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The thing about this appropriation of the burqa that people need to understand is that people like Lady Gaga haven’t done a thing for the communities [here and abroad] that wear, live and breathe the garb who are subjected to harassment for doing so. The words “appreciation” and “admiration” are painfully hollow when you take a piece of clothing from a community and strip it of its intent and the consequences that come from it. Lady Gaga makes millions and taxes subsequently take a huge chunk of those millions. Therein, a quarter of her taxes are used to ravage Muslim majority populations. Has she spoken out about this? Has anyone orientalist who bastardizes our garb done so? Where were they when the Sikh tragedy happened? Where are they now when Newsweek posts a horribly offensive article on Muslim rage, aggressively written by their puppet Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who I’m ashamed to call my fellow Somali? Do they come to our defense when we’re expected to kneel over and apologize on behalf of extremists, who funnily enough kill us as well? If I wear a burqa, nijab.. or hell even a fucking hijab, I’m a stupid, brown savage who has no capacity to think for herself. But when Gaga wears it, its revolutionary and fashionable. People love to scream equality and colorblindedness when such an event arises, but such a world is completely theoretical until we fix these the caricatured perceptions about Islam. The power dynamics here cannot be ignored.
My friend Khadijah and her thoughts on Lady Gaga recently being spotted donning a “burqa” (via eastafrodite)

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Es curioso, pero vivir consiste en construir futuros recuerdos; ahora mismo, aquí frente al mar, sé que estoy preparando recuerdos minuciosos, que alguna vez me traerán la melancolía y la desesperanza.
“El túnel”, Ernesto Sabato. (via las-otras-puertas)

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My dad, as you probably know, was the governor of Michigan and was the head of a car company. But he was born in Mexico … and uh, had he been born of uh, Mexican parents, I’d have a better shot at winning this. But he was unfortunately born to Americans living in Mexico. He lived there for a number of years. I mean, I say that jokingly, but it would be helpful to be Latino.

Mitt Romney [Huff Post]

Mitt forgot to note that if his parents were “Latin@” Mexicans, they would have been persecuted upon arriving to the United States of America during the heart of the eugenics movement. In addition, they would have been schooled in barns, away from actual schools which was common at the time, and there’s simply no way that a Mexican would have become governor of the state of Michigan. ZERO. PERCENT. CHANCE.

Romanticize about it now if you’d like but if you were Mexican you wouldn’t be in this presidential candidate position in that awful political party.

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Why beauty HAS to change - and why we need to keep talking about it.

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Tohono O’odham Border: Ground Zero for War Against Indigenous Peoples

On the border, Klee Benally, Dine’, says the terrorism against Indigenous peoples by the US government includes the militarization of Tohono O’odham land in southern Arizona, and the desecration of sacred San Francisco Peaks in northern Arizona.

On the Tohono O’odham border, where the US Border Patrol speeds down dirt roads, cutting into the dry and fragile desert earth, and border agents abuse O’odham on their own land, Benally said, “For me this is a deep issue of colonialism, settler colonialism, and state violence, really state terrorism.”

“This is one of the many ground zeroes of the colonial wars against Indigenous Peoples,” said Benally of this area, one of the deadliest for Indigenous Peoples and other migrants who walk north through the Sonoran Desert in hopes of a better life. It is also a region where the US border, US militarization and border laws, violate religious freedom rights and the ceremonial passage of O’odham on their lands in the US and Mexico.

Benally said, “Recently there was a marked anniversary of the Sept 11 terrorist attacks on the US. But there have been many Sept 11ths for our communities,” said Benally, Navajo, as he joined Amy Juan and Alex Soto, both Tohono O’odham, on the border on Saturday, on the Tohono O’odham/Mexico border, to speak out.

By Brenda Norrell

Read More at Censored News

Read: For Some Tohono O’odham, a Border Gate Becomes a Wall [New York Times Student Journalism Institute]

Image via Daily Kos, UW Political Science Advising

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Sonia Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954, in the Bronx, New York to Puerto Rican parents. She graduated from Yale Law School and passed the bar in 1980. She became a U.S. District Court Judge in 1992 and was elevated to the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998. In 2009, she became the first Latina Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history.

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whoever invented tacos is a god

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Backstage at London Fashion Week.

i just searched the lady gaga tag to see if tumblr savior is working ,and then i see this . she angers me so much

seriously what the fuck are you doing

you get my gif too

if you can wear it, why can’t she?

Because she’s not Muslim, because she’s not from the middle east, because she can’t fucking wear shit that has religious and cultural significance for the name of fashion while my sisters, myself and milllions of other muslim women still get shitted on by western society and are called oppressed for just wearing a hijab, let alone a full veil and face covering while this woman can wear a cheap ugly tacky piece of shit and call it a burqa.

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De todos modos para vos no es novedad que el mundo y yo te queremos de veras pero yo siempre un poquito más que el mundo.
Mario Benedetti (via vanessatessari)
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A Tzotzil woman combing her hair in the morning.  Photographed in the Zapatista-controlled town of Polho, Chiapas, Mexico, December 27th, 1997. She was one of many refugees fleeing violence sponsored by the PRI (The once-again ruling party in Mexico).

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