"Living on the northern side of the U.S.-Mexico border, it’s easy to view Latin America as another world, isolated from the United States. But the truth is that the U.S. government has historically made life in Latin America harder by overthrowing democratically elected governments, financing atrocities and pushing trade policies that undermine Latin American industries, dealing blows to local economies. Perhaps instead of building walls, the United States should focus on being a better neighbor."
“Man shouldn’t be able to see his own face – there’s nothing more sinister. Nature gave him the gift of not being able to see it, and of not being able to stare into his own eyes.Only in the water of rivers and ponds could he look at his face. And the very posture he had to assume was symbolic. He had to bend over, stoop down, to commit the ignominy of beholding himself.The inventor of the mirror poisoned the human heart.”—Fernando Pessoa (via blackestdespondency)
Once they had a ship, the pirates elected their captains, and made all their decisions collectively. They shared their bounty out in what Rediker calls “one of the most egalitarian plans for the disposition of resources to be found anywhere in the 18th century.”
They even took in escaped African slaves and lived with them as equals. The pirates showed “quite clearly – and subversively – that ships did not have to be run in the brutal and oppressive ways of the merchant service and the Royal navy.” This is why they were popular, despite being unproductive thieves.
Oops, turns out piracy is pretty much always a term like terrorist that gets slapped on whatever we don’t like despite being a general reaction to the status quo. And nothing’s really changed.
And when african pirates were captured by the British they were forced into the slave trade.
They were generally democratic, disciplined, communal - they even had pensions! If you wanted out of the pirate life, you would be taken to a destination of your choice (anywhere in the world) and given a lump sum to help you with your new life.
Honor among thieves.
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU YES i’ve spent like two years studying piracy (back when i had time to devote to reading and research) and yes pirates are actually all very interesting and democratic and great
Reblogging since someone recently sent me an ask on this topic (although now it appears to be lost somewhere in my inbox).
The thing that annoys me the most about conversations on piracy is the Eurocentrism. African pirates feature as ‘side characters’ on white western ships and that’s about it. This TOTALLY ignores the many other pirate communities out there. Like, why are there no documentaries, movies and novels about Chinese pirates? They outnumbered pirate ships of European origin by a large margin and were very succesful. They formed massive fleets and regularily kicked ass against European naval fleets.
Chinese ‘Pirate kings’ often had a fleet of over 200 ships and the Japanese-Chinese pirate king Cheng Chih-Lung had over a thousand. He fought wars against rival pirate kings and often saw the European fleets as minor nuances. After 1635 you couldn’t sail the Taiwan Strait without a permit issued by Cheng Chih-Lung. He then went on to become a navy commander of the Ming dynasty. He kicked the Dutch VOC out of Taiwan and might have become king of Taiwan if he hadn’t died shortly after.
How is he not the most famous pirate in the history of piracy? Oh yeah.. wait.. he wasn’t white.
Deadline is reporting that one of our favorite historical ladies may be coming to a television screen near you: Ching Shih, a pirate’s widow who, at the dawn of the 1800′s, began a career that would make her one of the most notorious pirates in the world, the terror of the Chinese, British, and Portugese navies, so unstoppable that the only way to end her naval empire wound up being to offer her complete amnesty and a nice retirement.
Maggie Q, late of Nikita, Mission: Impossible III, and Young Justice, is”set to headline a limited series from Steven Jensen’s Independent Television Group, Mike Medavoy & Benjamin Anderson of Phoenix Pictures (Black Swan), and Fred Fuchs (Transporter). Titled Red Flag, the series is set in the early 1800s and centers on Ching Shih (Maggie Q), a beautiful young Chinese prostitute who goes on to become one of history’s most powerful pirates and head of the most successful crime syndicate in China.”
Little is known of Ching Shih’s early life, so our accounts of her usually begin with pirate leader Zheng Yi taking a cantonese prostitute for his wife. During their marriage, Ching Shih was fully a part of her husband’s profession. After his death, she maneuvered and politicked her way into the lead position of his fleet, taking as a lover and new husband a man she could trust to take care of (and I might be reading a little too far into Wikipedia here) all the boring administrative stuff. Under Ching Shih, her fleet adopted a strict code of conduct governing loyalty and the distribution of loot and stolen goods, as well as personal conduct.
Ching Shih was also remarkable for being one of the only famous pirates to retire and die of natural causes. Giving up on defeating her, the Chinese government offered complete amnesty to all pirates, and she accepted, taking her ill-gotten gains and opening a gambling house, eventually dying at the age of 69.
Saying, “I don’t see color”, will not be a way to show your acceptance or see everyone as equal. It is insulting because many Whites would devalue us based on the color of our skin. We were denied access to read, write, practice our faith, forced to do exhausting tasks or menial work, dismissed in places of business, prevented from forming our own businesses, forced into inadequate living conditions and the list goes on. Don’t act like skin color isn’t a factor in your prejudices that you have in the present. Be real. There are still some streets you won’t drive, bridges you won’t cross, conversations you won’t start based on how you think Blacks will react.
"I don’t see color" is a statement of ignorance because once again you don’t appreciate our Blackness. I will say, "I’m Black and I’m proud!", and you would devalue me by not acknowledging my color. The NAACP must mean nothing to you since color doesn’t exist in your world. Our leaders, our martyrs have died for the advancement of Blacks and you have a popular saying such as, "I don’t see color"?
Get out of you comfort zone and interact with our Black brothers and sisters. Try to understand from our perspective instead forming your own theories on how we can fix this suppressed racial tension. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re letting the problem carry on. Indifference and apathy is just as bad as actively continuing the atrocities. Learn to accept the differences. We have much to learn from each other.
How To Go To A Restaurant, Find A Foreign Object In Your Food, Then Get Banned And Have Police Called On You
Before I begin, place take a listen to what I’ve done here and votefor me.I really need to get this to as many people before April 15th. I don’t know how I’ve worked this long without a laptop.
So here’s an excerpt from a letter I sent to Denny’s:
Dear Sir or Madam,
My name is Dennis Preston Jr. Saturday, December 7, 2013, just after 2:00 A.M., a business partner and I walked into a Denny’s restaurant at 10575 Watson Rd. Sunset Hills, Missouri 63127. After being greeted, we were seated and we proceeded with our orders after minutes of contemplating. My order of waffles, sausage links, hash browns and chicken strips arrived at my table. Upon chewing on one of my waffles, I discovered what looked to be a nickel-sized piece of foil after pulling it out of my mouth. I began to examine it and determined that the piece could be unfolded into a bigger size. The object was baked into my waffle because it wasn’t visible on my plate and it also had warmth to it. I signaled my waitress to take a look at the object and she immediately took my plate that contained the partially eaten waffle and object. Minutes later, the manager on duty walked out to apologize about the mishap. He offered to make me another waffle but I refused his offer because of my fear of encountering another foreign object in my food. I asked if a deduction of the waffle from my bill would suffice. After about a minute of discussing the situation, the manager walked off with my bill. I was under the impression that the manager went to resolve the issue by taking the item off of my bill but seconds later he returned by slamming the bill on my table. He hurriedly walked away before I could speak, murmuring something that my business partner and I couldn’t hear.
My partner and I looked at the bill and saw that it was still showing the original price. We were confused. After about a minute of talking, we walked to the front counter to ask about the issue. The manager claimed to have overheard that we were going to report him and that was a reason why he refused to deduct the price of the waffle from my bill. The thought of reporting him or the restaurant never came to the minds of my partner and I, nor did any such words come from our mouths. I’m very surprised that a manager would base his argument off hearsay. Being even more confused, my partner and I continued to talk with him for many minutes later while other customers lined up behind us to pay their bill. A frustrated crowd began to grow in front of the counter which caused him to have another employee tend to their bills. The manager called the police while we continued to ask why a simple deduction from the bill couldn’t be administered. The police were summoned to the restaurant. In the meantime my partner and I walked back to our table to see that the rest of our uneaten food had been taken away. Many minutes passed after the Sunset Hills police arrived making the total time of our debate last close to an hour. Around 4 A.M., we ultimately paid the full price of the bill because we were annoyed at all the time that passed and we could see how annoyed the police were just watching the bickering. After paying, I asked for a napkin to write down the name of the manager. He had no visible tag so I asked how to spell his first and last name. He refused to tell me his last name and refused to spell his first name. I’m only guessing his name is spelled, D———. Still never acknowledging that I was going to report him, D——— was adamant that I was going to report him. His spiteful rage from seeing me write on the napkin prompted him to call out to the police to file an incident report while they were exiting the restaurant. The police refused his request claiming that this type of situation would be a civil case. D——— finished the rest of our conversation while walking to other areas of the restaurant, showing a lack of respect of our presence. While walking out, my partner and I were also told by D——— that we were banned from that Denny’s location.
Since I am banned from this Denny’s location I will respect D———’s decision. However, the likelihood of my friends, family and coworkers entering this Denny’s is little to none. The likelihood of a health inspector entering this Denny’s location is very high. A case of diarrhea 4 hours later prompted me to schedule an appointment with my doctor. I’m very disturbed that finding a foreign object in my food would lead to me paying the full price of my order, getting the police called and making me feel like a criminal. I’ve never been involved in an incident in my entire life that police had to be called to settle a dispute. Compensation would be much appreciated to alleviate this matter. The severe level of incompetence at this Denny’s location has induced stress and has negatively affected my health.
I hope to hear back from you within the next week about this incident. I can be reached anytime by phone at (—-) —- - -—- or by email at ————@gmail.com.