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There is no way that the proportions of Black and Native American children in foster care would ever happen to white children[…] if child welfare systems removed 1 in 10 white children from their families as they have in many Black and Native American communities, the systems would be shut down.

Dorothy Roberts, author of Shattered Bonds: The Color of Child Welfare

Black children constitute only 17 percent of the youth population in the U.S, yet make up 42 percent of all children in foster care nationwide. [pdf source download]

There are also more Native American & First Nations children being removed from families of origin today than there were at the HEIGHT of the ‘residential schools’ system.

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Follow this link to find a short clip and analysis that considers intersections of privilege and colonialism.

Can never reblog this enough

Especially the first map…Ethiopia alone is unconquered.

I’ve seen the second image more than any.

it did not end there then came Neo-colonialism , Pan-Arab-ism , ect   to continue the oppression of the Africans Identity and stealing its resources 

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I don’t think that people generally realise what motion picture industry has done to the American Indian, as a matter of fact, all ethnic groups, all minorities, all non-whites. And people just simply don’t realise, just take it for granted that that’s the way people are going to be presented and these clichés are just, I mean on this network every night, well perhaps not every night, but you can see silly renditions of human behaviour, the leering Filipino houseboy, the wily Japanese, the kook or the gook, black man, stupid Indian. It just goes on and on and on. And people actually don’t realise how deeply people are injured by seeing themselves represented, not so much the adults, who are already inured to that kind of pain and pressure, but children. Indian children seeing Indians represented as savage, as ugly, as nasty, vicious, treacherous, drunken. They grow up only with a negative image of themselves and it lasts a lifetime. 

Marlon Brando on why Sacheen Littlefeather presented a speech on his behalf during his Best Actor win for The Godfather at the 1973 Academy Awards

the impact of this is no another level. I was just talking about this the other day with Leah, it is truly so horrifying.

This man was soooooo ahead of his time. Wish more white people were like him, he acknowledges his privilege, acknowledged the problems within the industry he was in, and actually spoke against it WITHOUT speaking over the people actually being affected. I just rly love him ok 

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Tower of David: the World’s Tallest Slum | Via

The Tower of David is an abandoned unfinished skyscraper in the center of Caracas, the capital city of Venezuela, that is now home to more than 3,000 squatters, who have turned the 45-story skyscraper into the world’s tallest slum.

Construction of the building, originally called “Centro Financiero Confinanzas” and nicknamed the “Tower of David”, after its developer, David Brillembourg, was started in 1990 and was to become a symbol of Caracas’ bright financial future. It is the third highest skyscraper in the country. But a banking crisis brought those plans to an abrupt halt in 1994. The government took control over the building and construction was never completed. The building has no elevators, no installed electricity or running water, no balcony railing and windows and even walls in many places.

In 2007, a group of squatters took over the building, and it quickly gained notoriety as a hotbed of crime and drugs. Despite this, residents have managed to build a comfortable and self sustaining community complete with basic utility services such as electricity and water that reaches all the way up to the 22nd floor. Lifts being absent, residents can use motorcycles to travel up and down the first 10 floors, but must use the stairs for the remaining levels.  Inside the building’s long hallways there are warehouses, clothing stores, beauty parlours, a dentist and day-care centers. Some residents even have cars, parked inside of the building’s parking garage. Some seven hundred families comprising over 3,000 residents live in the tower today.

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america-wakiewakie15 Ways The United States Is The Best (At Being The Worst) 

We hear it all the time, from every corner of the political sphere: There’s no other country on the planet quite like the United States of America. Such pronouncements are typically of the rah-rah variety, and it’s indisputably true that this country is exceptional in a large number of ways.

But that is not always necessarily a good thing.

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Budgets in Washington are tight, but our commitment to Israel’s security remains ironclad. The United States is committed to providing more than $3 billion each year to help finance Israel’s security through 2018.

Barack Obama, future occupant of the deepest pit in the lowest circle of hell [source] (via redphilistine)

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wow, we suck
like a lot

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disgusting…

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What mental and spiritual contortions must a human tortuously visit upon his own mind to justify letting thousands of his own people’s water get shut off over late bills, while sending billions to help another country further their own genocide project?

You are lost, Barack Obama. You are a lost soul leading a land of lost souls. Your words mean nothing, you have no claim to integrity, and we are all failing to do justice by the Palestinians.

At least some of us are not lying about it. I want to claim at least that much of my own soul. I will not keep quiet, I will not pretend Goliath is the underdog, I will not pretend murder is security, and I condemn you, your administration, the blood-slurping U.S. media, and all other traitors before truth. May your conscience return one day and show you how far you have fallen. May it wake up each night you try to rest your head on a pillow, and scream grief into your bones.

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How Solar-Paneled “Plug-And-Play Donkeys” Bring The Internet To Turkish Sheepherders

“My first reaction was that at least in some respects the ‘digital divide’ idea was collapsing,” says Erkan Saka, an assistant professor of communications at Bilgi University in Istanbul. “At least in terms of connecting the web, all citizens in Turkey are finding ways to connect.”

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