EVERYONE PLEASE. PAY ATTENTION. Especially if you’re Asian.
On January 30th, 2014, California Senate just passed SCA-5, a legislation that would repeal portions of California Proposition 209.
In condensed words, this bill allows schools to DISCRIMINATE AGAINST ASIANS.
To understand SCA 5, we have to remember what Prop. 209 is. In November 1996, Proposition 209 (also known as the California Civil Rights Initiative) amended the state constitution to prohibit state government institutions from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of public employment , public education, or public contracting. In the 18 years that Prop 209 has been in effect, California has become the most diversified state in the US.
State Senator Ed Hernandez, the one who introduced this bill, claims that due to Prop 209, Non-Asians have a harder time being admitted into state universities.
This bill will ALLOW THE STATE to use RACE, SEX, COLOR, ETHNICITY, OR NATIONAL ORIGIN as a consideration for accepting students or hiring employees. SCA-5 is out to punish Asian-Americans simply because we set the bar too high for getting into schools with high exam scores.
Asian-Americans often need test scores hundreds of points higher than applicants from other ethnic groups to have an equal chance of admission.
This bill goes against EQUAL PROTECTION, our 14th Amendment, as American citizens!
IF WE ALLOW THIS BILL TO PASS. WE HAVE STUNTED GENERATIONS FROM GROWING AND EXPANDING THEIR MINDS, THEIR HORIZONS OF UNDERSTANDING.
IF WE ALLOW THIS BULLSHIT BILL TO PASS, WHO’S NEXT UNTIL THE LAST RACE WHOM IS DEEMED “WORTHY” OF EDUCATION IS LEFT STANDING?!
Xudong Sun, president of American Anhui Association of Scholars and Students, told Xinhua that this legislation is racial and is a serious discrimination against Asian Americans.
He said right now at the University of California and state universities, Asian students account for 36 percent, but Bill SCA-5 would restrict Asians to 13 percent.
He said under-represented minority groups, like African Americans and Hispanics need protection, but such protection should not be made at the expense of Asian Americans.
Here is the Whitehouse.gov petition: WE NEED 100,000 SIGNATURES BY MARCH 18TH. THAT’S 10 DAYS FROM NOW.
Here is the Change.org petition.
PLEASE SIGN THESE TWO TO GET THIS BILL TORN TO SHREDS! and PLEASE. SPREAD THE WORD.
One. Do not promise when you’re happy.
Two. When you are angry, do not respond.
Three. Do not decide when you’re sad.”
— Wisdom (via soulist-aurora)
I’m going to sleep
One last time, please, I place my trust in you one more time:
Venezuela is sinking. Tomorrow, cities will wake up fully militarized, and goodness only knows what will happen to anyone who dares to go out. Please, go through all the material in the #Venezuela tag or blogs such as mine — take a look at what’s been going on!
People are dying. Please stop and help us. Get the word out, make sure that the evidence is where it cannot be destroyed. Talk to people about this. Make it part of your day.
Don’t let us vanish into the night, forgotten. Too many have already died. One was more than enough, too many.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNYhQ936MCg — “How do you sleep when your neighbors are dying outside?” (TW: graphic death, death.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0HF9WxQYCQ — Attack in Altamira
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QYO9pE3A1ss — National Guard vandalizes and attacks houses
http://socialredemption.tumblr.com/post/77179818479/urb-el-bosque-en-valencia-algunas-personas — Wounded by collectives. TW Blood
PLEASE STOP AND REBLOG. Please help us!!
- Saudi student is literally surrounded by FBI for cooking rice under terrorist suspicions
- White people literally can not associate positive words with Black faces because of racism
- More white people use drugs but Black people are sent to jail for drugs at 10 times the rate that white people are
- Black people who “sound Black” earn less money than those who don’t because of associations with stereotypes. Black people who “sound Black” are less likely to get called back for jobs
- Black children grow up literally associating being Black with being bad and ugly
- White people when tested shot more unarmed Black subjects than armed and unarmed white subjects
- Hate crimes increase after Boston tragedy
- Moroccan High School Student is linked to Boston tragedy for being Brown
- Bangladeshi man is beaten by people out of racism
- NYPD Commissioner wants Black and Latino men to fear him after the police targeted literally 90 percent Black and Latino men in New York and humiliating them by frisking them in public under the assumption that they had weapons. Studies found that white men were the ones who overwhelmingly had weapons while Black and Latino men didn’t
- White people blaming and convicting Black men for crimes they never committed and everyone believing them because of racism
- Stop and Frisk, ruled unconstitutional was practiced by New York police disproportionately and unfairly affecting 90% Black and Latino men because of racism
- Universities throwing racist ‘Fiesta Party’ homogenizing culture with extreme racism
- Here are some of the numbers on hate crimes against People of Color and btw, Neo Naziism is increasing!
- Every 28 Hours an African American is Extrajudicially Murdered in the U.S.
- Black people 3 times more likely to be arrested for Marijuana
- Black people receive much harsher sentencing than white people for the same crimes
- Deaf Black man is stabbed out of racism when his sign language is mistaken for a GANG SIGN
- Anti-Islam posters run free on the train to reinforce racism anti-Islamic sentiments and Islamaphobia
- Oops! Chicago police raids the wrong house, holds an 11 month old at gunpoint to raise their hand, kills their dog all because of racism and assuming it was a crackhouse! Oopsies
- Let’s take it overseas! Black people in England and Wales are 7 times more likely to be stopped by police than white people. Asian people are twice as likely
- People assuming Native american baby names are actually Native and have any meaning to any ethnic group when they don’t
- Here’s a whole collection of people saying racist stereotyping homogenizing disgusting stuff about Natives
- People protesting (Idle No More) defending Native people’s humanity are attacked with violence
- White kids think it’s totally okay and normal to photograph themselves lynching a Black baby doll like an effigy
- Member of the most glorified band in the world Paul McCartney made a racist white supremacist song called ‘No Pakistanis’ and everyone still glorifies him as a good person
- Racism in actual political campaign in Massachusetts against a Native runner portraying her name and image in a racist stereotypical inappropriate manner
- Indian Sikh school students protest for students who are banned from wearing their turbans in public schools in France
- Here’s a graph of the statistic that approx every 28 hours an African American is extrajudicially executed in the US
- NYPD profiling and targeting LGBT*Q People of Color
- Black students (especially boys and children with disabilities) face more and harsher punishments in public schools and are being pushed out of schools into the criminal justice system.
- Black male incarceration has jumped 500% from 1986 to 2004
- Albany police: SWAT literally uses a poor Black neighborhood to train in because they say it’s ‘realistic’
- The audio recording from a young man of color of a NYPD stop and frisking him based solely how he looks calling him a “FUCKING MUTT”
- Incarceration rates by ethnicity
- All of this fucking cultural appropriation
- Residential Segregation
I mean I’m pretty sure it’s racism, why?
This is why I despise white people who say the N word and claim they have no ego.
What Makes You…YOU.
What was that song that made you smile so wide your cheeks began to hurt?
What was that movie that made you cry so hard, you were unashamed at how ridiculous you looked?
What was that novel you read that touched you so deeply, you couldn’t possibly imagine ever returning it to the library?
What is that memory that almost always clouds your face with a dreamy look? The sort of look strangers simply can’t place?
What about that time you laughed so hard you couldn’t believe there was ever anyone who’d laughed so hard?
And why don’t we ever, in a day filled with endless seconds, minutes, and hours take the time to ponder questions whose answers make us feel the way we do?
It never is and it never was just about the song, the film or the novel. It always is, always was and always will be about how they made us feel.
Because moments are simply moments after all.
Like most tangeble and intangeble things in life, they fade into the realm of time. But what keeps a moment still, is remembering that bubble of emotion striggered by the things we love, hate, adore, despise, admire, dislike or respect in life.
Like that one time you first tried coffee and your face morphed into disgust.
Yet several weeks later, the taste grew on you so much so that the thought of never drinking coffee again would take away from what makes you who you are.
Or the way the voice of your favorite artist in that one song reminds you of Christmas lights, chandeliers and the red sparkley dress you wore on your fifteenth birthday.
What about the night you first played the piano and got teased endlessly at how terrible it sounded, which only spurred you on to learn even more. And now music is simply a part of everything you do. Rushing down the stairs, through the door, into your car, you’re humming a melody you love to play, all the way to work and only notice when a coworker points it out. You smile to yourself because you realize it’s so much a part of you that it’s like breathing.
Why therefore, do we not ponder these things? They make us who we are.
When the New Year began, I watched the world lit up as it always does. Fireworks and champaign colored the air. But most of all, I heard resolution after resolution. Yet I remained silent because I had none that were new.
Be a better person. Love as much as I can. Forgive even when it hurts. Laugh whenever I can. Fight the secret battles nobody else can fight but me.
Don’t care so much what people say or think about you. Especially when it’s hurtful or you’re being misjudged, because quite frankly, the majority of them have absolutely no idea who you are. The few that matter will love you enough for a life time. Read more novels. Listen to that indie album. Savor that meal. Fall in love with photography all over again. Travel when you can. And believe, always believe.
And all the above all matter as much as they always have.
The difference is, this time, I’ve realized that they aren’t simply points I can check off a list. They should be a consistent part of what makes me…me.
Taking note of the things that spur feeling from within is what makes us alive. Regardless of how little or large they are.
Everyone is born. Everyone exists. But not everyone lives.
So you have always wanted to learn how to play the guitar?
So you love biking?
You love dancing?
Painting is all you forward to in a day?
And when that one girl smiles, you get this sort of warm feeling inside?
Want to share your beliefs with the world?
Do it. One person at a time.
And that one film you love so much makes you cry like a baby?
Then watch it. Because it conjures something in you. And that’s part of being alive.
Personally, my love and passion is writing. It’s unbelievable what a pen and a piece of paper can evoke in a human being. Writing has no face. No space for prejudice or misunderstanding. It is a white canvas which you can use to express who you are, in the purest, truest form. The few people that truly know me will know this. But I’m done negleting my writing.
I doubt many people will read this. But for any pair of eyes that have bothered to follow along the lines of this post, all that remains to say is this: do the things that make you….You.
There is only one Me.
There is only one You.
- Alison Forlemu
The “What I Be” Project-
People are not their insecurities. They are not their stereotypes. They are not their actions, or their beliefs. They aren’t even their mistakes. Who they are, who YOU are, is based solely on who you choice to be. It is not any of those things that define you. How others see and treat you do not define you. The only one who that can do so is you. Being insecure is unfortunately part if like; everyone experiences them. So embrace them! Don’t let them hold you back, SHOUT them from the heavens, and prove to the world that insecure or not YOU ARE YOU!