People often say ‘stop being angry and educate us’, not understanding that the anger is part of the education.
And note that folks dont ever take the time to educate themselves. A 2 second Google search would solve problems but folks would rather whine about how mean the marginalized group is being to them…
Black women have not focused sufficiently on our need for contemplative spaces. We are often “too busy” to find time for solitude. And yet it is in the stillness that we also learn how to be with ourselves in a spirit of acceptance and peace. Then when we re-enter community, we are able to extend this acceptance to others. Without knowing how to be alone, we cannot know how to be with others and sustain the necessary autonomy. Yet, many of us live in fear of being alone. To meditate, to go into solitude and silence, we find a way to be empowered by aloneness.bell hooks in Sisters of the Yam: Black Women and Self-Recovery (144)
Never in history has violence been initiated by the oppressed. How could they be the initiators, if they themselves are the result of violence? How could they be the sponsors of something whose objective inauguration called forth their existence as oppressed? There would be no oppressed had there been no prior situation of violence to establish their subjugation. Violence is initiated by those who oppress, who exploit, who fail to recognise others as persons - not by those who are oppressed, exploited and unrecognised.Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. (via afghangst)
The cultures of people of color are either packaged for consumption or called upon to fill cultural and spiritual voids of Eurocentrism.Michael Vavrus (via sukoot)
my eyes burn.
i’m tired but also hungry.
i wanna talk to a boy.
a good one.
also, i have lots of work to do.
my eyes reeeeaaally burn.
A Short Film By Akwaeke Emezi
you a bitch
It’s called copula deletion, or zero copula. Many languages and dialects, including Ancient Greek and Russian, delete the copula (the verb to be) when the context is obvious.
So an utterance like “you a bitch” in AAVE is not an example of a misused you, but an example of a sentence that deletes the copular verb (are), which is a perfectly valid thing to do in that dialect, just as deleting an /r/ after a vowel is a perfectly valid thing to do in an upper-class British dialect.
Sean Price “The Joy of Painting with Sean Ross”
This guy, lol.
AND the painting is dope.