“I don’t think it’s a virtue or an accomplishment to hide or deny your pain so that you can take care of others. We tell people they are “strong” when we are uncomfortable with their pain and would prefer that they shut up and not bother us with it. To say “but you are strong” is telling someone “I don’t think you should feel that way,” and it’s not a compliment. I don’t think that strength means being invulnerable, or pretending that you are. The belief that silence and stoicism are inherently good qualities is how you end up dressed up like a bat punching criminals in an alley – it’s not a good road to emotional health.”—
Over the weekend Detroit police discovered a shallow grave which apparently contained two missing women, Ashley Conaway, 22, and Abreeya Brown, 18, who were kidnapped last month. According to police records, the women were kidnapped at gun point in Illinois and forced into a trunk. Brown’s stepfather even told police he exchanged gunfire with the kidnappers in an attempt to save his stepdaughter, but he was unable to stop the men.
Conaway’s former boyfriend, Brandon Cain, and his associate Brian Lee were detained last month for attempted murder charges stemming from the shootout with Brown’s stepfather, but the pair have yet to be charged with the disappearance of the women.
Scenes like this continue to play out across the country with little notice. For every Oscar Grant or Sean Bell or Trayvon Martin, there are many more Rekia Boyds, Aiyana Jones, Ashley Conaways, and Abreeya Browns that go unnoticed. Why?
While we continue to rally for justice for Trayvon Martin, lets not forget the thousands of people who are viciously murdered every year. Justice shouldn’t only be reserved for those whose families and friends are able to get social media to take notice, but for everyone who is a victim of crime.
“The racist smear campaign against Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teen shot to death last month in Florida, has reached a new level of ghoulishness. A white supremacist hacker says he’s broken into Martin’s email and social networking accounts, and leaked his private Facebook messages. We’ve been able to confirm that at least one email account that belonged to Martin was cracked.”—
This makes me absolutely fucking SICK. I can’t vocalize properlly how fucking sick this makes me. and it proves to me more than ever that this entire fucking thing is steeped in *white supremacy* and not “white privilege.” this shit is exposing all the systemic violence people of color in general and black people specifically are living with in florida. THIS, folks, is why i don’t give a FUCK about reform. THIS. white supremacy can not be fucking reformed. (via note-a-bear)
The fact is that transgender people—in particular, transgender people of color—have simply not experienced the same strides forward as their lesbian, gay and bisexual brothers and sisters. A landmark new report, ‘Injustice at Every Turn,’ presents undeniable proof. This report, released on Friday, is based on a comprehensive survey of over 6,000 transgender people and the findings are too shocking to ignore, especially when it comes to African-American transgender people.
Our transgender brothers and sisters are far more likely to lack proper medical care, to be unemployed, to live in extreme poverty, and to be HIV-positive—and that’s when compared to their white transgender counterparts, not just the general population. The survey’s respondents were four times more likely than the general population to live in extreme poverty. One in five reported having been refused a home or apartment, another one in five report having been refused health care. More than one in five, 22 percent, reported having been harassed by law enforcement, and nearly half reported fear of seeking assistance from police. African American respondents reported all of this in even higher numbers.
What would it look like if the LGBT movement had a racial justice agenda? Well, for starters, we’d see our struggle for equality tied to other movements for justice, not just by analogy. So, for example, there’s been a noticeable silence about Trayvon Martin on most of the mainstream gay blogs, probably because most (white) gay folks don’t see the case as “our issue.” But as Zach Stafford recently pointed out here on HuffPost, gay folk should care about Trayvon Martin because all of us who are “outsiders” — whether because of sexual orientation, gender non-conformity, or race — can be targets of violence.
When we say that the gay right movement is the new civil rights movement, we’re playing into the divisive racial politics of NOM. We have to do better than “gay is the new black.” We have to see that the fight for sexual equality hasn’t replaced the fight for racial equality, because that’s not over. When the LGBT movement moves beyond shallow slogans like “gay is the new black” to embrace a racial justice agenda that sees our struggle as tied to others, then we’ll have truly won a victory against opponents like NOM that can only see “gays and blacks” as an easy place to drive a wedge.
I absolutely abhor the mainstream - lol! J/K! Who are we kidding? It’s the WHITE gay movement - white voices, white faces and nothing else allowed.
75% of anti-queer violence is against queer PoCs but I see nothing but white faces on “It Gets Better” or on the news when it comes to violence against queer peoples.
It’s not so much appropriating the struggle of Black Americans when white gays say “[white] gay is the new Black” as much as stealing, erasing, trivializing, editing, twisting and tearing apart Black people’s struggles in the world.
White gays trivialize the mass murder (the ever-justified police brutality/self defense)/abuse/marginalization/sexual assault/ETC^1000 of Black Americans, whether queer or cis+hetero today when they dare to be so stupid and racist as to compare being white+gay to being Black+cis/hetero, never mind Black+queer. The white gay movement is not Kosher at all. It’s unhealthy for all, and incredibly dangerous for PoCs in the world.
[Anonymous asked: Sometimes I don’t think there’s enough awareness about male survivors of rape. It’s just as real, and can be just as violent. And although it happens a lot less then woman being raped, it happens to men too. I just wanted to see your thoughts.]
I feel the same way. There’s a myth among society that “men can’t be raped”. That’s just complete bullshit. Anyone can rape and anyone can be raped. Ignoring the fact that people other than cis women get raped doesn’t make the problem “go away”. It simply alienates people and makes things worse.
This isn’t going to be the most articulate thing I’ve ever written because I’m not at my most coherent right now.
People who defend polite bigotry from aggressive call-outs under the guise of encouraging positivity and discouraging negativity because there’s too much negativity in the world or because they think positive approaches are more helpful… they really have no idea how much negativity they themselves are spreading, how their cheery defense of bigotry affects those who are affected by that bigotry.
If you can cheerfully leave people shaking wrecks through your casual inhumanity and chide them for being so negative, you are not a positive force in the world even if you never say a single “rude” word.
youre over here playin devils advocate for the destroyers of black and brown bodies, w a smile on your face, it dont matter if you havent cursed, you are offensive and negative and fucking DANGEROUS to peoples livelihood. period.
The above article is an update. Her mother went to appeal to keep her out of the psychiatric ward and lost. She will be institutionalized because of her expression of her gender. She will be held until she conforms to male gender and then released to foster care, not her mother who was supporting her.
Please, if you haven’t signed the petition, sign it, reblog it, ask your friends to sign it. We’ve managed to get 40K signatures for a pageant model, we’ve only gotten 11K for a little girl about to have her life ruined. Lets get on the ball and spread the word.
Some women want to believe that their predilection for rompers and kittens and baby voices reflects their individual personalities and not some trend toward retro, non-threatening femaleness. But no one chooses their choices in a vacuum and certainly it means something that so many women seem to be finding this super-girlish, childish part of their personalities at the same time, while Katy Perry’s sex and candy persona is tearing up the charts and actual little girls are being bombarded with pink, purple, princesses, tulle and sparkles.
Zooey Deschanel is the poster girl for this sort of womanhood.
The wide-eyed, girlish, take-care-of-me characters that Deschanel inhabits on film are not open to many women of color, particularly black women. We can be strong women, aggressive women, promiscuous women…we can do Bonet bohemian and Earth Mother (as Andrea pointed out), but never carefree and childish. Even black girls are too often viewed as worldly women and not innocents.
“Oppressors always expect the oppressed to extend to them the understanding so lacking in themselves”—Audre Lorde, ‘Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface’, in Sister/Outsider, p. 63. (via feministquotes)
“Trayvon’s blackness wasn’t something he could hide, so it wouldn’t have mattered whether he’d worn a hoodie or a t-shirt that fateful night. It mattered that he was black, and it mattered that the person who shot him had a vendetta out for black men before Trayvon ever set foot in the neighborhood. It matters that in 2012, there are more black men in prison today than those who were enslaved in 1850. It matters that blacks, in particular black men, are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and underrepresented in colleges. It matters that the black unemployment rate is nearly double that of unemployment for the general population. It matters that blacks are less likely to be screened, diagnosed, and treated for preventable diseases, less likely to own homes, less likely to receive research grants, and more likely to retire in poverty than their white counterparts. It matters that blacks are less likely than whites to abuse drugs, but more likely to be convicted of drug crimes. None of these statistics are due to a genetic predisposition to violence, poor health and underachievement, instead as a direct result of the disenfranchisement of blacks that has occurred in this country for more than 200 years at the hands of slavery, Jim Crow Laws, discrimination, and the institutionalized racism in our schools, banks, businesses, courts, and prisons that has torn apart our families and fractured our community. Just like Trayvon Martin, race mattered for Amadou Diallo, Oscar Grant, Sean Bell, Emmett Till, and hundreds more we will never know the name of who died because of their skin color.”—
Who’s shocked? National Organization for Marriage (NOM) sought to continue “fanning hostility” and aimed to “sideswipe Obama” by finding “attractive black Democrats” to challenge “white gay marriage advocates” in elections. More on this:
“The strategic goal of this project is to drive a wedge between gays and blacks—two key Democratic constituencies,” says an internal report on 2008 and 2009 campaigns, in a section titled the “Not A Civil Right Project.”
“Find, equip, energize and connect African American spokespeople for marriage, develop a media campaign around their objections to gay marriage as a civil right; provoke the gay marriage base into responding by denouncing these spokesmen and women as bigots,” advises the document, which is a road map to the successful campaign against same-sex marriage in California.
The document also targets Hispanic voters, whom conservatives have long hoped would join the backlash against gay rights.
“The Latino vote in America is a key swing vote, and will be so even more so in the future, both because of demographic growth and inherent uncertainty: Will the process of assimilation to the dominant Anglo culture lead Hispanics to abandon traditional family values?” the document asks. “We must interrupt this process of assimilation by making support for marriage a key badge of Latino identity - a symbol of resistance to inappropriate assimilation.”
HOT NEWS: Now we know why George Zimmerman didnt get arrested....#No Words.......According to court records George Zimmerman is the son of retired Supreme Court Magistrate Judge Robert J Zimmerman, his mother Gladys Zimmerman is a court clerk....He has three closed arrests 7/18/05 for resisting arrest with violence and battery on a law enforcement officer div 10........8/9/05 for domestic violence div 44..... And again on 8/10/05 domestic violence div 46.#dropsthemic...........RE-POST!!!!!!!!
A lot of people seem to think that lynching just involved hanging someone from a tree by their necks. That’s actually a lot more humane than what really went on. There was a lot of ritualistic, sexualized aspects to lynching. People had their breasts removed, their genitals mutilated etc. It was usually done in a public setting, and it was over the course of several days a lot of the time. It wasn’t just a simple hanging. It was much more cruel and horrible than that.
I said before that People of Color always have to provide proof. Proof of racism against us. Proof that we’re hurt.
Proof that we’re good enough.
Let a PoC die.
There will be so much fucking emphasis on their character. The first comments will always be white folks. “Oh, that’s so sad. BUT. What did they do to deserve it?”
“So tragic. BUT. Let’s not forget that they apparently stole something, once, according to the police who are covering up this murder to spare the murderer.”
“So sad. BUT wasn’t it said one time that they’re not a good student?”
And we always have to defend.
“They were a good student.”
“They were a good boy. Good girl.”
“They’d never hurt anyone.”
“They didn’t have a record.”
Like any of that matters. A person of color gets murdered for daring to walk around in the skin they were born in. And the only thing that matters is their character. And if their character isn’t good enough, then they deserve it.
We’ll rarely not “deserve it. It’s always something. Even if we have flawless characters, you will fight to find something.
“They shouldn’t have worn the house wearing this. They should’ve known it made them look like one of those lesser PoCs.”
“They shouldn’t have been so angry.”
“Well, what were they doing confronting their stalker in the first place?”
“They had no business hitting the man who tried to intimidate them with a gun, anyway! They were aggressive. Therefore, the killer was acting in self defense.”
A teenage boy. With candy and a sugar drink. Candy. And. A Sugar Drink. ASKS a grown ass man in a car why he’s following him. The man gets out of his car, holding a gun. This grown ass man with said gun approaches this boy. AFTER THE COPS TOLD HIM NOT TO DO IT. This boy may or may not have put up a fight—IS HE NOT JUSTIFIED?
TELL ME that if a man following you in a car got out with a gun, you would just stand there, all smiles and sunshine. TELL ME.
This man listened to this boy SCREAM. CRY. BEG. FOR HIS LIFE. And then he SHOT. THIS. BOY.
And you want to sit here and justify it by any means possible?!
The boy doesn’t have a receipt for his purchase. So suddenly, he’s a thief, and it’s okay that a teenager got murdered in cold blood at the hands of a man who had been given an order by the cops to NOT DO ANYTHING IN THE FIRST FUCKING PLACE?!
The killer claims that Trayvon hit him, and suddenly, it’s PEACHY KEEN AND TOTALLY ACCEPTABLE that this man stalked this boy and cornered him with a gun, and fatally shot him?!
We’re going to try and make this about how he shouldn’t have been wearing a hoodie in the first place?! Nevermind the fact that it MIGHT have been cold. He MIGHT have found hoodies comfortable. He MIGHT have needed something to carry the shit he brought for his LITTLE BROTHER, because he MIGHT not have felt like carrying a cold ass can in his hands.
YOU. WANT. TO. JUSTIFY. HIS. MURDER.
You want to know WHY you’re fighting so hard to say that it’s okay? You wanna know WHY you’re fighting so hard to cling to the falsehood of Zimmerman’s innocence? You want to know WHY you want to justify Trayvon’s murder?
BECAUSE YOU DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT BLACK LIVES.
YOU DON’T REALLY CARE ABOUT US AT ALL.
OUR LIVES MEAN NOTHING TO YOU.
AND YOU REFUSE TO ADMIT IT.
So if you can somehow JUSTIFY that Trayvon’s murder is okay, you can feel good about your sociopathic self.
But here’s the thing. There’s nothing you can do to justify this. There is nothing! Because even if he did hit the man who was stalking him, it was Trayvon acting in self defense. If he did shoplift the candy and tea? It doesn’t mean he deserved to die. He was wearing a hoodie, and someone else perceived him to be threatening—in other words, someone had an opinion about the fact that he was wearing a hoodie on a brisk evening—does not give said person license to kill him.
There is no justification, and you are racist scum. George Zimmerman. The police who are trying to cover it up by changing the witness testimonies. The police who failed to do their jobs by not arresting Zimmerman. YOU, the person trying to justify this all away like there is any justification.
A man in a car is claiming to have felt threatened by a teenage boy in a hoodie carrying tea and candy.
Answer me this: Why the hell did he get out of his car, then?
How could he have felt threatened by a boy who was smaller than him, who did nothing more than beg for his life?
HOW was he “threatened” by that? Huh?
White people, y’all try so hard to rationalize why our deaths are okay. Why not just say it? You have no sympathy for our deaths. Not when the death is of a senior citizen. Not when it’sof a young mother. Not when it’s of a young man. Not when it’s of a thug. Not when it’s of a scholar. Not when it’s of a doctor, professor, soccer coach. Not when it’s of a child. Not when it’s of a baby.
Even if the PoC victim was a baby, you find some way to excuse the murder.
So why not just come out and say it?
You don’t care when we’re alive. You don’t care when we’re dead.
Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne said the shooting happened following a struggle with the suspect. He said an officer from the Special Narcotics Unit fired one time, striking 18-year-old Rahmarley Graham in the chest.
The shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the bathroom of the apartment house where Graham lived with his mother and grandmother.
Graham was rushed to Montefiore Hospital and pronounced dead. The suspect’s mother, Constance Malcolm, claims police chased her son becausehe had marijuana on him and that he was unarmed.
The suspect’s mother also said that the teen’s grandmother and 6-year-old brother were inside the house at the time of the shooting.
“In the bathroom they shot him. My 6-year-old son was there and saw everything,” Malcolm said. “I’m going to get justice.”
The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Unit is investigating the details.
what white kid gets shot up in cold blood in front of a child for having weed on them?
So, story time.
My 23-year-old cousin (who is white and grew up in an upper-middle class family) goes to school in Atlanta. I got to see him over Christmas and we were talking. Some how the subject of police came up, specifically the police in Atlanta, Georgia, where he goes to school. He said he liked it there, that this was the first place he had ever been that he actually felt the police were on his side and there to protect him. He then proceeded to tell me this “funny” story about how one night, he had just left a frat party (where he had been drinking) and was driving home at about 2 AM when he made an illegal right turn. A cop pulled him over, told him to “take it easy”, gave him a ticket for the illegal turn, and sent him on his way.
Meanwhile, in Atlanta, we have Joetavius Stafford, a 19-year-old black man shot in the back by a police officer.
We have Dwight Person, a 54-year-old black man shot during the execution of a no-knock warrant by a female police officer for making a “threatening gesture”. (Which, seriously, if some one stormed into my house without knocking with guns in their hands, I’d make a couple threatening gestures, too…)
We have Kathryn Johnston, a 92-year-old black woman who was killed when plainclothes police executed a no-knock warrant on her home. The officers got the warrant by falsely claiming they had bought cocaine at her house. After they shot her five times, they handcuffed her as she lay dying and planted marijuana in her house.
We have officer Raymond Bunn, who shot 18-year-old Corey Ward (ablack man). A judge ruled it was in self-defense before the case was ever taken to trial before a jury. Officer Bunn had several claims of excessive force leveled against him in the past. From this article:
A five year veteran, this is not the first time that Officer Bunn has been accused of using unnecessary force. There are four other cases in his file in which claims have been brought. The only one of those four which resulted in any disciplinary action was the beating of Michael Jascomb during a drug arrest, and that centered on Bunn’s failure to report the use of force. Although Jascomb was suffering from a retinal hemorrhage after the incident, his claim of excessive force was dismissed.
About a week after Jascomb’s claim was dismissed, Bunn was accused of hitting Mark Norfleet in the head with his baton during an arrest. Norfleet’s claims were dismissed entirely, as were those of Joe Summers, who accused Bunn and a group of other officers of taking him into an alley and beating him.
On September 3, 2000, Bunn was involved in an altercation with Ylia Lavender, who claimed that he punched her in the face without provocation, breaking her eye socket. Lavender’s claim was dismissed due to lack of evidence, but she has since joined with the family of Corey Ward in bringing a suit against the Atlanta police. Her vision remains impaired due to the incident.
Folks, this is white privilege in action. I found all of these stories with 5 minutes and Google. I would bet my bank account there are more stories, many of them not even considered “newsworthy” because, really who cares about the death of a black person at the hands of police? They probably deserved it. (/sarcasm)
This is what racism is, folks. Racism is not black people getting to have a “Black History Month” or a PoC calling you “cracker”. Racism is a world where black and brown bodies are seen as expendable, where black and brown mothers have to fear losing their precious babies for the crime of simply existing in black or brown skin. Don’t you dare tell me that if the color of my cousin’s skin was anything other than the white it is, that the outcome of his traffic stop would have been the same.
So, seriously, fellow white folks. Quit it with the “reverse racism” whining. We are not (and will probably never be) oppressed on the same institutionalized level as PoC. We do not understand their struggles because we are queer or disabled or neurodivergent. Period. Full stop.
The letter they found near her body was the second. Even when we try to push hatred out of our minds, dismiss it as “a prank” or “trolling” or whatever, there is always the risk that the person on the opposite end of those words is just waiting for the perfect moment to show us that they weren’t kidding. ALWAYS. There is ALWAYS the risk that this time, they’re not gonna let “one of us” get away, and they successfully gun us down.
So fuck you.
If I ignore racism, not only will it not go away, it might take my life.
And “laughing” and a “joke” is not an excuse, either.
Just check the pictures of lynchings where people brought their families and made it a fucking happy joyous party.
“White privilege is DEPENDENT on continuing the lie that the status quo is just fine; anything else it a threat to its existence. To admit that #TrayvonMartin’s skin had anything to do with his murder, even in just this one case, is to admit that there is a flaw in the way that a ‘common’ man views young black males. In order for whites—progressive or not—to acknowledge that, we need the killer to be some sort of over-the-top white nationalist so we can all point to his extremism as the factor, not the prevailing view of young black men in America.”—Sam Foster (via sonofbaldwin)
When POC characters are turned white:
this isin't about race, if you think it is then you're the racist one, lets just enjoy the book/film as it is, this is about the character's personality god you're so sensitive, the new skin tone actually fits the character's personality IMO, I never imagined them as POC anyway, not all whitewashing is racist god get over it!!111
When white characters are turned into POC:
omg how could they!?!?!? this is soooo racist and unfair! why cant they present that white character as WHITE, how dare they change the original skin color to suit their own terms! this is reverse racism!! this is about race! I NEVER imaged that white character to be a POC that is so weird, it doesn't fit, this is political correctness gone crazy!!
When POC characters stay POC but readers/viewers imagined them as white:
THIS IS SO WRONG. This isn't how they looked. i don't care what it says in the booooook because i imagined they lookd different. ugh the film is ruined now. Ruined.
This probably made a bunch of people angry, or taught them that they actually have no idea what the word ethics means.
How about it’s part of my culture? How about, if my boyfriend doesn’t eat meat he doesn’t survive because plants don’t grow in the Arctic and a head of lettuce is 25 dollars. How about the nutrients in raw meat like caribou and seal blood are some of the highest sources of Vitamin D and keep me from wanting to commit suicide every winter because I have S.A.D. I would have to take 6 vitamin D pills to equal the amount I should be getting from raw meats. How about meat, especially raw wild game, contributes to the healthy development of a babies brain while the mother is pregnant. How about some of us don’t eat meat raised in factory farms but rather hunt our own, lay our tobacco down before we hunt, and give our prayer of thanks when we catch out food? How about those of us who eat the entire animal and leave nothing to waste including eyes, tongues, insides, and even suck the marrow out of the bones?
I was taught that for the world to remain in balance that it is a circle. Animals eat the grass and each other, we eat the animals, we die and decay to become part of the land and then we feed the animals. By doing things any other way you will throw everything out of balance.
But oh, you’re all asshat vegans and I’m just a savage indian who eats raw meat, right?
Man for someone who doesn’t like generalizations, you sure as shit make a lot of generalizations.
We live in a world where culture is a blurring thing. Also, according to your blog you didn’t know your “culture” until fairly recently. You didn’t live it, you didn’t grow up in it, and as far as some people may be concerned you’re just another Johnny Depp white girl appropriating a culture that you can now put down on job applications.
But let’s say that you’re actually part of this culture of which you speak. Or we could take your boyfriend for example, since he’s Inuit. He has an excuse for living in an area where food is scarce. That being said, vegetation actually lasts far better being frozen than meat does. If someone can buy produce and freeze it, then it lasts longer than frozen meat. But he hunts his food, got it. That seems like something that makes sense of the region. But it also may explain why the Inuit have a far higher rate of osteoporosis than any other culture in the world. Also, if you think that’s biased, you can do more research as it’s actually very widely known.
And I get it that you have SAD. Lots of people do. I have depression, so I know what you’re going through. You know what also has Vitamin D? Nuts, legumes, and almost all dark green vegetables. Also, I highly doubt tanning beds are absent in an area that’s dark as much of the year as it must be by you.
In the world we live in, culture is fluid. You don’t live the same way as your ancestors. You don’t do the same things. Just because you practice one little bit of the ancient religion doesn’t mean you’re doing anything to honor their original intent. They truly believed in the cycle, and didn’t know any better. You know how the world works, and the advantages versus disadvantages, as well as the ability vs. disability to accomplish goals. Also you know of the concept of ethics in light of current state of affairs.
Like those of certain eastern religions, when they come to this country they cling on to certain ideals of not harming cows, because that is a person who was reincarnated. However, they still consume dairy. Their lack of knowledge of the treatment of dairy cattle is a hypocrisy in their religion that will never be acknowledged, much like how your knowledge of issues prevalent in the world, and ways to change it are ignored despite your “cultures” respect for life.
If you respect life, you’ll do what you can. You’ve yet to show me anything about ethics, you’ve only shown me bullshit.
Just re: osteoporosis in Inuit people, since you present that like it’s some objective, timeless irrefutable fact. It’s actually caused by traditional foods being replaced by Western plant based foods.
"Even small changes in the native diet of carnivorous populations render them vulnerable to degenerative disease like osteoporosis and alcoholism. A recent article on the Canadian Inuits indicates that commercial foods like jam, white bread and peanut butter have replaced some of the meat in their diet, even while they continue to maintain a traditional lifestyle."
Earlier studies from the 1930s on the health of indigenous people before they adopted Western foods: "Dr. Price found many groups throughout the world subsisting on high meat diets. Although he did not directly study bone density in these peoples, he did study their teeth. He found that groups on high meat diets—including Alaskan Eskimos—had a high immunity to tooth decay, were sturdy and strong, and virtually free from degenerative disease. Groups subsisting mainly on plant foods were less robust and had more tooth decay. Pre-Columbian skeletons of American Indians whose diets consisted largely of meat show no osteoporosis, while those of Indians on largely vegetarian diets indicate a high incidence of osteoporosis and other types of bone degeneration. The implication of Dr. Price’s research and other anthropoligical studies is that high meat diets protect against osteoporosis." http://www.westonaprice.org/osteoporosis/dem-bones