Just a quick reminder about the officer who shot Mike Brown!
I know a lot of people are upset about the rumor that he is on paid administrative leave.
Paid leave is a GOOD THING. It is the beginnings of due process (meaning the case is being investigated).
Even though we won’t know the outcome for a while, at least the police force has started the steps for an investigation. You can’t fire him or jail him without due process. And while we all feel like that is insanely unfair, this way, he’ll probably see justice in a court of law (if there aren’t more cover ups and bullshit).
This is step one to putting this man behind bars.
Get mad at EVERYTHING ELSE but don’t get mad at the beginnings of legal justice.
There is a difference between being a friend and being an ally to minorities.
A quick story to illustrate my point;
When I was in high school, I accidentally became the face of the GSA. I was the president of the club for two years, organized tens of different events (Day of Silence, Day of Dialogue, Trans Day of Remembrance, ect), and hopped up on stage any chance I got to educate people about GLBT people, rights, and struggles. And although I got some under handed comments in the hallways, I had a strong group of friends who were secure in their straightness but had never made me feel uncomfortable about my sexuality.
Then after graduation, we thought it was a dandy idea to cram 12 girls into a cabin that really could only fit 5 people comfortably.
It was half way through our two week stay when one of those inevitable late night conversations happen.
Two of my friends said something that made my heart stop; “I really hate the Day of Dialogue.”
So I asked why; there could be a lot of innocent reasons that would have calmed my warning bells. It is close to midterms, some of the panels are too similar to each other, it takes away from class time.
But no. Instead they said “Because I felt really uncomfortable around gay people, and I didn’t like being forced to talk and listen about that.”
And it didn’t end there; “I wish that our school was more accepting of alternate view points. I wish that we could hear from both sides of the conversation, not just the gay people.”
I sat there utterly stunned. Some of my other friends murmured their disagreement, but didn’t actually say anything. I know that, as the only queer person in this cabin, I should stand up and make a point. But my heart was in my throat. Addressing hundreds of students in the auditorium about the importance of educating the public about GLBT issues was different than facing down two people who held me when I cried after my messy breakup with my first girlfriend.They were friends, but they were NOT allies.
Suddenly, one friend (in a room of 12) speaks up. “That’s total bullshit,” she says. “If we heard from both sides of the issue, than we’d be making room for hate, and that’s not okay.”
And to this day, I always remember her saying that. Everyone seemed to disagree with what the other two were saying, but they didn’t outwardly speak up. I didn’t now how to defend myself in an overstuffed cabin when we all had to live with each other for another week. I was scared and honestly floored by the fact that after six years of friendship, this was my first time hearing about their opinion.
And this moment might not seem huge or life changing, but to anyone who has ever been in a minority (sexuality, gender, race, religion, socioeconomic class, WHATEVER), this moment is probably familiar. Because my two friends here were not openly homophobic. They would never call me names and never told me that I needed to be saved or that I was burning in hell for loving the same sex. But in saying what they did, they made space for hate, which is what an ally should be fighting against.
It is NOT okay, in issues of basic human rights, to say that both sides should be heard. If someone is against gay rights, then they SHOULD NOT be given a special space to say that to an audience of students or in a small discussion group.
That is life. That is literally the whole world. And if you are an ally, if is your job to create a safe space in a world that seemingly caters to the haters.
If you jump into a fist fight to pull out a bullied kid, awesome.
If you defend your friend when someone calls them an ignorant name, perfect.
If you wear an ALLY pin on your backpack, fabulous.
But in times when you speak up against small pockets of hatred that may not seem suffocating to those not on the opposite end of it, those times matter the most.
Now I’m sitting alone
In a messy room
Cuz no one’s helping
And I’m dying to know
Are you GISHing too?
Where are you uploads??
I don’t what to say
When a twist of fate
Made the list update!
And the story of GISH looks a lot like a travesty now.
Now this looks like a contest
Of who can look like they fucked up less
And I liked it better
When I thought I could win
The battle is out of hand now
But I can’t put this kale down
Do you think that it could make a crown?
So many tasks that I want to do
but the story of GISH will be ENDING SOON
Now I’m sitting with friends
In a messy room
In the last moments
And I’m dying to know
Can we get this done
Before time runs out?
I don’t know what to say on the preview page,
Cuz this picture’s so sweet!
But my story is GISH
And I hope next year we’ll repeat!
has a new single
and a new video out today
If you thinking taking seflies is immature and stupid, just get out okay.
All through my adolescence I fucking hated how I looked and hated people taking my picture and that’s no way to live because then you look back and realize you have no pictures of yourself.
So if girls today have enough self esteem to take a picture of themselves and post it for their friends, that’s awesome. So much better than them never wanting their picture taken.
when you try to push up your glasses but forget you took them off so you just kinda hit your face