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This postcard comes from Cici in China! She describes the artwork as ‘Chinese Opera art.’ I absolutely adore the use of watercolors and the tone the image sets of both tranquility and mystery. I am an all-around art fanatic, so getting cards displaying cultural art such as this are probably my favorites.
Chinese socio-political history has been an interest of mine for a few years, especially…
Wiress & Beetee||District 3
My cat spins me right round like a record.
Squidward Tentacles has the best restaurant in Bikini Bottom. And he does not…suck…eggs.
After seeing The Lego Movie, I totally had to do a drawing of my homegirl, Wyldstyle. :)
Dallas police said that Donald Maiden Jr., who had just celebrated his 8th birthday on Sunday, was shot in the face on Tuesday while playing tag outside his apartment complex.
WHAT THE—-okay. Okay. OKAY!
This shit needs to be said right now.
This is no longer just ‘wrong.’ This whole slew of slaughtering minority children because they are ‘threats’ had gone over the chasm of hideously wrong and fallen flat into the unholy satanic pit of You-Deserve-To-Fucking-Die wrong.
Brian Cloninger, you had no motivation to shoot an eight-year-old child of ANY race in the face. You don’t even live in ‘Stand You Racist Ground’ Florida. I don’t know you. I don’t know your past or story or motive, but I say with full confidence that you are an ugly royal racist piece of shit that deserves to be banished from civilized society until you die.
Willie Noble, you are also a racist piece of shit. That girl was vandalizing your property with eggs, true. But she should have been grounded for it, not buried in the ground for it. You should be rotting in prison for turning a gun on a child. A girl’s life is not worth your son’s stupid car remaining egg-free.
And oh, Michael Dunn, you ‘victor/victim’ who literally shot a group of black boys driving away in fear for their lives from you. HOW IS THAT THREATENING TO YOU? You should be forced to go to each one of their mothers and kiss their goddamned toes. You will never amount to half of the worth of the dirt that gets stuck in their shoes. How can anyone love or support you and your cold, malicious heart?
Lastly, poor George Zimmerman. I think you need to put on a hoodie, buy an iced tea, and be forced to walk through a crowd of people firing guns at you. You want a normal life? Guess what? You stalked an innocent young man and unjustly murdered him. The only life you deserve is none at all. Again, you deserve absolutely no support, no love, not even from your own mother. I’m anti-death penalty, but I don’t even think you deserve to be alive.
You are all adult white men with guns, picking on and shooting people half your size. Cowards. Fucking cowards. You ALL deserve to die. Shame on you, you horrific sadistic pieces of pig shit. Each of these youth did nothing to warrant their fates…the fates that each of you deserve.
FUCK YOU AND GO TO HELL, RACISTS.
and in that moment, the entire movie theater burst into tears
i think this was the moment that made most of us despise umbridge more than voldemort
most of us?! don’t you mean ALL of us?? I don’t think even Voldemort liked this bitch!
No one likes Umbridge.
Voldemort committed genocide, but Umbridge dared to be female while she abused her power.
The point isn’t that Umbridge was worse than Voldemort; it’s that everyone hates her more. And I think it has nothing to do with her being a woman and everything with being the sort of cruel most of us have actually experienced.
I mean, look at Voldemort. He’s basically Wizard Hitler, which is, obviously, an incredibly terrible thing to be. But most people—especially the younger people in Harry Potter’s target audience—have not had their parents murdered by a xenophobic cult leader. Nor have they fought for their lives against giant snakes, been kidnapped for dark rituals, or watched numerous friends die in front of them. Voldemort’s crimes are numerous, but they’re distant and fantastical, like hearing about a serial killer on the news.
But they have had that one teacher who inflicts extra punishments just because they don’t like you. They’ve complained to parents and authorities only to be ignored. They’ve sat through pointless classes and been silenced when they criticize. Umbridge is that teacher we all hated because she made our lives miserable and we were powerless to stop her. And as we grow out of school, there are still people in positions of power who act like her. The manager who denies your schedule requests and penalizes you for invented infractions. That customer who complains to corporate because their scam didn’t work, and the corporate decision to listen to their story. Cops performing illegal searches because they know you don’t have any proof.
Yes, torturing and killing numerous people is worse than terrorizing a handful of schoolchildren, but Voldemort is the bad guy in a fairy tale. Umbridge is personal.
In addition to Umbridge being a cruel teacher, she’s a cruel person in a way that we are all too familiar with. She’s horribly bigoted, to the extent that it affects the way she interacts with her students and with her colleagues, and her ignorance and prejudice is scary not because it leads to her killing people (which is scary in a worst nightmare kind of way), but it’s scary because we see it every day. It’s not just that she is similar to cops performing illegal searches becaue they know you don’t have any proof. That’s bad enough. But Umbridge is reminiscent of cops performing illegal searches because they have both legal and systematic power over you, know you don’t have any proof, and knowing that even if you did have proof the system would still be against you. This is similar to cops profiling people of color knowing that the law is not on their side.
(Note: My intention in putting those statistics out is to bring attention to them, not to compare racism in the real world to a children’s book series. Racial profiling, the prison system, and the “stop-and-frisk” law in NYC are serious issues. I do also think it’s important to point out though, for this conversation, that the Harry Potter series was written as a racial allegory, and while it failed on many parts [there are like 3 POC in the whole series] it’s still something that can’t be ignored when we’re talking about why Umbridge is scary. I hope that by linking to those statistics and comparing Umbridge’s anti-Muggle/”half-breed” prejudice to real world racism in this conversation I am not exercising my privilege in any way.)
Umbridge is scary not because she abuses power, but because she enjoys her privilege, is outwardly prejudiced, considers her bigotry right. Like Voldemort, she is xenophobic, but her xenophobia is the kind that exists in everyday life, the kind that pervades and is toxic. The fact that she’s a teacher with these attitudes makes it worse - not only does she mistreat some of her students because of her beliefs and love of power, but she spreads her beliefs onto the students she does not mistreat. She considers it her duty to put people in their place, and her xenophobic beliefs are the defining factors, for her, on where each person’s place is.
Not just a mean teacher, but a scary one. Who understands the system and how to work it so that those she believes are unworthy stay in the dirt, while she and those with the same privileges she has stand on top of them.