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Picked up this book at the library this afternoon and just finished it. I read it in a 9 hour span; I couldn’t put it down. So captivating and powerful, but my head and my heart feel so heavy. I encourage everyone who can to donate to her foundation to fight sex slavery in Southeast Asia. Visit somaly.org for info.
- 1821: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica declare their independence from Spain.
- 1829: Vicente Guerrero abolishes slavery in Mexico.
- 1830: Future Mexican president Porfirio Díaz is born in Oaxaca.
- 1835: The HMS Beagle, carrying Charles Darwin, reaches the Galápagos Islands for the first time.
- 1842: Honduran Gen. Francisco Morazán, a prominent Central American statesman, is executed by firing squad in San José, Costa Rica, at age 50.
- 1914: Argentine writer Adolfo Bioy Casares is born in Buenos Aires.
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So I found these maps of the Hispanic and Black population concentrations from the 2010 Census and I noticed two themes. The greatest concentration of Hispanic folks is in states that were at one time a part of Mexico. The greatest concentration of Black folks is in the South, where slavery was once very prevalent. Just something I noticed.
White privilege isn’t something you get because of a certain percentage of a certain ethnicity in your DNA. It’s something given to you because your skin is light. That’s it. the lighter your skin is, the more privilege you get. So yeah, white Jewish people have white privilege. How else do you explain how they’re the only marginalized class whose genocide is consistently characterized as it should be, which is as a nearly unimaginable tragedy? Have you ever heard one person justify the holocaust by saying “oh, that’s just how people thought back then,” or “you have to consider the historical context?” Nope. Whiteness is why the Holocaust is respected as the tragedy it is, why it’s illegal in some countries to speak about the Holocaust in a way deemed disrespectful, why when someone even mentions the word “holocaust” on tumblr, everyone calls them an antisemite, but everyone and their mom appropriates slavery and the civil rights movement to serve their own political purposes.
It’s not antisemetic to point out that white Jews have white privilege. All white people have white privilege.
So African involvement has to be qualified, as it varied and secondary to that of European and American powers. Further, such involvement is clearly central to related matters such as reparations. For even if African elites were as guilty, does that excuse European and American participation? And even if African states were equally culpable, from which African governments could we expect reparations?
These are critical questions, because the logic of reparations is that compensation is to be derived from corporate bodies — states, businesses, universities, etc. — that both participated in and benefited from slavery and the slave trade. The United States, France, England, Spain, Portugal, Brazil, etc., were all present (in one form or another) during the slave trade, and they all continue to exist. They all benefited from the trade and arguably owe a great deal to those whose labor was exploited but whose persons were abused for centuries. In contrast, European colonialism did away with African sovereignty; the Dahomey and Asante of the 18th and 19th centuries are no more.
ripping that con Henry Louis Gates Jr. a new Hole. I approve.
Summer is wedding season for Carefree White Girl! So what’s new in CFWG wedding land?! I heard through the grapevine she consulted with some friends and said (I’m paraphrasing) “let’s have a themed wedding and let’s have it be colonialism! And let’s do it in South Africa!! YAY!”
So Carefree White Girl did exactly that. She planned and planned, something Carefree White Girl does not normally do. She procured all of the trappings of colonialism possible, including but not limited to, holding the wedding in South Africa (what’s appartheid? what IS that?!) and hiring REAL LIVE Africans to be
slavesservants. One wedding attendee commented on just how gloriously authentic Carefree White Girl’s wedding was:
“When we arrived at The Cowshed we literally could not believe our eyes! Colonial everything! Army tents filled with Persian rugs, Union Jack flags and antique furniture, trophies filled with Roses and this was only the bar. The reception was equally decked out. Antique travel chests, clocks, globes and binoculars and an awesome Zebra skin. Dave and Chantal did it right. They hired actual colonial pieces from a prop-house that we put them in touch with in Pretoria. It was truly authentic.”
Carefree White Girl had a vision. And her vision was to relive the good old days where the cult of domesticity and slavery ruled! A time when the only existing and acceptable standard of beauty was the Carefree White Girl. Brilliant! Carefree White Girl conceived herself in her most desirable element: the 1600s - early 1800s. Who could want for more?
Certainly not those very dark and docile Africans hired as servants for the wedding? Nope, not them. What of them you might ask? Well, meh, who cares actually. The wedding wasn’t about THEM! The wedding was about Carefree White Girl’s vision: about the beauty, the rustic and unchartered romantic vision of a landscape emancipated from technology. It was about the romantic vision of a simpler time, a time when the rights of Black people, well, didn’t exist, cause, you know, they were like, ENSLAVED. Cause they would have been required to be the fucking servants at CFWG’s wedding not hired. Because if they didn’t they would have been beat to a bloody pulp. But who cares about reliving hell when there are old wooden chests and Persian rugs!!!!
Wow. Just fucking wow.
good article over at GOOD MAGAZINE
“ the field-adjacent manse isn’t strictly for classic Southern belles anymore. Plantations are also acceptable wedding destinations for hip graphic designers and comic book illustrators and readers of irony-laden blogs. One Jezebel commenter chimed in to lend her support of the trend: “[I]t’s not offensive to have a wedding on a plantation,” she wrote. “They are often beautiful places, and although they may have a terrible history, now people of any race can enjoy them as venues.”
Say what you will about the legacy of slavery, at least it produced some fabulous venues. Like this one, an immaculate Louisiana estate that once enslaved 500 humans. The venue’s website is littered with details you can’t make up: The plantation is still equipped with the quaint antique bells the children of the house rang to summon their slave servants. It still equates enslaved human beings with “the family’s most prized furniture and china.” It still calls itself the “White Castle.” And it still attributes its impressive grounds to its original slaveholding owner and the ”business savvy that fostered his tremendous wealth,” as opposed to, say, human bondage.”
click the link in the header for more on this thoughtful, respectful trend.
This kind of shit makes me so uncomfortable. I’m from Virginia where we have plantations galore, and I’ve been to George Washington’s Mount Vernon many times. I’ll never forget going there my first or second time (I was about 8 or 9) and seeing the little slave “house” and walking around the large plantation in the hot Virginia sun, trying to imagine the life of a slave (which less than 150 years ago I would have been), and wanting to cry. Seeing the slave quarters especially was a lot for me, given how spare they were and how grand the mansion was. I don’t know, but every time I think of the nice splendor of plantation life, I think, ‘I would have never gotten to enjoy that because I would’ve been a slave living in the one room shack working for no fucking pay in the hot sun against my will for people who thought I was barely a human being.’ So no thanks, I will NOT be getting married on a plantation.
By Liz Stanton, CPE Staff Economist
- You’ve Been Psychologically Conditioned To Want a Diamond.
The diamond engagement ring is a 63-year-old invention of N.W.Ayer advertising agency. The De Beers diamond cartel contracted N.W.Ayer to create a demand for what are, essentially, useless hunks of rock.
- Diamonds are Priced Well Above Their Value.
The De Beers cartel has systematically held diamond prices at levels far greater than their abundance would generate under anything even remotely resembling perfect competition. All diamonds not already under its control are bought by the cartel, and then the De Beers cartel carefully managed world diamond supply in order to keep prices steadily high.
- Diamonds Have No Resale or Investment Value.
Any diamond that you buy or receive will indeed be yours forever: De Beers’ advertising deliberately brain-washed women not to sell; the steady price is a tool to prevent speculation in diamonds; and no dealer will buy a diamond from you. You can only sell it at a diamond purchasing center or a pawn shop where you will receive a tiny fraction of its original “value.”
- Diamond Miners are Disproportionately Exposed to HIV/AIDS.
Many diamond mining camps enforce all-male, no-family rules. Men contract HIV/AIDS from camp sex-workers, while women married to miners have no access to employment, no income outside of their husbands and no bargaining power for negotiating safe sex, and thus are at extremely high risk of contracting HIV.
- Open-Pit Diamond Mines Pose Environmental Threats.
Diamond mines are open pits where salts, heavy minerals, organisms, oil, and chemicals from mining equipment freely leach into ground-water, endangering people in nearby mining camps and villages, as well as downstream plants and animals.
- Diamond Mine-Owners Violate Indigenous People’s Rights.
Diamond mines in Australia, Canada, India and many countries in Africa are situated on lands traditionally associated with indigenous peoples. Many of these communities have been displaced, while others remain, often at great cost to their health, livelihoods and traditional cultures.
- Slave Laborers Cut and Polish Diamonds.
More than one-half of the world’s diamonds are processed in India where many of the cutters and polishers are bonded child laborers. Bonded children work to pay off the debts of their relatives, often unsuccessfully. When they reach adulthood their debt is passed on to their younger siblings or to their own children.
- Conflict Diamonds Fund Civil Wars in Africa.
There is no reliable way to insure that your diamond was not mined or stolen by government or rebel military forces in order to finance civil conflict. Conflict diamonds are traded either for guns or for cash to pay and feed soldiers.
- Diamond Wars are Fought Using Child Warriors.
Many diamond producing governments and rebel forces use children as soldiers, laborers in military camps, and sex slaves. Child soldiers are given drugs to overcome their fear and reluctance to participate in atrocities.
- Small Arms Trade is Intimately Related to Diamond Smuggling.
Illicit diamonds inflame the clandestine trade of small arms. There are 500 million small arms in the world today which are used to kill 500,000 people annually, the vast majority of whom are non-combatants.
Daughter of Slaves Won’t Be Recognized as Oldest Woman.
Rebecca Lanier celebrated her 119th birthday this week. Born to parents who were former slaves, she believes she’s the oldest person in the world, and her family has documentation to back up the claim, in the form of a letter from the Social Security Administration.
But the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports that because she was born in the 1890s, when it was commonplace for African-American babies not to be issued birth certificates, she doesn’t have the documentation Guinness World Records requires to be honored for her record-setting life. So they refuse to acknowledge her.
Lanier has witnessed more than 20 presidents and lived through two world wars. She’s outlived her husband and daughters. And after all this, she’s still suffering residual effects of the racial inequality that existed more than a century ago, when she was born.
“It’s quite a rigorous process that you go through because the birth certificate is a crucial matter,” a Guinness World Records spokesman told MailOnline, explaining why Lanier’s age won’t be recognized.
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