a friendly reminder

beahbeah:

marfmellow:

that calling women of color exotic is

  • fucking racist
  • dehumanizing
  • othering
  • and not a fucking compliment

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(x)

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talkdowntowhitepeople:

majiinboo:

this is always relevant 

literally me after reading the autobiography of malcolm x

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[on diversity in media] I think its social responsibility. I think it’s our responsibility to stand up and say what we want. It think if you look at television in the past two years, it’s becoming the decade of the female. Like, all these new shows with female leads. Even if you look at television, as well as cable, as well as films, there’s been a resurgence, as far as the leading woman in Hollywood, which is great. And I think we’re also at the point now…you know, it’s interesting…x

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dontbearuiner:

canmakedothink:

-teesa-:

9.2.14

PROTECT JESSICA WILLIAMS AT ALL COSTS.

She is the best.

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raavynndigital:

yellowcrayonwillow-archive:

me on a daily basis

All day every day.

nodaybuttodaytodefygravity:

nantli-miquitzlin:

zarabithia:

ericscissorhands:

“A villain is just a victim whose story hasn’t been told.”

Why is this one of the things recommended for me on my dash.

There’s so much wrong with this.

1. The quote is bullshit, and indicative of everything terrible about our society, which constantly puts the pain of the abuser above those they abuse. 

2 It also grossly furthers the idea that all victims are potential abusers. Which has real life ramifications, because this is actually something that survivors of child abuse fear and one of the reasons they do not always come forward.

3. Bucky has no goddamn business being in this set. He wasn’t a villain. He actually was a victim.

4. We saw Anakin’s story. We KNOW his story. Cool story, bro, but you still murdered children. You are not now and never shall be a fucking victim, but those babies were, so fuck you and fuck your defenders and especially fuck anyone who would think that you are a goddamn victim.

5. We know Magneto’s story intimately. It has been told often. He was a victim once. And then he decided that Genocide was okay. 

6.  Fuck Fake White Khan and we do in fact know Real Khan’s story. He did think he was a victim, but no, he was not. He was a complicated and amazing villain that went against the typical type of POC villains that we get - he was brilliant and clever and not just a “thug.” But he was not a victim (no, not even after the neighboring planet went boom.) 

7. We know Loki’s story too. It’s one of a whiny spoiled brat who keeps trying to commit genocide. 

tldr: Bucky has no business being in this set. The rest of these people are murderous terrible people. They are not victims, though some of them were once. 

I waited to reblog this, specifically for someone to express this^^. tumblr delivered.

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nychealth:

Let’s stop HIV in New York City

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Daily PrEP

PrEP is a daily pill that can help keep you HIV-negative as long as you take it every day.

  • Ask your doctor if PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis) may be right for you.
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Emergency PEP

If you are HIV-negative and think you were exposed to HIV, immediately go to a clinic or emergency room and ask for PEP (Post-exposure  Prophylaxis).

  • PEP can stop HIV if started within 36 hours of exposure.
  • You continue taking PEP for 28 days.

Many insurance plans including Medicaid cover PEP and PrEP. Assistance may be available if you are uninsured. Visit NYC Health’s website to find out where to get PrEP or PEP in New York City.

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Anonymous said: do black aboriginal men suffer the same police brutality as black american men?

black-australia:

Yes. Experiences obviously differ in terms of guns as gun laws here very different to America, but Aboriginal men are harassed by the police and police brutality is very common. We still have Aboriginal peoples dying in police custody and incarceration rates are always increasing. A lot of similarities can be drawn between the treatment of Black American peoples and Black Australian peoples by the police. 

a really good example of this is the mulrunji case on palm island in 2005-2006 if you want to google it, non-aussies

ladydwarfbadari:

thranduilandhisswagstag:

Is it me or do you level really quick after lvl 50 in Lotro.

for me, 35-50ish was absolutely glacial

It really picks up again after you hit 60, though, basically from Moria onward I’ve pretty well flown through levels, I’m at 92 now

with me, 30-50 was REALLY fast and then 50-60 was slower and it got down to a snail’s pace after that even with VIP EXP bonuses

amordominaegenetrix:

jaythenerdkid:

queerpunkhamlet:

recoveringsjw:

sidneyia:

god-senpai:

queerpunkhamlet:

cis people aren’t allowed to edit my papers anymore

"WHAAATT? I HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY WORK??? IN MY OWN PAPER??? WHAT THE FUUUCK??"

It’s not my job to educate you, teacher. 

I’m betting one hundred bucks that this is a comment about a really badly written essay and not someone being actively transphobic.

well, you’re about to owe me one hundred bucks.
this is not the first time i mentioned privilege in the paper. or cisgender. this paper was written on my personal experiences with being trans, and the difficulties i’ve faced because of it, and the difficulties that cisgender people with otherwise comparable lives have not faced.
the terms privilege and cisgender had both been thoroughly elaborated on in this paper.
this paper was written for a women’s studies class, on gender analysis, in which both privilege and cisgender privilege in particular had been explained, elaborated upon, and discussed by the professor.
the comment was not by the professor, it was by a cis classmate during a peer review.
the words cisgender and privilege are both in scare quotes (in case you can’t google that or don’t know what it means or want to deny their existence, scare quotes is when you put a word or phrase in quotation marks to make it seem less real — the textual version of sarcastically making air quotes with your fingers)
another edit, by the same editor, involved asking me what my birth name was. i’m sure you don’t need to be told that that’s transphobic.
i spoke to the professor about this edit, and he agreed with me that the comment (and the way it was phrased) was out of line. in fact, he thought it was so out of line that he led a workshop for the class on how not to be disrespectful assholes to trans people (say, by asking for their birth name, or telling them they’re wrong or oversensitive about transphobia).
i got a 99% on the essay — WITHOUT changing anything the edit asked for.
the professor liked my essay so much that he asked to keep it as an EXAMPLE for future classes
bonus: if your reaction to seeing gross transphobic things is “well it’s probably the trans person’s fault”, then you’re gross and transphobic and i hope you don’t know any trans people IRL for their sake

I feel like everyone’s missing that THE PROFESSOR MISSPELLED THE WORD “PRIVILEGE”

^ it wasn’t the professor it was a peer review; that’s a fellow student misspelling privilege

oh. well then. uh.
I’m glad it wasn’t the professor being shit, at least.

amordominaegenetrix:

jaythenerdkid:

queerpunkhamlet:

recoveringsjw:

sidneyia:

god-senpai:

queerpunkhamlet:

cis people aren’t allowed to edit my papers anymore

"WHAAATT? I HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY WORK??? IN MY OWN PAPER??? WHAT THE FUUUCK??"

It’s not my job to educate you, teacher.

I’m betting one hundred bucks that this is a comment about a really badly written essay and not someone being actively transphobic.

well, you’re about to owe me one hundred bucks.

  1. this is not the first time i mentioned privilege in the paper. or cisgender. this paper was written on my personal experiences with being trans, and the difficulties i’ve faced because of it, and the difficulties that cisgender people with otherwise comparable lives have not faced.
  2. the terms privilege and cisgender had both been thoroughly elaborated on in this paper.
  3. this paper was written for a women’s studies class, on gender analysis, in which both privilege and cisgender privilege in particular had been explained, elaborated upon, and discussed by the professor.
  4. the comment was not by the professor, it was by a cis classmate during a peer review.
  5. the words cisgender and privilege are both in scare quotes (in case you can’t google that or don’t know what it means or want to deny their existence, scare quotes is when you put a word or phrase in quotation marks to make it seem less real — the textual version of sarcastically making air quotes with your fingers)
  6. another edit, by the same editor, involved asking me what my birth name was. i’m sure you don’t need to be told that that’s transphobic.
  7. i spoke to the professor about this edit, and he agreed with me that the comment (and the way it was phrased) was out of line. in fact, he thought it was so out of line that he led a workshop for the class on how not to be disrespectful assholes to trans people (say, by asking for their birth name, or telling them they’re wrong or oversensitive about transphobia).
  8. i got a 99% on the essay — WITHOUT changing anything the edit asked for.
  9. the professor liked my essay so much that he asked to keep it as an EXAMPLE for future classes

bonus: if your reaction to seeing gross transphobic things is “well it’s probably the trans person’s fault”, then you’re gross and transphobic and i hope you don’t know any trans people IRL for their sake

I feel like everyone’s missing that THE PROFESSOR MISSPELLED THE WORD “PRIVILEGE”

^ it wasn’t the professor it was a peer review; that’s a fellow student misspelling privilege

oh. well then. uh.

I’m glad it wasn’t the professor being shit, at least.

I HAVE BEEN TAGGED IN SO MANY MEMES, HELP

I will do them all eventually, I promise! right now I am too busy sneezing the contents of my sinuses onto my t-shirt. :(

Dear Fandom, Thank you

phunkybrewsterspen:

alittlenutjob:

I’ve been avoiding an anonymous ask in my box today, because some of the details could probably be used to identify one or more specific TMP fans, and while I don’t know who it is, I don’t think that it’s helpful to us as a community to single any person out unless it’s for praise.

The gist was that some people were choosing to support the show one way, and the anonymous commenter did not necessarily agree that they were doing all they could do for the show, and perhaps were cherry-picking participation opportunities for self-promotion.

Well, that’s as may be, but there’s no wrong way to enjoy the show and definitely no wrong way to promote it. We’re a small fanbase, and we can’t fall apart now. We’ve been through the mill this year: threatened with losing this thing we love, and still facing the possibility that this season may not get extended or renewed. We’ve banded together to do a wide variety of promotions, and worked really hard at trying to invite new fans in - so let’s keep it up. Participate any way you can, participate any way you want to, and take the time to appreciate how lucky we are to have this show and this community.

I’ll start the ball rolling by naming someone, and I want YOU, dear fans to reblog this and name someone in the fandom who you are thankful for - and if you can’t or don’t want to then that’s fine too. I appreciate you.

Thank you dagaptoothedbetch for sending me interesting asks about The Mindy Project, which really encourages me to write more!

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This gon’ be long…

The thing that I absolutely adore about this fandom is that, as a group, we have created so many different ways to express our abiding obsession with  deep appreciation for this fantastic show. Some have sacrificed time away from their families to create awesome podcasts (like the adorable mindiansminute and her husband, Marty) while others have poured their hearts into fanfiction. A few have created such a warm Twitter community with their enthusiasm and special Mindian events (like inkasaurus's very fun Pub Night and our 28 Hotel Rooms livetweet)​. Others choose to abstain from all of it and simply enjoy the show in peace. All of it is appreciated and no matter how somebody chooses to exercise their inner fan, it is MORE than enough. Period. 

There are far too many people to thank…and I am shit at matching up Twitter/AO3/Tumblr handles, but everyone has wormed their way into my heart in different ways:

Thank you city-bright, evmlove, hiphopsoulqueen, redglasseslove, alyssahoman, hannhannham, hatfieldvmccoy, evensnarkiersara, aconstipatedmeerkat, tinyfierceandsassy, mindannyforever, ambrosiajones and mindys2ndaccount for always being so funny, supportive and sweet.

Thank you fortlaudertales2720​ for your wit, unrelenting humor, and unabashed nerdism, all of which have come together to create a person who is not only one of my favorite Mindians, but one of my favorite people. <3

Thank you singasaranade for your fanvid talent and for naming The Author’s Archive when I simply could not coin the work I wanted to do. 

Thank you, beyoncephatthai​ and mindyprojectlove​ for being my Breaking Bad Fangirl Guides this summer. Also, BeyoncePhatThai, a special thank you to you for occasionally livetweeting my stories. Hahaha!

Thank you clrmyr and lizzylizard84 for indulging me in Wednesday night OITNB Nights (and for being just as absent-minded as me when it came to actually remembering them. Hahaha!)

Thank you imadandylioness for your trending data and being a fountain of Messina knowledge.

Thank you mindyanddannyfineanddandy for being on the forefront of fanfic promotion (and for writing such beauty).

Thank you jaythenerdkid for always being such a fearless inspiration. 

There are others who have been wonderful, but I’m not sure who they are on Tumblr, like slayhiri, alyg8or, myhipsdontlie (all Twitter) and others whose names escape me, but thank you all for being so consistently wonderful. 

And lastly, a major thank you to my loves, the-omniscient-narrator, alittlenutjob, jsmapdi, and my stunning writing partner with an ass that doesn’t quit, helenvanpattersonpatton. This fandom may have my hand, but you ladies have my heart eyes. <3 <3 <3 <3

I love this fandom. Every one of you. 

I’M NOT CRYING YOU’RE CRYING SHUT UP

I love how welcoming and enthusiastic this fandom is. Writing for it is a pleasure and watching together is incredibly fun. I’m glad to know all of you, I really am.

If I had to single anyone out, though, it would be alittlenutjob for encouraging me to write more, ambrosiajones and the-omniscient-narrator for our amazing soul-baring DM chats, nakedmonkey for being the first Mindian to welcome me on tumblr, cesays for understanding what it’s like to write British English in an American English fandom, arineat for her enthusiastic newbie liveblogs (and for inviting me to squee about Mindy on The Big 24 this year) and phunkybrewsterspen for always having my back on Twitter. Y’all are amazing and I love you.

arineat said: re: the edit of the paper, it was actually a student who misspelled "privilege", not the professor. They were saying the student was being a fucking asshole, but that the prof loved the paper - particularly that bit that the peer editor shit all over.

ah, this makes a lot more sense!

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hellandheartaches:

youre-bey0nd-beautiful:

angrymuslimah:

"Gulabi Gang" is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.

this is too thug not to reblog

On Wednesdays we wear pink. And beat the brakes of your P.O.S. Husband.

hellandheartaches:

youre-bey0nd-beautiful:

angrymuslimah:

"Gulabi Gang" is a gang of women in India who track down and beat abusive husbands with brooms.

this is too thug not to reblog

On Wednesdays we wear pink. And beat the brakes of your P.O.S. Husband.

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mutantbakabutt:

foreverisreal:

blunts-and-robots:

devils-in-my-head:



this this this this this

if anyone hates me for this you’re not thinking clearly
think about the amount of people killed in the middle east, too ..

lol so edgy xD

the only reason america dropped the atomic bomb was because we were at WAR idiots, if we hadn’t dropped the bomb the war would’ve lasted at lot longer. 9/11 was an act of terrorism, why don’t you go watch a video of the twin towers as they burn after the planes crash into them and later collapse in on themselves burying not only the people that worked there inside, but also the police officers and firefighters who were trying to rescue any survivors, and before they collapsed, when people were forced to choose to burn or jump out to their deaths. so yeah, the atomic bomb killed more people, but one was during WWII and the other was a direct attack of terrorism on America. And the only reason we were at war with Japan was because they attacked us at pearl harbor, if they hadn’t done that the war would’ve stayed in Europe and the atomic bomb wouldn’t have been dropped.

Not even remotely true, but thanks for playing. This misconception largely occurs because of the famous Stimson article that was featured in Harpers’ magazine.
Of course, he didn’t actually WRITE the thing and, though it presents itself as a fireside chat between two people it was actually a heavily engineered document, and almost every fact cited was knowingly wrong by the government at the time (declassified documents - read ‘em). But hey! What better source for info!
That’s neither here nor there though since Japan tried to surrender before we dropped the bomb.
Several Times.
Yes, Japan tried to surrender. Once through Russia, once through Switzerland, once through the Vatican of all places, and many times appealing directly to Truman. We turned them down because of the stipulation that we were not allowed to touch their emperor, a concession the US was not willing to make at the time.

“Foreign Minister Shigemitsu has instructed Ambassador Sato [in Moscow] to find out whether Russia is willing to assist in bringing about a negotiated peace. Shigemitsu’s instructions, although cautiously worded, clearly imply that he has in mind a move by Russia to initiate peace discussions between Japan and the Anglo-Americans… [I]t seems hardly likely that he would have taken such a step without having consulted at least some of the more important members of the new Japanese cabinet… This is the first time that the Japanese have been willing to suggest to Russia directly that they are ready for peace.”
-“Japanese Consider Peace Possibilities” War Department MAGIC reports of intercepted messages: EYES ONLY for President and closest advisers
“I learn from a very reliable source that in important civilian circles in Japan the peace problem is being discussed with increasing anxiety. A speedy German collapse is expected and it is not believed that Japan can then continue the war. It is therefore considered necessary to get peace as soon as possible before the country and towns are destroyed… If any willingness appeared to exist in London the Japanese would be ready for preliminary discussions through Swedish channels. Behind the man who gave me this message stands one of the best known statesment in Japan and there is no doubt that this attempt must be considered as a serious one.”
-Telegram from Swedish minister in Tokyo given from the British Ambassador to the United States
“…It seems probably that very far-reaching conditions would be accepted by the Japanese by way of negotiation… Exchange of the Japanese constituted must also be considered as excluded. The Emperor must not be touched. However, the Imperial power could be somewhat democratized as is that of the English King”
-Report from Swedish minister in Tokyo sent to US State Department
AND EVEN LATER THEY GAVE THOSE CONDITIONS UP
“…Stated that he had been asked by Masutaro Inoue, Counsellor for the Japanese Legation in Portugal, to contact United States representatives. Source quoted Inoue as saying that the Japanese are ready to cease hostilities, provided they are allowed to retain possession of their home islands… On 19 May [1945], the OSS representative reported Inoue again had repeated to source his desire to talk with an American representative. On this occasion Inoue declared that actual peace terms were unimportant so long as the term ‘unconditional surrender’ was not employed.”
-OSS Representative report directly to Truman

Of course, we did anyway. But that’s not important.
Because the bomb wasn’t about Japan.
In Derry and Ramsey’s Memo to Groves (May 12, 1945) when picking a target for the atomic bomb, one of the primary listed reasons for picking a target was:

“making the initial use sufficiently spectacular for the importance of the weapon to be internationally recognized when publicity on it is released.”

In fact, they ranked targets - AA to B. Know what got the lowest ratings? Military targets. The ones that got the highest ratings were civilian ones.
Japan was currently researching wooden planes. WOODEN PLANES. They had attempted to give up, we said no. They had already lost the war when we dropped the bomb. They knew this - hell, they tried to surrender.
So why did we drop the bomb, then?
A close reading of the memo tells all. It was to make an impact on the international community.
Do you know how Truman was first informed about the Manhatten Project and the bomb? It was in a discussion with the Secretary of State in regards to negotiations with Russia after the war.
Truman kept delaying the “Big Three” discussions, the most important political talks in recorded history, until basically the day AFTER the Trinity Tests - he wanted to wait until he knew he had the bomb as a political piece. Stalin and Churchill were VERY angry at him pushing the date back with little to no reason given (they knew, of course, because of spies and intelligence).
Still don’t believe me?
The Secretary of War, and MOST of the army was against dropping the bomb. They wanted to give the option of doing a demonstration and giving Japan an option of total surrender (that we get to do whatever we want with the Emperor) or of giving Japan time to evacuate the civilian population before bombing a city.
Oh, and there’s this from Stimson’s Memo of Talk with Truman (June 6, 1945)

“I told [the President] that I was anxious about this feature of the war for two reasons: first, because I did not want to have the United States get the reputation of outdoing Hitler in atrocities; and second, I was a little fearful that before we could get ready the Air Force might have Japan so thoroughly bombed out that the new weapon would not have a fair background to show its strength. He laughed and said he understood.”

He laughed.
An estimated 500,000 people died between Nagasaki and Hiroshima if you count deaths by radiation poisoning and long-term cancer.
And Truman could only laugh because he was worried the bomb might not be noticeable amongst the wreckage of Japan.
The reason for dropping the bomb was to give America a better condition amongst the international population, particularly Stalin and Russia, in the coming years. It was to make Russia afraid to invade Japan (and from there, the fear was, the rest of Asia) when they knew America had interests in it. They dropped the bomb to give them an advantage when negotiating in the future and to give them a start when everyone began arming (a situation tons of scientists warned everyone about in The Franck Report).
But don’t pretend it was about Japan. And don’t you dare pretend it was about peace.
500,000 people died and all Truman could do was laugh.

I’m rebloggjng this because of the fullness of the information-rich response (the part that actually contains facts, not the rah rah America one)

Bringing this back because it needs to be said and people need reminding.

WHY WAS I NEVER TAUGHT ANYTHING ABOUT THIS
WHY-
I-
The rage and betrayal I feel grows every day knowing I was forced to endure public “education” for 14 years.


what. the. fuck.I learned less america-centric bullshit about WW2 than a lot of people, but I did NOT know this.

violant-kk:

dimensionsintime:

cutetimmytim:

dimensionsintime:

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mutantbakabutt:

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blunts-and-robots:

devils-in-my-head:

image

this this this this this

if anyone hates me for this you’re not thinking clearly

think about the amount of people killed in the middle east, too ..

lol so edgy xD

the only reason america dropped the atomic bomb was because we were at WAR idiots, if we hadn’t dropped the bomb the war would’ve lasted at lot longer. 9/11 was an act of terrorism, why don’t you go watch a video of the twin towers as they burn after the planes crash into them and later collapse in on themselves burying not only the people that worked there inside, but also the police officers and firefighters who were trying to rescue any survivors, and before they collapsed, when people were forced to choose to burn or jump out to their deaths. so yeah, the atomic bomb killed more people, but one was during WWII and the other was a direct attack of terrorism on America. And the only reason we were at war with Japan was because they attacked us at pearl harbor, if they hadn’t done that the war would’ve stayed in Europe and the atomic bomb wouldn’t have been dropped.

Not even remotely true, but thanks for playing. This misconception largely occurs because of the famous Stimson article that was featured in Harpers’ magazine.

Of course, he didn’t actually WRITE the thing and, though it presents itself as a fireside chat between two people it was actually a heavily engineered document, and almost every fact cited was knowingly wrong by the government at the time (declassified documents - read ‘em). But hey! What better source for info!

That’s neither here nor there though since Japan tried to surrender before we dropped the bomb.

Several Times.

Yes, Japan tried to surrender. Once through Russia, once through Switzerland, once through the Vatican of all places, and many times appealing directly to Truman. We turned them down because of the stipulation that we were not allowed to touch their emperor, a concession the US was not willing to make at the time.

“Foreign Minister Shigemitsu has instructed Ambassador Sato [in Moscow] to find out whether Russia is willing to assist in bringing about a negotiated peace. Shigemitsu’s instructions, although cautiously worded, clearly imply that he has in mind a move by Russia to initiate peace discussions between Japan and the Anglo-Americans… [I]t seems hardly likely that he would have taken such a step without having consulted at least some of the more important members of the new Japanese cabinet… This is the first time that the Japanese have been willing to suggest to Russia directly that they are ready for peace.”

-“Japanese Consider Peace Possibilities” War Department MAGIC reports of intercepted messages: EYES ONLY for President and closest advisers

“I learn from a very reliable source that in important civilian circles in Japan the peace problem is being discussed with increasing anxiety. A speedy German collapse is expected and it is not believed that Japan can then continue the war. It is therefore considered necessary to get peace as soon as possible before the country and towns are destroyed… If any willingness appeared to exist in London the Japanese would be ready for preliminary discussions through Swedish channels. Behind the man who gave me this message stands one of the best known statesment in Japan and there is no doubt that this attempt must be considered as a serious one.”

-Telegram from Swedish minister in Tokyo given from the British Ambassador to the United States

“…It seems probably that very far-reaching conditions would be accepted by the Japanese by way of negotiation… Exchange of the Japanese constituted must also be considered as excluded. The Emperor must not be touched. However, the Imperial power could be somewhat democratized as is that of the English King”

-Report from Swedish minister in Tokyo sent to US State Department

AND EVEN LATER THEY GAVE THOSE CONDITIONS UP

“…Stated that he had been asked by Masutaro Inoue, Counsellor for the Japanese Legation in Portugal, to contact United States representatives. Source quoted Inoue as saying that the Japanese are ready to cease hostilities, provided they are allowed to retain possession of their home islands… On 19 May [1945], the OSS representative reported Inoue again had repeated to source his desire to talk with an American representative. On this occasion Inoue declared that actual peace terms were unimportant so long as the term ‘unconditional surrender’ was not employed.”

-OSS Representative report directly to Truman

Of course, we did anyway. But that’s not important.

Because the bomb wasn’t about Japan.

In Derry and Ramsey’s Memo to Groves (May 12, 1945) when picking a target for the atomic bomb, one of the primary listed reasons for picking a target was:

“making the initial use sufficiently spectacular for the importance of the weapon to be internationally recognized when publicity on it is released.”

In fact, they ranked targets - AA to B. Know what got the lowest ratings? Military targets. The ones that got the highest ratings were civilian ones.

Japan was currently researching wooden planes. WOODEN PLANES. They had attempted to give up, we said no. They had already lost the war when we dropped the bomb. They knew this - hell, they tried to surrender.

So why did we drop the bomb, then?

A close reading of the memo tells all. It was to make an impact on the international community.

Do you know how Truman was first informed about the Manhatten Project and the bomb? It was in a discussion with the Secretary of State in regards to negotiations with Russia after the war.

Truman kept delaying the “Big Three” discussions, the most important political talks in recorded history, until basically the day AFTER the Trinity Tests - he wanted to wait until he knew he had the bomb as a political piece. Stalin and Churchill were VERY angry at him pushing the date back with little to no reason given (they knew, of course, because of spies and intelligence).

Still don’t believe me?

The Secretary of War, and MOST of the army was against dropping the bomb. They wanted to give the option of doing a demonstration and giving Japan an option of total surrender (that we get to do whatever we want with the Emperor) or of giving Japan time to evacuate the civilian population before bombing a city.

Oh, and there’s this from Stimson’s Memo of Talk with Truman (June 6, 1945)

“I told [the President] that I was anxious about this feature of the war for two reasons: first, because I did not want to have the United States get the reputation of outdoing Hitler in atrocities; and second, I was a little fearful that before we could get ready the Air Force might have Japan so thoroughly bombed out that the new weapon would not have a fair background to show its strength. He laughed and said he understood.”

He laughed.

An estimated 500,000 people died between Nagasaki and Hiroshima if you count deaths by radiation poisoning and long-term cancer.

And Truman could only laugh because he was worried the bomb might not be noticeable amongst the wreckage of Japan.

The reason for dropping the bomb was to give America a better condition amongst the international population, particularly Stalin and Russia, in the coming years. It was to make Russia afraid to invade Japan (and from there, the fear was, the rest of Asia) when they knew America had interests in it. They dropped the bomb to give them an advantage when negotiating in the future and to give them a start when everyone began arming (a situation tons of scientists warned everyone about in The Franck Report).

But don’t pretend it was about Japan. And don’t you dare pretend it was about peace.

500,000 people died and all Truman could do was laugh.

I’m rebloggjng this because of the fullness of the information-rich response (the part that actually contains facts, not the rah rah America one)

Bringing this back because it needs to be said and people need reminding.

WHY WAS I NEVER TAUGHT ANYTHING ABOUT THIS

WHY-

I-

The rage and betrayal I feel grows every day knowing I was forced to endure public “education” for 14 years.

what. the. fuck.

I learned less america-centric bullshit about WW2 than a lot of people, but I did NOT know this.

(via raavynndigital)