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work with the UN and the Nigerian government to bring home the girls kidnapped by Boko Haram. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

wocinsolidarity:

whitepeoplesaidwhat:

gardeinofeden:

miss-melancholy-usa:

lagos2bahia:

lagos2bahia:

beequal:

DON’T SIGN THIS

American government petition, it only has around 6 thousand signatures

If you already has signed you can still share, you might have a follower who hasn’t heard about this yet or forgot about it.

I can’t believe people are actually signing this

Can you believe people are urging the US to invade Nigeria? You people want to kill me

I almost signed this without thinking, whoa

DON’T SIGN THIS

Okay so I can see that this post doesn’t have that many notes, and people are still signing this petition so I’m going to reblog this again with a longer explanation. This petition is the one of the worst propositions I have ever seen, with regards to Nigeria. If you read the petition you will read that it basically calls for a foreign invasion/intervention of some kind by the United States. The situation in Nigeria is not something most people are well versed on. How many of you knew who Boko Haram were before this story became worldnews? Nigeria’s current situation with Boko Haram is incredibly complicated, it stems from a history of colonialism, inter-ethnic conflict and the fight for political power in Nigeria (religion is probably one of the last thing that genuinely influences groups like Boko Haram, if you look at Boko Haram you see that they have no respect for Islamic teachings or anything written in the Qu’ran). This situation is incredibly complex and fragile. Boko Haram have been ravaging Nigeria (mostly in the Northern States) for some years now, and they are brutal and ruthless, they have kill and maimed tens of thousands of people. In addition to the kidnapped girls we have just seen bombings in Abuja (Nigeria’s capital city). If we saw some kind of western intervention (especially if done by someone as ruthless and brutal as America’s military) our country would descend into absolute chaos. That is probably what Boko Haram wants, and guess who would suffer when Boko Haram decide to hit back against western involvement in Nigeria? Nigeria’s people (and especially those kidnapped girls). Foreign countries are not equipped to deal with Boko Haram because they have no understanding of Nigeria’s history and you just can’t solve a problem you only have surface level understanding of. The US of all countries, is not a nation who acts on altruistic notions, you can be rest assured that if America decides to stage some kind of intervention in Nigeria, it will be because there is some kind of benefit to them, and I highly doubt that any of this would benefit Nigeria’s people. How much discourse is there on tumblr of the problems of US imperialism? From Iraq, to Afghanistan, Haiti, to the DRC (and so many more nations), we have seen the utter devastation that befalls nations that the US gets involved in, entire nations, and peoples have been destroyed and that is why it astounds me that people would call on the US government of all things to “save Nigeria”. The person who wrote this petition (blogger karnythia​) is someone I have a lot of respect for, and I do not believe in any sense, that this was set up in malicious intent, but what I am seeing here is a manifestation of something similar to the “white savior complex”. This blogger is not Nigerian, and they have very little understanding of Nigeria’s history, and current situation, they are simply not knowledgeable enough to be coming up with solutions to a problem they do not even understand. 

I am a Nigerian woman, and Nigeria is the place I call home, Nigeria is not anyone’s pet project, and it is not the latest trend in activism. This is my home and these are my people, this is the lives of my family, my loved ones. What you are advocating for would most likely destroy our entire nation, and I don’t want to see my country, my family and all the things I know and love destroyed because people refused to listen to Nigerians speak about their own country. I definitely am not the ultimate source of knowledge of all facts to do with Nigeria, but I am relatively well versed on my countries history and current political situation, so trust me when I say that this is the worst possible thing to advocate for. This does not necessarily mean that Nigeria is totally opposed to outside help, but the direction has to come from Nigerians, not the other way around. It is great that I have seen so many people wish to stand in solidarity with Nigeria, and it is definitely something I am deeply grateful for. But you also have to understand that standing in solidarity is a lot to do with listening to Nigerians, you have to be willing to hear what we have to say. The people who need to be listened to the most are the people on ground, their are several activists and journalists who are risking their lives to report on this story and work and demand for progress. But often times I have seen people talking over them, their voices are being drowned out by people who - though they have good intentions, are speaking over them. We really have to tread carefully when it comes to Nigeria’s situation, because things are already so fragile, and the wrong move would see the whole country descend into chaos.

Please I am genuinely begging you, for the love of God stop signing this petition. I do not want to see my country turn into another nation totally destroyed by America’s government. Our own government is doing us enough harm already. 

Here and here are two other great posts written on this issue.

P.S. if you have any questions you can send me a message on my personal blog lagos2bahia 

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A one hundred year old woman reflects on her deceased husband.

"take the love you have for me and spread it around"

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silkstones:

You know, I understand the critique that Louis CK doesn’t deserve praise for being a decent human being, and I agree. I get that he’s a straight white dude and when straight white dudes say something that has an inkling of feminist thought people are so amazed. And of course, POC, women, and immigrants are way too familiar with the realities of oppression that he discusses in his comedy.
The thing is, though, that because Louie looks like the way he looks (although he is a Mexican immigrant, mind you…) because he doesn’t “look” like the general American population perceives a Mexican to be (whatever the fuck that says about Americans in general), something important happens when his comedy brings up issues of feminism/social justice. The guys he reaches, guys that are straight-cis-white, not interested in feminist politics or social justice, privileged, probably went to school for business… those guys are into Louie because he talks about jerking off and having sex with women, going on dates with women, etc. And these guys relate, they “get” him. And then Louie will say something like “I can’t believe women go on dates with us, we are literally their #1 killer. The #1 reason we die is heart disease because our hearts are like: we literally can’t take your shit anymore” etc etc and all of a sudden these dudes, a lot of whom have statistically probably raped somebody, are exposed to these issues in a language that is veiled as what I’d like to call “bro-talk.” But it’s not — beneath it are actually really important realizations/truths that straight white cis men (in particular) need to get into their little heads.

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