Cool little #fish outside of Ocelot Print Shop in #detroit!  Love it!  #ocelotprintshop #mapc

Cool little #fish outside of Ocelot Print Shop in #detroit! Love it! #ocelotprintshop #mapc

#eye #sticker #graffiti #detroit #art #stopsign #mapc

#eye #sticker #graffiti #detroit #art #stopsign #mapc

Another Carr Center photo! #CarrCenter #staircase #detroit #mapc

Another Carr Center photo! #CarrCenter #staircase #detroit #mapc

Cool textures at the Carr Center in #detroit!  #CarrCenter #mapc

Cool textures at the Carr Center in #detroit! #CarrCenter #mapc

qpadvice:

Hello! Recently, I was surprised by the amount of people who come into our askbox asking about how to start a QPP with someone. Usually, the answer is “I don’t know! It depends on the person.” But this might help those of you that are shy and are not sure where to start. It can also serve as an ice-breaker.
I tried to be as broad as possible on a tiny sheet on paper. Feel free to edit it, make changes, etc. :) I have a higher-res PNG version if you need it. Just contact me! (chekhovandowl)

qpadvice:

Hello! Recently, I was surprised by the amount of people who come into our askbox asking about how to start a QPP with someone. Usually, the answer is “I don’t know! It depends on the person.” But this might help those of you that are shy and are not sure where to start. It can also serve as an ice-breaker.

I tried to be as broad as possible on a tiny sheet on paper. Feel free to edit it, make changes, etc. :) I have a higher-res PNG version if you need it. Just contact me! (chekhovandowl)

This cat. #cat #feral #kitty

I met the most gorgeously stunning lady at the conference this weekend and I’m still blown away by how anyone can be so beautiful.

Morning #fog on our way to #MAPC. #weather #sky

Morning #fog on our way to #MAPC. #weather #sky

the-exercist:

Folks: Please contact http://dollskill.com  to let them know that their racist Halloween costumes are unacceptable and must be removed.
If you’re unsure of what to write, feel free to use my message as a guide:

Dollskill.com,

I’m asking you to remove the Fringed Benefits, Tribal Tease, and Fringed Feather Headpiece costumes from your store. 

These costumes are racist and outright violent for two main reasons: 1. It is profane and disrespectful for a non-Native to wear a sacred headdress as a costume, and 2. The “sexy Indian” trope that this costume uses (with it’s short skirt and low cut neck line) is actively contributing to the high rate of sexual assault on Indigenous women. 

Natives work hard to earn their right to wear a war bonnet. This is not something that can be purchased and bestowed upon yourself. Earning a headdress is comparative to earning a military medal: You have to display your courage and worthiness before you can be awarded with a headdress. To take such a sacred item and turn it into a costume that anyone can wear? That is disgusting. It spits on the cultural significance of this relic and shows that you have no respect whatsoever for Natives. You and your consumers do not have the right to buy your way into these meaningful symbols of Indigenous culture. 

If that is not enough of a reason to remove these items, please recognize that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in their lifetime. As a group, Indigenous women are highly sexualized in our culture and are suffering from it: Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the USA in general. By using this “Sexy Indian” trope, you’re continuing to teach people that it is acceptable to see Natives as a fetish. You’re turning real, live Native women into walking stereotypical sexpots that exist solely for the consumption of an audience.  This may be easy to dismiss by saying “That’s not our fault! We’re not doing that!” But by selling this costume, you are directly contributing to a culture that thinks such violence is acceptable. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race: Letting non-Natives consume Indigenous culture is just a way to teach them that Native culture isn’t worth respecting.

These costumes have far reaching implications. Please take Fringed Benefits and the related costumes off of your site: It is racist and unacceptable for this costume to be sold. Natives are not a costume that you get to wear for a night. Recognize that Natives are real people who have to deal with the consequences of your racism. 

It is never okay to sell Native headdresses as a Halloween costume. Let them know at contact@dollskill.com

the-exercist:

Folks: Please contact to let them know that their racist Halloween costumes are unacceptable and must be removed.

If you’re unsure of what to write, feel free to use my message as a guide:

Dollskill.com,
I’m asking you to remove the Fringed Benefits, Tribal Tease, and Fringed Feather Headpiece costumes from your store. 
These costumes are racist and outright violent for two main reasons: 1. It is profane and disrespectful for a non-Native to wear a sacred headdress as a costume, and 2. The “sexy Indian” trope that this costume uses (with it’s short skirt and low cut neck line) is actively contributing to the high rate of sexual assault on Indigenous women. 
Natives work hard to earn their right to wear a war bonnet. This is not something that can be purchased and bestowed upon yourself. Earning a headdress is comparative to earning a military medal: You have to display your courage and worthiness before you can be awarded with a headdress. To take such a sacred item and turn it into a costume that anyone can wear? That is disgusting. It spits on the cultural significance of this relic and shows that you have no respect whatsoever for Natives. You and your consumers do not have the right to buy your way into these meaningful symbols of Indigenous culture. 
If that is not enough of a reason to remove these items, please recognize that 1 in 3 Native women will be raped in their lifetime. As a group, Indigenous women are highly sexualized in our culture and are suffering from it: Native women are 2.5 times more likely to be raped or sexually assaulted than women in the USA in general. By using this “Sexy Indian” trope, you’re continuing to teach people that it is acceptable to see Natives as a fetish. You’re turning real, live Native women into walking stereotypical sexpots that exist solely for the consumption of an audience.  This may be easy to dismiss by saying “That’s not our fault! We’re not doing that!” But by selling this costume, you are directly contributing to a culture that thinks such violence is acceptable. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, at least 70% of the violent victimizations experienced by American Indians are committed by persons not of the same race: Letting non-Natives consume Indigenous culture is just a way to teach them that Native culture isn’t worth respecting.
These costumes have far reaching implications. Please take Fringed Benefits and the related costumes off of your site: It is racist and unacceptable for this costume to be sold. Natives are not a costume that you get to wear for a night. Recognize that Natives are real people who have to deal with the consequences of your racism. 

It is never okay to sell Native headdresses as a Halloween costume. Let them know at contact@dollskill.com

stephaniemote:

printmakersopenforum snapped a shot of me at MAPC with my letterpress cards!

stephaniemote:

printmakersopenforum snapped a shot of me at MAPC with my letterpress cards!

socialjusticekoolaid:

HAPPENING NOW (9.24.14): The situation in Ferguson is escalating quickly. Protests continue, following this morning’s burning of a Mike Brown memorial, and another frustrating Ferguson City Council meeting.Looks like the same “antagonize over de-escalate” tactics are back online. Prayers to all those out in the street of Ferguson right now fighting for their right to exist. #staywoke #farfromover (PT IPT IIPT III)  

Bringing back the dogs, choppers, charging the crowd, attempting to bottleneck protesters into an area, AND live shots possible fired into the crowd… what the ever-living fuck is Ferguson PD trying to do?! We’re a month and a half into this saga, and they still don’t know how to de-escalate a situation. Pray y’all. That might be all we got right now.

airships-and-swords:

mx-ro:

brown-likeme:

nizhonibird:

sikssaapo-p:

THE TRUTH OF NATIVE AMERICANS BEFORE THE GENOCIDE

Gotta put this on blast.
We never needed a white savior.

I hate this country.

What I learned from this video:

  • 100 million Native Americans died at the hands of white colonists
  • Instead of planting crops the colonists spent their days digging random holes in the ground looking for gold. They started starving and dug up Indian corpses to eat. They took Indian prisoners and forced them to teach the colonists how to farm
  • Native Americans had massive cities with tens of thousands of well constructed houses, intricate water canals and large merchant areas.
  • The Native Americans used soaps, deodorants and breath sweeteners while colonists never bathed or even took of their clothes
  • There was a delousing policy with the mantra Nits create Lice; nits being Native American babies, so their goal was to kill every Indian, including babies 
  • In the 1700’s 80% of the Federal Budget went towards eradicating the Native American population so they could take their developed farmland
  • Colonists leaders went town after town killing men women and children under the approval of George Washington
  • "Pursue Indians to extermination" -Thomas Jefferson
  • California governor (1849-1851): “extermination must continue to be waged until the Indian becomes extinct”

The main factor which prevented Native American extinction was the fact they were used for slave labor. The most prized Native Americans were young girls who were said to be valued for labor and lust (that one white dude in your ethnic studies class that says he’s 1/36th Cherokee?)

In modern times children were forced into Indian Boarding Schools whose goal was to “Kill the Indian in them”. It was federal policy. They were beaten if they used their native tongue, they were forced to dress and style their hair like whites 

This country was literally built on terrorism and mass murder. White people are savage terrorists.

Until, this is taught in schools everywhere- “history class” is merely a racism propaganda course.

… wow, now I feel like my AP US History teacher went above and beyond in a lot of ways. We spent a fair bit of time talking about the “boarding schools” that … really, boarding school isn’t the right name for them. Forced acculturation centers is a better term. While we didn’t go into depth on our early presidents’ attitudes, he was rather … critical (that’s a good, mild term) of the idea of manifest destiny, and strongly attacked the theft of native land.

I wish every school, every US history student, had a teacher like that. Because he was amazing. He was the first person to really teach me to be critical of history books, and for that I will always be grateful.

unexplained-events:

Chito and Pocho

Chito says goodbye to his bestfriend Pocho, the seventeen foot half ton crocodile.

Gilberto “Chito” Shedden found Pocho over 20 years wounded and near death. Pocho had been shot in the left eye by a cattle farmer. Chito didn’t have the heart to leave him, so he took him back home and nursed him back to health. A decade of friendship later, someone saw Chito and Pocho swimming together and told the local media.

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By the summer of 2000, they had become stars after their first show. Large groups of people would gather to watch these two perform tricks like winking, rolling over and allowing Chito to put his head inside the giants mouth.

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Chito and Pocho grew closer and closer with each amazing performance. Not only were the performances amazing, but also the fact that a human and crocodile could become such close friends. People were amazed. It’s always beautiful to see a strange friendship like the one Chito and Pocho had.

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socialjusticekoolaid:

Can’t stop, won’t stop: Protesters in Ferguson rally again, seeking justice for Mike Brown. More than a month and a half after his death, his killer, Darren Wilson, is still a free man. (Pt 2) 

Because it wouldn’t be a protest in Ferguson without fuckery from the police. A driver plowed his car through protesters, grazing several and running over a young boys foot. Beyond taking several hours to transport the boy to the hospital, they took even longer to arrest the motorist. Who did they not wait long to arrest? Two of the protesters who had been documenting the altercation for the world to see. If you’re not angry, you’re not paying attention. #staywoke #farfromover #nojusticenopeace