“Women and men do not receive an equal education because outside of the classroom women are not perceived as sovereign beings but as prey…. the capacity to think independently, to take intellectual risks, to assert ourselves mentally is inseparable from our physical way of being in the world, our feelings of personal integrity. If it is dangerous for me to walk home late of an evening from the library because I am a woman and I can be raped then, how self possessed, how exuberant can I feel as I sit and work at the library? How much of my working energy is drained by by the subliminal knowledge that as a woman, I test my physical right to exist every time I go out alone.”—
Adrienne Rich, feminist writer who recently passed away. It is from a chapter called, “Taking Women Students Seriously” from her book called, On Lies, Secrets and Silence.
the new ones or the old ones? isn’t the new crew antisemitic?
Let’s be REAL clear, The New Black Panthers get NO RESPECT! Bobby Seale (co-founder of the real BPP) has spoken out against them. They have no discipline and don’t care about education or justice. They aren’t doing anything but riding the coat tails of the original BPP hardwork and tarnishing their legacy with discrimination and unnecessary violence.
"Under Farnese’s proposal, male patients seeking treatment for ED would be required to undergo a full prostate exam and cardiac stress test, submit a signed affidavit from a sexual partner that confirms the patient suffers from ED, participate in sex therapy, and watch a video that describes the side effects of medication used to treat erectile dysfunction."
On March 15, 2012, Robert Zimmerman, father of George Zimmerman wrote a letter to local media attempting to clarify what he felt was an unfair media characterization of his son, George Zimmerman -who admitted to killing a Black, unarmed 17-year-old boy in Sanford, FL on February 26, 2012….
With the recent murder of Trayvon Martin and the non-arrest of his white privileged murderer, it’s made me face something I’ve always subconsciously chosen to ignore. There’s no safe place in the United States of America to be Black. Nowhere. None. We worked hard and when able, fled inner cities for some place quieter, cleaner, and safer. The suburbs. Or so we thought.
Reckless killings (post-tree lynchings) are synonymous with gang related incidents and other criminal activity we’d primarily see in low socioeconomic status, densely populated inner city communities: projects, hoods, ghettos; all the places we’re warned not to go if from out-of-town. That’s why we leave, so the bullet meant for the person across the street wearing the wrong color won’t kill us, right? Then years later, we hear about the ruthless murders on the news and it doesn’t matter if it was a POC or police officer that pulled the trigger because the victim was probably, most likely, doing something illegal. Besides poor people die, violently. Everyday. I can’t speak for every suburban POC but I can speak for myself and when I say hearing about murders in the mean streets of Philadelphia didn’t emotionally connect with me beyond the lost of human life, it didn’t. My heart wept for a second when it was an innocent child hit by a stray bullet but I never felt ‘connected’, as if it could’ve been one of my family members. The family I claim knew better than to get mixed up in anything like that. To live asleep is bliss, to awake is to face your reality.
I ask myself if Trayvon Martin weren’t from a family living in a suburban community, would I care as much? Would I be as shocked if he was from North Philly, where >30% of the population has an annual income of $15,000? The thought of my honest answer scares me, because honestly, I wouldn’t. Mentally his death would’ve been written off as just another senseless act of violence committed in a poor community (suburbs have ‘poor sections’ as well). He still could’ve only been carrying a bag of skittles and tea; still shot by a white man but the outrage that Trayvon could’ve been any number of my cousins wouldn’t be there. His murder hit home, literally, for someone who for much of her life has been shielded from violence and able to say “those people”.
Then I ask how something like this could happen, not just Trayvon’s murder (there’s plenty of lunatics with legal gun possession. Thanks NRA) but the injustice that occurred after he was killed. His murderer has yet to be charged with the crime, a crime or any crime. A 17 yr old kid loses his life; the perpetrator admits to the killing but not charged, because he claims ‘self-defense’ (Yes, how threatened he must’ve felt, so much so he pursued Trayvon). How does this happen? I’d been viewing the injustices from the basis of class and socioeconomic status and how surprising these events have been to me (a byproduct of my middle-class upbringing, we didn’t have everything but I wanted for nothing, my mother refused to be ‘poor’). These sorts of injustices didn’t happen to ‘us’, meaning those who made it out the hood and had in some form achieved the ‘American Dream’. But an injustice to the poorest of us is an injustice to the richest of us. If we don’t demand and fight for justice in inner cities when one of us innocently dies at the hands of overzealous gun-toting vigilantes (or those in uniform), why should we expect justice in places where the lawns are perfectly manicured and we’re outnumbered?
And then you fully wake up and realized how unsafe you really are because racists don’t care how many generations of your family have lived in that suburb, what kind of car you drive or what college you attended because to them you’re just another ‘Black’ person, just another problem, esp. if you choose to embrace Blackness in its various forms. And this is where I am. This is where I have been for about 2 years now. Trying to figure out where to begin to change and unite ‘us’. But where does one begin? Even Martin Luther King Jr. lost many of his middle-class Black supporters when he moved to the slums of Chicago to fight for housing and economic equality. If Dr. King couldn’t do it what kind of chance do I, or any of us working towards unity, have?
Trayvon Martin wasn’t the first innocent young Black male murdered because of his skin color and his executioner walked free. But if we, poor, rich, and in between, would unify, we could make sure he’d be the last…
“My mother said I must always be intolerant of ignorance but understanding of illiteracy. That some people, unable to go to school, were more educated and more intelligent than college professors.”—Maya Angelou (via aonaran)
“It is the height of irony that women are valued for our looks, encouraged to make ourselves beautiful and ornamental and are then derided as shallow and vain for doing so.”—Greta Christina (via feminishblog)
What the fuck? Why is so inconceivable that a woman can make a decision regarding her own damn body?!
Imagine if a doctor knew your unborn child had a serious problem, like CP or Down’s Syndrome and REFUSED to tell you. Disgusting.
Imagine if your doctor knew your fetus would not survive because of descended kidneys or any other number of fetal anomalies and did not tell you. Giving birth to a still born or having a 3rd trimester miscarriage is a lot more dangerous with a whole lot more risks and psychologically taxing than a 7-min abortion procedure…
These people are ridiculous!
“In a paradoxical sense, once I accepted my position as different from the larger society as well as from any single sub-society—Black or gay—I felt I didn’t have to try so hard. To be accepted. To look femme. To be straight. To look straight. To be proper. To look “nice.” To be liked. To be loved. To be approved. What I didn’t realize was how much harder I had to try merely to stay alive, or rather, to stay human. How much stronger a person I become in that trying.”—Audre Lorde, Zami: A New Spelling of my Name, p. 181 (via agradschoolbreakup)