Arfa Iqbal, by An Dukes.
Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:
Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.
According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:
Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”
This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!
You can sign the petition here.
Thanks to theseacaptainsdaughter for dropping a link in my inbox.
“This piece was primarily a trust exercise, in which she told viewers she would not move for six hours no matter what they did to her. She placed 72 objects one could use in pleasing or destructive ways, ranging from flowers and a feather boa to a knife and a loaded pistol, on a table near her and invited the viewers to use them on her however they wanted.
Initially, Abramović said, viewers were peaceful and timid, but it escalated to violence quickly. “The experience I learned was that … if you leave decision to the public, you can be killed… I felt really violated: they cut my clothes, stuck rose thorns in my stomach, one person aimed the gun at my head, and another took it away. It created an aggressive atmosphere. After exactly 6 hours, as planned, I stood up and started walking toward the public. Everyone ran away, escaping an actual confrontation.”
This piece revealed something terrible about humanity, similar to what Philip Zimbardo’s Stanford Prison Experiment or Stanley Milgram’s Obedience Experiment, both of which also proved how readily people will harm one another under unusual circumstances.”
This performance showed just how easy it is to dehumanize a person who doesn’t fight back, and is particularly powerful because it defies what we think we know about ourselves. I’m certain the no one reading this believes the people around him/her capable of doing such things to another human being, but this performance proves otherwise.”
this is why performance art is important
So every single person who told me ‘ignore them they’ll go away’ and ‘you can’t let them know they bothered you’ and ‘They’ll stop if they don’t see you react’ and all that bull shit, my entire school career, I want you to look good and hard at this.
I want you to think about what you said.
What you keep saying.
What you are telling your children.
You are making them powerless.
that last comment. actually crying.
These are some photos of various Commerson’s Dolphin wild captures that took place between 1978 to 1987. The facilities that partook in these captures include:
- Duisburg Zoo
- Sunshine international Aquarium
- Bahia Blanca
- Marinepia Matsushima Aquarium
- Toba Aquarium
None of these animals except for 2 are alive today, and it was believed that 53 animals were captured. This is the industry you are putting your dollars into when you buy a ticket to a marine park housing dolphins in captivity.
I can only imagine what a traumatic experience it is to be scooped up out of the ocean and carted off to live in a box until you die (apparently very shortly after).
"This is the industry you are putting your dollars into when you buy a ticket to a marine park housing dolphins in captivity."
No, it is not, because captures don’t happen anymore.
Furthermore, every single animal that has ever been in the care of man originally came from the wild.
Every dog, wolf, fox, bushdog, raccoon, badger, bear, cat, lion, leopard, tiger, lynx, cheetah, civet, hyena, meerkat, mongoose, rat, capybara, rabbit, shrew, hedgehog, monkey, ape, lemur, colugo, elephant, rhino, tapir, horse, zebra, antelope, deer, goat, sheep, cow, buffalo, camel, pig, hippopotamus, bat, seal, anteater, armadillo, kangaroo, opossum, koala and platypus, every eagle, falcon, ostrich, hummingbird, parrot, cockatoo, toucan, hornbill, woodpecker, vulture, egret, zebra finch, penguin, raven and turaco, every iguana, gecko, komodo dragon, water monitor and anole lizard, every king cobra, reticulated python, anaconda, redtail boa and viper, every goldfish, gourami, cichlid, stingray, parrotfish, angelfish and shark, and many, many, many more - have all been captured in the wild, more or less recently.
Unlike the rest of you, I don’t consider other animals of lesser worth than cetaceans.
If you’re going to boycott marine parks, you better become an anti-pet, anti-zoo vegan right away, or you’re a hypocrite.
^Fucking thank you. Could not have said it better myself.
The idea that the United States currently obtains any sort of cetacean from captures needs to end now.
fun fact: if a persons body odor smells good to you that means they have an immune system basically opposite of yours! this happens so the chances of finding a mate with the opposite immune system is greater and the chances that any offspring you produce together will have a stronger immune system is greater.
this is fascinating