This past Tuesday, October 1, 2013, a group of over 20 Ole Miss football players and their friends nearly shut down the Theatre department’s performance of The Laramie Project, a play based on the murder of Matthew Shepard, killed for being LGBTQ. The majority of the audience members not only shouted slurs such as “faggot,” and laughed during serious scenes, but photographed members of the audience & cast and verbally harassed the cast members.
Ole Miss has made no official statement other than to say, “they’re working on it,” and the Athletics Department will say nothing other than the students “didn’t know they were representing the school.” The only punishment for the students so far has been to apologize, and it was insincerely done.
This is hate speech, and my school is doing nothing about it. They did nothing when white students literally ran a black student off of campus by keying KKK signs into his dorm room door & truck, and they are doing nothing now to protect and ensure a safe school environment for their LGBTQ students.
Please, if you can share this, do so. Ole Miss has a habit of brushing away the bad things that happen on campus because they’d rather make money and win football games than actually care about their minority students, and we deserve better.
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And George W. Bush’s last White House press secretary has weighed in.
A) English isn’t even our official national language and B) we’re a nation of immigrants so C) fuck you with EXTREME prejudice, Dana Perino
I saw this on Twitter and nearly fucking exploded.
a) DO NO HARM YOU FUCKING TWATWAFFLE. DOCTORS WILL DO WHAT THEY CAN TO TREAT YOU. (GOOD) DOCTORS WANT TO HELP YOU, EVEN IF YOU DON’T SPEAK ENGLISH. DO NO HARM. LANGUAGE MAY BE A BARRIER, BUT BARRIERS CAN BE BROKEN
b) I work in an Emergency Department of a major hospital. We have live translators and a special phone service designed FOR THIS EXACT REASON. You need someone who speaks Farsi? Great. Call the Language Line. Yes, it’s sort of a pain. Yes, it takes some extra time. But it’s imperative to patient care, so THEY FUCKING DO IT.
c) And if it’s one of those 150 languages Dana Perino thinks are absurd? Once a patient came in and only spoke a very specific language to a very specific, small country in Asia (I’m being vague as to make sure I’m not violating privacy laws). That language was not one of those languages that is on our Language Lines. The doctor was, understandably, disappointed, and trying to find ANYONE anywhere that spoke the language. One of the ultrasound fellows actually managed to get through to the patient by speaking the language of a neighboring country, a much more common language which the patient also spoke a little bit of. That patient’s doctor literally hugged the dude who translated. PS. that dude technically isn’t an employee of the hospital, but a student of an outside institution that was doing some of his training here. He was under no obligation to help but he did anyway. Because THAT’S WHAT PEOPLE SHOULD DO. HELP OTHER PEOPLE. And IT’S A LOT EASIER TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE IF YOU SPEAK THEIR LANGUAGE, DANA PERINO.
d) Seriously, I cannot tell you how many times I have deeply regretted never learning Spanish, or that my mother never taught me Tagalog. I could have helped so many freaking patients, and I’m not a medical professional! Actually, I’m thinking of taking a Spanish medical terminology course for this exact reason.
e) tl;dr: sit on a fucking cactus, Dana Perino. Language is valuable. It helps people connect. It makes it easier to help people. But you probably don’t know what that’s like.
Reblogging for that commentary because holy shit yes.
Wait? I wasn’t aware that doctors were only allowed to speak English now? Even England isn’t as in love with English as we are in America.
Have you ever stood in a line for WIC? PREGNANT WOMEN WILL WAIT AS LONG AS SIX HOURS with noisy toddlers to get their coupons for free proteins like cheese and dry beans. DRY BEANS. They can’t otherwise afford this necessary food to meet their monthly protein requirement to have healthy babies.
Do people honestly have any idea what sort of a problem food is in this country and how many children don’t have regular access to healthy meals? Do they know how many pregnant women don’t get the proper nutrition?
Fuck you Republicans.
I’m not even tagging these posts “politics.” This is basic humanity; it’s not me being a liberal—it’s me being a decent human and these congresstwits being INHUMAN.
When I tried to explain this to my friend in Canada she assumed I was making this up, because no one could be that cartoonishly evil.
Im on WIC as well as the woman I baby sit f or who has a 6 month old. I use their food to keep my milk supply up so its not as big of a deal but she needs it for formula and solids.Formula is $20 (sometimes more sometimes a smidge less) a can. Thats what most babies LIVE OFF OF. These families NEED this shit. Im giving her all the solid food I have that my son cant eat.
WIC is for pregnant women and children 5 and under. Its fucking milk, peanut butter, non-flavored cereal (cheerios), cheese, bread, eggs and dry beans. ITS SO IMPORTANT.
When I first got on wic I was scared, hungry and pregnant. We had lost our home, my husband lost his job and we were STARVING. There was literally nothing to eat and they helped us get to a food bank for the day, got us in to a class where they were giving out grocery gift cards and set us up with some checks. i wouldnt have eaten if it werent for WIC.
They are fucking monsters.