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toonzle asked: sorry if I sound dumb, but what is environmental racism? i looked it up but i'm still not sure?


Benjamin Chavis defines it as “racial discrimination in environmental policy-making and enforcement of regulations and laws, the deliberate targeting of communities of color for toxic waste facilities, the official sanctioning of the presence of life threatening poisons and pollutants for communities of color, and the history of excluding people of color from leadership of the environmental movement.”

Some very basic examples that literally do not even come close to scratching the surface include:

  • People of color make up the majority of those living in neighborhoods located within 1.8 miles of the nation’s hazardous waste facilities.
  • Neighborhoods with facilities clustered close together have higher percentages of people of color than those with non-clustered facilities.
  • African Americans are 79 percent more likely than whites to live in neighborhoods where industrial pollution is suspected of causing the greatest health danger.
  • Children of color who live in poor areas are more likely to attend schools filled with asbestos, live in homes with peeling lead paint, and play in parks that are contaminated.
  • Living near toxic waste facilities and in low income housing affects almost every aspect of life including food, water, and air. Homes, schools, and workplaces are deemed unsafe because of environmental hazards in the buildings, which are dilapidated and outdated.
  • These same children are nearly 9 times more likely than economically advantaged children to be exposed to lead levels so high they can cause severe learning disabilities and neurological disorders. 96 percent of African American children who live in inner cities have unsafe amounts of lead in their blood.
  • Poverty-stricken Native American communities face some of the worst toxic pollution problems in the country.
  • Three out of every five African American and Latinos live in areas near toxic waste sites, as well as live in areas where the levels of poverty are well above the national average.
  • Climate change effects disproportionately impact people in the “global South,” whereas the causes of climate change are disproportionately brought about by the West.

It really bugs me when people talk to me about mashups and listen to mash ups. You do know thats hip hop for white people right? It’s not new. Fuck mash ups. It’s hip hop with songs that are easily recognizable to white ppl. What a stupid name for a genre. And why the fuck would I wanna listen to two songs at once. Jesus. do you know who Pete Rock is? J Dilla? Its not even about being pretentious its fucking cultural appropriation


New blog post

This one discusses my experiences teaching English abroad and language imperialism.

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Chocolate: An Act of Resistance

Cacao growing is being kept alive in Mexico by a fierce (and loving) grandma

In Mexico, Chocolate isn’t just a sweet treat. It is a food steeped in history and spirituality that has lost its place in Mexican agriculture and production. This is a story about bringing it back.

Filmed on 5d Mark iii w Canon 24-70, 16-35, 70-200 2.8 L

Video via The Perennial Plate

For more information on the Maya cacao growers featured in this video, visit: CASFA and Casa Tropical.

My fucking heart

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Pharrell Williams covers GQ Magazine April 2014 issue

On Hillary Clinton:
"Let me tell you why Hillary’s going to win. Everywhere you go in this country, you have red and blue. You got the Democrats; you got the Republicans. You got the Bloods; you got the Crips. You know what else is red and blue? Blood. Blood is blue in your body until air hits it, and then it turns red. That means there’s unity. There’s gonna be unity. So when you think about a night where there’s late-night talk-show hosts and it’s mostly women, that’s a different world. Right? A world where 75 percent of the prime ministers and the presidents were women: that’s a different world. That’s gonna happen, and it’s gonna happen when Hillary wins. Because you know what? No matter how staunch of a supporter you are of no-abortion, whatever you are: you’re a woman, and there’s no way in the world you’re going to vote for somebody that’s going to try to tell you what to do with your body. Hillary’s gonna win. Listen, I’m reaching out to her right now. She’s gonna win.”

On the Tea Party:
"The Tea Party guys? The guys with the n***er jokes in 2014? They’re all trying to learn how to do the Dougie. Please. While their daughters are all twerking. Trust me: Miley tells me all the time. Not saying that about Billy Ray, but I’m saying Miley tells me all the time: all those little girls, all those girls with their Republican daddies, they’re twerkin’ somewhere listening to Jay Z and Beyoncé and doin’ the ‘Happy’ dance. And that’s black."

Read the full cover story here.


i love him so much

I like Pharrell, I really do. The dude can cook up a beat. But seriously—- are we just gonna forget the wonderfully rape-y collaboration he did with Robin Thicke? Why is that not problematic? And the fact that Hilary Clinton was pro-Iraq War and a painfully hypocritical status-quo Secretary of State? And the fact that blood is fucking red, BLOOD IS NOT BLUE, BLOOD IS RED FOR GOD’S SAKE

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DMZ Jazz

I will show you my blog, but only if you promise to be funky alright?

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DMZ Jazz: "Nomads"

In which I deconstruct the popular misconception that anyone who travels is a nomad.