These days some think a total repeal of Canada’s drug laws is inevitable. We look at how the drug laws put in 90 years ago were based on panic and racism as opposed to science or medicine
““The history of drug use in Canada is inextricably tied to Canada’s history of racism,” she writes.
Hysteria was highest on the West Coast. Newspapers churned out stories that obsessively chronicled the drug-induced downfall of previously upstanding white Canadians and provided sinister depictions of Chinese drug dealers (including an improbable story of Asian gangsters driving limousines around Stanley Park). In the Vancouver Sun, Carstairs relates, a reformed addict praised the RCMP for “bending their energies to rid our Canadian soil of the Oriental filth of the drug traffic.”
Emily Murphy, the famous Canadian suffragette, was partly responsible for spreading panic across the rest of Canada. In a series for Maclean’s, Murphy wrote of the “grave drug menace” facing society, personified by illustrations of a caricaturized Asian man […]
Members of Parliament were chastened. In 1922 and 1923, minimum drug-offence penalties were instituted, maximum penalties were raised, and — crucially — foreigners found to have trafficked drugs could now be deported.
Carstairs counts 671 Chinese-Canadians expelled under the act over the next decade; their average time in Canada beforehand had been 17 years. Possession and trafficking laws were also applied far more severely to Asians than white Canadians. Not coincidentally, 1923 was also the year that the Chinese Immigration Act was implemented, capping immigration from China at just a handful of students and merchants annually.”
Vanessa VanDyke has amazing hair. Point blank. But it’s her hair that may cause her to get expelled from school. Faith Christian Academy in Orlando told the 12-year-old that she has a week to decide if she’s going to cut her hair, straighten it, or get kicked out.
Vanessa has attended Faith Christian Academy since she was in the third grade, but the school’s s code has rules against how students can wear their hair. The handbook reads: “Hair must be a natural color and must not be a distraction,” and goes on to state examples that include, but are not limited to, mohawks, shaved designs and rat tails.
The distraction that the school is probably referring to when it speaks of Vanessa’s hair has to do with bullying and teasing.
“A distraction to one person is not a distraction to another,” said VanDyke’s mother, Sabrina Kent. “You can have a kid come in with pimples on his face. Are you going to call that a distraction?”
VanDyke said she’s had her large, natural hair all year long, but it only became an issue after the family complained about students teasing her about her hair.
“There have been bullies in the school,” said Kent. “There have been people teasing her about her hair, and it seems to me that they’re blaming her.”
“I’m depressed about leaving my friends and people that I’ve known for a while, but I’d rather have that than the principals and administrators picking on me and saying that I should change my hair,” said VanDyke.
So instead of Faith Christian Academy doing something about the bullies, they’re going to reprimand a 12-year-old because of her hair?
“I’m going to fight for my daughter,” Kent said. “If she wants her hair like that, she will keep her hair like that. There are people out there who may think that natural hair is not appropriate. She is beautiful the way she is.”
it’s hard enough for black girls to feel beautiful without those in authority sending the message that their hair is unacceptable. this story is disgusting and unfortunately not the first or last case. it’s a damn shame that every part of a black girl’s body is politicized, at all ages
this is so stupid …
I’m so proud of her mother.
I signed the petition. I called the school and left a message. I am not playing. And yall shouldn’t either. Sign it here: http://www.change.org/petitions/faith-christian-academy-confront-guilty-students-for-bullying-not-fault-victims-for-wearing-their-hair-in-its-natural-state?share_id=IYDUMdeZVj&utm_campaign=signature_receipt&utm_medium=email&utm_source=share_petition
Reposting again for the cheap seats in the back. Let’s do something!
BOOST! take 5 seconds and sign this!
Medical Examiner In Zimmerman Trial Sues For $100M, Claims Prosecution Threw Case
In a bombshell allegation, Florida medical examiner Dr. Shiping Bao (pictured) claims that Florida state prosecutors were biased against Trayvon Martin and purposely threw the case, and he is suing the state for $100 million, reports WFTV.com.
According to Bao, the medical examiner, state attorney’s office, and Sanford Police Department all felt that Martin “got what he deserved.” Bao also claims that he received the strong, though subtle, message not to speak on certain things:
“He was in essence told to zip his lips. ‘Shut up. Don’t say those things,’” said Bao’s legal counsel, legendary Attorney Willie Gary.
Bao’s allegations come swiftly on the heels of him being fired from his position as associate medical examiner.
Volusia County released a letter on Tuesday, stating that Bao was fired last week. Spokesman Dave Byron declined to give a reason for Bao’s termination, citing “county standard personnel practices,” reports CBS News.
you go medical examiner Bao, you go!
SLOW CLAP FOR THIS HERO OF COLOR PUTTING HIS NECK ON THE LINE TO GET THIS DONE FOR OTHER CHILDREN AND PEOPLE OF COLOR.
if you don’t fucking reblog this man and i see a white person get reblogged by you in the next 3 days i’m gonna unfollow your ass so quick
But you don’t hear shit about thiz
An 8-year-old African-American boy in Texas is struggling to recover after being shot in the face by a 46-year-old white man, but authorities have not been able to determine a motive.
Dallas police said that Donald Maiden Jr., who had just celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, was playing tag outside his apartment complex on Tuesday. According to his grandmother, Maiden ran inside to get some toys and was shot as came back outside.
Witnesses told police that 46-year-old Brian Cloninger had been seen waiving a handgun at people prior to the shooting, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Police reports said that Cloninger was seen standing beside his pickup truck as the boy was bleeding, and a witness asked him if he shot the boy.
“Yes I shot that kid,” Cloninger reportedly said.
Maiden’s mother, Latamarin Locklin, recalled the aftermath of the shooting to KTVT on Thursday.
“When he ran in I just screamed,” she said. “His mouth was just hanging off and it was just a big hole… I just threw him on the couch and laid him in my arms and put pressure on his mouth with the towel.”
Locklin couldn’t understand why anyone would shoot her child “out of the blue.”
Maiden was in critical but stable condition as of Thursday. He still needed a breathing tube and had a plate in his jaw. He he could wink and nod to communicate, but could not talk. The boy was expected to have more surgeries after swelling from the most-recent surgeries goes down.
Cloninger was charged with injury to a child, and was being held $2.2 million dollar bond.
Take notes “charged with injury to a child” rather than attempted murder.
White people are out of fucking control.
WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK!
white people are not out of control, THAT old guy is a fucking moron. and you’re also a fucking moron for using the same overgeneralized logic as the white man, for he assumes bad of the child because of his skin, and you assume white people are out of control because of this man’s skin. you should think man forreal like your words are another reason racism continues sooo have a nice day yaCan you not
Because the near fucking murder of an 8 y/o BLACK child is the appropriate place to vent your we all bleed red bullshit. Racist ass schmuck
One manager at the apartment complex where I worked while in college told me, repeatedly, that she knew I was “Okay” because my little Nissan was clean. That I had worn a Jones of New York suit to the interview really sealed the deal. She could call the suit by name because she asked me about the label in the interview. Another hiring manager at my first professional job looked me up and down in the waiting room, cataloging my outfit, and later told me that she had decided I was too classy to be on the call center floor. I was hired as a trainer instead. The difference meant no shift work, greater prestige, better pay and a baseline salary for all my future employment.
I have about a half dozen other stories like this. What is remarkable is not that this happened. There is empirical evidence that women and people of color are judged by appearances differently and more harshly than are white men. What is remarkable is that these gatekeepers told me the story. They wanted me to know how I had properly signaled that I was not a typical black or a typical woman, two identities that in combination are almost always conflated with being poor."
More snippets from this article about why people in poverty buy expensive products that they “can’t afford”. When it comes to upward mobility and standards of living, being able to own and wear status markers makes a HUGE difference.
same thing happened to me
I don’t even count how many times this has happened to me, or even been around other hiring managers/recruiters pre-judging a interviewee just based on their appearance..
Staying fly is means of survival.
- Women gained the right to vote in Canada before Aboriginal people did. Women’s suffrage was granted before World War II, but Aboriginal people had to wait until the late 60s to be allowed to vote. Aboriginal women? A few years after.
- Slavery happened in Canada. It’s our best kept secret. You won’t find anything on this in school textbooks. We gush about how we let the poor slaves running from the United States with open arms, but slavery was legal in Canada until 1833. Black and Aboriginal people were forced into slavery. Africans were imported as slaves to the rich whites.
- On that note, black slaves fleeing to Canada faced anything but a magical safe haven when they arrived in Canada. Segregation was alive and well, and in fact the last racially segregated school in Canada closed only in 1983.
- Just this year a Toronto police officer killed Syrian-born Torontonian Sammy Yatim when the 18 year old was alone in an empty streetcar armed with only a small knife. Sammy was shot nine times, and then tasered twice. Just so the police could make sure the kid was dead or something. (trigger warning for the link - it contains footage of a police shooting)
- In the city of Saskatoon in the province of Saskatchewan, an Aboriginal person is more likely to go to jail than to graduate high school, and we have the highest youth incarceration rate in Northern America. Police officers in Saskatoon have been taking Aboriginal people from the streets of Saskatoon and dumping them in the snow miles out of town to freeze to death possibly since 1976. At least three cases of people dying like this have been confirmed. Police officers received only 4 months in jail.
- During World War II, Canada forced Japanese people into internment camps. Families were separated, living conditions were poor, and even people who were Canadian-born for generations were interned on grounds of being enemy aliens and a threat to the nation. Italians, Germans and Ukranians were also interned but to a lesser extent.
- At least 60 women disappeared from Vancouver’s downtown east side over the span of 20 years. Most of these women were Aboriginal, sex workers, or drug users. The police didn’t much lift a finger to try and find out what was happening to all these ‘undesirables’, and so let serial killer Robert Pickton carry out gruesome murders safely for years upon years. Managed to be sexist and racist at the same time, nice!!
- Man, how could I forget the Oka Crisis, where the government sent in the military to quash a protest by Mohawk people protesting a golf course being built on their traditional burial grounds.
- And basically the same thing is happening in Elsipogtog right now.
But no man! We’re totally really nice, multicultural, maple syrup-and-poutine loving people. You totally want to move here because we have gay marriage, so clearly all our problems are solved.
Following his experience of being called a racial slur on his flight, Brandon T. Jackson was questioned by the police for being the victim of racism. Then when his flight landed and he was done being questioned by the police, he was restricted from flying anymore and stranded and left to unexpectedly look for a hotel while they were all booked. All of this occurred because a racist US Airways staff member called him the n-word and told him “I don’t care if you’re Obama’s son”. He’s asking that this story and information be shared so please do so.
Screening for Woody Allen
Today I’ve got no insights, revelations, or provocations. Today I am merely asking questions. The question I mainly want to ask is: How do we screen out Woody Allen? There are a few of us molested Korean adoptees who have come out of the shadows to speak about the traumatic consequences of latent yellow fever combined with the ability to adopt yellow.
- Do these men KNOW they have yellow fever when they adopt? Is that why they choose Asian countries to adopt from?
- Are these men pedophiles before they adopt?
- What is it about these men that allows them to cross personal boundaries, morals, and ethics?
- How is it these men are so infantile and self-absorbed they ultimately can not control their urges?
WHY WERE MY FATHER’S WHITE, BIOLOGICAL CHILDREN NOT MOLESTED, BUT I WAS?
My similarly abused Korean adoptee friends and I all share the above question. In addition to the exclusive attention, I was also treated differently in many other ways than my non-adopted siblings were:
- As confidant – about relationship matters between my father and mother. (I was a child, for God’s sake – who didn’t need to know that information)
- As a special prize – The man actually referred to me as his little concubine…(I can’t tell you how gross that feels)
- As an equal (yet fictional) participant – and this is where it gets weird – most of us were not raped and most of us our abuse ended after puberty. But let me tell you – physical pain is nothing compared to having our minds twisted inside out, and molestation or rape or both – it’s still all about control. And the thing about incest is that it’s a captive audience, and in the adoptee’s case, a captured audience. In a private hell that lasts sometimes over a decade, from which the only escape is actual physical escape. And who’s entire family dynamics are permanently scarred long after the abuse ends. Because incest is chronic. Our fathers rationalized they were above rapists because they loved us. Not only did they have to relieve themselves, but they also wanted us to love it. And them. In a super natural way. It was some sick ego masturbation going on. And the greater the challenge or convoluted nature of it all, the more illicit and rewarding for them.
In their socially retarded fantasy world, what they were really hoping for was what Woody Allan got: a child bride. Not just any child bride. An ASIAN child bride. Because of the mystique of Asian women.
"a worker at an organization to help Korean adoptees in search of their birth families estimated that it was their experience that approximately 50% of the adoptees they had encountered had suffered abuse at the hands of their adoptive parents. These personal anecdotes were not something initially revealed or revealed on paper. There have been 76,646 adoptees who have returned to search for their families. Given those figures, the unofficial count of abused adoptees could be staggering.”
Where’s the outrage? The news coverage? The national publicity campaigns? The charities and NGOs?
When the pedophiles and abusers are white Westerners and the adopted children aren’t, everyone is silent?
During the Oct. 16 episode of ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” host Kimmel held a “kids table” segment on the government shutdown. And the segment has now raised all sorts of problems.
Kimmel posed this question to four kids: “America owes China a lot of money, $1.3 trillion. How should we pay them back” he asked.
Right away, one child suggests “killing everyone in China.”
Kimmel laughed off the comment, joking “that’s an interesting idea.”
He returned to the point later asking “should we allow the Chinese to live?” The boy who had suggested all the Chinese be killed in the first place, stuck to his answer.
Kimmel wrapped up saying “this has been an interesting edition of Kids Table: The Lord of the Flies edition.”
I would like to bring my followers’ attention to the following issue, which, as always with issues related to Asia and by extension Asian Americans, I never see on my dashboard. What happened here was that ABC allowed an episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live to air with sensitive content. You can feel whichever way you do about the exchange itself (and you can read about it on your own), but there are two very clear implications here.
On one hand, this episode was of course aired in jest, and taking kids seriously regarding thoughts on complicated issues such as this country’s debt to China is ridiculous. However, when even the joke of a death threat or genocide is let slide on national television without any repercussions, shit goes down. The Chinese—yeah those people far, far away, but with a lot of damn money—have gotten wind of this and the general consensus is that they are pissed at America.
On the other hand, we have Chinese folks here. We have plenty of Chinese Americans who currently live here, contribute to this country, pay taxes like everyone else, and so on. Saying that we should kill the Chinese doesn’t exclude the Chinese Americans who live here. What could the consequences be? Possibly feeling alienated because people who look like them are targeted negatively? What about bullying in schools where kids make that one Chinese kid in class feel ostracized? Blatant racism that goes unchecked? What will it have to be before we start checking our racist attitudes as Americans? Racism against East Asians (and Asians in general but a whole different story for another day—an upcoming topic I intend on writing about one day) in America remains the most blatant on television. People will flip a shit when someone says a thing against African Americans, people will flip a shit when someone says a thing against Latin@ Americans, but people are not flipping enough shits when someone says a thing against Asians Americans.
This needs to stop.
There is a petition on the White House petitions site, and though my personal opinion is that we should write directly to ABC to question their airing that episode or not cutting that segment at least, it’s a good place to start. The link to the petition is below:
Followers, please signal boost. Make noise. Make lots of noise. Make hostile racism against Asian Americans one of the issues you care about. Because we still need to talk about things like the Chinese Exclusion Act and the internment camps for Japanese Americans. We need to talk, America.
I know it’s fun to think of Canada as that ‘sweet apartment above a meth lab,’ as Robin Williams recently put it, but they’re still just looking for any old excuse to kill First Nations people.
I mean, Aboriginal women are seven times more likely than other women to be killed, and even the UN has recommended "a national inquiry into the ‘disturbing phenomenon’ of missing and murdered Aboriginal women," but the government responded, “LOL, actually, it’s no biggie." The Canadian ambassador to the UN even had the gall to elaborate: "Canada is proud of its human-rights record, and our peaceful and diverse society."
See, that’s the thing about renting an apartment above a meth lab: nobody’s gonna notice if you’ve been cooking meth, too.
You can sign the petition to tell the RCMP to stop violently intervening in First Nations protests here.
Canadian settlers devote a lot of rhetorical space to the fact that Native kids get “free school” and, like the tax myth, it’s a stubbornly persistent one that suggests special treatment and a supposedly unfair advantage.
According to Stats Canada, about 32.1% of Aboriginal students graduate from high school. This number is stunningly low, especially when compared to 82.5 for non-Aboriginal students. There is no reasonable excuse for pathetic numbers like this, and it is absolutely a consequence of Canada’s policies towards Aboriginal peoples. Funding disparities from anywhere between 20% to 40% per student per year, rural isolation, poverty and the poor condition of many of the schools themselves are all contributing factors and challenges that most other children in Canada will never encounter.
But, I digress.
Meeting and exceeding the unique challenges faced by Aboriginal students, about half of that 32.1% go on to access post-secondary education (51.1%). Despite exemplifying the supposed virtues of determination, hard-work, perseverance (and whatever boot-strappyness is), these students are vilified by Canada’s upsettler contingent because the upsettler is under the impression that these students have had everything handed to them, paid for by the upsettler’s “tax money.”
These people forget a few things, namely
- Education in Canada is subsidized by the state at all levels, for everyone. Most Native kids aren’t getting anything that everyone else isn’t already getting, and due to funding disparities are actually getting much less.
- Only status holders, those registered under the Indian Act, are entitled to greater tuition subsidies. Many people counted as Aboriginal are non-status, including people like me.
So the people wringing their hands over the grand larceny committed by Native kids attending college or university is being done over an unbelievably small amount of people.
Another thing which should be under consideration is that FNs registered under the Indian Act provide much of their own funding through trusts, own source and resource revenues and suspence accounts administered by AANDC. The amount of funding derived from taxation is a matter of pure conjecture, and in any case, most Aboriginal people pay all taxes anyway.
The long and short of this is that we aren’t truly getting anything for free, and this is without mentioning that education is a treaty right affirmed by the constitution in most cases, and is a matter of legislation for all others.
So the problem isn’t that we’re getting “free school” the problem is that the very idea of Native kids who’ve had the temerity to succeed despite very long odds burns upsettler asses.
They’ll condemn us for not exceeding the challenges we face, and chalk it up to some inherent racial deficiency, or they’ll piss and moan whenever we do succeed and then try to take personal credit for it.
You have no idea how many times I’ve been told I should be thankful because I’m not poor.
You know, I’m amazed how we don’t judge the choices that rich white men make. Look at how we don’t prosecute bank executives who illegally foreclosed on middle class families and rigged international lending rates. Look at how we defend mutli-million dollar pay packages for CEOs running their companies into the ground and yet scrutinize even a 10-cent increase in the minimum wage. Look at how we make excuses for male politician after politician who drop their pants and then make comebacks (pun intended!).
But poor women, especially poor women of color, immigrant women—we judge every choice they make. We judge them if they have children. We judge them if they get abortions and don’t have children. We don’t care that General Electric doesn’t pay any taxes— but we care that poor women of color collect public assistance AND have too nice of a cell phone."
R. M. Young (1987). Racist society, racist science. In D. Gill & L. Levidow (Eds.) Anti-racist science teaching(pp. 16-42). London: Free Association Books. (via homoarigato)
remember when i posted about how science can be oppressive and i got hate mail and hundreds of notes of people calling me stupid
yeah that was fun
Remember that time when they made up a disease for black ppl when we didnt wanna be stuck as slaves?
Remember when they operated on black women with no anesthesia to get modern gynecological surgical procedures?
Remember when they sterilized poor woc without consent to keep us from ‘creating more undesirables’?
Remember when the government allowed Black men to go untreated with Syphilis even after a cure was discovered?
Remember when minority heavy areas in cities were sprayed with radioactive material to ‘test’ how America could handle a nuclear fallout?
Oh, you dont? Because I do…
Go look it up. Every single one was done by a white supremacist nation called America.
source 1; source 2; source 3; source 4; source 5
Stop what you are doing.
If you don’t want to read, I’ll explain the key bullet points, but please read them afterwords:
This is not “we didn’t protect him enough.”
This is not “the government screwed up some random detail or accidentally let his killer loose.”
The 111th Military Intelligence had a team taking pictures of his balcony during the assassination.
They brought in a Special Forces 8-Man Sniper Team from the 20th.
Memphis Police withdrew their regular protection detail from him.
A jury of 12 people, six black and six white, found the United States Government guilty of conspiracy to commit murder.
YOUR GOVERNMENT. MY GOVERNMENT. THE GOVERNMENT OF, BY, AND FOR THE PEOPLE, SHOT AND KILLED DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING. And the media never reported the case.
MLK was ASSASSINATED. By a government YOU PAY FOR.
I hate those posts where someone tries to pressure you into reblogging. I almost never ask you to reblog.
This shit is important.
Reblog this. I don’t care what kind of blog you have. I don’t care what you normally talk about.
I… wow. Someone tell me this is just another conspiracy theory because that is some solid evidence and data.
No, this is all true. However, one important thing to keep in mind that the family won a civil rather than a criminal suit, so the burden of proof is lower. (Not that I don’t think the FBI was guilty as all hell being a reasonable doubt.)