yep western media is awfully quiet about these massive protests, and the electoral fraud committed by park geun-hye et al, the NIS and the rok military. not a single peep, it’s strange. why are they so silent on this?
"Moreover, popular narratives about the end of [legally sanctioned black, U.S slavery] erase[s] the agency of black people themselves.
And, I suppose we can say that if Lincoln did not really free the slaves, he was shrewd enough to recognize that the only hope of winning the civil war resided in pre-aiding the opportunity for black people to fight for their own freedom.”
I didn’t know this until I read Eric foners book on emancipation to be honest which was senior year like almost two years ago. It’s some fucked up painful truth knowing that we were only war bargaining chips (our ancestors) and they didn’t give a fuck about all those left in bondage and many who didn’t really gain any semblance of freedom until much later
“ However much the consumer is deluded into the belief that he or she is choosing freely, the consumer is heteronymous and under the sway of a contrived necessity; the free subject, by contrast, is autonomous and spontaneously fulfils his or her rationally conceived wants. ”
“ What is disaster pornography? Africans define it as the Western media’s habit of blacking out Africa’s stock markets, cell phones, heart surgeries, soaring literacy and increasing democratization, while gleefully parading its genocides, armed conflicts, child soldiers, foreign debts, hunger, disease and backwardness. ”
Gbemisola Olujobi, Nigerian journalist (Via the December 2007 issue of Ebony magazine) (via the-cat-inside)
Fully costed policies (which is more than what Labor and the Coalition claim)
An understanding that debt is not bad if you’re investing in the future. Businesses take on debt to increase productive capacity, the principle is no different for governments if the debt is an investment in our future (eg roads).
An understanding that you can’t keep spending and still have government programs that most Australians expect (higher education, a social security net etc) without raising taxes.
Last night’s Tropfest is actually the 10th Anniversary of when I was in Tropfest. I made Yin because it was a cool story idea, but also because I was still in the closet and making that movie helped me deal with my gay-ness. And I heard from others over the years that it helped them too. This is an honour. A very real honour. Any time you make a film you have an amazing opportunity to challenge toxic norms in our culture. You get to help people.
So for Matt Hardie to take the time, effort and resources to *not* challenge toxic norms like homophobia and transphobia but *perpetuate* them with his film Bamboozled, and for this film to rise through the ranks of Tropfest to be rewarded First Prize in front of an audience of 300,000 people (250,000 of whom are all gay teenagers) feels to me like.. a really big missed opportunity.