there it is. I’m fucking done.
bell hooks resources
Some of the work bell hooks’ has done as available on the internet for personal education and reference. Certain books that were up are gone and I’m looking about finding them again. In the meantime if you need them, contact me by leaving a message with your email address in the submissions box and I’ll email them to you. If you find anything, please contact me as well. The most updated version of this list will always be here.
- Ain’t I a Woman (pdf)
- Art on my Mind (ask through email)
- Beauty Laid Bare: Aesthetics in the Ordinary (google doc)
- Black Looks: Race and Representation (pdf)
- Black Women Intellectuals (pdf) (from Breaking Bread: Insurgent Black Intellectual Life with Cornel West)
- “Choosing the Margin as a Space of Radical Openness” (pdf) (from Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics)
- “Cool Cynicism” (pdf) (from Reel to Real
- Cultural Criticism and Transformation (youtube video, part 1)
Also: Transcript (pdf)
- Eating the Other: Desire and Resistance (page 366 or type in page 406 of 795)
- Ending Domination: The Struggle Continues (youtube video, full)
- “Feminism: A Movement to End Sexist Oppression” (pdf) (from Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center)
- Feminism Is For Everybody: Passionate Politics (pdf)
- “Feminist Class Struggle” (article, though pdf download available through the link) (as I understand, excerpted from Feminism is for Everybody)
- “Feminist Theory: A Radical Agenda” (pdf) (from Talking Back)
- “Ice Cube Culture: A Shared Passion for Speaking Truth” (ask through email) (chapter 12 from Outlaw Culture, an interview with ice cube)
- “Is Paris Burning?” (pdf) (Chapter 9 of Black Looks: Race and Representation
- Killing Rage: Ending Racism (pdf) and the opening essay (pdf)
- Love as the Practice of Freedom (pdf)
- “Marginality as site of resistance” (pdf)
- Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations (pdf—parts of the book, anyway)
- “Postmodern Blackness” (pdf) (from Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics)
- Remembered Rapture: Dancing With Words (pdf)
- “Romance: Sweet Love” (pdf) (from Women’s Voices, Feminist Visions, 4th Ed. By S. Shaw and J. Lee)
- Selling Hot Pussy: Representations of Black Female Sexuality in the Cultural Marketplace. (pdf)
- “Straightening out Hair” (article)
- Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black (pdf)
- Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom (ask through email)
- The Oppositional Gaze: Black Female Spectators. (pdf)
- Understanding Patriarchy (pdf)
- Where We Stand: Class Matters (pdf) Also here.
- We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity (pdf).
- Her talk at Louis & Clark college from 1 February, 2006 here.
To note, this is meant in particular for those people who’d like to educate themselves but don’t have the resources to get these books for themselves. bell hooks has put a lot of work into these, and it would be horrible if you could afford to buy the books and didn’t.
Edit as of 16th June, 2013: list updated and alphabetized. Many thanks to wretchedoftheearth, elainecastillo, grim-dark, erosum, mmmajestic, andreaisace, ebookcollective, cantbereallif, ericstoller, sittinghereinbluejayway and other people through emails who all helped add links and resources.
Kanye West - Bound 2 (feat. Charlie Wilson)
Soccer’s world body has struck a blow against Quebec’s turban ban, saying such headwear is perfectly acceptable on the pitch. FIFA said in a statement today it is authorizing the wearing of male head covers at all levels of Canadian soccer.
FIFA’s doing something right for once.
Kanye West (feat. Frank Ocean) - New Slaves
crying cause its so good.
This song is gonna be on the radio
This indictment of the prison-industrial complex and the new Jim Crow and modern racism
Is gonna be on the radio
And white kids are gonna be singing along without knowing what the fuck it means
And that is somehow tragic and beautiful at the same time
June 12, 1963: Medgar Evers is assassinated.
Medgar Evers was a civil rights activist who, until his assassination on June 12, 1963 outside his home in Mississippi, worked with the NAACP in his home state to organize marches, lead protests and boycotts, and help disenfranchised African-Americans register to vote. Evers was not the first or only activist to be murdered while serving in the Deep South during this period, nor was he as publicly recognized as Malcolm X or Martin Luther King, Jr., but his murder remains one of the most infamous events of the Civil Rights Movement.
Evers was shot and killed in his own driveway, in front of his children, as he exited his car the morning after President John F. Kennedy delivered an address in support of civil rights, which urged the American public to stand behind a piece of legislation which would later become the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. As a prominent black civil rights leader within his own community, Evers and his family were targeted by militant white supremacists with threats of violence and with violent acts up until his assassination. The man who shot at Evers and killed him with a single bullet to the back in the early hours of June 12 was one of these supremacists, a member of the White Citizens’ Council (and later of the KKK) named Byron De La Beckwith, who was tried twice — and acquitted twice, by all-white, all-male juries — for Evers’ murder. De La Beckwith was finally convicted thirty-one years later in 1994 and sentenced to life in prison; Evers, a US Army sergeant who served for three years in the European Theatre of World War II, was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. The next week, President Kennedy submitted to Congress his promised civil rights bill.
I got dressed in my traditional Indian regalia, but there was a man, he was the producer of the whole show. He took that speech away from me and he warned me very sternly. “I’ll give you 60 seconds or less. And if you go over that 60 seconds, I’ll have you arrested. I’ll have you put in handcuffs.”
- Sacheen Littlefeather in Reel Injun (2009), dir. Neil Diamond.
They were MAD, CONFUSED AND PRESSED that Marlon Brando would betray White Supremacy in this way.
To this very day, they are TWISTED over this.
And when Littlefeather got up there and READ THEM FOR FILTH, they GAGGED. For eons.
So I imagine there are people like me out there who’ve never even heard of Marlon Brando and are extremely confused over why this is important.
Marlon Brando was the Don in The Godfather, and in 1973, he was nominated for and won an Academy Award for it. However, he was also a huge Natives rights activist, and boycotted the ceremony because he felt that Hollywood’s depictions of Native Americans in the media led to the Wounded Knee Incident (which I was always taught as “the second massacre at Wounded Knee” but apparently that’s not the real name). He sent Sacheen Littlefeather, an Apache Native rights activist, in his stead. Wikipedia’s article on her explains the rest:
Brando had written a 15-page speech for Littlefeather to give at the ceremony, but when the producer met her backstage he threatened to physically remove her or have her arrested if she spoke on stage for more than 60 seconds. Her on-stage comments were therefore improvised. She then went backstage and read the entire speech to the press. In his autobiography My Word is My Bond, Roger Moore (who presented the award) claims he took the Oscar home with him and kept it in his possession until it was collected by an armed guard sent by the Academy.
That is what this gifset is about.
You have GOT to read up on this. The Wounded Knee Incident, Marlon Brando and Sacheen Littlefeather, Anna Mae Aquash. ALL OF IT.
Her name was known in my house, I hope it’s known in many, many more in the future.
Champions are made from something deep inside of them