Stand Your Ground laws found “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” by United Nations Human Rights Committee


by Sandra Khalifa

Geneva, Switzerland — Yesterday, multiple members of the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UN HRC) found Florida’s Stand Your Ground law and similar laws around the country to be “incompatible” with the “inherent right to life” - Article Six of the International Covenant on Civil & Political Rights (ICCPR). ICCPR is an international human rights treaty that the U.S. ratified in 1992. Long considered customary international law, the treaty includes protections such as the right to life, freedom from discrimination, freedom of speech, and many other civil and political rights. 

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Posted on March 16, 2014   ( 342)   via  

+ united nations  + Florida  + United States  + racism   






"Tiana’s concept art is so gorgeous. It’s funny that Disney didn’t put more effort into her hair when they were so proud of their work on Rapunzel and Merida’s hair…I’d wonder why but it’s probably the same reason that the one black princess is the princess that’s a frog for 85% of the movie"

So, you think that Disney is racist, and are so racist that they think that black people can’t have loose hair? Uh, no. Rapunzel’s hair is a HUGE part of her story and character development, of course they’d work hard on that. Merida’s hair was a huge factor of her in the advertisements, and is kind of a metaphor for her wild personality. As for Tiana, I doubt, I so highly doubt that her hair is up for most of the movie because Disney is racist. Tiana keeping her hair up shows her personality too, her hard-working personality, as it shows that she doesn’t want loose hair in her eyes or hair falling in her food when she cooks. And also, Merida and Rapunzel are CGI, and CGI hair usually has way more detail than 2D hair.

Finally, I still get annoyed when people hate on how Tiana is a frog for most of the movie. I honestly don’t see the racism in that, and I think it’s as good a story for their first black heroine as any.

Black hair (particularly black women’s hair) is stigmatized in Western society as dirty, or unkempt. Most ethnic styles of hair are frowned upon, such as Afros, twists, braids, puffs, and dreadlocks.  This is subliminally carried into Princess and the Frog with the artists choosing (operative term) to keep Tiana’s hair back or up during her few minutes as a human on screen. There’s honestly no reason she could not have had her hair down, especially near the end.

And while computer animation can give you more details (one of the major pros of the medium), that doesn’t magic away the fact that the animators didn’t want to animate Tiana’s hair beyond a few bobs of her ponytail. Detail is not the issue here. Past Disney women whose hair also did not factor into the plots of their stories had very competently animated hair. And those were all hand-drawn.

So the medium has nothing to do with competent animation.

And I guess it’s good enough that the first black heroine (and only one as far as Disney is concerned) is not even human for nearly 85% of the her movie? Yeah, because that’s a respectful portrayal of a black woman: to have her be a frog for the majority of her film. And that’s especially memorable compared to her white counterparts whose screen time is never compromised and are able to keep their humanity throughout them.


Tiana has the most lazily animated hair of any disney princess. It’s in a bun, it stays in the bun. No movement, no body whatsoever. Any disney heroine, period. And to suggest that that doesn’t have anything to do behind the stigma surrounding black hair then you aren’t paying attention.

Posted on March 02, 2014   ( 4329)   via  › waltdisneyconfessions  

+ disney  + racism  + antiblackness  + natural hair  + media  + representation   




On this date in 1876, Zitkala Sa was born on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota. She would go on to write several books, including American Indian Stories, co-write the first Native American opera, and found the National Council of American Indians. She was also a talented musician — before becoming a writer and activist, she played the violin with the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston for two years.

For more information about this pioneering organizer, listen to RWHP founder Shelby Knox’s profile of her over at Chick History:

Happy Birthday Zitkala Sa

Posted on February 22, 2014   ( 607)   via  › radicalwomen  

+ zitkala sa  + american indian history  + history  + women   

The problem with teaching as a profession is that every single adult citizen of this country thinks that they know what teachers do. And they don’t. So they prescribe solutions, and they develop public policy, and they editorialize, and they politicize. And they don’t listen to those who do know. Those who could teach. The teachers.

— Sarah Blaine, The Teachers

Pay attention in your classrooms.
Semester abroad. Peace Corp. Mission trips. Missions to save the continents still cleaning the mess left behind by people who looked like you.
“Liberate Muslim women”
“Help Africa”
“Like our page.”
“Don’t forget. Donate.”
You. inherited their blood.
Of course the culture of colonization still bleeds in you.
I see you
Your Discourse on Our Development
You say you want to Fight our Hunger Crisis
but not your cousins whose corporations
Wage wars on our soil
Pollute our rivers
Loot our resources.
Millennium Development Goals?
So Uncle Sam sent Monsanto with GMOs
Like his father who not long ago
Raped our motherlands
Reproduced diseases
& generations of babies growing up bleaching our skin and our spirits
You. are not like them
But like them You
Reproduce dependency
& generations of babies immunized with doses of imperialism
that make us immune to ideas of resistance.
Courtesy of your church charity
We have given up on our goddesses but worship your dreams,
The American Dream
because even while asleep our aspirations are six shades lighter these days
We became the Third World
not because we couldn’t run
but because the race was white
and so you came first.
You, are still obsessed
with us
You, are still blessed
because of us
See us?
Not the Underdeveloped.
the Over-exploited.
Not The Third World.
the shoulders that carry your whole world.
But here, still here
and, We. See. You.
-Neha Ray

— I will not let you forget (via neharaysays)
Posted on February 22, 2014   ( 902)   via  › neharaysays  

+ imperialism  + colonialism  + poetry   

…you don’t have a peaceful revolution. You don’t have a turn-the-other-cheek revolution. There’s no such thing as a nonviolent revolution.


Revolution is bloody, revolution is hostile, revolution knows no compromise, revolution overturns and destroys everything that gets in its way. And you, sitting around here like a knot on the way, saying, ‘I’m going to love these folks no matter how much they hate me,’ No, you need a revolution. Whoever heard of a revolution where they lock arms….singing ‘We Shall Overcome?’ You don’t do that in a revolution. You don’t do any singing, you’re too busy swinging.

— Malcolm X, “Message to the Grass Roots”
Posted on February 21, 2014   ( 53)  

+ malcolm x  + revolution   


We commemorate the legacy of El Hajj Malik El Shabazz, also known as Malcolm X, on the day he was assassinated, February 21st, 1965.

Words cannot describe his revolutionary contributions to the struggle for liberation and self-determination. We can only witness the products of his words and actions in the work that goes on to this day by warriors who he inspired to fight and free us all from what Malcolm called, “this miserable condition that exists on this earth.”

We must see in our organizing work that there are thousands upon thousands of potential Malcolm X’s, from the rotten schools to the prisons. There is hope.

He famously said, “If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything.” So we ask you, where do you stand in the face of injustice?

Rest in Power Malcolm. You will never die as long as we fight for the change you hoped to see. ALL POWER TO THE PEOPLE!

Posted on February 21, 2014   ( 7764)   via  

+ malcolm x  + history  + African American community   

Leadership may not be something that we signed up for when we started taking classes in education. However, it is an unavoidable component of the job and perhaps the most rewarding. Think of yourself as a leader. Recognize the power that you have every time you plan a lesson and greet a child. Appreciate your ability to influence faculty meetings and school agendas, and help parents become the very best parents for their children. Recognize that every day brings new opportunity to engage and inspire, and the tremendous responsibility that comes with such opportunity. Be a leader, today and every day.

The leader in you (via gjmueller)

The Gates Foundation is a prime example of how the capitalistic mindset is ruining this world.

Having financed the creation of the standards, the Gates Foundation has entered into a partnership with Pearson to produce a full set of K–12 courses aligned with the Common Core that will be marketed to schools across the country. Nearly every educational product now comes wrapped in the Common Core brand name.

The curriculum and assessments our schools and students need will not emerge from this process. Instead, the top-down, bureaucratic rollout of the Common Core has put schools in the middle of a multilayered political struggle over who will control education policy—corporate power and private wealth or public institutions managed, however imperfectly, by citizens in a democratic process.

The web-based news service Politico recently described what it called ‘the Common Core money war’, reporting that ‘tens of millions of dollars are pouring into the battle over the Common Core’. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation already has pumped more than $160 million into developing and promoting the Common Core, including $10 million just in the past few months, and it’s getting set to announce up to $4 million in new grants to keep the advocacy cranking. Corporate sponsors are pitching in, too. Dozens of the nation’s top CEOs will meet to set the plans for a national advertising blitz that may include TV, radio, and print.’

— Stan Karp, The Problems with the Common Core