November is American Indian Heritage month. Did you know that there are at least 562 federally recognized tribal nations in the U.S.?
Matika Wilbur is attempting to photograph every one. Wilbur, of the Swinomish and Tulalip in Washington State, sold everything she owns to travel the nation taking portraits of her people. She calls the series Project 562 and aims to debunk myths about American Indian culture. “I’m not a Halloween costume. I hope to encourage a new conversation of sharing and to help us move beyond the stereotypes.”
"We are still here," she says. "We remain."
via The Daily Kos and Project 562
"Look at the difference: In 1977 I bought a small house in Portland Oregon for $24,000. At the time I was earning $5 per hour working at a large auto parts store. I owned a 4 year old Chevy Nova that cost $1,500. Now, 36 years later that same job pays $8 an hour, that same house costs $185,000 and a 4 year old Chevy costs $10,000. Wages haven’t kept up with expenses at all. And, I should point out that that $5 an hour job in 1977 was union and included heath benefits."
Seriously tho. Why *should* she be asked to smile?
Asking a woman to smile is to make her more approachable. It’s to make you feel more comfortable - not her. I, personally, have zero fucks to give about being approachable to strange men on the street. Women are not here to entertain and please random folks.
Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what?
There’s this weird responsibility placed on women to be happy and lady-like and pleasant all of the time. It rids us of being able to express our own range of human emotions.
No one is asking for men and women to not interact with each other. That’s silly. This project is asking for women to be interacted with as if they have agency over their own bodies.
#don't tell me to smile
Creator of the Stop Telling Women To Smile project responded to a person who thinks women not smiling on demand is proof of the end of the world and division among men and women. (Seriously? WTF.)
Funny…I told my best friend about that person’s comment and she said it is the end of the world and division…for that person. A world shaped by the status quo is a world being shaken by the resistance to this status quo. The amount of hatred and bile I’ve faced since I started speaking out about street harassment has been interesting in that some men genuinely process harming women as necessary to their masculinity and thereby their identity. They think critique and rejection of street harassment is an attack on their identity, which is frightening…
"Asking me to smile is akin to asking me to jump. Um. For what?"
"if you’re reading this, if there’s air in your lungs on this november day, then there is still hope for you. your story is still going. there is still time for things to heal and change and grow. there is still time to be surprised.
we are still going, you and i.
we are stories still going."
"Shortly after announcing his plans to direct a movie about first U.S. president George Washington, acclaimed director Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Shame) revealed that he intended to cast Idris Elba, known for his roles in Pacific Rim, Thor, and the BBC program Luther, in the starring role.
The film, Washington, will chronicle the titular president’s life over the course of his eight years as President of the United States.
“I’m very excited for this project,” McQueen told us. “It goes without saying, this was a monumentally significant period in history, and George Washington was, and continues to be, a very significant figure. I hope I can do it justice.”
Following the announcement, the Twittersphere immediately went abuzz in confusion, outrage, and controversy. One person tweeted, “how can you cast a black man? washington was white #smh”. Another said, “damn hollywood. how u gonna change someone’s race? what if we did that 2 other races? they’d riot #hypocrisy”.
However, McQueen responded to this controversy, saying, “I understand it looks like an unusual decision. But at the end of the day, it wasn’t about casting someone who was the right race. We went with the person who was the most talented, the most qualified, and that just happened to be Idris [Elba]. I think people will agree when they watch the movie, he truly captures who Washington was on the inside.”
Washington is scheduled to release December 11, 2015."
KPRC, a local news station in Houston, TX tweeted out a story about a 12-year-old natural beauty who was told by the private school in which she is enrolled to either cut her “wild” natural hair or face expulsion. As you can see from the photo above, I clearly had a problem with the way the tweet was worded.
There is no question that her hair is natural, but there is debate as to whether or not it is wild, meaning untamed. To many White-Americans, hair like hers, and like mine, is looked at as wild, untamed, unkempt, disheveled and in dire need of maintenance. They aren’t able to see that our choice to wear our hair naturally has NOTHING to do with societal norms, but everything to do with pride & acceptance of who we are. They don’t realize that it actually takes a LOT more to maintain natural Black hair, that Black females take the time to care for hair like this, and that when it is worn this way it’s because it was MEANT TO BE.
Just because her hair is NOT straight does NOT mean it isn’t TAMED. It isn’t WILD, it isn’t CRAZY, it isn’t something to be ashamed of or made to feel like it isn’t acceptable. It is NATURAL & got dammit it’s BEAUTIFUL!
Link to article: http://www.local10.com/news/africanamerican-girl-faces-expulsion-over-natural-hair/-/1717324/23165492/-/eo6hiz/-/index.html
it’s more than hair style
this child is suffering due to wearing her hair how it grows from her scalp and the racist that deem her natural hair, black, negro hair unacceptable.
so gather round white folks, you want to call your hair an afro so bad.
you want to wear dread locks so bad
you will never know the pain and stress of the losses you will take a black person with black people hair. Our babies are being expelled from school, we are having a jobs threatened, all the while white folks only want to claim the elements that they feel are “cool” for a few seconds while we, as a people suffer for being black 24/7.
also, check out this year’s copy of Censored. Project Censored is a not-for-profit media freedom news group originally started at my university; every year they release the top 25 stories we should have heard about but didn’t. One of them is about police planting drugs on people to meet quotas, which is a story I found for them and did research on. Check them out at projectcensored.org
"Depression is such a cruel punishment. There are no fevers, no rashes, no blood tests to send people scurrying in concern. Just the slow erosion of the self, as insidious as any cancer. And, like cancer, it is essentially a solitary experience. A room in hell with only your name on the door."
(Source: thissickwonderland, via k-lionheart)