"Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was not your human rights professor. he was not your mentor. what does it say about you that you feel you need to be taught how to honor and respect another human being BECAUSE of the color of their skin. what does it say that you feel you ‘need’ a mentor to show you how to be an actual human being. you are so busy trying to beat us to the finish to lionize him as your champion, claim/take/steal him as yours, that you do not see, in this you reveal your true starvation, your extreme difficulty in comprehending how to be compassionate to poc. who needs to be taught that it is wrong to be brutal and sadistic to another human being, BECAUSE of the color of their skin. apparently, by your own admission, you do. we see you. clearly."
to every single white person on this earth seeking to claim our elder as theirs
, nayyirah waheed (via nayyirahwaheed
An advertisement the 3rd president of the U. S., Thomas Jefferson, placed in his local paper in an attempt to recapture a man named Sandy who was enslaved to him. Yes - the same U. S. president who penned
"We hold these truths to be self-evident; that all men are created equal…"
fuck a therapist the only person i want guidance from is naomi campbell.
- was nelson mandela’s honorary granddaughter
- bff with chavez
- the best in her field
- does not take shit from anyone
- gets off assault charges with community service
- dated robert deniro and russian billionaire (basically a bond villian)
- looks bad as hell
teach me how to be a jamaican communist princess, naomi
Brandon. This you?
muva campbell is who i want to be
Stevie Wonder and his first wife, the brilliant singer and songwriter Syreeta Wright (1946-2004) as they celebrate their wedding day on September 12, 1970. Ms. Wright co-wrote “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” and “If You Really Loved Me” with Mr. Wonder and recorded “With You, I’m Born Again” with Billy Preston in 1979. The newlyweds are seen as they leave Bernette Baptist Church in Detroit en route to their reception. They honeymooned in Bermuda. Photo: Bettman/Corbis.
"Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got."
Shannon Gibney is a professor of English and African diaspora studies at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). When that’s your job, there are a lot of opportunities to talk about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. There are also a lot of opportunities to anger students who would rather not learn about racism, imperialism, capitalism, and history. I presume MCTC knows that; they have an African diaspora studies program. Back in January 2009, white students made charges of discrimination after Gibney suggested to them that fashioning a noose in the newsroom of the campus newspaper—as an editor had done the previous fall—might alienate students of color. More recently, when Gibney led a discussion on structural racism in her mass communication class, three white students filed a discrimination complaint because it made them feel uncomfortable. This time, MCTC reprimanded Gibney under their anti-discrimination policy.
Elevating discomfort to discrimination mocks the intent of the policy, but that’s not the whole of it. By sanctioning Gibney for making students uncomfortable, MCTC is pushing a disturbing higher-education trend. When colleges and universities become a market, there is no incentive to teach what customers would rather not know. When colleges are in the business of making customers comfortable, we are all poorer for it.
Tressie McMillan Cottom ”The Discomfort Zone”
Higher Education. Where money and privilege trumps all. You can have 3 PHDs but any student with the right amount of pull and privilege will just make you into their peon with the university’s full backing.
(via newwavefeminism) I was going to reblog without comment, but I just need to say that as a student of color who moved from a big city to a small, mostly white town for her first year of college, classes that gave me the tools to understand the discrimination I was facing literally saved my life. How many students of color do you alienate when you silence the voices keeping them sane? (via rather-facile)