I have never thought about it in this context
that’s actually really, really creepy.
I once pointed this out to my mother and she just stared at me, in stunned silence for ages.
There will always be a girl who is less sober, less secure, with less friends walking in a darker part of town. I want her safe just as much as I want me safe.
Reposted my response from fb because I want this on my blog too:
Being safe is not a zero-sum game, and my problem with this statement is that it frames safety that way. Victim-blaming is bad, no question about it, but advising someone to change their behavior in the interests of safety should not automatically get filed away as “oh you’re wishing harm on someone else then, are you?” - I can’t think of anything more backward. Agree or disagree with someone’s advice, tell them it’s your life and none of their damn business, assess your own risks, but this kind of rhetorical bullshit serves no one.
We all deserve to be safe. Part of being safe is doing everything we can, everything that we feel is necessary, to safeguard ourselves. Some people take this too far, into the realm of victim-blaming. I don’t agree with that.
People are often happy to dole out unasked-for and bullshit advice, and I treat that kind of advice about personal safety along those lines the same way I treat any other such advice: tear it to shreds using logic and move on. What doesn’t work for me is creating a rhetorical framework claiming that suffering and safety are zero-sum games, because that oversimplifies and creates the risk of dangerous false assumptions.
It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I was born. But when you returned, you found nothing. What does that mean? It would be the simplest thing to say, my homeland is where I will die. But you could die anywhere, or on the border between two places. What does that mean? After a while the question will become harder. Why did you leave? Why did you leave? For twenty years you have been asking, why did they leave? Leaving is not a negation of the homeland, but it does turn the problem into a question. Do not write a history now. When you do that, you leave the past behind, and what is required is to call the past to account. Do not write a history except that of your wounds. Do not write a history except that of your exile. You are here - here, where you were born. And where longing will lead you to death. So, what is homeland?
Mahmoud Darwish, Journal of an Ordinary Grief (via yesyes)
I don't think Jew hating is on the rise it seems like it because of the Internet. But many many people all Thewout history have hatted Jews. Unless they live in a place where they where a majority. If you think this is bad imagine if you lived in 1930 in eroupe no one even tried to hide it back then.
Here’s a hint: the Shoah should not be used as a “gotcha” against Jews when we’re talking about antisemitism. To say “at least it isn’t a genocide” is disgusting. You are a disgusting anti-semite trying to cloak yourself in rationality. Here’s something: almost equally, Jews report that they think the rash of antisemitic violence comes from people who have right or left wing views.
- In the United Kingdom, there was a 400% rise in documented antisemitic incidents in the month of July compared to the year prior.
- In Germany, molotov cocktails have been thrown at a synagogue that had been destroyed during Kristallnacht.
- The EU reports that 66% of European Jews feel that antisemitism is on the rise, with 76% agreeing that antisemitic hatred had increased in the last five years.
- Annual total of antisemitic acts in France have risen seven times that what they were in the 1990s. This includes the targeted murder of Jewish children in Toulouse while they were attending school.
- In May, 2014, four people were murdered at a Jewish museum in Brussels.
- #UnBonJuif (A Good Jew) trended on Twitter in 2012. The majority of comments were along the lines of “A good Jew is a dead Jew”
- Ultra right wing nationalist parties in Ukraine, the UK, Greece, Hungary are are gaining more and more supporters. European nationalism is historically built on the blood of Jews.
This rash of antisemitic hatred started during the economic crisis because of the same, boring reasons as always: Jews are foreign parasites in Europe who are drinking the blood of the economy, without them we’d be better off, they’re too powerful.
News for anon: plenty of people in Europe never stopped hiding their anti-semitism, either before or after the Shoah. Even in the US, according to the FBI hate crime stats, anti-Jewish hate crimes are by FAR the largest percentage of hate crimes by religion, at over 50% of religiously motivated hate crimes in 2012 (and 2011, and 2010, and 2009, and 2008…).
360 DEGREE RAINBOW
Did you know a rainbow is actually supposed to be a full circle? You usually can’t see the full circle because most of the time the rainbow lies beneath the horizon. There is no rain and weather underground either. But in special circumstances, as seen in an airplane one can make out the full circle. Typically it’s when an airplane is overlooking a waterfall or sea.
That source link is to a google search, and the image has the source watermark removed. The same image with the watermark removed has circulated on imgur and reddit. Here is where it’s actually from:
imagine a video game where you create a hero whose destiny is to save everyone, but throughout the game you start making harder and more questionable decisions, and the game gets darker and darker. and in the end you’re just standing there, clutching the controller and finally realizing you were playing the villain all along
IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT, JAFAR!