Strength Through Struggle

Here, I like to post a random assortment of stuff that inspires me. Nothing is off limits. I am a dissident, a critical thinker, a poet, activist, and musician. Tucson, AZ.
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mumpitzhausen:

DIY Scratch Board - put wax on paper (with a candle), mix acrylic paint with dish fluid, apply on paper, SCRATCH AWAY. Because there is no Scratch Board in Germany, and to order it would be a ridiculous price for one piece of paper.

mumpitzhausen:

DIY Scratch Board - put wax on paper (with a candle), mix acrylic paint with dish fluid, apply on paper, SCRATCH AWAY.
Because there is no Scratch Board in Germany, and to order it would be a ridiculous price for one piece of paper.

(via friendz0ne)

america-wakiewakie:

LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Partner for Prostitute | Mic
African-American actress Danièle Watts claims she was “handcuffed and detained” by police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department at CBS’s Studio City production facility on Thursday after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute.
According to accounts by Watts and her partner Brian James Lucas, two police officers mistook the couple for a prostitute and client when they were seen showing affection in public. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo ID when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The two officers released Watts shortly thereafter.
Watts told BuzzFeed that she had accompanied a friend to a diversity showcase before meeting Lucas at his car. “I sat on his lap in the front seat of the car and we start making out,” she told BuzzFeed. A man from a nearby office came out and asked the couple to “stop putting on a show.” The police arrived shortly thereafter.
Watts, who played CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and currently stars in Martin Lawrence vehicle Partners, posted an account of the incident on her Facebook page: 
Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.
When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away.
A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.
"As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong," wrote Watts. "I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!"
Watt’s husband Brian Lucas, who is white, claimed that the two were targeted by police for being an interracial couple and, while police didn’t explicit ask Watts if she was a prostitute, asked questions laden with innuendo. In a seperate post on his Facebook page, Lucas said that “from the questions that [police] asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).”
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Fuck racists

america-wakiewakie:

LAPD Confuses Black Actress Kissing White Partner for Prostitute | Mic

African-American actress Danièle Watts claims she was “handcuffed and detained” by police officers from the Los Angeles Police Department at CBS’s Studio City production facility on Thursday after allegedly being mistaken for a prostitute.

According to accounts by Watts and her partner Brian James Lucas, two police officers mistook the couple for a prostitute and client when they were seen showing affection in public. When the officers asked Watts to produce a photo ID when questioned, she refused. Watts was subsequently handcuffed and placed in the back of a police cruiser while the officers attempted to figure out who she was. The two officers released Watts shortly thereafter.

Watts told BuzzFeed that she had accompanied a friend to a diversity showcase before meeting Lucas at his car. “I sat on his lap in the front seat of the car and we start making out,” she told BuzzFeed. A man from a nearby office came out and asked the couple to “stop putting on a show.” The police arrived shortly thereafter.

Watts, who played CoCo in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained and currently stars in Martin Lawrence vehicle Partnersposted an account of the incident on her Facebook page: 

Today I was handcuffed and detained by 2 police officers from the Studio City Police Department after refusing to agree that I had done something wrong by showing affection, fully clothed, in a public place.

When the officer arrived, I was standing on the sidewalk by a tree. I was talking to my father on my cell phone. I knew that I had done nothing wrong, that I wasn’t harming anyone, so I walked away.

A few minutes later, I was still talking to my dad when 2 different police officers accosted me and forced me into handcuffs.

"As I was sitting in the back of the police car, I remembered the countless times my father came home frustrated or humiliated by the cops when he had done nothing wrong," wrote Watts. "I felt his shame, his anger, and my own feelings of frustration for existing in a world where I have allowed myself to believe that “authority figures” could control my BEING… my ability to BE!!!!!!!"

Watt’s husband Brian Lucas, who is white, claimed that the two were targeted by police for being an interracial couple and, while police didn’t explicit ask Watts if she was a prostitute, asked questions laden with innuendo. In a seperate post on his Facebook page, Lucas said that “from the questions that [police] asked me as D was already on her phone with her dad, I could tell that whoever called on us (including the officers), saw a tatted RAWKer white boy and a hot bootie shorted black girl and thought we were a HO (prostitute) & a TRICK (client).”

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Fuck racists

(via cultureofresistance)

america-wakiewakie:

More white people believe in ghosts than in racial discrimination | Death & Taxes Mag

This month, following the police shooting of Michael Brown and then the police-led violence against demonstrations calling for justice, one would think that any skepticism regarding the existence of racial discrimination in the U.S. would be eradicated.

And although it’s finally the topic of mainstream discussion, according to a Pew/MSNBC poll, it turns out more white people believe in ghosts than in “discrimination against blacks.”

Not only do 17% of the people polled believe in ghosts, but they also think they’ve “interacted” with them. So, racial discrimination based on hundreds of years of well-documented systematic oppression? Nah. High-fiving supernatural beings, of which there exists absolutely no evidence? Yep!

(via cultureofresistance)