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"Perhaps the fact
that I chased a boy
who ripped me to shreds
says a lot more
about me
than it did about him."

- Michelle K., Lessons Learned. (via owkwerd)

(via decolonizeyourmind)

"So much of being Black in America is seeing things that no one else sees, or wants to see. Sometimes, it turns out, there is indeed nothing there. […] And yet, many conspiracy theories are eventually proven true. The late Detroit mayor Coleman Young used to always say: “Just because you’re paranoid, don’t mean ain’t nobody out to get you.” Black people all over the world know that there are people out there who mean them harm and have a vested interest in writing off their claims as craziness, conspiracy theories, fantasy.

Thomas Jefferson did father Sally Hemings’s children; the CIA did help introduce crack cocaine into America’s inner cities; those doctors at Tuskegee Institute weren’t healing those Black men infected with syphilis; white folks in New Orleans, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. were plotting to reclaim neighborhoods from Blacks. The Chicago Police Department and the FBI did execute Black Panthers Fred Hampton and Mark Clark while they slept."

- Robert E. Pierre and Jon Jeter, A Day Late and a Dollar Short (via wretchedoftheearth)

(via freshmouthgoddess)

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'I'm not the president of black America,' Barack Obama has said. 'I'm the president of the United States of America.'

Precisely.

And the president of the United States is not just an enactor of policy for today, he is the titular representative of his country’s heritage and legacy. In regards to black people, America’s heritage is kleptocracy—the stealing and selling of other people’s children, the robbery of the fruits of black labor, the pillaging of black property, the taxing of black citizens for schools they can not attend, for pools in which they can not swim, for libraries that bar them, for universities that exclude them, for police who do not protect them, for the marking of whole communities as beyond the protection of the state and thus subject to the purview of outlaws and predators.

The bearer of this unfortunate heritage feebly urging “positive habits and behavior” while his country imprisons some ungodly number of black men may well be greeted with applause in some quarters. It must never be so among those of us whose love of James Baldwin is true, whose love of Ida B. Wells is true, whose love of Harriet Tubman and our ancestors who fought for the right of family is true. In that fight America has rarely been our ally. Very often it has been our nemesis.

Obama-era progressives view white supremacy as something awful that happened in the past and the historical vestiges of which still afflict black people today. They believe we need policies—though not race-specific policies—that address the affliction. I view white supremacy as one of the central organizing forces in American life, whose vestiges and practices afflicted black people in the past, continue to afflict black people today, and will likely afflict black people until this country passes into the dust.

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- Ta Nehisi Coates (via delaodino)

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asexual-not-a-sexual:

Shout out to all the people who can’t dress in clothes they want because stores don’t cater to their size or gender, making shopping a miserable and emotionally draining experience.

(via vivanlosancestros)

"Ableism must be included in our analysis of oppression and in our conversations about violence, responses to violence and ending violence. Ableism cuts across all of our movements because ableism dictates how bodies should function against a mythical norm—an able-bodied standard of white supremacy, heterosexism, sexism, economic exploitation, moral/religious beliefs, age and ability. Ableism set the stage for queer and trans people to be institutionalized as mentally disabled; for communities of color to be understood as less capable, smart and intelligent, therefore “naturally” fit for slave labor; for women’s bodies to be used to produce children, when, where and how men needed them; for people with disabilities to be seen as “disposable” in a capitalist and exploitative culture because we are not seen as “productive;” for immigrants to be thought of as a “disease” that we must “cure” because it is “weakening” our country; for violence, cycles of poverty, lack of resources and war to be used as systematic tools to construct disability in communities and entire countries."

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Mia Mingus, “Moving Toward the Ugly: A Politic Beyond Desirability” (via disabilityhistory)

i reblogged this quote already but i wanted to reblog this again to really encourage folks to read all of Mia’s speech from which this quote is pulled from - if not to let her poignant words settle into our bodies but to also get the full context. Mia shared this speech at the Femmes of Color Symposium in 2012 in Oakland, CA. in her speech she talks about how important it is to challenge ableism in order to create a femmeness that is not exclusionary. and while she does not politically identify as a femme of color, she has had that experience and it has been molded by her being a disabled woman of color.

it was important for me to reblog this again to acknowledge that while i resonate deeply with this quote as a queer and gender non conforming disabled person of color, my masculinity is conducive to desirability in our society at large and the movement spaces we seek to create for liberation, decolonization, etc. 

(via tranqualizer)

(via freshmouthgoddess)

"A worker is a worker, whether in prison or not, and a group of workers is a union, whether recognized by the state or not. Incarcerated workers are some of the most exploited in the United States. We are doing everything we can do to support them, and call on all people of conscience in this country to join this movement to end the New Jim Crow and abolish the prison industrial complex"

- Jim Faulkner, Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee member (via jointheiww)

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"I don’t know what I will be
or what I was
but I am.
I will always be."

- cydney c. (via cydneywrites)

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blankbabe:

we are the last generation whose baby photos weren’t taken on phones

(via howtobeterrell)

"Ending white supremacy isn’t really in the American vocabulary. That is because ending white supremacy does not merely require a passive sense that racism is awful, but an active commitment to undoing its generational effects. Ending white supremacy requires the ability to do math—350 years of murderous plunder are not undone by 50 years of uneasy ceasefire."

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Segregation Forever | Ta-Nehisi Coates 

why i dont believe in social justice. 

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