The World We Live In

The new music video for ‘Jericho’ featuring Immortal Technique and Hezakiah, from Hasan Salaam's new album, 'Life in Black and White', released on Viper Records on October 28th. Here are the words of Hasan to explain the track:

"Phillip Pannell was killed by Officer Gary Spath when I was 10 years old in Teaneck, New Jersey. Phillip’s cousin and the daughter of the cop’s partner were both in my class. Phillips cousin and I were bussed to "The White Side" of town. Blockbusting real estate in this community in the 1960s led to a very segregated town; the bussing of students was done to “desegregate” a community with growing racial tensions.

"It all boiled over when sixteen year old Phillip was murdered. I remember seeing Phillip a few times in passing at the park where we would play ball. After his death, I remember that the white teachers and staff took special interest in making sure the cop’s daughter was ok and even took her to the guidance counselor. Nothing for Phillips cousin. Phillip was Black and Spath is White. Spath claimed Phillip was reaching in his pockets when he shot him in the back. An autopsy concluded Phillip was shot in the back with his hands raised in the air, proving the officer lied. The usual cast of characters showed up, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Riots ensued. Spath was charged and acquitted of manslaughter, no more Sharpton and Jesse. The Pannell family and the community were left to pick up the pieces of injustice. Spath is walking the streets free after killing a child and Ms. Pannell is left without a son.

"This story is not uncommon in Black neighborhoods all over the country. There is no difference today than when Phillip was murdered. There are walls all around us; some of them block our progress from the day we are born. Some of these walls cannot always be seen until you apply for a bank loan, drive while Black or stand before a judge. The walls are built as color and class lines.

"I often hear Caucasian Americans in arguments about race; recently I heard on Fox News "I’m tired of talking about race". If they are tired of talking about it, imagine being stifled by these walls for generations. Our community has suffered at the hands of America from the written law of Jim Crow to the unwritten codes of racial profiling. These walls of racism, bigotry and oppression are beginning to crumble around us. What was once hidden behind the veil is now on blast for the entire world to see. Police brutality is being witnessed and shared via social media showing the world the unjust ways we are treated. Racism, Classism and every other ism are used to create the walls that separate humanity. It is up to each and every one of us to use our skills, talents and strengths to break down the walls brick by brick."

-PEACE

huffpostlive:

Charlo “F—-k it, I quit” Greene Lights A Joint Live On Air

After announcing she was leaving her job at the KTVA station in Anchorage, Alaska, by telling viewers, “F—k it, I quit,” she joined HuffPost Live on Thursday and smoked a joint live on the air.

"I’ll spark up right now. It is what it is. I’m in the privacy of my own home."

So yes, that happened.

cartoonpolitics:

"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.” .. (George Orwell)

cartoonpolitics:

"Every war when it comes, or before it comes, is represented not as a war but as an act of self-defense against a homicidal maniac.” .. (George Orwell)

did-you-kno:

King Tut may have been killed by a hippo. Source

Good. i want to live in a world where this is true.

did-you-kno:

King Tut may have been killed by a hippo. Source

Good. i want to live in a world where this is true.

This brought tears to my eyes. This man is more patriotic than any of those Fox ‘news’ commentators. Fuck them. Fuck their propaganda. Fuck their sexism. Fuck their racism.

Seen on Facebook. I love these replies. Most of the people were saying it’s horrible that this person is defending their father, and ‘blaming’ the mother. They said things about this person now views violence as okay, etc. etc.

I agree with both of these comments. Violence in a relationship happens but it doesn’t make either party a bad person or exclusively ‘to blame’ and I think that’s what the person is trying to say. The parents had an abusive relationship, it was not one sided but they’ve healed and the whole family has moved past that low point in their lives.

Just as one would not say ‘I believe in gravity,’ one should not proclaim ‘I believe in evolution.’
Michael Shermer (via whats-out-there)
humanrightswatch:



Gaza’s Education in Rubble
The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent.
Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the first day of school. And thousands of students will need to adjust to sharing schools that escaped damage, because their old school now lies in rubble or remains a shelter for displaced families.
According to the United Nations and Gaza’s Ministry of Education, 228 school buildings were damaged to varying degrees during the latest fighting—143 government schools, 75 schools run by the UN, and 10 private schools – including 26 severely damaged or destroyed.
Priorities right now include clearing school buildings of any leftover explosive remnants from the fighting, and ensuring that displaced families living inside many dozens of schools find suitable alternative shelter. Textbooks and furniture will also need to be quickly replaced.
Gaza’s schools were already overstretched before the fighting, with a shortage of almost 200 schools. Around 90 percent of schools will now be running on a double shift, cutting each student’s school hours to just four hours each day. The school year is already starting three weeks late, and students will have weeks of psycho-social counselling and support before they are ready to study the regular curriculum. These students face tough challenges if they are to catch up with their compatriots in the West Bank in time for competitive exams next year.
Photo: A damaged classroom in the Jabalya girls school in Gaza. At least 10 Israeli munitions hit in and around the school on July 30, 2014, while more than 3,200 people were sheltering there. The attack killed 20 people. © 2014 Anne Paq/Human Rights Watch

humanrightswatch:

Gaza’s Education in Rubble

The morning roll call will be a particularly morbid affair on the first day of school in Gaza this Sunday. Hundreds of students, killed in the recent fighting, will be forever marked absent.

Many students are too badly injured or maimed to attend the first day of school. And thousands of students will need to adjust to sharing schools that escaped damage, because their old school now lies in rubble or remains a shelter for displaced families.

According to the United Nations and Gaza’s Ministry of Education, 228 school buildings were damaged to varying degrees during the latest fighting—143 government schools, 75 schools run by the UN, and 10 private schools – including 26 severely damaged or destroyed.

Priorities right now include clearing school buildings of any leftover explosive remnants from the fighting, and ensuring that displaced families living inside many dozens of schools find suitable alternative shelter. Textbooks and furniture will also need to be quickly replaced.

Gaza’s schools were already overstretched before the fighting, with a shortage of almost 200 schools. Around 90 percent of schools will now be running on a double shift, cutting each student’s school hours to just four hours each day. The school year is already starting three weeks late, and students will have weeks of psycho-social counselling and support before they are ready to study the regular curriculum. These students face tough challenges if they are to catch up with their compatriots in the West Bank in time for competitive exams next year.

Photo: A damaged classroom in the Jabalya girls school in Gaza. At least 10 Israeli munitions hit in and around the school on July 30, 2014, while more than 3,200 people were sheltering there. The attack killed 20 people. © 2014 Anne Paq/Human Rights Watch

notallfeminists:

whowatwhere:

hugboxcrowbar:

nighty101234:

notallfeminists:


I’d like to see Sarkeesian try and find a way to tackle MMOs, where what do you know, there are in all likelihood MORE female characters running around than males.

I’ve been playing with my (AWESOME) female character in Skyrim for god knows how long. And her trusty sidekick, Serana, by her side.
But she would CHOOSE to be a female character, fight someone (a man of course), and then complain about sexism, misogyny and all the usual stuff.


Oh my. People need to learn balence.There is alot of sexism,but we go after the popular games that are really innocent,mostly the gamemakers themselves,it would mainly be guys telling girls things.And of course the good old fantasy female armor xD.Because,metal bra and panties soooo work for armor

There’s a funny thing about the whole “bikini plate” debate you’re missing. You have no right to tell a game creator he can’t design the armor to look like that. It’s called artistic liberty, and feminist morality has no place in it.

^^^
The concept of plate bikinis and the typical feminist reaction makes me laugh. One of my close friends is a graphic designer for Dawngate, she’s created about half the playable roster and skins (Even the sexy ones). In her free time she buffs her incredible portfolio with nude, overly sexualized women.
Female game designer, willingly creating the feminist nightmare. I love it.

Ask female gamers what their characters in games like Saints Row are wearing. Mine’s still wearing her cheerleader outfit.

My characters are *always* female and almost always have large breasts and tiny waists and skimpy fucking outfits. They also carry battle axes and kick ass so i don’t see the problem there. Hell all of my custom characters in Soul Caliber are female and I call them My Harem…that would drive a feminist up a wall lol

notallfeminists:

whowatwhere:

hugboxcrowbar:

nighty101234:

notallfeminists:

I’d like to see Sarkeesian try and find a way to tackle MMOs, where what do you know, there are in all likelihood MORE female characters running around than males.

I’ve been playing with my (AWESOME) female character in Skyrim for god knows how long. And her trusty sidekick, Serana, by her side.

But she would CHOOSE to be a female character, fight someone (a man of course), and then complain about sexism, misogyny and all the usual stuff.

Oh my. People need to learn balence.There is alot of sexism,but we go after the popular games that are really innocent,mostly the gamemakers themselves,it would mainly be guys telling girls things.And of course the good old fantasy female armor xD.Because,metal bra and panties soooo work for armor

There’s a funny thing about the whole “bikini plate” debate you’re missing. You have no right to tell a game creator he can’t design the armor to look like that. It’s called artistic liberty, and feminist morality has no place in it.

^^^

The concept of plate bikinis and the typical feminist reaction makes me laugh. One of my close friends is a graphic designer for Dawngate, she’s created about half the playable roster and skins (Even the sexy ones). In her free time she buffs her incredible portfolio with nude, overly sexualized women.

Female game designer, willingly creating the feminist nightmare. I love it.

Ask female gamers what their characters in games like Saints Row are wearing. Mine’s still wearing her cheerleader outfit.

My characters are *always* female and almost always have large breasts and tiny waists and skimpy fucking outfits. They also carry battle axes and kick ass so i don’t see the problem there. Hell all of my custom characters in Soul Caliber are female and I call them My Harem…that would drive a feminist up a wall lol