Did I mention one of our local high school mascots is “The Bombers” and they have a fucking mushroom cloud mural painted on the whole side of the school?
There’s a street calling Bombing Range
because they bombed the fuck out of it for tests.*
Once some Japanese embassy people were coming or some shit and whole county freaked out because like all of our local iconography is insensitive as fuck.
Like our entire area didn’t exist until World War II and then the government PRETENDED we didn’t exist for like ten more years.
There are all these housing districts that are designed to be like, identical and discreet and quickly built.
They recently declassified a bunch of old photos of people in the town and they were just like people in the 40s, having picnics and living perfectly normal lives.
Did I mention along with the Bombers we also have a high school team called the Braves?
Like, wow, way to shit on Japanese and Native American people all at once, racist-ass hometown.
LIKE OKAY YOU KNOW THE SECRET DIARY OF A PART TIME INDIAN?
That takes place like a stone’s throw from where I grew up.
Where I grew up has nuclear waste, lots of military, a chemical plant, a really really old skull that people fought over, and lots of racism.
Oh the chemical plant!
Technically it’s in Oregon but like half an hour away and we were downwind.
And like how kids have earthquake and tornado drills in school? WE HAD CHEMICAL LEAK DRILLS where we all had to get on the desks because higher air would be better and we were taught to breath through our sweaters. I swear I am not making this up. You could drive to the chemical plant and get free batteries because they had to put new batteries in all their equipment every single day for safety.
Also the Lewis and Clark trail was right there where you can go and then if you’re my field trip class you will be chased by a snake and the field trip pretty much won’t happen because none of the adults can confirm that the snake is gone.
This started out as just an explanation of how completely saturated in radioactivity and nuclear waste and nuclear culture the place I grew up is, but I’ve derailed.
But really, it’s like one of those old towns you read about. The “Loose lips sink ships” ones where no one knew what anyone else there did for a living and no one was allowed to talk about their jobs. To this day the whole place is ridiculously overeducated like EVERYONE’S A FUCKING NUCLEAR PHYSICIST but somehow also into intelligent design??? and it’s like where the fuck is this place it is so fucking weird.
I grew up in a weird-ass town okay.
OH MY GOD AND I DIDN’T EVEN MENTION THE FINLEY FUCKING GHOST.
Do you know the dirty side of the nuclear industry? Â After researching this article by brainz.org, we were shocked to find out how truly awful our radioactive waste problem is and how it is going t…
I’m from the tenth most radioactive place on Earth!
Also, notably, the most radioactive place in North America.
I remember explaining to an Icelandinc friend once that when I was in high school we played with actual nuclear waste in our science class and he was like “That’s terrifying!”
But I am always quick to point out it was actually really interesting and informative.
Once all of us dumbass fifteen year olds stopped pretending to have gained mutant superpowers.
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party were forced to fight in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
Every once in a while I remember all the useful and neat things Richard Dawkins has contributed to the world and I get mad because he’s such a racist sexist jackass and I hate that I like anything he’s ever done.
#this show took some turns down some suspect alleys along the way but #as manifestos go the ‘shared power’ theme running through this scene TAKES SOME F*CKING BEATNG #a giant ‘screw you’ to the Batman-esque Saviour complex running though most dude-focussed superhero franchises #’it’s me and only me who must save the helpless!’ vs ‘HERE TAKE THIS - AND USE IT TO SAVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS’ #you don’t hide power and hoard power and swoop in to impose your power on others to ‘save’ them #you share it #you teach it #’are you ready to be strong?’ #[i’m not crying YOU’RE crying] (via harrietvane)
#ugly empowered weeping (via surprisinglywiry)
I’M READY TO BE STRONG *CRIES*
i literally hate when people always try to dismiss race and act like it “isn’t a problem anymore”
i’m mixed. my dad is a 6’3 black male, my mom is white w/ blonde hair and blue eyes.
you and your family have never been randomly pulled over by cops on several occasions just so they could ask your mom if she’s “okay”
there’s still a fucking problem
Houston Police have refused to explain why they took a 13-year-old white girl from her two black guardians over the weekend and placed her in the custody of Child Protective Services.
Landry Thompson’s mother had signed notarized papers giving dance instructor Emmanuel Hurd full guardianship over her during a trip from Oklahoma to Houston for training,according to KHOU.
Thompson, Hurd and another dance instructor had stopped at a gas station in Houston on Saturday night when they were surrounded by police cars.
Thompson is a 13-year-old blonde white girl and both dance instructors are young African-American men.
“We were on the GPS trying to figure out where the hotel was,” Hurd recalled. “They just pulled us out of the car and put our hands behind our backs like we were criminals.”
“The officer asked me ‘who’s the girl?’ and I said ‘she’s my student,’” Hurd continued. “I told him I had a notarized letter from her parents stating that we have full guardianship over her while we’re here.”
All three told the police the same story, but the officers apparently weren’t buying it.
“They still put handcuffs on me and it really scared me,” the 13-year-old said. “And they put me in the back of a cop car and I was terrified.”
Thompson’s mother, Destiny, was shocked when she found out that her daughter had been placed in the care of Child Protective Services.
“She was with the people I wanted her to be with,” the mother remarked. “She was with people I trusted. And now she was taken away from those people and in a shelter with people I didn’t know.”
At first officials reportedly demanded that the mother fly to Houston to get her daughter, but 11 hours later, the girl was released back into the custody of Hurd.
Destiny Thompson insisted that the police owed her and her daughter an apology. However, the department refused to comment for KHOU’s report.
Someone should probably tell them Rosa Parks ended racism.
I was planning on rebloggng this anyway but then I got to the end and
Someone should probably tell them Rosa Parks ended racism.
I almost fucking pissed myself s2g
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