"There is no way that the proportions of Black and Native American children in foster care would ever happen to white children[…] if child welfare systems removed 1 in 10 white children from their families as they have in many Black and Native American communities, the systems would be shut down."

Dorothy Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

Black children constitute only 17 percent of the youth population in the U.S, yet make up 42 percent of all children in foster care nationwide. [pdf source download]

There are also more Native American & First Nations children being removed from families of origin today than there were at the HEIGHT of the ‘residential schools’ system.

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thenonbinarysafespace:

Shoutout to nonbinary POC. You deserve a lot more recognition and visibility than you get. You’re real, and you matter.

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"Just because someone desires you, it does not mean that they value you.


Read it over.

Again.

Let those words resonate in your mind."

Nayyirah Waheed (via awakenedvibrations)

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skeptikhaleesi:

brownglucose:

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

How petty

just look at babe ruth’s face tho
so confused
so lost
i love it

skeptikhaleesi:

brownglucose:

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

How petty

just look at babe ruth’s face tho

so confused

so lost

i love it

(via talesofthestarshipregeneration)

"The rage of the oppressed is never the same as the rage of the privileged."

bell hooks (via smallbodies)

To all “egalitarians”

(via earthmoonlotus)

yesyesyesyesyesyesyesyesyes

(via kat-rampant)

(Source: esteemsters, via sassyirony)

this is social anxiety summed up in two gifs

(Source: ashleybreather, via sassyirony)

browngirlinterrupted:

Don’t check up on people who have decided you are not in their picture, anymore. You don’t need to know how they’re doing. Save yourself the trouble, seriously.

(via sassyirony)

theswagsonianinstitution:

Without further adieu, a word from my mun…

Hello everyone. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’ve lost things and people alike. My guinea pig, who was my world, died a week ago yesterday.

This is me, just after getting my prom dress. The anchor in the background is a clock, which has knots at each hour.

I’ve been having a bit of a slipup here at home. My eating habits are getting worse. My autism is triggering a lot of things within, for example, my self-harm thoughts and actions.

But in that moment, and the night of the prom, I was absolutely happy. My medication usually does nothing for my anxiety, but my boyfriend managed to make all the pain go away for a few hours.

A word from the wise:

Don’t succumb to darkness. Fill your heart with golden, gleaming light. When the time comes for you to make a decision, let the light shine through.

So sorry for your loss. I know how that feels

theswagsonianinstitution:

Without further adieu, a word from my mun…

Hello everyone. It’s been a rough couple of weeks. I’ve lost things and people alike. My guinea pig, who was my world, died a week ago yesterday.

This is me, just after getting my prom dress. The anchor in the background is a clock, which has knots at each hour.

I’ve been having a bit of a slipup here at home. My eating habits are getting worse. My autism is triggering a lot of things within, for example, my self-harm thoughts and actions.

But in that moment, and the night of the prom, I was absolutely happy. My medication usually does nothing for my anxiety, but my boyfriend managed to make all the pain go away for a few hours.

A word from the wise:

Don’t succumb to darkness. Fill your heart with golden, gleaming light. When the time comes for you to make a decision, let the light shine through.

So sorry for your loss. I know how that feels

I am so done with allistics thinking they have to right to dominate an sonic space with their constant yammering assault of horrible sounds.

Like the bus… -_-

(Source: autiecommie)

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine


DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.
Not one major Hollywood studio has released a computer animated feature starring a black character.
Read more | Follow policymic

policymic:

Dreamworks is doing something even Pixar hasn’t tried: A black female heroine

DreamWorks Animation Studios has announced the addition of a black female heroine (gasp!) to its repertoire of white dogs, green ogres, snails, Neanderthals, pandas, white people and Antz. In doing so, it joins an elite club consisting of … well, nobody.

Not one major Hollywood studio has released a computer animated feature starring a black character.

Read more | Follow policymic

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soulrevision:

[For more on social justice, follow me on Instagram: soulrevision]

1st Photo

Top: Black inmates on the chain gang in Atlanta in 1895

Bottom: Black inmates at Angola in 2014 

2nd Photo

Top: Black “child convicts” at Angola in 1903 

Bottom: Black inmates at Angola in 2014

3rd Photo

Top: Black women prisoners at Angola in the 1920’s/1930’s

Bottom: Black male inmates at Angola in 2014

Absolutely NOTHING has changed except the years. These photos are not only disturbing to look at, they prove that prison is a form of modern day slavery and that Nina Simone was correct when she said, “slavery has never been abolished from America’s way of thinking”. Welcome to the New Jim Crow.

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intersectionalfeminism:

Just to get this straight, in this double page spread there are:

  • Fat women
  • Of different races
  • Who are unedited (note the stomach and the rolls)
  • And are being praised for being the weight they are (and eating what they want)
  • While they are all being quotes talking about being healthy at any weight

I mean, this still isn’t perfect, but this is pretty damned impressive for a mainstream tabloid. 

(via uwotm8y8)

skepticalavenger:

There are a few good corporations, but beyond that nothing to argue with here.
via The People’s Voice

skepticalavenger:

There are a few good corporations, but beyond that nothing to argue with here.

via The People’s Voice

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.
We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.
For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

neurowonderful:

(Image description: A partial screenshot of a blog post. The title reads “How I reduced screaming and verbal stimming in my child with autism”, and below that is a colour photograph of a hand holding a rectangular plastic “clicker” device.)

I think I may have mentioned this blog post, and the sadness and confusion I felt when I came across it, in one of my videos. This screenshot is from the blog of an “autism parent”. Yes, that is a clicker. Yes, she is encouraging the use of animal training methods on Autistic children. Yes, she considers any kind of vocal stimming, not just screaming, to be a “bad behaviour”. To top it all off, her blog banner reads, “Discovering SOLUTIONS to the Everyday Problems of Living with AUTISM”. Here is an excerpt from her tutorial on how to train your disabled child like a dog to have a “Quiet Mouth”:

Third, I sat back and watched my child. Since he was making bad noises, I decided to reinforce Quiet Mouth (i.e., lips together, no sound). Whenever he had a split second of Quiet Mouth, I immediately tagged (made a click-sound with the device) and handed over a treat. Every time his mouth was Quiet, I tagged (clicked) and treated. Soon there was much more Quiet Mouth behavior. When doing this it is important to ignore and pay no attention to vocal stims or screaming. Do not look at the child, do not speak to him/her or explain. Just say nothing, and immediately tag and treat as soon as there is even a split second of Quiet Mouth. You can also tag and treat a child for any appropriate vocalizations. If he/she says a nice word, or makes an appropriate comment, then tag and reinforce that. Your goal is to increase Quiet Mouth and appropriate vocalizations.

And sadly, as bad as this attitude and treatment of Autistic children is, this is a relatively tame example when compared to the other unethical treatments, therapies, and methods of discipline that Autistic children are being subjected to every day (all in the name of making them appear less obviously Autistic). This is why we need Autism Acceptance Month and not the fear-mongering, negative, misinformed “awareness” that Autism Speaks and its allies are pumping out this April.

We need acceptance because Autistic children should be loved and accepted wholly and completely for who they are, not hurt and mistreated in their parent’s frantic search for a “cure”. Because Autistic people deserve to be treated with respect and listened to, not silenced and forced or coerced to conform to an ableist, non-disabled ideal. Because Autistic children need accommodation and understanding to live healthy, happy lives, not sketchy “treatments” and intensive, soul-crushing “therapies” to try to make them appear more neurotypical and less Autistic.

For more information on ASAN’s Autism Acceptance Month, see the about page on the website here: http://www.autismacceptancemonth.com/about/

aspieangles:

No words for this.

Some guy named Jim Humble is telling people to give their Autistic child/ren bleach both anally and orally to “cure” them of Autism.

Yes, this is 2014, and this is not satire.

No words.