Ballet Dancer Ashley Murphy of DTH
Some days I wish I would’ve stuck to dancing
“ The fact that racism hurts is a truth about which many white folks remain purposefully oblivious and which many black folks would rather I not admit. When I wrote last summer about crying after a white woman called me the N-word on a plane, many black people accused me of being weak and having poor self-esteem because I cared what she thought. But part of what it means to exist together as fellow citizens in a body politic is that at base level we recognize and honor each other’s humanity. We don’t have to like or agree with each other. But we recognize each other as levelly human. Despite the general effectiveness of our 40-plus-year “Say It Loud, Black and Proud” campaign, racism still clutches at our insides and twists us into nothingness at least for a moment. The sick and twisted thing about white supremacy is that it makes us care about what white folks think and say about us, even though we know better. A refusal to care can often cost us our lives. Ask Trayvon Martin. Ask Jordan Davis.
Friend: So how do you think you've changed since high school?
Me: Well I became aware of oppressive power structures and how we are complicit in them and now seek to dismantle them.
Me: I also think I got hotter.
“ To be a black male in America is to be in constant danger of having your life taken and your death garrisoned by fears garnered from ignorance. The jury that acquitted Trayvon’s murderer could not envision Trayvon as a child. They could only imagine the made-up brutes white southerners concocted during the Reconstruction Era that extended ropes into the hands of lynch mobs. People with a fear of the black male body become teachers with the inability to empathize with black male youths, thus deeming them emotionally disturbed without legitimate cause and hindering their education. When, in actuality, they were never treated with compassion. People with a fear of the black male body randomly open fire into cars filled with black youths at gas stations because they are violently terrified of our collectivity. People with a fear of the black male body get voted into office and pass laws akin to Stand Your Ground. People with a fear of the black male body become cops who shoot first and ask questions later.
— Vernon Keeve III, Handcuffs and Resolutions
Along with the jury that’s about to acquit Jordan Davis’ murderer
“ Every white person in this country, I do not care what he says or she says, knows one thing: They may not know, as they put it, what I want, but they know they would not like to be Black here. If they know that, they know everything they need to know, and whatever they say is a lie. Bare in mind children, I mean that. When the Americans talk about progress they mean how fast I become white. There’s a trick there because they know perfectly well I can never become white.
— James Baldin, 1979 (via disciplesofmalcolm)
“ Girls are trained to say, ‘I wrote this, but it’s probably really stupid.’ Well, no, you wouldn’t write a novel if you thought it was really stupid. Men are much more comfortable going, ‘I wrote this book because I have a unique perspective that the world needs to hear.’ Girls are taught from the age of seven that if you get a compliment, you don’t go, ‘Thank you’, you go, ‘No, you’re insane.’
Lena Dunham, in an interview with The Guardian (x)
This is fucked up but real life
The last recorded lynching was 1968 that’s 45 years ago but let’s not forget James Byrd in 1998. Remember, laws had to be implemented for people not to kill us. This is not a post racial society. This is a society that horribly attempts to conceal and protect a racist foundation. #wakeup #throwbackthat #tbt #neverforget #lynching #americanhistory #amerikkka #jamesbyrd
1968 my mom is older than that
1998…..I was 7. SEVEN
this is the most romantic thing I’ve ever read