just another WOC in the DMV posting on all things love, politics, and power.
- Robert E. Pierre and Jon Jeter, A Day Late and a Dollar Short (via wretchedoftheearth)
'I'm not the president of black America,' Barack Obama has said. 'I'm the president of the United States of America.'
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."
- Ta Nehisi Coates (via delaodino)
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.
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.
- cydney c. (via cydneywrites)
we are the last generation whose baby photos weren’t taken on phones
why i dont believe in social justice.