i think it’s cute when someone admits they have a crush on you
i think it’s a fucking miracle
i think it’s a sick joke and i walk around with shifty eyes for like the rest of the year
My name is Katie and I like anime and other stuff, like anime.
why touch her hair though? Dammit…
Reason number 45-60754280865’11B I won’t go on a mission trip.
I am soooo done
Mission trips make me sick
This baby girl is being treated like a tourist attraction or a wild animal and I am not here for this. This picture says so much about the owner of that white hand.
This photo makes me feel so uncomfortable
this photo makes me fucking angry.
and a mission trip? .. yeah, aka colonialism.
Get OUT of our countries with this fucking bullshit, honestly. Missionaries are already fucking so much up in African countries. As a gay Nigerian I LIVE the repercussions of this daily. I’ve been exorcised, had bibles thrown at me, been sent to priests for a “cure”, been given spiritual baths which burn my skin to “wash the devil out of me” you name it. Done by my own family and people at the behest of “our Lord and Savior”. It’s traumatic, and especially hurtful when we understand that general acceptance of same sex love and eroticism and more nuanced, varied understandings of gender were the norm PRIOR to colonization and missionary activity.
And then we have pictures like this to remind us of the OTHER bullshit these missionary fuckers do. They roll up in our countries as “white saviors” and are constantly doing racist bullshit like this. Objectifying us, casting us as “primitive” and in need of being saved from ourselves and our “heathen” ways. Let’s not even start on the rampant sexual abuses priests committed against Africans across the continent. The ways in which they destroyed and suppressed our cultures. Made us hate ourselves to the point that today we call our own grandfathers and grandmothers with traditional beliefs “despicable heathens” and Satanists. Where they have so warped our cultures, identities and understanding of self, to fit THEIR white colonial mold.
We forget that missionaries came as colonizers first and foremost, and in many cases caused far more egregious and long lasting damage than the colonial administrators themselves. And they are still doing it today. Look at the rise of Christian fundamentalism in Africa in the last 30 years and you will see a direct correlation with a rise in hate and animus against same sex loving and trans people in many African countries. Watch the movie “God Loves Uganda” if you don’t believe me: the legacy and impact of missionaries on Africa is DAMNING and is getting WORSE, especially for those of us who identify as LGBTQ.
It makes me sick. This picture makes me sick. Missionaries make me sick. What they have done to our cultures and communities and traditions makes me sick. Their racism cloaked with a smile and their “good Book” makes me sick. The fact that they think that they’re “doing good” while they’re just reproducing white supremacist patriarchal colonial structures of control, domination and subjugation makes me sick. They don’t see us as full people, but as spectacles for their white gaze, as this picture makes so bitingly clear, and they don’t give a damn as long as they make their God “happy”
You have caused so much pain in my life and that of many of my friends. It hurts.
GET THE FUCK OUT OF AFRICA (or wherever this pic was taken) AND LEAVE OUR CHILDREN ALONE!!!!
And a big fuck you to all of the people doing mission “service trips” to ~*aFRicA*~ too.
I’m utterly and completely done.
Stephen Fry’s show Out There, which is ABSOLUTE MUST watching, is about his trips to places where homosexuality is considered punishable by death either socially or politically or both. In Uganda he meets a bunch of people who are gay and who have created a network of support, and also men who are so obviously indoctrinated with this damaging and inexplicable hatred of “the gays”. Stephen maintains a calm demeanour and gets a lot of very interesting information about their strange viewpoint, and it’s extremely obvious where it is it comes from. AIDS is a huge issue in Africa, and these people are convinced it is because of gay people, and as such, for the lives of others, they need to die. It’s unreal. All of you reading this should watch it and really see how it is.
It goes without saying that the influence Christian missionaries have had on Africa is probably one of the biggest reasons that it, and many of its countries(though a good few are beginning the struggle away from it as access to education improves) are stuck in a sociopolitical dark age where human beings are oppressed through invading religious doctrines.
The future is looking bright because of the immense and tireless hard work of people, Doctors Without Borders, UNESCO, and the many teachers who very literally risk their lives by educating people. I’ve seen a lot of head shaking done by people about Africa, wondering how “stuck in the past” they seem to be, while other parts of the world seem to be thriving. I think you have your answer. I believe it won’t be this way for long, though- bar none Africa leads the world in progressive green renewable energy engineering using cheap materials and ingenuity. The massive solar array “Khi Solar One” in South Africa will be one of the first of its kind that focusses light from the sun onto a lens thousands of times brighter the sun for massive amounts of energy by boiling a water reactor, and a second one is being planned in Rwanda. How many of you guys knew that? The massive amounts of light across the continent make for a unique opportunity to harness renewable light energy. African inventors will literally save this planet because innovation is going on there that is not going on in the west for reasons I shouldn’t need to spell out to you.
I hope one day that the damage done can be stepped over because Africa isn’t a problem to be bandaged or put up with, it’s like a person with a bright future that could do anything if people just …let them. The problems that are there can be solved by the capable people who live there because they’re contributors to the world. They’re like any other people. Once westerners can see this maybe they’ll have a more sympathetic ear, but it’s hard when people just shake their head about it. Do you know what I mean? If more people spoke about it, maybe fewer people would think of Africa as something that missionaries need to save.
either way, Watch Steven Fry’s Out There. It’s on youtube.
SOMEONE ELSE DOES THIS TOO????
No, but seriously. I do mental music videos and everything. I don’t even like a song if I can’t come up with a music video and/or over complicated dance number.
^^ I take my characters and usually use the song as a battle hymn for them
When I say “boys are dumb” what I really mean is “boys have been raised in a patriarchal society that forces them into an incorrect and problematic view of masculinity that not only forces them to strip away valuable virtues from themselves, like patience and gentleness, but also forces them them to view and treat women in unhealthy ways that devalues women as people and makes them into objects purely for a man’s benefit”
but it’s a lot faster to say “boys are dumb”
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I seriously fight tears when I see stuff like this. I guess I’ve come pretty close to giving up on humanity as a whole. I must fight this. I can’t be jaded. Can’t become so angry and bitter. Stuff like this seriously helps me
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