1. Toxic masculinity hurts men, but there’s a big difference between women dealing with the constant threat of being raped, beaten, and killed by the men in their lives, and men not being able to cry.
    — Robert Jensen (via blondeyed)

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  2. white savior complex: let’s go to a 3rd world country, build a church, get cornrows, and take photos of us saving brown kids for our families back home so they’ll see how humbled we’ve become…but at the same time let’s treat the black kids in America like shit… I mean they are ‘thugs’….
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    The same white people preaching about missions in Africa [to benefit themselves] are the same white people who are silent about Ferguson and any other injustice forced on black people in the news

    We see you..

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  3. People are so fake. They say hi to each other in the hall like it matters.
    — http://m.soundcloud.com/earbiscuits/ep-48-hank-green-ear-biscuits (via bisexual-candyporn) An imagined online diary entry from 1995 angsty Hank (via effyeahnerdfighters)

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  4. pixalry:

    Star Wars Trilogy Posters - Created by Colin Morella

    STAR DESTROYERS

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  5. eamo2747 said: I'm confused about what Beethoven was doing in the black composers post. He was German.

    thepianogirl1:

    unimaginableunimaginable:

    deadcatwithaflamethrower:

    whitepeoplestealingculture:

    By golly gee! I keep forgetting that Black people didn’t exist until the Fresh Prince of Bel Air came on television! Or that Black people existed in anywhere else than Africa even with slavery going on :) My apologies.

    Anyway, here’s proof that Beethoven was Black:

    "… Said directly, Beethoven was a black man. Specifically, his mother was a Moor, that group of Muslim Northern Africans who conquered parts of Europe—making Spain their capital—for some 800 years.

    In order to make such a substantial statement, presentation of verifiable evidence is compulsory. Let’s start with what some of Beethoven’s contemporaries and biographers say about his brown complexion:

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    (Louis Letronne, Beethoven, 1814, pencil drawing.)

    "Frederick Hertz, German anthropologist, used these terms to describe him: ‘Negroid traits, dark skin, flat, thick nose.’

    Emil Ludwig, in his book ‘Beethoven,’ says: ‘His face reveals no trace of the German. He was so dark that people dubbed him Spagnol [dark-skinned].’

    Fanny Giannatasio del Rio, in her book ‘An Unrequited Love: An Episode in the Life of Beethoven,’ wrote ‘His somewhat flat broad nose and rather wide mouth, his small piercing eyes and swarthy [dark] complexion, pockmarked into the bargain, gave him a strong resemblance to a mulatto.’

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    Beethoven’s death mask: profile and full face

    C. Czerny stated, ‘His beard—he had not shaved for several days—made the lower part of his already brown face still darker.’

    Following are one word descriptions of Beethoven from various writers: Grillparzer, ‘dark’; Bettina von Armin, ‘brown’; Schindler, ‘red and brown’; Rellstab, ‘brownish’; Gelinek, ‘short, dark.’

    In Alexander Thayer’s Life of Beethoven, vol.1, p. 134,  the author states, “there is none of that obscurity which exalts one to write history as he would have it and not as it really was. The facts are too patent.” On this same page, he states that the German composer Franz Josef Haydn was referred to as a “Moor” by Prince Esterhazy, and Beethoven had “even more of the Moor in his looks.’ On p. 72, a Beethoven contemporary, Gottfried Fischer, describes him as round-nosed and of dark complexion. Also, he was called ‘der Spagnol’ (the Spaniard).

    Other “patent” sources, of which there are many, include, but are not limited to, Beethoven by Maynard Solomon, p.78. He is described as having “thick, bristly coal-black hair” (in today’s parlance, we proudly call it ‘kinky’) and a ‘ruddy-complexioned face.’ In   Beethoven:  His Life and Times by Artes Orga, p.72, Beethoven’s pupil, Carl Czerny of the ‘School of Velocity’ fame, recalls that Beethoven’s ‘coal-black hair, cut a la Titus, stood up around his head [sounds almost like an Afro].  His black beard…darkened the lower part of his dark-complexioned face.’

      BeethovenCweb

    Engraving by Blasius Hofel, Beethoven, 1814, color facsimile of engraving after a pencil drawing by Louis Letronne. This engraving was regarded in Beethoven’s circle as particularly lifelike. Beethoven himself thought highly of it, and gave several copies to his friends.

    Beethoven, the Black Spaniard

    (read more here)

    They whitewashed BEETHOVEN?  O_O

    Thank you, history/fact-checking Tumblr.

    I now feel the need to go burn every white-skinned image of Beethoven I can find.

    beethoven was totally black! how do people not know this?

    jk because erasure

    I have been playing Beethoven’s music for 10+ years now and had absolutely no idea he was black.
    My life has been a lie.

    The other parts of that essay that try to set up links between any of Beethoven’s music and jazz, gospel, hip-hop, and African folk music are extremely tenuous and pretty racist (emphasis mine):

    "In the Blom edition of Grove’s Dictionary of Music and Musicians, p. 20, is stated, “A rhythmic or time-active cast of thought was inherent in his nature,” and “(n)umerous examples could be given from familiar music in which an off-beat accent converts an ordinary into an extraordinary passage.” The distinctive characteristic of off-beat accents, or syncopation, is intrinsic and integral to Black people’s music making, which gives it a unique vitality and kinetic energy. 

     Examples of this rhythmic trait are his mammoth string quartet known as “The Great Fugue,” which sounds “way ahead of its time” and foretells 20th century atonality.  Also, the second movement of the last Piano Sonata he wrote, Op. 111 in C minor, sounds like the genesis of jazz.  He had exquisite foresight as to how music would evolve in the future. He was an astounding piano improvisateur, which moved Mozart to prophesy, “He will give the world something worth listening to.” The last movement of the “Waldstein” Sonata, op. 53, has a syncopated bass, which might inspire gospel music clapping. It is also the same off-beat pattern used in reggae and Hip- Hop music.  

    Beethoven makes prolific use of the syncopating kettle drum in much of his orchestral music, such as the dramatic Symphony No. 5, which contains one of the world’s most famous themes, and the majestic “Emperor” Piano Concerto No. 5

    He was the first composer to invigorate European Classical Music with prodigious use of this decidedly inherent African rhythmic trait.


    Furthermore, a former Lawrence University professor of music history who works with the Myrtle Hart Society, an organization dedicated to “[promoting] the classical community of color and [developing] new audiences for classical music amongst people of color” publicly addressed the theory here saying he had “searched all scholarly literature that might be relevant in German, Dutch, Flemish, Italian, and English. It is not at all uncommon for European musicologists to dedicate monographs to such matters as a composer’s physicians or ancestry, and I have not found even a single suggestion that Beethoven had any Caribbean, Moorish, or Spanish heritage.” 

    I’m all for exposing erasure and whitewashing because fuck white supremacy, but this shit is pretty racist (unintentionally - it was initially written by a black professor) and none of the evidence actually points conclusively to him being black. There are enough good music historians out there with enough to gain from such a discovery that I find it hard to believe, if it is true, that it is somehow not already a well-established fact, even if it revised centuries of whitewashed history. That all said, I would be happy to be wrong or called out about this in any way, so if there’s a problem with what I’m saying, I would really appreciate hearing about it.

     


  6. topcas:

    my moms favorite pastime is to come into my room, insult all of my life choices, list everything i already know i need to do making me 10x more stressed about it than i was before, then leave my door open

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  7. mrdappersden:

    Buy all of these people’s products to make nerds mad.

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  8. edwardspoonhands:

    tyleroakley:

    peterfromtexas:

    Next time you go walking around barefoot in the water…

    NOPE

    Next time a slice of pizza gets anywhere near me.

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  9. whatwhiteswillneverknow:

    kinkyturtle:

    jcoleknowsbest:

    So my facebook friend just posted this pic with this text….

    Well, I just witnessed blatant racial injustice with my own eyes. I was getting in my car after exiting a store when a young black man stumbled past me and collapsed against the store wall. When I got out to see if he was okay, a group of white people came rushing over, one of whom was a 20-something white woman who declared in distress, “I ran a red light and hit him with my car!” People immediately assured her that SHE would be okay, meanwhile the young man is writhing in pain on the ground, pants leg torn, tears running down his face. When the police arrived and the young woman explained what happened, it was suggested to her that maybe the light had been yellow and that the young man had “darted out into the street into her path.” I was floored. I said, “But she just SAID she ran the red light and hit him in the intersection!” 

    The police officers then led the young woman away and began talking with her privately in low tones. When the paramedics FINALLY got there I was surprised at the hostility they showed towards the young man. One blonde female EMT (shown in the photo) suggested that he couldn’t be THAT hurt if he was able to walk from the place where he was struck to the sidewalk where he finally collapsed. White bystanders commented several times about “What that poor girl must be going through.” I was the only one who commented on what the young man must be going through, what, with his mangled leg and all. I am absolutely positive that in the end “that poor girl” will be absolved of all wrongdoing and be able to go on her merry way. After all, she just ran a red light and slammed her car into the body of some black kid on a bike, right?

    And people wonder why black people are so angry and want to break shit.

    friendly reminder that studies have shown that white people do not empathize with Black people and we (including medical personel) also think Black people feel less pain

    "OH MY GOD! THE CAR IS DAMAGED! YOU POOR CAR!"

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