I’m glad that Ferguson is getting attention, seriously I am, but I haven’t seen ONE post about what is happening over seas. Not even one post about the pictures above. Children are being beheaded and dragged into the streets where they are then shot because their families are Christian. Women are being raped and murdered. Men are being murdered. PEOPLE are dying. It’s a Christian Holocaust. And I haven’t seen anything on Tumblr.
Why aren’t any of you furious about this?! Where’s the “social justice?” ISIS is murdering people who don’t convert to Islam (yes, I know they’re extremists and not all Muslims are like that. Save yourself the rant) but I really want to know why this hasn’t been given the attention it deserves.
Seriously, guys. This is really scary, and we need to raise attention for these people. They so desperately need our prayers and support.
Fro, your reasoning is good, but I’ll add a couple others.
1. Credibility. Americans know America. The history of slavery, the Civil War, the Civil Rights Movement. Ferguson is one more piece of a long line of knowledge they already know. What can Americans say about Iraq? Saddam Hussein was horrible, no doubt, but we destabilized the country even more with the Iraq war and when we got tired of it, we pulled out and hoped they could hash it out themselves. When it comes to Iraq, sympathy and prayers, yes. International discourse? America doesn’t have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to that.
2. Which leads to my second point. Action. What do you expect to do about this? You can either try to convince your followers that America sending troops again is the right thing to do or talk about alternate solutions? (I would love to hear some alternate solutions, I haven’t seen any yet, because social media and a couple news websites are the only things I check) But this post is not about doing either. It seems to me that the only point of this post is to leave another tragedy for people to stew over in the back of their minds. Yes, well, there are dozens of tragedies happening all over. There’s Israel/Palestine, the Ebola crisis in Liberia, Syria and Ukraine are still in upheaval (they’re not in the news as much anymore but they haven’t gone away). There were rape protests in India (the source was a couple months old, I don’t know if they’re still going on). And that’s just off the top of my head.
So why Ferguson? Because people or their followers could potentially do something about Ferguson. They can donate, they can support the “demilitarizing the police” bill, write to their elected officials, stage protests in their own cities.
3. And finally, contention. Nobody except the ISIL themselves and some other extreme Islamist groups think what they’re doing is right. (How many people will reblog this thinking that some follower of theirs will disagree with the fact that the ISIL are in the wrong? I’m guessing nobody.) That’s just it, nobody in the middle supports them. You know my parent’s response to Ferguson? “I’m glad we don’t live in a bad neighborhood,” and “St. Louis is such a chaotic city.” There are people like that who want to just bury their heads in the sand. There are people who think young people of color deserve to be shot because they weren’t squeaky clean or made the police nervous. There are people who think Ferguson is not about race. Ferguson is in contention and that’s why people spend time and energy on it on social media platforms.
Edit: Also, what the hell. There was a typo in the OP, listing it as ISIS instead of ISIL and I just accidentally followed along with the typo. (I fixed it in my post just now.) Now normally, I’m pretty understanding of typos. People type pretty fast and sometimes an “or” becomes an “of” or you accidentally skip a word. Goodness knows I do that all the time. But this is the acronym of the group you’re protesting. That’s like, Harry Potter being spelled wrong in a Harry Potter book. There are typos in Harry Potter books, but not one of that magnitude. Makes me further wonder how much the people posting/reblogging this actually care about this, or if it’s just, “look, there’s a tragedy in another country, let’s wave that around for a little while instead”
Unfriendly reminder that in America it’s reasonable to say an unarmed black kid deserved to be shot six times because he might have robbed a convenience store, but a white kid shouldn’t be kicked off the high school football team just because he violently raped a girl.
Fullmetal Alchemist asks!
- 1. Original or Brotherhood? Why?
- 2. All time favorite character? Why?
- 3. Least favorite character? Why?
- 4. Edward or Alphonse? Why?
- 5. Chose one OTP and explain why you ship it.
- 6. Favorite homunculus? Why?
- 7. Favorite location in their universe? Why?
- 8. Favorite all time villain? Why?
- 9. Favorite battle? Why?
- 10. Favorite opening?
- 11. Favorite member of Team Mustang?
- 12. Explain how you felt/your reaction at the end of Brotherhood.
- 13. Explain how you felt/your reaction at the end of the original.
- 14. Which character death affected you the most and why?
- 15. What's one thing you would change about the series and why?
- 16. What's your favorite episode and why?
- 17. What's your favorite quote and why?
- 18. What was the biggest thing you took from the series (most important moral)?
- 19. You wake up in their universe somewhere in Central. What's the first thing you do?
- 20. How long have you been in the fandom?
A silent protest in Love Park, downtown Philadelphia orchestrated by performance artists protesting the murder of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The onslaught of passerby’s wanting to take photos with the statue exemplifies the disconnect in American society. Simply frame out the dead body, and it doesn’t exist.
Here are some observations by one of the artists involved in the event:
I don’t know who any of these folks are.
They were tourists I presume.
But I heard most of what everything they said. A few lines in particular stood out. There’s one guy not featured in the photos. His friends were trying to get him to join the picture but he couldn’t take his eyes off the body.
"Something about this doesn’t feel right. I’m going to sit this one out, guys." "Com’on man… he’s already dead."
There were a billion little quips I heard today. Some broke my heart. Some restored my faith in humanity. There was an older white couple who wanted to take a picture under the statue.
The older gentleman: “Why do they have to always have to shove their politics down our throats.” Older woman: “They’re black kids, honey. They don’t have anything better to do.”
One woman even stepped over the body to get her picture. But as luck would have it the wind blew the caution tape and it got tangle around her foot. She had to stop and take the tape off. She still took her photo.
There was a guy who yelled at us… “We need more dead like them. Yay for the white man!”
"One young guy just cried and then gave me a hug and said ‘thank you. It’s nice to know SOMEBODY sees me.’
I’m just gonna keep reblogging this because this is truly how white America works. Like people have their weddings on plantations, Blackface was and still is a major source of entertainment and the biggest movie of all time was Gone With the Wind. White America will kill Black people and then smile and laugh and enjoy their day it sickens me that we’re treated this way.
“I sat in my car and gave the pounding in my temples an opportunity to stop. It didn’t take it.”— Gun, with Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem
"Can you see my coat of arms?"
- Taniel, probably