anarcho-queer:

Two LAPD Officers Raped At Least 4 Women, Department Tries To Bury Case
Los Angeles strung along and tried to bury the case of a woman who was sexually assaulted by a police officer while his partner stood watch, the woman claims in court.
Tara McMahon demands $1 million in damages from Officer Luis Valenzuela, who she claims attacked her in late 2009 in his car while his partner, defendant Officer James Nichols, kept watch.
The woman, who first came forward in January 2010, told a supervisor for officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela that they were dressed in plain clothes and driving a Volkswagen Jetta. Valenzuela threatened to take the woman to jail if she refused to get in the car, then got into the back seat with her and exposed himself, telling the woman to touch him, according to a warrant affidavit.
“McMahon finally worked up the courage to report them - but then she was stonewalled and strung along for nearly three years by an LAPD Internal Affairs detective who mixed false promises that the officers would be brought to justice with a repeated command: Don’t talk to a lawyer," the complaint states.
“McMahon then realized that the city had been trying to keep her quiet and avoid being sued," the complaint states.
“Internal Affairs did nothing. The officers remained on the job and sexually assaulted at least three more women the way they assaulted McMahon.”
Nichols and Valenzuela preyed on at least four women over several years when they worked together as narcotics officers in the LAPD's Hollywood Division, the warrant affidavit said. The officers had arrested the women or used them as informants before targeting them, according to the affidavit.
In July 2012, investigators heard reports from prostitutes that patrol officers in the Northeast Division were picking up prostitutes and letting them go in exchange for oral sex, the warrant affidavit said.
McMahon says she later learned from a story in the Los Angeles Times that investigators had raided Nichols’ and Valenzuela’s homes. Though the Times reported that the two had been suspended, McMahon says the men were neither fired nor indicted for assaults on her and the other women.
She seeks punitive damages. She is represented by Daniel Miller with Miller Barondess.

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anarcho-queer:

Two LAPD Officers Raped At Least 4 Women, Department Tries To Bury Case

Los Angeles strung along and tried to bury the case of a woman who was sexually assaulted by a police officer while his partner stood watch, the woman claims in court.

Tara McMahon demands $1 million in damages from Officer Luis Valenzuela, who she claims attacked her in late 2009 in his car while his partner, defendant Officer James Nichols, kept watch.

The woman, who first came forward in January 2010, told a supervisor for officers James Nichols and Luis Valenzuela that they were dressed in plain clothes and driving a Volkswagen Jetta. Valenzuela threatened to take the woman to jail if she refused to get in the car, then got into the back seat with her and exposed himself, telling the woman to touch him, according to a warrant affidavit.

McMahon finally worked up the courage to report them - but then she was stonewalled and strung along for nearly three years by an LAPD Internal Affairs detective who mixed false promises that the officers would be brought to justice with a repeated command: Don’t talk to a lawyer," the complaint states.

McMahon then realized that the city had been trying to keep her quiet and avoid being sued," the complaint states.

Internal Affairs did nothing. The officers remained on the job and sexually assaulted at least three more women the way they assaulted McMahon.

Nichols and Valenzuela preyed on at least four women over several years when they worked together as narcotics officers in the LAPD's Hollywood Division, the warrant affidavit said. The officers had arrested the women or used them as informants before targeting them, according to the affidavit.

In July 2012, investigators heard reports from prostitutes that patrol officers in the Northeast Division were picking up prostitutes and letting them go in exchange for oral sex, the warrant affidavit said.

McMahon says she later learned from a story in the Los Angeles Times that investigators had raided Nichols’ and Valenzuela’s homes. Though the Times reported that the two had been suspended, McMahon says the men were neither fired nor indicted for assaults on her and the other women.

She seeks punitive damages. She is represented by Daniel Miller with Miller Barondess.

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2,204 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:55pm
socorro345 asks...

How the hell was Reagan racist? I don't remember him creating any racial tension like Obama.

boygeorgemichaelbluth:

odinsblog:

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I think that your disingenuous question reveals some agency and just how little you seem to know about racism

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If you seriously think that PBO actually “creates racial tension”…smh…if anyone lays ANY of the fault for so-called “racial tension” at his feet, well then, that’s a pretty good sign that they’re probably racist or anti-Black af, because the president hasn’t said or done one single thing thing to remotely make anybody think such fuckery

Were you not so intent on projecting White pathology and pretending that it is President who Obama somehow *creates* “racial tension” (by simply being president-while-black I guess), maybe you would have noticed a little something I like to call a fucking hyperlink that was included in the the original post

For anyone else who is actually interested, HERE is that link again. Please note the part where the link contains very easily verifiable ~*facts*~ like how

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1. Ronald Reagan was against the Voting Rights Act of 1964 and 1965 — Reagan was against Black people having the right to vote — because, among other “totes not racist” reasons, Reagan feared that the law might somehow be “humiliating to the south" (like, that’s what was shameful or humiliating, according to Saint Ronny. Not the soul crushing racism White people inflicted on Black people, not the beatings, not all of the “unsolved” murders and lynchings endemic of the south, but a law finally allowing Black people to vote…that’s what he thought might be humiliating for the south…go chew on that for a while)

2. Reagan very actively opposed ending the racist practice of Apartheid in South Africa, and he placed Nelson Mandela on a terrorist watch list, and even wanted him to remain jailed 

3. Reagan employed well known racist, Lee Atwater, and utilized his intentionally racially divisive tactics of racial code words and ‘dog-whistle politics

4. Reagan knowingly launched his political campaign a scant few miles away from Philadelphia, Mississippi, the very place where James Cheney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner were murdered for engaging in the Civil Rights struggle. He did not pick that place to heal any of America’s racial wounds. Reagan picked that place to show solidarity with “aggrieved” White southern men 

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5. Throughout his campaign, Reagan frequently employed Atwater’s Southern Strategy in his stump speeches, by repeatedly using phrases like “lazy welfare queens” and “strapping young bucks" when referring to young Black women and men, and ofc he invoked the perennial racist’s anthem, “States Rights

I could go on, but I don’t think you are actually interested in the truth or hearing a real answer -this is the internet in 2014 and facts and answers are easily found and verifiable, without jumping into someone’s ask box to ask questions you likely don’t really want answers to. Such people are more interested in protecting White supremacy and a race baiter like Reagan…literally one of the worst, most economically harmful presidents in recent American history (and I won’t bother re-listing any bullet points, as they are also in the original post)

So I’ll just top off this post for any people who legitimately may not have known about “Saint” Ronny (because they do not teach this stuff in any schools)

Make no mistake…every single Republican president since the Civil Rights era of the 1960s has played some role in actively and knowingly undoing much of the racial progress and social justice which so many people fought and died for, but Reagan was arguably the most pivotal of them all. He and his protege, George H. W. Bush, bridged the gap and carried the torch from America’s Jim Crow era to today. They continued with planting the seeds for an exploding (asynchronously Black) prison population, with a so-called “War on Drugs” and the resulting criminalizing of Blackness and much of the Nixonian level corruption, and economic inequality we that are trying to survive today

Republicans, conservatives or Libertarians who literally try to whitewash and sanitize Reagan’s history, while casually alleging (with no examples, hint: there are none) that PBO is racially divisive are not to be taken seriously

being racist = a-okay

being black = creating racial tension

5,673 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:54pm
the-real-goddamazon:

fuckingrapeculture:

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janefondle:

prpltnkr:

Can we take a moment to talk about how ELLEN FUCKING DEGENERES, probably the most well-known out gay comedian of all fucking time, cracked a transmisogynistic joke and misgendered someone ON THE FUCKING OSCARS?
This is not cool. This is not right. This is the face of bullying and bigotry. Liza looked amazingly upset by this and (AFAIK) she’s not even trans.
Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK, Ellen?!

Seriously, Ellen, what the fuck. 
I love her, but loving someone doesn’t mean ignoring their bullshit, nor does it mean ignoring the social pressure that they (especially lesbian comedians) face to maintain cis/white/male supremacy in order to be accepted by mainstream society. Ellen did a great job hosting the Oscars, but this joke was totally fucked up and not okay at all. 


She been doing this forever, how are y’all not hip to this?

the-real-goddamazon:

fuckingrapeculture:

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janefondle:

prpltnkr:

Can we take a moment to talk about how ELLEN FUCKING DEGENERES, probably the most well-known out gay comedian of all fucking time, cracked a transmisogynistic joke and misgendered someone ON THE FUCKING OSCARS?

This is not cool. This is not right. This is the face of bullying and bigotry. Liza looked amazingly upset by this and (AFAIK) she’s not even trans.

Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK, Ellen?!

Seriously, Ellen, what the fuck. 

I love her, but loving someone doesn’t mean ignoring their bullshit, nor does it mean ignoring the social pressure that they (especially lesbian comedians) face to maintain cis/white/male supremacy in order to be accepted by mainstream society. Ellen did a great job hosting the Oscars, but this joke was totally fucked up and not okay at all. 

She been doing this forever, how are y’all not hip to this?

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4,893 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:39pm

5centsapound:

Mary Sibande is one of South Africa’s most talented young artists. For several years, her work has nearly exclusively revolved around Sophie, a servant character created from her personal genealogy (her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother were maids). Sophie’s dark silky skin and her majestic eye-catching blue Victorian dresses turn her into a queen whose eyes close on reality (but only a little, as only artists can do) to open on a world of  celebrational fantasy exploring South Africa’s identity. - meetheartist

1.  Her Majesty, Queen Sophie

2 - 6. Lovers in tango **

7. Wish you were here

8. I’m a Lady

9. All is not lost 

10. Living Memory

11. I put a spell on me

 The faces of the mannequins are a cast of Sibande’s own face and the figures are clothed in an elaborate hybrid of a ‘maids’ uniform and Victorian dresses. According to the artist’s statement, ‘the body… and particularly the skin, and clothing is the site where history is contested and fantasies are played out’. The histories being played out here are the ‘stereotypical depictions of women, particularly black women in our society’. One cannot deny that the figure of `the maid’ is one of South Africa’s most common stereotypes. 

Stereotypes are contradictory in the sense that on the one hand they stand in for a group in the most generalised and recognisable way, but on the other hand are also invisible through the process of generalisation. The `servant’ traditionally is conceived of as an invisible, sightless, deaf and mute figure to those she serves. She has no individuality, and one of the ways this is realised is through the uniform. The uniform literally covers the body but at the same time covers the clothing of the `maid’ that might identify her as an individual who has made particular sartorial decisions.

Sibande’s ‘maids’ uniforms, however, have been extended and remodelled into lavish and voluptuous dresses. Sibande has used masses of tulle to create the over-feminised costume of the Victorian `lady’ as in I’m a Lady, (2009).  The extravagance of the dresses disables the figures from easy movement, let alone to be able to perform the work of a `maid’. This inability to perform tasks, ironically, becomes a marker of status: a figure dressed as such would have to be waited on, her inaction indicating her position in the hierarchy. -artthrob

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453 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:37pm

ladyekundayo:

Queen

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1,538 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:36pm
Everything changes when you start to emit your own frequency rather than absorbing the frequencies around you, when you start imprinting your intent on the universe rather than receive an imprint from existence.
6,098 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:34pm

ctron164:

puppyisms:

nothatsstupid:

paul ryan is so fucking awful ew ew ew

WOW

He really twisted that fucking story , fuck Paul Ryan !

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26,760 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:34pm

dapenguinninja:

petitfemmenoir:

thankgodforthepyrex:

tedious-doubts:

videogames-hoes-fruitsnacks:

I swear to god bruhhh

😩😭😂😂

Bruuuuuh struggle to real

too real. so accurate.

Real. As. Fuck.

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9,931 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:28pm

strugglingtobeheard:

elegantly-tasteless:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

howtobeterrell:

sailorfoxypussy:

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Found on pinterest and it leads me to this site

White people jumping the broom…

A tradition rooted from Slavery of African American slaves whose marriages were…

4,731 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 5:27pm
sexhertopieces:

stuffalextumbles:

Me for all of high school

This is so real.

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sexhertopieces:

stuffalextumbles:

Me for all of high school

This is so real.

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343,674 notesPosted on March 24, 2014 at 3:55pm