“Among other arguments made during the hearing were that the parents couldn’t legally obtain a driver’s license to take the children to the 75 appointments they average in a month; they are unable to understand fully the children’s medication needs and their medical conditions; and they lack help to care for the children, especially if both work. The children’s appointments include visits to doctors’ offices and horse and speech therapy. In the end Blaylock sided with the state. “It is the sad truth that neither of these parents will ever be able to meet the extreme special needs of these five children on a day-to-day basis,” she said. “They certainly love their children, but the children have not resided with them for three years. Debbi has never resided with them. The children are in need of, and deserving of, a permanent home.” MOUNTING COSTS Because the children are U.S. citizens, they qualify for services including Medicaid, which in Georgia includes nonemergency medical transportation services and home health care, according to its website. The children also need special beds with padding at a cost of about $8,000 each, which the foster parents got through the state program Babies Can’t Wait. The foster parents receive about $7,500 monthly — $90,000 per year — to care for the five children. If they adopt all five children, they will continue to receive financial ass”—
birth parents have to work. they don’t make good money, they can’t afford a car…so TAKE THEIR CHILDREN AWAY.
*foster parents* (who want to adopt)—make $90,000 a YEAR *JUST TO TAKE CARE OF THOSE SAME KIDS*.
do you see that??? do you see what classism looks like as it plays out against immigrant communities? do you see how nativism and white supremacy plays out there? we won’t give “illegalz” that same $90,000 dollars to take care of their own kids. becuz they’re illegalz. they don’t get benefits for being here in the US.
but US citizens can take those children and raise them—and get $90,000 dollars a year.
This doesn’t even make sense. The parents aren’t abusive or neglectful. They simply don’t have the resources to take care of these children on their own, but rather than giving the resources to the parents, the children are placed in foster care and resources are given to the foster parents. This is absolutely the most absurd thing I’ve read all day.
“You have nothing to feel ashamed of. I want you to know you didn’t do anything wrong. Please know that you were chosen by a monster. It’s not your fault. You didn’t ask for it and, most of all, you didn’t deserve it.”—
Writer-director Tyler Perry • In an open letter, published by The Daily Beast, to an 11-year-old alleged victim in the Jerry Sandusky case. “Do you know that at the young age of 11 you had more courage than all the adults who let you down?” he writes. “All of the ones who didn’t go to the proper authorities, all of the ones who were worried about their careers, reputations, or livelihoods. All of the ones who didn’t want to get involved. Or even the ones who tried to convince your mother not to fight. You are stronger than them all! I wonder what they would have done if it were their own child.” You rock, Tyler. (via shortformblog)
“Doctors in emergency rooms have no right to refuse to provide medical care to someone who overdosed on heroin, even though heroin is illegal and many people are morally opposed to its recreational use. They have to care for drunk drivers, even though driving drunk is both illegal and a pretty universally assy thing to do. Why, then, should a hospital be forced to bend over backwards to accommodate people’s religious beliefs surrounding abortion, a legal medical procedure protected by the Constitution?”—
Erin Gloria Ryan, “Nurses Fight For Their Right To Refuse Women Care”, Jezebel.
Contrary to popular belief, occupations are not a new thing. In fact, Black and Brown communites have been in the foreground of taking shit over since the civil war. Here are the highlights.
Fort Monroe- Fort Monroe was a Union garrison located in Virgina. Led by General Butler, Fort Monroe was a site of a major occupation when three Africans Frank Baker, James Townsend and Sheppard Mallory ran from their plantation to Fort Monroe to escape slavery. General Butler declared the three contraband and shielded them from their master who came to “retrieve his property.” Word spread about the men’s brave escape and within a week over 100 families came to Fort Monroe. There they established “contraband camps.”
I Hotel- The International Hotel was one of the last remnants of San Francisco’s Filipino community. As a hub for working class immigrant families, it was targeted for demolition to expand San Francisco’s business district. Activists from “The Red Guards” ( a Asian group inspired by the Young Lords) and the Asian Community Center fought developers and helped rehab the aging hotel. In 1977 activists barricaded t themselves inside, but after two months of struggle, the city of San Francisco gained the upper hand and evicted the tenants from the I Hotel.
Lincoln Hospital-Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx was known as the “butcher shop.” Hundreds of people died there and staff was largely burnout from an uncaring administration. In 1970, members of the Young Lords, Black Panthers and Health Revolution Union Movement took over the public hospital. Based on a 10 point health program, the organizers set up a TB clinic and later established the first acupuncture treatment center for heroin addiction (organized and led by Black Panther and Black Liberation Army member, Dr. Mutulu Shakur.)
City College- Known as “White Rhodesia” the City College of the City University of New York with close to 95% white despite being located in Harlem. Black and Puerto Rican students led a two week long occupation and strike at the school.The result was the establishment of Black Studies and open admission, a program guaranteeing a free college education to any high school graduate in New York City.
Alcatraz- Native American activists occupied the famed prison, once home to Al Capone and abandoned by the federal government. The occupiers demanded the land to establish Native American institutions. During the 19 month occupation, sympathizers sent food and supplies by boat while activists slept in cells. At one point, the leadership offered to sell back Alcatraz to the government for $24, a tongue in cheek reference to Manhattan Island.
Weinstein Hall, NYU- Little know (or recognized) in the Stonewall Rebellion that launched gay liberation, was the role of Marsha P. Johnson and Sylvia Riveria. These two transgender activists were on the leading edge of the rebellion, battling the police, and coining the term “Whose Streets, Our Streets!”. Johnson and Rivera later lead the takeover of Weinstein Hall at New York University after the campus cancelled gay dancing there. Rivera said ““All we fought for at Weinstein Hall was lost when we left upon the request of the pigs…. You people run if you want to, but we’re tired of running. We intend to fight for our rights until we get them.”
Statue of Liberty- Watch the crown! Puerto Rican activists took over lady liberty, unfurled the national flag and demanded freedom for political prisoners. The action, 1 year after United States bicentennial, renewed focus on the colonial status of Puerto Rico. One year later, Jimmy Carter released five of the main Puerto Rican political prisoners.
Birmingham Bus-Occupation usually means a crowd but on Dec.1 1955, one was all that was needed to set off the civil rights/ Black Power movement. Rosa Parks a tireless organizer refused to give up her seat on a rush hour bus. The action lead to the Birmingham bus boycott and the rest is people’s history…
as i was saying. if you’re asking “why haven’t POC done anything if it’s really so bad?” you’re asking the wrong question.
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Hey! Natasha, 25 year old student about to head into the last semester of undergrad. I spend my days making dinner and being sad about not having a job, but my internship keeps me busy, and I like to hang out on Jezebel and Tumblr. Recently married, former single parent. The adjustment process is taking a while. ALSO: gotta get started on these MFA applications.
Q: I'm a feminist and I support a woman's right to make her own health and reproductive choices, but I read about this 500 pound woman with more than a dozen kids who named her newest baby "Jihad". What are some acceptable ways for me to express my concerns?
First off, this is a dialogue primarily between people who know South Asian contexts and histories beyond “wonderful land! wonderful people! the rich colourful textures!” and I. Saying this upfront, I will not engage with anyone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. I have limited spoons to share, might as well engage in dialogue than school ignoramuses.
This is an extension of the post I reblogged from Hi-C, that discusses colourism in India. There were a few questions Hi-C posed that I didn’t get to addressing last time, namely:
I wonder if that’s an imported idea? If Indians got the dark = erotic idea from colonizers? If we actually adopted messed up ideas about sensuality and femininity from Westerners?
We *definitely* adopted messed up ideas of sensuality, femininity and “ideal womanhood” in the colonial and post-independence nationalism phase. Remember, not too long ago, Indian women were declared as “vulgar” because they didn’t cover as much as skin as the Victorian women did. Here enters the sari as a colonial intervention, used to cover and hide the “vulgar” native’s skin and immorality. If you read memoirs of nautch women from the colonial era, they used dressing up, buttoning up as a space of eros, as their breasts were mostly uncovered.
One of the biggest factors that concretised femininity of a new order (that we have today, more-or-less) is publications like Mother India that were circulated widely in England and the US, portraying India as a land of savagery, we did horrid things to our womenfolk like sati and child marriage etc, concretising the idea that “Indian woman” = Upper caste Hindu woman only. There were many societies (tribal, dalit and otherwise) who didn’t practice sati, did in fact have customs like bride-price and karewa (in North India usually) where a widow would be re-married within the household to keep sure her land rights remain in the family itself. I am not insinuating [x] was better than [y], rather there were multiple femininities and ways of being a woman, but thanks to interventions of the Hindu Marriage act, Hindu Succession Act and other land rights (It would be naive to speak solely of womanhood without bringing the caste and class order into the discussion). acts that were stilted in the favour of the British (so they could amalgamate as much land as they could) new ideals of femininity and womanhood were welded, to make sure the land remains in the same family — to control land you’d have to control her sexuality, her mobility, her right to choose, so you now have ideals of chastity, of observing purdah, of being a “virtuous and subservient” Hindu woman.
The masterstroke of the Hindu-patriarchy, Uma Chakraborty says is having women believe they they *want* to be this subservient, all sacrificing woman — here notions of pativrata, ideas that the only religion a woman can have is worshipping her husband and taking care of her family come into play — codified by the Hindu texts and norms, promising women “heaven” if they are virtuous and chaste — all a pretext to keep the caste and class order in place, to make sure that the patriarchy has control over all reproductive agency, so that non-Hindus can’t climb up the social order. Even with the Persian invasion and the consequent Muslim colonisation, stricter norms on people’s reproductive agency, mobility were imposed so no “blood” mixes again keeping the caste order in control. For many, the British colonisation was a good thing as it freed them from the Muslim regime, and saw the British as their allies.
Coming to the colonial era and specifically Mayo’s text, as a response to that we have social reformers who set out to “abolish sati”, to get rid of child marriage, to say “see we treat our women just fine!”. The discourse of the time is (ironically!) choice, that women *choose* to traditional and “modern” at the same time — basically wielding a new patriarchy, that mixes ideals of Victorian womanhood — especially when it comes to sexual chastity — and still remain “Indian” i.e. wearing saris, staying in the inner courtyard, speaking English AND their mother tongues, learning science and modern technology to “cook well”, to become “better wives and mothers”, once again concretising the idea that “Indian woman = Hindu upper caste woman”.
The amount of control on reproductive agency we have here, thanks to Orientalist scholars and anthropologists, Indian woman = always already sexualised, erotic, ready to seduce the White man (Richard Burton I am looking at you). Then we have Mohandas Fucking Karamchand who says “woman is a natural mother”, desexualising her and pigeonholing her as a person who has no voice and no sexual agency. Don’t think these are “things of the past”, just think of the aunties, women relatives you know who *still* take these notions at heart, who have lived all their lives according to these constructed norms, they almost can’t imagine a life out of such structures.
This isn’t to say there wasn’t ever any resistance, many women’s movements critiqued the Hindu patriarchy, albeit without challenging caste hierarchies, the Self-Respect marriages, Ambedkerite feminists and Dalit feminists have always challenged the Bhramanical patriarchy, but unfortunately, the movements have been parallel to mainstream patriarchy and feminism, almost never converged and those fissures breathe deep today too.
Any further dialogue on womanhood, what it means to us today has to take in these factors.
Sources I reffered all this from:
1. Uma Chakraborty, Gendering Caste: Through a feminist lens.
2. Kumkum Sangari and Suresh Vaid, Recasting Women: Essays on colonial law.
3. Chila Bulbeck, Reorienting Western Feminisms.
4. Mrinalini Sinha, The Colonial Masculinity :The ‘Manly Englishman’ and the ‘Effeminate Bengali’ in the Late Nineteenth Century (Studies in Imperalism).
5. V. Geetha, The Story of a Marriage: Being a Tale of Self-Respect Unions and What Happened to Them (Pdf file of the essay can be found here).
Without a doubt the most interesting thing I’ve read all day. Thank you; even if you didn’t set out to educate folks ignorant of this history, I certainly learned something today.
“Fat people who love themselves scare the shit out of people who don’t love themselves. Even fat people who are TRYING to love themselves scare the shit out of people who can’t do the same. We force people to have to look at why they hate their bodies because we are “supposed” to hate ours and we don’t. And sometimes they have no idea what to do with that, so they act like assholes.”—
ALL OF THIS. I’ve gained a fair amount of weight in the past year because of lifestyle change and Implanon. I’m trying to come to terms with it and I want to love my body, so I adopt a “WTF ever” attitude in public about it, and let me tell you folks are threatened by that. No matter what the body size/type, someone wants to start talking at me about eating healthy. Bitch, I studied nutritional science— I make the most balanced fucking meals you’ve ever seen. Don’t come at me like that.
the underground music scene was created in order for a safe space to thrive for all of the kids who felt rejected. all of the kids who felt like they were misfits in their school. they weren’t popular. they listened to weird music and had weird impulses. they found a scene, a high school scene where they could play or listen to music without judgement or feeling threatened. and lately, in the state of connecticut, there has been an alarming amount of threatening behavior especially in this new high school scene that is beginning to take shape.
i’m going to say this bluntly. if you use homophobic, racist, or misogynistic language while considering yourself a member of the scene, you are poison. you are killing the scene that you claim to love. and if you feel the need to rationalize your use of any sort of hateful slurs, it is unfathomable how much you are destroying such a beautiful thing. just because you are young doesn’t make using the pseudo-adjective “gay” okay. just because you have black friends who encourage your use of the word “nigga” mean that you can walk around at shows saying it to your friends. by creating exclusivity and naive hate, you are alienating groups of people who want to get involved. you are on the same level as the jocks you claim to hate. and you’ll make those people coming into this scene feel the same way. there are bands right now full of older people who are setting this example. use your brain. know that it’s wrong. don’t support them no matter how good their music may be. they are shutting out accessibility willingly by saying things that can be triggering or offensive to certain groups.
have a brain. if you don’t use it soon, your scene is in for a rude awakening.
And DFCS came back in November 2008 for her fifth child, Debbi, just 14 days old.
“I begged them not to take my baby,” said Domitina Mendez, 24, “but the interpreter told me to calm down or it was going to be worse.”
Since then, the five children have been cared for by a foster family who wants to adopt them, even as the Mendezes try to regain custody.
A hearing to have their case reopened is set for Thursday in Whitfield County Juvenile Court after a June 2011 ruling that terminated their parental rights.
In her ruling, Judge Connie Blaylock said she didn’t believe the parents could care adequately for the five children with their complicated medical needs and the dozens of medical appointments they require every month.
But advocates working with the family believe their inability to speak English and their illegal status were the main factors that led to the rights termination.
yeah, you know what? I think this has less to do with them speaking spanish, and more to do with that big bolded part up there— US citizens want some children. And what better way to get some cheap home made kids without having to worry about birth family contact attempts or wait for years and years?
Didn’t someone make some asshole comment not too long ago laughing at the theory I made of the undocumented people’s children being taken away from their parents, only to hand them to “US citizens” for assimilation?
i have eternal side eyes for lightskinned black folks who wanna whine about how they get snarky reactions from fellow black folks like thats in any way comparable to what you face as a darkskinned black woman.
talmbout “thats not faaaaaiiir”, we all black anyway! yeah we all black but you get treated alot better than a whole lotta darker somebodies!!!!
heiffa, you can stfu and deal. you are praised while darker folks are shitted on. you can have a damn seat w your “oh noes, they cut they eyes at me” bullshit when you get all the fucking jobs and higher salaries, commercials, ads, music videos, fucking every damn thing vs darker folks.
your 30 seconds of annoyance aint comparable to the lifetime of being pushed to the back. and yeah you get pushed too but never to the same extent as darker people. never.
so have a damn seat and call out your privilege instead. dont just fucking sit there basking in it, denying.
Tom Bancroft is a freelance artist who is also a former Disney supervising animator (Mushu from Mulan for example). He recently did a few sketches of Wonder Woman this past weekend in the Disney style.
I’ve never, ever figured out why DC and Warner Bros. don’t do more to market Wonder Woman to young girls. She’s a princess for heavens sake.
One can only imagine if Wonder Woman was a Marvel/Disney property. Wonder Woman I’m sure you would be marketed right along with Cinderella and Ariel.
DISLIKE. No one needs to market Wonder Woman as a princess for any fucking reason, little girls don’t need to care about princesses. They need to see that Diana is a woman kicking ass and not bothering to take names, dismantling the patriarchy, and looking ridiculously awesome while doing so.
and you know what? i talk mad shit about white people…
and i got a chip on my fucking shoulder about white women. but its not personal…i dont actually hate every white woman because shes white or some shit.
what i hate is what white women represent, which is the end all be all of women.
i hate that white women are the face of fucking everything considered to be worth a damn.
i hate it.
with a passion.
it grinds my soul to the fucking core.
to live an entire fucking life with that shit hanging in your face. to be pressured from the day you are born from every fucking angle imaginable to be the precious white woman, or else.
“or else” being NOTHING.
tired. tired. tired.
tired of the white feminist whine about not wanting to be coddled and cared for, as if i ever got the fucking option.
tired of white women being the face of fucking so called enlightenment, freedom, revolution.
tired of white women being the face of all that is good, holy, beautiful, valuable.
deathly fucking tired.
Reblogging, because I understand. And folks need to see this. I cannot completely identify, since I have benefited from being able to pass as a white woman quite often and I benefit from being married to a white man… but still. Women like me feel that pressure too, and it grinds our souls down the same way.
It’s hard not to notice that once the right number of white folks are affected, people want to take to the street. Unemployment numbers are high? We’ve had high unemployment for years. People are living in or near the poverty line? Yeah — we know.
When minorities speak up and say there is an issue, we are told maybe we are doing something wrong. Perhaps we are targeted by the police because of what we are wearing. Perhaps we don’t look for jobs the right way. Maybe we aren’t educated enough. But now that it’s affecting other folks, now there’s a problem. Now we need to come together and fight the power. Someone tweeted at me that we need to come together and not point out silly differences like race because we’re in this together!
Yes, we can — and have (there is support from various folks of color) — come together within this movement, but you can’t expect us to throw away “race” and ignore history. Even the violence that’s happening with the Occupiers right now is looked at differently because of race. You can’t be surprised that people have reservations about this when you look at how our issues have been dealt with before.
I’m not making an argument for ignoring the movement because a lot of the movement ignored us. But I am saying take a moment to walk away from your righteousness to understand that your newfound plight has been some people’s plight for generations.