(Source: yeezusquote, via walkingthenarrowway)

"

Marija,
There is nowhere in the
Western world is a
Must -

No city is sacred,
No spot holy.
Not Rome,
Not Paris,
Not London -

Nor Munich, Marija,
And the whys and wherefores
Should be obvious.

Munich is just a place -
Another junction to meet a
Brother and compare notes.

She said, “Hi Brother.”
He said, “Hi Sister.”
“I am from Surinam.”
“I am from Ghana.”

They sat in a station restaurant
Ate with hefty German workers
Central European version of an
Afro-Spanish-Caribbean dish -
Chili-Corn-Carne
Dig?

And they talked of
Barcelona and bullfighting,
Spain -
Where an old man
Sits on a people’s dreams -

Where they say there is no
Discrimination against BLACKS

Oh yeah?

When an empire decays,
Falls,
Its slaves are
Forgiven
Tolerated
Loved.
It might happen again, brother
It is happening now -
So let a Panther keep
Sharp
His claws and
His fangs…

"

Ama Ata Aidoo (from Our Sister Killjoy)


It might happen again, brother
It is happening now -
So let a Panther keep
Sharp
His claws and
His fangs…

(Source: brendabeee)

the local panadería knows my heart

the local panadería knows my heart

thevampirequeen:

Civil Rights Movement vs Ferguson Protests

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ladyluna13:

politicalsexkitten:

John Legend doesn’t take shit.

Yes. He really Goin in and I applaud him for this. Real shit.

"you’re-here-for-our-entertainment.. stay in your lane"

people only wanting to hear Black people when they don’t have to Hear Black people

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boygeorgemichaelbluth:

jcoleknowsbest:

Ain’t it something that the police will protect the KKK when they want to protest but will bring out riot gear and dogs and tanks when black people are protesting police violence in our communities…

joey you talkin about the police and the kkk like that’s two separate groups

image

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"A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”
—  Malcolm X 

"A hundred years ago they used to put on a white sheet and use a bloodhound against Negroes. Today they have taken off the white sheet and put on police uniforms and traded in the bloodhounds for police dogs, and they’re still doing the same thing.”

Malcolm X 

(Source: america-wakiewakie, via blackmanonthemoon)

vhlgvirx:

Touched Magritte’s “Black Magic” painting on accident…

Once I was slowly falling into a narcoleptic sleep as I was walking through a famous art museum in Germany, struggling to stay awake with every step, looking at a bunch of old paintings through half-closed eyes, a mindlessly wandering sleep, and I suddenly woke up to find myself falling forward into a Rembrandt painting - I barely caught myself in time and thought “my god, would i be allowed to go home, that was a Rembrandt, they treasure these things more than my life” - i was awake after that

"The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the Realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people. It is not necessarily that people be wicked, but only that they be spineless."

James Baldwin (in case you didn’t get to the end of the previous post)

"

The treatment accorded the Negro during the second World War marks, for me, a turning point in the Negro’s relation to America.

To put it briefly and somewhat too simply, a certain hope died, a certain respect for white Americans faded.
One began to pity them, or to hate them; you must put yourself in the skin of a man who is wearing the uniform of his country, a candidate for death in its defense. And who is called “nigger” by his comrades in arms and his officers. Who is almost always given the hardest, ugliest, most menial work to do. Who knows the white G.I. has informed the Europeans he is subhuman (so much for the American male sexual security). Who does not dance at the U.S.O. on the nights white soldiers dance there. Who does not drink at the bars white soldiers drink in, and who watches German prisoners of war being treated by Americans with more dignity that he has ever received at their hands. And who at the same time, as a human being, is far freer in a strange land than he has ever been at home.

Home.

The very word begins to have a despairing and diabolical ring.

You must consider what happens to a citizen after all he’s endured when he returns Home.
Search in his shoes for a job, for a place to live. Ride in his skin, on a segregated bus. See with his eyes, the signs that say “white” and “colored”, and especially the signs that say “white ladies” and “colored women”.
Look into the eyes of his wife; look into the eyes of his son.
Listen with his ears to political speeches: North and South.
Imagine yourself being told to wait.
And all this is happening in the richest and freest country in the world. And in the middle of the 21st century.

The subtle and deadly change of heart that might occur in you would be involved with the Realization that a civilization is not destroyed by wicked people. It is not necessarily that people be wicked, but only that they be spineless.

"

James Baldwin (from the Fire Next Time)

hightopbunfreshtipnail:

Seriously guys, please spread the word about this petition.

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logic-and-art:

christel-thoughts:

quickhits:

Unrest in Ferguson about a lot more than police shooting unarmed teen.

the big point
look at the search rates then look at the contraband hit rates.
the police are terrorizing Black people for no good reason… even though they’re getting more evidence of crime off whites.

crunched a couple of numbers and even taking into account that the black population is about double the white population in the “local” area (i’d like some definition on that but i’ll assume in the meantime that it’s the boundaries of jurisdiction), black people as a group are being stopped 6.75 times more than white people as a group, and even when put in perspective with the population ratios, are being stopped 3.61 times more than white people (and make up 90% of the people searched).
The disparity numbers listed indicate that the black population is overrepresented in stop rates by 137%, and this number reads as way too low to me (compare to the number I calculated of 361%).
christel-thoughts pointed out the contraband rate specifically, which is notable because searches of white people produced contraband 12.33% more times than searches of black people, but the arrest rate for black individuals is virtually twice that of white people.

Where can I find this info on Peoria?

logic-and-art:

christel-thoughts:

quickhits:

Unrest in Ferguson about a lot more than police shooting unarmed teen.

the big point

look at the search rates then look at the contraband hit rates.

the police are terrorizing Black people for no good reason… even though they’re getting more evidence of crime off whites.

crunched a couple of numbers and even taking into account that the black population is about double the white population in the “local” area (i’d like some definition on that but i’ll assume in the meantime that it’s the boundaries of jurisdiction), black people as a group are being stopped 6.75 times more than white people as a group, and even when put in perspective with the population ratios, are being stopped 3.61 times more than white people (and make up 90% of the people searched).

The disparity numbers listed indicate that the black population is overrepresented in stop rates by 137%, and this number reads as way too low to me (compare to the number I calculated of 361%).

christel-thoughts pointed out the contraband rate specifically, which is notable because searches of white people produced contraband 12.33% more times than searches of black people, but the arrest rate for black individuals is virtually twice that of white people.

Where can I find this info on Peoria?

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"

This society is going to become more supremely racist when it is apparently not racist. And that’s where it’s moving to at this point. When a white man tells you, “let’s not put race into this,” he is being the most racist at that point.

You can have a society that removes all public expression on racism. You can have a society were people no longer overtly express racial hatred, and racist statements and behavior is outlawed, but you can still have a system that destroys millions and millions of Black people. Colin Powell and others are the signs of that kind of racism where the Black middle class will be sitting in these jobs and positions defending the system.

You must recognize that racism is not an attitude. It is not a feeling of hatred toward another people. You must understand that racism and white supremacy is in the very structures and values of the institutions of the society itself. And until you revolve and change those structures and attitudes and values you will always be under the bottom.

"

Dr. Amos N. Wilson explaining racism and predicting the future almost twenty years ago (early 90’s).

Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Izr1wxUgB-Q&list=PLBhR-EIi2zEVp8z25b8z7jIkUG7kJv2H1&index=14

(Source: disciplesofmalcolm, via crooklynblues)

I went to a city art festival today to do a presentation, and I was walking by the booths afterwards and this white-haired man who working one of the booths smiled at me, I smiled back - i walked by but he left the booth and called out to ask what my family name was and where I was from
Our family names were different, but he said I looked like his family and pulled out a sticker/card with some family names on it titled/beginning with “THE HEART OF A SLAVE He Fought For Freedom”

He talked to me for a while, a woman started photographing our conversation, he invited her over and continued to talk to us more, as an old Black man to two younger Black persons - about politics, history religion, and “america”

and when it appeared the conversation was nearly over,
he pointed to me and said “Now You, I need to tell you something, because you’re young, and you have a look that you might still change something”
The woman with the camera stepped back and motioned for me the stand closer so she could could get better pictures,


"Don’t let them fool you into going to school so you can look to them for a job. No, that’s not what we need. You’re doing what they want. What we need is builders. Black builders. Do what you need to do, what’s important to you and the community. Never put yourself in a position where They determine your value"

and he ended his advices, and we all three said grateful and sincere good-byes and went our separate ways, but thank God for the elderly who are wise and spiritually-alive

mornings with brenda