“You read something which you thought only happened to you, and you discover that it happened 100 years ago to Dostoyevsky. This is a very great liberation for the suffering, struggling person, who always thinks that he is alone. This is why art is important. Art would not be important if life were not important, and life is important.”—James Baldwin, Conversations with James Baldwin (via bookshavepores)
An “egalitarian” is someone who, realizing that a scale is imbalanced because there are six pounds on one side and twelve on the other, seeks to correct the imbalance by adding six pounds to both sides.
well that was the best damn explanation I’ve seen.
“Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world. The oppressors maintain their position and evade their responsibility for their own actions. There is a constant drain of energy which might be better used in redefining ourselves and devising realistic scenarios for altering the present and constructing the future.”—
Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider
And I would definitely add transgender people to the list of people who have to go through things like this.
“Once it was [Kanye] West’s turn to speak again, he said, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people”. West’s mic was silenced, and Myers turned, visibly shocked by the comment. […] George W. Bush would later call it “one of the most disgusting moments” of his presidency.”—
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Yeah, not when he stole the Presidential election in 2000.
Not all the “rendition” and “interrogations”.
Not when they crafted a media campaign to get people to support another occupation.
Not when we littered Iraq with radioactive waste because we loved our DU shells.
Not when we used White phosphorus on Fallujah in a way that can only be described as a city-wide collective punishment.
Not when that war ate up the national guard and reserves so that the federal government just didn’t have the resources on hand for when Katrina broke the levees.
Not when the Bush administration continued to bungle the response to that, leaving thousands of mostly Black people dead or homeless.
No, Kanye’s the gross one, supposedly.
And Bush said that after he left office I’m pretty sure, so we’re talking about him also disregarding how he bailed out the irresponsible banks while home values tanked.
“Corporatization can have considerable influence in other ways. Corporate managers have a duty. They have to focus on profit making and seeking to convert as much of life as possible into commodities. It’s not because they’re bad people; it’s their task. Under Anglo-American law, it’s their legal obligation as well. There’s a lot to say about this topic, but one element of it concerns the universities and much else. One particular consequence is the focus on what’s called efficiency. It’s an interesting concept. It’s not strictly an economic concept. It has crucial ideological dimensions. If a business reduces personnel, it might become more efficient by standard measures with lower costs. Typically, that shifts the burden to the public, a very familiar phenomenon we see all the time. Costs to the public are not counted, and they’re colossal. That’s a choice that’s not based on economic theory. That’s based on an ideological decision, which applies directly to the “business models,” as they’re called, of the universities. Increasing class-size or employing cheap temporary labor, say graduate students instead of full-time faculty, may look good on a university budget, but there are significant costs. They’re transferred and not measured. They’re transferred to students and to the society generally as the quality of education, the quality of instruction is lowered.”—Noam Chomsky (via sombrefan)
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