raise your hand if you are scared shitless about the future yet couldn’t care less at the same time
Anonymous asked: Can you explain more in depth as to why it is wrong of the media to portray Mandela as an icon of peace after his death? I genuinely want to know, I would've thought being labeled as a pacifist would be a good thing? I do not know much of Mendela's work as I should obviously, but I am open to learning.
Well, I should clarify that to see him as someone who wanted and worked for peace is both completely fine and very accurate, especially looking at his actions later in life. The trouble is that he’s being presented as a symbol of “peaceful resistance”, which is completely at odds with how he actually achieved the incredible victories he’s famous for. This is a very common thing to happen to radical figures after they die: people who are aligned with the power structures that they fought against try to take their radical legacies and turn them into something harmless. It’s what happens to the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. every time he gets misrepresented as someone who stood for some cuddly kind of colour-blind, “ignore racism and it’ll go away” ideology — in reality MLK’s approach to racism (and he has this in common with Mandela, although obviously their methods were different) was to clearly identify and oppose the white supremacist and capitalist power structures that perpetuate racialized oppression. To misrepresent these men in this way is to take away the power of their approaches. And that’s exactly the point, because ultimately no media outlet owned by a capitalist government or a capitalist corporation want to lend any power to movements that could potentially upset the current balance of power: their existence depends on that balance of power.
In Nelson Mandela’s case, violence was a necessary part of his struggle. The apartheid state would never have allowed a free election if it had not been forced to by the pressure put on it by the armed opposition of the African National Congress and other revolutionary forces working in South Africa. To hide this fact is to hide the lesson that yes, there are struggles that cannot be won in the voting booth alone. It is to hide the lesson that no ruling class — be it the one behind the apartheid government of South Africa, or the ones behind the wealth-dominated governments of the USA or Britain — will surrender its power unless it is forced to.
When you encounter the same little detail in fanfic after fanfic and you realize you genuinely can’t remember if that thing is actually canon or if it’s just something fandom made up.
nah mom I went to bed 4 hours ago I just woke up to go to the bathroom
His body isn’t even cold yet and the New York times has already put out a shameful article declaring Nelson Mandela to be an “icon of peaceful resistance”. News outlets around the Western world are hurrying to publish obituaries that celebrate his electoral victory while erasing the protracted and fierce guerrilla struggle that he and his party fought against the white supremacist South African state in order to make that victory possible. Don’t let racist, imperialist liberalism co-opt the legacy of another radical. Nelson Mandela used peaceful means when he could, and violent means when he couldn’t. For this, during his life they called him a terrorist, and after his death they’ll call him a pacifist — all to neutralize the revolutionary potential of his legacy, and the lessons to be drawn from it.
Don’t fucking let them.
i always get nervous when people ask me what my hobbies are i cant exactly say sitting in front of a computer for 8+ hours everyday
Rainbows overwhelm the sky as Deadpool officially joins the ranks of Marvel’s LGBTQIA community
For years there’s been rainstorms obstructing the clarity of Deadpool’s sexuality but last night the skies cleared when current author Gerry Duggan confirmed Deadpool’s pansexuality on twitter.
Being Queer doesn’t excuse colonialism
Being Gay doesn’t excuse sexism
Being Trans doesn’t excuse racism
Being a feminist doesn’t excuse anti-sex worker descrimination
Not recognizing intersectionality in struggle (or refusing to recognize it outright) isn’t excuseable