“Our language and our ceremony are one. So, when you speak the language, you’re actually in the ceremony. So, that’s the teaching behind the importance of trying to retain that language. And hopefully, when the elders are gone, the language is not.”
— Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault (via brintty)
(Source: lastrealindians, via shamelessmag)
12:25 pm • 18 April 2014 • 399 notes
Who am i?
63-What hides under the spectacular oppositions is a unity of misery. Behind the masks of total choice, different forms of the same alienation confront each other, all of them built on real contradictions which are repressed. The spectacle exists in a concentrated or a diffuse form depending on the necessities of the particular stage of misery which it denies and supports. In both cases, the spectacle is nothing more than an image of happy unification surrounded by desolation and fear at the tranquil center of misery.
Guy Debord - Society of the Spectacle
And it suddenly occurs to me that tomorrow is a work day.. I blame it on the 3 episodes of Criminal Minds I just watched.
Good night, Mayed. Good night, Tumblr! :)
11:37 pm • 16 April 2014 • 271 notes
“Your privilege is comprised of the questions you’ve never had to ask.”
— Catherynne Valente, "The Girl Without Hands: Writing, Carpal Tunnel, and Silence" at Rules for Anchorites
… and the questions you’ve never had to answer.
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10:07 pm • 16 April 2014 • 7,300 notes
“You have more to do
than be weighed down
by pretty or beautiful
you are a fiery heart
and a wicked brain
do not let your soul
be defined by its shell.”
— Michelle K., You Look So Pretty! (via michellekpoems)
10:02 pm • 16 April 2014 • 4,655 notes
One major facet of cultural appropriation is taking artifacts that would be violent on the body of a person of color and making them trendy on a white body.
That’s why Forever 21 is able to sell a Black Panther crop top, and why Che Guevara t-shirts are so popular, and…
super important. super well articulated.
9:49 pm • 16 April 2014 • 2,629 notes
Twenty years before NWA screamed “Fuck tha Police” Marsha P. Johnson was in the streets of New York throwing shoes at them (so the story goes). Marsha P. Johnson (June 27, 1944 – July 6, 1992) aka “the Saint of Christopher Street” was an iconic trans* rights activist. She was a leader in the resistance against police harassment in what we know as the Stonewall Riots. She also was the cofounder of Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries (S.T.A.R.)
7:54 pm • 15 April 2014 • 5,030 notes
“I have legs
that are always battered and bruised.
There is a filth
associated with the fact
that someone molded you
in their image, not yours.
Do you belong to yourself?
Did you ever really?
Your mother did not teach you
the treacherous ways
in which a woman must claim herself
over and over again.
these are the things
that will kill me.”
— Michelle K., 8:19 in the Morning. (via michellekpoems)
9:56 pm • 14 April 2014 • 360 notes
“People want the rugged authenticity of being different without actually being punished for it — and I understand why they do it. I recognize the insecurity. Just a decade ago, my peers were flinging words like “terrorist” and “faggot” to me in the halls of our high school. Now I’m “trendy” and “fierce.” Either assessment rings lonely and desperate. How they are tremendously afraid of being insignificant. How the fantasy of race that they have projected on my body makes me have some mystic power they are jealous of. They are afraid of boring. They are afraid of being nothing. They are in a constant state of falling — grasping for all of the bindis, beards, dashikis, gauges that they hold on to to feel relevant. And what hurts the most is that when they do it, it magically becomes beautiful. It becomes a beard worth $8,500 and not a beard worth five bullets. When the white body wears our scars, they finally become beautiful.
Every brown boy has a story about the hair. Pluck it out of him. He’s used to it.”
— Alok Vaid-Menon, “To Body Mod Away from Browness & Back” (via thepeoplesrecord)
9:47 pm • 13 April 2014 • 435 notes
The thing about cultural appropriation that you have to keep in mind is that it has a purpose—there is an intent behind it. It’s not individual, it’s collective.
The reason people of color try to keep their cultures alive—and not, you know, “assimilate”—is that they are a major form of resistance…
9:11 pm • 13 April 2014 • 35 notes