A YMCA in St. Paul, Minnesota is now offering swim practice once a week to the community’s Muslim Somali girls, offering the girls a safe environment to learn how to swim while accounting for their concerns about modesty.
While Minnesota’s newspaper noted that this is an important and much-needed program for the community, Fox News saw the story as an opportunity to broadcast their signature brand of fearmongering Islamophobia.
Fox’s Heather Nauert:
Well the minority becoming the majority at one community pool.
Sharia law is now changing everything.
A YMCA in Minneapolis-St. Paul is starting a swim group for Muslim girls but special considerations have to be made to keep with their religious beliefs. Now this means during the one-hour class, the pool is being shut down, the men’s locker room is being locked, and female lifeguards are being brought in. Similar classes are now starting at towns across the Midwest. We’ll keep watching this story for you.
Fox News Report: People are being considerate. All hell hath broken loose.
Actually this picture “Community Puts in a Wheelchair Park” is not just any park, this is Morgan’s Wonderland and it is the only amusement park in the world that accommodates special needs people. It’s in San Antonio, Texas, and I have been there twice with my daughter, who has Asperger’s and my family. My daughter gets in free as do all who are special needs.
Every single ride is outfitted for everyone.
There are superhero mascots everywhere of all different varieties, as varied as life itself. There is even a calming garden to go for some if they have been overstimulated, as can be the case for people with autism and Asperger’s.
I have seen a grown man tear up the first time he finally got the sensation of swinging in a real swing that can support him in his chair, something some of us take for granted.
It has been visited by over 35 countries and it is a wonderful, wonderful place.
This is so beautiful
What I don’t get is why there aren’t more parks like this. I’m fairly sure Texas isn’t the only state with special needs people.
Personal rule: Always reblog about Morgan’s Wonderland.
Because I will never get tired of how great it is. Because it is. It’s really, really great. THE SWINGS. THE CAROUSEL. *______* IT’S JUST REALLY GREAT.
I had a lot of fun there, is what I’m trying to say.
I’m way past overdue to make another visit that way. I vote that the People of the Loftin Table gather together to plan a visit.
On December 6th, 1989, shortly before five ‘o’ clock and the end of classes before Christmas break, fourteen female engineering students were shot and killed at the École Polytechnique in Montreal, Quebec by a gunman who claimed he was “fighting feminism”.
The massacre stands as one of the most tragic hate crimes in Canadian history.
Today we remember:Geneviève Bergeron, aged 21;
Hélène Colgan, 23;
Nathalie Croteau, 23;
Barbara Daigneault, 22;
Anne-Marie Edward, 21;
Maud Haviernick, 29;
Barbara Maria Klucznik, 31;
Maryse Leclair, 23;
Annie St.-Arneault, 23;
Michèle Richard, 21;
Maryse Laganière, 25;
Anne-Marie Lemay, 22;
Sonia Pelletier, 28; and
Annie Turcotte, aged 21.(image credit: Sandy Kowalik)
The American government can’t praise Mandela’s steadfastness for sitting in prison, while ignoring our own political prisoners. -@zellieimani
yooooooooooo pardon assata shakur!
[wtf barack obama, pardon assata shakur]
Cyber-psychologist Berni Goode talking about Flow on Charlie Brooker’s How Videogames Changed the World.
Flow is extremely important. So, so important.
It’s what keeps some people sane. It’s what drives the world’s most skilled and accomplished athletes, the most intense gamers, the hardcore hobbyists, even many of the most talented artists, musicians and actors - flow is what you get when unstoppable drive meets an unflinching will and unlimited dedication.
Flow is being utterly, truly “in the zone”. And it’s one of the most amazing feelings there is.
This is why finding a sport, or a hobby, or a martial art, or a handicraft, or a new video game, or any skill-based activity that uses focus and requires practice and repetition is so beneficial for things like depression and anxiety and overall mental/physical well-being.
you know society has failed when less people react to racism/sexism/transphobia/homophobia than they do to someone calling out racism/sexism/transphobia/homophobia
And when ableism doesn’t even make lists like this because even socially conscious able bodied people forget it exists.