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tw-koreanhistory:

Black-on-Asian Violence: One Family Speaks Out

Years after the tragic death of Jeffrey Chen to an incident of black-on-Asian violence, his widow and two children are encouraging other Asian-American victims to speak out and put an end to the wave of violence in the community. Min Lee and Eming Piansay are senior producers at YO! Youth Outlook Multimedia.

via http://newamericamedia.org/2010/08/black-asian-violence-one-family-speaks-out.php        



Today, the United States is No. 1 in billionaires, No. 1 in corporate profits, No. 1 in CEO salaries, NO. 1 in childhood poverty and NO. 1 in income and wealth inequality in the industrialized world.
Senator, Bernie Sanders. (via nzingasconquests)

46 meat recall cases open with the USDA for 2014 and rising

September 16, 2014
None suspects when they bite into a big juicy cheeseburger that there’s any dangers hidden within its meaty depths.
Over 13 million pounds of meat were recalled in 2013. E. coli being the reason behind 10 million of that number. Although meat is recalled, it doesn’t mean that every pound of meat is accounted for, it may still be in circulation, or packed away in a basement freezer.
E. coli is a bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of people and animals. However, there are some harsh strains of E. coli that when ingested through contaminated food or water, such as raw vegetables or meat, can make someone very ill.
The symptoms of E. coli can be bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. In smaller children and older adults, E.coli can cause problems with their blood or kidneys which could potentially be fatal.
Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for 784,350 pounds of meat being recalled in 2013 according to the USDA’s reports. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious illness when ingested. Listera mostly affects pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system.
Pregnant women who are infected may experience miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or their newborn child may be infected.
People who are not pregnant may exhibit symptoms of Listeria such as: headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, fever and muscle aches.
The scariest of all these possibilities is transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases. These prions warp the proteins in our brains and nervous systems and cause a sickness. The most common illnesses caused is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.
Once infected by prions, there is no cure and no treatment. Unlike E.coli and Listeria, prions cannot be killed by cooking your food.
Not all recalls are contamination related.  Some recalls happen due to improper branding of foods or undeclared allergens.
So far there have been 46 recalls this year by the USDA.

Read More: http://www.wsusignpost.com/2014/09/16/46-meat-recall-cases-open-with-the-usda-for-2014-and-rising/
For a list of recalls, please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts

46 meat recall cases open with the USDA for 2014 and rising

September 16, 2014

None suspects when they bite into a big juicy cheeseburger that there’s any dangers hidden within its meaty depths.

Over 13 million pounds of meat were recalled in 2013. E. coli being the reason behind 10 million of that number. Although meat is recalled, it doesn’t mean that every pound of meat is accounted for, it may still be in circulation, or packed away in a basement freezer.

E. coli is a bacteria that normally lives in the intestines of people and animals. However, there are some harsh strains of E. coli that when ingested through contaminated food or water, such as raw vegetables or meat, can make someone very ill.

The symptoms of E. coli can be bloody diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting. In smaller children and older adults, E.coli can cause problems with their blood or kidneys which could potentially be fatal.

Listeria monocytogenes are responsible for 784,350 pounds of meat being recalled in 2013 according to the USDA’s reports. Listeria is a bacteria that can cause serious illness when ingested. Listera mostly affects pregnant women and anyone with a weakened immune system.

Pregnant women who are infected may experience miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or their newborn child may be infected.

People who are not pregnant may exhibit symptoms of Listeria such as: headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance, convulsions, fever and muscle aches.

The scariest of all these possibilities is transmissible spongiform encephalopathies or prion diseases. These prions warp the proteins in our brains and nervous systems and cause a sickness. The most common illnesses caused is bovine spongiform encephalopathy, or mad cow disease.

Once infected by prions, there is no cure and no treatment. Unlike E.coli and Listeria, prions cannot be killed by cooking your food.

Not all recalls are contamination related.  Some recalls happen due to improper branding of foods or undeclared allergens.

So far there have been 46 recalls this year by the USDA.

Read More: http://www.wsusignpost.com/2014/09/16/46-meat-recall-cases-open-with-the-usda-for-2014-and-rising/

For a list of recalls, please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/recalls-and-public-health-alerts/current-recalls-and-alerts


tw-koreanhistory:

Judge sentences ‘street terrorists’ to life in slaying of Gardena shop owner

By Larry Altman

3/31/2011

Calling a pair of gang members “street terrorists” who chose to play God, a judge Wednesday sentenced them to spend the rest of their lives in prison for robbing and killing a Gardena T-shirt shop owner in 2008.

Jayvion Terrell Galloway, 21, and Zecorey Lamont Marcus, 22, both documented members of the Shotgun Crips gang in Gardena, stared straight ahead as Torrance Superior Court Judge Steven Van Sicklen imposed sentences of life imprisonment without parole.

"You are nothing more than street terrorists," Van Sicklen said, calling the crime callous, vicious and committed without remorse. "I don’t think you are hearing what I’m saying or care what I’m saying."

Jurors last month convicted Galloway and Marcus of first-degree murder with special circumstances in the May 12, 2008, killing of 51-year-old Hae Sook Roh in her store, Julie’s Fashion, at 2300 W. Rosecrans Ave.

The crime netted $35. Galloway, with Marcus at his side, shot Roh three times, including twice after she had collapsed.

"It was just so cold and heartless," said sheriff’s Sgt. Mitch Loman, who investigated the crime that was captured on a video surveillance system. "It was savagery.

In addition to life without parole, Galloway received an extra 61 years to life in prison for robbing a man at a dairy five days earlier, along with gun and gang sentence enhancements tied to the murder. At the time of the slaying, Galloway was under court supervision following a robbery conviction when he was 17.

Marcus received another 38 years to life for the second robbery, and gun and gang enhancements linked to the murder.

During an emotionally charged courtroom hearing, Roh’s daughter, Julie Roh, thanked prosecutors, detectives and the judge for their work in bringing justice. She had harsh words for her mother’s killers.

"Since you willingly murdered a poor, defenseless woman, does it make you feel like more of a man?" she said. "How would you feel if your mother was murdered in such a heinous way? Perhaps you would not feel anything, since your actions show that you may have no feelings and no remorse."

The men committed a barbaric act, she said, against a “loving daughter, a caring sister, a faithful wife and my beloved mother.

"How dare you take away such a loving person from us."

As the daughter spoke, neither Galloway nor Marcus looked at her. Instead, they stared straight ahead.

Roh’s daughter said she was struggling with feelings that she wanted the men to “experience unimaginable suffering and helplessness” like her mother endured, but her faith had encouraged her to search for forgiveness.

"My mother is in heaven with the Lord," she said. "She is happily with Jesus now and we will meet when the time is right. … Only God is the final judge and you will meet him soon. Then His eternal judgment shall pass and his decision shall reign. May God have mercy on your souls."

Deputy District Attorney Erica Jerez said Galloway was wearing a mask when he and Marcus confronted Roh in her store. Galloway pulled a gun and gave the proprietor three seconds to comply.

Roh removed $35 from her till, but was immediately shot.

"As she is trying to get up, (Galloway) shoots her two more times," Jerez said.

After detectives released a video of the crime to the news media and the footage made its way onto YouTube, Galloway showed it to his girlfriend, Ana Sanchez, pointing and laughing as he took credit for what he had done, Jerez said.

A tipster watching the news provided police with the men’s names, saying they had been involved in another robbery at Stue’s Dairy, 13126 S. Western Ave., in Gardena five days before the killing, Jerez said.

That day, May 7, 2008, Galloway and Marcus were buying orange juice when a man walked in and cashed a $450 paycheck. 

Taking the opportunity to commit a crime, Galloway, grabbed a gun from his car. He and Marcus followed the man and robbed him.

That crime also was captured on videotape and helped police to identify the pair as suspects in both crimes. They were arrested in September 2008.

Galloway had fled to Minnesota, where he was taken into custody.

While sitting together in a holding area in Los Angeles, the men made incriminating statements that would help lead to their convictions, Jerez said. The recorded statements linked them to the clothing shop murder and robbery at the dairy.

"Marcus places himself at the scene of the murder by talking about how he got caught in his `Chucks,’ Chuck Taylor sneakers," Jerez said. "Galloway talks more about how he tried to cover for Marcus during the first robbery and take the heat."

On Wednesday, as Van Sicklen added up the men’s sentences for each of their crimes, Galloway’s mother, Tina Dennis, began wailing when he reached the words “life in prison without parole.”

"I love my son," she cried loudly, collapsing as deputies and family members tried to carry her from the courtroom.

Later, Galloway’s great aunt, Wilma Hill, said family members did not believe he committed the crime because he “did not have that kind of malice in him.”

Hill asked people to pray for Galloway’s mother.

"You just have to believe in God," Hill said. "This is not what really happened."

As deputies led Marcus away, his mother threw a kiss and said that she loved him.

"I love you all," Marcus responded. "Don’t cry."

via http://www.insidebayarea.com/california/ci_17734666


REAPING WHAT THEY SOW: THE BASMATI RICE CONTROVERSY AND STRATEGIES FOR PROTECTING TRADITIONAL KNOWLEDGE →


… The support generated in favor of William Masters for shooting two Mexican American teenagers engaged in spray painting is striking when compared to the condemnation of the Singapore government in response to its decision to cane Michael Fay, a non-Latino White teenager who was caught spray painting cars in Singapore less than a year earlier. In 1994, Fay pleaded guilty to two counts of mischief, admitting that he and other spray painted eighteen cars, threw eggs at other cars, and switched license plates on other cars.

A Singapore judge sentenced Fay to four months in prisons, a $2,230 fine, and six lashes with a rattan cane. The outrage in America was immediate. Describing her son as “a typical teenager,” Fay’s mother appealed to U.S. government officials to intervene and insist on clemency for her son, explaining, “Caning is not something the American public would want an American to go through. It’s barbaric.” U.S. Embassy officials and members of the American chamber of Commerce responded by condemning the severity of the sentence. Even President Bill Clinton asked the Singapore government to reconsider the sentence.

When a White American shoots two Mexican Americans for spray painting columns supporting a freeway, killing one of the youths, he is called a crime-fighting hero. When a foreign government canes a White American youth for spray painting and egging cars, that punishment is denounced as inhumane and cruel.
Cynthia Lee, “Race and Self Defense
(via beemill)

lostintrafficlights:

arari:

On the paper can be seen “Lee Seung Man(The Coward), Park Jeong Hee(The Mass Slaughterer), Park Geun Hye(The Illegal President-Elect).” This is part of the unification propaganda strewed over North Korean land by air by the South Korean government which sparked North Korea to lodge a formal complaint to the Blue House. Fuck.
http://m.media.daum.net/m/media/society/newsview/20140921130507597

I don’t even understand how this is going to even convince them, two of them massacred people and one is inept as hell, well Rhee was also inept too. What does it even say to convince these people, this to be honest feels like masturbatory feel-good shit spread by conservatives. It’s almost like they want us to go to war.

lostintrafficlights:

arari:

On the paper can be seen “Lee Seung Man(The Coward), Park Jeong Hee(The Mass Slaughterer), Park Geun Hye(The Illegal President-Elect).” This is part of the unification propaganda strewed over North Korean land by air by the South Korean government which sparked North Korea to lodge a formal complaint to the Blue House. Fuck.

http://m.media.daum.net/m/media/society/newsview/20140921130507597

I don’t even understand how this is going to even convince them, two of them massacred people and one is inept as hell, well Rhee was also inept too. What does it even say to convince these people, this to be honest feels like masturbatory feel-good shit spread by conservatives. It’s almost like they want us to go to war.


Comfort women video testimony made public after 21 years

“When I was 18 years old, I spent two or three weeks in an attic after my uncle told me that young women were being taken away. After that I came down from the attic to find something to eat when all of a sudden a Japanese policeman appeared in front of me, grabbed me by the arm, and dragged me off,” said Kim Bok-seon in the recording. Kim, a former comfort woman, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 86.
“I was weeping with fear, clinging to the pillar in the room. I tried to run away, but in the end they took me to Busan. I became a comfort woman for the Japanese imperial army, and was moved to Simonoseki and then Osaka,” said Yoon Sun-man, 83.
“I got beat a lot for being disobedient. My arms were twisted and still are today,” Yun said, lifting her weak knees and her left elbow, which is still crooked though decades have passed.
While it was not included in the video released on Monday, the association also made public the written testimony of Kil Gap-soon, who also took part in the Japanese investigation.
“When I refused to sleep with the Japanese soldiers, they tortured me by searing my back with a red-hot soldering iron,” Kil said. She raised her blouse and showed the Japanese investigators the burn marks that still remained on her back. Gil passed away in 1998 at the age of 74, five years after giving her testimony.
“Aside from Yoon Sun-man and Kim Kyung-sun, the other 14 of the 16 women who testified at the time have already died. Now the Abe government is showing its blatant intention to attack the Kono Statement,” said Kim Young-man, 58, Gil’s son.
“We refrained from publishing the material for 21 years at the request of the Japanese government…”
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Comfort women video testimony made public after 21 years

“When I was 18 years old, I spent two or three weeks in an attic after my uncle told me that young women were being taken away. After that I came down from the attic to find something to eat when all of a sudden a Japanese policeman appeared in front of me, grabbed me by the arm, and dragged me off,” said Kim Bok-seon in the recording. Kim, a former comfort woman, died on Dec. 12 at the age of 86.

“I was weeping with fear, clinging to the pillar in the room. I tried to run away, but in the end they took me to Busan. I became a comfort woman for the Japanese imperial army, and was moved to Simonoseki and then Osaka,” said Yoon Sun-man, 83.

“I got beat a lot for being disobedient. My arms were twisted and still are today,” Yun said, lifting her weak knees and her left elbow, which is still crooked though decades have passed.

While it was not included in the video released on Monday, the association also made public the written testimony of Kil Gap-soon, who also took part in the Japanese investigation.

“When I refused to sleep with the Japanese soldiers, they tortured me by searing my back with a red-hot soldering iron,” Kil said. She raised her blouse and showed the Japanese investigators the burn marks that still remained on her back. Gil passed away in 1998 at the age of 74, five years after giving her testimony.

“Aside from Yoon Sun-man and Kim Kyung-sun, the other 14 of the 16 women who testified at the time have already died. Now the Abe government is showing its blatant intention to attack the Kono Statement,” said Kim Young-man, 58, Gil’s son.

“We refrained from publishing the material for 21 years at the request of the Japanese government…”

[Read More]


American Healthcare Is So Bad for Women of Color It May Violate the UN Convention →


jadecho:

"Disappearing" at CUPSI 2013 Prelims

in gym class
my white best friend points to the flat of my face
and says “you don’t really have a nose.”
it’s the first time i notice the difference
in the geography of our faces
i wish for a tall, delicate nose like hers
like my white boy punk idols
like the girls the boys see as beautiful

7th grade is a year of disappearing
the boys lounging in the breezeway
cackle about how i don’t have an ass
the department store jeans sag over the thin of me
it’s the first time i learn my yellow body
does not exist here

i’m in college
the first time a man old enough to be my father
hollers at me on the street

"sup lil mama!
me love you long time,
long,
long time.”

his words lick the back of my neck, slow
there’s a part of me that takes it as a compliment 
there’s a part of me that wants to falcon punch the lecher out his face

it’s the first time someone makes me understand
how my yellow body shouts
easy pussy
across the sidewalk
port of nagasaki thighs
for you to commodore perry open
cambodian countryside cunt
to bomb in silence

in the mirror
i want to skin the chinadoll off of me
these almond eyes
flushed porcelain cheeks
that betray me
look how cute you did yourself up today
you were asking for it

it’s october
the halloween store sells costumes called
“asian persuasion”
"geisha beauty to ninja cutie"
modeled by white women in black wigs
cleavage bursting through strategic seams
my skin a little something sexy to don for one night only
they wear the fantasy of it
but never know the itching
how we asian women
carry a certain insanity 
with the yellow of our skin
tiptoeing the ghostland 
between invisible and undesirable
visible and easy victim

i’ve learned to speak steel trap
when talking to white men
keeping my smiles from showing too much interest
because the air is heavy with ghosts between us
chinese women abducted into new world prostitution
british opium ravaging pearl delta apart
in 2008, the 16 asian women in oakland victimized by police
in 2000, the 2 japanese women in spokane
raped by 2 white men “infatuated with the japanese race”
i’ve learned i can’t trust anyone to see me
under the histories this country
has mapped onto our skin

in class
the paper pale english major next to me in
seems too interested
in whether or not i have plans for the weekend
i can’t tell if he’s just friendly
or viewing the beginnings of a porno
in the corners of my smile
i want to tear the “undemanding” 
the “passive” from my skin
i leave the classroom
hoping walking away
is enough to not disappear


stabra:

dearest poc of tumblr, please contribute your narrative to this amazing project by two phenomenal women i know:
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stabra:

dearest poc of tumblr, please contribute your narrative to this amazing project by two phenomenal women i know:

"Design+Culture Lab asks People of Color to share your story. As a POC how do you navigate public space? ‪#‎POCSURVIVAL‬ www.designculturelab.com/poc Please take a few minutes to contribute your voice!”


Neo slavery in Korea part 1

lostintrafficlights:

Neo-slavery in Korea is concentrated in small, farming/island communities or industrialized factories. These two have one thing in common: they’re dirty jobs and are looked down upon. 

I want to specifically focus on neoslavery in the countryside because I feel like it’s a very good case of how “small societies”-like the one in the movie Dogville-contribute to fostering an environment of incredible cruelty and violence. 

The people mainly exploited can be divided into 3 categories, and while there is a lot of overlap between the three, I feel like there are unique differences that each face, and will deal with them accordingly. There are the disabled/homeless people, the undocumented (and documented) immigrants, usually from Southeast Asia, and women. 

For the disabled/homeless people, a lot of them are kidnapped and such and sent to work on labor-intensive fields of work, such as in salt fields, fishing, and so on. And even if you weren’t mentally ill for example to start with, the beatings and brutal treatment and the huge amount of mental torture you face each day soon causes you to be mentally unstable. The most high-profile case I can think of is the “salt field slavery” case and the “grandfather slave”. In the “salt field slavery” case, which was in 2014 mind you, the victims had found a broker who had promised them a more lucrative job, but as they were disabled (one was mentally disabled and the other was visually handicapped) and homeless (they had left their homes), they were vulnerable to exploitation and were sent to the salt fields. The owner not only forced them to work in the fields but also had them do other work, such as construction, housework, and so on, didn’t have more than 5 hours of sleep, were beaten up, and never paid. They were constantly watched to see if they’d escaped. Eventually a letter that one of them had written was carefully sent to his mother, and in the letter he asked her to disguise herself as a salt merchant. The police, after extensive amount of detective work and disguises, found them. The villagers didn’t feel any amount of remorse, even answering “well, if your dog escapes, would you not look for it?” when asked why they did not allow the workers to escape. Also as Korean law is very lacking in these issues, the owner was not sentenced to jail but only fined. Sources here. The officials, local police and the owners also know each other (see again: small community) and so work together and ignore such cases of human rights violations. Sources here. After being abused and worn out from such harsh treatment, these people often die; and mostly thrown into the sea. We don’t know. 

It’s important to note here that according to this article, most of the people found in salt fields and fish farms and so-called “institutions” for disabled people were actually people who were reported as lost or someone without family and friends (usually the homeless), wanted criminals, and disabled people. A third of those who were found (107 out of 370 people) had not been paid. The scariest thing is that this was a case where the police had announced their intent to search for unpaid workers before going on the actual search; there must be hundreds, if not thousands, who had been hidden.

The cases of people used as slaves on islands (there are numerous islands in Korea and it’s near impossible to patrol them all) is even more creepy in that the villagers justify this abuse by saying that the victims somehow deserve it because they were “r*****s”. In an article again from 2014, the villagers were interviewed, and they praised the slave owner as “a model person” while calling the workers slurs. Sources here. The job of a “slave owner” is even passed on, which means that the entire family knows that they’re using the workers as slaves, going as far as to making insurance in the victim’s names and taking away the money. This was dealt with in an article in 2012. Sources here. And it’s not even on the salt fields; ships are also rife with such “slave” workers. There’s a 2014 case where a former “slave” who worked on a ship catching crabs states that he had less than 4 hours of sleep per day. Sources here

In the “slave grandfather” case, this was a case where the people living in the village had passed him on as a “slave” or “serf” just like during the Joseon dynasty, and thought nothing of maltreating them. In fact their rhetoric is very similar to what slave owners thought-“we gave him a place to stay and food to eat, I don’t know why they’re complaining” which is downright horrifying. The original “owner” had died and passed on the “ownership” to his son, and so the “slave grandfather” had been working for a total of 50 years, sleeping in a garbage heap and eating rotten rice. The most horrifying thing is that similar cases had been found all across the country. Sources here, here, here and here.  

It is essential to note that these are all cases where the entire village was complicit in such violence and brutality. It is important to note that the police and public servants were essentially powerless because the village had fostered a toxic culture of it’s own, causing them to be sucked in as well. It’s important to note that this is essentially impossible to fix, because we cannot track down every small village or every small island. However, this is a very grave human rights issue that we should all keep in mind. 

Part 2 about migrant workers and part 3 about women coming up soon. I need to take some rest.


pyarnaikarthi:

As a Tibetan raised in a Buddhist family, I literally so sick of shit like this. White people love to appropriate eastern cultures and religion, Buddhism has literally been the “chill, laid back”, go to faith/philosophy for a lot of people white people who don’t think their own family faith is chill enough. It’s like a phase y’all go through or something like, “don’t wanna think or really get to know any one religion? just fall back to these super ambiguous buddha quotes that make you feel like you can do whatever!”.  
I am sick of seeing Buddhism made into caricatures and summarized into shitty quotes like this. Stop disrespecting Buddhism, stop generalizing it as something it’s not. It’s intricate, it asks you to think critically, it asks for A LOT OF THINGS, it’s not simply being “chill”. I am used to seeing white people not really give a shit about their ancestral faith, the amount of memes and cartoons I see disrespecting Jesus, Christianity, etc. (as jokes or whatever), it’s honestly appalling but idc that’s your guys’s own deal if you are comfortable with that. But not with mine, Buddhism is not your fallback conduct code when you see other faiths as too restrictive or requiring actual strict rules and taboos (that you cannot abide by). 
Just because Buddhists are not the most violent or headline making group of folks doesn’t mean you can constantly use the faith to produce caricatures in the media and other outlets. It’s not your trendy phase, it’s a very big holy part of many people’s lives. Culturally, I (maybe it’s just me but) find it offensive and I’m always shocked at the lack of social etiquette people have when it comes to the religion and philosophy that my people have followed for centuries. Have some respect and appreciate it for it’s actuality without stomping all over it for the sake of your oversimplification, comfort, and convenience. And don’t get me started on tattoos. 

pyarnaikarthi:

As a Tibetan raised in a Buddhist family, I literally so sick of shit like this. White people love to appropriate eastern cultures and religion, Buddhism has literally been the “chill, laid back”, go to faith/philosophy for a lot of people white people who don’t think their own family faith is chill enough. It’s like a phase y’all go through or something like, “don’t wanna think or really get to know any one religion? just fall back to these super ambiguous buddha quotes that make you feel like you can do whatever!”.  

I am sick of seeing Buddhism made into caricatures and summarized into shitty quotes like this. Stop disrespecting Buddhism, stop generalizing it as something it’s not. It’s intricate, it asks you to think critically, it asks for A LOT OF THINGS, it’s not simply being “chill”. I am used to seeing white people not really give a shit about their ancestral faith, the amount of memes and cartoons I see disrespecting Jesus, Christianity, etc. (as jokes or whatever), it’s honestly appalling but idc that’s your guys’s own deal if you are comfortable with that. But not with mine, Buddhism is not your fallback conduct code when you see other faiths as too restrictive or requiring actual strict rules and taboos (that you cannot abide by). 

Just because Buddhists are not the most violent or headline making group of folks doesn’t mean you can constantly use the faith to produce caricatures in the media and other outlets. It’s not your trendy phase, it’s a very big holy part of many people’s lives. Culturally, I (maybe it’s just me but) find it offensive and I’m always shocked at the lack of social etiquette people have when it comes to the religion and philosophy that my people have followed for centuries. Have some respect and appreciate it for it’s actuality without stomping all over it for the sake of your oversimplification, comfort, and convenience. And don’t get me started on tattoos. 



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