"Wise I" : by Amiri Baraka
If you ever find
yourself, some where
lost and surrounded
who won’t let you
speak in your own language
who destroy your statues
& instruments, who ban
your omm bomm ba boom
then you are in trouble
they ban your
own boom ba boom
you in deep deep
probably take you several hundred years
There is no better example of racism in the 21st century, than the relationship of black people and access to healthy food. You know people think about racism as an individual act or prejudice or discrimination from one person to another, that’s not what it’s about. It’s about systems, it’s about structures, it’s about institutions; and the fact Black people live in neighborhoods where they can’t get access to healthy food choices and white people can get healthy food choices. That is classic textbook racism. You want to wipe out an entire generation of people when you wanna engage in the kind of 21st century genocide all you have to do is continue to do what we’re doing, which is deprive people of access to healthy food.Marc Lamont HIll, Soul Food Junkies dir. Byron Hurt (via goawaygora)
Every year white people add 100 years to how long ago slavery was. I’ve heard educated white people say, ‘slavery was 400 years ago.’ No it very wasn’t. It was 140 years ago…that’s two 70-year-old ladies living and dying back to back. That’s how recently you could buy a guy.
Louis C.K. (via 30thcenturyboy)
Slavery in the territory that is now the United States lasted more than 330 years. We will be 330 years removed from slavery in the year 2195.
In Conversation: Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou on Sisterhood, and Their Friendship with Toni Morrison
By Aisha I. Jefferson
“It is sheer good fortune to miss somebody long before they leave you.” Toni Morrison, who celebrates her 82nd birthday today (Feb 18), wrote that immortal phrase 40 years ago about her sons Ford and Slade as part of the dedication of her acclaimed second novel Sula. The same words came back eight novels, a Pulitzer Prize, a Nobel Prize and a Presidential Medal of Freedom later to wrap their arms around her in loving celebration of the legacy she’s since built.
That was exactly the purpose of “Sheer Good Fortune,” a two-day commemoration of Morrison’s body of work that took place at Virginia Tech. The event was created by her longtime friends and fellow literary powerhouses Nikki Giovanni and Maya Angelou’s desire to “throw a lot of love around Toni” following the December 2010 death of her son Slade, who co-authored children’s books with her.
The historic gathering was a Who’s Who of the literary world — Angela Davis, Sonia Sanchez, Rita Dove, Edwidge Danticat, Kwame Alexander, Joanne V. Gabbin, Eugene Redmond, and many more came to mingle, laugh and reminisce with each other and the guest of honor. [Continue reading.]
Too beautiful for words
If the account given in Genesis is really true, ought we not, after all, to thank this serpent? He was the first schoolmaster, the first advocate of learning, the first enemy of ignorance, the first to whisper in human ears the sacred word liberty, the creator of ambition, the author of modesty, of inquiry, of doubt, of investigation, of progress and of civilization.
Give me the storm and tempest of thought and action, rather than the dead calm of ignorance and faith! Banish me from Eden when you will; but first let me eat of the fruit of the tree of knowledge!
The Gods, Robert G. Ingersoll (via stormywitch)
The last time I blogged this quote, a Wiccan ‘corrected’ the pronouns to make them feminine.
Don’t care what any of you all say :P Heretical interpretations of the bible all the way, screw the “old school workers”, I’ve met many and most of them POC that agree with me :P