The other day I was reading an interview with Ishmael Reed and he said some things about Black fiction that got me to thinking.? The interview was with Jill Nelson for his new book, “Barack Obama and the Jim Crow Media: Return of the…
“”If we are serious about ending poverty, we have to be serious about ending the systems for wealth creation which create poverty by robbing the poor of their resources, livelihoods and incomes. Before we can make poverty history, we need to get the history of poverty right. It’s not about how much more we can give, so much as how much less we can take.” - Vandana Shiva”—
John Morton’s prosecutorial discretion is not doing shit for undocumented North Carolinians. When you allow for sheriffs to perform the duties of ICE agents which enables them to racially profile on a more significant scale, they’re not going to listen to you when you send out a memo asking them to stop targeting specific identities in the undocumented community.
“De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see.”—
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God. (via so-treu)
I have so much respect for my late American English teacher, Mr. Mott, one of the few black teachers, who made us read this my junior year of high school at Stuyvesant. Of course the infested and widely racially insensitive thousands of peers of mine probably learned nothing, but Mr. Mott is the other teacher who ever even acknowledged our race problems and dared to push.
Join us in welcoming back a longtime member of our Charis family, Alexis Gumbs as she reads from her essay in The Revolution Starts at Home and shares some of her strategies and wisdom about creating transformative justice in all of our communities.
Based on the popular zine that had reviewers and fans alike demanding more, The Revolution Starts at Home finally breaks the dangerous silence surrounding the “open secret” of intimate violence—by and toward caretakers, in romantic partnerships, and in friendships—within social justice movements. This watershed collection compiles stories and strategies from survivors and their allies, documenting a decade of community accountability work and delving into the nitty-gritty of creating safety from abuse without relying on the prison industrial complex.
Fearless, tough-minded, and ultimately loving, The Revolution Starts at Home offers potentially life-saving alternatives for creating survivor safety while building a movement where no one is left behind.
The problem with cultural appropriation is that it replaces the original with a copy created by the dominant culture. It dilutes the original, removes all symbolic value from it and replaces it with a ready to consume product devoid of context and meaning.
Cultural appropriation, at its most extreme, is a violent form of colonization because it removes the original group behind the culture and reinforces stereotypes about that group (i.e. ALL First Nation folks are reduced to “war bonnets”, whether their culture uses them or not; all Latin@s are reduced to a stylized version of Catholicism regardless of their spirituality; etc.). The mechanism of commodifying a culture ends up being a tool to re-inforce [sic] racism as it reduces the people behind those cultures to a mere cartoon like representation of their realities. It’s a great way to ultimately Other and objectify entire groups of people by taking something that is dynamic and ever evolving and freezing it for a marketing photo opportunity.
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“The world bursts at the seams with people ready to tell you you’re not good enough. On occasion, some may be correct. But do not do their work for them. Seek any job; ask anyone out; pursue any goal. Don’t take it personally when they say ‘no’ — they may not be smart enough to say ‘yes’.”—
“Speaking of those men who are respectful and get the silent treatment…while it is polite to respond to someone who speaks to you respectfully, at the end of the day, you must recognize how many women have been bothered time after time on the street and simply want to get to their destination without talking to anyone. You might be taking the ‘L’ because of the dude who called her out her name earlier and made her want to avoid all contact with strange men. She might be late, busy, married or upset about something. Suck it up. Better yet, instead of getting mad at her, start getting angry at the men who harass women and who may have made her put on her protective shell in the streets. Correct them when you hear them speaking out of pocket to a lady and maybe you’ll find less of us who are dashing to avoid all street corner conversation. But you and I both know how much easier it is to toss a snide remark to a woman who “dissed” you than it is to step up and check another man’s behavior, right?”—From @SisterToldja’s great piece, “Birth of a Creep” #streetharassment: http://bit.ly/iSAX1A