A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

My name's Ben. I'm a 22 year-old recent grad living in Seattle. I've been told my gayness is only matched by my enthusiasm.
I post my favorite news from all around the web.
Topics you'll see:
Queer - Liberalism - Activism - Student Issues- Public Transportation - Peace - Environmentalism - Politics - Law - Atheism - Vegetarianism - Feminism - Sex Positivity - Philosophy.

amu-baqi:

snarkbender:

kropotkitten:

Fun History Fact: The overwhelming majority of cowboys in the U.S. were Indigenous, Black, and/or Mexican persons. The omnipresent white cowboy is a Hollywood studio concoction meant to uphold the mythology of white masculinity.

white people, this is why nobody trusts you

THANK YOU

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doulaness:

Just stumbled upon this tweet from February: Neil calling out Mental Floss for lightening his skin.
doulaness:

Just stumbled upon this tweet from February: Neil calling out Mental Floss for lightening his skin.

doulaness:

Just stumbled upon this tweet from February: Neil calling out Mental Floss for lightening his skin.

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policymic:

54% of Asian-American teens have been bulled

More than half of all Asian American students are bullied in school, according to a joint study by the U.S. Justice and Education departments. That statistic was much higher than what they found for other groups. (For the purpose of the study, “Asian American” included students of East Asian, South Asian and South Pacific heritage.)
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policymic:

54% of Asian-American teens have been bulled

More than half of all Asian American students are bullied in school, according to a joint study by the U.S. Justice and Education departments. That statistic was much higher than what they found for other groups. (For the purpose of the study, “Asian American” included students of East Asian, South Asian and South Pacific heritage.)
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policymic:

54% of Asian-American teens have been bulled

More than half of all Asian American students are bullied in school, according to a joint study by the U.S. Justice and Education departments. That statistic was much higher than what they found for other groups. (For the purpose of the study, “Asian American” included students of East Asian, South Asian and South Pacific heritage.)

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breakingnews:

Obama awards Medals of Honor to 24 minority veterans
CNN: President Barack Obama honored 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor today for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.
The White House said the soldiers were passed over for country’s highest military award because of discrimination.
"Some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal," Obama said during the ceremony at the White House. "…Their courage almost defies imagination."
Of the 24, only three are alive to receive the recognition and 10 never came home.
Photo: Spc. Santiago J. Erevia received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. Erevia was a radiotelephone operator in Vietnam. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

breakingnews:

Obama awards Medals of Honor to 24 minority veterans

CNNPresident Barack Obama honored 24 Army veterans with the Medal of Honor today for their combat actions in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

The White House said the soldiers were passed over for country’s highest military award because of discrimination.

"Some of these soldiers fought and died for a country that did not always see them as equal," Obama said during the ceremony at the White House. "…Their courage almost defies imagination."

Of the 24, only three are alive to receive the recognition and 10 never came home.

Photo: Spc. Santiago J. Erevia received the Medal of Honor on Tuesday. Erevia was a radiotelephone operator in Vietnam. (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)

thepeoplesrecord:

Michelle Alexander: White men get rich from legal pot, black men stay in prisonMarch 14, 2014
Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize. 
But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you’ll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than  210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that’s making those white guys on TV rich.
“In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in a  public conversation on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the  Drug Policy Alliance.  “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”
Alexander said she is “thrilled” that Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and that Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts earlier this month. But she said she’s noticed “warning signs” of a troubling trend emerging in the pot legalization movement: Whites—men in particular—are the face of the movement, and the emerging pot industry. (A recent In These Times article titled “ The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization,” summarize this trend.)
Alexander said for 40 years poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.
“Black men and boys” have been the target of the war on drugs’ racist policies—stopped, frisked and disturbed—“often before they’re old enough to vote,” she said. Those youths are arrested most often for nonviolent first offenses that would go ignored in middle-class white neighborhoods.
“We arrest these kids at young ages, saddle them with criminal records, throw them in cages, and then release them into a parallel social universe in which the very civil and human rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement no longer apply to them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “They can be discriminated against [when it comes to] employment, housing, access to education, public benefits. They’re locked into a permanent second-class status for life. And we’ve done this in precisely the communities that were most in need of our support.”
As Asha Bandele of DPA pointed out during the conversation, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Today, 2.2 million people are in prison or jail and 7.7 million are under the control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned.
Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.
Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.
Full article

thepeoplesrecord:

Michelle Alexander: White men get rich from legal pot, black men stay in prison
March 14, 2014

Ever since Colorado and Washington made the unprecedented move to legalize recreational pot last year, excitement and stories of unfettered success have billowed into the air. Colorado’s marijuana tax revenue far exceeded expectations, bringing a whopping $185 million to the state and tourists are lining up to taste the budding culture (pun intended). Several other states are now looking to follow suit and legalize. 

But the ramifications of this momentous shift are left unaddressed. When you flick on the TV to a segment about the flowering pot market in Colorado, you’ll find that the faces of the movement are primarily white and male. Meanwhile, many of the more than  210,000 people who were arrested for marijuana possession in Colorado between 1986 and 2010 according to a report from the Marijuana Arrest Research Project, remain behind bars. Thousands of black men and boys still sit in prisons for possession of the very plant that’s making those white guys on TV rich.

“In many ways the imagery doesn’t sit right,” said Michelle Alexander, associate professor of law at Ohio State University and author of  The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in a  public conversation on March 6 with Asha Bandele of the  Drug Policy Alliance.  “Here are white men poised to run big marijuana businesses, dreaming of cashing in big—big money, big businesses selling weed—after 40 years of impoverished black kids getting prison time for selling weed, and their families and futures destroyed. Now, white men are planning to get rich doing precisely the same thing?”

Alexander said she is “thrilled” that Colorado and Washington have legalized pot and that Washington D.C. decriminalized possession of small amounts earlier this month. But she said she’s noticed “warning signs” of a troubling trend emerging in the pot legalization movement: Whites—men in particular—are the face of the movement, and the emerging pot industry. (A recent In These Times article titled “ The Unbearable Whiteness of Marijuana Legalization,” summarize this trend.)

Alexander said for 40 years poor communities of color have experienced the wrath of the war on drugs.

“Black men and boys” have been the target of the war on drugs’ racist policies—stopped, frisked and disturbed—“often before they’re old enough to vote,” she said. Those youths are arrested most often for nonviolent first offenses that would go ignored in middle-class white neighborhoods.

“We arrest these kids at young ages, saddle them with criminal records, throw them in cages, and then release them into a parallel social universe in which the very civil and human rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement no longer apply to them for the rest of their lives,” she said. “They can be discriminated against [when it comes to] employment, housing, access to education, public benefits. They’re locked into a permanent second-class status for life. And we’ve done this in precisely the communities that were most in need of our support.”

As Asha Bandele of DPA pointed out during the conversation, the U.S. has 5% of the world’s population and 25% of the world’s prisoners. Today, 2.2 million people are in prison or jail and 7.7 million are under the control of the criminal justice system, with African American boys and men—and now women—making up a disproportionate number of those imprisoned.

Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the New York Timesbestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.

Alexander said over the last four years, as she’s been traveling from state to state speaking to audiences from prisons to universities about her book, she’s witnessed an “awakening.” More and more people are talking about mass incarceration, racism and the war on drugs.

Full article

(via marbleflakes)

elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.
elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.

elusivelyshani:

I’m not even a man but I’m a black woman and I’ve experienced this on the subway, elevators, etc. And I ALWAYS want to do that “boo!” Part.

(Source: lexii5297, via greeklesbian)

Pew Research: Young Liberals To Dominate Future Of U.S. Politics

policymic:

Study: Police see black kids as older and less innocent

Black children are seen as older and less innocent than they actually are — particularly by cops, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers also found that black children are more likely to be the subjects of dehumanization by police officers, making them subject to higher rates of police violence.
"Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection," study author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association. "Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent."
Researchers surveyed 176 police officers, mostly white males in their late 30s, and found that cops who dehumanize black children are more likely to have used force against them. These police actions include anything from applying wrist locks, to striking the youth with blunt objects, to unleashing police dogs in their presence, to showering them with tear gas or even killing them. 
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policymic:

Study: Police see black kids as older and less innocent

Black children are seen as older and less innocent than they actually are — particularly by cops, according to a new study published recently in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. The researchers also found that black children are more likely to be the subjects of dehumanization by police officers, making them subject to higher rates of police violence.

"Children in most societies are considered to be in a distinct group with characteristics such as innocence and the need for protection," study author Phillip Atiba Goff of UCLA told the American Psychological Association. "Our research found that black boys can be seen as responsible for their actions at an age when white boys still benefit from the assumption that children are essentially innocent."

Researchers surveyed 176 police officers, mostly white males in their late 30s, and found that cops who dehumanize black children are more likely to have used force against them. These police actions include anything from applying wrist locks, to striking the youth with blunt objects, to unleashing police dogs in their presence, to showering them with tear gas or even killing them. 

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strongblackbrotha:

Yes I did reblog this 6 times. Your lucky if this isn’t on your dash everyday.
strongblackbrotha:

Yes I did reblog this 6 times. Your lucky if this isn’t on your dash everyday.

strongblackbrotha:

Yes I did reblog this 6 times. Your lucky if this isn’t on your dash everyday.

(Source: owning-my-truth, via sepiacircus)

exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.
exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.

exclusivelylouisck:

Louis C.K. talks about growing up Mexican.

(via greeklesbian)

transstudent:

Queer youth of color face unique hardships that lead to extreme amounts of discrimination. While 1 in 3 LGBTQ people identify themself as a person of color, schools and services are not addressing their specific needs. Learn more by clicking here.

transstudent:

Queer youth of color face unique hardships that lead to extreme amounts of discrimination. While 1 in 3 LGBTQ people identify themself as a person of color, schools and services are not addressing their specific needs. Learn more by clicking here.