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GORDON PARKS’ 1950S PHOTO ESSAY ON CIVIL RIGHTS-ERA AMERICA IS AS RELEVANT AS EVER

An exhibition of Parks’ rare color photographs, entitled “Gordon Parks: Segregation Story,” will go on view this fall at The High Museum of Art in Atlanta. The photos capture a particularly disturbing moment in American history, captured via the lives of an African American family, the Thorntons, living under Jim Crow segregation in 1950s Alabama. See all of the photos here.

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"Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day."

- A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh (via kushandwizdom)
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He’s brilliant.
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idlesuperstar:

Happy 88th Birthday David Attenborough b. 8th May 1926

The remote and lonely beach where I first saw a Komodo dragon, ten feet long, stalking imperiously across the sand, now receives several boatloads of visitors every day. The tropical swamps in northern Australia filled with magpie geese are now part of a national park and queues of visitors file into the caves to see the ancient rock paintings that I was lucky enought to photograph for the first time.

From the seventies onwards, the films had reasonable technical competence. As I look at them now, lined up on a shelf, I like to think that they give a fair and comprehensive picture of how the natural world was and how human beings viewed it during the second half of the twentieth century. Maybe in another fifty years they will be valued as records of some species that have by then disappeared. I hope not.

But I did not make them because I had premonitions of impending eco-disaster. I did so because I know of no pleasure deeper than that which comes from contemplating the natural world and trying to understand it.

- David Attenborough, Life on Air, 1997 

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  • Question: However, A lot of animals are only bred for the pure reason of creating produce to sell and to be eaten, it gives money to farmers, and also if everyone stopped eating the meat then they may stop selling the meat and breeding the animals. In other words they could become extinct. Don't get me wrong I have absolutely nothing against vegetarians and vegans (my boyfriend is even vegetarian) and i know a lot of the animals are treated horribly, and I understand that. - Anonymous
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    edwardspoonhands:

    Extinction is an ecological problem, while most farm animals do not exist inside of a natural ecology. If all the cows went extinct, that would be ecological fine (actually, beneficial) because they are not natural animals, they were created by human breeding. There has never been a wild cow in the history of ever….though cow ancestors (like bison) are still around, the direct natural ancestor of the cow, the Auroch, is already extinct.

    Pigs would not go extinct…they live in the wild in lots of places. Chickens probably would…though their wild counterparts are also doing fine. 

    The question of “what would happen if all people stopped eating meat” is a very interesting one. I would like to answer that question…possibly a very good video idea…

    But I can’t really imagine that people will stop eating meat unless meat becomes completely unavailable. 

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  • Question: I'm sorry, you said meat is bad. This isn't 100% true. Studies show that when real meat (meaning meat that hasn't been through some unnatural process, with the extreme being McDonalds) is eaten in the correct proportions then it can be beneficial to our health. Now, that essentially means moderation, and picking the right meats. But truthfully, a general good rule in life is everything in moderation. I just think it's unfair and incorrect to say meat is bad period. - Anonymous
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    edwardspoonhands:

    You’re right, meat isn’t necessarily bad for your health (though, to be clear, there’s no data supporting the idea that McDonald’s meat is better or worse than other meat…except that it’s easier to eat a lot of it very quickly, and there’s a ton of salt…and you generally also consume it with fried potatoes and sugar water.)

    But yes, there’s nothing wrong with meat in moderation…though diets high in animal protein have been found to be linked with cancer, heart disease, and premature death in humans.

    But, on the whole, whether I live to be 73 or 78 is not so much of a concern to me as the overall impact I have on the world during those years. No one can deny that meat is horrible for the environment. Giving up meat would reduce your carbon footprint by more than giving up driving

    40% of grain produced in America is fed to livestock animals. That’s enough to feed 800 million people. 30% of the world’s total ice-free land is used to grow crops to fead to livestock. 30% OF THE WHOLE WORLD! Only 10% is used to grow human food crops.

    There are ways to raise animals with less significant or even beneficial environmental impact…but we do not raise animals that way. 

    I’m not even touching on the cruelty, here. Let’s just worry about the Earth and not individuals for a moment…if we do that, meat is /clearly bad/ and we should all eat less (if we can), which I try very hard to do.

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"White feminism" does not mean every white woman, everywhere, who happens to identify as feminist. It also doesn’t mean that every "white feminist" identifies as white. I see "white feminism" as a specific set of single-issue, non-intersectional, superficial feminist practices. It is the feminism we understand as mainstream; the feminism obsessed with body hair, and high heels and makeup, and changing your married name. It is the feminism you probably first learned. "White feminism" is the feminism that doesn’t understand western privilege, or cultural context. It is the feminism that doesn’t consider race as a factor in the struggle for equality.

White feminism is a set of beliefs that allows for the exclusion of issues that specifically affect women of colour. It is “one size-fits all” feminism, where middle class white women are the mould that others must fit. It is a method of practicing feminism, not an indictment of every individual white feminist, everywhere, always.

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This Is What I Mean When I Say “White Feminism”

Please, everybody: read this article!

(via theyoungblackfeminist)

I would add (as a white observing the conversation and rarely commenting) that white feminism ignores the power of the black person (specifically women) to make decisions about their bodies and how they use them (re: conversations about black women dancers tweaking in white musicians video that do not acknowledge the right of black women to make that decision or that assume that black women have no knowledge of the implications of how they use their bodies.)

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"I’m tired of the naked, raped, beaten black woman body. I want to see an image of black femaleness that alters our universe."

- bell hooks in conversation with Melissa Harris Perry over the representation of black women in films, like 12 Years A Slave, at the event "Black Female Voices: Who is Listening?" (via unapologeticexistence)
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