I really deplore this toxic and regressive culture that promotes the idea of knowledge being invalid if isn’t wrapped in academic jargon. The amount of brilliance I’ve encountered and enrichment I’ve gained from immigrants and those systematically deprived access to elite…
“Because Africa is deemed the property of Europe, Africa must then appear as always, already colonized. Native studies is often articulated as concerned being primarily with colonization (and, subsequently, decolonization) while Black studies is articulated as concerned primarily with race (and, subsequently, anti-racism). However, this distinction is itself a product of anti-Blacknesss. The colonization of Africa must disappear so that Africa can appear as ontologically colonized. According to Justice Daniel, since only “nations” can be colonized, nations in African can never have existed. It is only through the disavowal of colonization that Black peoples can be ontologically relegated to the status of property. Within the Dred Scott decision, Native peoples by contrast, are situated as potential citizens. Native peoples are described as “free” people, albeit “uncivilized.” While because of their child-like primitive state, they are not worthy of citizenship at the moment, they may eventually become citizens if they were to renounce their relationship to their Native nation and demonstrate the “maturity” required to become a citizen. Native peoples can claim a certain kind of nation; however, it is nation that must disappear. Thus, Native peoples’ apparent proximity to whiteness should not be understood as a pathway to freedom but as a pathway to genocide. Indigenous nations are supposed to disappear into whiteness (or, to borrow from Maile Arvin, to be possessed by whiteness) in order to effectuate their genocide.”—Andrea Smith, "The Colonialism That is Settled and the Colonialism That Never Happened" (via whatabootsecondbreakfast)
If you think all Black people’s blogs are “social justice” blogs, you’re racist.
I read some newspaper article recently that pretty much summed up Tumblr and the responses to it this way—privileged people who come here are shocked to see marginalized people talking about their experiences, so they think everyone’s just obsessed with social justice, rather than talking about their own lives.
“Books transmit values. They explore our common humanity. What is the message when some children are not represented in those books? Where are the future white personnel managers going to get their ideas of people of color? Where are the future white loan officers and future white politicians going to get their knowledge of people of color? Where are black children going to get a sense of who they are and what they can be?
And what are the books that are being published about blacks? Joe Morton, the actor who starred in “The Brother From Another Planet,” has said that all but a few motion pictures being made about blacks are about blacks as victims. In them, we are always struggling to overcome either slavery or racism. Book publishing is little better. Black history is usually depicted as folklore about slavery, and then a fast-forward to the civil rights movement. Then I’m told that black children, and boys in particular, don’t read. Small wonder.
Rates of traumatic brain injuries (TBI) have spiked sharply over the past few years, with the combined number of people visiting the emergency room, being hospitalized, and dying as a result of their impairment at its highest for a decade. A recent study found that nearly half of all homeless people have suffered from a TBI, 87% of which occurred before they lost their homes.
Considering that there are over 600,000 people sleeping on America’s streets on any given night, this is no minor issue. The research, led by Dr. Jane Topolovec-Vranic of St. Michael’s Hospital, showed that most TBIs were caused by assault (60%), sports and recreation (44%), or motor collisions/falls (42%), and that nearly three-quarters of these injuries happened before people reached the age of 18.
The findings are important in demonstrating that homelessness can often be created by medical—as opposed to lifestyle—deviations. “Recognition that a TBI sustained in childhood or early teenage years could predispose someone to homelessness may challenge some assumptions that homelessness is a conscious choice made by these individuals, or just the result of their addictions or mental illness,” Dr. Topolovec-Vranic explains.
lmfaoo niggas on here be reblogging the simplest basic relationship shit like “i want somebody to eat pizza and watch regular show with” fool u can do that with ya lil cousins if yount get yo ass outta here!!!!
““Emotional neglect lays the groundwork for the emotional numbing that helps boys feel better about being cut off. Eruptions of rage in boys are most often deemed normal, explained by the age-old justification for adolescent patriarchal misbehavior, “Boys will be boys.” Patriarchy both creates the rage in boys and then contains it for later use, making it a resource to exploit later on as boys become men. As a national product, this rage can be garnered to further imperialism, hatred and oppression of women and men globally. This rage is needed if boys are to become men willing to travel around the world to fight wars without ever demanding that other ways of solving conflict can be found.”
― Bell Hooks”—(via ankhempress)
“We are beautiful to you because we are black but not too black. We are brown but not too brown. We are European enough to fit into your Eurocentric view of beauty but non-white enough to be unusual and interesting. We are similar enough to be safe and different enough to be exciting. Isn’t that what you’re really saying? These ideals of light skin and Europeanized features contribute to the discrimination of darker skinned/non-European people. Do you realize that when you raise me as an ideal you are saying that I am more beautiful than my own community of colour? You divide me from my own people because you position me as more desirable than they are. In saying this you not only marginalize mixed race individuals from within their own ethnic communities but you condemn POC by saying that they are too black, too brown, too coloured”—Danielle Patel, The Fetishisation of Mixed Race Individuals/The exotic fallacy (via cyberteeth)
“…for me, it’s as difficult being the subject of racist bias and having that be normalized. It’s as difficult as having to see racism in comics and have that be normalized as well. It’s as difficult as consistently witnessing people embedded in positions of power within cultural institutions ignore the reality of racism; absolve the creators of racist media; shirk their responsibility in distributing that media; and, if they even acknowledge, accuse the subjects and decriers of racial bias of being overly sensitive.”—Ronald Wimberly (via theeducatedfieldnegro)
“The term Hispanic, coined by technomarketing experts and by the designers of political campaigns, homogenizes our cultural diversity (Chicanos, Cubans, and Puerto Ricans become indistinguishable), avoids our indigenous cultural heritage, and links us directly with Spain. Worse yet, it possesses connotations of upward mobility and political obedience.”—Guillermo Gómez-Peña (via butnotinlove)
Do you know how many nights I’ve spent twisting your English off my tongue? I do not take pride in your English. I want to stumble on my words. I want to speak with an accent so thick that it requires silence. I want you to struggle to understand me. Realize your English is not superior. Your English does not equate intelligence. Do not compliment me on how well I have accepted colonization. I do not want your pat on the back. I was forced to learn this language. I didn’t choose to. Your English disconnects me from my people. I am deaf to my own sacred language because of your English.
“Research confirms that while the majority of drug users and sellers in NY are white, 90% of the people incarcerated under the Rockefeller Drug Laws are African American and Latina/o. The same is true across the country: while 2/3’s of the regular crack-cocaine users in the US are either white or Latina/o, 82% of those sentenced in federal court for crack-cocaine offense are African American.”—
Ibid.; Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Admin., Results from the 2005 National Survey on Drug Use & Health
Bouteldja is pretty insightful here (emphasis is mine):
Such racism has no purpose other than to maintain a population in a subaltern state. The term “Muslim” is itself problematic. I am a Muslim, although 25 years ago – when I was already a Muslim – I wasn’t considered one. At that time I was considered a “beurette” or a second-generation immigrant. Self-identifying as a Muslim is not a problem; it’s even a source of pride. However, the fact that I am automatically considered a Muslim bothers me. After all, non-Muslims are not identified above all by their religion. It is a way of defining citizens according to categories and classifications put in place by public policy and debate. A whole population is automatically classified as Muslim without differentiating the practicing, agnostic or atheists among them. We are placed in the Muslim category regardless of our subjectivity.