“When I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both. Some say that has now been achieved. But I know that that is not the case. The truth is that we are not yet free; we have merely achieved the freedom to be free, the right not to be oppressed. We have not taken the final step of our journey, but the first step on a longer and even more difficult road. For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others. The true test of our devotion to freedom is just beginning.
I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can rest only for a moment, for with freedom come responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my walk is not ended.”
— Nelson Mandela, from Long Walk to Freedom
(God be with you)
Fela Anikulapo Kuti
"when the higher forces give you gift of music, musicianship, it must be well used for the good of humanity.”
White Americans have a criminal history; they have a criminal nation. The nation is built on criminality and murder and exploitation. It is a part of their collectible psyche. The United States is a mafia government. No one has done more damage and degradation and murder, rape, and robbery than Europeans. Therefore, in order to escape confrontation with their true criminal nature they must accuse others of being criminals. What we call projection. They must become obsessed with the criminality of other people. And Black folk become those other people.
"You call the Indians savages, so you can behave toward them savagely." That’s the function of stereotyping. If I call you a criminal, then I can treat you criminally. "I don’t owe you justice. In fact, shooting you in the street is justice. We know you’re already a criminal, why should we bother to take you to trial?""
Dr. Amos N. Wilson (via disciplesofmalcolm)
this girl on youtube commented that the drummer of orange juice is her uncle or cousin or something and I’m just wondering what she’s up to/how she is/who she’s with
Joe Hisaishi and Hayao Miyazaki at the Studio Ghibli 25 Years Concert in Budokan.
i dont want to watch this because i 100% know im going to break down
my mom just sent me a text saying, "sorry we all fell asleep yesterday"
it makes more sense than most of my mom’s texts, but it still makes me laugh
I went to my parent’s for Thanksgiving, and it was just them and my sister, and we had a small lunch and then everyone left the table to go take naps, I mean I was there for like 30 minutes? and everyone decided to sleep and there wasn’t even any turkey to use as an excuse
and I was the one awake, which is a new day in itself
and i went home
I’m excited to be starting out on my first planned out mosaic project!
"I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to "order" than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: "I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action"; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a "more convenient season." Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
Martin Luther King Jr.
from his “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”
"holding on to that thought."
(i quite notably cut my forehead open as a child, and i still have a small creased scar in its center from where i have to keep my mind from escaping me when I am trying to be serious, and instead alighting on small “insignificant” things about the room)
Next time someone says to you, ‘if I were you’, stop them and say ‘well you aren’t’."
Kanye West (via pupbutt)
Watching this plane slowly emerge from this missile like cloud at sunset
there aren’t proper words for the longing I felt to be up there