Suddenly her mom’s silence matched Jackie’s own. “Oh, my God,” she murmured in disbelief. “Are you gay?”
"Yeah," Jackie forced herself to say.
After what felt like an eternity, her mom finally responded. “I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.
She got a call from her older brother. “He said, ‘Mom and Dad don’t want to talk to you, but I’m supposed to tell you what’s going to happen,’” Jackie recalls. “And he’s like, ‘All your cards are going to be shut off, and Mom and Dad want you to take the car and drop it off at this specific location. Your phone’s going to last for this much longer. They don’t want you coming to the house, and you’re not to contact them. You’re not going to get any money from them. Nothing. And if you don’t return the car, they’re going to report it stolen.’ And I’m just bawling. I hung up on him because I couldn’t handle it.” Her brother was so firm, so matter-of-fact, it was as if they already weren’t family.
You should read this Rolling Stones piece on Queer kids getting kicked out by their religious parents. And remember it. (via fuckyeahdiomedes)
“I don’t know what we could have done for God to have given us a fag as a child,” she said before hanging up.
Well. If you think a queer child is a punishment… ‘what you’ve done’ is exactly what you’re currently doing, ‘cause you’re gonna go to whatever hell you believe in for this.
(Source: feministbatwoman, via capturethecastle)
On the Front Lines of a New Pacific War:
On the small, spectacular island of Jeju, off the southern tip of Korea, indigenous villagers have been putting their bodies in the way of construction of a joint South Korean–US naval base that would be an environmental, cultural and political disaster. If completed, the base would hold more than 7,000 navy personnel, plus twenty warships including US aircraft carriers, nuclear submarines and destroyers carrying the latest Aegis missiles—all aimed at China, only 300 miles away.
Since 2007, when the $970 million project was first announced, the outraged Tamna people of Gangjeong village have exhausted every legal and peaceful means to stop it. They filed lawsuits. They held a referendum in which 94 percent of the electorate voted against construction—a vote the central government ignored. They chained themselves for months to a shipping container parked on the main access road, built blockades of boulders at the construction gate and occupied coral-reef dredging cranes. They have been arrested by the hundreds. Mayor Kang Dong-Kyun, who was jailed for three months, said, “If the villagers have committed any crime, it is the crime of aspiring to pass their beautiful village to their descendants.”
Jeju is just one island in a growing constellation of geostrategic points that are being militarized as part of President Obama’s “Pacific Pivot,” a major initiative announced late in 2011 to counter a rising China. According to separate statements by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, 60 percent of US military resources are swiftly shifting from Europe and the Middle East to the Asia-Pacific region. (The United States already has 219 bases on foreign soil in the Asia-Pacific; by comparison, China has none.) The Jeju base would augment the Aegis-equipped systems in South Korea, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam and the US colony of Guam. The Pentagon has also positioned Patriot PAC-3 missile defense systems in Taiwan, Japan (where the United States has some ninety installations, plus about 47,000 troops on Okinawa) and in South Korea (which hosts more than 100 US facilities).
On the island of Jeju, the consequences of the Pacific Pivot are cataclysmic. The UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, adjacent to the proposed military port, would be traversed by aircraft carriers and contaminated by other military ships. Base activity would wipe out one of the most spectacular remaining soft-coral forests in the world. It would kill Korea’s last pod of Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins and contaminate some of the purest, most abundant spring water on the planet. It would also destroy the habitats of thousands of species of plants and animals—many of which, such as the narrow-mouthed frog and the red-footed crab, are gravely endangered already. Indigenous, sustainable livelihoods—including oyster diving and local farming methods that have thrived for thousands of years—would cease to exist, and many fear that traditional village life would be sacrificed to bars, restaurants and brothels for military personnel.
read more at http://www.thenation.com/article/171767/front-lines-new-pacific-war
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The thing about living in areas everyone calls shitty, is no one actually gives a fuck about the area. No one actually gives a fuck about the violence in the area, or the people in the area, no one wants to actually help make it a good place for its current residents.
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You can fit two thousand four hundred and ninety six
tiny letter a’s on an a4 page
based on fitting four of them firmly into the space of a
Dad will say, “That’s diligence for you.”
Everyone else will call it a waste of time.
You can fit a whole tube of Smarties in your mouth
while dressing your little brother up in your Sunday best.
Grandma will laugh at the boy in the dress.
Granddad will nearly hit someone.
Your brother will be sent upstairs to change
head bowed in shame.
No one will notice the Smarties.
Mum says 56 bad words on the phone to Jamaica.
She is not impressed when you tell her so.
“Keep out of adult conversations,” she warns,
her mouth growing tight.
The pastor makes twenty-four references to hell
in the sermon at church and forgets to talk
about love. Granddad falls asleep.
If your bible has pictures
you should colour them in and count
how many men in the church wear white socks and black shoes.
Count the bitten fingernails and
how many people cry silently during prayer.
Count the number of cars that afternoon before your mother,
tired and lovely, pulls up on the pavement to collect you.
Count how many people shake their head
at her red nails, her tight jeans.
She looks like a star and they’re jealous.
You can fit the word lonely
four hundred and sixteen times
on the back of that same piece of paper.
Dad will say, “Don’t be silly. Your brother will be out of hospital soon.”
Mum will be too stressed to talk.
You will go to live at Grandma’s, spending days drinking Rooibos out of eggs cups,
studying God’s word and watching the sun.
You will learn to fear
The Most High
count how many times the
King James Bible uses the words, thee, thou and thy.
Keep a proper tally. Granddad can play any song on the harmonica.
Test him. He likes to be tested
(until he doesn’t know the answer.)
Then he will get angry
and say things he doesn’t mean.
There are one hundred and twenty seven roses
on the wallpaper in your new room.
There were more than that but you picked some away.
Your brother has been gone now for two months straight and
nobody will tell you anything.
Count how many
family friends are praying for you.
There are sixty-four red grapes on the bunch
Eat one after the other, fast
Maybe you can visit the hospital too.
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The fact that white people equate a Starbucks joke to being enslaved, being racially profiled, being stripped of basic human rights, being denied jobs, being treated as less than human, being seen as suspect by default, and being hated from the moment of birth just proves how far they are from seeing our side..
They have hurt feelings while we have dead children.
White people can’t experience racism (via black—lamb)
A week ago I literally told a guy “dead black kids are more important than hurt feelings” and he responded “you’re clearly racist against white people.” (He’d been trying to convince me that racialized police brutality wasn’t as bad as white people being called “cracker”)