As I Grew Older by Langston Hughes
It was a long time ago.
I have almost forgotten my dream.
But it was there then,
In front of me,
Bright like a sun—
And then the wall rose,
Between me and my dream.
Rose until it touched the sky—
I am black.
I lie down in the shadow.
No longer the light of my dream before me,
Only the thick wall.
Only the shadow.
My dark hands!
Break through the wall!
Find my dream!
Help me to shatter this darkness,
To smash this night,
To break this shadow
Into a thousand lights of sun,
Into a thousand whirling dreams
The last few weeks in videogame culture have seen a level of combativeness more marked and bitter than any beforehand.
First, a developer—a woman who makes games who has had so much piled on to her that I don’t want to perpetuate things by naming her—was the target of a harassment campaign that…
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Distressing Video Captures EXACTLY How Cops Treat Black People
I had to reblog this again because it just reduced me to tears.
As most of you know, I am an attorney. And I am an attorney licensed in Minnesota. This is the state where I took an oath last year to uphold state and federal laws and to protect the rights of the citizens.
It PAINS me to see this. To see these unjust cops who I for all intents & purposes, have to stand along side. When they are abusing EVERY SINGLE OUNCE of POWER. Minneapolis/St. Paul have BEEN a war zone. I’m ashamed. I’m embarrassed.
Not all officers are bad. Please don’t let that be the take away. But police brutality is VERY FUCKING REAL.
Watch this. If this doesn’t move you, if this doesn’t make you cry out in agony and want to change the world, I don’t know what will.
I know that this has been happening and isn’t new to most black people experiencing it but goddamn this was brutal to watch.
WHY DO PUBLICATIONS USE SO MANY WHITE ARTISTS TO SHOOT INTERNATIONALLY? IN VERMONT OR WEST VIRGINIA, I UNDERSTAND. BUT WITH CERTAIN COUNTRIES, EVEN IF THE WORK IS GOOD, ISN’T IT EXPLOITATIVE WITH A SHIT TON OF POSTCOLONIAL GAZE? I THINK YES, IT IS, EVEN IF IT IS FOR JOURNALISM OR IF IT IS ‘WELL-INTENTIONED.’ THERE IS SO MUCH MISSING CONTEXT THAT PEOPLE JUST IGNORE OR EXCUSE AND I CANNOT STAND BEHIND IT. “I JUST DON’T KNOW THAT MANY PHOTOGRAPHERS OF COLOR.” I’VE HEARD THAT BEFORE AND I THINK THAT IS JUST PURE LAZINESS ON THE PUBLICATION SIDE OF THINGS AND SHOWS HOW MUCH PRIVILEGE REALLY FACTORS IN WHEN IT COMES TO THE ARTS. THIS WILL BE MY LAST CAP LOCKS POST. YEA, YEA, I’M THE ‘BAD GUY’ FOR CALLING OUT SUBTLE AND NOT SO SUBTLE RACISM. I HAVE WANTED TO SCREAM ’TIL I PASS OUT, EVERYDAY, FOR THE PAST TWO WEEKS. I AM STILL IN SHOCK AFTER FINDING OUT THAT A MURDERER’S FUND JUST MADE MORE MONEY THAN THE FUND FOR A UNARMED BLACK KID HE KILLED IN AMERICA. WHITE PRIVILEGE IS ONE THE MOST DANGEROUS FORCES IN AMERICA. IT IS POISON.
When it comes right down to it, it doesn’t take much more than common sense or a basic grasp of the social sciences to understand that what we say on Facebook is a biased representation of how we feel, and that this bias seriously limits what we can learn from the Facebook experiment, as designed
NPR’s Michel Martin was invited by St. Louis Public Radio to moderate an intensely emotional community conversation around race, police tactics and leadership.
Rev. Willis Johnson, the pastor of Wellspring Church, hosted a community conversation Thursday night that drew about 200 people to the church. In welcoming the audience, Johnson acknowledged he’s “gone from feeling hurt, to wanting to hurt,” but he said he hoped the event would be a step to healing a “community in trauma.”
Photo credit: Whitney Curtis for NPR
One of my favorite instagramers: karachichaiwalla
Whoever he is, he takes beautiful photos of everyday life in Karachi. The chai photos make me nostalgic and take me back to a place I left long ago.. I can smell the chai and hear the pour through his photos. You should follow him.