I had a few friends arrested at an eviction blockade yesterday.1 Essentially Wells Fargo decided to evict a veteran firefighter and substitute teacher from his (very affordable) home rather than working something out.
There’s something to be said for paying your debts. I don’t entirely know Mr. Richardson’s situation or what happened in this case.2 Except … I know a few things about mortgage loans. And Wells Fargo. This was a 2006 loan from Wells Fargo with a 9.8% interest rate. Put slightly differently, this is the sort of loan Wells Fargo (and Option One, the originator) doesn’t give to its white customers. But they’re pretty disproportionately willing to give them to black borrowers.3
If it’s important to pay debts, it’s important for everybody to pay debts. That includes Wells Fargo that made a boatload of money off discriminatory lending. And that includes Wells Fargo’s investors who made two boatloads of money off the same discriminatory practices.
At a minimum, this means negotiating in good faith so that the people like Mr. Richardson who can afford their homes and are willing to pay for them don’t end up homeless.
The linked article incorrectly states that folks were charged with resisting arrest. I believe the sole charge is trespassing. ↩
Let’s not diminish the violence it does to be forcibly removed from your home and watch people haul all your belongings away. All your belongings. A pillow. A bag of rice. A dog toy. Everything. But at the end of the day, Mr. Richardson is just a guy. A personal tragedy is a single tragedy … unless there’s some system in place forcing this sort of thing to happen again and again across the country. ↩
THE BEGINNINGS OF KAWAII
No, no, you have no idea. It actually IS the beginning of the whole so-called “kawaii culture”. And it started because girls started using mechanical pencils, which provided fine handwriting. After being banished (more precisely, during the 80s), this kind of writing started being used in products like magazines and make-up. And, during this time, icons we usually associate with the whole kawaii industry (like the characters from Sanrio) came to life too.
And what many people don’t realize is that this subculture was born as a way for young girls to express themselves in their own way. And it was also used as something against the adult life and the traditional culture, often seen as dull and boring and oppressive. By embracing cuteness, these young girls (and adult women, after a while) were showing non-conformation with the current standards.
So yep. Kawaii is important, and it all started with cute, simple handwritting a few hearts and cat faces in some girls’ school notebooks <3
NO OK THIS IS SO IMPORTANT!
This is also how the kawaii fashions started! Girls began dressing in cute and off beat styles for themsleves, they were criticized by adult figures telling them “you’ll never find a husband if you dress that way!” to which they began to reply “Good!”
All the japanese subcultures and fashions that evolved out of this became a rebellion to tradition and the starch gender roles and expectations the adults were forcing on the younger generations. As early as the 70s and still to this day you’ll see an emphasis on child-like fashion and themes in more kawaii styles and the dismissal of the male gaze with styles like lolita (a lot of western people assume lolita is somehow sexual due to the name of the fashion, but ask any japanese lolita and they will tell you that men hate the style and find it unattractive which is sometimes a large reason they gravitate towards the style - they can express their femininity and individuality while remaining independent and without the pressure to appeal to men)
Its so so so important to understand the hyper cute and ‘odd’ fashions of Japanese girls carry such a huge message of feminism and reclaiming of their own lives.
so are you telling me that Japan’s punk phase was really the kawaii phase
How irresponsible do you have to be to break your iris
I guess they were being really irisponsible
that joke was really irisky
can someone please explain how this happens or if this hurts the person or what. cause this looks like it fucking hurts like hell!
is this what happened to David Bowie?
A most excellent lesson in self-defense à la Agent Gracie Hart.
Friendly reminder that Miss Congeniality featured a practical self-defense lesson in the middle of a Hollywood movie while also dealing with with issues of sexual assault and victim blaming, dismantling the myth that all feminists need to look and act a certain way, featuring women of color in the pageant without it being any kind of issue, and bringing in an awesome female villain because women can be any kind of character thank you very much.
Rock on, Gracie Lou.
i dont get offended at white people jokes even though im white because:
- i can recognize white people as a whole have systemically oppressed POC in america, which is where i live
- most people when they make white people jokes only mean the shitty white people and i am not a shitty white person
- im not a pissbaby
my white friends that have reblogged this give me life
4. Sometimes I am a shitty white person and the jokes remind me to FUCKIN STOP
Hedy Epstein, a 90-year-old Holocaust survivor, was arrested on Monday during unrest over the death of Michael Brown,KMOV reports.
Epstein, who aided Allied forces in the Nuremberg trials, was placed under arrest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri “for failing to disperse” during a protest of Governor Jay Nixon’s decision to call in National Guard into Ferguson. Eight others were also arrested.
“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager. I didn’t think I would have to do it when I was ninety,” Epstein told The Nation during her arrest. “We need to stand up today so that people won’t have to do this when they’re ninety.”
You’re fucking kidding me