humansofnewyork
humansofnewyork:

"Tell me something about your grandmother.""She’s an amazing woman. She lived in Denmark during World War II. After the Allies occupied the country, they began to hunt down Nazi collaborators. Overall this was a good thing. But instead of hunting down the powerful people, such as the police chief, they went after the weaker members of society. One of the main groups that they persecuted were the prostitutes who had slept with the Germans. My grandmother was very active in protecting and advocating for these prostitutes."At this point, Grandma joined the conversation. “I was working in a hospital at that time,” she said. “After the Americans came, we had our first black baby! Everyone was so excited!”

humansofnewyork:

"Tell me something about your grandmother."
"She’s an amazing woman. She lived in Denmark during World War II. After the Allies occupied the country, they began to hunt down Nazi collaborators. Overall this was a good thing. But instead of hunting down the powerful people, such as the police chief, they went after the weaker members of society. One of the main groups that they persecuted were the prostitutes who had slept with the Germans. My grandmother was very active in protecting and advocating for these prostitutes."

At this point, Grandma joined the conversation. “I was working in a hospital at that time,” she said. “After the Americans came, we had our first black baby! Everyone was so excited!”

futurejournalismproject

futurejournalismproject:

LEGO Your Phone

Dave Hakkens, a designer from the Netherlands, has an idea to counter the planned obsolescence of our phones. He calls it Phonebloks and envisions modular components that can be snapped together based on an owner’s desires for a phone. More importantly, it counters the vast amount of electronic waste created by our discarded phones.

Via Phonebloks:

The market of electronic devices is growing rapidly, but it feels like we are building disposable stuff. Every time we make something new we completely throw away the old one. Imagine all the good displays, bluetooths and speakers we have thrown away. I love the connected world where we live in and it’s time to set up a universal modular platform where companies work on together.

Phonebloks is a concept. There’s no Kickstarter-type crowdfunding going on. As Hakkens explains, the idea is too much for one company. Instead, he wants multiple companies (the component makers) to buy into the idea. Consider this a very aspirational and clever way to tackle a very serious problem.

So, instead of crowdfunding to make the phone, Hakkens is using Thunderclap to generate social buzz and hopefully draw companies’ interest to the idea by showing how popular it could be.

Currently, over 375,000 people have signed up for the Thunderclap campaign. If you’d like to add your (social) voice to the mix, you can do so here.

this is awesome.

morimaruse

their high school principal
told me I couldn’t teach
poetry with profanity
so I asked my students,
“Raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Holocaust.”
in unison, their arms rose up like poisonous gas
then straightened out like an SS infantry
“Okay. Please put your hands down.
Now raise your hand if you’ve heard of the Rwandan genocide.”
blank stares mixed with curious ignorance
a quivering hand out of the crowd
half-way raised, like a lone survivor
struggling to stand up in Kigali
“Luz, are you sure about that?”
“No.”
“That’s what I thought.”

“Carlos—what’s genocide?”

they won’t let you hear the truth at school
if that person says “fuck”
can’t even talk about “fuck”
even though a third of your senior class
is pregnant.

I can’t teach an 18-year-old girl in a public school
how to use a condom that will save her life
and that of the orphan she will be forced
to give to the foster care system—
“Carlos, how many 13-year-olds do you know that are HIV-positive?”

“Honestly, none. But I do visit a shelter every Monday and talk with
six 12-year-old girls with diagnosed AIDS.”
while 4th graders three blocks away give little boys blowjobs during recess
I met an 11-year-old gang member in the Bronx who carries
a semi-automatic weapon to study hall so he can make it home
and you want me to censor my language

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

your books leave out Emmett Till and Medgar Evers
call themselves “World History” and don’t mention
King Leopold or diamond mines
call themselves “Politics in the Modern World”
and don’t mention Apartheid

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

you wonder why children hide in adult bodies
lie under light-color-eyed contact lenses
learn to fetishize the size of their asses
and simultaneously hate their lips
my students thought Che Guevara was a rapper
from East Harlem
still think my Mumia t-shirt is of Bob Marley
how can literacy not include Phyllis Wheatley?
schools were built in the shadows of ghosts
filtered through incest and grinding teeth
molded under veils of extravagant ritual

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Roselyn, how old was she? Cuántos años tuvo tu madre cuando se murió?”

“My mother had 32 years when she died. Ella era bellísima.”

…what’s genocide?

they’ve moved from sterilizing “Boriqua” women
injecting indigenous sisters with Hepatitis B,
now they just kill mothers with silent poison
stain their loyalty and love into veins and suffocate them

…what’s genocide?

Ridwan’s father hung himself
in the box because he thought his son
was ashamed of him

…what’s genocide?

Maureen’s mother gave her
skin lightening cream
the day before she started the 6th grade

…what’s genocide?

she carves straight lines into her
beautiful brown thighs so she can remember
what it feels like to heal

…what’s genocide?
…what’s genocide?

“Carlos, what’s genocide?”

“Luz, this…
this right here…
is genocide.”

Carlos Andres Gomez; “What’s Genocide?” (via oncewild)