Israeli settlers - who live illegally on Palestinian land and shouldn’t be there in the first place - regularly destroy and uproot olive trees belonging to Palestinians, often striking at night to go unnoticed.
Olive trees are a livelihood for many families, and a key component of the Palestinian economy. That’s how they are meant to survive.
I saved the worst for last. Israeli soldiers escort Israeli settlers to attack Palestinians then stand by and watch, if not join in too.
GIFs from 5 Broken Cameras (2011)
A woman called 911 for an ambulance because she was worried that her 43-year-old fiance Jack Lamar Roberson was having complications with his diabetes. Instead, a police car showed up, and the officers walked inside and shot him four times. Roberson was unarmed and had his hands in the air when he was shot. His whole family - including his 8-year-old daughter - saw it happen.
Last year, the same county police force was responsible for the shooting of a 26-year-old unarmed black man. All officers are on administrative leave pending an investigation.
I have waited tables. I’ve worked in bars. You know who tips well? The working poor, the lower middle class, and people who work or have worked in service industries. You know who tips shitty or not at all? Rich people, upper middle class people, and privileged fuckers who use their “moral opposition” to tipping to be cheap assholes.
do you ever catch yourself thinking of something so weird and fucked up that you have to stop mid-thought and your face is
sometimes I forget that Americans have to pay for university upfront like what the fuck is that are u guys ok
i don’t even need to respond to this honestly because you already know its still shitty that there are very few POC in a tv show about discrimination.
I fucking promise you there are POC in Lancashire. Specifically, they are predominantly black and Asian. MORE specifically, the Asian subset is predominantly South Asian, with individuals of Pakistani descent making up a significant portion of this population, especially in east Lancashire.
"Oh, but hedwwig," you might say, "Lancashire is still 90% white!"
Fine. Can we say 10% of the characters on ITF are not white? not even close. Sure, it’s not a huge production show, but as of right now there are 75 characters (the wiki says 76 but the town of Roarton is included as a character for some reason). So, 7.5 (lets round up to 8) of these characters would need to NOT BE WHITE for even the BARE MINIMUM of accuracy. How many do we have?
4. Only 1 of whom can be considered a main character, this main character being, of course, a black woman who is… the primary antagonist. Right. Because white=good and black=bad. I see you, microaggressions.
"Right, but Roarton is really rural! The more rural areas of Lancashire are more white, right? the demographics aren’t completely uniform!"
Mmm, can’t argue with you there, but you know what? DOESN’T MATTER.
NONE OF THE SHIT I MENTIONED ABOVE EVEN REALLY MATTERS.
You know why?
BECAUSE THIS IS A SHOW ABOUT DISCRIMINATION AND DEHUMANIZATION, CONCEPTUALIZED IN 2013 IN A SOCIETY THAT WILL NEVER FULLY RECOVER FROM THE TRANSGRESSIONS IT HAS MADE AGAINST POC EVERYWHERE. THE LEAST YOU CAN DO IS OFFER A LITTLE REPRESENTATION. IF YOU ARE GONNA ARGUE WITH ME ABOUT ETHNIC ACCURACY IN A SHOW ABOUT ZOMBIES, YOU ARE A GODDAMN RACIST. POINT FUCKIN BLANK.
With all that said, I love the show. It resonates with me on several painful levels. Why? Because I’m seeing people like me. I’m seeing people dehumanized because they’re ill, because their brains work differently. I’m seeing a bisexual main character who was hated for it, who suffered because of it. I’m seeing characters with depression, characters who don’t know how to act, characters seen as violent because of their medical condition.
Representation is important.
On all. Fucking. Levels.
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