" If you blame Native American communities for their poverty, remember that the entire continent was stolen from them.

If you blame Black American communities for their relative poverty, remember that Black Americans were stolen from a continent, trafficked, and enslaved for nearly 300 years.

Tell me again about how your family ‘started from nothing’ when they immigrated. Didn’t they start from whiteness? Seems like a pretty good start.

The American Dream required dual genocides, but tell me again about fairness and equal opportunity. Tell me about democracy, modeled after the Iroquois Confederacy. Tell me your proud heritage, and I will show you the violence that made it so. "

- Kim Katrin Crosby, Keynote Speaker for LGBTQ History Month at Dartmouth (30 September 2013)

" There is really no such thing as the ‘voiceless’, there is only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard "

- Arundhati Roy (via straightallyally)

" The United States of America did not save black people, black people saved the United States of America. "

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Ta-Nehisi Coates, "Other People’s Pathologies." The Atlantic. March 30, 2014. (via jalylah)

Real talk.

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PREACH!!!

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Word!

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Ta-Nehisi say that shit one mo time for the people in the back that’s hard of hearing

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toxicnebulae:

white Americans being against immigration is still and always will be the greatest irony of all time

" …the Black male consciousness must be raised to the realization that sexism and woman-hating are critically dysfunctional to his liberation as a Black man because they arise out of the same constellation that engenders racism and homophobia. Until that consciousness is developed, Black men will view sexism and the destruction of Black women as tangential to Black liberation rather than as central to that struggle. "

- Audre Lorde, “Sexism: An American Disease in Blackface,” Sister Outsider, p. 64 (via daughterofzami)

" When I imitate middle-class white speech, I see a flicker of unease cross the faces of the white people in the audience. Then when I go into ghetto riff, the smiles return. They’re fine as long as I am making fun of the same kind of people they make fun of, ch**ks and sp**s and n***rs. But as soon as I start talking about them, I can clear a room. "

- Paul Mooney discussing his experiences while doing comedy shows and how he notices that jokes seem to be funnier when targeted towards certain groups of people. (via myfavemedia)

" ENSLAVED AFRICANS WERE blacksmiths, metallurgists, toolmakers, sculptors, and engravers, silversmiths and goldsmiths, tanners, shoemakers, and saddle-makers. They were designers and builders of warehouses and docks, barracks and homes, public buildings, churches, canals and dams.They were coopers, draymen and coach drivers; breeders, groomers and trainers of horses; and cowboys skilled in cattle rearing and herding. They were hunters and fishermen, as well as pearl divers. They were ship builders, navigators, sounders, caulkers, sailmakers, ship carpenters, sailors, and rowers. They were basket weavers, potters and salth makers. They were cooks, bakers, pastry chefs, candy-makers, street vendors, innkeepers, personal servants, housekeepers, laundresses, domestics, doctors,or surgeons and nurses. They cultivated corn, rice, garden crops, tobacco, poultry, pigs, sheep and goats. "

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Gold, God, Race and Slaves from Slavery and African Ethnicites in The Americas; Restoring the Links by Gwendolyn Mildo Hall.

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Tell me again, how American blacks are deficient in work ethic..tell me again how we only picked cotton..tell me again about the inferior DNA of African Americans.

I will wait…

See, slaves were chosen because of their specific skill set..Europeans paid attention to shit like ethnicity and the skills africans could bring with them to the United States and throughout the Americas.

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" I think the average guy thinks they’re pro-woman, just because they think they’re a nice guy and someone has told them that they’re awesome. But the truth is far from it. Unless you are actively, consciously working against the gravitational pull of the culture, you will predictably, thematically, create these sort of fucked-up representations. "

- Junot Diaz (via luciaferr)