|—||Gloria Anzaldúa, “Speaking In Tongues: A Letter to 3rd World Women Writers” in This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color (via bwildness)|
A Bronx bus company is offering tours billed as a “a ride through a real New York City ‘GHETTO,’” the New York Post reports.
The company, Real Bronx Tours, has taken largely white foreign tourists around the Bronx. The tour guide was caught mocking the Bronx by Post reporter Candice Giove.
Three times a week, Real Bronx Tours takes riders — mainly white Europeans and Australians — on a trip that includes stops at food-pantry lines and a “pickpocket” park.
“Last week, on the first stop of the $45 tour, guide Lynn Battaglia, from Pittsburgh, pointed out a housing project. She then mocked the Grand Concourse, modeled after a Parisian boulevard,” reports Giove.“‘Do you feel like we’re on the Champs-Elysées?’ she teased a couple from Paris.”
The tour also included a drive near a food pantry at a church. Battaglia wondered out loud, “I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it. We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.
The tour guide warned of the dangers of going to a park in the Bronx and also gave inaccurate information about the origin of the word “pig” to describe a police officer. While Battaglia claimed the word came from the Bronx, in reality it originated in London.
The Bronx borough president harshly criticized the guide and the tour.
The guide is “the biggest fool on the planet,” said Ruben Diaz, the borough president. “To have foreigners come and gawk at a long line of people who are less fortunate than they are and to make money off of that and to view them as they are some sort of entertainment is pretty disgusting.” [emphasis mine]
This is a total diss to my hometown. Ugh the Bronx is many things, but there is beauty there…and I’m happy I spent a good chunk of my childhood there.
It’s irritating to see these dumb ass tourists come to my city and mock it for their enjoyment and someone is getting paid to be a racist/classist asshole.
They’re taking a tour of the projects like it’s a zoo. Like it’s a fucking exhibit. SMH.
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You guys are gonna have to deal with my friend appreciation posts for the next few days. I lub you guys. Good job with the pics Rosa. I had to throw in the one of Michael and Ivy grinding tho.
im still laughing at this
Yet Another Gay Man Has Been A Victim Of An Anti-Gay Hate Crime In New York City
Just a few days after a homophobe murdered gay man Mark Carson in Manhattan’s West Village, another gay male was attacked in the latest addition to New York City’s recent string of anti-gay hate crimes.
Reports Bruce Yelk at NightlifeGay.com, party promoter Dan Contarino was assaulted last night at Avenue D and 4th Street by a man who screamed “faggot” as he kicked and punched Contarino. Witnesses came to Contarino’s aid, but his assailant got away.
Contarino wrote on his Facebook page early this morning:
THANKS FOR CALLS…. GAY BASHED LAST NITE…. back from small surgery…. CHEST XRAYS THIS AM…. suspect still at large… police n media waiting to interview me… U JUST WANNA CRY N MOVE ON….
Earlier in the evening yesterday, more than 1,000 people gathered at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center in lower Manhattan to march in honor of Mark Carson and all the other LGBT men and women brutalized in the city of late.
[via Towleroad/Image via Facebook]
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how is “slut” even an insult wtf get that dick grl
Fifteen rape victims have formed martial arts movement and are prepared to confront abusers if no one listens to their complaints…A GROUP of women are fighting back against the sickening culture of rape which they say infects India. Fifteen determined females – all victims themselves – have trained in martial arts and are prepared to hand out rough justice if no one listens to their complaints. And the movement, called the Red Brigade, is growing rapidly following the gang rape and murder of medical student Jyoti Singh Pandey that horrified the world.In a nation where a woman is reportedly raped every 20 minutes, the group’s leader Usha Vishwakarma said: “We are fighting back – and the boot is now on the other foot.” Member Sufia Hashmi, 17, said: “We’ve caught a lot of men recently. I joined because men always used to pass comments on me and touch my body but now we beat them and they run.”Like the other members in the northern city of Lucknow, 25-year-old Usha has first-hand experience of the daily dangers women face in the huge nation – a teacher tried to rape her when she was 18. She said: “He grabbed me and tried to open my trousers. I kicked him in the crotch and ran.” Usha complained to staff but they told her to forget it and allowed her attacker to carry on teaching. She said: “Many parents tell girls to quit school so there will be no sexual violence. But we said no – this has to stop. We decided to form a group to fight for ourselves, not just complain.” MORE
ugh reasons why I am still hopeful