And the saddest part about it is, we have women within the feminist community Attacking each other, when we are supposed to come Together and stand up for our rights and equality. We are women, and we are in this together.
Give Sally Ride’s Partner Death Benefits!
Sally Ride — who was the first American woman in space — recently died and was rightfully celebrated as a hero for her service and risking her life for the United States.
Unfortunately, Ride’s domestic partner of 27 years Tam O’Shaughnessy, under federal law, will not receive the survivor annuity, death benefits, or Social Security payments that are given to family members of heterosexual astronauts.
Even though the majority of Americans support the rights of same-sex couples and more states are legalizing marriage equality, 1,138 benefits are still denied to these couples (even if they’re married) because of the Defense of Marriage Act.
The government should treat Sally Ride’s partner with all of the respect partners of heterosexual astronauts are given. Please tell the United States government to give Sally Ride’s partner death benefits and to fight against DOMA!
Sign the petition here.
Rick Santorum believes Obama wants to ‘indoctrinate’ students by encouraging higher college enrollment.
Lets THINK about this for a second. If you can get an entire nation of people believing that attending church is more important than Education, you can stop an entire nation from THINKING. If you do not have the ability to think, you cannot speak out against injustice, against the government (Which is EXACTLY what the government wants). In fact, if you have the ability to think at all you would be independent minded, and you would understand the role of the Church in taking away our Civil Rights.
Essentially, the belief that people should not attend college, receive education, learn to think critically, and learn how to stand up for their rights is Criminal.
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The ignorant might say this is a silly idea, but in actuality this would be a big step toward ending discrimination. If we can teach the youth to be open minded, they’ll create a safer world for our future generations.
“If I have a cup of coffee that is too strong for me because it is too black, I weaken it by pouring cream into it. I integrate it with cream. If I keep pouring enough cream in the coffee, pretty soon the entire flavor of the coffee is changed; the very nature of the coffee is changed. If enough cream is poured in, eventually you don’t even know that I had coffee in this cup. This is what happened with the March on Washington. The whites didn’t integrate it; they infiltrated it. Whites joined it; they engulfed it; they became so much a part of it, it lost its original flavor. It ceased to be a black march; it ceased to be militant; it ceased to be angry; it ceased to be impatient. In fact, it ceased to be a march.” ~ Malcolm X
What is clearly being implied here is that Whites took it upon themselves to join the Black March, which it seems Malcolm X was absolutely viewed as of place and offensive.
1. March + Blacks(only) = Coffee
2. March + Blacks + Whites(Cream)= Spoiled Coffee
3. March + Blacks + Extra Cream = No Coffee
Now, I completely understand that this March was entirely dedicated to Blacks. It was a March in which Blacks were to come together to celebrate their struggle alone and together, without it being acceptable for Whites to take in any part of it (as Malcolm implied it so should have been). But quite frankly, he either blatantly ignored, or didn’t understand the fact the Whites were there to SUPPORT Black people and their struggle. To put things in perspective, the message that the Whites who “Infiltrated” and “engulfed” the March where trying to send was, “We are in this fight together, and we are here to support You.”
Can we not argue that it is our absolute duty to Stand Up for those who are oppressed? Is it wrong for us to do so? And if so, in what circumstances?
Malcolm concludes by elaborating, “It ceased to be a black march; it ceased to be militant; it ceased to be angry; it ceased to be impatient. In fact, it ceased to be a march.” Let us take a moment to ask ourselves, what was the objective of this March? Was the objective to create fear of Blacks in the White community? For so many years Blacks were treated, (and still are), treated as lesser citizens by White society. But we cannot ignore that fact that Blacks could not and can not fight oppression alone. I absolutely believe that in society where Whites were (and still are) “privileged,” it took White people to come forward and fight against Black oppression with Blacks.
So, we need to ask ourselves, what WAS the objective? I am really curious to hear other interpretations on this quote and opinions on what exactly he was trying to accomplish in/by this quote… Leave in my ask box!
“Whenever a man stands up for the basic human rights of a woman, his act shouldn’t be the exception. And when a man rejects sexism, violence and abuse in his community and peer group, his act shouldn’t be a miracle. Actions towards ending violence against women and men should be seen as nothing less than an exercise of the best traditions of humankind.”
This should be the case for anyone who has a privileged identity, supporting those who do not: being white and actively working against racism, being cis and actively working against cissexism, being heterosexual and actively working against homophobia.