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I would have given her away to a serial killer, I was so desperate.

American mother on her 12-year-old adopted daughter.

From When Children Are Traded, published November 20, 2013 in The New York Times.

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I remember reading the Reuters investigative report on foreign adoptions gone wrong this year - there are white people who repeatedly adopt foreign children or buy them underground online.  I still think about that article every day, and this quote or something similar to it appeared in many parents’ mouths - that they wouldn’t mind having someone kill their children than have to spend another minute with them.

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But to racist Americans trying to silence adoptees and POC when we shed light on yet another case of adopted child abandonment, this growing cesspool of child trafficking and abuse counts as “POSSIBLY NOTHING

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While toy libraries target younger children, libraries that offer video games draw teens. A librarian at the Houston Public Library tells NPR that offering game consoles and iPads “results in a 15% to 20% increase in the circulation of books.” The games themselves also seem to help struggling readers, with some reading text in video game format “that was up to eight grades above their reading level,” says Constance Steinkuehler, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.
Having gaming available at libraries has other advantages as well. It gives lower-income youth the chance to play games they may not be able to afford; offers teenagers a safe place; and helps teens understand that the library is a place where they can belong.
The case for making libraries full of toys and games – Quartz (via infoneer-pulse)

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kanyewesticleandthepeasants:

be more like khadija you say? 

ok b, lemme get married twice, take over my second husband’s business and turn it into a raging success, have all the rich men in my town want me, but at 40 - I’ll marry the hot 25 year old who works for me and who loves me unconditionally and we’ll pop out 6 children like no problemo son this sounds like the dream why would i ever disagree

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Filed under islam Khadija was a role model

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pervocracy:

I frequently fuck this up myself, but this is important in adult sex education.  (Or really, any age sex education.)  If you go “LOL holy shit you don’t know that about your own body?!?” to someone’s question about their body, you are not encouraging them to learn more.  You are strongly encouraging them to never ask you a question again.
If someone believes that they can’t get pregnant during their period or that it’s abnormal that they have a lot of hair around their genitals, the correct answers are “it’s less likely, but you can still get pregnant” and “nope, it’s totally normal.”  The correct answer is not rolling your eyes and going “OH MY GAWD LOOK AT THE STATE OF SEX ED IN THIS COUNTRY.”
I’m all for rolling your eyes at the sex ed system, but when you do it directly after someone asks a question, that’s not just a political observation, that’s an insult.  And very few people want to ask delicate questions about their genitalia to someone who might insult them for it.
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pervocracy:

I frequently fuck this up myself, but this is important in adult sex education.  (Or really, any age sex education.)  If you go “LOL holy shit you don’t know that about your own body?!?” to someone’s question about their body, you are not encouraging them to learn more.  You are strongly encouraging them to never ask you a question again.

If someone believes that they can’t get pregnant during their period or that it’s abnormal that they have a lot of hair around their genitals, the correct answers are “it’s less likely, but you can still get pregnant” and “nope, it’s totally normal.”  The correct answer is not rolling your eyes and going “OH MY GAWD LOOK AT THE STATE OF SEX ED IN THIS COUNTRY.”

I’m all for rolling your eyes at the sex ed system, but when you do it directly after someone asks a question, that’s not just a political observation, that’s an insult.  And very few people want to ask delicate questions about their genitalia to someone who might insult them for it.

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majiinboo:

  • Do not forget Michael Brown
  • Do not forget how the media dehumanized him and tried to justify his murder
  • Do not forget how peaceful protests were painted as savage riots
  • Do not forget police armed with military grade weapons terrorized and arrested black civilians
  • Do not forget Darren Wilson being awarded over $200,000 in fundraiser donations for murdering an unarmed black child
  • Do not forget that this system was not built to defend us, but to control us
  • Do not forget Ferguson 

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HPD: Robbers target Asian women leaving work in southwest Houston

18mr:

antiasianracism:

Heads up, Houston!

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