1. iwriteaboutfeminism:

    The officer chased one of the men, later identified as Vonderrick Myers Jr., and claims the teenager jumped out of some bushes, struggled with him, then pulled out a gun and shot at him. The officer says he returned fire, killing Myers.

    Several witnesses say Myers was unarmed. "He had a sandwich in his hand, and they thought it was a gun," said Teyonna Myers, the victim’s cousin. “It’s like Michael Brown all over again.

    According to relatives at the scene of the shooting, which is about a 25 minute drive from Ferguson, Myers worked in a warehouse and attended high school. “My nephew was coming out of a store from purchasing a sandwich. Security was supposedly searching for someone else. They Tased him,” said Jackie Williams, who said he talked with several witnesses. “I don’t know how this happened, but they went off and shot him 16 times. That’s outright murder.”

    Lavell Boyd, who lives nearby, told the Post-Dispatch that he heard 14 or 15 shots while on his way to get food at a nearby store. "When I pulled up I saw the cop standing over him (Myers) then he pointed the gun at everyone else telling everyone to get back while he was searching for another clip," Boyd said.

    (via joshpeck)


  2. deviatedanddope:



    R.I.P. The 2976 American people that lost their lives on 9/11 and R.I.P. the 48,644 Afghan and 1,690,903 Iraqi and 35000 Pakistani people that paid the ultimate price for a crime they did not commit

    this is the only september 11th post I’m reblogging

    I’m reblogging this every hour on the hour.

    (via frightn)


  3. ratchetmelancholy:

    White privilege is your history being taught as a core class and mine being taught as an elective. 

    (via hotboyproblems)


  4. Domestic Violence and Sexism in Western Culture

    With the exposure the Ray Rice case has been receiving I’ve been inspired to write a post on the blatant victim blaming shown in our culture and sexist expectations when it comes to handling violent domestic situations.

    A go to question many have for the victims of domestic violence is “well why don’t you just leave?" and the answer is very simple. Domestic Violence occurs as a process, not an event. Meaning the violence typically does not start until you’re so deep in you do not want to leave. No one is abused on the first date and sticks around to put up with it. Being a victim of domestic violence is always an ongoing war of loving and fearing your spouse. Being abused makes it no easier to leave a long term relationship, if anything it makes it more difficult due to fear. It is built into our culture to blame the victim as opposed to the abuser. Ask not "Well why don’t you leave?" but "Why are you abusive?".

    Evidence to our victim blaming sexist culture lies no farther then our prisons where near 90% of women in jail today for killing men are women who killed their abuser.

    Another classic example of the violence enabling culture we live in lies right in the living rooms of the majority of American families. Disney’s own classic, Beauty and the Beast. A psuedo-feminist movie about a strong independent woman who falls victim and is captured by an angry abusive ‘beast’…..and is expected to find the good in him and fall in love with him. What an absolute joke, a movie people play to their children is a movie that drills the idea into our subconscious that you should give everyone a chance, find the good in everyone, even if they are abusive. Even if they pull you from your family and are constantly, or even just a little, violent. 

    Our children have been and still are being grown into being satisfied with a domestic violence culture. In elementary school it is commonly accepted that when a boy likes a girl he picks on her and she is supposed to understand that his aggression is a sign of his affection. We need look no farther for signs of domestic violence culture than that.


  5. Functionalist Theory

    Functionalist theory is one of the three major sociological theories, along side conflict theory and interactionist’s theory. Functionalist theory is all about people being held back from progression because their basic institutions are for whatever reason, whether it be lack of funding or that they do not have proper help, failing them.

    A common example would be a child being denied access to public schooling because the schools can not hold any more students.

    A teenager not being able to learn math because the teacher is incompetent. 

    Hurricane relief failing due to disorganization and poor planning. I.E. Hurricane Katrina relief


  6. Interactionists Theory

    Interactionist’s theory is one of the main three theories within sociology along side conflict and functionalist theory.

    Interactionist’s theory is unique in the sense that it is based entirely around our sense of self. Interactionist’s theory is all about the proletariat causing problems for themselves through stereotyping and false mindsets whether it be through race, gender or judgement passed on someone due to their socioeconomic status.

    An example, a student being bullied in school due to not being able to afford the latest fashion or a man/woman being paid less or not hired at all because of his/her ethnicity/gender is interactionist’s theory.


  7. Conflict Theory

    Conflict theories are theories in sociology that essentially say that the social problems and poverty are caused solely by the greed of the Bourgeoisie, the rich and powerful. 

    Conflict theory suggests that people being forced to work for minimum wage, people being unable to afford higher education and people being unable to progress in life in general is caused by the greed and power of the bourgeoisie in order to keep the proletariat, the normal citizens or the “99%” of America down. Conflict theory suggests that the 1% understand that people are most dangerous to them when they have the means to become educated.

    Education leads to revolution and the Bourgeoisie fear revolution due to the fact that our government is run under the means of a plutocracy as opposed to a democracy as the uneducated citizens of America believe.

    - A plutocracy is a form of government controlled by corporations and the rich and powerful.

  8. (Source: crownprince81, via dashison)


  9. One of the main arguments I’ve noticed coming from people opposed to #fightfor15 is “well I went to college and I barely make 15 an hour”. Fifteen an hour for a college graduate is a joke. Do not confuse your being exploited as a reward for your hard work. You as a college graduate or someone who has made notable progression into your career deserve to be making WELL over 15 an hour and it is illogical to say otherwise when there are men and women exploiting even you, the college graduate, making billions in profit off your work.
    This is the effects of Capitalism people. CEO’s are taking home million dollar bonuses while even you, the college graduate, work your desk job at the bottom of the company.

    Not everyone can afford to go to college. Not everyone wants to be an engineer or a doctor. EVERYONE deserves to make a living wage.



  10. i-found-faar:

    I have no sympathy for the 30 year old McDonald’s employee fighting for a minimum wage of $15 because they have ignored so many opportunities to better themselves and they just want to raise the bottom line so they don’t have to do anything else. I’m speaking generally because I know that…

    Approximately 3.6 million American’s make at the level of or below the level of federal minimum wage. Are you going to tell me that 3.6 million Americans are lazy as opposed to their institutions manipulating and failing them by not allowing them to advance?

    Not everyone can afford to go to college, not everyone wants to be an engineer. Everyone deserves to make a living wage and how dare you say otherwise while there are men making billions stealing from the hard labor of the proletariat.

    Functionalist + conflict theory

    And this 3.6 million Americans isnt even counting the homeless and unemployed