Powerful & creative imagery
the food and education made me sad.
I have always been fascinated by these ‘world of 100 people’ things, I remember spending hours thinking through the ones on a poster at church when I was 9 or so. It really, really makes some really important stuff so blindingly clear, in numbers we can understand. And it should, I hope it does, inspire us to act.
Anonymous asked: I'm curious have you ever had a relaxer? Can you post a throw back photo of it???
i had a relaxer up until i was 20 lol (my mom was a shitty beautician and straightened it when i was 5)
i cut it into a bob in high school
then i rebelled (and wore way too much makeup):
then came the bowl cut in college…fuck my life:
then the try to look like a sorority girl look:
then did this mohawk shit to it in the summer and dyed it red (my eyebrows were also on the battlefield)
the i cut that shit off
no more relaxers
and in the last year….
(i skipped a few styles, but you get the gist)
“The [2008 “A More Perfect Union”] speech, however, obscures key truths by equating the racial wrongs of whites and Blacks. At each and every point at which Obama mentions failure or misconduct attributable to whites, he hastens to mention a corresponding failure or misconduct attributable to Blacks. Some observers find this approach attractively even-handed. But it is precisely the formulaic imperative to distribute plaudits and blame equally that steers the speech toward evasion. Black America and white American are not equally culpable. White American enslaved and Jim Crowed Black America (not the other way around) - a key fact that Obama obscures even as he supposedly grapples candidly with the American Dilemma.
Obama mentions slavery and segregation in his speech but makes no mention of enslavers or segregationists. Bad things happened to Blacks, but in Obama’s telling of the story there are no identified perpetrators. In Obama’s narrative, racial oppression is presented as it if were a force of nature without human agency. Blacks are acted upon but no one is doing the acting. Obama’s use of the passive voice here is no accident. It is part of an effort to discuss racial affairs without being accusatory, without hurting feelings, without affronting the sensibilities of the white audience.”
"There once was a time in history when the limitation of governmental power meant increasing liberty for the people. In the present day the limitation of governmental power, of governmental action, means the enslavement of the people by the great corporations, who can only be held in check through the extension of governmental power."
- President Theodora Roosevelt (R)
Passive Resistance Training, SNCC, Atlanta, GA, 1960, by James Karales, courtesy Duke University Library
people had to be trained to deal wit the evil of white people
I hope this makes it clear to folks that non-violence as expressed during the Civil Rights Movement was not simply a moral or political choice. It was a tactical application as well.
Do y’all think SNCC, SCLC, CORE, MLK, Jr. or anyone else wanted to witness their people being beaten, that they wanted to stay their fists and guns when their CHILDREN were being murdered? If you do, I suggest you go back to history class, because MLK, Medgar Evers, Bayard Rustin, almost any person you can think of who advocated non-violence had armed guards and personnel in place for their and their people’s safety.
Non-violence as a resistance strategy was an attempt at provocation. Recognize that. Recognize that’s why these folks are training. Because they’re performing provocation through passive resistance. By not striking back they were illustrating the madness and vitriol of white supremacy. They were exposing in the most dramatic manner possible the denial of their humanity.
Understand: This was not turn the other cheek, this was looking into the eyes of the Devil and not backing down.
this is a damn good point to counter all the nonviolence moralistic liberal bullshit going on continuously in activist spaces.
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Even Malcolm X recognized that it takes courage to be nonviolent, and he respected those from COFO and SNCC. To a certain extent, he was willing to be nonviolent also.
This is so beautiful. This video is a short story about an incredible woman, named Dr. Hawa Abdi, talking about by her life, and of past & present situation in Somalia.
—Dr. Hawa Abdi, one of the Somalia’s first female obstetricians, has since 1991 provided free housing, water, and medical care to as many as 90,000 people displaced by the violent civil war. Some people have even likened her to Mother Theresa.
I think Dr. Hawa is an amazing human being. Where would we be without the women?