Judge a Book By Its Cover

irresistible-revolution:

glintglimmergleam:

Stopped in Barnes & Noble today and thought I’d see if there were any YA titles worth checking out.  How depressing to note the unsubtle message being sent by the cover images of the books on display:

  • 95 white girls
  • 30 white boys
  • 15 figures (male and female) in shadow
  • 1 racially ambiguous light brown girl
  • 1 drawing of an Asian boy (next to a drawing of a white girl)
  • 1 half of a black boy’s face (next to 1 half of a white girl’s face)

They really ought to rename the section “White Teen Fiction.”

“Under colonial constructions of beauty and desire, being fat and brown and queer and femme means being ugly. It means feeling unlovable, being unlovable, and no one disagreeing. Being fat and brown and colonized means to value, desire, and prioritize romantic love—a love that doesn’t want you, that will never have you, and to not know how to liberate yourself from the belly of that beast.

Ugly is how I move through the world, how I am viewed by strangers, coworkers, potential lovers, employers, family, community members, doctors, professors, service industry workers, et cetera, and this perception affects how I am treated daily. I have been denied job opportunities because of my body. I do not fit into restaurant booths, airplane seats, or school desks comfortably—which serves as a constant reminder that this world was not built to accommodate me.”

Yes, indigenous children are detained at the US border (but are they interviewed in their own language?)

guatepolitics:

guatepolitics:

“It is surprisingly easy for gringos to look past the reality of undocumented migrants as human beings, and most gringos imagine immigrants as caramel-colored, Spanish-speaking Mexicans, not indigenous, Q’eqchi’-speaking Guatemalans.”

"Don’t Just Pay It Back, Pay It Forward: From Accountability to Reciprocity in Research Relationships" in the Journal of Research Practice

Seriously, though, I haven’t seen one single news article that acknowledges that some of the detained immigrants don’t speak Spanish, much less asks questions about the quality of credible fear determinations that are not conducted in immigrants’ native languages.

I was starting to wonder if my expectations for media representation were unreasonably high. Nope.

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This isn’t the clearest graph I’ve ever seen, but here’s what this recent report from the United Nations High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) reveals in its study of more than 400 unaccompanied minors who were held in US federal custody. Of 100 Guatemalan minors, more than 40 spoke one or more languages other than Spanish. The study did not sample for ethnicity (as it did for nationality & gender), but by chance 48% of Guatemalan children self-identified as indigenous (also ~5% of Mexican and 3% of Honduran children).

The study did not discuss whether any of these children spoke Spanish as a second language or whether interviews conducted in Spanish might miss key elements of claims for international protection / asylum.

(Source: jrp.icaap.org)

allthingseurope:

Budapest, Hungary (by zelovoc)

allthingseurope:

Budapest, Hungary (by zelovoc)

itsalwayssunnyinatlanticcity:

I keep hearing people on the teevee rant about “forced diversity” and “PC fascism” and it makes me wonder how these alternate-universe broadcasts are reaching me here in this world where John Constantine has to be straight and pharaohs are being played by squinty Australian white guys.

curiosamathematica:

The Google trend for the search query “quadratic formula”.
It repeats in the same pattern every year. Down in summer, up in September, down again in December and up again in spring time before going down again in the summer. And so it goes on forever.

curiosamathematica:

The Google trend for the search query “quadratic formula”.

It repeats in the same pattern every year. Down in summer, up in September, down again in December and up again in spring time before going down again in the summer. And so it goes on forever.

polish-vintage:

Gdańsk by me

koreanmodel:

Kim Jinkyung by Lee Younghak 

koreanmodel:

Kim Jinkyung by Lee Younghak