“Now, I don’t care to discuss the alleged complaints American Indians have against this country. I believe, with good reason, the most unsympathetic Hollywood portrayal of Indians and what they did to the white man. They had no right to a country merely because they were born here and then acted like savages. The white man did not conquer this country. And you’re a racist if you object, because it means you believe that certain men are entitled to something because of their race. You believe that if someone is born in a magnificent country and doesn’t know what to do with it, he still has a property right to it. He does not. Since the Indians did not have the concept of property or property rights—they didn’t have a settled society, they had predominantly nomadic tribal “cultures” – they didn’t have rights to the land, and there was no reason for anyone to grant them rights that they had not conceived of and were not using. It’s wrong to attack a country that respects (or even tries to respect) individual rights. If you do, you’re an aggressor and are morally wrong. But if a “country” does not protect rights – if a group of tribesmen are the slaves of their tribal chief – why should you respect the “rights” that they don’t have or respect? The same is true for a dictatorship. The citizens in it have individual rights, but the country has no rights and so anyone has the right to invade it, because rights are not recognized in that country; and no individual or country can have its cake and eat it too—that is, you can’t claim one should respect the “rights” of Indians, when they had no concept of rights and no respect for rights. But let’s suppose they were all beautifully innocent savages – which they certainly were not. What were they fighting for, in opposing the white man on this continent? For their wish to continue a primitive existence; for their “right” to keep part of the earth untouched – to keep everybody out so they could live like animals or cavemen. Any European who brought with him an element of civilization had the right to take over this continent, and it’s great that some of them did. The racist Indians today – those who condemn America – do not respect individual rights.”—
Ayn Rand, when asked, “When you consider the cultural genocide of Native Americans, the enslavement of blacks, and the relocation of Japanese Americans during World War Two, how can you have such a positive view of America?” at West Point Academy in 1974.
because there is some clueless white tool in my ask box trying to defend Rand to me and I am tired and not even remotely in the mood to deal with your nonsense. ayn rand is a revolting racist, end of story, and that’s 1 of a billion things that is wrong with her.
Within the last 48 hours on Tumblr, a non-Black person of colour lazy-artistgal (who subsequently deleted their profile) asked whitepeoplesaidwhat a question loaded with virulent anti-Blackness. That non-Black person of colour was defended by another non-Black/mixed person of colour …
"motherfuckers will read a book that is 1/3 elvish, but put two sentences in Spanish and they think we’re taking over" - Junot Diaz to the interview question "do you think using spanish in your writing alienates some of your readers?"
In Georgia, the state Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Division approved of a new specialty license plate design that features the Confederate battle flag.
Mason Atkins is an Intern for Think Progress
Image of the new license plate design.
CREDIT: Associated Press
In Georgia, the state Department of Revenue’s Motor Vehicle Divisionapproved of a new specialty license plate design that features the Confederate battle flag. Under state law, all license plate proposals are submitted to the Motor Vehicle division to screen out insensitive or offensive license plate designs.
This new plate design replaces an older Confederate battle flag template that began circulation in the early 2000s. But the new design, proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, features a more prominent Confederate battle flag across the background, the emblem of the SOCV on the left side, and a dedication to the organization in a banner across the lower-center of the plate. While the Department of Revenue has defended the new plate by saying the appearance of the flag is not new, the re-issuance of a symbol associated with racism in an even larger and more prominent manner has raised the ire of many. Maynard Eaton, spokesman for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, called the display “reprehensible” and added “we don’t have license plates saying ‘Black Power’.” Georgia’s Governor, Nathan Deal (R) also commented, telling the Atlanta Journal Constitution that he had “no information in advance about it.”
This is not the first instance in the State of Georgia over the Confederate battle flag. From 1956 to 2001, the Georgia state flag prominently displayed the battle flag of the Confederacy until it was removed in favor of the Georgia state seal on a blue background with the former and current flags of the United States and Georgia displayed in a banner in the lower middle. In 2003, the current “stars and bars” design was adopted in order to remove the Confederate battle flag entirely and prevent any association with or endorsement of white supremacy. At the same time Georgia removed any chance of that conclusion from the state flag it began circulation of the Confederate battle flag license plates.
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“The goal of colonialism is not just to kill colonized peoples, but to destroy their sense of being people. It is through sexual violence that a colonizing group attempts to render a colonized people as inherently rapable, their lands inherently invadable, and their resources inherently extractable.”—Heteropatriarchy, A Building Block of Empire — Andrea Smith (via whitedenial-ontrial)