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Oh, looks like the firebending's back on Hey! My name is Sam, I'm 21, white, and I use she/her pronouns. I get a bit crazy at times, I almost always use capitalization, I overuse commas and capslock to the extreme, and I can't tag for shit. Feel free to invade my ask box.

Hey, White Americans. We Need to Talk.

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postcardsfromspace:

According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of trespassing, and I got into a lot of screaming matches with cops.

I have never been arrested.

I have never been violently attacked by police. Hell, I have never been seriously threatened by police.

I am fully aware that I’ve survived to adulthood largely on the benefits of my race.

When you are white in America, you get away with all sorts of shit. Have you read this account from a white dude who actively tried to get himself arrested? You should. It’s telling.

So, if that’s your main frame of reference for dealing with law enforcement, it is really easy to assume that when someone else gets targeted by the police, they must have done something really bad. After all, you know the police aren’t that petty, right? They’re there to help: That’s what TV tells you, what your teachers told you, what your parents told you. “If you’re in trouble, find a police officer. They’ll help.” And, y’know, if you’re white, most of the time, that’s probably true.

When you’re white in America, it is awfully easy to pretend that you don’t live in a country where the nonviolent physical presence of black people, especially black men, is considered sufficient threat to justify use of lethal force. It’s really easy to pretend that laws are enforced equally; that arrest rate has any demographic resemblance to actual crime rates; that the police are there to protect us from the bad guys.

And, I mean, I get that. It’s a lot more comfortable to pretend that safety correlates to virtue than to confront the ugly truth that a system that benefits you very directly does so at the cost of other people’s lives; that what you were taught was the just reward for being a good person is, in fact, the privilege of your skin. That’s a big part of why we work so hard to retcon narratives about how the black people our police murder must have been dangerous, highlight every casual infraction like it’s a killing spree. We are so desperate to believe that the system that feeds us is just.

It doesn’t feel good to acknowledge that stuff. It feels gross. A system we trusted—one we should be able to trust, that should work for the benefit and protection of everyone has made us accomplice to some deeply horrifying shit.

But here’s the thing:

This happenedThis is happening. Not recognizing it; stonewalling and insulating ourselves in our little bubbles does not make it go away.

And not acknowledging it, not having asked for it, does not make us any less complicit, or any less responsible for owning and fixing this. We are actively benefitting from a fucked, corrupt, murderous system. That is on us. As it should be.

So educate yourself, get the tools, and start dismantling this fucker. You have the time: after all,  no one’s shooting at your kids.

Privilege is the bandwidth to speak up and dismantle because you’re not in fear for your life. And there is no conscionable excuse for failing to use it.

westo24:

God damnit Hoenheim!!! You tried to do one job! ONE FUCKING JOB!

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westo24:

God damnit Hoenheim!!! You tried to do one job! ONE FUCKING JOB!

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baeddelpherneliatakesthesquare:

Defend the protesters in Ferguson when they peacefully protest.
Defend the protesters in Ferguson when they riot.

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(Source: vickihelyar)

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vinegod:

When you can’t find your car in the parking lot… by Jerry Purpdrank

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pemsylvania:

pemsylvania:

who here knows how to dismantle a security camera

everybody on here always acts like some criminal mastermind when in reality 40 of you guys told me to smash it with a rock and at least 3 told me to seduce it

(Source: pemsylvania)

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perfectlydreadful:

White People: The Middle East is so barbaric. They’ll cut off a person’s hand just for stealing!

White People when an unarmed black kid is murdered by police in America: Yeah, but he shoplifted some cigarillos, so…

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aloofpudding:

i did a thing.

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branstark:

the day i discovered AU fanfiction and the day i unofficially stopped reading books are probably correlated

(Source: lolawolfs)

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swanfeels:

"Hill is such a strong personality, she’s like a force of nature and quite frankly, while perhaps not immediately loved by all involved, she’s certainly as strong and imposing a figure as Nick Fury."

http://fireandiceandrageandkittens.tumblr.com/post/95003520728/americachavez-lmao-2-years-ago-not-even-the

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americachavez:

lmao 2 years ago not even the majority of marvel comics fans cared about the guardians of the galaxy and now I’m seeing reading lists popping up left and right and RYAN FUCKING SEACREST said “I am groot” on national radio but NO ONE WAS ASKING FOR A GOTG MOVIE BEFORE IT WAS…

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idle3re8u5:

ascandalinthepolicebox:

it’s been like six years and i’m still not over the last five minutes of dr. horrible

really? because I didn’t feelimage

I was browsing AO3, as you do, and I found an equestrian AU and I just-

Ohhhhhhh shiiiiiiiit