Jean and I tripped and fell.

Jean and I tripped and fell.

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"As a university tutor in my hometown, a city which is roughly 40% black and 37% white, I still had students asking me, “Do they just never learn how to talk right?” I pull up a chair when this happens, “Listen up, gang.” So what do I tell them? Well, the goal is to convey that, scientifically speaking, non-standard varieties of English such as the English spoken by Rachel Jeantel and the ‘proper English’ they’ve been taught are equally communicative. I go over the differences and point out that both have a rule system that must be followed to speak convincingly.

But then, I don’t see why there should need to be that justification. So I end up trying to teach respect. If they have a student that speaks a non-standard variety of English, they need to understand that that student is therefore competent in understanding at least two versions of English: the version they speak at home and other safe environments, and the one forced upon them when listening to you.

Respect that.

The alarmingly pervasive idea that standard English equates to ‘good grammar’ and non-standard English equates to ‘bad grammar’ is false and exclusionary. When it’s used in conjunction with intelligence and credibility of a young black woman, it’s reminiscent of the faulty scientific racism of “The Bell Curve.” But language shaming is currently acceptable behavior in the status quo. It is one of the last bastions of unabashed racism and classism.”

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Did a key witness in Trayvon Martin’s case talk funny, or could we all use some education?

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This is a side o this argument that I’ve never heard before, and that’s a shame.

And it’s a side that’s never occurred to me before, and that’s a bigger shame.

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The Beach House

The Beach House

piindi:

The average Aboriginal life expectancy is less than the new proposed Australian pension age

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Feel the POWER!

Feel the POWER!

floozys:

there’s a lot of unspoken pressure to keep liking the things you used to like and to keep dressing the way you’ve always dressed and to never question what you believe in and basically “be yourself” has slowly morphed into “be what everyone knows you as” but trust me when i say if you just give it up and simply make decisions and take actions based purely on what would make you happy, you’ll gain a very comforting sense of self peace   

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Anagrams

I wanted to see what the possible anagrams are for me name, so I asked our Lord God, Google. 
If you type ‘Anagram’ into google, it autocompletes to 
"Anagram solver" then
"Anagram maker"

I immediately clicked on ‘maker’, seeing as how I wanted to make one and all, but then I paused. Truly, what’s the difference? Now my brain hurts. 

graculus:

tbh the latest trend of asking female celebrities if theyre feminist seems less about advancing liberation and more about the media attempting to turn women against eachother

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milkbarista:

no. 6the kids are alright
I feel like too many people think “online” and “fake” are interchangeable words.

milkbarista:

no. 6
the kids are alright

I feel like too many people think “online” and “fake” are interchangeable words.

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