Tumblr File: I Had No Idea

*I couldn’t think of where else to put these two topics from Tumblr, except under shit I didn’t know about. I mean, I knew that people had been messing up Mt. Everest with trash and bodies, I knew its true name, and I knew that white people can be pretty obnoxious to people who are working to keep them alive, I just hadn’t put all three of those things together, in one package. Nor did I know there was a war brewing between the Sherpas and the tourists.
Yeah, I think it may be time to cut off tourism to Everest for a little while, clean things up a bit, let things calm down, and then maybe some limited tourism after that: 
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When disaster struck Mount Everest in 2014, an unprecedented avalanche wiped out 16 Sherpas but left dozens of wealthy Western climbers untouched. Mourning evolved into a Sherpa strike, and deep-rooted tensions erupted after more than half a century bubbling below the surface.

Who better to showcase the racial standoff than a privileged white American?

This kind of racism is common when westerners come to Nepal actually. They have a sense of privilege they believe they should be bestowed here.

Some had the audacity to tell me that Nepal shouldn’t develop because of the pollution and how they “aren’t able to enjoy the nature and smoke weed” here. Yes, many of the people who travel to Nepal indeed do have a hippy lifestyle yet they don’t truly understand the culture nor try to. It’s saddening to see.

As for words about climbing Everest. Many of you don’t know that much of that money doesn’t even go to helping the Sherpa who guide you or the local community as much as you want to think it does. Much of it is spent on climbing gear (expensive ones), food, plane tickets, and travel expenses, non of which help the community but rather the already wealthy businesspeople.

The money spent on Everest is regarded as “wasted money” because it is spent on a one time products.

That same money from one climber can truly help to change the Sherpa’s community and way of life, yet the westerners that go don’t ever really care about it. These individuals risk their lives so you can have your little moment of ‘glory’ and yet you don’t truly appreciate the life threatening work they do.

I am increasingly of the opinion that Everest should be zoned off from leisure climbing and left alone.

Fuck Western Everest climbers.

Not to mention that Everest is NOT even its real fucking name. Its name in Tibetan isChomolungma, which means “Goddess Mother of Mountains.” The British named it Everest after a surveyor with the excuse that they “couldn’t find a local name” which is bullshit because Chomolungma has been named as such for centuries and they probably didn’t even bother to ask.

The Nepalese people worship Chomolungma as sacred. In fact, every expedition must begin with a Puja ceremony to worship the spirits of the mountain or the Sherpas will pretty much refuse to work. They didn’t really go up the mountain until Westerners started doing it because they held it in reverence and felt it should be left alone.

And now feces, abandoned oxygen tanks, and dead bodies have literally destroyed their sacred mountain and are polluting their neighboring communities.

But who fucking cares as long as those rich Western vanity climbers get their selfie at “the top of the world,” right? It’s all worth it no matter how many Sherpas die, how much pain and destruction they leave in their wake, if they get what they want.

Source: nepal
*Yes, I knew there were Black Jewish people, but the commentor is right that the only images we ever see of Jewish people, are all White. I’ve known about the Ethiopian Jews for awhile now.
I’ve never seen any images like these before. I had no idea there were Black people who were Hasidic, or Orthodox ,or anything, never saw images of them either. (This is interesting to me even as a non-religious person.)





(…nuff said.)

Reblogging because there are enough people out there who don’t get that Jews come in all hues.

Shoutout to us!!!

hey @potofsoup for your consideration ❤

Yay, thanks!  Indeed very relevant to previous post, especially in cases where Jewishness is more of the religion/ethnicity thing, whereas Blackness is more of the race thing.  (Again, that’s not true everywhere and everywhen.)  Or maybe blackness as an racial/ethnicity thing.  (Can Igbo people be religiously Jewish?)

Also serves as a good reminder that our mental image of Jewish people is very specifically European (or even: Ashkenazi).  And some of the stuff we associate with being Jewish is actually specific to that???  Like… do Chinese Jews eat latkes?  Or like…. Chinese Jews and Amazonian Jews are patrilineal!

(I spent an hour making a small presentation about Amazonian Jews for school – it’s pretty interesting – they’re descendants of Sephardic migrant workers who went there in the late 1800s for the rubber trade)

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