"Do You, be good at it, but I’ll always stand By You"

I met By You today in St. Augustine, FL. He’s a frail older skinny white man who was wearing an oversized white Sherwin Williams shirt, a classic straw boat hat, and some blue jeans that done seen some shit.

"Wassup youngblood."

"How you doin sir?"

He looked strung out; He reminded me not to be afraid of everyone.

He shared with me his experiences as a hurricane chaser and, under the gravity of his name, the racialized horrors of Hurricane Katrina during his time as a community rebuilder. Hurricane Katrina exposed to him in spectacular form the embeddedness of racism in our society - he recalled - from the de/valuing of certain lives to the discursive and practiced criminalization of the black and poor.

By You; Standing by the poor and hated and ignored and exploited; Touching lives one “Wassup youngblood” at a time. I appreciate you, By You, one love.

I salute By You, “Be good.”

"Naw, fuck that, I’m gonna go get drunk. Do you, be good at it, but I’ll always stand By You."

07-25 / 18:06 / 2 notes / reblog

Thinking of Mother Palestine who adamantly refuses to die despite the spectacularized attempts of extermination directed towards her womb, a phrase of NU Professor of English John Alba Cutler at once sits on my soul and lifts it: Imáginas!(?)

Imagine!/Can you?

I’ll tell you what is harder than dying in Gaza by an Israeli missile deluxe. What is harder is that you get a phone call from the Israeli army telling you to evacuate your home because it will be bombed in ten minutes. Imagine; ten minutes; and your whole short history on the surface of Earth will be erased.” (Post by Suhel Nafar.)

Imagine!/Can you?

Imagine, as a question and as a practice. A movement towards empathy: a politics emerging from fundamental questions of humanity, a politics of deconstructing humanity’s limits; Towards nowhere and everywhere: the infinity of divinity; Towards noone and everyone: the you’s and I’s lost in the mystifying, sanctifying embrace of the unsung collective.

Imagine!/Can you?

And one day we’ll sing out—in our own idiomatic ways—glory, Glory, HALLELUJAH: Another world is possible.

07-17 / 23:28 / 3 notes / reblog

PEOPLE ARE DYING. TERROR IS ABOUT.

People have been dying. Families buried. Under the rubble of a fallen house. Holy airstrikes. Victims of a game of battleship, and who has all of the destroyers? Gather for the spectacle, don’t forget your lawn chairs, look over yonder, fireworks darling.

Terror has been and continues to be.

07-11 / 9:18 / 2 notes / reblog

Remember. 'Patriotism' is too often used to coerce the body politic into consenting to war, invasion, and violence on the international arena, from native genocide to Iraq. Patriotism violently effaces indigeneity. It always has.

Remember; It’s not to get down. Let’s be with one another and love in the midst of it all. Lets love. Let’s celebrate the love that wakes us up — never without inaudible frustration — despite it all. Let’s love in spite of it all, above it all, underneath it all. Let’s love above it all because love is underneath it all.

Re-member.

07-04 / 15:50 / 37 notes / reblog

“The statistics of the dead are far beyond our comprehension. The sheer size of the numbers is dangerously numbing, as Vasily Grossman instinctively understood. In his view, the duty of survivors was to try to recognize the millions of ghosts from the mass graves as individuals, not as nameless people in caricatured categories, because that sort of dehumanization was precisely what the perpetrators had sought to achieve.”

Antony Beevor, The Second World War. (via thelivingthinkpiece)

- “All I know is you’re a ball player and I go away and suddenly you’re in musicals? *chuckles*”

- “Don’t worry, Mr. Atwood, I’ll STRAIGHTEN him out.”

The OC

05-30 / 0:43 / 2 notes / reblog

"Now back to Shimon Peres’s statement…of course, his statement — calling Palestinian babies a so-called demographic threat — really reveals the Jim Crow-like racism at the core of this Zionist ideology that views the mere existence of Palestinian babies in their own native land as a threat to Israel. How can Palestinians ever possibly recognize or give legitimacy to an entity which views their mere reproduction as human beings as a mortal threat?"

- Ali Abunimah

05-29 / 23:25 / 2 notes / reblog

When white people tell me they don’t see color

colorednuswug:

I’m like:

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“This in essence makes the government, which forbids everyone else from hiring people without documents, the single largest employer of undocumented immigrants in the country”

"Using Jailed Migrants as a Pool of Cheap Labor" (x)

“I think that when we look at Palestine, we are compelled to acknowledge that modes of racism, apartheid for example, which we assume were abolished with the end of South African apartheid, have not been deposited into the dustbin of history.”

Angela Davis, Northwestern University 5-19-2014 (via esemde)

05-21 / 0:21 / 8 notes / esemde / reblog

“If a female student got drunk and had her car stolen the university would call the police. If she got drunk and had her computer stolen, they would call the police. If she got drunk and had her phone stolen, they would call the police. The fact that she was drunk would not even be factored in when assessing if a crime had been committed. But if she gets drunk and has her body invaded and her humanity stolen, school administrations are perplexed about what to do.”

International Human Rights Activist Michael Simmons offered these words (via Facebook) in response to the May 3, 2014 New York Times’ “Fight Against Sex Assaults Holds Colleges to Account” article. (via kenyabenyagurl)

The violation of women is treated less seriously than the theft of her belongings. From this, we can gather that our physical and mental well-being is not considered to be as valuable as tangible property.

In other words, women are *less* important than objects.

(via stfumras)

newmanology:

The Movement, book cover, 1964
Cover photograph: Danny Lyon

This and many other civil rights-era graphic items are on display at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County as part of the For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights show.

marcusjulienlee:

How could you invest so much money into hosting the World Cup when you have so many hungry people? This mural paints a dark picture of the real meaning behind this event. 

"Anyone who visits occupied Palestine cannot help but be impressed by the carceral technologies all around" - Angela Davis May 19, 2014 @ Northwestern University

[Image taken from Palestine TV.Palestinian children passing security checks on their way to school.]

05-21 / 0:03 / 7 notes / reblog

swimskinnyinthesea:

Pre-lecture discussion with Angela Davis. Feeling #empowered and #inspired after an evening with such a strong, brilliant, and critical woman.

PA