Everyone wants to be the sun to lighten up everyone’s life, but why not be the moon, to brighten in the darkest hour.
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Did she really compare having tattoos to experiencing racism? I cannot. You CHOOSE to get tattoos mam.

the "can I touch it?" thing doesn't just happen with POC. I think it's predominantly a curly hair thing. Old ladies won't stop trying to grope my head.

chescaleigh:

oliviamariem6:

chescaleigh:

Ok. But it’s not the same. You cannot ignore the history of black bodies being disrespected and devalued and how that is tied to white supremacy. Well, I guess you can ignore it.

It sucks that people invade your personal space and touch your hair without permission. It’s not the same experience as women with Afro-textured hair. When talking about oppression, false equivalences are disrespectful. How many times does this need to be repeated?

Are you guys for real? It happens to everyone really. I get it all the time and I’m white and have straight hair.

You’re being willfully ignorant and you know it. Please re-read my reply. I didn’t say it doesn’t happen. I said IT’S NOT THE SAME. I can’t with ya’ll.

White people associate Black Power with violence because of their inability to deal with blackness. If we said ‘Negro Power’ nobody would get scared. Everybody would support it. If we said power for colored people, everybody’d be for that, but it is the word ‘black’ that bothers people in this country, and that’s their problem, not mine. That’s the lie that says anything black is bad.
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Dear Black Men

beautiful-ambition:

Don’t be scared to be held by your woman. It doesn’t make you look weak. We all need to be supported and cared for at some point. Don’t be ashamed to feel safe and secure wrapped in her arms, with your head on her breast.

Lovingly,
Black woman

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BGT Episode 32

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Black Girls Talking Episode 32

We were delighted to have writer Bim Adewunmi join us for this episode to talk about the cringeworthy Straight Outta Compton casting call; Emmy nominations; Nurse Jackie and women anti-heroes; her Guardian cover story on Assata Shakur and more.

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Truthfully, I find it both sad and telling that when black women speak up for themselves, especially when dismantling white supremacy or addressing privilege they’re automatically described as “angry” and “hateful”. Why is that? (Just kidding, I know why. It’s cause calling black women angry is a perfect silencing tactic. Nice try!) If you or Sarah are hurt by these tweets it’s because often times the truth (especially checking one’s privilege) is hard to digest.
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teachinginthemiddle:

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Fox News host Jessie Waters’s insane “Beyoncé Voters” definition.

Ugh.

“Hillary Clinton needs the single ladies vote. I call them ‘The Beyoncé Voters’ — the single ladies. Obama won single ladies by 76% last time, and made up about a quarter of the electorate. They depend on government because they’re not depending on their husbands. They need contraception, health care, and they love to talk about equal pay.”

Really?

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First female black student-president at nation’s most expensive prep school is forced to resign after ‘offensive’ photographs of her mocking ‘typical white classmates’ emerge online

The former black student body president at a pricey New Jersey prep school was forced to resign from her leadership position earlier this year after she posted a series of photos on the Internet, in which she is seen dressed as what she describes to be the typical male, white student at the school.

In the photos, former Lawrenceville School Student Body President Maya Peterson is seen wearing L.L. Bean duck boots, a Yale University sweatshirt and is holding a hockey stick, which she says is representative of the typical ‘Lawrenceville boi.’

In addition to the photos, she added hashtags like ‘#romney2016,’ ‘#confederate,’ and ‘#peakedinhighschool.’


Peterson explains that the photos were meant as a joke in response to complaints made by students about her senior photos, in which she and 10 friends - all of whom were black - are seen raising their fists in a ‘Black Power’ salute. 

'I understand why I hurt people’s feelings, but I didn’t become president to make sure rich white guys had more representation on campus,' she told the website. 'Let’s be honest. They’re not the ones that feel uncomfortable here.'

Some of Peterson’s classmates, however, didn’t see the humor in her ‘racist’ photos.

'You’re the student body president, and you’re mocking and blatantly insulting a large group of the school’s male population,' one student commented on the photo.

Peterson’s response to the comment only made things worse.

'Yes, I am making a mockery of the right-wing, confederate-flag hanging, openly misogynistic Lawrentians,' Peterson responded. 'If that’s a large portion of the school’s male population, then I think the issue is not with my bringing attention to it in a lighthearted way, but rather why no one has brought attention to it before…'

Both students and faculty members felt the images were offensive, and that ‘it was not fitting of a student leader to make comments mocking members of the community,’ Dean of Students Nancy Thomas told the Lawrenceville student paper.

Peterson’s take on race has irritated her classmates in the past, as well.

In 2012, following the re-election of President Barack Obama, Peterson wrote on Facebook about how proud she was that an African-American was president - and threw in a sarcastic jab at white people.

'As a black and Latino, gay woman in the United States of America, today is a momentous day,' she wrote. 'I’m sorry to all the rich white men who have failed to elect a president that endorses their greed.'

Some of her classmates felt the Facebook post was racist.

'I’m gonna have to assume from your political beliefs and what you’ve said that you do not pay for your Lawrenceville tuition in its entirety,' one student wrote. 'But do you know who pays for that? Yeah, that would be all those greedy white men who actually worked for their fortune, not relied on the government to support them. Just saying.'

Peterson’s family paid full tuition at the school.

Peterson’s getting elected student body president worried many of her classmates, as they believed she was alienating a large portion of the student body with her controversial comments about white classmates

One former student said Peterson’s photos - and overall attitude, ‘violated the spirit of the Lawrenceville community.’

'It was hateful. It wasn’t inclusive,' the student, identified only as David, said. 'When I think of Maya Peterson, I don’t think of someone who is an avid proponent of progress or of inclusiveness. I think of someone who is hateful. She had a hateful spirit.



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Lord look at this madness

I SUPPORT MAYA PETERSON!!!!

I have never felt more love for someone that I have never met than I do for this young woman.  I thought she would apologize but in the boldness of her reasoning I saw no lies.

Maya Paterson for some public office in the future?  Presidency maybe..

Blackface African parties: Silence

Native American mocking parties-Silence

Urban Black culture mocking parties-Silence

Black woman with a hockey stick-OMG REVERSE RACISM!!!

I honestly believe she was making a point and their reaction made her point perfectly. 

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bbrittnieee:

Is it weird that I don’t poop at other ppls houses? Like, maybe my one aunts house but that’s it.

sirlightbulb:

Do you ever just see the first sentence of a text message and just think “oh fuck no I do not have time for this shit”

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When “i” is replaced with “we” even illness becomes wellness.
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takenbyabook:

beben-eleben:

Six-Word Stories That Are Absolutely Heart-Breaking

OH MY GOD.

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