September 30, 2014   1,167 notes

In various schools in Uganda, and some other parts of Africa, children as young as five are punished for speaking African languages, indigenous languages and mother tongues at school. The modes of punishment differ. The most common one in Uganda is wearing a dirty sack until you meet someone else speaking their mother tongue and then you pass the sack on to them. In some schools, there are specific pupils and students tasked with compiling lists of fellow pupils and students speaking mother tongues. This list is then handed over to a teacher responsible for punishing these language rule-breakers. According to Gilbert Kaburu, some schools have aprons that read: “Shame on me, I was speaking vernacular” handed over to an offender of the No Vernacular rule, who then is tasked with finding the next culprit to give the apron. Most of the punishments, in their symbolism emphasise the uselessness of the African languages.

Commenting on a photo of two children in Uganda wearing dirty sacks as punishment for speaking their mother tongues, Zimbabwean writer, Tendai Huchu says:

“That sums up our self loathing and inferiority complex. Junot Diaz once said we do a better job of enforcing white supremacy ourselves than white supremacists ever could. I should add, notice how the punishment consists of wearing sack-cloth. The image is telling. You are rags if you speak your own language.”

Halima Hosh, agreeing with Tendai Huchu opines:

“It’s outrageous. What a slave mentality that a colonial language is considered higher or better/more worth than their own local language. Unbelievable. Do the Europeans learn any African language in school? No. Why not? Because we are not proud of our heritage, not proud of our languages, not proud of Black African history. These teachers need to be fired.

This is a serious problem. Read the entire article here: http://thisisafrica.me/schools-punishing-children-speaking-african-languages/ (via linglife)

Languages don’t generally become endangered because people just don’t really feel like speaking them anymore: it’s often much more brutal. And similar methods for repressing indigenous languages happen all over the world: this reminded me of a memorable quote from a man in Alaska “Whenever I speak Tlingit, I can still taste the soap.” 

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clarknokent:

Bruh

clarknokent:

Bruh

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September 30, 2014   3,965 notes

How much do I hate Columbus?

elaichi-cha:

I have to say “Indian from India”.

I’ll leave you with that.

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samzilla:

lmao kanye’s new haircut look like those panels in rocket hideout that change your direction when you step on them

samzilla:

lmao kanye’s new haircut look like those panels in rocket hideout that change your direction when you step on them

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masturbation-is-illegal:

marielovesgroban:

Don’t forget we have to wake up Green Day tomorrow.

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September 29, 2014   189 notes
one day I’ll have this kind of courage

one day I’ll have this kind of courage

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September 28, 2014   118,644 notes
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thatsmoderatelyraven:

Steal His Look: Old Man Jenkins

Kent Wang Polo Light Blue - $265

Lip Gloss - Charlotte Tilbury - $81

Miu Miu Sunglasses - $390

Irish Walking Stick - $67.99

September 27, 2014   1,103 notes

“ When you leave you must remember to come back for the others. A circle, understand? You will always be Esperanza. You will always be Mango Street. You can’t erase what you know. You can’t forget who you are. ”

Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street (The Three Sisters)

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September 26, 2014   11,332 notes
lati-negros:

"cash welfare policy had first been created back in the 1930s …when access had been restricted to white women, allowing [white] mothers to stay home and raise kids"
oh.

lati-negros:

"cash welfare policy had first been created back in the 1930s …when access had been restricted to white women, allowing [white] mothers to stay home and raise kids"

oh.

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slaughterhouse90210:

“What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
 

slaughterhouse90210:

“What if one happens to be possessed of a heart that can’t be trusted—? What if the heart, for its own unfathomable reasons, leads one willfully and in a cloud of unspeakable radiance away from health, domesticity, civic responsibility and strong social connections and all the blandly-held common virtues and instead straight towards a beautiful flare of ruin, self-immolation, disaster?”
― Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch