“AL: If you drive a woman insane, she will react like a beast too. There is a larger structure, a society with which we are in total and absolute war. We live in the mouth of a dragon, and we must be able to use each other’s forces to fight it together, because we need each other. I am saying that in our joint battle we have also developed some very real weapons, and when we turn them against each other they are even more bloody, because we know each other in a particular way. When we turn those weapons against each other, the bloodshed is terrible. Even worse, we are doing this in a structure where we are already embattled. I am not denying that. It is a family discussion I’m having now. I’m not laying blame. I do not blame Black men for what they are. I’m asking them to move beyond. I do not blame Black men; what I’m saying is, we have to take a new look at the ways in which we fight our joint oppression because if we don’t, we’re gonna be blowing each other up. We have to begin to redefine the terms of what woman is, what man is, how we relate to each other.”
JB: One of the dangers of being a Black American is being schizophrenic, and I mean ‘schizophrenic’ in the most literal sense. To be a Black American is in some ways to be born with the desire to be white. It’s a part of the price you pay for being born here, and it affects every Black…
Giving your leftovers to someone asking for food.
"Well, when I was nine years old, Star Trek came on, I looked at it and I went screaming through the house, 'Come here, mum, everybody, come quick, come quick, there's a black lady on television and she ain't no maid!' I knew right then and there I could be anything I wanted to be.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
"I thought about how that must feel: to be a heavyset black woman entering for the first time a system that by all accounts seems unable to accommodate her body. What could I do to help her? If I were her, I thought, I would want as little attention to be drawn to my despair as possible—I would not want anyone to look at me or notice me. And so I tried to very deliberately avoid looking in her direction each time I was in downward dog, but I could feel her hostility just the same. Trying to ignore it only made it worse."
I have many opinions on this. I get that this person is conscious of her privilege, and references throughout the article. But making her white girl tears public isn’t doing shit for anyone but herself. How do you move beyond feeling bad about privilege? First of all, stop assuming PoC need your pity—we need allies, not saviors, people who have the strength to *not* act where they’re not needed and to act where appropriate. We don’t need people who feel the need to pay penance or profess their guilt for being born white, thin, able-bodied etc and who only act or speak because they’re just “uncomfortable” with the presence of ablism, fat phobia, racism, classism in their cozy “post-inequality” worlds. Proclaiming to the world that you feel bad about being a white woman as you ogle a black woman just further emphasizes your privilege of being….a white woman.
Happy Birthday Dr. King… He was turnt up.
Get on that MLK Swag
there’s been a lot of MLK posters in libraries with his polite scholastic quotes, but that top right photo takes the cake, and should be in every K-12 establishment.
always reblog non-complacent MLK
Sending someone a letter telling them what you appreciate about them.
Drawing something for a friend and posting on their door before they return to campus.
January 17, 1893: The End of the Hawaiian Monarchy
On this day in 1893, Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawaii was overthrown by local businessmen and US Marines and forced to surrender the Hawaiian kingdom to the United States.
This was in retaliation of Lili’uokalani’s attempts to implement a new constitution that would restore power to the throne and restore the voting rights of the Hawaiian people.
In 1898, Hawaii was annexed into the United States, and a year later, it became a US territory.
For more on Lili’uokalani, dive deep into American Experience's timeline of Hawaii’s last queen.
I don’t know why but this looks to me like I’m on an operation table receiving surgery from cats
Mm, found a new music crush.
Listen/purchase: jeannie. by Jean Grae