Ferguson: “Black Lives Don’t Matter”

Police Car Set On Fire By Ferguson Protesters

Police Car Set On Fire By Ferguson Protesters

 

It is 2 a.m. and i’m currently sitting on my couch watching CNN (because its the only news channel i could find), and all I can do is think about how destructive these people are being. After only watching this for about 5 minutes these are the events I have heard about:

  • At least a dozen buildings set on fire.
  • At least 150 shots fired (in one place).
  • 29 arrests, so far.
  • An elderly man was carjacked and then ran over.
  • Multiple guns have seized from people.
  • An used car lot was set on fire, but the firemen could not get to it because of the gunfire.
  • The National Guard is having to be brought in.
Protesters In Ferguson

Protesters In Ferguson

These are just to name a few of the things going on in Ferguson and surrounding towns. Not only is this happening is Ferguson, but there are multiple more (peaceful) protests going on across America. Michael Brown’s parents did not want this. This is not they way to react to a shooting of a young man. As the chief of police said, “Change is created through our voice; not the destruction of our community.” Most importantly, if you think that “black lives don’t matter” then you need a reality check. Everyone knows a life is a life regardless of color, and if you think this, but you are going around setting businesses on fire, saying Darren Wilson should die, and overall acting like a raging fucktard, then you really need to grow up and get a grip. And acting like this is not making the case better for people in any way or form, all it is doing is making these people look worse than you guys already think people see you.

Hypocrisy is all I hear when these people talk. I’m not saying that some of these people aren’t out there for the right reasons but most of them are not. These people need to stop trying to make a point, or make history, because most of them are not doing it for the right reason.

#STOPTHEVIOLENCE

A Shout Out To Everyone Who Thinks Racism Is A One-Way Street

*WARNING* There will be graphic language and opinions you will strongly disagree with, it is also a very, very angry rant.

 

Okay. First of all, I am a white girl who grew up in a middle class home with parents who strongly encouraged us to pursue education and to be non-judgmental. That doesn’t mean that I don’t understand what its like to be poor or that i don’t understand what its like to be constantly judged on your appearance, because guess fucking what? I do. You know what else I understand? Being judged because of the color of my skin. No, my ancestors were not slaves, but even if they were, which they totally might have been, I wouldn’t use that against the color of whoever owned them because I don’t know if you’ve heard but there is no more slavery. Being judged on the color of your skin is not just, “Well he’s black, so i should probably hold my purse closer.” and, “This white guy with his hood over his eyes is really creeping me out. I’ll walk the other way so I don’t get raped.” Being judged on the color of your skin means some opportunities won’t be presented to you, it means people will look at you funny, it means you will automatically be put into a stereotype, and a lot of the time people will be rude to you. Yes, I do understand that black people do get more shit about it, but white people also get a ton of shit too, its just not as out in the open. For instance, if I were to say,”That guy really needs to pull his pants up, its not classy at all.”(About a black guy) People would call me racist and say I’m too judgmental, but on the other hand, if a black person were to say, “Gosh, white people are so stupid. “(Which i totally just made up, but i have heard black people say numerous times.) Could someone please tell me, WHY THE FUCK THIS ISN’T CONSIDERED RACIST? Come on people, the first sentence would be me pointing out a random dude that has his pants so fucking low i can see his junk and his ass, even though i’m not even looking at the color of his skin, because lets be honest, anyone who does that has a big sign on them saying,”LOOK AT ME I’M TRYING TO BE A THUG.” The second sentence on the other hand… Like, what the fuck? If I were to say “Gosh, black people are so stupid.” I would probably get shot in the fucking face by somebody. Also, I absolutely hate having to fucking explain myself to people about how the comment I made was not racist in anyway or form, but black people? Honestly where I live, its like they can say whatever the fuck they want to, no matter how fucking racist it is and get away with it.

Yeah, you guys are probably tired of this rant, but i’m not stopping, and why should I? Another thing is, black people are NOT the only people who get “the look”. Yeah, I’ve gotten that look by both white and black people. Be it because the way i was dressed that day, or how I talk, whatever the reason may have been, I still got that dumb-ass slack-jawed look that makes me want to punch them right in the face. I have also experienced people talking down to me, because I was WHITE. Yeah, they talk to you like they’re better than you, like they have better things to be doing, and its just ever so apparent that they don’t like you because you’re white. So next time you say “white people don’t understand”, and then treat them like shit because they’re white, think about this post.

My point here is, LETS STOP BEING JUDGMENTAL DOUCHE BAGS TO EVERYBODY AND JUST ACCEPT THE FACT THAT EUROPEAN PEOPLE DECIDED AFRICAN PEOPLE WERE THE BEST TO DO SLAVE WORK AND THAT EUROPEANS WERE ROYAL FUCKING ASSES AND THAT THIS HAPPENED SO FUCKING LONG AGO THAT IT SHOULD’NT BE THIS PREVALENT IN TODAY’S SOCIETY. (This goes out to everybody. Literally everybody. I’m not dropping hints to any specific group of people. So don’t take this too fucking offensively.)

Social Media in an Antisocial World

I remember when i was about 8 or 9 and all the neighborhood kids would meet up and go exploring in the “forest” behind the house, or play hide-and-seek or tag the span of four different houses, but what about now, only 5 years later? Whenever I go outside, I hardly see anyone. I pass by house after house only to see the outside mostly undisturbed except for maybe a few holiday decorations or yard gnomes, which from a different perspective can be great, but its all about the why. Why are our kids no longer going outside to play? Why are we as people no longer enjoying the quiet, peacefulness of just being outside?

We have become a nation of couch-potatoes to put it simply. We sit down on our recliners with our microwaved food, and turn on the television to relax some. But don’t forget to keep your phone close just in case a friend texts you! Oh, and the laptop, don’t forget that either, you’ll need that to look up something, or get on Facebook to keep up with your social life… right? How have we become a society so focused on social media and keeping up with the latest trends, that we forgot to actually go outside and be social? Hardly do I ever see strangers strike up a conversation in public. Not that people don’t want to, but seriously, how easy is it to approach someone who has their head down staring into a small rectangle of light, oblivious to the outside world. Maybe their not oblivious, but we have turned into a society where it is weird or wrong to be out by yourself without friends, so when you are alone a lot of people feel the need to fiddle with their phone to avoid looking like a “loser”.

I’m here to tell you that it is OK to be by yourself, to be able to sit and think about what is going on in the world, stretch your attention span and just observe the outside world. Next time when you’re sitting in Starbucks, or at the park or even the mall, try reflecting and observing the world around you instead of analyzing every single detail about that picture or status someone just posted and how it was definitely not “on fleek”.

On a side note, fleek is not even a word so stop using it and looking like an illiterate douche.

Blame Barbie All You Want, The Real Problem Is You

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Barbies, models, and even Disney princesses are being adjusted by some people to show what they would look like with a “realistic waistline”. Don’t get me wrong, I agree that the proportions on these things are so far away from being realistic, but with Disney princesses and Barbies there should be no reason to have to change the waistline, or size of the cartoons legs for young girls to understand that that is not what a normal human being looks like. Models on the other hand, they are almost always photo-shopped to hide the cellulite or the creases or the “ugly, fat parts”.

Models, being that most people perceive them as looking perfect, must look perfect in their pictures. Have you ever noticed that when, in their pictures, they are leaning backwards they have no back fat? How about the way their legs seem to be perfectly shaven and smooth? Or how they always have the perfect tan? That, my friends, is called photo-shop. None of these girls actually look like that, and that is exactly what these people are trying to achieve by showing people that these cartoons and toys are not realistic in proportion. Well here’s the only problem i see with that: young girls are not going to pay attention to the waistline on the princess or that Barbie doll you bought her. What most girls are going to pay attention to is the movie that the princess is playing in and how shes getting all her dreams come true, along with a Prince Charming. And Barbies? Well, I don’t necessarily like Barbies and never have, but if a young girl is paying more attention to the waistline on the Barbie than actually playing with it, then you should talk to her about self-image, and how she perceives herself.

Now, to counter what i just said about most young girls not paying attention to how they look, what happens when they do? Do we blame the creators of the said cartoon/toy? Or maybe we should take away the toy so they can’t see it? Oh, no! I forgot about models, now she will starve herself to look like them! Maybe we should blame the people who edit the photos! Or even better, we can just show her all the overweight models, so she thinks being skinny is bad! Wow, can you feel my sarcasm radiating off the screen yet?

The problem with society is that we blame everyone else for our children’s self-image issues. “Well, maybe if she wasn’t exposed to this or that…” Is all I hear when people talk about self-image issues. Everyone is so scared of being a bad parent/person and being blamed for something, that they put it off on something that may or may not even be the real problem. When your child, student, brother, sister, or even friend comes up to you and talks about how she doesn’t like the way they look, TALK to them about why that is. If they say that it IS because of these unrealistic cartoons and toys, then explain to them that these company’s are NOT wanting to show you what the “perfect girl” looks like, but instead, are just making a cartoon/toy for them enjoy. But most of the time, it comes from a lack of self-confidence. So when they say something about it, make sure to point out all the great things about them. Make sure to tell them that everyone is beautiful, no matter how they look. But most importantly, just talk to them. Be open and honest, tell them if that scarf looks bad or not, or if that color makes them look green. When you are honest, and nice, about these kinds of things they will be able to handle judgement and criticism better, later on in life and they won’t perceive themselves as “ugly” or “too fat” because they will know that they are perfectly fine the way they are. And when everyone finally accepts that we can’t all look the same, and that the problem isn’t these companies its society as a whole, everyone will be much happier being themselves.

The Art of Stillness in an age of distraction

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The “T” in TED stands for technology. So it might sound counterintuitive that we would release a book about the need to unplug. 

But we live in a madly accelerating world, where new technologies — for all their benefits — are making our lives more crowded, more chaotic and noisier than ever. There’s never been a greater need to slow down, tune out and give ourselves permission to be still. Thus, our new TED Book: The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer.

A veteran travel writer who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, Iyer may also seem a counterintuitive choice to pen this book on the importance of staying still. After all, his first TED talk explained why he thinks of India, Japan, the UK and the US as different facets of his “home.” But Iyer is an unexpected sage on the topic, and…

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Please Vote Responsibly

your VOTE is your VOICE

your VOTE
is your VOICE

In honor of elections today, i decided to write an article about it. Now before you click off my page because this is about politics (and we all know everyone hates politics), just read at least a few more sentences because i have some important things to say.

First of all, if you are voting today then please, please just think about your choice. When you go to fill out that ballot, pick the candidate you think will be the best in office. Do not pick someone because that’s who your parents or friends are voting for, because in the end you could have been that person that helped the one you wanted to win. And if you don’t vote for them, and the person that doesn’t need to be elected is, you will have to live with the guilt until next elections, knowing that you could have possibly made the lives of everyone you know just a little better.

Secondly, BE SMART. If you don’t like either person, then don’t vote. Yes, it is seriously that simple. Also, don’t vote for the person who doesn’t want to extend medicaid, or anything to do with government assistance. This doesn’t make me a democrat, it makes me smart. I don’t classify myself as that because I’m a 16-year-old, very independent girl who absolutely loves having her own opinion. And my view on this is that whatever money the government has ever gave you, or anything it has helped you with, is government assistance. And if you just so happen to be reading this and you have all the money in the world and have never, ever needed assistance, then get off my page because you would never understand. If anyone wants to stop welfare, then we should do more in depth background checks of the people actually applying for it. I am not for stopping welfare. It is a good thing that helps people stay on their feet when they just lost their job or are looking for a new one. And guess what, when more people can keep their house and clothes on their back, that means way less homeless people out in the freezing cold or hot summer.

As you can tell, the main point here is THINK before you VOTE.