Veronika AKA Nika

35 Years Old • Educator • Chicago

Shalom! (Peace!) Since learning through genetic testing that I am a person of Jewish heritage, I have been writing a lot about my experiences as an adoptee who is reclaiming her roots by practicing Judaism.

Besides Jews and adoption the primary focuses of my blog are women; lesbian, gay, and bi folks; working class folks; and education. I write from the perspective of someone who is trans, who is disabled, who is a victim of abuse, who is a radical leftist, and who is pro-Palestinian. On the very rare occasion that I blog about anything fandom-related it is usually about Once upon a Time, Elementary, or Nikita (Jaden and Alex are my one true pairing).

Although it is not necessary, I would love it if you introduced yourself if you decide to follow my blog. And if there is anything I can do to make Faithful Image more accessible to you, please let me know.

 

coolslug:

just a heads up, if i ever weird you out on any level, too friendly, too flirty, anything at all, i encourage you to be very vocal towards me about it to make sure i dont continue to make you uncomfortable. i dont want anyone feeling like im not someone they can trust and be comfortable around.

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One of the most durable paradoxes of white supremacy - the idea that those who are closest to an experience of oppression are its least credible witnesses.

Walter Johnson, Soul by soul: life inside the antebellum slave market
(via drapetomaniakkk)

This is the type of violence—from microaggressions to epistemic violence to emotional/physical violence to enslavement/genocide—that gets justified by asserting that the oppressor is “objective” and “logical” and thereby “credible.” As if there is objectivity in choosing to oppress. As if the emotions of entitlement, indifference, greed or hatred aren’t involved. 

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Gentiles without Jewish Heritage: *use the term “white Jews” to refer to Jews who were not regarded as white and who were the victims of genocide perpetrated by people adhering to a white supremacist ideology.*

Gentiles without Jewish Heritage: It is such an outrage white actors will be portraying the Hebrew characters in the new Exodus film!

[Image: A screenshot that shows some of the actors in the film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Joshua, Moses, Rhamses, and Tuya are played by Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and Sigourney Weaver, all of whom are easily read as white. “Egyptian Thief”, “Egyptian Civilian Lower Class (uncredited)”, “Rhamses [sic] Royal Servant”, “Assassin”, and “Egyptian Lower Class Civilian” are played by Adrian Palmer, David Olawale Ayinde, Emeka Sesay, Mens-Sana Tamakloe, and Ibrahim Fagge, all of whom are easily read as African-descended.]
nativepeopleproblems:

thaunderground:

joolianshmoolian:

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miwadake:



bana05:
kit-kat-sb:
nablayah:
idilardayacad:
maleehaisconfused:
spikefuckingjonze:
anyone else noticing a trend here?
lol
didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…
RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING
Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall
This makes me so mad
Just damn. The racism is FLAGRANT. Like, wow. I would’ve rather everyone be white and WRONG than this fuckery here. Good Lord.
lordy…..


C’mon guys maybe they’re bad actors.

[Image: A screenshot that shows some of the actors in the film Exodus: Gods and Kings. Joshua, Moses, Rhamses, and Tuya are played by Aaron Paul, Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, and Sigourney Weaver, all of whom are easily read as white. “Egyptian Thief”, “Egyptian Civilian Lower Class (uncredited)”, “Rhamses [sic] Royal Servant”, “Assassin”, and “Egyptian Lower Class Civilian” are played by Adrian Palmer, David Olawale Ayinde, Emeka Sesay, Mens-Sana Tamakloe, and Ibrahim Fagge, all of whom are easily read as African-descended.]

nativepeopleproblems:

thaunderground:

joolianshmoolian:

bana05:

kit-kat-sb:

nablayah:

idilardayacad:

maleehaisconfused:

spikefuckingjonze:

anyone else noticing a trend here?

lol

didn’t know ancient egyptians looked like mayo…

RHAMSES IM CHOKING LIKE THEY DIDNT SEE THE STATUES OR NOTHING

Ok but of course the servants and thieves are black ok i see yall

This makes me so mad

Just damn. The racism is FLAGRANT. Like, wow. I would’ve rather everyone be white and WRONG than this fuckery here. Good Lord.

lordy…..

C’mon guys maybe they’re bad actors.

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We think of men as antiheroes, as capable of occupying an intense and fascinating moral grey area; of being able to fall, and rise, and fall again, but still be worthy of love on some fundamental level, because if it was the world and its failings that broke them, then we surely must owe them some sympathy. But women aren’t allowed to be broken by the world; or if we are, it’s the breaking that makes us villains. Wronged women turn into avenging furies, inhuman and monstrous: once we cross to the dark side, we become adversaries to be defeated, not lost souls in need of mending. Which is what happens, when you let benevolent sexism invest you in the idea that women are humanity’s moral guardians and men its native renegades: because if female goodness is only ever an inherent quality – something we’re born both with and to be – then once lost, it must necessarily be lost forever, a severed limb we can’t regrow. Whereas male goodness, by virtue of being an acquired quality – something bestowed through the kindness of women, earned through right action or learned through struggle – can just as necessarily be gained and lost multiple times without being tarnished, like a jewel we might pawn in hardship, and later reclaim.

Foz Meadows (Gender, Orphan Black & The Meta of Meta)

Look at your stories - don’t just count who gets to be the hero and the villain (what kind of hero? what kind of villain?); count who gets the redemption arcs. (via notsosilentsister)

#the backlash against the female antiheroes is the profoundest kind of disingenuous bullshit #’why do we want our women to be cruel to be selfish to be ungentle? why do we want to VALORIZE that?’ #we don’t #we want truth we want humanity in all its facets #women allowed the moral spectrum we don’t even evaluate when looking at male characters because we so entirely take it for granted #so many women and such different women that we stop ranking them by their virtues #and how comfortable/uncomfortable they make us #different women IN THE SAME STORIES even #imagine. (hotelsongs)

kumaton:

politicalsexkitten:

yukaryote:

Why Guys Like Asian Girls - Anna Akana

Everyone needs to watch this video. Now.

100% on point especially about men thinking that having “yellow fever” is a compliment and we’re supposed to be flattered by it. It’s the #1 way to parade around your blatant racism.

I want to be friends with her!

kosherqueer:

i am fully aware that any comments i make about antisemitism i see online will not be taken seriously because they come from someone who is unapologetically and openly jewish. claims of antisemitism are only given space to be heard and internalized online when they are made by non-jews, and that is why it is very important that non-jews take it upon themselves to call out antisemitism and to listen when their jewish friends are bothered and scared and offended by certain things.

[Image: In six photographs protesters hold signs. Substituting the word “Palestinian” for an image of the Palestinian flag, the first reads, “Don’t do to Palestinians what Hitler did to you.” The second reads, “The world stopped Nazism ¶ The world stopped apartheid ¶ The world must stop Zionism ¶ End the racism, end the occupation ¶ Zionist Israel = Nazi Germany,” and between a Magen David and a Nazi swastika are the words, “Two sides of the same coin”. On the third and fourth signs people have drawn a Magen David and a Nazi swastika with an equals sign between them. The fifth sign reads, “Save Jews from Hitler”; “Jews” has been stuck through, and “Palestinians” has been written above it; “’Hitler” has been struck through, and Israel has been written above it. The sixth sign reads, “Well done Israel ¶ Hitler would be proud”; it has a picture of what would be a representation of the Israeli flag if the Magen David had not been substituted with a Nazi swastika.]

imnotwhiteimjewish:

dreadfulpenny:

Pro-Palestine protesters are all about anti-Semitism, and this is proof.

Photos taken at Chicago protest by Jonathan Hoenig (@JonathanHoenig)

not all pro-palestine protestors are about antisemitism, but a lot are, and it really sucks.

and the thing that amazes me about antisemitic pro-palestine protests is that even with all the antisemitism happening in europe and elsewhere, people are still comparing jews to hitler and nazis. when diaspora jews are getting attacked for “payback” for the gaza attacks, how can you stand with antisemitic signs with a smile on your face? do people not care about our safety?

Chicago, why? You are better than this.

a-sefardita:

a-swiftly-tilting-dwarf-planet:

So here’s a map of anti-semitic attacks that have happened worldwide this year. It’s pretty cool, bc you can click on a little balloon and it will tell you what the instance of anti-semitism was, like “Jew stabbed in Tunisia”, or “Nazi-themed cafe in Indonesia reopens” which is interesting because “reopens”. Like, this isn’t even the first time that cafe has been open! And then you can zoom in, like, a lot of terrible shit’s been happening to Jews in France, so you can zoom towards Paris and see things like “Teens and grandfather chased by hatchet-wielding assailant” or “Jewish girl assaulted for wearing Star of David”.

And of course, they also keep a day-to-day list of anti-semitic actions worldwide.

So if you think that anti-semitism is something that doesn’t happen in your area, or it’s something that’s just been happening in select places since the attacks on Gaze two weeks ago, then you really should educate yourself. Take a little time to scroll through the list of attacks, and take note of the dates. The website only goes back to 2011, but this has been happening to Jews for literally thousands of years.

I would be careful with this website if you don’t know the language that the antisemitic incidents are reported. Most are indeed antisemitism, but when I zoomed and checked out reports for Brazil, many were just pro-Palestine (such as graffiti saying “Força, Palestina!” — which is just showing support and sending ‘strength’ and power to Palestine).

But otherwise, this website is good (yet horrifying).

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diosanegra:

ghdos:

themochagoddess:

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

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*orders box even though I never have sex..just in case*

Wow.

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[Image: The following text is superimposed over a photograph of condoms: “New Australian HIV-killing condoms will be available in months.”]

diosanegra:

ghdos:

themochagoddess:

nanodash:

scienceyoucanlove:

These condoms include Vivagel, a new antiviral compound that disables 99.9% of HIV, herpes, and other sexually transmitted viruses:http://bit.ly/1ne3B9V

from Science Alert

Discuss.

Additional, slightly more detailed, article (x). It uses nanotech!

*orders box even though I never have sex..just in case*

Wow.

!!!