vixenmage: (icarus)
The idea of people is not more important than people. Just like philosophy is less than who makes it up in the world.

Aesthetics trick the mind into changing these truths. We want the minds of people to be as aesthetically subjectively pleasing to us as we find their external images. We forget, we idealize, and we make our image of someone's internal based on their external more important to us than their reality.

This is (partially) why all over America, people wear feathers and weave mats and hang flutes and dreamcatchers from their rearview mirrors, while on reservations people die of curable maladies. We internally homogenized* the indigenous Americans into an aesthetically pleasing archetype, both their external images and their cultures and philosophies, and then we assigned them to a box in history - dead - and moved on to ignore the living people. Because our dream of them is pretty and clean and glorious, as dreams always are, and the reality is, well, realistic.

And so we write songs about wolves and mustangs and warriors while children sicken and die.

In another hundred years, if given the chance, I'll bet western culture does the same thing to Muslims and to Arabs.

It's all quite fucked up.

*Because there's no such thing as a pale Native American, or a black Native American, or handicapped Native Americans, or physically unattractive Native Americans and they are all tall, partially clothed, athletically built, attractive, perfectly-skin-toned beautiful people with melodic voices and Spiritually Attuned Minds.

Seriously, the fuck is wrong with our culture that we have actually disappeared an entire continent of nations and cultures because we like the pretty dreams of them more.

Oh God.

Jul. 26th, 2011 05:29 pm
vixenmage: (coexist)
Glen Beck is a monster.

I'm not apologizing for that, ever, and I'm not taking it back. I'm ashamed that he's an American.

Here's why.

For the record? A camp to get youth involved in politics and democracy is an awesome thing. I have a friend who went there. This... he's crossed a line. Yes, he crosses lines on a regular basis, but there is no coming back from this.

The man's a monster. Young kids were shot, kids have been killed, a government was bombed, and his reaction is to compare the camp to Naziism. Not the shooter, who was affiliated with NeoNazis, but the victims. And then to warn about the perils of tolerance. Just like the shooter did.

There are truly no words to express my disgust and contempt. Norway, forgive my homeland her snakes and monsters. The rest of our people mourn with you.

Ow.

Nov. 2nd, 2010 06:21 pm
vixenmage: (coexist)
Thanks to Miss Cam, for posting about this.

Pepsi Refresh has this thing, where they donate... $25,000, I think, to the top ten charities people choose by vote online.

Fiction Alley, a Harry Potter fandom site, has decided they're running. This may not seem too big! Until you look at the charities that they're running against.

- Bring artist designed clothing and warmth to 500 homeless babies in NY
- Students create animal sculptures/books for Children's Hospital in WNY
- Purchase musical instruments and supplies for high poverty school
- Empower women in verbally abusive or controlling relationships
- Give under-privileged children free guitars and lessons
- Create a dance program in Clayton, NC for youth with cerebral palsy
- Dance & art therapy for children with autism and their families
- Provide museum experiences for children and adults with special needs
- Fight Against Human Trafficking & Empower Survivors
- SWOOP in and build wheelchair ramps for people in need.
- Help the Unemployed Feed their animals of Florida
- Start an aquaponics program to raise lettuce for the school cafeteria.
- Create a Life Saving Prison Dog Partnership (Don't Throw Us Away)
- Commission a piece by an African-American composer for my students.
-. Build A Handicap Accessible Playground At Lake Reba Park- Richmond, KY
- Purchase an SUV for Emergency Response, and Disaster Preparedeness.
- Start a sled hockey team for disabled youth and adults
- Provide financial assistance to families affected by CDH.

Uh, yeah. I'm torn between despair, rage, and... hurt. Just... hurt. This world-- ai. More here, and here.

So. In a way, I'm glad this happened, because now I know about the Pepsi Refresh charity. Come vote?
vixenmage: St. Francis wiv a bird on 'is haid! (Default)
...that if you start by saying "I'm not trying to be racist..." then you probably are being racist. And I do mean ULTIMATE proof.

[Note! This is cross-posted from Facebook, so it may lose a bit of context. Speak Out, for those lucky enough not to know, is like Letter To The Editor for the utterly ignorant. It's a staple of local papers. AP US = Advanced Placement US History. AP = Assistant Principal. EHHS = East Hartford Highschool.]

BLACK OR WHITE
I'm not trying to be racist AT ALL, but African-Americans are starting to take over the schools. The teachers treat them differently (they allow them to do things I would usually be yelled at for doing, like walking around during class or talking), and are letting them get away with very unfair things because they want to seem like the "cool" teachers to the children who have it "harder." Kids like me are becoming frightened to talk back to an African-American kid. I am repeatedly harassed each day by being called "stupid white girl" and "cracker." Is that not racism? Teachers are allowing these kids to throw objects, and to literally SWEAR in the classrooms out of fear of being reported as a "racist" by the child. I urge teachers to start disciplining these children before their behavior becomes even more outrageous. They are nearly "hiding" behind the word "racist."

Actually, having read this a second time, I'm starting to wonder if this was a student or some ignorant, moronic, dipshit of a concerned parent. But surely no one over the age of fourteen would use that many "quotes" unnecessarily? Surely no parent would be stupid enough to put the word harder in quotes in that context? Surely no one could possibly be THIS FUCKING STUPID...?

Anyway. I don't know what world this person is living in, but it ain't the one I'm from. Anybody from EHHS think a teacher would let a black kid throw an object across the room and then yell at a white kid for doing the same thing? Yeah, I don't see it. Anybody from EHHS remember anybody besides Kelly* getting harassed because their skin was too pale?

Here's what I remember: I remember our AP US History class getting banned from racial jokes because if an AP walked in, he would've been written up or something-- even though every single race in the school was covered, and nobody ever got offended. And that's with thirteen kids and I don't even REMEMBER what the demographics were, but I know it was about equal. I remember a teacher who shall not here be named talking about an experiment some students had done that proved white kids got stopped less often in the hallway than any given minority.

God knows I had plenty of complaints about that bloody highschool. But one thing I could never say with a straight face was that any race you care to mention was "taking" "over." And anyone who spent more than one day there without their heads up their own arse wouldn't, either.

*This was a bit of an in-joke. Kelly is Irish, and her skin is very, very white-- so is mine, but she can't tan, so it stays white. We used to mess around with her about it, just like at Preseason every summer Jess used to recoil in mock horror from my parchment-white legs.
vixenmage: St. Francis wiv a bird on 'is haid! (Default)
Texas votes to rewrite History textbooks! (to remove leftist bias, of course. and Hispanics.)

Geometry teacher uses the hypothetical assassination of President Obama (as in, HOW TO) to teach angles!

Macho Ministry tries to prove Jesus was a cage fighter!

...I just.

This, just. I don't know whether to scream or cry anymore.

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