Month: March 2016

!2016 – 18 THINGS WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW AND DO BEFORE DISCUSSING RACISM_6.1

reBlogged: 20160322tko

18 THINGS WHITE PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW AND DO BEFORE DISCUSSING RACISM.

1. It is uncomfortable to talk about racism. It is more uncomfortable to live it.

2. “Colorblindness” is a cop-out.

The statements “but I don’t see color” or “I never care about color” do not help to build a case against systemic racism. Try being the only white person in an environment. You will notice color then.

3. Oprah’s success does not mean the end of racism.

The singular success of a black man or woman (i.e. Oprah, or Tiger Woods, or President Obama) is never a valid argument against the existence of racism. By this logic, the success of Frederick Douglass or Amanda America Dickson during the 19th century would be grounds for disproving slavery.

4. Reverse racism is BS, but prejudice is not.

Until people of color colonize, dominate and enslave the populations of the planet in the name of “superiority,” create standards of beauty based on their own colored definition, enact a system where only people of color benefit on a large-scale, and finally pretend like said system no longer exists, there is no such thing as reverse racism. Prejudice is in all of us, but prejudice employed as a governing structure is something different.

5. America has not “gotten over” its race-related problems.

In American History class you learned about slavery and Jim Crow, but sadly you were taught that figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks eradicated an entire 200-year history of oppression, discrimination and segregation. Your history teachers and books tried to close the race chapter on a high note — but the ongoing history of America’s systemic racism cannot be wrapped up and decorated with a “now we are all equal” bow.

6. Google is your best friend.

Search: Black/White wealth gap, redlining, “White flight,” subprime mortgages and black families, discriminatory sentencing practices, occupational overcrowding, workplace discrimination, employment discrimination, mandatory minimum sentences and in-school segregation to start. Here are some highlights:

The median wealth gap difference between a white family and a black family is $80,000.

One in 9 black children has an incarcerated parent compared to 1 in 57 white children.

A white man who has been to jail is still more likely to get a job than a black man who hasn’t.

7. Then read some more.

Google: Black Wall Street, Sundown towns, eugenics and forced sterilization, and black voting prohibition.

8. Buy and read a book from a black author.

Some recommendations: W.E.B Dubois, James Baldwin, Frederick Douglass, Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Alice Walker and Zora Neale Hurston would be a great start.

9. Realize that segregation is still rampant.

Step outside and take a look around your neighborhood. Lacking people of color much? That is called segregation. It is not by chance, though sometimes by choice. (Refer to your “redlining” Google search.)

About your neighborhood again: Displacing people of color much? That is called gentrification.

Think about the schools you went to and the classes you had. Not too many minorities in there either? (Refer to your Google search for “school segregation/in-school segregation.”)

10. Programs or initiatives that target systemic racism are not “charity.”

We do not refer to the 200 years of free labor provided by enslaved blacks as charity. Or the black property stolen by whites during the decades of state-supported terrorism. Or, say, the unfair banking practices that have completely decimated the black middle class through foreclosures.

11. “Black-on-black crime” is a term that shouldn’t exist.

There are countless white people committing crimes against white people, but “white-on-white crime” is strangely absent from the rhetoric reporting. White-on-white crime is seen in everything from elementary school shootings to world wars. Why should crimes committed by and against people of color be labelled any differently?

12. White people will not become the minority in America in the next 20 years.

“Whites” were originally Anglo-Saxon protestants (WASPs). The definition of “white,” as a racial classification, has evolved to include “whiter-skinned” minority groups who were historically discriminated against, barred from “whiteness” and thus had little access to opportunity. Some examples: Italians and the Irish (who were frequently referred to as n***ers in the 1800s), Jewish people and more recently hispanic (George Zimmerman) and Armenian minority groups. Such evolutions, however, always exclude blacks.

13. Hip-hop culture is no more dysfunctional than Wall Street culture.

At its worst, commercial “black culture” is a raw reflection of broader society. The caricatured imagery of drugs, money, and women are headlined most prominently by Wall Street, politicians, and media moguls but this reality never comes to reflect poorly on white people. America spends more on weaponry than the rest of the world combined but somehow it is the “violence” of hip-hop that is an exclusive pathology.

14. Black people are angry about racism, and they have every right to be.

Anger is a legitimate and justified response to years of injustice and invisibility.

15. There are poor white people, but racism and discrimination still exists.

The plight of the poor white Midwest always makes a convenient appearance to deflect any perceived accusation of privilege or to derail conversations of racism. Racist American policy was never about securing the success of all white people, but rather about legalizing the disenfranchisement of blacks and other people of color.

16. Silence does nothing.

Blank stares and silence do not further this difficult but necessary conversation.

17. White guilt is worthless, but white action isn’t.

One of the most immediate responses to racial discourse is that the effort is all about making white people feel guilty. Discourse about racism is not meant to stir up feelings of guilt, it is meant to drive people to action against injustice. During the times of slavery and the era of the Civil Rights movement, both black and white people played and continue to play instrumental roles in black advancement.

18. Black people are not obligated to answer the “Well, what do we do about it?” question.

Though many of us have tried and are not heard. The call for reparations in the form of “Baby Bonds” is a great idea. So is desegregating our classrooms and closing the school-to-prison pipeline. These courageous voices are speaking very loudly — it is time to start listening.

This article was originally published on The Frisky, it is republished here with permission.
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!2016 – Cleanser M7 Stella Nyanzi_6.1

When I wrote about my desire to dance with the president, people were scandalised. When I wrote about wanting to make love to Yoweri, there was again yet more scandal. Shallow-minded people such as James Onen did not get the greater import of my two pieces. Some labelled me insane. Others said I was irreverent and a disgrace to the customs of the Baganda – my people whose women are so proper and submissive that we kneel before all our men! A few others threatened me with tales of arrest and investigation by CID. My meaning was lost to all these simpletons who neither know metaphorical use of diction, nor the beautiful power of squeezing the juices out of pregnant words.

So, this time I’ll try something a little easier to grasp. It is about the creation of a ministry that the president forgot in his recent cabinet reshuffle. I want Musanvu to create another new ministry. He will name it the Ministry of Governmental Cleansing. I will be appointed the Minister. I will work with the most gentle masseuses, saunaists, aromatherapists and cleansers. Since 2016 is round the corner, we are going to offer cleansing services to all government officials in public offices. They will come into our ministry chambers, undress totally, reveal their flab-filth-and-all, and then we shall scrub the slime off their bodies. We shall scrub and clean the obvious dirt as well as soak, exfoliate and detox the invisible dirt! In this ministry, we shall clean our dirty public servants until they are sparkly clean.

I want to bathe the president in scented waters and cleanse him of his filthy foul deeds. I want to help him undress from his layers of protective clothing, until he is standing bare before me – exposed in all his presidential glory. I want to take a close look at all his sinning, as he confesses his public tresspasses one after another to me in ways akin to penitence in church. I want to make Yoweri relax thoroughly well enough to trust me with the burden of his filth and abuse of public office. And I will scrub away the dirt; layer upon layer. I will scrape inside his ears, and brush his tongue well. I will clean between his fingers, under the nails, inside the rings of fat on his belly, and inside his ekundi. I will clean hard every crevice and pore from the top of his head right down to the bottom of his feet.

As he reveals his partners in crime, I will issue a mandatory ministerial summon for them to come and receive their own cleansing before 2016 draws nigh. Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and his officers and men, Chief of Defense General Katumba Wamala and all those ranked officers under his charge, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and all the legislators who serve with her, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and the diverse workers in the judiciary he heads, Prime Minister  Ruhakana Rugunda and all the Ministers and public servants he commands… all of them shall come to the Ministry of Governmental Cleansing for a good scrub down. The very filthy ones will require soaking in a solution of Jik and Mr. Muscle detergents. If cleansing of our government officials in this regime does not happen this year, how else will they stand before Ugandans and ask for our votes next year? How will the present system justify its extension if the individuals comprising it do not get a thorough cleansing? Ugandans are very tolerant people, but the filth is now suffocating. Give me my ministerial position so that I may serve Ugandans!

~2016 – Cleanser @StellaNyanzi_6.1

When I wrote about my desire to dance with the president, people were scandalised. When I wrote about wanting to make love to Yoweri, there was again yet more scandal. Shallow-minded people such as James Onen did not get the greater import of my two pieces. Some labelled me insane. Others said I was irreverent and a disgrace to the customs of the Baganda – my people whose women are so proper and submissive that we kneel before all our men! A few others threatened me with tales of arrest and investigation by CID. My meaning was lost to all these simpletons who neither know metaphorical use of diction, nor the beautiful power of squeezing the juices out of pregnant words.

So, this time I’ll try something a little easier to grasp. It is about the creation of a ministry that the president forgot in his recent cabinet reshuffle. I want Musanvu to create another new ministry. He will name it the Ministry of Governmental Cleansing. I will be appointed the Minister. I will work with the most gentle masseuses, saunaists, aromatherapists and cleansers. Since 2016 is round the corner, we are going to offer cleansing services to all government officials in public offices. They will come into our ministry chambers, undress totally, reveal their flab-filth-and-all, and then we shall scrub the slime off their bodies. We shall scrub and clean the obvious dirt as well as soak, exfoliate and detox the invisible dirt! In this ministry, we shall clean our dirty public servants until they are sparkly clean.

I want to bathe the president in scented waters and cleanse him of his filthy foul deeds. I want to help him undress from his layers of protective clothing, until he is standing bare before me – exposed in all his presidential glory. I want to take a close look at all his sinning, as he confesses his public tresspasses one after another to me in ways akin to penitence in church. I want to make Yoweri relax thoroughly well enough to trust me with the burden of his filth and abuse of public office. And I will scrub away the dirt; layer upon layer. I will scrape inside his ears, and brush his tongue well. I will clean between his fingers, under the nails, inside the rings of fat on his belly, and inside his ekundi. I will clean hard every crevice and pore from the top of his head right down to the bottom of his feet.

As he reveals his partners in crime, I will issue a mandatory ministerial summon for them to come and receive their own cleansing before 2016 draws nigh. Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and his officers and men, Chief of Defense General Katumba Wamala and all those ranked officers under his charge, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and all the legislators who serve with her, Chief Justice Bart Katureebe and the diverse workers in the judiciary he heads, Prime Minister  Ruhakana Rugunda and all the Ministers and public servants he commands… all of them shall come to the Ministry of Governmental Cleansing for a good scrub down. The very filthy ones will require soaking in a solution of Jik and Mr. Muscle detergents. If cleansing of our government officials in this regime does not happen this year, how else will they stand before Ugandans and ask for our votes next year? How will the present system justify its extension if the individuals comprising it do not get a thorough cleansing? Ugandans are very tolerant people, but the filth is now suffocating. Give me my ministerial position so that I may serve Ugandans!

!2016 – HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A MAN_6.1

HOW TO TAKE CARE OF A MAN..
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1.Always take warm water to the bathroom for your man and if possible stand there and help
to wash areas he cannot reach.
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2.Select the clothes that he has to wear and help him dress like socks and the coat.
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3. Iron for yo husband for him to be smart n this is where many women fail.
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4.Be with him when he is taking his breakfast and if its hot,make it cool for him.
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5.See him out and make sure he went the direction he goes or he has boarded the vehicle safely and after some time,be kind enough to ask if he arrived safely,
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6.In the house always check on him for example if he takes long in the toilet find out why.
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7.On the dining table with other children,make sure he eats enough meals that are balanced.
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8.Its the responsibility of the woman to cut nails and normal grooming like unwanted hair.
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9.The Woman should make sure that the Man never sit in the house when watching TV with clothes that he went to work with,give him loose clothes lest he is tempted to go out again
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10.Every night when the rest of the household is asleep,he must feed on ur boobs , you must make love to him it calms the stressful day he had, he feels at home and loved.

!2016 – Patella Tendonitis Injury_6.1

reBlogged 20160310We tko

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Patellar Tendonitis (Jumper’s Knee)
Jumper’s knee, also known as patellar tendonitis, is a condition characterized by inflammation of your patellar tendon.This connects your kneecap (patella) to your shin bone (tibia). Jumper’s knee weakens your tendon, and, if untreated, can lead to tears in your tendon.

What causes jumper’s knee?
□ Jumper’s knee is caused by overuse of your knee joint, such as frequent jumping on hard surfaces.

□ It’s usually a sports-related injury, linked to leg muscle contraction and the force of hitting the ground. This strains your tendon. With repeated stress, your tendon may become inflamed.

What are the symptoms of jumper’s knee?
Following are the most common symptoms of jumper’s knee. However, you may experience symptoms differently. Symptoms may include:

□ Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon
□ Swelling
□ Pain with jumping, running, or walking
□ Pain when bending or straightening your leg
□ Tenderness behind the lower part of your kneecap
The symptoms of jumper’s knee may resemble other conditions or medical problems. Always see your health care provider for a diagnosis.

How is jumper’s knee diagnosed?
□ In addition to a complete medical history and physical exam, your health care provider may use an X-ray to help diagnose jumper’s knee.

How is jumper’s knee treated?
The best treatment for jumper’s knee is: ◇ to stop any activity that’s causing the problem until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

◇ Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs, like ibuprofen or naproxen)
◇ Rest
◇ Elevating your knee
◇ Ice packs to your knee (to help reduce swelling)
◇ Stretching and strengthening exercises

☆☆☆ Key points☆☆☆

☆ Jumper’s knee is inflammation of your patellar tendon, the tendon that connects your kneecap (patella) to your shin bone (tibia).

☆ Jumper’s knee is a sports-related injury caused by overuse of your knee joint.

Common signs of jumper’s knee include:
□ Pain and tenderness around your patellar tendon
□ Swelling
□ Pain with jumping, running, or walking
□ Pain when bending or straightening the leg
□ Tenderness behind the lower part of the kneecap

■ Jumper’s knee is diagnosed by taking a medical history and doing a physical exam.
■ Sometimes an X-ray may be needed.

The best treatment for jumper’s knee is to stop any activity that’s causing the problem until the injury is healed. Other treatment may include:

◇ Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications
◇Rest
◇ Elevating the knee
◇ Ice packs to the knee (to help reduce swelling)
◇ Stretching and strengthening exercises

Next steps
Tips to help you get the most from a visit to your health care provider:

Before your visit, write down questions you want answered.
Bring someone with you to help you ask questions and remember what your provider tells you.
At the visit, write down the names of new medicines, treatments, or tests, and any new instructions your provider gives you.
If you have a follow-up appointment, write down the date, time, and purpose for that visit.
Know how you can contact your provider if you have questions.
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2016 – Working Wife at Home_6.1

My wife does not work
My wife doesn’t work!!!
Conversation between a husband (H) and a psychologist (P):
Q: what do you do for a living Mr. Rogers?
H: I work as an accountant in a bank.
P: Your wife?
H: She doesn’t work. She’s a housewife.
Q: Who makes breakfast for your family?
H: My wife, because she doesn’t work
Q: What time does your wife wake?
H: She wakes up early because it has to be organised. She organizes the lunch for the children, ensures that they are well-dressed and combed, if they had breakfast, if they brush their teeth and take all their school supplies. She wakes with the baby and changes diapers and clothes. Breastfeeds and makes snacks as well.
Q: How do your children get to school?
H: My wife takes them to school, because she doesn’t work.
P: After taking their children to school, what does she do?
H: Usually takes a while to figure something out that she can do while she is out, so she doesn’t have to pack and unpack the carseat too many times, like drop off bills or  to make a stop at the supermarket. Sometimes she forgets something and has to make the trip all over again, baby in tow. Once back home, she has to feed the baby lunch and breastfeed again, get the baby’s diaper changed and ready for a nap, sort the kitchen and then will take care of laundry and cleaning of the house. You know, because she doesn’t work.
P: In the evening, after returning home from the office, what are you doing?
H: Rest, of course. Well, I’m tired after working all day in the bank.
Q: What does your wife do at night?
H: She makes dinner, serves my children and I, washes the dishes, orders once more the house, makes sure the dog is put away as well as any left over dinner. After helping children with HW she gets them prepared to sleep in pajamas and the baby is in fresh diapers, gives warm milk, verifies they brush their teeth. Once in bed she wakes frequently to continue to breastfeed and possibly change a diaper if needed while we rest. Because she doesn’t have to get up for work.

-This is the daily routine of many women all over the world, it starts in the morning and continues until the wee hours of the night… This is called “doesn’t work”?!
Being a housewife has no diplomas, but has a key role in family life!
Enjoy and appreciate your wife, mother, grandma, aunt, sister, daughter… Because their sacrifice is priceless.
Somebody asked her…
You are a woman who works or is it just “housewife”??
She replied:
I work as a wife of the home, 24 hours a day..
I am a mother,
I am a woman,
I am a daughter,
I’m the alarm clock,
I’m the cook,
I’m the maid,
I am the master,
I’m the bartender,
I’m the babysitter,
I’m a nurse,
I am a manual worker,
I’m a security officer,
I’m the advisor,
I am the comforter,
I don’t have a vacation,
I don’t have a licence for disease.
I don’t have a day off
I work day and night,
I’m on duty all the time,
I do not receive salary and…
Even so, I often hear the phrase:
” but what do you do all day?”
Dedicated to all the women who give their lives for the welfare of their families
The woman is like salt:
Her presence is not remembered, but its absence makes everything left without flavor.
Share with all the beautiful ladies of your life.

!2016 – Consistency Perseverance Endurance6_2

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“An eight-year-old child heard her parents talking about her little brother. All she knew was that he was very sick and they had no money left. They were moving to a smaller house because they could not afford to stay in the present house after paying the doctor’s bills. Only a very costly surgery could save him now and there was no one to loan them the money.

When she heard her daddy say to her tearful mother with whispered desperation, ‘Only a miracle can save him now’, the little girl went to her bedroom and pulled her piggy bank from its hiding place in the closet. She poured all the change out on the floor and counted it carefully.

Clutching the precious piggy bank tightly, she slipped out the back door and made her way six blocks to the local drugstore. She took a quarter from her bank and placed it on the glass counter.

“And what do you want?” asked the pharmacist.

“It’s for my little brother,” the girl answered back. “He’s really very sick and I want to buy a miracle.”

“I beg your pardon?” said the pharmacist.

“His name is Andrew and he has something bad growing inside his head and my daddy says only a miracle can save him. So how much does a miracle cost?”

“We don’t sell miracles here, child. I’m sorry,” the pharmacist said, smiling sadly at the little girl.

“Listen, I have the money to pay for it. If it isn’t enough, I can try and get some more. Just tell me how much it costs.”

In the shop was a well-dressed customer. He stooped down and asked the little girl, “What kind of a miracle does you brother need?”

“I don’t know,” she replied with her eyes welling up. “He’s really sick and mommy says he needs an operation. But my daddy can’t pay for it, so I have brought my savings”.

“How much do you have?” asked the man.

“One dollar and eleven cents; but I can try and get some more”, she answered barely audibly.

“Well, what a coincidence,” smiled the man, “A dollar and eleven cents – the exact price of a miracle for little brothers.”

He took her money in one hand and held her hand with the other. He said, “Take me to where you live. I want to see your brother and meet your parents. Let’s see if I have the kind of miracle you need.” 

That well-dressed man was Dr Carlton Armstrong, a neurosurgeon. The operation was completed without charge and it wasn’t long before Andrew was home again and doing well.

“That surgery,” her mom whispered, “was a real miracle. I wonder how much it would have cost.”

The little girl smiled. She knew exactly how much the miracle cost … one dollar and eleven cents … plus the faith of a little child.

Perseverance can make miracles happen! Miracle can come in various forms – as a doctor, as a lawyer, as a teacher, as a police and many others..

A river cuts the rock not because of its power, but because of its consistency.

Never lose your hope; keep walking towards your vision.”

God Bless