You are personally responsible for becoming more ethical than the society you grew up in.

I understand the impetus behind the counting of children and female casualties. The killing of innocents in Gaza by Israel’s war machine is a crime. But Palestinian men are victims of Israeli state terrorism too. Let’s not repeat the logic of the war on terror, where only children and women can be victims but men (including boys over 15, sometimes 13) are always suspects and thus somehow they share in the blame of their own death. This is the gendering of the War on Terror: our men and boys are inherently dangerous and are merely the potential for violence encased in human flesh.

Furthermore, every woman who lives and loves and loses and struggles within Israel’s military occupation and siege is a revolutionary. You do not have to pick up a gun in Gaza to be a revolutionary or an “enemy” of Israel. You just have to be alive and to insist on living. After all, isn’t that point of settler colonialism?

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When someone unfollows me I take it very personally.

Haha I have been there!!

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.
For Those Who See NO COLOR

Born in BROWN and shaped in the BRONZENESS of Africa
Same as born in sin and shaped into iniquity
My color is BOLD
What do you mean you cannot see it?

My BLACKNESS is STRONG
I am the jaguar of Nile Valley
GOLD runs thru the quickening of my veins
Daughter of Osiris and Isis.
I am strength like bark root.
Feet level and unnerved.

The unknown daughter of slave Solitude.
The fight of Assatta
Backlash blues of Nina Simone
Hardness of The General Harriet Tubman.
And the infectious wailing of Mahalia Jackson.

Can you not hear the dialect?
of Brother to the night
and Sister to the moon.
I am blankets of cool CERULEAN skies.
Touching the fingertips of Father Jesus
Sporadic and combustible dyes backdrops blinding the eyes.

MAHOGANY sunsets for the ORANGE sun.
My color is STANDING
What do you mean you cannot see it?
I am bruised fruits
Representing the soiled fingers of: Uncles who worked theirs to the bone
and
Aunts who weren’t shy of the practice

Constant shuffling hues of colorful patterns
Bursting at the seams of bland and boring.
See ME as SIENNA.
NO! See ME as vibrant blasts of eclectic mixes of electric GREENS & REDS.

View my people as astonishing splashes.
My color is BLINDING
What do you mean you cannot see it?

- Sista Big

Link: <http://soar.forharriet.com/2014/03/for-those-who-see-no-color.html>

Sexism is when people laugh at rape jokes and cringe at female anatomy.
Poverty is not simply having no money — it is isolation, vulnerability, humiliation and mistrust. It is not being able to differentiate between employers and exploiters and abusers. It is contempt for the simplistic illusion of meritocracy — the idea that what we get is what we work for. It is knowing that your mother, with her arthritic joints and her maddening insomnia and her post-traumatic stress disordered heart, goes to work until two in the morning waiting tables for less than minimum wage, or pushes a janitor’s cart and cleans the shit-filled toilets of polished professionals. It is entering a room full of people and seeing not only individual people, but violent systems and stark divisions. It is the violence of untreated mental illness exacerbated by the fact that reality, from some vantage points, really does resemble a psychotic nightmare. It is the violence of abuse and assault which is ignored or minimized by police officers, social services, and courts of law. Poverty is conflict. And for poor kids lucky enough to have the chance to “move up,” it is the conflict between remaining oppressed or collaborating with the oppressor.
When people with privilege hear that they have privilege, what they hear is not, “Our society is structured so that your life is more valued than others.” They hear, “Everything, no matter what, will be handed to you. You have done nothing to achieve what you have.” That’s not strictly true, and hardly anyone who points out another’s privilege is making that accusation. There are privileged people who work very hard. The privilege they experience is the absence of barriers that exist for other people.
Women who are fat are said to have ‘let themselves go.’ The very phrase connotes a loosening of restraints. Women in our society are bound. In generations past, the constriction was accomplished by corsets and girdles…. Women today are bound by fears, by oppression, and by stereotypes that depict large women as ungainly, unfeminine, and unworthy of appreciation…. Above all, women must control themselves, must be careful, for to relax might lead to the worst possible consequence: being fat.
Ignoring the difference of race between women and the implications of those differences presents the most serious threat to the mobilization of women’s joint power. As white women ignore their built-in privilege of whiteness and define woman in terms of their own experience alone, then women of color become “other,” the outsider whose experience and tradition is too “alien” to comprehend.” ~ Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider, 1984.

Ignoring the difference of race between women and the implications of those differences presents the most serious threat to the mobilization of women’s joint power. As white women ignore their built-in privilege of whiteness and define woman in terms of their own experience alone, then women of color become “other,” the outsider whose experience and tradition is too “alien” to comprehend.”

~ Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider, 1984.

The function, the very serious function of racism, is distraction. It keeps you from doing your work. It keeps you explaining, over and over again, your reason for being. Somebody says you have no language, so you spend twenty years proving that you do. Somebody says your head isn’t shaped properly, so you have scientists working on the fact that it is. Someone says you have no art, so you dredge that up. Somebody says you have no kingdoms, so you dredge that up. None of that is necessary. There will always be one more thing.

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Have you seen Belle yet?  If you haven’t, you should.

This is a great movie!

In killing what it terms ‘militants’, Israel is carrying out extra-judicial assassinations, which are illegal under international law.
In killing the people of Gaza and destroying their homes, hospitals, mosques and infrastructure, Israel is carrying out collective punishment, which is also illegal under international law.
Israel is recognised by the UN as an occupying power in Gaza, an occupation which is illegal under international law. The siege of Gaza, ongoing for seven years, is collective punishment and also illegal.
Collective punishment, when an entire civilian population is brutalised, is a breach of the 4th Geneva Conventions. Grave breaches of the Conventions are considered to be war crimes under Article 8 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.