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This is the language of privilege – the audacity of standing at the top of a mountain you made on the backs of others and then yelling at people for being at the bottom. If it’s not the intangible Market that’s to blame, it’s the writers of color, who maybe don’t have what it takes and don’t submit enough anyway. Read the subtextual coding here – the agent first places the onus of change on the folks with the least institutional power to effect it, then suggests we probably won’t be able to find the time (i.e., lazy) to master the craft.
Author Daniel Jose Older on Buzzfeed, responding to this panel of literary agents discussing the lack of diversity in publishing. (via tubooks)

wetheurban:

PHOTOGRAPHY: Nick Meek Photographs Costa Rica Covered in 8 Mil. Flowers Petals for Sony

Imagine a landscape swirling with millions of flower petals. This might sound like something out of a fairy tale, but it really happened.

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excellentweaklings:

elsiechapmanauthor:

excellentweaklings:

Goddammit, Hawks. This series is going to give me a fucking stroke.

at least you guys are in the playoffs!

Hahahaha I’m sorry the Canucks are so terribly, terribly bad. Nah, I’m not sorry at all, really. XD

lol, you are EVIL. well, i’ve fallen behind this past season…i just couldn’t understand some of the trades and what gillis was doing during 12/13. and it was obvious we were going to be rebuilding soon, and here we are. next season, i will catch up and we will chat hockey! #istillcantdealwiththehawkslol #andihavefamilytherewhobugusmercilesslywiththeircupwin #butithinkihatethebruinsmore #unlesswegettheirassistantGM

Kid Lit’s Primary Color: White — REPORT | EW.com 

diversityinya:

Entertainment Weekly's brief take on the diversity discussion.

excellentweaklings:

Goddammit, Hawks. This series is going to give me a fucking stroke.

at least you guys are in the playoffs!

tielan:

what if I’m far from home?
oh, brother I will hear you call
what if I lose it all?
oh, sister I will help you out (x)

HOLY COW THE TIMING ON THIS

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TEN THINGS EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT RACE | PBS 

america-wakiewakie:

Our eyes tell us that people look different. No one has trouble distinguishing a Czech from a Chinese. But what do those differences mean? Are they biological? Has race always been with us? How does race affect people today?

There’s less - and more - to race than meets the eye:

1. Race is a modern idea. Ancient societies, like the Greeks, did not divide people according to physical distinctions, but according to religion, status, class, even language. The English language didn’t even have the word ‘race’ until it turns up in 1508 in a poem by William Dunbar referring to a line of kings.

2. Race has no genetic basis. Not one characteristic, trait or even gene distinguishes all the members of one so-called race from all the members of another so-called race.

3. Human subspecies don’t exist. Unlike many animals, modern humans simply haven’t been around long enough or isolated enough to evolve into separate subspecies or races. Despite surface appearances, we are one of the most similar of all species.

4. Skin color really is only skin deep. Most traits are inherited independently from one another. The genes influencing skin color have nothing to do with the genes influencing hair form, eye shape, blood type, musical talent, athletic ability or forms of intelligence. Knowing someone’s skin color doesn’t necessarily tell you anything else about him or her.

5. Most variation is within, not between, “races.” Of the small amount of total human variation, 85% exists within any local population, be they Italians, Kurds, Koreans or Cherokees. About 94% can be found within any continent. That means two random Koreans may be as genetically different as a Korean and an Italian.

6. Slavery predates race. Throughout much of human history, societies have enslaved others, often as a result of conquest or war, even debt, but not because of physical characteristics or a belief in natural inferiority. Due to a unique set of historical circumstances, ours was the first slave system where all the slaves shared similar physical characteristics.

7. Race and freedom evolved together. The U.S. was founded on the radical new principle that “All men are created equal.” But our early economy was based largely on slavery. How could this anomaly be rationalized? The new idea of race helped explain why some people could be denied the rights and freedoms that others took for granted.

8. Race justified social inequalities as natural. As the race idea evolved, white superiority became “common sense” in America. It justified not only slavery but also the extermination of Indians, exclusion of Asian immigrants, and the taking of Mexican lands by a nation that professed a belief in democracy. Racial practices were institutionalized within American government, laws, and society.

9. Race isn’t biological, but racism is still real. Race is a powerful social idea that gives people different access to opportunities and resources. Our government and social institutions have created advantages that disproportionately channel wealth, power, and resources to white people. This affects everyone, whether we are aware of it or not.

10. Colorblindness will not end racism. Pretending race doesn’t exist is not the same as creating equality. Race is more than stereotypes and individual prejudice. To combat racism, we need to identify and remedy social policies and institutional practices that advantage some groups at the expense of others.

RACE - The Power of an Illusion was produced by California Newsreel in association with the Independent Television Service (ITVS). Major funding provided by the Ford Foundation and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Diversity Fund.

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This Is What Goes Through My Head When I Edit My Own Writing 

terribleminds:

Who wrote this drivel?

Shit, it was me. It was me.

This thing reads like a fucking VCR repair manual. Is this even English? It’s got all the grace and elegance of a drunk girl puking in a potted plant at a frat party. It’s got all the speed and potency of an old man with a colostomy bag…

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blonde-exo:

elsiechapman:

for taka’s birthday, junishinobi, takarisma, and i thought we’d sub and post taka’s interview with twenty-one pilots from mtv’s one on one! so, we’ll be posting them over the day. thank you ash and ana for the subs, as always! pt 3/5.

yellow=taka, blue=tyler

I Love this! I hate people who say that they don’t like the music I listen to because they don’t understand the lyrics. Music brings people together in whatever language it is and that is final! And if you just don’t care about lyrics, than listen to the damn music and appreciate! Just because that music doesn’t sound like the music from where you are from doesn’t mean you have to hate on it!

i really love this comment!

Sometimes, we look at a representation of a minority, and we forget this is one person in a community of people who are gay, or black, or chronically ill, or blind, or a combination thereof, or whatever the case may be. Sometimes we forget that the community of that one sect of people is just as beautifully diverse as the world as a whole. Diversity within diversity.

Author and Blogger Ava Jae on “Diversity within Diversity” 

Read the full post here.

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'Do not lost hope'
'Please stay strong a little bit more'
‘We are waiting’
‘Please comeback’
'Are you Hungry ?'

#PrayForSouthKorea

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