Thursday, January 22, 2015

The Radical Brownies

Oh my god. This is a thing.

Not all girl scouts are concerned with peddling shortbread cookies. There’s one troop of young girls in Oakland that discusses matters of racial inequality and wear brown berets in homage of radical civil rights groups. 
The girls, ages 8-12, are part of the “Radical Brownies,” an edgier, younger version of the Girl Scouts where girls earn badges for completing workshops on social protests, and a beauty workshop that celebrate racial diversity.

Dear lord I am so jealous right now. I only had regular girl scouts with their shitty gender roles and fucking crafts.

The Radical Brownies have their own badge system, including one for “Radical Beauty” and an “LGBT ally” badge. The girls also earned a “Black Lives Matter” badge after learning about police accountability and attending a civil rights march in Oakland. 
“I think it’s never too early to have these conversations with young people,” Martinez told Fusion. 
“Children are more aware than we think; it’s important to not shelter children from real issues that we’re living,” she said. “It’s especially important for young girls of color to feel empowered.”

It's beautiful. It's so beautiful. When and how can I donate money to this thing? And how long do I have to wait before Republicans freak out over this? I mean, they think the regular Girl Scouts turn girls into little lesbian communists so I imagine there will be a number of actual heart attacks over this.

It's things like this that remind me that the world is worth saving.

Animated gif of a man openly weeping with the caption "THANK YOU SO MUH-HUH-HUCH"

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