If you speak in an angry way about what has happened to our people and what is...– Malcolm X, the ultimate truth teller (via ancestryinprogress)
Black Hockey Player Scores a Goal and is Rewarded... →
Washington Capitals player Joel Ward scored a game-winning goal in overtime to take Washington Capitals over the Boston Bruins in the seventh game of the first round of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Bruins fans tossed their filters and told the world how they really felt.
I am a reminder that twelve million crossed the Atlantic Ocean and the past is...– Prologue to the Path of Strangers; Lose Your Mother by Saidiya Hartman I just figured out why African Americans are hated on by basically everyone. Our mere existence is a reminder of one of the worst crimes perpetuated against humanity. They want us to stop reminding them about it. they want us...
But the Black male consciousness must be raised to the realization that sexism...– Audre Lorde (via hiphopcheerleader) ament. (via ancestryinprogress)
Changing the Framework: Disability Justice - How... →
thatneedstogo: Original Post In my time doing social justice work, I have found that disability is something most people know very little about—and that includes seasoned, fierce and well-respected community organizers and activists. People usually think of disability as an individual…
POC is a Political Identity. It is not a cultural identifier, a racial...
Suzuki Roshi used to say that what was needed most in the monastery were people...– —Marian Mountain, The Zen Environment (h/t Joan Halifax)
Shit Racist White People Say to Black and...
White People: Yeah, we did the Natives real dirty. We won the land fair and square! You guys just weren't developed enough!
Indigenous People: -_-
White People: What'd I say? I'm totally not being racist, but you guys didn't have civilizations.
Indigenous People: Iroquois Confederacy? Cahokia? The Mashika? Aztecs? Mayans? The herbal medicines of our ancestors are the backbones of modern pharmaceutical industries. Sustainable farming? Us. Masters of musical styles you haven't even heard of? Us. The U.S. government system? Y'know, where you exert power from a central authority into smaller units? Yeah, that's us too. Where do you think the word "caucus" comes from? Us. Astronomy? Us. Anesthetics? Us. Most of your staple foods you take for granted? Us. Almanacs? Us. Flying machinery? Us. Having a BBQ party? Us. Basketball? Us. Embalming? Us. Advanced architecture? Us. Your ancestors would have died it if weren't for us. Yet you claim everything our ancestors did was built by aliens.
White People: But, like, genocide isn't new to human history.
Indigenous People: It's the only time in history when genocide destroyed and displaced hundreds of cultures in an entire *creed* of people spanning two continents and a collection of islands. Our blood and labor is the backbone of the modern world.
White People: ... Oh.
Indigenous People: Yeah. OH.
White People: Get over it, n*****s! Africa was just ass-backwards! We took you guys from the jungle tribes and educated you!
Black People: -_-
White People: What'd I say? I'm totally not being racist, but you guys didn't have civilizations!
Black People: The West African empires of Ghana, Mali, Songhai? How about Kemet? Kush? Kanem-Bornu? You raided Africa for its natural resources, stripping it of produce and people to feed your fat egos, and you still are. Backbone of modern music? Jazz, rock n' roll, the Blues Scale? Us. Irrigation? Us. Astronomy? Us. First iron-smelters? Us. Earliest expressions of realism in art? Us. Picasso was inspired by West African artworks. Us. Embalming? Us. Alchemy? Us. Flying machinery? Us. First successful Caesarian Section? Us. First successful cataracts? Us. The Greeks transplanted all the knowledge the Kemites ("Egyptians") and Kushites gave them; Religion, architecture and science, and that is the source of the Western World. Yet you claim everything our ancestors did was done by aliens.
White People: But, like, slavery isn't new to human history.
Black People: It's the only time in history that worldwide slavery was inflicted across an entire *creed* of people spanning a continent large enough to swallow some of the world's largest countries, displacing and destroying these people for centuries. Our blood and labor is the backbone of the modern world.
White People: ...Oh.
Black People: Yeah. OH.
I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to...– Shirley Chisholm #womynherstorymonth #womynpowerment (via mujerinterrumpida)
RedBone Press - queer POC publisher →
RedBone Press publishes work celebrating the cultures of black lesbians and gay men, and work that further promotes understanding between black gays and lesbians and the black mainstream. RedBone’s first book, does your mama know? An Anthology of Black Lesbian Coming Out Stories, won two 1997 Lambda Literary Awards, for Small Press and Lesbian Studies. The second title, the bull-jean...
If the motion picture were an art form that involved the olfactory senses - in...– Arundhati Roy, Walking with Comrades (via lotus-eyes)
It drives me up a wall when people speak about... →
jadelyn: Especially when they talk about their choices around food and exercise as “I’m being good” or “I’m being bad”. Why do people need to frame simple upkeep of the physical body as a moral issue of sin and virtue like that? Especially as a moral value of yourself, rather than a…
If you make and keep my life horrible then, when I can tell the truth, it will be a horrible truth; it will not sound good or look good or, God willing, feel good to you, either. —June Jordan, Civil Wars