Ziman, a South African street artist who now resides in Venice Beach, California, attacks Africa’s dominant gun culture with piercing colors and images that don’t fade from memory. With knitted masks and beaded weapons, Ziman paints Africa’s obsession with guns and the power they provide as so bizarre and overwhelming it’s nearly surreal. Both worshipped and feared, Ziman’s guns appear like dangerous totems from an unknown ritual, somewhat removed from the gun culture we’ve heard so much about. The vendors who star in Ziman’s photos were not at all directed in how to pose with the weapon replicas. Yet the viewer can sense the additional status pulsing through the subjects as they hold their powerful instruments, even if only for the duration of a photograph.
1959 illustration from L.A.’s The Mirror, illustrating how women’s bodies were judged in the Miss Universe contest:
1) Shoulders too square
2) Shoulders too sloping
3) Hips too wide
4) Shoulder bones too pronounced
5) Shoulders and back hunched
6) Legs irregular, with spaces at calves, knees and thighs
7) The form divine, needs only a beautiful face (Source)
"…Rialto’s randomised controlled study has seized attention because it offers scientific – and encouraging – findings: after cameras were introduced in February 2012, public complaints against officers plunged 88% compared with the previous 12 months. Officers’ use of force fell by 60%.”
This should be a federal law.
DID SOMEONE SAY FEDERAL LAW?!?!
This post has 26k notes, but there’s less than 8k signatures on the petition and it ends in eight days, y’all. Get signing.
non-exhaustive book-list by request
1. Dark Threats & White Knights: The Somalia Affair, Peacekeeping & the New Imperialism by Sherene H. Razack
Sherene Razack examines the role of Canadian “peacekeeping” and Canada’s role as a “middle power” state in world politics. Razack highlights the explicit and implicit racism and other forms of violence within “peacekeeping” discourse and international “development”/relations practice.
"Modern peacekeeping, Razack concludes, maintains a colour line between a family of white nations constructed as civilized and a third world constructed as a dark threat, a world in which violence is not only condoned but seen as necessary."
Tags: militarization, military industrial complex, white savior complex, war on terror, racism, feminism, international relations, somalia, imperialism
2. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander
"THE WAR ON DRUGS IS THE NEW JIM CROW"
Michelle Alexander’s call to action challenges the notion of a “post-racial” amerikkka by arguing that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness."
Amazing resource for those who want an introduction to prison industrial complex and for those who are interested in learning more. Also provides insights that reflect intersections of criminalization/oppression and the global prison industrial complex that extends beyond amerikkka.
Tags: prison industrial complex, prison abolition, war on drugs, obama, “post-racial”, amerikkka
3. Black Star, Crescent Moon: The Muslim International and Black Freedom Beyond America by Sohail Daulatzai
"Sohail Daulatzai maps the rich, shared history between Black Muslims, Black radicals, and the Muslim Third World, showing how Black artists and activists imagined themselves not as national minorities but as part of a global majority, connected to larger communities of resistance. Daulatzai traces these interactions and alliances from the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power era to the “War on Terror,” placing them within a broader framework of American imperialism, Black identity, and the global nature of white oppression."
Links war on terror & war on drugs to provide insight on intersection of oppression & resistance/resilience.
(Malcolm X’s works is a useful prerequisite.)
Tags: black power, decolonization, solidarity, islam, global majority, war on terror, war on drugs, black internationalism
4. Feminism for Real: Deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism edited by Jessica Yee
"[W]e’re not really equal when we’re STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning “women’s rights,” and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process. We are not equal when in the name of “feminism” so-called “women’s only” spaces are created and get to police and regulate who is and isn’t a woman based on theirinterpretation of your body parts and gender presentation, and not your own. We are not equal when initatives to support gender equality have reverted yet again to “saving” people and making decisions for them, rather than supporting their right to self-determination, whether it’s engaging in sex work or wearing a niqab. So when feminism itself has become it’s own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? […]” - Introduction by Jessica Yee
Out of words to describe this book, must read.
Favourite quote: “Fuck the three waves, we are the ocean”
Tags: Indigenous women, feminism, academic industrial complex, intersectionality, turtle island, muslim feminist, indigenous feminist, poetry
Note: order based on when I read them
now reading/to read:
Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities by Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha
Feminism Without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity by Chandra Talpade Mohanty
Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law
The Politics of Dispossession: The Struggle for Palestinian Self-Determination, 1969 - 1994 by Edward W. Said
Decolonizing Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
As an actress, I realize that viewers are entitled to have whatever feelings they want about the characters they watch. But as a human being, I’m concerned that so many people react to Skyler with such venom. Could it be that they can’t stand a woman who won’t suffer silently or “stand by her man”? That they despise her because she won’t back down or give up? Or because she is, in fact, Walter’s equal? But I finally realized that most people’s hatred of Skyler had little to do with me and a lot to do with their own perception of women and wives. Because Skyler didn’t conform to a comfortable ideal of the archetypical female, she had become a kind of Rorschach test for society, a measure of our attitudes toward gender.”