a person effectively claims for herself.
I came to work. That’s all.
it’s amazing the feeling of being able to put words to emotions. things that never felt quite right, but you didn’t know how to express. Being asked “what are
you?” for example, that and all of it’s variations:
“where are your parents from?” “No, but where are you really from?”
all of these microagressions (that I didn’t even know until recently I could call them that) that leave you feeling uncomfortable, sometimes offended, and definitely “other”ed. and no wonder it is so frustrating, there was a brief and unannounced but very definite reinforcement of power. In my experience, these are situations in which white people, most commonly male, assert their privilege by asking personal information that they misleadingly believe is their right to know. But reading and reflecting on Andrea Smith’s book “Conquest” has really validated the hostility I’ve felt around those questions. To know someone in any sense of the word, physically or emotionally, must be a consensual experience in which neither party feels pressured to share. To know someone allows you to have a certain power over them, and these seemingly innocuous questions are a way in which that unfair power dynamic is actualized. Therefore, as Andrea Smith writes, to withhold knowledge is an act of resistance against those who desire to know you in order to better control you. And it can be argued that people when asking this do not necessarily mean to do that, but ignorance is not an excuse for perpetuating these fucked up power dynamics. I don’t go around asking white people what they are, and I don’t know any person of the global majority that does, isn’t that fucking weird? It’s because there is a clear racialized, able body normalized, sis gender rationalized, systematic oppression being perpetuated by these “harmless” questions. So, no I will not obligingly share that information, and No, I won’t stop myself from answering a question with a question, just because it’s polite. Sorry mama, manners go out the window when dignity is on the line.
Society loves to portray the Black Panthers as the villains in America. They’ll only tell you that they held guns and were “militant”. The Black Panthers did many positive things for the Black Community; the Free Breakfast Program is one of them. It was designed to feed Black Children a good breakfast each morning so they could retain information at school. Too many Black Children, to this very day, go to school hungry because they cannot afford food in the morning. It has been proven that students do not learn as well when they are hungry. The Panthers were aware of this and wanted to ensure they had the opportunity to receive an adequate meal. As Huey said, “The Children always inherit the Revolution” so obviously they needed and still need to be invested in. They’ll never tell you about this but I’m not surprised. “I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.” Written By @KingKwajo
“I Do Not Expect The White Media to Show Positive Black Images.”
this is what FOOD JUSTICE LOOKS LIKE
sucking up all that was left of her into the
little that was left of me.
I said, don’t look for me again. fuck it.
we are all lost. goodbye, goodbye.
Charles Bukowski, The People Look Like Flowers at Last (via larmoyante)
only so appropriately since I finished Hot Water Music today.
pinocchio- from last year
BANANAS in PAJAMASCAPRICORN
OH &its next week, no plans, no ticket to the Flaming Lips and Tame Impala. :(