21 y/o nursing student all about quietly analyzing and deconstructing white supremacist capitalist patriarchy....I luv cats, food, fashion, afros, frilly pretty things, I post rambles/whines/thoughts a lot, and anything else I find interesting/inspiring/whatever
[W]e’re not really equal when we’re STILL supposed to uncritically and obediently cheer when white women are praised for winning “women’s rights,” and to painfully forget the Indigenous women and women of colour who were hurt in that same process. We are not equal when in the name of “feminism” so-called “women’s only” spaces are created and get to police and regulate who is and isn’t a woman based ontheir interpretation of your body parts and gender presentation, and not your own. We are not equal when initatives to support gender equality have reverted yet again to “saving” people and making decisions for them, rather than supporting their right to self-determination, whether it’s engaging in sex work or wearing a niqab. So when feminism itself has become it’s own form of oppression, what do we have to say about it? […]
— jessica yee, [feminism for real: deconstructing the academic industrial complex of feminism] (via newanddifferentsun)
What if hoards of Afrikan women realized that our hair texture makes us unique among all of the women on the Earth? That in days of old, before the oppression of our hair, our paradigm taught us that our tightly twisting coils mirrored the spiraling hair of the dieties. Our hair was compared with the swirling of galaxies, the torrential, whirling, winds of a storm. Our hair is like unto the helical meanderings of DNA - the very essence of life.
I think that America needs an honest discourse with itself. This is the greatest country in the world… by default. You know what I mean? But we could actually be the greatest country that ever existed, if we were just honest about who we are and what we are and where we want to go, if we learned to have that discourse. Things like racism are institutionalized, they’re systemic. You might not know any bigots, you feel like, “Well, I don’t hate black people, so I’m not a racist.” But you benefit from racism, just by the merit of the color of your skin; there’s opportunities that you have, you’re privileged in ways that you may not even realize, because you haven’t been deprived in certain ways. We need to talk about these things in order for them to change.
Dave Chappelle, on how he deals with people that think he “crosses lines that he shouldn’t be crossing” (via lasso)
Hmmm… exactly what I’ve been preaching on as of late. Stop lying to yourselves.
Another thing I want to shoot down about pacifism is that violence doesn’t solve anything. Bullshit. What that means is that if violence doesn’t accomplish anything does that mean that all the Africans just jumped on the slave ship on their own? Does that mean that American Indians just handed the land over? Does that mean that women don’t have to be afraid everywhere in the world because of men’s violence? It’s absurd. And what’s more is this whole culture is based on violence and if violence doesn’t accomplish anything then I guess that civilization doesn’t exist, does it?