I’m covering for a math teacher who I had. A 14 y/o black kid, D, is in the class (I know him well enough from my times covering in-school detention). I do my regular intro and warnings as to the consequences for unacceptable behavior and then D starts blurting out how the teacher doesnt like Black people (the faculty is white-washed and a vast majority don’t know how to deal with students of color). Even though I hated the woman’s guts when she taught me, I still defended her:
"She doesn’t like black people!"
"That’s not true…I’m black! She liked me! I got an A in this class"
"Well she doesnt like niggas!"
"She doesnt like niggas!"
I’ve heard his rants about racists teachers before but ‘we’ (as in only people of color) were in the room during those times. But the fact that he made this declaration in a classroom full of white kids, I was…I was…I don’t know what I was. Angry, embarrassed, and surprised. The look on the faces of the white kids in the classroom spoke volumes. They looked absolutely shocked and kind of scared waiting to see my response. I wanted to say a lot of things at that moment, so many things. How inappropriate and offensive his statement was; how as 1 of 3 black students in a class of >20 he should conduct himself better; how the vocab we use amongst ourselves and how we talk around others sometimes arent the same (I hate the N-word and personally dont use it. Everyone who knows me knows this including D). But I didn’t, at least not at that moment. I simply said “Stop it” and moved on. It wasnt the right place or time… What are parents teaching their children?
‘In 1637 near present day Groton, Connecticut, over 700 men, women and children of the Pequot Tribe had gathered for their annual Green Corn Festival which is our Thanksgiving celebration. In the predawn hours the sleeping Indians were surrounded by English and Dutch mercenaries who ordered them to come outside. Those who came out were shot or clubbed to death while the terrified women and children who huddled inside the longhouse were burned alive. The next day the governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony declared “A Day Of Thanksgiving” because 700 unarmed men, women and children had been murdered.’
“The Americans have replaced working to be exceptional with talking about how exceptional they still are. They don’t seem to understand that you can’t declare yourself “exceptional,” only others can bestow that adjective upon you.”—From WikiChina - Thomas L. Friedman (New York Times, op-ed; Nov. 30, 2010)
“Africa is a paradox which illustrates and highlights neo-colonialism. Her earth is rich, yet the products that come from above and below the soil continue to enrich, not Africans predominantly, but groups and individuals who operate to Africa’s impoverishment.”—Kwame Nkrumah (via questknowledge)
See thats what i was saying. Why does it have to be african? I've never rely cared for monkeys either
But EVERYTHING ‘bad’ comes from Africa: West Nile Virus, African Killer Bees, the age old argument of HIV, angry Black people who riot in the streets and loot stores because of police brutality, etc…Hollywood just goes with the flow of society
“American Indians suffer from the most serious health problems in the U.S. On reservations, American Indians have a life expectancy of 47 years. The tuberculosis rate for Natives is 533 percent higher than the national average; the accident mortality rate 425 higher; the infant mortality rate 81 percent higher; the sudden infant death syndrome rate 310 percent higher; the alcoholism rate 579 percent higher; the diabetes rate 249 percent higher; and the suicide rate 190 percent higher than the national average.”—
Andrea Smith, Conquest: Sexual Violence and American Indian Genocide
To add to this: 1 in 3 Native American Women will face sexual violence in their lifetime. This is much higher than national estimates of 1 in 4 or 1 in 6 for other groups of women. And, unlike other racial groups (which have assailants of the same race), the majority of assailants are white men.
What are you ladies (and gents) thoughts concerning using chemicals on your hair to achieve the “natural” look?
'Natural' isn't a look, it's a state. Once hair has been chemically altered it's no longer 'natural'. If a person wants to use a texturizer to get the well-defined curly look then that's their right to do so.
“Seems like governments and religious groups are always trying to take control over the uterus. In China they force us to abort kids; in Peru they forcibly destroy the ability to have kids; In the US they’re trying to force us to give birth to the kids; and the Vatican wants to forcibly deny us any control of our own at all. I don’t see anyone making laws and secret conspiracies about the penis. I think it’s proof positive that the uterus is truly the most powerful thing on earth. Eventually, they’re going to realize that control of the uterus belongs where God put it - in the hands of the woman the uterus belongs to.”—missadr user comment on CNN.com - Peruvian authorities reopen investigation into forced sterilizations