Eyewitness: Ferguson’s heroic resistance
To hear the news reports or listen to Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri yesterday, you’d think the protesters of Ferguson were bent on looting and destruction, and that a midnight curfew and police were needed to protect the people.
But last night at 12:30 a.m., the dozens of police who amassed on the street to enforce a midnight curfew launched a brutal attack on 75 protesters peacefully standing their ground to demonstrate. First, the police fired multiple tear gas canisters into the middle of the crowd, and dense clouds filled the air.
Next came a fire of rubber bullets, sending those of us in the line of fire to crouch to the ground to avoid getting hit. Several were wounded, one man critical in circumstances still not clear.
The riot came from the cops, not the people.
i see lucy as a racist film that plays on negative stereotypes while hiding behind the cover of (white) feminism.
all this film has done is switch out the white man for a white woman. it’s still a film about a white person getting violated by the evil poc, then gaining power and wiping them out.
here’s 2 of my favourite scenes from the trailer:
from top to left to right:
KEEP CLEAN 保持清潔，APPLE 蘋果，ONION 洋蔥，GRAPE 葡萄，CHAIR 椅子，TOMATO 番茄
traditional chinese is an actual written language used by millions of people, not symbols to be thrown around at the whim of set designers because they look cool and idk, serves to create a menacing asian atmosphere. this is so disrespectful, and made even worse by the fact that this film in set it taipei, taiwan where the official written language is traditional chinese.
it doesn’t matter that this film caters to a primarily “white” audience who won’t be able to read it, the language and culture of taiwan isn’t something for you to twist and use as you deem fit because it’s “exotic.”
lucy shoots a guy for not being able to speak english.
she l i t e r a l l y shoots this taiwanese taxi driver, in taiwan for not being able to speak english. she’s in taipei and she’s shooting people as they are of no use to her because they don’t speak english.
just think about the sort of message that’s sending out. she’s not being “bad-ass strong female character who takes no shit,” she’s saying that english is useful and better. this is the type of harmful ideology that stretches all the way back from when western countries were colonising and forcing their language and customs on other countries.
let me explain with a real life example. i was born in new zealand to two taiwanese parents. i am fluent in english, but mandarin is conversational at best. my friends in taiwan say that i am “so lucky” to speak fluent english, when they are fluent in mandarin and their english level is no worse than my mandarin. they tell me that they want to perfect their english but in the same breath tell me that mandarin isn’t worth perfecting because i have english and that’s “enough”. they also tell me how pretty my white friends are when they see pictures.
this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that they’ve grown up buying into. it honestly hurts and frustrates me that they belittle their own culture like this, honestly believing that the western world is superior. this is the type of neo imperialism ideology that this film (hopefully unintentionally) promotes: white people are better and will save the day.
if they wanted to film a movie about a white women getting back at those who had violated her, why not film it in a western country? if they wanted to film it in taiwan, why not find an asian lead actress?
i do agree that we need more women protagonists in action/superhero movies, but not like this. its not okay that the female lead needs to be kidnapped and have her body cut open without her consent in order to gain her powers, and those said those powers do not make any of this racist bullshit okay.
i am just so tired and angry of poc always being brushed off to the side as either props or villains in mainstream media.
as a poc, it’s so frustrating to see that the of the standard of beauty still white women when we live in multi-cultural societies and a diverse world.
feminism is about equality. a film in which poc are presented as evil and inferior before being killed off by a superior white woman does not promote equality.
for the anon who asked me the question earlier this week.
Israel is gassing Gaza.
Well if Hamas says so. Remember always accept their narrative unquestioningly. Israel is always evil and wrong. Hamas is always right and, after all, fighting for God.
Get out of here with your attempts at seeming sophisticated, Israel has been committing war-crimes for the better part of a century.
Not just for those in Detroit, but anywhere where the right to water is being restricted or denied!
hey everyone, this post has only gotten a thousand or so notes and only a single follower of mine has reblogged this from me specifically.
Detroit has been shutting water off for entire neighborhoods regardless of whether people paid bills or not. Even if they didn’t, should that really mean that they should die of thirst? Should there really be a cost to stay alive?
Please, spread this. Link it on other sites so someone down the line who needs this anywhere can take back water, something that should be the right of every human being.
Water should not be controlled by corporations. Water should not cost money. No one should be denied access to water, ever.
Fight for your lives. Fight to help others.
This is moral and ethical.
Ahh! Pick a hard one why don’t you? The one that always comes back to me is a quote from Arundhati Roy on the Naxalite uprising in India - “Can the hungry go on a hunger strike? Non-violence is a piece of theatre. You need an audience. What can you do when you have no audience? People have the right to resist annihilation.” It really made me rethink my position of pacifism and non-violence.
THIS MONSTROUS WAR [Full PDF]
This Monstrous War, by Wilfred Burchett. 1953. This 288 page book presents the Korean War and the armistice negotiations from the side of the Korean People’s Army and the Chinese People’s Volunteers. When this book was sent to the United States in late 1953, it was seized by the U.S. Customs and dumped into the ocean, so this is the first time it is available in the U.S.
"Bourgeois scholars and publicists usually come out in defense of imperialism in a somewhat veiled form; they obscure its complete, domination and its deep-going roots, strive to push specific and secondary details into the forefront and do their very best to distract attention from essentials by means of absolutely ridiculous schemes for “reform”, such as police supervision of the trusts or banks, etc. Cynical and frank imperialists who are bold enough to admit the absurdity of the idea of reforming the fundamental characteristics of imperialism are a rarer phenomenon." — Lenin, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism, 1916
For those of you who insist I’m only pointing out the “bad” in the US system, when in fact the entire system is rotten to the core. All the “innovations” and “achievements” were, are being, and will be obtained off the backs, deaths and enslavement of others. Also, it isn’t being anti-American if I point out these horrific crimes and the flaws of this fucked up system. How is that when people are grumbling about low pay, it isn’t anti-American; when people complain about gas prices, it isn’t anti-American; when people criticize whatever politicians’ bullshit, it isn’t anti-American? However, when we start criticizing and demanding an end to imperialist wars, pointing out war crimes, imperialist policies, advocating for a system for the betterment of all, we suddenly become twisted radical anti-American monsters?
But hey, perhaps I should stop talking about history, and celebrate. Parades, social gatherings, community barbecues! Happy fucking 4th of July
4th of July, remember the US’ great actions in history; not only has the USA treated its own citizens so well, but it has had so many close friends around the world as well. Wow, what a country
Again, happy birthday USA. Here’s more reminders of your “proud” and continuing history