Rick: so abraham what's your favorite color
Abraham: waSHINGTON DC
I think "____ game strong" is AAVE, so don't appropriate it




Oh it is? Okay apologies I’ll go edit them

Here’s the problem with this. AAVE is not this completely separate dialect and culture that does not overlap at all with Standard* American English and mainstream American culture. Words, phrases, and styles developed by black American speakers filter and diffuse into the mainstream dialect. If white people weren’t allowed to use AAVE, we’d also have to get rid of words like “cool” and “rock’n’roll”. Do some white people use AAVE to mock and insult black people? Of course, and they’re racist scumfucks and need to be called out when they do it. But to genuinely adopt phrases used by black speakers because you find them useful and enjoyable in your speaking, is not racist or “appropriation.” And furthermore, for the vast majority of words and phrases, this happened naturally, without anyone consciously thinking to themselves “this is AAVE”. They just learned a new word or phrase, found it useful or cool, and started using it. When “hella” spread around the American dialect, very few people consciously thought “Bay Area young people invented this”, They just heard it and started using it, because that’s how language evolves.

Alright here’s the deal. Using bits and pieces of AAVE isn’t cultural appropriation. It just isn’t. First of all, AAVE speakers regularly come into contact with non-AAVE speakers and AAVE leaks its way into mainstream English use. To imply that they don’t is ridiculous. That’s the first problem here.

The second problem here is that “appropriation” is used entirely wrongly and entirely too often on this site. Cultural appropriation should only be used to refer to when one group (usually white people) CLAIMS the creation of another group as its own. That’s it. If it doesn’t fit that definition, it isn’t appropriation. And here’s why!

The third problem, and the reason people need to stop fucking using “appropriation” as a term so loosely on this site is because it allows us to ignore instances of racism by calling them something else- a more technical, academic seeming term. So

  • If you use another culture’s speaking pattern as a joke, that isn’t cultural appropriation. That’s being a racist. You’re literally making a joke about how other people talk. That’s racism. Not appropriation. RACISM. We have a word for that already.
  • If you use another culture’s sacred symbology or something like that, it isn’t appropriation. It’s being clueless at best and thoughtless/insensitive at worst. It isn’t appropriation. The basic problem there is not theft of another culture’s items: the basic problem is not participating in a culture on that culture’s terms.
  • If you use another culture as a prop or a joke, that isn’t appropriation. It’s racism. You’re pointing at a group and laughing. That’s just racism. Let’s not call it something else. Miley Cyrus isn’t appropriating black culture. She’s making fun of it. That’s racism. Easy.
  • If you use another culture’s symbology inaccurately, again that isn’t appropriation. It’s being thoughtless and inconsiderate but it isn’t appropriation.
  • If it isn’t one group claiming it created something it isn’t, then it isn’t appropriation.

There are several problems with insisting that white people participating in AAVE even in small portions is appropriation. 1- it lets white people off the hook for instances of actual racism by calling it something else, something which seems less intentional than it really is. 2- it assumes that white people already have a frame of reference for everything and should never have to refer to other cultures for ideas/concepts. That second idea is fucked up because:

  1. It assumes that white/mainstream/Western culture understands everything already. That’s literally just colonialism wrapped up in a nice liberal package people can use to pat themselves on the back.
  2. It ignores the fact that white culture (using that loosely, but I’m sure most people understand what I mean by this) actually doesn’t have a way to express everything. For example, “—— game strong” says more than just “you —— look[s] good.” There is no approximation in standard English. Standard English is not a perfect, all-encompassing language.

TLDR: use of AAVE in bits and pieces is not appropriation, and outside of tumblr I know very few black people who actually consider it to be appropriation. If you use it poorly, you’re just misinformed and will probably be laughed at. If you mock it, you’re just a racist. Stop calling every single instance of two cultures interacting “appropriation” because it allows us to ignore the fact that many times when people on here use it, we are referring to instances of racism and letting the racism itself go unaddressed by not calling it what it is. I only know a few black people ON tumblr who consider use of AAVE phrases to be appropriative or racist, and quite frankly I think that view 1- is simplistic and makes no sense and 2- would be laughed off by most black people who hadn’t been steeped in that narrative.




Rally and March to Washington County Courthouse (time TBA)




5:30PM Assemble at the northeast corner of N and Mariposa Street, across from the Fresno Police Headquarters


~ 559-250-2434 or 559-942-0708 (Irene)

~ IWAPGH@aol.com

Oakland/Bay Area

1 PM Oscar Grant Plaza (14th & Broadway), Oakland Ca.

stopmassincarcerationbayarea@gmail.com  Phone: 510-984-3648


12:20pmWednesday, October 22nd at 12:30 PM Meet at steps of First Unitarian Church of Oakland, 685 14th Street

march together to Oscar Grant Plaza, 14th and Broadway to be part of the National Day of Protest against police brutality at 1 PM

Los Angeles

2 pm, Olympic and Broadway

Phone: 213-840-5348 

Email: StopMassIncarcerationSoCal@yahoo.com  

on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/Stop-Mass-Incarceration-Network-So-Cal/533446216719317


UC Riverside Time: 11am Rally for #Oct22

Facebook page - https://m.facebook.com/ucrmassinc2014?fref=photo&refsrc=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F&_rdr


9:00 AM-4:00 PM Rally at the West Steps of the California State Capitol, with funeral procession through the streets of the Capital


916-546-5FTP (Christina Arechiga, Director of California Campaign to End Police Terror and Justice for Ernest Duenez Jr.)




6:00PM Rally at Salinas Police Department, 222 Lincoln Avenue


San Diego

5:30PM Rally at City Heights Park, followed by march

~ zkrm71@yahoo.com

~ https://www.facebook.com/capbsandiego

6:30 PM Rally at City Heights/Weingart Library and Performance Annex, 3795 Fairmount Avenue

Candlelight march to and rally/vigil at I15

Overpass Light Brigade Message “Stop Police Terror”


~ uaptsd@gmail.com

~ http://uaptsd.org/

~ https://twitter.com/UAPTSD

~ https://www.facebook.com/uaptsd

Santa Ana

9:00AM Rally during hearing in front of Central Justice Center, 700 Civic Center Drive West

7:00PM March and speakout 




5:00PM Gather on the West steps of the Colorado State Capital


~ coforjustice@gmail.com



4:30 pm, gather in Keney Park


District of Columbia 

Washington D.C.   October 22nd    6:30 pm; Corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE and Howard Rd SE



October 22 - National Day of Protest - Hemming Plaza



October 22-  Gather at 4pm (tentative) in Woodruff Park (Edgewood and Peachtree) for a demonstration, speakout and march.





October 22nd - 9am until noon:  Leafleting, banner drops and displays on McCarthy Mall, UH Manoa Campus

6pm:   March through Waikiki;  Meet at the front of Honolulu Zoo  (corner of Kalakaua & Kapahulu)



October 22, Day of Action Vigil 10:30 am - 12:30 pm, organized by Southern Illinois University School of Law Black Law Student Association


October 22 -  Daley Plaza (Washington and Dearborn).  Gather at noon, rally, followed by a march.  We envision this as a whole day, to STOP mass incarceration. NO MORE, no business as usual, no work, no school.  More details to come. 




Chicago  11th Precinct, 3151 W Harrison, 6-8 pm, organized by Black Lives Matter



5:30PM Gather outside main entrance to county jail (Winnebago and State), then march to the Federal Courthouse (Court and Chestnut)


~ 815-398-6322 or minister@uurockford.org (Minister Johnson)

~ universoulove@hotmail.com (Christopher)



Monument Circle on 1 Monument Cir



6 pm, Fayette County Courthouse,  #HandsUpKY Walk-Out, March and Rally for October 22nd National Day of Action


New Orleans

Tulane University: Tuesday, October 21st - Wednesday, October 22nd

Details: car caravan to Ferguson, Missouri for #Oct22 protest

Contact: Eunice Lee - eunicelee34@gmail.com



October 22  Harvard University Science Center, corner of Kirkland & Oxford St. - 12-2 pm; UMass Boston, in front of the Student Center - 12 noon; Ruggles T station, Boston - 4-6pm  Wear Orange! Bring signs!



OCTOBER 22ND, 3PM - 5PM leaving from Arise!  467 State St, Springfield,

National Day Against Police Brutality - Springfield March for Justice 

5:30 PM Know Your Rights training & potluck at Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, 340 Main Street


~ 413-734-4948

~ frank@arisespringfield.org

~ http://arisespringfield.org/

~ https://www.facebook.com/ariseforsocialjustice



6:30PM Rally at North Commons Park, Golden Valley Road & Morgan Avenue North, followed by march


~ 612-874-7867

~ cuapb.mpls@gmail.com

~ https://www.facebook.com/CommunitiesUnitedAgainstPoliceBrutalityMN

~ http://www.cuapb.org/



October 22, 5 pm: Rally/march will gather at Canfield Drive (9300 W. Florissant). March will proceed to Canfield Apartments where Michael Brown was murdered by police and proceed through Ferguson community to the Police Station at 222 S. Florissant Rd.  

email- octmonthofresistance2014@gmail.com

phone- 314-282-7087

Kansas City

Contact: Rashad Lartey RYL994@mail.umkc.edu 


Wednesday October 22, 2014 12:00p-1:00p  “O22 Day of Resistance to police brutality and mass incarceration”  

Panel dialogue

University of Missouri- Kansas City Campus Student Union 402

5100 Cherry StreetKansas City, Missouri 64110

New Jersey


Day of Action: Rally at Church St. Plaza, Walk to Unitarian Universalist Church Montclair, Mobilize for Petition signing and legislative action in Trenton

New Mexico


October 22 Gather at 400 Marquette- Civic Plaza- March at 5pm and end at 400 Roma, APD headquarters

Santa Fe

October 22 8am. We will demonstrate at the courthouse & march to the Roundhouse to stand in solidarity with the family of Victor Villalpando, 16 year old from El Rito who was killed by police, Victor’s family, other families in New Mexico & national movements.

New York


October 22, Townsend Park, 201 Washington Ave. 

New York

October 22 1 PM, Union Square, 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation. Rally at Union Square followed by a march to Times Square.


Phone: 347-979-SMIN (7646)



866-235-7814 (toll-free voicemail and fax)


http://nyc.october22.org/ http://nyc.october22.org/

on Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/pages/October-22-Coalition-to-Stop- Police-Brutality-New-York/8742968153

White Plains

October 22, 5pm - 7pm  corner of Main St. and Mamaroneck Ave Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation

North Carolina 


Wednesday, October 22nd, 5pm: National Day of Protest to Stop Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Crimminalization of a Generation   Smith Homes community, corner of Florida St. and Freeman Mill Rd.

Check for updated info at FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/710542479025312/



October 22 Wed. 1:30pm - Meet at Women’s Prison E. 30th & Orange Ave.March to Public Square for 3pm 



6pm Town Hall Panel on mass incarceration at Dayton Boys Prep Academy 

1-937-684-8634 https://www.facebook.com/events/1558262107723734/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming

Jmcorry Speaks@BlackVoices.com




5:30PM The Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark Street




National Day of Actions against Police Brutality and Mass Incarceration. 

Wednesday’s activities include: Peoples� press conference at 12noon at 1319 Locust St., Philadelphia; Honk against Police Brutality & Mass Incarceration at 4PM City Hall (Philly) 15th & Market; Town Hall meeting at 5:30PM at Gladfelter Hall, Rm. 24, located on Temple campus at 11th & Berks Sts.

Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/1558262107723734/?ref_dashboard_filter=upcoming


12 pm, City/County Building, 414 Grant St., Downtown Pittsburgh

South Carolina


October 22 - March from Greenville (SC) County Courthouse to Law Enforcement Center/Jailhouse, 19th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a

Generation & Memorial to those killed by law enforcement. 

6:30 pm Rally at Courthouse followed by march to Law Enforcement Center/Jailhouse.



Main Street Garden Park,1902 Main Street, 7 - 9 pm

7:30 March to Victory Plaza


4pm - Converge and Gather from Around the City @ Market Square Park, Travis & Milam,  Downtown Houston

5pm - March! Bring your drums, whistles, and determination!


San Antonio

12:00PM Bexar County Courthouse at 100 Dolorosa


~ oct22sanantonio@gmail.com


Christiansburg  Montgomery County Government Center 755 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, 12 - 2 pm



October 22     5 p.m. Rally, speak out in front of Seattle Central College, Broadway and Pine; 5 pm, Seattle Central College, Broadway and Pine

Contact info: 206-264-5527, Oct22seattle@hotmail.com; facebook:

October 22 Black Student Union youth led march against police brutality and harassment of youth of color in Seattle. Meet at 3:30 pm on the Garfield High School campus, 400 23rd Ave, Seattle, on October 22nd to march to SPD Station. 



6:30PM Vigil at 480 Gilford, métro Laurier (sortie St. Joseph), in front of the Fraternité des policiers et policières de Montréal


~ 514-848-7583

~ 22oct-mtl@gmail.com

~ http://22octobre.wordpress.com/

~ https://www.facebook.com/justiceforvictimsofpolicekillings


12:00PM Parvis de l’eglise St-Rock


~ https://www.facebook.com/ResistanceCitoyenne or

~ http://liguedesdroitsqc.org/


1:00PM Power to the People Rally at Cuba Street Stage


Link  here and here

If you are free tomorrow, please go to your city’s event!!!! Spread the word!!!

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only question on this final for college english is “is a future where a fursona is a legally mandated part of your ID a utopia or a dystopia”. teacher hasn’t blinked once for 45 minutes



break the rules

no gods no kings no masters



break the rules

no gods no kings no masters

(Source: blazepress.com)



Do you ever get rly pissed because the hunger games films could’ve told such a deep story with themes that reflect our own society’s oppressive systems

but instead they whitewashed the main leads, erased their disabilities, and pretty much romanticized the violence

The degree to which THG movies play into exactly the things the story condemns will never not be staggering to me

(Source: lockedoutofhollywood)


My fetish is prioritizing the livelihoods of fellow workers over the profit margins of CEOs. Pass on the new love solidarity meme



interior of the h.r.giger bar by smoses



"you were named after the bravest man i ever knew, harry potter, jr."


me: *sees a communist joke I don understand* man, guys, haha this is great! With the……With the….the dialectics…..and the…that materialism…….haha that’s a good one

(Source: edwadghouls)


photochrom prints of jerusalem from 1890-1900.

1. jerusalem

2. damascus gate

3. jaffa gate

4. a suq in view of the tower of david

5. stone cutters.

6. a shoemaker waits for customers.

(Source: )


with some of the stuff i’m seeing on my dash rn, i’d like to again call attention to a great explanation of metonymy, or why oppressed groups say things like “i hate men” or “straight people suck”

(Source: evilbrochu)