deducecanoe:

ourobousfamilia:

deducecanoe:

chickwithmonkey:

potootagath:

wingleader:

wakeupslaves:

the-goddamazon:

LOL man.

never forget white people did nothing first neither the best, they sleep and eat false propaganda,

Ugh, why the shit does that have to turn into a race thing? Why does EVERYTHING have to turn into a race thing?

because white people have made sure that everything is about race

as proved by the fact that when you say explorer, you think of a bunch of white guys walking the world and discovering it ~exotic wonders~ even though Zheng He travelled through Asia, to the Middle East, and even East Africa. But you’d likely never heard of him before.

Same reason you never heard of Ahmad Ibn Fadlan, an Arab traveller who, as early as the 10th century, went to the Volga area for diplomatic reasons. He wrote about it, much as Marco Polo would do later for his own travels, and is one of our sources on what viking were like (and by all accounts, he wrote about them more accurately than western scholars of the same period did)

Oh, or Ibn Battuta who travelled throughout Africa long before europeans did, and even went to Europe himself.

And that’s just some example of Muslim medieval travel writers

Everything is about race because white people keep telling everyone that their race is the only one who every got anything done.

i have heard of precisely zero non-european explorers ever in my life, and that fucking sucks. this exhibit is amazing and i need to learn more.

That boat is a frickin aircraft carrier comparatively. Holy crap. And no. Never heard a peep.

Zhenghe went to over 40 countries in Asia and Africa and probably went even further, but I didn’t encounter that in history books before. He brought gifts from China to every country he went to and everyone loved him. It was just like “Hey, I’m here with a water-helicarrier and a gift,” and the kings of every country were lilke “holy shit son well here have a giraffe.” There are paintings depicting him leading a giraffe as well. Check him out guys, he’s really cool

That is so awesome. Fuck western history. This is the real shit.

(Source: romancingalbion)

(Reblogged from madgastronomer)
goddamnitriot:

diendane:

I thought this was a latte.

it is a catte.

goddamnitriot:

diendane:

I thought this was a latte.

it is a catte.

(Reblogged from onelittlegee)

I’m having a rent party.

I am, I’m sorry to say, returning to the well once more, hoping there is a little left. Thank you so much to those who’ve already participated in this—I still have to write thank you notes, but this is my first time back at wifi since (stress, illness, etc.) Thus, also my first time back at work, sigh. Anyway, my manager, far from being happy that I was able to pay one full month and offer part of another month, working on the rest, is refusing to accept partial payment (bad sign, that) and wants it all NOW. I think he is under a lot of pressure from the owner, because he changed on a dime—no more mr. nice, understanding guy.

So, I’d like to ask your help again, to reblog, contribute if you can (Paypal link), (email nanette.hb gmail) Or send good thoughts, positive vibes and/or love and affection. And chocolate :) It’s been a rough couple of years, but, as the saying goes, it’ll get better. I know this.

Thank you for whatever you can do.

brownfemipower:

rebellingintherustbelt:

nanettehb:

Well, okay, there is no actual party, but the rent need is very real. I hate having to do this, but my options are pretty limited right now. Let me explain.

I’ve not been all that well or productive for a while, but these past few weeks have been pretty miserable (I think partly because the (poorer) area I just moved to… the air is really bad, and I have lung issues) and I’ve been unable to work (lost a few regular clients, too, sigh) and, thus, am once again teetering on the edge of disaster. I’m getting up there (60, in a couple of years! ack!) so my bouncing back time is a little slower. I’ve made some adjustments (and finally got healthcare, card came two days ago, so yay Obamacare!) and things are getting better… but too late.

My apartment manager has been amazingly understanding, especially since I am such a new tenant, but he has to answer to the owner and can’t wait any longer for payment.

So, I need help, if you can. Any little bit will go a long way, and my appreciation would be boundless. I have a Paypal account (clicking link should take you right to it) if you are able to contribute. Good thoughts, best wishes and “there, there” pats are also welcome and appreciated. 

I won’t offer to pay anyone back—these days I’m just barely keeping up, and never ahead, so that would be a pointless promise. What I can do is offer my services in exchange. For the most part my world consists of writing, editing, reading, researching… and the like. 

I’d be happy to help with any of that, or with being a sounding board for ideas, plots, article topics, etc… or, especially, for being a knowledgeable eye for those unfamiliar with writing, or writing about, “diverse” characters, whether that is to do with color or gender. I am Black, cis het, but been involved, in ways large and small, with social justice and other matters for decades and while I can’t be an authority or speak for anyone else’s intersections, I can at least flag potentially problem areas.

I do other stuff, too… just ask.

If you can help — with a donation, reblogging this, or sending good thoughts, thank you. 

Y’all, I’ve known Nanette for years and years and years. We have travelled some major journeys together, and I have never felt more supported, respected or loved as when Nanette showed up in comments when some flyby blogwar was happening. PLEASE support her in ANY way you can—I struggle daily with money issues too, and I know the stress it puts on the body. This is NOT a stress that Nanette should have to bear, especially when she has been SO instrumental in removing the stress from my life, and SO many others!

REBLOG, DONATE, SEND GOOD THOUGHTS!!!!

THANK YOU!!!!

reblogging for the afternoon crowd! 

(Reblogged from brownfemipower)
(Reblogged from rebellingintherustbelt)

I’m having a rent party.

Well, okay, there is no actual party, but the rent need is very real. I hate having to do this, but my options are pretty limited right now. Let me explain.

I’ve not been all that well or productive for a while, but these past few weeks have been pretty miserable (I think partly because the (poorer) area I just moved to… the air is really bad, and I have lung issues) and I’ve been unable to work (lost a few regular clients, too, sigh) and, thus, am once again teetering on the edge of disaster. I’m getting up there (60, in a couple of years! ack!) so my bouncing back time is a little slower. I’ve made some adjustments (and finally got healthcare, card came two days ago, so yay Obamacare!) and things are getting better… but too late.

My apartment manager has been amazingly understanding, especially since I am such a new tenant, but he has to answer to the owner and can’t wait any longer for payment.

So, I need help, if you can. Any little bit will go a long way, and my appreciation would be boundless. I have a Paypal account (clicking link should take you right to it) if you are able to contribute. Good thoughts, best wishes and “there, there” pats are also welcome and appreciated. 

I won’t offer to pay anyone back—these days I’m just barely keeping up, and never ahead, so that would be a pointless promise. What I can do is offer my services in exchange. For the most part my world consists of writing, editing, reading, researching… and the like. 

I’d be happy to help with any of that, or with being a sounding board for ideas, plots, article topics, etc… or, especially, for being a knowledgeable eye for those unfamiliar with writing, or writing about, “diverse” characters, whether that is to do with color or gender. I am Black, cis het, but been involved, in ways large and small, with social justice and other matters for decades and while I can’t be an authority or speak for anyone else’s intersections, I can at least flag potentially problem areas.

I do other stuff, too… just ask.

If you can help — with a donation, reblogging this, or sending good thoughts, thank you. 

After the first true public police force was established in New York in 1844, other cities followed suit shortly. From the outset, however, these police departments were used primarily for political purposes, crime control was at best a secondary concern. First of all, local elected officials used their police departments as a way to reward political supporters, a newly elected mayor typically fired virtually the entire police department and replaced it with his own supporters, bribery was often necessary to obtain a position on the police force—that practice was financially reasonable given the potential payoff from police corruption. At any rate, mayors and their political machines then used their police departments to control the city for their own benefit.
Bruce L. Benson, To Serve and Protect: Privatization and Community in Criminal Justice p. 224 (via eltigrechico)
(Reblogged from eltigrechico)

art--gallery said: much of the art you post i havent seen before, but it makes me soo happy to see poc in bosch's garden of earthly delights, a painting ive loved for a long time !! i hadnt noticed that figure before, its such a nice surprise

medievalpoc:

So, here’s the thing-there isn’t just one specifically Black person in that painting. There are at least 17, probably more.

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I highly recommend going to the Wikipedia page for this painting, as they have it available to view/download at a resolution of 13,000 x 17,078 pixels. There is quite a range of skin tones among the people depicted in the painting.

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Almost everyone I have spoken to about this painting has said that they never noticed that there were any people of color in it.

Let’s consider that for a moment in the context that Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights is one of the most famous, most viewed and most discussed medieval European paintings of all time.

Our eyes will see what we are told to see, explicitly or implicitly, unless we engage Art History with critical thinking. If we are told, either through constant cultural reinforcement, or even explicitly, that there are no people of color in this painting, or in medieval Europe, or in History, we will. not. see. them.

Look actively, not passively.

(Reblogged from medievalpoc)

hochutuda:

Dalla_chiesa_di_S.Pietro_by_AlfredoSantori

(Reblogged from wish-to-be-there)

gaksdesigns:

This huge wooden sculpture is an impressive display of the famous Chinese wood carver Zheng Chunhui's incredible hand-carving skills. Standing more than 40 feet long, almost 8 feet wide, and, at one point, 10 feet tall, the massive work of art was formed out of just one single log and was recently declared the world's longest wood sculpture by the Guinness Book of World Records. via Mymodernmet

(Reblogged from gaksdesigns)

mutuamatheka:

Expedition in Bujagali, in Jinja, Uganda. Part of a 17 day road trip we took last year with #OnetouchLive.

Photography by Mutua Matheka.

Full post!!

I’ve spent way too much time clicking on gorgeous photos all over this site. And I’m not done yet!

(Reblogged from so-treu)