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It originated in my classroom and was spoken to a student who wanted to throw out a project and start all over again. And I said no. You’re going to make it work. And what it means is: Offer up a diagnosis for what’s going wrong, and a prescription for how to make it right. And each time that we engage in that process, we move forward with more resources available to us. — Tim Gunn on the origins of “Make it work.” (via brilligspoons)
this was written in 1322
i can’t imagine how hard it must have been struggling with gender shit back when physical transition was a total impossibility, even theoretically
i’m trying hard not to cry
we have a history. we have existed in every culture of the world at every moment of human history. cis institutions have tried to suppress this history or claim it as their own but it is not theirs. it is ours, and always will be. we must uncover and reclaim more of our history, and we must make more ourselves
just pointing out that this is a huge treasure for jewish trans people, and that this is a beautiful look at how judaism and transness relate to each other. i really think it’s important to emphasize that yes this is a trans poem but it is especially a jewish trans poem, since clearly to this author her judaism was just as much a part of her as her transness. and speaking as a jewish trans person, that is so so so important. our own people have suppressed this from us, but here it is, teaching us that our jewishness and our transness transcend our current situations and tie us to our ancestors.
I know all the songs by heart. — Lupita Nyong’o on BEYONCÉ (via famousbeyoncefans)
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The network was also looking to reach more of an “urban” audience and expand the show’s reach among black and Latino audiences
"Our multicultural audiences are a very important part of our subscribers, and we don’t want to take them for granted,"
What did I say? Did I not say this was dark-sided?
how about putting some POC on your show?
Can I get a black/brown person thats not a damn barbarian/slave or lying snake? How bout that for drawing my attention?
Does ANYBODY of color work at HBO? Like, this is the classic example of Missing the Point(TM). Wow, that they think to draw in more Black/Latino people is to use Hip-Hop and not cast them in diverse and significant roles in their programming, or hire them to write shows, or direct shows, or run shows, is really all kinds of problematic and why nearly 75% of their viewership is white. Don’t act like that concerns you when you pull nonsense like this, HBO. I mean seriously.
Maybe they could try, hm, not whitewashing and erasing characters who are explicitly PoC in the books??? And not killing off PoC characters who don’t die in the books???
Anonymous asked: It probably does not concern you, but have you heard of SCA 5, or otherwise known as skin color act 5? California state legislatures are allowing the discrimination of asian american into CSU and UC system schools because they want to admit more black and latino students to create more diversity. I really want to get more people informed about this as not alot of people do. It's a flat out regression of american civilization.
Let me address this quickly and briefly:
1. This isn’t really appropriate for this particular blog, which does not focus on American issues. I have one that does, you’ll find UShistoryminuswhiteguys linked at the top.
2. As a latina student I feel highly uncomfortable with the politicization of things where AAPI students are “pitted” against me. There is a long and awful history of mostly white politicians trying to set latino, black, and AAPI communities against each other. I want no part of that. I believe in solidarity and support between communities.
3. That said, as far as I am aware, that is absolutely NOT what SCA 5 does. Asian American activism site, Re Appropriate discusses: Top 5 anti-Affirmative Action Myths About SCA5.
Nearly twenty years ago, California voters passed Proposition 209, a ballot measure that effectively outlawed affirmative action in state-run institutions. Among other effects of Prop 209 was the loss of affirmative action policies — the ability for college admissions officers from being able to consider race among other application criteria — in the state-wide UC college system.
Prop 209 has had a devastating effect on UC schools: Black, Latino, Native American, Southeast Asian American and Pacific Islander admission rates have dropped precipitously relative to the pace of their population growth over the last twenty years, resulting in a public, taxpayer-funded university system that has effectively excluded many of the state’s underrepresented minority community — roughly 45% of the state’s total population — from access to quality secondary education.
Currently, the California House and Senate are considering Senate Constitutional Amendment 5 (SCA5), a bill that would create an exemption for public education from Prop 209, re-empowering the UC system to once again employ reasonable affirmative action policies in their admissions process. Should SCA5 pass the California Senate later this year, it will be put on the November ballot for public consideration. Passage of SCA5 is a necessary first step to restore access and equality for California’s underrepresented minorities to a college education.
Myth #5: Affirmative action only helps Blacks and Latinos, and hurts all Asian American/Pacific Islanders.
Fact: Despite the race-baiting of groups like 80-20, which took great pains to point out that SCA5′s sponsor is Hispanic, affirmative action is not a policy that only helps Black and Latino students. Affirmative action policies help all underrepresented identities from a diversity of backgrounds, and (under Title IX) has most notably helped achieve admissions parity for female students in higher education. Currently, students of many racial identities are underrepresented in UC colleges, including many ethnicities that identify with the larger Asian American and Pacific Islander racial identities, and restoring affirmative action to the UC college system will help many of these AAPI students.
More importantly, homogeneous student bodies breed homogeneity in thought. Encouraging diversity in the UC student body will foster a broader representation of divergent viewpoints in UC classrooms, critical for high-quality education. A college education is not just about earning grades and degrees: it is about expanding a student’s horizons through academic debate and dialogue. Asian American students, even East Asians who are not beneficiaries of conventional affirmative action programs, will have access to a far improved college education when campus diversity is improved. Writes the National Commission on Asian American Pacific Islander Research in Education:
[R]esearchers found that informal interactional diversity – attending a cultural awareness workshop, discussing issues related to race, and socializing with people of different races – was a positive predictor of higher levels of intellectual engagement, academic skills, civic engagement, and racial/cultural engagement for Asian American college students.
Despite the fear-mongering of extremist anti-affirmative action Asian American groups in recent weeks, I am optimistic that most of California’s AAPI voters will see through the hate and vote to restore affirmative action to the UC. Indeed, in a recent comprehensive study of Asian Americans, the National Asian American Survey found that roughly 70% of Asian Americans support affirmative action programs.
Please don’t let the lies and misinformation surrounding SCA5 continue to position Asian Americans against other minority communities. Even if you’re not a California voter, Asian Americans need to stand in support of affirmative action, and against hateful and misinformed race-baiting rhetoric. Spread this post widely and tweet your own support of SCA5 to #NoLiesNoHate and #StandWithSCA5.
You can also find the Asian Americans Advancing Justice Law caucus statement here.
I’m not quite sure why this has become an US vs THEM issue. I do not live in California, so I am not a voter. But AA has never prevented people from getting in somewhere, it has only given more people the opportunity to get in. It would not allow anyone to discriminate against AAPI students. I’m not really sure where you got that from.
Perhaps a californian would be able to elaborate.
I’ve seen the rhetoric this ask is using popping up everywhere and it’s wrong and dangerous.
Everything stated above is correct.