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NYPD beat Muslim teens, rip off hijabs

gelopanda:

fuckyeahmarxismleninism:

A disturbing story emerged out of the Bronx on Thursday. Two Muslim sisters, Lamis Chapman and Khalia Wilson, aged 12 and 14 respectively, told the New York Daily News that they were thrown to the ground, put in chokeholds, and had their hijabs violently torn off by members of the NYPD, for a reason that remains unclear.

Chapman and Wilson said they were playing handball around 9:30 pm in the park near their home in the Lester Patterson Houses in Mott Haven, the Bronx, when police approached them and asked them to leave, as the park was closed.

The girls recounted that the cops followed them out of the park, and one grabbed Wilson from behind, putting her in a chokehold and wrestling her to the ground. “They said they asked for ID. I didn’t hear them,” reported Wilson. When her sister protested, she was also thrown to the ground, and both sisters’ headscarves were ripped off.

"I kept saying, ‘I’m 14! What are you doing? We’re not bad kids,’" explained Wilson.

When their 15-year-old brother, Shytike Wilson, saw the police assaulting his younger sisters from a window, he ran to their aid. “I asked them why my sisters were in handcuffs,” he said, when the police, “charged me, picked me up, and slammed me on the floor.”

An 18-year-old college student, Jonathan Harris, became involved when he heard the girls screaming and ran to the park to help. He told the cops to leave the teens alone and took out his cell phone to record the incident, but was also subjected to police abuse.

In the bx?
Ugh smfh

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Democracy has become Empire’s euphemism for neo-liberal capitalism.

—Arundhati Roy, An Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire (via khilaaf)

Letbus think of this in the context of the Latino Rebels post I was asked to comment on

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nychthemeral:

People wonder why folks have trouble accessing mental health care, or are reluctant to seek help, and it’s like, hahaha, have you ever TRIED it? like have you done it yourself? did you notice the 800,000,000 hoops to jump through? did you notice the scads and scads of red tape? Ok, now have you tried it as someone who has no money or time or health insurance?

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prettyofcenter:

standwithpalestine:

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not just history. It’s now.
A Palestinian man starts to demolish his own home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat in Palestine. 
Israel does not allow Palestinians to build on their own land, while they themselves continue building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. 
Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.
We’re only in February and Israel has so far demolished 106 structures this year (this does not include homes demolished by Palestinians themselves), displacing 179 people. 
No alternative housing or compensation is ever given to Palestinian families whose houses are demolished.
Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

[photo from inside of a building that has white walls and a big red heart in the middle of each wall. the camera is pointed at the ceiling which has crumbled apart, metal exposed and man is standing on the roof looking in.]

prettyofcenter:

standwithpalestine:

Israel’s ethnic cleansing of Palestine is not just history. It’s now.

A Palestinian man starts to demolish his own home to carry out an Israeli court order which ruled that the house was built without a municipality permit, in the east Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shuafat in Palestine. 

Israel does not allow Palestinians to build on their own land, while they themselves continue building illegal Jewish settlements on Palestinian land. 

Many Palestinians end up demolishing their homes themselves to avoid the high cost of paying for Israeli government bulldozers, or being sent to prison for not being able to pay.

We’re only in February and Israel has so far demolished 106 structures this year (this does not include homes demolished by Palestinians themselves), displacing 179 people

No alternative housing or compensation is ever given to Palestinian families whose houses are demolished.

Photo: Ahmad Gharabli / AFP

[photo from inside of a building that has white walls and a big red heart in the middle of each wall. the camera is pointed at the ceiling which has crumbled apart, metal exposed and man is standing on the roof looking in.]

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Lupita Nyong’o and the Evolving Paradox of Black Femininity

youngist:

by Hannah Giorgis

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(Photo Credit: NY Magazine)

It’s no secret that I am a Lupita Nyong’o fan girl. She is gorgeous, graceful, and certifiably ***flawless.

The actress gained worldwide attention for her heart-wrenching portrayal of the enslaved Patsey in Steve McQueen’s much-praised 12 Years A Slave. Having been thrust into the Hollywood spotlight only months ago, Lupita is notably reserved in the public eye—but her powerful presence speaks volumes about the ever-expanding ways in which Black women are complicating archaic notions about our femininity. 

Lupita’s Patsey is markedly different from both Mistress Epps, her master’s wife, and from Kerry Washington’s delicate Broomhilda in Django Unchained. Dark-skinned and long-suffering, Patsey is not afforded the benefit of Broomhilda’s damsel in distress rescue. It is, however, worth noting that both women were targets of sexual violence from the white men with power over them, neither of them immune to the Jezebel stereotype that deemed their black female bodies “unrapeable.”

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futurefantastic:

battybatty:

Date a guy who opens your jars and wine bottles for you

"please. please stop opening all my jars and wine bottles. I’m not ready for them yet. you’re just letting it all go bad. my whole house smells like wine and pickles and I can’t live like this"

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So while it is true that the prevalence of obesity in two to five year olds declined by an estimated 39.6 percent between 2003-04 and 2011-12, from 13.9 percent to 8.4 percent, it is also true that, according to the same NHANES data, it declined by 23 percent between 2003-04 and 2005-06, and then rose by 19.8 percent between 2007-08 and 2009-10.

The most plausible explanation for these large oscillations can be found in the definition of “childhood obesity” itself. “Childhood obesity” is a brand-new concept, invented a few years ago for essentially political reasons. The official definition is that children who are at or above what was the ninety-fifth percentile of BMI for age in growth charts from the 1960s and 1970s are now classified as “obese.”

It is important to understand two things about this definition. First, it is quite literally arbitrary: it isn’t based on any epidemiological observation that this or that bad outcome is seen among children who are above this particular definitional cut point. Public health authorities needed a definition for their crusade against a newly invented menace, so they made one up.

witchsistah:

grrlyman:

2damnfeisty:

That last tweet. I just wish people would quit acting like Florida is the only fucked up state.

Talking about the South as a more racist area of the US is what white people do to distance themselves from racism and what poc do to create a false sense of security.

                ^^^^^^^^^THIS^^^^^^^^

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