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BRAND X

Orphaned transracial international ungrateful insurgent Class Bastard.

Posts tagged child abuse

Mar 17 '14

bastardplanet:

amazing-how-you-love:

I love that hyunsu is being mourned somewhere. 

Somewhere on earth and everywhere on Bastard Planet. We will never forget him and others like him murdered by their “saviors.”

#World Adoptee Revolt

Mar 17 '14

quiltbagging asked:

Hi brandx, I'm a transracial and transnational adoptee and recently I've started thinking about what this means for my identity. And thanks to your blog I learned that my brother (adopted transnationally/transracially from a diff country than myself) was diagnosed with RAD. I don't know what to think about all this. (1/?)

Thank you so much for writing, always glorious to hear from fellow international transracial adoptees. And I’m sorry for my delayed response, but this was very hard for me to write —

There is no easy way to say this, but your brother’s life is in danger. I’m a RAD survivor, and despite there being thousands of kids all throughout the Western world who’ve been subjected to the treatment purporting to treat this disorder that violates every human rights charter & childrens rights convention on earth, our rate of survival is almost nil, particularly among transracial/national adoptees.

quiltbagging PLEASE message me with your brother’s age, your country of residence (I’m assuming both of you live in the same nation), and any other of crucial info of his such as other diagnosed disorders (real or perceived) so I’ll be able to assist you much more and help ensure his safety.

Mar 6 '14

atane:

the-uncensored-she:

redphilistine:

wonderous-world:

Born in Africa to French wildlife photographer parents, Tippi Degré had a most unusual childhood. The young girl grew up in the African desert and developed an uncommon bond with many untamed animals including a 28-year old African elephant named Abu, lion cubs, giraffes, an Ostrich, a mongoose, crocodiles, a baby zebra, a cheetah, giant bullfrogs, and even a snake. Africa was her home for many years and Tippi became friends with the ferocious animals and tribes people of Namibia. Parents Alain Degré and Sylvie Robert documented Tippi’s life and relationships with the African wildlife and transformed those moments into captivating books and movies. Tippi of Africa, published in 1998, told Tippi’s story of she and her parents. You can see more photos and videos here.

"Born in Africa" yes she was born on the entire continent all at once

"grew up in the African desert" there is only one desert in Africa and it doesn’t have a name, so everyone refers to it as the African desert

"Africa was her home" THE ENTIRE CONTINENT

"ferocious animals and tribes people of Namibia" ooh ferocious animals AND tribes people? how exotic! but at least we’ve nailed down a country

"African wildlife" she was besties with all the animals on the continent

"Tippi of Africa" i’m done

smdh. Oh white people…

This “Tippi of Africa” child has been making the rounds on facebook, and what I found revolting was how “cute” people thought the whole thing was. White people fawning over nonsense like this is no surprise. This type of Tarzan/George of the Jungle, Africa is the land of ferocious tribes and beasts appeals to white people who aren’t interested in understanding any aspect of Africa as a continent or the people in it. They prefer colonial fantasies full of wild, ferocious things which describe both the people and the creatures in their minds.

The rub is that no matter how fierce and ferocious those people and beasts are, they must yield to whiteness. Their ferociousness is tamed when whiteness invades their space. In fact, these wild creatures want nothing more than to bond with whiteness. Why even an African hunter is teaching the child his ferocious tactics in the bush, like he is imparting wisdom to the next generation. Naturally, Tippi is next in line to control the reins of the bush. Recognize the symbolism in that. It’s usually presented this way. These otherwise ferocious creatures all want to be friends with this white person who has invaded their space. No one asked Tippi to be there, but they are grateful for her presence. She enriched their otherwise savage lives by bonding with them. It is presented as sweet and endearing, when it is the height of exploitation. To someone with a colonialist mindset, this is cute and wholesome.

I’ve come to expect this type of thing from white people who take jaunts in Africa. Even when they intend to be respectful and reverential, they end up being paternalistic and they will fall back to reductive depictions of Africa because a reductive Africa works in their best interests. A multifaceted and nuanced Africa is of no benefit to them. White people won’t read a book about Tippi respecting Africans, her parents not referring to her as “Tippi of Africa”, and not referring to the specific place she was raised as the “the African Desert”, or putting the poor child in danger by raising her with wild animals. They want savages and wild animals. They always otherize Africa and Africans. When one thinks this way, Africa becomes a monolithic land mass, and they will say things like “the African Desert”, as if there is just one, or like it makes sense. That kind of statement can only be uttered by someone with a colonialist mindset.

If you produce work like “Tippi of Africa” or think this type of thing is in any way honorable, then you don’t respect Africans or recognize their full humanity. Africa and Africans are the playthings in this fantasy. Africa and all it entails is merely a backdrop for this child’s parents to carry out their colonialist fantasies via their child. Not only is it highly disrespectful to Africa and Africans, this whole ordeal is child abuse. Tippi didn’t come out of the womb asking to fraternize with wild animals. They put this little girl in grave danger. For what? Pictures? Books? Movies? They ought to be ashamed of using their child in this manner.

Mar 2 '14
descentintotyranny:

Through the 1950s, Africans and Native Americans Were Kept In Zoos As Exhibits
Feb. 13 2014
Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s.

Throughout the early 20th century, Germany held what was termed a, “Peoples Show,” or Völkerschau. Africans were brought in as carnival or zoo exhibits for passers-by to gawk at.
Only decades before, in the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city.
Carl Hagenbeck of Germany ran exhibits of what he called, “purely natural,” populations, usually East Asian Islanders, but in 1876, he also sent a collaborator to the Sudan to bring back, “wild beasts and Nubians.” The traveling Nubian exhibit was a huge success in cities like Paris, London, and Berlin.
The World’s Fair, in 1889 was visited by 28 million people, who lined up to see 400 indigenous people as the major attraction. The 1900 World’s Fair followed suit, as did the Colonial Exhibitions in Marseilles (1906 and 1922) and in Paris (1907 and 1931) which displayed naked or semi-naked humans in cages. Paris saw 34 million people attend their exhibition in six months alone.
Just four years shy of the 20th century, the Cincinnati Zoo kept one hundred Sioux Native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months.
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descentintotyranny:

Through the 1950s, Africans and Native Americans Were Kept In Zoos As Exhibits

Feb. 13 2014

Throughout the late 19th century, and well into the 1950′s, Africans and in some cases Native Americans, were kept as exhibits in zoos. Far from a relic from an unenlightened past, remnants of such exhibits have continued in Europe as late as the 2000′s.

Throughout the early 20th century, Germany held what was termed a, “Peoples Show,” or Völkerschau. Africans were brought in as carnival or zoo exhibits for passers-by to gawk at.

Only decades before, in the late 1800′s, Europe had been filled with, “human zoos,” in cities like Paris, Hamburg, Antwerp, Barcelona, London, Milan, and Warsaw. New York too saw these popular exhibits continue into the 20th century. There was an average of 200,000 to 300,000 visitors who attended each exhibition in each city.

Carl Hagenbeck of Germany ran exhibits of what he called, “purely natural,” populations, usually East Asian Islanders, but in 1876, he also sent a collaborator to the Sudan to bring back, “wild beasts and Nubians.” The traveling Nubian exhibit was a huge success in cities like Paris, London, and Berlin.

The World’s Fair, in 1889 was visited by 28 million people, who lined up to see 400 indigenous people as the major attraction. The 1900 World’s Fair followed suit, as did the Colonial Exhibitions in Marseilles (1906 and 1922) and in Paris (1907 and 1931) which displayed naked or semi-naked humans in cages. Paris saw 34 million people attend their exhibition in six months alone.

Just four years shy of the 20th century, the Cincinnati Zoo kept one hundred Sioux Native Americans in a mock village at the zoo for three months.

Read More

Feb 27 '14

vaganja:

"Know How" - Official Trailer

"Know How," the first-ever, feature film written and acted by youth in foster care. Their lives. Their stories. Their voices. Directed by Juan Carlos Piñeiro Escoriaza. It stars Joshua Elijah Adams, Deshawn Brown, Niquana Clark, Michael Kareem Dew, Gabrielle Garcia, Ainsley Henry, Gilbert Howard, Lee Jimenez, Claribelle Pagan, and Ebonee Simpson.

A film written and acted by foster care youth ripped from the stories of their lives. Five youth’s worlds interweave as they confront loss, heartbreak, and come of age in this tale about transience and perseverance. Addie struggles to graduate from high school while her best friend Marie loses her grandmother. Megan copes with being taken from her abusive family and faces the harsh reality of living in a residential treatment center. All the while Eva works to be mother to her sister while their father falls deeper into a crack addiction. Finally, there’s Austin who’s living on the street with his brother; barely able to feed himself. All of them must decide to survive or else fall victim to a broken system.

We’re aiming to get 10,000 views of our KNOW HOW TRAILER before our World Premiere on March 8th! We already have 1,246 in one day!


If you have the time, can you share our trailer and get five of your friends to watch it?

I know we can do it (because my friends are awesome and so are yours!) and take our film one step further toward changing the future of foster care!

Feb 19 '14
peaceshannon:

홀트아동복지회에게 현수의 죽음에 대해 책임묻습니다!! holt must take responsibility for the death of hyunsu!!

And for those unaware: Holt is the oldest and one of the biggest agencies in the whole international adoption industry, with major supply lines in Korea, Ethiopia, Haiti, China, India, Uganda, and Vietnam, to name just a few.

Under the manufactured threat of a mass slaughter of infants and children by advancing North Vietnamese forces, Western relief agencies and orphanages in South Vietnam, and finally the U.S. government, pressed into action a daring “rescue” plan dubbed Operation Babylift. Vietnamese children under the jurisdiction of the relief agencies and orphanages—along with any other child who was either handed to them or picked up off the street—were to be sent out of the country and placed with adoptive parents in Western countries. Aside from the fact that not all the children evacuated were orphans and adoption documentation was often illegitimate, the cargo plane that lifted the initial group of evacuees crashed, killing 141 of 149 children on board[…]Operation Babylift and Holt International Children’s Services, which ushered in the international adoption movement, were natural outgrowths of the “better dead than Red” mentality that reduced the complexities of the world to binary opposing forces. Working hand in hand with anticommunist fervor, the Christian evangelical movement spread the assumption that the people of Asia were incapable of taking care of their own.

peaceshannon:

홀트아동복지회에게 현수의 죽음에 대해 책임묻습니다!! holt must take responsibility for the death of hyunsu!!

And for those unaware: Holt is the oldest and one of the biggest agencies in the whole international adoption industry, with major supply lines in Korea, Ethiopia, Haiti, China, India, Uganda, and Vietnam, to name just a few.

Under the manufactured threat of a mass slaughter of infants and children by advancing North Vietnamese forces, Western relief agencies and orphanages in South Vietnam, and finally the U.S. government, pressed into action a daring “rescue” plan dubbed Operation Babylift. Vietnamese children under the jurisdiction of the relief agencies and orphanages—along with any other child who was either handed to them or picked up off the street—were to be sent out of the country and placed with adoptive parents in Western countries. Aside from the fact that not all the children evacuated were orphans and adoption documentation was often illegitimate, the cargo plane that lifted the initial group of evacuees crashed, killing 141 of 149 children on board[…]

Operation Babylift and Holt International Children’s Services, which ushered in the international adoption movement, were natural outgrowths of the “better dead than Red” mentality that reduced the complexities of the world to binary opposing forces.

Working hand in hand with anticommunist fervor, the Christian evangelical movement spread the assumption that the people of Asia were incapable of taking care of their own.

Feb 19 '14
Feb 6 '14
lakotapeopleslawproject:

"They were giving me drugs, Prozac and two other ones I didn’t know, which scared me because I didn’t even know what I was taking, and they just basically said, ‘Take this.’ If I didn’t take it they would physically restrain me and throw me in my room and not let me out until I wanted to take it”.-Former #Lakota foster child, remembering what S.D. DSS did to him at age 12. Watch his story:www.LakotaLaw.org/Action

lakotapeopleslawproject:

"They were giving me drugs, Prozac and two other ones I didn’t know, which scared me because I didn’t even know what I was taking, and they just basically said, ‘Take this.’ 

If I didn’t take it they would physically restrain me and throw me in my room and not let me out until I wanted to take it”.

-Former #Lakota foster child, remembering what S.D. DSS did to him at age 12. Watch his story:www.LakotaLaw.org/Action

Feb 3 '14
ruthhopkins:

Boarding schools used Native appropriation to embarrass, degrade & exercise control over Native children. Native appropriation is an extension of the federal government’s assimilation and termination policies to ‘kill the Indian and save the man.’

^White people’s notion of charity.

ruthhopkins:

Boarding schools used Native appropriation to embarrass, degrade & exercise control over Native children. Native appropriation is an extension of the federal government’s assimilation and termination policies to ‘kill the Indian and save the man.’

^White people’s notion of charity.

Jan 31 '14
lakotapeopleslawproject:

We are on track to make history. Please keep SHARING! http://www.lakotalaw.org/ActionPRESS RELEASE: New Petition to “Free Lakota Children from State Kidnapping” Attracts Record Signatures - More than 15,000 Sign in First Week In its first week, more than 15,000 joined the Lakota People’s Law Project in urging President Obama to end South Dakota’s “Foster Care Removal Epidemic” by funding the tribes directly to develop and provide their own child and family services. US government statistics show that 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children South Dakota seizes each year go into non-Native homes and locked group psychiatric facilities instead of being placed with their families or tribe as directed by Federal law.Rapid City, SD (PRWEB) January 30, 2014According to data from the State of South Dakota and the Federal Government, Lakota Sioux children are ten times more likely to be forcibly removed from their parents than [white] children, and now comprise over 60% of all foster children in South Dakota. Federal data demonstrate that the State continues to violate federal law by placing 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children it seizes each year into non-Native homes and locked group psychiatric facilities, instead of placing them with relatives or other Native Americans. The State receives up to $79, 000 from the federal government for each foster child.The Lakota People’s Law Project has initiated the Campaign to Free the Lakota Children, which has already become the largest Native American Rights petition in MoveOn.org history. In just one week, more than 15,000 Americans signed the petition, which urges President Obama to use his Executive Branch authority to order the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services to shift their foster care funding from the State of South Dakota to new tribal-run Child and Family Service Programs.The Campaign includes “Hearts on the Ground”, a stunning, heart-opening, 12 minute documentary web video by Kalyanee Mam, whose film about indigenous people in her native Cambodia won last year’s Sundance Film Festival Award. Since launching on Martin Luther King Day last week, Hearts on the Ground has had nearly 9,000 page views, inspiring thousands to sign the campaign’s petition.“We are on the verge of an historic moment in Lakota history,” says Chase Iron Eyes, LPLP’s South Dakota legal counsel. “We have the solution, which is foster care programs run by Lakota tribes, not by the culturally biased and money-motivated DSS of South Dakota.”Sara Nelson, Executive Director of the Lakota People’s Law Project, notes that transferring responsibility, and federal funding, from the State of South Dakota’s Department of Social Service to the tribes will not require additional federal funding, but it will support tribal sovereignty. In fact, Nelson explains, “Once the tribal foster care system starts placing foster children with their relatives (as required by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978), instead of in psychiatric group homes (which bring in more than double the federal money) and white foster care, it will begin to heal the trauma which has come from decades of inhumane, family-destroying state run programs. Tribes are family, and the state is not.”

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lakotapeopleslawproject:

We are on track to make history. 
Please keep SHARING! http://www.lakotalaw.org/Action
PRESS RELEASE: New Petition to “Free Lakota Children from State Kidnapping” Attracts Record Signatures - More than 15,000 Sign in First Week 

In its first week, more than 15,000 joined the Lakota People’s Law Project in urging President Obama to end South Dakota’s “Foster Care Removal Epidemic” by funding the tribes directly to develop and provide their own child and family services. US government statistics show that 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children South Dakota seizes each year go into non-Native homes and locked group psychiatric facilities instead of being placed with their families or tribe as directed by Federal law.

Rapid City, SD (PRWEB) January 30, 2014

According to data from the State of South Dakota and the Federal Government, Lakota Sioux children are ten times more likely to be forcibly removed from their parents than [white] children, and now comprise over 60% of all foster children in South Dakota. Federal data demonstrate that the State continues to violate federal law by placing 90% of the 750 Lakota foster children it seizes each year into non-Native homes and locked group psychiatric facilities, instead of placing them with relatives or other Native Americans. The State receives up to $79, 000 from the federal government for each foster child.

The Lakota People’s Law Project has initiated the Campaign to Free the Lakota Children, which has already become the largest Native American Rights petition in MoveOn.org history. In just one week, more than 15,000 Americans signed the petition, which urges President Obama to use his Executive Branch authority to order the Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Health and Human Services to shift their foster care funding from the State of South Dakota to new tribal-run Child and Family Service Programs.

The Campaign includes “Hearts on the Ground”, a stunning, heart-opening, 12 minute documentary web video by Kalyanee Mam, whose film about indigenous people in her native Cambodia won last year’s Sundance Film Festival Award. Since launching on Martin Luther King Day last week, Hearts on the Ground has had nearly 9,000 page views, inspiring thousands to sign the campaign’s petition.

“We are on the verge of an historic moment in Lakota history,” says Chase Iron Eyes, LPLP’s South Dakota legal counsel. “We have the solution, which is foster care programs run by Lakota tribes, not by the culturally biased and money-motivated DSS of South Dakota.”

Sara Nelson, Executive Director of the Lakota People’s Law Project, notes that transferring responsibility, and federal funding, from the State of South Dakota’s Department of Social Service to the tribes will not require additional federal funding, but it will support tribal sovereignty. In fact, Nelson explains, “Once the tribal foster care system starts placing foster children with their relatives (as required by the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978), instead of in psychiatric group homes (which bring in more than double the federal money) and white foster care, it will begin to heal the trauma which has come from decades of inhumane, family-destroying state run programs. Tribes are family, and the state is not.”

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