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Once [gay] people began to say who they were, you found that it was your next-door neighbor or it could be your child, and we found people we admired,” she said. “That understanding still doesn’t exist with race; you still have separation of neighborhoods, where the races are not mixed. It’s the familiarity with people who are gay that still doesn’t exist for race and will remain that way for a long time as long as where we live remains divided.

Julianne Hing, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Ferguson Highlights ‘Real Racial Problem’ in U.S., Colorlines (Aug. 22, 2014). (via notoriousrbg)

RBG is the best.

(via 4thdecade)

I thought this brilliant observation by a remarkable woman was an appropriate message for National Coming Out Day. A little something to think about.

latefines:

fishingboatproceeds:

hermionejg:

I love Sesame Street videos too much.

Unpopular opinion: The best show in the history of television is not I Love Lucy or Mad Men or The Sopranos or Breaking Bad or Seinfeld.

The best show in the history of television is Sesame Street.

Um… that’s not an unpopular opinion. That’s just fact.

Not just the Best, but the most IMPORTANT show in the history of television EVER!

Can we also take a moment to acknowledge how beautiful Lupita is? You don’t have to be blonde or white to be beautiful. Just be yourself.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery
On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.
Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.
The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”
PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.
Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)

pbsthisdayinhistory:

Sept. 17, 1849: Harriet Tubman Attempts to Escape From Slavery

On this day in 1849, American abolitionist Harriet Tubman escaped from slavery. She escaped alongside her brothers, Ben and Henry, who forced her to turn back with them after they had second thoughts.

Tubman ran away again shortly afterward without her brothers, this time successfully, using the Underground Railroad as her escape route to the North.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman became undoubtedly one of its most famous “conductors.”

PBS Black Culture Connection invites you to learn 10 interesting facts about Harriet Tubman.

Photo: Harriet Tubman, full-length portrait, standing with hands on back of a chair between ca. 1860 and 1875 (Library of Congress)

goddesscru:

america-wakiewakie:

questionall:

Why White people are not coming out against the racism in Ferguson. He is dead on.

I could chill with this dude.

I want to thank this man for telling some serious truth. And he didn’t do it in a way that makes him come off as disingenuous. It’s not patronizing. It’s just honest. We don’t ever get that much out of the people who consider themselves “progressive”. He definitely has the right perspective on it. Plus, I just really like that he’s fired up about it. That gives me hope.

 
Elijah Hamilton is spot on about a few things.
My own father used to call me a “N—-Lover” whenever I called attention to, or spoke out against, the daily crap that gets perpetuated.

The only way to fight against this is persistence. …and patience. :\

"You’re not protecting the people and you’re not protecting property, so why are you there?" 

"Is it ok to break the law or not? Because the cops are breaking the law left and right. It’s state law that officers wear a badge and their badge number is visible. They blocked our air space so the press cannot view what’s going on. They’re firing tear gas and projectiles onto people’s lawns, into people’s homes, at people on their private property. So is it ok to use violence to get what you want or not? Because a cop blew the head off of Michael Brown. Shot a teenager six times but Michael Brown’s the savage cuz he pushed a guy in a convenience store?"

"We need to re-tell stories as they actually happened without injecting opinion and fervor and political gain into it…"

All this noise about what Michael Brown did or did not do is irrelevant. Even if he is the person seen in the security video strong arming the store clerk, that does NOT excuse the actions of an overzealous, possibly racist, cop. The last I heard, here in America anyway, shoplifting is not a crime punishable by death. So all you people grumbling about how this young man wasn’t innocent kindly shut the hell up.

(Source: jessehimself)

heidi8:

theorlandojones:

This is a very serious disease* so I gladly accept the “bucket challenge”

*My heart goes out to all those who struggle with ALS but I am, of course, talking about the disease of apathy.  If (and hopefully when) Michael Brown’s killer is brought to justice and convicted of 1st degree murder, it still won’t prevent this from happening again. We cannot accept this as the status quo. We MUST continue the fight at the ballot box, in the media and by working to create systemic change. I’m not naive to the dirty politics (redistricting, voter ID requirements, etc) that will try to prevent us from our goal. But I refuse to give up hope. My “bullet bucket challenge” is not about pointing fingers and it’s not about being angry. Every shell casing in that bucket represents the life of someone who fought and died in the goal for civil rights and human dignity. As a member of law enforcement (yes I really am a reserve sheriff) I will not stand idly by while others violate civil and human rights under the cover of authority and I will insist that other good cops rise to the same standard as well. As a black man I will demand more from myself and my community. I will not allow outsiders to co-opt our struggle in order to commit violence in our name. I’m channeling my outrage into action so I no longer feel powerless. It’s not about black or white. It’s not about rich or poor. It’s about us vs. them. There are more of us — from all races, genders and identities — then there will ever be of them. And we will be victorious.

"The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality"

Join me.

My kids thought they were beads in the bucket, or ball bearings. I explained what they were, and why Orlando was pouring those instead of ice. 

I know the degree of privilege I have - we have - to not know what shell casings are - I’d never seen them myself until I was 14 and paid a visit to a military base - and God willing I hope my kids never see them In Real Life. In this context, they’re something to think about, and they hopefully will spur action. 

antisjwyellowfang:

Just your daily reminders:

  • Racists are a problem
  • White people are not
  • Homophobes are a problem
  • Straight people are not
  • Transphobes are a problem
  • Cis people are not
  • Sexists are a problem
  • Men are not

And most importantly,

  • Hating an innocent person solely because of their race, sexuality, or gender makes you a fucking asshole

(Source: egalitarianyellowfang)

jean-prouvairy:

year-0f-the-kyle:

It never has.

This is a concept most of tumblr can’t wrap their head around.

THANK YOU

Agreed! But…

People who are discriminated against have a right to be angry. The trick is using that anger productively.

Education is the best weapon against *isms and *phobias.

As I’ve said before, I’ve occasionally been the bonehead. If it wasn’t for some very patient friends who took the time to explain to me that what I was saying or doing was hurting them, I might never have grown as a human. So, while I agree 100% that hate does not end hate, I will not criticize those who have been wronged for expressing their anger.

Now back to cute kitten GIFs. ;)

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The Reality of Dating White Women When You're Black

talldarklefty:

This is a good article and touches on some of the issues, thoughts, and feelings that i know that i’ve dealt with personally. Overall just an interesting read

You’ve got to read Ernest Baker’s insightful piece. I know from experience how politics can affect dating someone of a different race but heterosexual black men have to deal with a whole extra layer of it. Dating shouldn’t this damned complicated! 

Anyway, please click the link and read the article. It’s really important.

weezyns:

cjaquay:

Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)
Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 

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Indeed.

weezyns:

cjaquay:

Naomi Campbell photographed by Photograph Jean-Paul Goude, 2007-(via DWNH)

Because she has only one pointe shoe on. Because her figure is of legend. Because they call her Naomi. Because she does not allow the fashion industry to disregard black beauty. Because her voice often get mistaken for anger. Because she can easily be dismissed as just a model. Because she is not liked by everyone. Because she has been an inspiration for many girls, brown and white. 

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Indeed.

Affirmative Action is Not the Answer

walterblakeknoblock:

Affirmative Action is Not the Answer

On Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014, the Supreme Court upheld the right for Michigan to abstain from taking racial preference into consideration when admitting students to public universities. Every year, around the time when students find out whether they did or didn’t get into the colleges they applied to, this comes up. Primarily, it is black students who believe that they deserve lower standards to get into schools because their race puts them at a disadvantage and that it is the school’s duty as a public institution to promote diversity on campus. Opponents of affirmative action believe that admission should be a blind process and any privileges that would potentially account for a more likely admission should be ignored by the institution. I have lived in Michigan for most of my life and I think that it is important to also note that the only time affirmative action debates arise is when students don’t get into the University of Michigan, the most prestigious university in the state and home to some of the best programs in the country. There is something wrong with the conversation we are having.

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Reblogging this because I think Mr Knoblock’s argument is worth reading.

My views on this issue are a little different. I missed out on college because we couldn’t afford it and I sure as hell wasn’t going to apply for loans that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to pay back. But that was MY issue. It had nothing to do with whether or not a black student was admitted in my place.

Before we dismantle Affirmative Action, we need to address the disparities in our grade school educational system, which Knoblock briefly touches on.  Why, for instance, are schools in predominantly black neighborhoods so underfunded? - I live in Philadelphia. Our schools are a mess! We can’t afford to pay our teachers but we’ve got plenty of money for administrators. :\

If our elected officials were really patriotic, they’d spend more time and energy on education. But that’s a-whole-nother issue. :\

No matter what side of this issue you stand, you really should click the link and read Walter Blake Knoblock’s opinion piece.