Saw this on the bus the other day.
Forty-five years after American troops murdered men, women and children in a village in Vietnam, LIFE.com bears witness to the horror by republishing the story of My Lai as it ran in LIFE 20 months later
(Ronald L. Haeberle — Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
The My Lai Massacre is an iconic 20th century event which reflects the USA’s attitude toward Asia and Asian people. On March 16, 1968, roughly 500 unarmed civilians in the Vietnamese village of Son My — mostly women, children, babies, and the elderly — were massacred by US troops. Many of the women were raped and some were gang-raped before being mutilated and dumped in ditches. Three US soldiers attempted to halt the massacre and were denounced in US Congress as traitors.
In my opinion, part of the contempt we see toward Asians from some US Americans (including from some other people of color who are supposedly anti-racist) is a manifestation of this political history, which also includes: (1) the invasion and colonization of the Philippines, Hawaii, Guam, Samoa; (2) the internment of Japanese Americans; (3) dropping atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki; (4) the invasion and partition of Korea and the establishment of a permanent military base; (5) the destruction of Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos.
Brandalism is a billboard hijacking project taking place throughout England. Over 5 days, 25 artists from 8 different countries displayed their artwork all over the country. The artworks seek to confront the ad industry and take back the visual landscape which we all have to view every day of our lives.
“Taking the piss with a point”
interestin’. more info here.
Hot Date!: Pt. 1 (Montreal) and Pt. 2 (Quebec City)
Finally, an advertisement that tells the truth…”The most magical film of the year”
In less than 140 characters, Rock captured the ethos of one of the most commonly emailed historical narratives in the black community – Frederick Douglass’ “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July?” In order to fully appreciate the humor, irony and the pain of Independence Day for those of us descended from slaves, I do suggest you read Douglass’ classic speech. As many of my colleagues have pointed out, the speech puts into to bold relief the ignorance of Americans who expect America’s second and third class citizens to celebrate ideals to which they have been systematically denied. For those that think that life is all good for black folk in the 21st century please check – life expectancy, wealth, infant mortality, chronic disease, access to health care, violent death, incarceration, lending practices, police brutality, and/or capitol punishment – see how these things vary by race.
besties sharing a drink, an outfit, a groove, and a love of tats ;)
Goddess Mawu and husband Liza (which is also seen as Mawu’s twin).
Mawu is the mother goddess of Dahomey, Africa (The Fon peoples). She represents the moon and Liza represents the sun. Liza is thought of by the Fon people as harsh and fierce!
Mawu and Liza are inseparable and are known as the basis of the universe. Their happy and balanced relationship also means that the universe is happy and balanced.