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Went through and tagged mosts of the original/reblog/respond posts on this tumblr regarding asian americans and anti-black racism. As it were you can track the changes and development of my perspective on this issue.
Tagged: AsAms and Anti-Black Racism

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    knowledgeequalsblackpower:

    mehreenkasana:

    And you tell me Islamophobia doesn’t exist.

    …the woman was motivated by hatred, telling the police, that she pushed a Muslim off the train tracks because I hate Hindus and Muslims ever since 2001 when they put down the twin towers I’ve been beating them up.”

    Wtf!!!?

    (via evolutia-deactivated20130920)

    This is not just about dishonoring the Koran, it is about disrespecting our dead and killing our children. They always admit their mistakes. They burn our Koran and then they apologize. You can’t just disrespect our holy book and kill our innocent children and make a small apology.

    Maruf Hotak, commenting about the recent protests in Afghanistan in reaction to its largest U.S. base burning Qur’ans and referring to an episode in Helmand Province when American Marines urinated on the dead bodies of men they described as insurgents and to a recent erroneous airstrike on civilians in Kapisa Province that killed eight young Afghans.

    From Glenn Greenwald: The causes of the protests in Afghanistan:

    The U.S. has violently occupied their country for more than a decade. It has, as Gen. Stanley McChrystal himself explained, killed what he called an “amazing number” of innocent Afghans in checkpoint shootings. It has repeatedly — as in, over and overkilled young Afghan children in air strikes. It continues to imprison their citizens for years at Bagram and other American bases without charges of any kind and with credible reports of torture and other serious abuses. Soldiers deliberately shot Afghan civilians for fun and urinated on their corpses and displayed them as trophies.

    Meanwhile, the protesters themselves continue to be shot, although most American media accounts favor sentences like these which whitewash who is doing the killing: “running clashes with the police that claimed the lives of another five Afghan protesters” and “in Nangarhar Province, two Afghans protesting the Koran burning were shot to death outside an American base in Khogyani District” and “protesters angry over the burning of Korans at the largest American base in Afghanistan this week took to the streets in demonstrations in a half-dozen provinces on Wednesday that left at least seven dead and many more injured.” Left at least seven dead: as As’ad AbuKhalil observed, “notice that there is no killer in the phrasing.”

    It’s comforting to believe that these violent protests and the obviously intense anti-American rage driving them is primarily about anger over the inadvertent burning of some religious books: that way, we can dismiss the rage as primitive and irrational and see the American targets as victims. But the Afghans themselves are making clear that this latest episode is but the trigger for — the latest symbol of — a pile of long-standing, underlying grievances about a decade-old, extremely violent foreign military presence in their country. It’s much more difficult to dismiss those grievances as the by-product of primitive religious fanaticism, so — as usual — they just get ignored.

    (via mohandasgandhi)

    You might not agree with my opinion so don’t waste your time reading on.

    I absolutely abhor violence and death of any kind. And I am extremely saddened that some have been violent to the point of causing death or serious injury, to both Afghan peoples and US soldiers. 

    But I think it is ridiculous that some people (like our fine GOP candidates) are surprised and furthermore aggressive about this. Every US life lost is a tragedy. And every Afghan life lost should equally be a tragedy. And just the blind eye of confusion so many have turned to this situation. Confusion over why people are still angry that we just *accidentally burned a book*. No, we didn’t just *accidentally burn a book*. Multiple people in a chain of command had the idiocy and LACK OF CULTURAL COMPETENCY to realize that it was a HOLY BOOK that they ordered and were physically burning.

    Desecration of Islamic symbols and the literal tearing up of their country has been occurring non-stop for over TEN YEARS, and that’s not even counting the OTHER WESTERN occupation of Afghanistan. Maybe because I’m a coward, I’d never strike back, but if someone was physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, beating me down every day for 10 years *And this was the only side of them I saw, not their more noble and good aspects, which they do have*, I’d think I’d be pretty justified to be pretty damn angry at them. 

    /endrant

    (via indigocrayon)

    mohandasgandhi:

    “We came, We saw, We destroyed, We forgot” by William Blum

    An updated summary of the charming record of US foreign policy. Since the end of the Second World War, the United States of America has …

    1. Attempted to overthrow more than 50 governments, most of which were democratically-elected.
    2. Attempted to suppress a populist or nationalist movement in 20 countries.
    3. Grossly interfered in democratic elections in at least 30 countries.
    4. Dropped bombs on the people of more than 30 countries.
    5. Attempted to assassinate more than 50 foreign leaders.

    In total: Since 1945, the United States has carried out one or more of the above actions, on one or more occasions, in the following 69 countries (more than one-third of the countries of the world):

    • Afghanistan
    • Albania
    • Algeria
    • Angola
    • Australia
    • Bolivia
    • Bosnia
    • Brazil
    • British Guiana (now Guyana)
    • Bulgaria
    • Cambodia
    • Chad
    • Chile
    • China
    • Colombia
    • Congo (also as Zaire)
    • Costa Rica
    • Cuba
    • Dominican Republic
    • East Timor
    • Ecuador
    • Egypt
    • El Salvador
    • Fiji
    • France
    • Germany (plus East Germany)
    • Ghana
    • Greece
    • Grenada
    • Guatemala
    • Honduras
    • India
    • Indonesia
    • Iran
    • Iraq
    • Italy
    • Jamaica
    • Japan
    • Kuwait
    • Laos
    • Lebanon
    • Libya
    • Mongolia
    • Morocco
    • Nepal
    • Nicaragua
    • North Korea
    • Pakistan
    • Palestine
    • Panama
    • Peru
    • Philippines
    • Portugal
    • Russia
    • Seychelles
    • Slovakia
    • Somalia
    • South Africa
    • Soviet Union
    • Sudan
    • Suriname
    • Syria
    • Thailand
    • Uruguay
    • Venezuela
    • Vietnam (plus North Vietnam)
    • Yemen (plus South Yemen)
    • Yugoslavia

    The first democratically elected government the CIA overthrew was actually Iran’s in 1953 through Operation Ajax. Democratically elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadiq and his National Front Party planned on nationalizing the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company (now known as BP). To protect British interests, the CIA and MI6 overthrew Mossadiq, reinstalled the Shah, and set up a secret police known as SAVAK. Until the Iranian Revolution in 1979, the Shah and SAVAK killed over 20,000 Iranians.

    This is very important.

    Now I’m not saying that US Americans should all feel really guilty and bad. Obviously all things are very complex, especially foreign relations. The USA has done a lot of good, and a lot of bad. That said, I think the US rhetoric needs to reevaluate itself and admit to being wrong not once but many times. And we as a country need to take a look at things from the perspective of other people, who, for example these listed countries, might only know the US as a foreign aggressor who has funded or caused violence in their countries. 

    (via indigocrayon)

    First, watch this video clip from the PBS special series called “American Experience: We Shall Remain: Wounded Knee”. The series is about the history of Native Americans, and this segment focuses on an armed Native American protest and occupation of Wounded Knee. They held out for I believe two months before finally caving to pressure from the Federal Government and the death of two of their own from shots fired by the US government. I posted a link to the full video two posts before this one. 

    But what I want to focus on here is a short part of that film. It’s a clip that when I saw it I couldn’t believe my ears and set me off into a few seconds of blind anger. 

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    I’m reading through Tim Wise’s “White Like Me” and currently on the Reverse Racism Myth section. Seems like a good time to clear up this phrase and how it should be used or not used.

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    whenliifegivesyoulemons:

    what kind of “free” country is this?! they practiced peaceful protesting and they’re guilty?

    If you don’t know what I’m talking about, you should view this PEACEFUL protesting and see what happened.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OcaryZbL3gE

    They’re going to prison for this? image