(Rebloggable version of this reply, per request.)
Well, here’s the deal, anon. The Salvation Army is an evangelical Christian group, and they impose those beliefs on the people that they employ and the communities they serve. Here are a few examples:
They are so opposed to LGBT rights that they have lobbied multiple times for exemptions from Federal and Local anti-discrimination laws, and threatened to withdraw their services.
They refused to provide shelter to a homeless gay couple, unless they broke up and renounced their homosexuality.
They refused to provide a transgender woman with shelter that was congruent with her gender presentation, instead insisting she house with men. She chose instead to sleep on the sidewalk and died from the cold.
Speaking of gender, there was also this charming incident where one of their hostels refused to open the door for a 17-year-old victim who had just been brutally raped (or even call the police for her) because that particular hostel had a strict “men only” policy.
Children who can’t prove their immigration status are turned away.
The organization also disposes of any Harry Potter or Twilight related donations (rather than giving them to other charities), because they claim the toys are “incompatible with the charity’s Christian beliefs”.
During the Bush Administration (thanks to ‘faith-based initiatives’) they fired about 20 long-time employees (Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Gay), simply for refusing to sign the organization’s statement of Christian belief.
So, that—in a nutshell—is what’s wrong with it.
i will never stop spreading the word about how fucking shady the salvation army is
think twice before you donate to the bell-ringers in your local mall this holiday season … i am planning on starting a dialogue with the ones that are set to station themselves outside the store i work in
also one time i volunteered with the salvation army around christmas time being an “elf” and helping parents pick out free donated toys for their kids
which was all well and good until they ESCORTED TWO MEN OUT OF THE BUILDING BECAUSE THEY “LOOKED GAY”
this was a first-hand eyewitness account and i should have left then and there, but seeing as i needed to take the bus back to school…
And this is why I starting to donate to other charities around Christmas.
No more red buckets for me.
and theres also how in Australia they have teared apart native aboriginal communities to “christianize” them and make them part of capitalist western society, up until the late 60’s they assisted with the taking of aboriginal children from their families in the stolen generation and put the children into missions where they would follow strict pattern of work and christian education
reblogging again because of that whole “but salvation army is changed!!11!!” post circulating because people need to be reminded of the terrible shit they’ve done
But please, for the love all that’s holy, DO NOT scream at the bell ringers. Often, the folks out there are homeless, under/unemployed, or are people with some type of mental illness or intellectual disability. They are not the organization. That’s like screaming at the McDonald’s cashier because you oppose how badly the company treats its employees.
Smile politely and walk past. Say “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” or “Joyous Festivus” if that’s your thing— whatever you do, don’t yell at them. I saw this happen today and I was appalled.
White feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants, don’t slut shame her”
Actual feminism is “Miley can dress however she wants but she crossed a line when she started using another culture as a means to rebel and utilized black women and little people as shocking accessories in her music videos and live performances”
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Asked by Anonymous
If that culture says that thing is not something that is okay for you to share with them, then yes.
Here is what I’ve written on this in the past:
I want to point you to an article by Everyday Feminism that does a great job of explaining the difference between cultural exchange and appropriation. To boil it down, taking things from other cultures, stripping them of their meaning, and appropriating them for your own use is bad. Having your own “special meaning” for it doesn’t excuse your behavior. You can appreciate and respect something without appropriating it. Although the lines between appropriate cultural exchange and cultural appropriation may be blurred, exchange should be mutual and invited.
That does not mean just taking something because you like it or think it is cool, even if you have respect for it and understand it. In these situations it is important to consider who has the power in these sorts of relationships, the history behind the situation, and what the group of people you are taking something from is saying about it. If they are saying what you are doing is appropriative and uninvited…stop doing it.
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