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While the show isn’t arguing that his gender is the most interesting thing about him, it also realizes that Tony’s experience as a trans man is a huge part of who he is. In fact, Tony takes the clone reveal in stride precisely because he’s already spent so much of his life thinking about his identity. Tony knows there’s only one of him, and the fact that he’s a clone doesn’t change that. (x)

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As it has done with Felix and Cosima, Orphan Black eschews overused stereotypes about trans people (drugs, prostitution, shame), but also refuses to sanitize Tony into an angelic representative of his community. Like all of the characters on Orphan Black, Tony is deeply flawed and deeply human. He’s a criminal who pushes buttons and tests boundaries; rather than scramble to play defense, Tony is all offense all the time. While the show isn’t arguing that his gender is the most interesting thing about him, it also realizes that Tony’s experience as a trans man is a huge part of who he is. In fact, Tony takes the clone reveal in stride precisely because he’s already spent so much of his life thinking about his identity. Tony knows there’s only one of him, and the fact that he’s a clone doesn’t change that.
- Another lovely discussion as to why introducing Tony in Orphan Black adds yet another layer to the identity discourse the show has already started (x)
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There’s only one of me.

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first impressions vs. now

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princessandtheprep:

This is one of the most insulting things that I have ever seen, it makes me so mad I actually want to cry. I can’t believe magazines think that they can just dip a woman in brown paint, give her clothes from my culture to put on for a couple hours and then have audacity to call her an “African Queen”. Growing up I heard every joke about Africans and saw the negative stereotypes portrayed by the media that tried to make me feel so bad about where I come from. Yet Ive noticed when fashion magazine want to do spreads portraying poise and exoticness they often turn to Africa ( and many other foreign continents/nations) proving time and again that Africa is more than the negative images you see in the media)  but this time, to try and take parts of my beautiful culture just to have white women play the role of an “African Queen” proves that beauty cannot be seen in our countries/cultures unless it is represented by White people. 

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Not An Onion Article of the Day: The LA School District Has Grenade Launchers

thepoliticalfreakshow:

In all the hullabaloo over the past few days about the San Diego School District’s new MRAP, we missed the most wonderful news of all. Not only is the Los Angeles Unified School District getting an MRAP, too, they also casually disclosed that they’ve had three grenade launchers since 2001.

Oh, not to mention their 61 M-16 assault rifles, according to the LA Times:

[LA School District Police Chief Steve] Zipperman said that although the Pentagon identifies the three launchers as grenade launchers, civilian police call them less-deadly ammunition launchers. He assured me that the school police never had any intention of lobbing grenades at anyone, ever, and that they would not be used against students to launch anything.

Well then I guess that’s settled, right? The school police doesn’t intend to launch grenades at anyone, least not the very students they’re supposed to protect, and of course there’s that old saying about history and intentions. What’s that saying again? “The road to high test scores, student well-being, a constructive learning environment, and educational heaven is paved with good intentions.”

Yes, I’m sure that’s it.

Alright, so the presence of three old grenade launchers probably doesn’t have a direct impact on the test scores of students, but I can’t imagine knowing that your local K-12 campus police have access to explosive arms is very comforting for them. Plus the LA school district is massive, and does educate kids in some tough neighborhoods. That’s really not an excuse for assault rifles and grenade launchers, however, among almost any police force, let alone one belonging to a school district. Even if it is the largest school-specific police force in the country.

And Zimmerman plays it off like it’s no big deal, anyways, they’re really just holding all these grenade launchers and assault rifles for a friend:

But as a police department, he said, LAUSD’s finest engage in mutual-aid pacts with other police agencies, and the ability to move those launchers out of storage might come in handy then. 

See? They’re just keeping it safe. That excuse always works with the cops.

But all of this heavily-armed bullcrap among local school districts are just the tip of the iceberg, and it’s even worse than what we saw in Ferguson, Missouri. At least 117 colleges across the country received military equipment from the same Department of Defense 1033 program that the LA School District received its MRAP, grenade launchers, and assault rifles from, according to the Chronicle for Higher Education.

And the 1033 program is huge, and is definitely not limited to school districts. It extends to all local law enforcement agencies, and a report from NPR found that between 2006 and 2014 it disbursed not only 205 grenade launchers, 422 helicopters, and nearly 80,000 assault rifles, but also 11,959 bayonets.

Yes, almost 12,000 bayonets.

As if the ghost of Theodore Roosevelt himself was about to go lead the local yokels and the Keystone Cops up San Juan Hill once more.

And why?

Because The Children Of America Are Our Future (™).

Photo credit: US Army

Source: Michael Ballaban for Foxtrot Alpha on Gawker

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Telling black people not to be enraged when their children are ruthlessly murdered, is violence.
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Ryan Gosling - Drive
By: Justin
Ryan Gosling - Drive
By: Justin
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