25 years old with mental complications ,that everyone was aware of in the area of Newtown was complying with LAPD and was held down and shot 3 times in the back.Witness’s say officers screamed out “shoot him” before firing at him. HE WAS HELD DOWN AND NOT RESISTING AND THEY STILL SHOT HIM. This is not getting any coverage and could easily be swept under the rug. I’m on mobile so please if anyone can post pictures,links,etc feel free to add.
Native Hawaiian death rates from cardiovascular disease are 44 percent higher than the U.S. average, 39 percent higher for cancers and 196 percent higher for Type 2 diabetes. This state of being is allowed to persist in part, I believe, because these statistics are only numbers. They may be startling, but symbols on a page can be ignored, concealed or filed away in the back of the mind to grapple with later. I have my own information to share.
My dad and his siblings were one-half Hawaiian, their parents each half as well. My uncle was the second of three brothers. Before the islands’ first foreign contact, in 1778, alcohol was unknown to these shores. If he were born three centuries ago, no drop of liquor would have passed his lips. But alcoholism had been hurting Native Hawaiians for over a century. In 2012, my uncle died of liver cancer in a hospital room in Honolulu, miles away from his home on Maui. Medical interventions were too little, too late.
My father was named Daryl Collins Kahahane. His Hawaiian name was Lani, a component of the name I received when I was born. Three hundred years ago, he would have eaten a Hawaiian diet. Meals would consist of taro, sweet potato, fish, bananas, and other traditional foods — a diet high in vitamins and low in fat. These foods would probably not have resulted in him suffering from heart disease or diabetes. He may not have had a heart attack in our front yard. Scar tissue would probably not have formed in his heart, staying with him for the handful of years to come. And he might not have died at the age of 63, while I was finishing up the spring semester of my sophomore year in college. But in 2013 — after decades of mayonnaise, spare ribs, root beer, and SPAM — we are far from the old days.
My grandmother, who still lives in Lahaina, was born 82 years ago just up Lahainaluna Road from the sugar plantation where my father was born. She saw two of her sons die before her, in the span of two years. The youngest of the three brothers survives, along with two daughters. These are statistics that we do not normally discuss. Forty percent of the family that she birthed, raised, and loved, has preceded her in passing. She has buried 67 percent of her sons, attended two-fifths of a potential five funerals at our church, Maria Lanakila.
But no number value can be put on her loss. There is no replacement for a son or a father."
minimum wage doesn’t even TOUCH a living wage, racism and sexism are alive and well, children are killed in schools on a regular basis, those who make it to college end up with hundreds of thousands in debt, our basic rights are being stripped from us daily, and adults actually believe that SELFIES are the cause for this generation’s demise
Although they represent 1% of the U.S. population, Native American juveniles represent 2% to 3% of youth arrests in categories such as theft and alcohol possession. Similarly, they are committed to adult incarceration at a rate 1.84 times that of whites and are placed under the jurisdiction of the criminal justice system at a rate 2.4 times that of whites. In four states with substantial Native American populations, they represent from 29% to 42% of juveniles held in secure confinement. The alcohol-related death rate among Native American youth stands at 17 times the national rate. Their suicide rate is triple the national average among males aged 15 to 24. Their high school dropout rate is the highest of any racial group…Incarcerated Native American youth also seem to receive disproportionately harsh treatment, including the use of pepper spray, restraints, and isolation.
Research by the National Indian Child Welfare Association shows that Native American youth are frequently placed in adult facilities—despite statutes prohibiting contact between adult and minor inmates in a correctional facility—because many of their communities lack dedicated juvenile facilities. This early exposure to a harsh prison environment can result from minor offenses such as truancy or from situations that would not normally warrant confinement, such as an overdose."
the reason so many youth are sent to adult facilities is not just because their tribal communities lack juvenile facilities (which is due to chronic underfunding and lack of resources, as well as an unwillingness to subject minors to confinement for criminal offenses on behalf of many tribes that choose instead to sentence those convicted to more traditional forms of restitution…which of course US government rarely takes seriously), it’s because many offenses are currently under federal jurisdiction (which means tribes don’t even have the option of alternative forms of justice regarding youth who have perpetrated crimes), and because of the conditions set in place that push youth towards crime in the first place (poverty, unstable homes, underfunded education and youth programming, unsupportive communities, etc).
Once again, I feel compelled to thank Tumblr.
In response to a general post about Captain America/Steve Rogers, someone posted about Isaiah Bradley. Since I never heard of this character before, I looked him up … and immediately discovered references to the Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Apparently, Marvel intended his origin story to directly reference the Tuskegee Syphilis Study (aka Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment) instead of an accident akin to that of Bruce Banner. [Reference: Truth Be Told: Authorship and the Creation of the Black Captain America]
Between 1932 and 1972, The U.S. Public Health Service conducted a study on the natural progression of untreated syphilis in rural African American sharecroppers in Alabama. They never told the men that they had syphilis and the men were never treated for syphilis. Meanwhile, penicillin was readily available and accepted as a medical treatment for the deadly disease. The significance of this infamous study, besides its inhumanity, is that it led to the creation of federally-mandated Institutional Review Boards to oversee experiments involving human subjects and the Belmont Report. [Reference: Tuskegee Syphilis Study]
I’m no expert on Marvel, so I can’t comment on the significance of the fact that they insisted on referencing this unpleasant side of American history in their “black Captain America”. I would rather see more recognition of the character himself so his story would actually be well-known (go Google it). The fact that he exists, however, is encouraging.
So, thank you Tumblr for reminding me that even though we use this blogging platform for funny gifs …we can also use it as a basis for education and expanding our understanding of history, law, politics, racism, and classism. By the way, the Belmont Report and its history were required reading for my university’s introduction to the study of history. The department chair wanted to impress upon us the importance of Institutional Review Boards if we decided to interview people for our history papers.
Isaiah was all things considered a very recent character, but he stands as very important because he’s a testament to a dark side of American history that most of pop culture, but especially comic books (which are largely built on nostalgia) rarely touch upon.
He was a pretty big deal because both Marvel and DC have a really strict reverence for the Golden Age (the first big comics boom during the late 30’s-40’s), so the fact that they were not only willing to insert a character like that into the Captain America mythos, but also in a way that directly references heinous shit the U.S. actually did, was very controversial and important.
I hope to god this character eventually makes his way to the MCU.
The fact that there are people who will fucking defend Loki to hell and back but take Sam Wilson, a black superhero, an all around great guy, and turn him into a villain just to fulfill their favorite white dick-fencing fuckboy thirst should be enough to prove how much racist filth parades through fandom. You bitches ain’t cute and I see you.