YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE ANGRY ABOUT THINGS
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO BE UPSET ABOUT THINGS
YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO AN EMOTIONAL RESPONSE
DON’T LET PEOPLE TELL YOU YOUR RESPONSE IS INVALID BECAUSE IT IS EMOTIONAL OR BECAUSE THEY DISAGREE
DON’T LET PEOPLE TELL YOU YOU DON’T HAVE A RIGHT TO A RESPONSE
DON’T LET PEOPLE INVALIDATE YOUR EMOTIONS
THIS HAS BEEN A PSA IM MAD AS HELL
i met/or was blued by toni morrison
at chinua achebe’s 70th birthday celebration.
i was invited by my friend, a student at bard, to attend.
was warm with folks of color.
we gathered in a small hall.
writer after writer
offering after offering
to the large life in the chair.
i remembered the title of his book, from the roots album.
remembered the contents of his book, from my high school’s required summer reading.
but i did not remember his feeling, the feeling of africa, until i saw his face.
down in the front row
my young mind was hungry for
had no idea how to pronounce with young tongue.
the offerings continued.
in a way
i thought was going to stop my heart.
in that sonia way.
that cadence and voice way.
that steals you while setting you free.
i felt my body weeping, not my eyes.
when it was toni’s turn.
(she was once a professor at bard. as was chinua achebe, a professor at bard. this was a reunion of sorts.)
she asked no photographs be taken.
no photographs were taken.
i noticed her tone became chill when an african american male student asked her a question about the responsibility
of the younger folk to her work/ what we could do to continue her legacy.
it was odd.
a few minutes prior
there had been honey all through her mouth.
oh, i realized, reluctantly, they were white. the first blue.
the elder achebe spoke, gratitude made his voice cinnamon and heart matter.
we gave him our souls to kiss. we kissed his.
the celebration grew into night, then ended.
i stayed around to meet and speak. waited my turn, as any
young black woman
who’d met pecola breedlove at fifteen
she was there, toni, speaking to a friend.
her back turned to me.
i steadied my neck.
stood behind her, gingerly.
pointed to me.
it had come.
i was going to meet pecola’s mama.
the woman who brought me back from the dead.
finally, her white brown locs
she looked over her shoulder.
the eyes of pecola’s mother
was giving me the look of annoyance.
her eyes, ‘what do you want’
her shoulders, ‘i don’t care’.
i was slung. the second blue.
i managed to get a, ‘i just wanted to say thank you, just thank you for your work,’ out.
she returned to her friend. the third blue.
i was confused. wounded by the blue ice. i don’t even know if she had said anything in return before turning back around. that blue ice ate me.
what was i to think. feel. do.
just a few minutes prior i saw her taking pictures with a group of white female bard students.
didn’t she write the bluest eye for me.
why was pecola’s mother so cold.
i was underwater.
trying to build my feet into boats.
when i lifted my head
i saw sonia.
i slowly swam over
to share with her
how her reading of ‘the middle passage’
had brought the ancestors to me for the first time. that i had never felt anything like that from poetry. that it felt like i was there.
in this tender bridging with sonia,
i was still a car wreck.
water in cracking glass.
that mothers had broken my heart before.
it is a wild knife
you can survive it.
as i was gathering my things from my seat
my group of friends and i,
continued our blended conversation.
was a brillant sense of red and moon.
she was soft spoken.
her energy was wolf balm.
was grandmother song.
was happy prayer.
we were all enjoying each others eyes so much,
but it soon became time for the
so we began to share our
deep gratitude and goodbyes with her.
she stopped and said
‘you, young people aren’t attending the dinner.’
‘no, it is a paid, invite only, affair.’
‘i invite you. you will come sit at my table’
found someone. took
out her checkbook
paid for all of us.
‘you are important. you are our future. you must be a part of this, a part of this history, a part of the conversations that will happen in that room.’
we were stunned.
we followed her into the dining room
we ate and spoke with our favorite auntie.
the one with the magic.
in that moment.
i became this writer.
this writer. who
felt the call.
felt it like new name.
my work must be work.
my work must be work.
this night was no mistake.
i did not go blue
because the stars were running instead of walking.
the ancestors showing me.
showing me how
break or unbreak
showing me there is either silence or words.
|—||how toni morrison blued my heart/ how the indelible sonia sanchez turned it back into moon, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed)|
Animal Crossing QR Codes » Sailor Scouts by あき
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Oh I know some Sailor Scout/Animal Crossing friends who would be interested in this ….
YUP! Now if only I could get QR codes to work…
saving this for whenever I get animal crossing.
….reblogging for later
what if we just created a fandom for a tv show that doesn’t exist and we build it up really big and make a ton of inside jokes until the internet just accepts it as a real show and it starts getting included in polls and gets it’s own imdb page and a group of outsiders go crazy trying to find dl links
“Racism”, like the dictionary definition, was first used by a white supremacist and is defined by its use in that instance. When you quote the dictionary on racism, you quote a white supremacist. Pretty simple
As long as people say things like “differently abled,”
As long as workplaces and employers turn down people for jobs they’re qualified for because the applicant uses a wheelchair,
As long as there are still buildings without ramps, elevators, and other accessible…
I would so wear these as shirts! lol
The keep walking one. I can haz?
This site has chest binders for 16 dollars and free shipping. I know people have limited money and I felt like this was worth sharing.
I hate to comment on posts but hey kids aliexpress is a scam site!! it puts up listings from taobao for the same price or a bit lower and they get your money and never send the item and if they do it’s all mucked up my parents lost money trying to get me a Lolita dress from here!!! so idk if people will actually see this via my acct but if you do, look for this on taobao or !! I think there are sites that sell them for 20-30$ and temporary binders you can make till u can afford a real o
I highly discourage people from buying any binders that are below the price of 40 dollars. Cheap binders usually do more harm than good.
I recommend people using online stores like lesloveboat. They are fiarly expensive, however they have a wide variety of different binders (velcro, zipper, pullover, and even swimming binders). They also sell packing devices and briefs specially made for packing devices.
The binders are expensive but in the long run it’s better to save up and buy a decent binder instead of buying cheap binders and risk harming yourself. Plus I’ve had very good experience with this site, and the owners do a good job at responding to questions and concerns fairly quickly.
It’s also a good site because it sells plus size binders.
damn sorry for reblogging this before
Me too. I didn’t know it was a scam.
Martin Luther King Jr. (via loveinfamine)
The Martin Luther King Jr. White people never quote
Rob Robinson took his students to Midtown’s American Girl store.
im actually crying because this is thing my sister has wanted to do for years
I don’t think people without mental illness realise how much hard work it is and how exhausting every single minute of every day is.
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Do you ever think about the fact that the US has created and legitimized a system of institutionalized inequality by funding schools through property taxes? That basically a child’s education is only as good as the value of the property in their neighborhood. Funny how education is so often viewed as an equalizing factor when there is nothing equal about it.
(whispering) like this post if youre ok w me putting your text posts (not big sad personal ones) on tshirts sometimes
So you can be proud of being black, hispanic, or asian, but you can’t be proud to be white? Wtf is wrong with society?
white people are behind the worst genocides in history what your sus ass got to be proud of? the invention of graham crackers?
idk pretty sure we invented toilets or something
bitch we invented the soap to clean your filthy asses dont talk shit
Actually, white people invented the following;
Theory of Evolution
First one’s in Space
First one’s on the Moon
The theory of Natural Selection
The Jet Engine
The discovery of DNA
The discovery of the Atom
The discovery of Cells
And yes, a white person did happen to invent the graham cracker.
If you want to cling to every invention that white people are responsible for throughout history as if it’s some sort of accomplishment of your own, then you should also accept responsibility for all the disgusting things that white people have done, correct? You can’t just claim the things that make you look good and disregard the history that makes you look bad. Take it all or leave it all.
Geography- The oldest known world maps date back to Islam in the 9th Century B.C.
Automobile- automobiles were base on chariots created by the Indo-Iranians.
Electricity- Nobody invented electricity, pendejo estupido. Electricity is a natural phenomena.
Computers- Computers were based on the abacus, created by the ancient Sumerians.
The Piano- The piano is based on string instruments created in ancient Mesopotamia.
The Wormhole- Einstein discovered this, and given that Einstein was a dedicate member of the NAACP and called racism America’s “worst disease”, I’m sure that he would not appreciate you using his discoveries to promote white supremacy.
Theatre- The earliest recorded theatrical event dates back to 2000 BCE with the “passion plays” of Ancient Egypt.
The Jet Engine- This is based on rockets invented by the Chinese in the 13th Century
The Discovery of the Atom- Atomism dates back to India during the 6th Century BCE
The Camera- Photographic cameras were a development of the Camera Obscura, a device dating back to the ancient Chinese.
The U.S. Constitution- The earliest known code of law dates back to the ancient Mesopotamians. The American Constitution is based on the Iroquois “Great Code of Peace”. And given that the original U.S. Constitution was used to enslave and murder thousands of people, maybe you shouldn’t be so proud of it.
Democracy- Based on the Sanghas of India during the 6th Century BCE
Republics- See above.
Nice try, white person. Practically everything you guys invented comes from PoC