Just so we’re all clear on what we just read. Black people make up 22% of the poor but only 14% of the government benefits. Meaning, 8% of poor Black people are not taking government benefits when they need them.
While, white people make up 42% of the poor but receive 69% of the government benefits. Meaning, there are white people who are classified as middle class who are receiving government benefits.
The whole "I support Palestinians but Hamas is an extremist/terrorist" yadda yadda yadda line is annoying. Occupied peoples have a right to resistance and armed struggle MUST be a part of any liberatory praxis when the oppressor has forgone consciousness and dehumanizes an entire people.
Remember when Noah’s screenwriter explained that everyone in his movie was white because it was “mythical,” and because white people are apparently universal stand-ins for the human race?
Yes, it was a pretty weak excuse. But Exodus: Gods and Kings looks a lot worse, since it actually is set during a specific historical time period, and yet still includes an impressive number of white American and British actors playing Egyptian and Israelite characters.
Directed by Ridley Scott, Exodus: Gods and Kings stars Christian Bale as Moses, Joel Edgerton as Rhamses, and Aaron Paul as Joshua. John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver have supporting roles as Seti and Tuya, another king and queen of Egypt.
The A.V. Club has already describedExodus as “a whitewashed Prince of Egypt,” and many film fans are pointing out that in 2014, there is really no excuse for this type of casting.
“The level of violence is really ramping up instead of de-escalating,” says correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous on Democracy Now! today, reporting live from Gaza City. So far today, Israel has struck more than 70 sites inside Gaza, including five mosques and a football stadium. Three weeks of Israeli attacks have killed more than 600 civilians in the past few weeks.
"There’s no sirens. There’s really nowhere to run. You don’t know where is safe," Kouddous says. "These calls for a ceasefire, these calls for an end to the bloodshed, only seem to be fueling the violence."
"Gaza is a place of indescribable loss.”
Click here to watch additional Democracy Now! coverage of Gaza in our archives.
abominable. truly horrific and inhumane acts taking place