got a racist response while applying to colleges in the uk, and the social justice in me just couldn’t not respond.
im dying this is amazing
*cries at the glory of response*
*after cringing at irregardless*
four for you Kuah, you go Kuah
Chingchonglong…fucking brilliant little add in
Vin: When I heard, I immediately flew back to California, and went directly from the plane to his mother’s house…
I thought they needed my strength, but realized when I got there and broke down before his family, that it was I who needed theirs.
His mother hugged me and said I am so sorry… I said sorry? You’re the mother who lost a son?… She said yes, but you lost your other half…
Tears in my eyes… :(
I’m tearing up a bit.
Iceland grieves after police kill a man for the first time in its history
December 5, 2013
It was an unprecedented headline in Iceland this week — a man shot to death by police.
"The nation was in shock. This does not happen in our country," said Thora Arnorsdottir, news editor at RUV, the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.
She was referring to a 59-year old man who was shot by police on Monday. The man, who started shooting at police when they entered his building, had a history of mental illness.
It’s the first time someone has been killed by armed police in Iceland since it became an independent republic in 1944. Police don’t even carry weapons, usually. Violent crime in Iceland is almost non-existent.
"The nation does not want its police force to carry weapons because it’s dangerous, it’s threatening," Arnorsdottir says. "It’s a part of the culture. Guns are used to go hunting as a sport, but you never see a gun."
In fact, Iceland isn’t anti-gun. In terms of per-capita gun ownership, Iceland ranks 15th in the world. Still, this incident was so rare that neighbors of the man shot were comparing the shooting to a scene from an American film.
The Icelandic police department said officers involved will go through grief counseling. And the police department has already apologized to the family of the man who died — though not necessarily because they did anything wrong.
"I think it’s respectful," Arnorsdottir says, “because no one wants to take another person’s life. “
There are still a number of questions to be answered, including why police didn’t first try to negotiate with man before entering his building.
"A part of the great thing of living in this country is that you can enter parliament and the only thing they ask you to do is to turn off your cellphone, so you don’t disturb the parliamentarians while they’re talking. We do not have armed guards following our prime minister or president. That’s a part of the great thing of living in a peaceful society. We do not want to change that. "
Weekend Hashtag Project: #WHPliquidlandscape
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The goal this weekend is to take creative landscape photos that feature water. Some tips to get you started:
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- Even if you don’t live near the ocean or within easy distance to a lake, you can still participate. Look for rivers, ponds, swimming pools or puddles to photograph.
- There’s a lot of room for creativity when photographing landscapes with water. In addition to traditional landscape photography, think about the possibilities that slow-shutter techniques and reflection shots create.
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