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These tweets (and one retweet) are from my friend Ryan, a journalist who has been on the ground in Ferguson for the past few days. (His Twitter account is here, and it’s a great source of updates on the situation there   [x]).

I just wanted to remind everybody that while spreading word about Michael Brown’s unjust murder and the horrifying events of the night of August 14, 2014, please do not oversimplify or ignore the complexities of the situation.

Journalists in the town have been doing what journalists do: focusing on all the negative aspects about the community to try and make it look like a hell-hole in order to sell their own pictures and stories, and basically all many of them want to do is further their own careers. But focusing on all that negativity only paints the picture of one side of the story, ignoring a lot of other important things going on there.

Please do not fall prey to the media’s game. Anger at the actions of the police in Ferguson is totally justified, but in the midst of that we cannot allow the people who are living with the situation every day to be dehumanized. Despite all this tragedy and chaos going on around them, they’re still a community and in many ways they’re pulling through all of it together. They want peace. Anyone looting or burning things down is a very small portion of the community. The whole story is so much bigger.

A story doesn’t need tear gas to be interesting. We need to hear every side of this story, not just the horrific parts.

TL:DR: please don’t fall prey to media attempts to dehumanize and oversimplify the situation in ferguson!!

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a good point ferguson

I’m so mad I wish I didn’t have a uterus or whatever

quickweaves:

manhood:

macandcheesebeforeheleaves:

manhood:

thosefourstrings:

sassygayharpist:

manhood:

So “challenging the norm” means featuring 15 shades of white with facial hair and tattoos? Okay.

(x)

HAHAHA YAAASSS WHITE CIS DUDES “CHALLENGING THE NORM” KEEP CRANKIN OUT THAT QUALITY JOURNALISM

Why the fuck can’t you lot just read an article that is ATTEMPTING to show the truth!? You are so FUCKING PICKY about EVERYTHING. Nothing is ever good enough for you! Wow! Big fucking deal, they used white people! They probably wern’t thinking. It’s time you got your heads out of your ass and stopped assuming that EVERY LITTLE THING people do is an attempt to be racist or sexist. Fucking hell I am so done. If it’s saying straight people are evil, or men are evil, its saying white people are evil. OR it’s basically using feminism as an excuse to do whatever the fuck you girls and women want. You can all call me sexist and bla bla bla but I’m not gonna pipe down just because I’m shattering your excuse to be a rude, arrogant twat.
Sit down social justice bloggers. It’s time we had at least ONE day without your angry bitching being forced on us!

White people always find a way to make everything about them

Here’s what’s really real. This article isn’t attempting to show anything much less the truth. The truth is that white gay men are sexual minorities but still racially privileged and so many still have the expectations that come with being a member of a privileged group. Often when they look at a magazine and don’t see someone who isn’t exactly like them (hairy instead of smooth, chubby instead of toned, tattooed, etc.) they suddenly get all upset because they aren’t being represented. This article is an attempt to make a certain group of people (so-called non conventional white gay men) feel validated. And that would really be perfectly alright with me if the writer hadn’t sat there and called it an attempt at challenging the norm. That is so insulting I can barely even express it. The truth is, a hairy white gay man looks at a magazine, sees tom daley and is shocked he doesn’t see his own reflection, that he isn’t validated. A black gay man like me looks at that magazine and sees the same thing I always see, but the media has TAUGHT me not to expect to see myself there. I look at tv and other media and am SURPRISED when POC are shown to be beautiful with no qualifications (exotic, fiery, etc), I’m SURPRISED when we’re shown in charge of our own sexuality or (even more rarely) just living our lives proud of our appearance almost as if we weren’t people of color but just… people. That’s a bullshit way to live and it’s a bullshit culture to live in.
So the truth is, when you say you’re appealing to people who don’t identify with what media, especially GAY media which is it’s own special kind of homogenous, shows us we are and then you pull this pale ass bait and switch you damn right i’m pissed. That’s telling me I’m invisible twice. Mainstream gay media has no place for me and you’re going to tell me there’s not place for me in your cool little sub-sub-culture too? Well extra fuck you. You’re right, they weren’t thinking and they weren’t trying to be racist, it just comes naturally I guess. 
The truth is if you really want to challenge the norm, put a Sri Lankan man on the cover. Put an Indian man on the cover. Put a Native American man on the cover. Because these men right here? Not only will I see them on a cover, I HAVE seen then on a cover. 
But I mean whatever, I hate to ruin your day with my pesky desire to be seen as a human being.

TELL ‘EM

oop

quickweaves:

manhood:

macandcheesebeforeheleaves:

manhood:

thosefourstrings:

sassygayharpist:

manhood:

So “challenging the norm” means featuring 15 shades of white with facial hair and tattoos? Okay.

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(x)

HAHAHA YAAASSS WHITE CIS DUDES “CHALLENGING THE NORM” KEEP CRANKIN OUT THAT QUALITY JOURNALISM

Why the fuck can’t you lot just read an article that is ATTEMPTING to show the truth!? You are so FUCKING PICKY about EVERYTHING. Nothing is ever good enough for you! Wow! Big fucking deal, they used white people! They probably wern’t thinking. It’s time you got your heads out of your ass and stopped assuming that EVERY LITTLE THING people do is an attempt to be racist or sexist. Fucking hell I am so done. If it’s saying straight people are evil, or men are evil, its saying white people are evil. OR it’s basically using feminism as an excuse to do whatever the fuck you girls and women want. You can all call me sexist and bla bla bla but I’m not gonna pipe down just because I’m shattering your excuse to be a rude, arrogant twat.

Sit down social justice bloggers. It’s time we had at least ONE day without your angry bitching being forced on us!

White people always find a way to make everything about them

Here’s what’s really real. This article isn’t attempting to show anything much less the truth. The truth is that white gay men are sexual minorities but still racially privileged and so many still have the expectations that come with being a member of a privileged group. Often when they look at a magazine and don’t see someone who isn’t exactly like them (hairy instead of smooth, chubby instead of toned, tattooed, etc.) they suddenly get all upset because they aren’t being represented. This article is an attempt to make a certain group of people (so-called non conventional white gay men) feel validated. And that would really be perfectly alright with me if the writer hadn’t sat there and called it an attempt at challenging the norm. That is so insulting I can barely even express it. The truth is, a hairy white gay man looks at a magazine, sees tom daley and is shocked he doesn’t see his own reflection, that he isn’t validated. A black gay man like me looks at that magazine and sees the same thing I always see, but the media has TAUGHT me not to expect to see myself there. I look at tv and other media and am SURPRISED when POC are shown to be beautiful with no qualifications (exotic, fiery, etc), I’m SURPRISED when we’re shown in charge of our own sexuality or (even more rarely) just living our lives proud of our appearance almost as if we weren’t people of color but just… people. That’s a bullshit way to live and it’s a bullshit culture to live in.

So the truth is, when you say you’re appealing to people who don’t identify with what media, especially GAY media which is it’s own special kind of homogenous, shows us we are and then you pull this pale ass bait and switch you damn right i’m pissed. That’s telling me I’m invisible twice. Mainstream gay media has no place for me and you’re going to tell me there’s not place for me in your cool little sub-sub-culture too? Well extra fuck you. You’re right, they weren’t thinking and they weren’t trying to be racist, it just comes naturally I guess. 

The truth is if you really want to challenge the norm, put a Sri Lankan man on the cover. Put an Indian man on the cover. Put a Native American man on the cover. Because these men right here? Not only will I see them on a cover, I HAVE seen then on a cover. 

But I mean whatever, I hate to ruin your day with my pesky desire to be seen as a human being.

TELL ‘EM

oop

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