Thoughts on African American vernacular(@zellieimani)

think about this before you snarkily correct someone’s grammar or spelling

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Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana

Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.

100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.

and don’t walk up to me and start guessing what kind of asian i am unless you wanna get cut. bye.

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War, bombs, terror and innocent children paying with their lives. Dutch children tell the emotional stories of eight Palestinian children that were killed by Israeli forces. 

Don’t just watch this. Please find a way to get involved and do something to help the innocent people that are suffering all over the world.

Video produced by Abdelkarim El-Fassi

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pppookkk asked: Are you stupid or just dumb. The gazans started this whole escalation by killing people and then taking it too far after one of their citizens was killed. If another country fired one rocket at America it would cause world war 3 but in Israel there were negotiations and attempts to stop an invasion of gaza while rockets were being fired into Israel. The only solution was a ground invasion of gaza which has killed people from both sides The main question is why are you defending the aggressor?


The growing [Zionist] violence culminated in Israel’s ruthless 1947-49 “War of Independence,”in which at least 750,000 Palestinian men, women, and children were expelled from their homes by numerically superior Israeli forces – half before any Arab armies joined the war. This massive humanitarian disaster is known as ‘The Catastrophe,’ al Nakba in Arabic

Zionist forces committed 33 massacres and destroyed 531 Palestinian towns. Author Norman Finkelstein states: “According to the former director of the Israeli army archives, ‘in almost every village occupied by us during the War… acts were committed which are defined as war crimes, such as murders, massacres, and rapes’…Uri Milstein, the authoritative Israeli military historian of the 1948 war, goes one step further, maintaining that ‘every skirmish ended in a massacre of Arabs.’[…]

Over the 60 years since Israel’s founding on May 14, 1948, this profound injustice has continued. Palestinian refugees are the largest remaining refugee population in the world.

1.3 million Palestinians live in Israel as “Israeli citizens,” but despite their status as citizens, they are subject to systematic discrimination. Many are prohibited from living in the villages and homes from which they were violently expelled, and their property has been confiscated for Jewish-only uses. In Orwellian terminology, Israeli law designates these internal refugees as “present absentees.”

In 1967 Israel launched its third war and seized still more Palestinian (and other Arab) land[…]

Israel occupied the West Bank and Gaza Strip – the final 22% of mandatory Palestine – and began building settlements for Jewish Israelis on land confiscated from Palestinian Muslims and Christians. It has demolished more than 24,145 Palestinian homes since 1967. In 2005 Israel returned Gazan land to its owners, but continues to control its borders, ports, and air space, turning Gaza into a large prison, where 1.5 million people are held under what a UN Human Rights Commissioner described as “catastrophic” conditions.

Over 7,000 Palestinian men, women, and children are imprisoned in Israeli jails under physically abusive conditions (many have not even been charged with a crime) and the basic human rights of all Palestinians under Israeli rule are routinely violated. Some prisoners tortured by Israel have been American citizens. In the violence that began in fall, 2000 through Feb. 5, 2009, Israeli forces killed 6,348 Palestinians; Palestinian resistance groups killed 1,072 Israelis. Israel’s military, the fourth most powerful on earth possesses hundreds of nuclear weapons.

American taxpayers give Israel more than $8 million per day. Congress gives far more money to Israel than to all of sub-Saharan Africa put together. In its 60 years of existence, Israel, the size of New Jersey, has received more U.S. tax money than any other nation.


notes on my family’s khmer rouge survivor stories

auntie just got back from vacation - on the trip my uncle’s younger brother asked him about their dad whom he does not remember. They’ve talked about their dad before but this time my uncle broke down - now my uncle is very well known as a hard ass. he worked in a prison in the US before moving to Canada where he now works at a juvenile delinquent center. He has a hyper-masculine persona and hides his emotions. 

family had never seen him cry.

he explained that when he was a small child his father was tied to a palm tree by the khmer rouge as punishment for talking back. they left him there for days and he would scream angrily at people passing by and swear at the khmer rouge. every day he would yell out to my uncle to come talk to him; to ask for a hug; or to just be near him. Everyone in the camp gossiped about and ridiculed his father calling him a lunatic. My uncle was embarrassed and pretended not to know his father and would run away every time his father called after him.

Several days later, my uncle woke up to silence. his father wasn’t yelling. he went to the trees and found that the ropes that had bounded his father to the tree had been cut and laid around the trunk of the tree. he ran looking everywhere but no one knew where his father was. he tried to ask his mother but she had been sobbing for days without responding to him.  the next day an elderly man told my uncle he saw his fathers body in the jungle. and he ran 

my uncle says he feels immense guilt and sadness. he told my cousins, this is the reason he has never hesitated to hug them


3 days ago on 07/26/14 at 04:55pm


Things I Should Be Doing

  • so many

Things I Am Not Currently Doing

  • any of that

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If you’re spending more time talking about writing than actually writing, you may want to reassess your priorities. I’ve seen this happen in writers’ groups, in coffeehouses, in MFA programs, in bars, on Facebook: writers who haven’t yet published anything, or who haven’t published much, talking or twittering about their “writing.” Sometimes, these people are talking or twittering about their writer’s block. Maybe it’s therapeutic to spend so much time talking about it, but I suspect it’s the opposite. I suspect it drives the supposed muse away. Take the time that you’d normally be talking about writing and write. Even if what you’re writing is crap, it’ll be more worth your while than talking about writing, because I believe you can write your way out of crappy writing, but it’s unlikely you’re going to talk your way into good writing.

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Well, this is something that I certainly need to heed, haha

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note to self - been having a harry potter marathon in bed the past couple days instead of writing. go write

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Day 19: Palestinian death toll passes 1,000 | July 26, 2014

Thousands of Gaza residents who fled the violence streamed back to devastated border areas during Saturday’s 12-hour humanitarian truce to find large-scale destruction: fighting pulverized scores of homes, wreckage blocked roads and power cables dangled in the streets. In northern Beit Hanoun, even the hospital was badly damaged by shelling. Across Gaza, more than 130 bodies were pulled from the rubble on Saturday, officials said. In southern Gaza, 20 members of an extended family were killed before the start of the lull when a tank shell hit a building where they had sought refuge. (Sources: 1, 2, 3)

Pictures from Beit Hanoun & Shejaiyah during a pause in the bombing by Israeli forces:

1. A general view of destruction in the Shejaia neighbourhood. (Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

2. Palestinians carry belongings they find at their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

3. A Palestinian man looks staggered after seeing his home destroyed, while visiting the area during a 12-hour cease-fire in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

4. Palestinians inspect the damage of their destroyed houses in Shejaiyah neighbourhood. (Khalil Hamra/AP)

5. Palestinians recover the body of a man killed when his home was hit the previous night by Israeli fire in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

6. A mare and her foal walk along the debris of destroyed buildings in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

7. Palestinians survey the damage in Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

8. Children wait for their parents, who collect belongings from their destroyed houses in Beit Hanoun. (Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times)

9. A general view of destroyed buildings after Israeli attacks in a part of the Shuja’iyya neighbourhood. (Oliver Weiken/EPA)

10. Palestinian women react amid the destruction in the northern district of Beit Hanoun. (Marco Longari/AFP/Getty Images)

(Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7)

nonsensical ramblings.

My prof emailed me offering me a job as her research assistant and a multimedia tech. pays half as much as my current job lifeguarding but lifeguarding sucks. actually, no - lifeguarding is fun. my management and the city i work for sucks. bye.

also, i need to get my shit together -  why is there always something due or to do. no time to breathe. calling in sick to work and skipping class tmrw cause now i am ill but don’t have time to be ill. i can’t breathe - like emotionally i feel like i can’t breathe and also physically because i just used up my inhaler two days ago and don’t have a back up until tomorrow.

why do i do this to myself. ha

thinking about the job potential made me realize I have been completely neglecting my other job with a multimedia news company. people should not tell me, “you can get it back to me whenever you have time.” then i never prioritize it.. then sometimes i forget



who let me think going to vegas for my birthday was a good idea!?

….. okay it was fun. so fun. much needed mental break. 

thanks friends. i have amazing friends. they take care of me.

okay - real life now. back to writing!


5 days ago on 07/24/14 at 01:47am

Anonymous asked: What are the signs of emotional abuse?


Abusive Expectations - Makes impossible demands, requires constant attention, and constantly criticizes.

Aggressing - Name calling, accusing, blames, threatens or gives orders, and often disguised as a judgmental “I know best” or “helping” attitude.

Constant Chaos - Deliberately starts arguments with you or others. May treat you well in front of others, but changes when you’re alone.

Rejecting - Refusing to acknowledge a person’s value, worth or presence. Communicating that he or she is useless or inferior or devaluing his or her thoughts and feelings.

Denying - Denies personal needs (especially when need is greatest) with the intent of causing hurt or as punishment. Uses silent treatment as punishment. Denies certain events happened or things that were said. Denies your perceptions, memory and sanity by disallowing any viewpoints other than their own which causes self-doubt, confusion, and loss of self-esteem.

Degrading - Any behavior that diminishes the identity, worth or dignity of the person such as: name-calling, mocking, teasing, insulting, ridiculing,

Emotional Blackmail - Uses guilt, compassion, or fear to get what he or she wants.

Terrorizing - Inducing intense fear or terror in a person, by threats or coercion.

Invalidation - Attempts to distort your perception of the world by refusing to acknowledge your personal reality. Says that your emotions and perceptions aren’t real and shouldn’t be trusted.

Isolating - Reducing or restricting freedom and normal contact with others.

Corrupting - Convincing a person to accept and engage in illegal activities.

Exploiting - Using a person for advantage or profit.

Minimizing - A less extreme form of denial that trivializes something you’ve expressed as unimportant or inconsequential.

Unpredictable Responses - Gets angry and upset in a situation that would normally not warrant a response. You walk around on eggshells to avoid any unnecessary drama over innocent comments you make. Drastic mood swings and outbursts.

Gaslighting -A form of psychological abuse involving the manipulation of situations or events that cause a person to be confused or to doubt his perceptions and memories. Gaslighting causes victims to constantly second-guess themselves and wonder if they’re losing their minds.

Love, Salem