Sorry for derailing, but the Northern half of the US tries to pull some similar shit with the Southern half. To be honest, I’d be afraid to live up North after some of the stuff I’ve heard. I’m afraid of White people who’ve never met a Black person. (I’m not denying ANY of the racism that does still go on in the South, though!)
It’s not like the other boys in your dorm don’t know by now that biology didn’t hand you the torso you signed up for, but that doesn’t mean you’ve gotta give everyone an eyeball fulla teats first thing in the morning.
“I have this muscle memory of distrust. My first instinct is to pull away; it’s to push you away. I want to distrust you. I want you to push me a little further because that’s familiar, because “the devil you know is better than the devil you don’t…” or however that goes. I want to learn how to do it differently. I want to teach my body a different way of being.
You can ask for consent, be willing to hear yes and no, and you can be engaged and present. But if I’m too hurt to sit with you, to sit in my body with my responses and feelings, then where does that leave me? When I think about accountability, I think about all the ways I’ve learned to go along with it, to make things easy and to not make waves. there are so many moments when its easier to say nothing, to not have to speak up or define my edges for you. I get to hide in the blurriness. It feels less scary to say nothing and pick up the pieces inside of myself than say no and have to discover where I start and you stop. I get lost in the messy places between us and that’s not love and that’s not accountability. For me, accountability is showing up with my whole self, it’s being present and brave enough to actually be somewhere with someone instead of hiding in my own insecurities, fear and internalized shit. I want to do better than hiding. I know I can do better than sort of showing up.”—Shannon Perez-Darby, from Queers, Kissing, and Accountability in Learning Good Consent (via likealinoleumfloor)
“When viewers in the UK attempt to watch videos of the protest, they are met with the message, ‘This content is not available in your country due to a government removal request.’”—
Paul Watson on YouTube’s new partnership with the UK government over protest videos • The British government is hoping the removal of certain protest images from the popular video sharing website will prevent copycat demonstrations from forming in the future. The British government isn’t the only one requesting YouTube pull demonstration videos: A geographic search reveals the US government has also requested YouTube remove certain videos along with keyword searches. source (via • follow)
On January 12, 2010, one day after his 18th birthday, CAPA High School honors student Jordan Trent Miles was ambushed by three plain clothes Pittsburgh police officers, who failed to identify themselves and approached him aggressively. The officers did not say “Stop! Police!”, they jumped out of an unmarked vehicle, one of them yelling “Where’s your money? Where’s the drugs? Where’s the gun?” Miles, never before in trouble with the police and thinking he was being robbed, began to run, and slipped on the icy sidewalk. The officers overtook Miles and administered a brutal beating that left him unrecognizable, ripping dreadlocks out of his head, and continuing to beat him as he lay on the ground after their initial assault, stammering the Lord’s Prayer. There can be no explaining away or excusing what was done to Miles.
The police officers lied about what happened, claiming there was a bulge in his pocket they assumed was a gun but “turned out to be a Mountain Dew bottle”. No bottle was ever entered into evidence, and Jordan and his friends will tell you he doesn’t even drink the soda. The officers also attempted to claim a neighbor reported him as a prowler and attempted to bring assault charges against Miles, which were tossed out of court when the neighbor said she did no such thing. Despite all this, the City of Pittsburgh went on to reward these violent officers with a commendation and, during their suspension, paid them more than they earned while working. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh DA has not brought charges and the Justice Department announced on May 4th, 2011 that it would not prosecute the three officers. The mayor and police chief announced on May 5th that the three officers would be returning to work.
“I feel that my son was racially profiled,” Terez Miles said. “It’s a rough neighborhood; it was after dark. … They assumed he was up to no good because he’s black. My son, he knows nothing about the streets at all. He’s had a very sheltered life, he’s very quiet, he doesn’t know police officers sit in cars and stalk people like that.”
“Anxiety is not fear, exactly, because fear is focused on something right in front of you, a real and objective danger. It is instead a kind of fear gone wild, a generalized sense of dread about something out there that seems menacing — but that in truth is not menacing, and may not even be out there.”—Understanding the Anxious Mind - NY Times (via polyvinyl)
“I felt myself trembling on the brink of a fabulous discovery, as though any morning it was all going to come together - my future, my past, the whole of my life - and I was going to sit up in bed like a thunderbolt and say oh! oh! oh!”—The Secret History, Donna Tartt (via outoflullabies)
“Recruiting more “full-pay” students — those who don’t need financial aid — is seen as a key goal in public higher education, a sector traditionally known for its commitment to access. At public doctoral and master’s institutions, more admissions directors cited the recruitment of full-pay students as a key strategy than cited providing aid for low-income students. (At doctoral institutions, the gap was 47 percent to 40 percent, and at master’s institutions, the gap was 45 percent to 38 percent). The interest in full-pay students is so strong that 10 percent of four-year colleges report that the full-pay students they are admitting have lower grades and test scores than do other admitted applicants.”—
So, tell me again about affirmative actions & all those unqualified black & brown people stealing spots from more qualified white male students. Go on, let’s hear it. Or can we finally admit that shit was never ever true?