I am not saying that this is not a huge problem, nor that we shouldn’t fight it, nor that it may, in fact, be the biggest problem with today’s America and a sign of deep, systemic racism, and a kind of division between two different Americas and a desire to keep one of those Americas where it is while promoting the other one.
I have no idea what the first statistic means. Let’s break it down. Five times as many whites are using drugs as African Americans. OK, that, at first, sounds like a surprising and damning statistic. White people are apparently INSANE drug users.
Actually, there are 200 million white people in America and 37 million black people in America. So there are 5.4 times more white people than black people. So the /rate/ of drug use is about the same among black and white Americans. That is /not/ surprising, and is a much more accurate and truthful statistic.
This is not to say that I don’t believe the war on drugs has been a terrible thing for minority and poor populations in the US. Yes, it absolutely has, and I believe it should end. There are lots of damning statistics (for example that African Americans represent 12% of the total population of drug users, but 59% of those in state prison for a drug offense (NAACP.)
There are enough shocking truths that we shouldn’t have to make the numbers look worse than they actually are.
Whenever I get period cramps
I have never seen something so accurate in all my life…
“My parents were missionaries, so I grew up all over. I’ve lived in New York, Los Angeles, Budapest, and Moscow. And most of my friends were from missionary families, so they’ve moved on. My home is on Facebook now because it’s hard for me to go home— if that makes sense. Because my home was not a place. My home was a time, and a place.”
(Seen at Facebook HQ)
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Disliking someone who is black does not make you racist
Disliking someone because they are black makes you racist
Disliking someone who is gay does not make you homophobic
Disliking someone because they are gay makes you homophobic
Disliking someone who is a woman does not make you sexist
Disliking someone because they are a woman makes you sexist
EVERYONE NEEDS TO SEE THIS
The only difference is a little bit of fat, but it’s made out to be a huge deal
“I think a lot about what makes a strong female character. You know, movies and TV shows, these things have influence, my own website. So I think the question of “What makes a strong female character?”, often goes misinterpreted. And instead we get these two-dimensional superwomen, who maybe have one quality that’s played up a lot. Like, you know, a Catwoman type, or she plays her sexuality up a lot and it’s seen as power. But they’re not strong characters who happen to be female, they’re completely flat and they’re basically cardboard characters.
The problem with this is that then people expect women to be that easy to understand, and women are mad at themselves for not being that simple. When in actuality, women are complicated. Women are multifaceted. Not because women are crazy, but because people are crazy. And women happen to be people!”
-Tavi Gevinson for TEDTalks [x]
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