Knowledge vs Pornography

Lady2Soothe

Tennessee Mom Calls Book On Cervical Cancer Cells ‘Pornographic’

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Jackie Sims, a Knoxville TN mother of a 15 year old son wants The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks book banned; her discourse is “I consider the book pornographic” The critical thinking skills of other parents in the district worry this one mother’s objection to the book will threaten the experience for all the students.

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rachel Skloot is an easy to read, expertly detailed biography describing the great-granddaughter of slaves. The intersectionality in 1951 is a 37 year old Black woman, Henrietta Lacks suffering from a painful “knot on my womb” who sought treatment at John Hopkins Charity Hospital in Baltimore MD. She was diagnosed with cervical cancer, however prior to beginning the treatment program, the doctor cut two dime-size samples of tissue; one cancerous, one healthy from her cervix, without her knowledge or consent. The tissue was given to a scientist who had been attempting to establish a continuously reproducing, or immortal, human cell line for use in cancer research. The lab technician tagged an abbreviation of Henrietta Lacks’ name on the sample tubes. “HeLa” These cells were able to accelerate the way to test effectiveness of the Salk polio vaccine.

Today an estimated 50 million metric tons of HeLa cells have been sold and distributed generating billions of dollars to corporate industry and over 76,000 research articles written citing the use of HeLa cells. Henrietta Lacks died nearly 65 years ago and was buried in an unmarked grave and until recently; she now rests next to her mother’s headstone in the family cemetery in Clover VA. Never has any research institution, university, or company given any money to the poverty-stricken Lacks family.

Although important, my view of the book is not the issue; my argument is in the censorship of this or any book.

Ms. Sims prejudicial plans for ultimate domination of censorship and dictating her ideology on other people’s children in the self-righteous conviction she has the sole authority, rational and interpretative skills to define pornography in literature. By projecting her skewered philosophy on others she evidently believes teenagers don’t have the capacity to understand the difference between scientific research information/knowledge and erotica.

Interestingly this article comes just in time for “Banned Books Week” an annual event held the last week of September which draws attention to and focuses on the damage of censorship by spotlighting the value of free and open access to information.

With a greater number of people becoming progressive in the past few years, many previously censored books have been dropped from banned book lists and are no longer considered controversial, for example; Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and The Diary of Anne Frank, both bring to light prejudice, the corrupt judicial domination system, and what it means to be different, therefore being subjected to intolerance and discrimination.

Literature is art and no singular person or group should be able to decide what should or should not be read. The First Amendment guarantees our right to free speech, which includes the right to read and write books, which to some is potentially too violent, hateful, or offensive. However a good education depends on protecting the right to read, inquire, question and think for ourselves.

Some words may offend but much worse is having no words at all.

Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives
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America was built on the back of Native Americans and Blacks.

Kristeen Hernandez aka Lady2Soothe
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As most of you know I’m taking a class at Santa Monica College on Race and Gender in the Media. One of the assignments is to reply to another student on a post they’d made on something they’d seen in the media and their view on the topic.

Naturally I won’t reveal their name or post their entire comment but I did respond to the following:

“because of the whites with their rich history that we are where we are today. For example, the founding of the United States of America. They created the best country in the world by giving everyone freedom and a voice”

Yes, it’s absolutely something to be proud of thanks to the Illegal Immigrant White Settlers, America can boast to hold the title of having the largest genocidal depopulation in the world killing 90% of the 100 million plus No. American Indians, wiping out 500 1st Nation American Tribes, and a 200,000 year old civilization disappearing.

An estimated 80 million 1st Nation Peoples died in the years following the European invasion, due to diseases brought to this continent by White Europeans including, but not limited to bubonic plague, chicken pox, pneumonic plague, syphilis, cholera, diphtheria, influenza, measles, scarlet fever, smallpox, typhus, tuberculosis, and whooping cough.

“Indian Removal”, “clearing” “ethnic cleansing” the military’s slaughter of tribal villages, bounties on native scalps; White Settlers distributing 100 thousand blankets intentionally contaminated with smallpox to 1st Nations people. The massive slaughtering of buffalo in the 1800s, “Take away food, you take away the means of survival” ; an estimated 31,000,000 buffalo were killed between the years of 1868 and 1881 with only 500 buffalo left by the year of 1885.

The Trail of Tears alone recorded only 4,000 of the estimated 25,000 deaths. Massacres carried out by Illegal Immigrant White Settlers and Military exterminated an additional 23,000 plus Indians’.

It was illegal to practice our religious beliefs until Aug. 11, 1978 when the American Indian Religious Freedom Act was passed to protect and preserve the traditional religious rights and cultural practices of American Indians, Eskimos, Aleuts and Native Hawaiians; which included, but was not limited to, access to sacred sites, freedom to worship through ceremonial and traditional rights, and use and possession of objects considered sacred; HOWEVER these laws were not implemented until 1983, a full 5 years later. Meanwhile 100’s of natives stayed in prison while Whites continued to steal our land for uranium fracking and oil.

“They created the best country in the world by giving everyone freedom and a voice”

………………………………………………BECAUSE OF:…………………………………………
“The unique way the United States unites its citizens through their differences”
https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/2015/07/14/the-unique-way-the-united-states-unites-its-citizens-through-their-differences-2/

America was built on the back of Native Americans and Blacks; these are things EVERY White American should be ashamed of, certainly not proud of.

By the way, the term “Final Solution” was not coined by the Nazis. It was Indian Affairs Superintendent, Duncan Campbell Scott, Canada’s Adolph Eichmann, who in April 1910 plotted out the planned murder to take care of the “Indian problem”.

101 Massacres – 23,000 plus, 1st Nation Peoples Exterminated by White Settlers and Military
https://letourvoicesecho.wordpress.com/100-massacres/

Frida Kahlo

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In celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month which began Sept. 15th and runs through Oct. 15th I’d like to honor Latina artist, political activist, author and true unconventional nonconformist Frida Kahlo (July 6, 1907 – July 13, 1954). Frida is the epitome of intersectionality. Born of mixed heritage (father Hungarian/German – mother Spanish/Mestizo) she was best known for her series of 55 self-portraits, as she put it “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best” produced 200 paintings, numerous drawings and vibrant surrealist renderings heavily enveloped in symbolic representations of physical and psychological wounds rooted in the suffering of more than 30 surgeries. “I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”

Way ahead of her time Frida has been described as: “…one of history’s grand divas…a tequila-slamming, dirty joke-telling smoker, bi-sexual that hobbled about her bohemian barrio in lavish indigenous dress and threw festive dinner parties for the likes of Leon Trotsky, poet Pablo Neruda, Nelson Rockefeller, and her on-again, off-again husband, muralist Diego Rivera.”

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Frida Kahalo Quotes

“I drank to drown my sorrows, but the damned things learned how to swim.”
 
“Feet, what do I need them for
If I have wings to fly.”
 
“I don’t paint dreams or nightmares, I paint my own reality.”
 
“I love you more than my own skin and even though you don’t love me the same way, you love me anyways, don’t you? And if you don’t, I’ll always have the hope that you do, and i’m satisfied with that. Love me a little. I adore you.”
 
“I hope the exit is joyful and i hope never to return.”
 
“Nothing is worth more than laughter. It is strength to laugh and to abandon oneself, to be light. Tragedy is the most ridiculous thing.”
 
“I paint flowers so they will not die.”
 
“I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”
 
“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”
 
“I think that little by little I’ll be able to solve my problems and survive.”
 
“I paint my own reality. The only thing I know is that I paint because I need to, and I paint whatever passes through my head without any other consideration.”
 
“They are so damn ‘intellectual’ and rotten that I can’t stand them anymore….I [would] rather sit on the floor in the market of Toluca and sell tortillas, than have anything to do with those ‘artistic’ bitches of Paris.”
 
“I wish I could do whatever I liked behind the curtain of “madness”. Then: I’d arrange flowers, all day long, I’d paint; pain, love and tenderness, I would laugh as much as I feel like at the stupidity of others, and they would all say: “Poor thing, she’s crazy!” (Above all I would laugh at my own stupidity.) I would build my world which while I lived, would be in agreement with all the worlds. The day, or the hour, or the minute that I lived would be mine and everyone else’s – my madness would not be an escape from “reality”.”
 
“I tried to drown my sorrows, but the bastards learned how to swim, and now I am overwhelmed by this decent and good feeling.”
 
“The most important thing for everyone in Gringolandia is to have ambition and become ‘somebody,’ and frankly, I don’t have the least ambition to become anybody.”
 
“I want to be inside your darkest everything”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
 
“They thought I was a Surrealist, but I wasn’t. I never painted dreams. I painted my own reality.”
 
“i was born a bitch.
i was born a painter.”
 
“There have been two great accidents in my life. One was the train the other was Diego. Diego was by far the worst.”
 
“Take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are a bourbon biscuit.”
 
“You deserve the best, the very best, because you are one of the few people in this lousy world who are honest to themselves, and that is the only thing that really counts.”
 
“At the end of the day, we can endure much more than we think we can.”
 
“pain, pleasure and death are no more than a process for existence. The revolutionary struggle in this process is a doorway open to intelligence”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
 
“Traté de ahogar mis penas… pero las condenadas aprendieron a nadar.”
 
“My painting carries with it the message of pain.”
 
“I love you more than my own skin.”
 
“I drank because I wanted to drown my sorrows. But now the damned things have learned to swim ,and now decency and good behavior weary me.”
 
“No moon, sun, diamond, hands —
fingertip, dot, ray, gauze, sea.
pine green, pink glass, eye,
mine, eraser, mud, mother, I am coming.”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait
 
“I paint self-portraits because I am so often alone, because I am the person I know best.”
 
“There is nothing more precious than laughter”
― Frida Kahlo, The Diary of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait

Lady2Soothe

Partly Cloudy

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As a child of the 50’s I watched cartoons without so much of a thought to anything other than pure entertainment. This was just the way it was; men with pitch-black skin and huge smiles devouring enormous wedges of watermelon or greasy bubble lips drooling over platters of sizzling fried chicken. They spoke in thick over the top southern dialect while picking cotton, the pink palms of their hands highly contrasting the dark skin of their bodies. At regular intervals cotton sacks were dropped, plows cast aside, banjos grabbed and enthusiastic dancing commenced.

I’m not an extremist looking to find fault with the *true evil* meaning hidden in a cute cartoon but I have to ask myself does the “Dark Stormy Cloud” only dole out what we consider dangerous animals? I have to wonder why yet again a dark entity is signified as being risky or threatening… All animals are wonderful but even kitties, puppies and bunnies bite; nonetheless those baby animals are being handed over by happy White clouds and although Mr. Dark Cloud appears embarrassed, he hands over a baby alligator, a bighorn sheep, a porcupine and an electric eel, all considered dangerous animals.

Why is dark skin considered unattractive? Why is black considered evil and white an expression of beauty and luxury? Is it because in the Bible, John 3:20 “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear their deeds will be exposed”? While white denotes clear, pure and good, unstained, genuine and honorable, black evokes dark shadows, nightmares, vampires, wicked witches, villains, the boogie man and things that go bump in the night.

Are we now just sugar coating bigotry from a bygone era, disguising racism, intolerance, xenophobia and stereotypes as cute fluffy clouds?

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