i am mentally divergent

Dowager Empresses Of All Fatassia

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Like just as a follow up on my previous post, in the six years of JR HS and HS I had the following history classes:

  • US History: Started with the Puritians, heavy focus on Revolutionary War. We made it up to the Civil War
  • World History: Focused on Greek and Roman eras. We made it to the Renaissance
  • AZ History: This was the first time ever we talked about pre-Puritans and it was only a one semester class. We skimmed it and focused on when AZ was a territory up to statehood.
  • US History: See above. Again, made it to the Civil War
  • World History: See above. Zero discussion of anything not European history. Made it Martin Luther
  • Civics and Government
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loisfreakinglane and I were talking about From Dusk Till Dawn and what cultures might influence the temple (Aztec v Mayan) and I realized that most Americans really only know the big three when it comes to south of the US indigenous peoples. Like most people can rattle off Aztec, Mayan, Incan without any problem, not that any of them know the difference of course.

But what kind of made me pause is that those are like the only indigenous groups people learn about in school. And it’s all in that whole Pre-Colombian era, when they were savages before the noble whites came to civilize them. It’s such bullshit. 

There are hundreds upon hundreds of indigenous groups in South America. Like Venezuela alone has dozens and dozens. I bet you most US schoolkids would be hard pressed to name even one of them. And it’s not so much that kids should learn them, it’s just part of this larger pattern. These people had flourishing towns and communities when white folks were still living in caves, scared of the sun. 

But nope, all history of the Americas taught in school begins with a group of religious extremists landing on its shores and slaughtering all that they saw. 

(And in light of AZ banning all history that is not white history, this makes me even more upset, frustrated and angry) 

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zerogoukki:

it’s much easier to vent on tumblr than it is to talk to a real person. i mean, everyone reading this is a real person, but i don’t see your real person face or feel your real person presence. it makes me feel as if i’m keeping it to myself, but venting at the same time. i like the passivity. i want to write about what’s going through my head, but i can’t find words. not the right ones, at least. i guess i could say that there’s a strange mixture of rage, desolation, confusion, disillusionment and misplaced energy building in my chest. i can feel it physically. but that’s not enough. i want to write a damn essay, and imagine that people are reading and not leaving any commentary.

(via hiikikomori)

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Listening to the timbre of the conversations at the Dane County Farmers Market, one of the largest in the country, you’d think the topic was vaccination or Gaza. “What exactly is in this scone?” “Are your emus happy? How much space do they have to roam free?” “When you say ‘flour’ on the label, what kind of flour is that?”

Yet food pantries remain full of the same canned pumpkin and expired boxed meals they always have. Obese people are shamed and told what to eat, while people deemed skinny enough to have an eating disorder are also shamed for not taking care of their “health.” There is a serious disconnect here that should tell anyone who’s paying attention that this is not about justice or health in any form––it is about vanity.

When asking the server how the animal being served was prepared, no one seems to wonder whether that server has basic health insurance or whether that server is affected by the fact that the restaurant industry has one of the highest rates of sexual harassment and lowest rates of pay. When waxing poetic about the “salt of the Earth” farmers from which they buy their unpasteurized milk, no one seems to worry that an estimated 10 percent of American farm workers are children. When pearl-clutching over the things we “don’t know” about GMOs, as Kavin pointed out, no one seems to be concerned about their presence in groceries found at Price Rite––only products sold at Whole Foods.

If you are not as concerned about the people handing you your food in the restaurant as you are about the pigs on the farm where it was grown, your approach is classist….If you start telling someone all about your new trendy diet or asking them about theirs without knowing if they have an eating disorder that may be triggered by your prattle, your approach is ableist. If you tsk-tsk at people who are overweight for what they are eating and claim you’re concerned about their health, yet you’re not actively campaigning to make healthy food more accessible and affordable, your approach is sickening and I don’t want you in my activism.
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