SCOTUS upholds affirmative action ban
The United States Supreme Court ruled Tuesday in a 6-2 vote to uphold a Michigan law that bans affirmative action in college admissions.
Read the ruling here.
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Good luck getting into college, white women, since you benefit the MOST from affirmative action.
"Whenever I hear the "Women are paid $.78 for the man’s $1" I flip it around.
Men make $1.22 for every woman’s $1.
It interests me that even the most common simple measure of gender inequality is firmly based on male-as-normative …"
this is an interesting point, although mathematically inaccurate: assuming the women:men, 0.78:1 ratio is correct, men make $1.28 for every woman’s $1
White people are still the ~standard so that’s not so revolutionary.
A white man makes $1.34 for every dollar that a black man makes
A white man makes $1.52 for every dollar that a latino man makes
A white man makes $1.24 for every dollar that a white woman makes
A white man makes $1.44 for every dollar that a black woman makes
A white man makes $1.67 for every dollar that a latina woman makes
That’s some bullshit right there.
If you take away anything from this website, please let it be what I bolded ^
Let’s take it a step further. For every hour a white man works, a black woman has to work 86 minutes to earn as much money. 57.6 hours a week compared to the white man’s 40.
Take it another step further. Assuming a Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 job, from Thursday 12:45pm through Friday end of business, a white man gets paid for his work, a black woman is, by comparison, working for free.
See also: Why intersectionality is REALLY FUCKING IMPORTANT OK.
signal boost this please. this is what protestors in california are doing to try to get the law repealed that legally allows trans students to use bathrooms that (best) align with their identity or gender-neutral bathrooms that are installed especially for them.
this is a psychological phenomenon that uses different wording to morph the meaning of the law in question and trick people into signing these petitions. if you live in california, please don’t let anyone you know sign one of these!!!!
Signal boost this please! A lot of you will have followers in California and not realize it because the state is so populous.
Don’t sign ANY petition in California from anyone who collects signatures for this. THEY ARE ALL SCAMS - PSGs will copy your signature onto the anti-trans one from the one you like, so they get 65 cents more from their clients. Remember, this means someone is using lots of money to bully (mostly already traumatized) trans children - if they have to train people to do shady things, they will hire the best trainer.
YOU HAVE THE (theoretical) RIGHT TO CHECK WHICH PETITIONS THEY’RE GATHERING FOR, even if not offered to you - they may have filled up the anti trans sheets early, but hidden them under something on the table, planning to forge signatures onto new sheets later for it. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO LOOK AT EVERY PETITION ON THE TABLE AND READ THE FULL TEXT.
If you live in California, please NEVER sign a petition this way unless you can clearly identify that the gatherers are doing important work consistent with a social goal or a nonprofit organization’s mission. If there’s a good law waiting for petition signatures, the VOLUNTEER organizations you already trust will probably be happy to sign you up.
These hustlers are unregulated and have no obligation to a social goal or even to political organizations with consistent propaganda goals. Called “PSGs” or “Paid Signature Gatherers”, they get paid per signature and have been known to copy signatures from popular liberal petitions onto hateful and/or corporate petitions, since those can pay better and double their income in each transaction either way. Some PSGs are ethical, but most will take whatever pays.
I live in California and I never sign a petition until I’ve read the whole thing and grilled the PSG. They usually have no idea what the hell they’re being paid to stump for. Anywho, California followers, keep an eye out.
"I just wanna make a general comment to all Republicans and the Tea Party members that are proud of their party’s stubborn refusal to see reality, who are under the impression that this childishness is going to make history, that comment is oh no you didn’t. The only history that this Tea Party is currently making is that it’s one of the most inane, deluded parties in recent American history, and in 20 years when my generation, Generation Y, has become the majority of voters, we’re going to remember how we grew up and entered a workforce that was beaten down due to recessions created by this right wing philosophy. We’re gonna remember how a large portion of us didn’t have rights due to our second class citizen status as minorities, as women, as gay people. We’re gonna look to see how we’re currently one of the only industrialized countries in the world to lack universal healthcare and to feel that new healthcare and the well being of our citizens is a privilege not a right. We’re gonna remember all of these things when we vote. We’re gonna make the Tea Party obsolete. It’s just a fact. This two party system is not representing our every political philosophy, certainly, and it’s not going to last. To paraphrase the words of one of our most important contemporary thinkers, #ALLDISRESPECTTOTHEREPUBLICANPARTY."
Teju Cole on poverty
Sticks and stones can break my bones but words can mobilize an entire society in violent hate against me.
Language is never neutral.
"Oppressive language does more than represent violence; it is violence." - Toni Morrison
Can you name all the allies here that offer LGBT couple the option to petition for immigration on behalf of a partners? It is appearing the United States will soon update their immigration laws, but not for LGBT binational couples, who will be left out of the “comprehensive” package.
Maybe USA should stop calling itself the “greatest country on earth” in the meanwhile.
"An even bigger issue is that if people think social justice is about niceness, it means they have fundamentally misunderstood privilege. Privilege does not mean you live in a world where people are nice to you and never insult you. It means you live in a world in which you, and people like you, are given systematic advantages over other people. Being marginalised does not mean people are always nasty to you, it means you live in a world in which many aspects of the cultural, social and economic systems are stacked against people like you. Some very privileged people have had awful experiences in life, but it does not erase their privilege."
I might have already reblogged this but I don’t care!
SOPHIE SCHOLL ‘The fire within’
May 4, 1970: The Kent State shootings take place.
The shooting of unarmed students by members of the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University, was one of the most notorious domestic events of the Vietnam War Era. It took place in the midst of a protest which itself was a reaction against government policy; antiwar sentiment was widespread throughout the nation, particularly among young people, so when President Nixon announced in late April that the U.S. military was to conduct military operations in Cambodia in pursuit of the PAVN and Viet Cong forces (which seemed to contradict his policy of Vietnamization and détente), student-organized protests on university campuses across the country erupted. These student strikes eventually involved at least 400 campuses, although the National Guard was deployed to only twenty-one of them, one of which was Kent State University in Ohio.
The Kent State demonstration began on May 1; the National Guard was called to the campus on May 2 by Governor James Rhodes, who denounced the student protesters and claimed that they were ”the worst type of people that we harbor in America”, comparing them to Nazi brownshirts and the Ku Klux Klan. Many in Kent and across the nation agreed with the governor’s condemnation of student protests, but just as many disagreed, to varying degrees. When the shooting and killing of Kent State students made national headlines, the issue remained just as divisive, with many believing that the students had brought the violence upon themselves. On May 4, the tensions between the guardsmen and students heightened. Tear gas was used in the guardsmens’ attempts to disperse the crowd, and at some point in the confusion, for some still unknown reason, a little under half of the 77 guardsmen present began to fire into the crowd of students. The guardsmen later claimed that they had been shot by a sniper and were firing in self-defense; this claim was denied vehemently by the students, who admitted to throwing rocks, and also by the New York Times reporter who had been on the scene. The reporter also wrote:
As the guardsmen, moving up the hill in single file, reached the crest, they suddenly turned, forming a skirmish line and opening fire.
The crackle of the rifle volley cut the suddenly still air. It appeared to go on, as a solid volley, for perhaps a full minute or a little longer.
Some of the students dived to the ground, crawling on the grass in terror. Others stood shocked or half crouched, apparently believing the troops were firing into the air. Some of the rifle barrels were pointed upward.
Near the top of the hill at the corner of Taylor Hall, a student crumpled over, spun sideways and fell to the ground, shot in the head.
When the firing stopped, a slim girl, wearing a cowboy shirt and faded jeans, was lying face down on the road at the edge of the parking lot, blood pouring out onto the macadam, about 10 feet from this reporter.
Four students were killed, and nine were wounded (one was permanently paralyzed from chest down). Of the four killed by rifle fire, two had not been participants in the protest. According to eyewitness accounts, the students were shocked at the fact that the guardsmen had fired upon them and even more shocked that they had fired live ammunition instead of blanks. John Filo, the photographer who captured the Pulitzer Prize-winning image of Mary Ann Vecchio and Jeffrey Miller (pictured above), also believed at first that the guardsmen were firing blanks. President Nixon expressed regret for the killings, although he suggested that the students’ disruptive activities had “[invited] tragedy”, and, according to a Gallup poll, the public agreed - according to the survey, only 11 percent placed blame on the National Guard, while 58 percent blamed the students. Eleven days later, two black students were killed at Jackson State University during an antiwar protest, though these events failed to capture national attention as the Kent State shootings did.