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In conjunction with the exhibition i found god in myself, Shange celebrates the 40th anniversary of her landmark work, for colored girls who have considered suicide/when the rainbow is enuf, with a discussion about its creation and influence.
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I hate when people say “Martin Luther King didn’t die for ___”. No he didn’t, he was MURDERED, he didn’t sacrifice himself for the greater good. He didn’t die for anyone, he didn’t die for a movement, he was literally fucking murdered. His life was taken for standing up for our people, stop trying to romanticize his murder like he planned on dying to make a statement.
Where are the black men who are upset about Mary spears?… why y’all so quiet? nigga shoots her three times because she rejected his advances… y’all should be sounding the fuck off right now….. but per usual y’all quiet as fuck…
“Slavery made your mother into a myth, banished your father’s name, and exiled your siblings to the far corners of the earth. The slave was as an orphan, according to Frederick Douglass, even when he knew his kin. “We were brothers and sisters, but what of that? Why should they be attached to me, or I to them? Brothers and sisters we were by blood; but slavery had made us strangers. I heard the words brother and sisters, and knew they must mean something; but slavery had robbed these terms of their true meaning.” The only sure inheritance passed from one generation to the next was this loss, and it defined the tribe. A philosopher had once described it as an identity produced by negation.”—Saidiya Hartman, Lose Your Mother: A Journey Across the Atlantic, p. 103 (via kadalkavithaigal)
Dr. Frank Wilderson was back with The Killer Bs (Drs. Jared Ball, Todd Steven Burroughs andHate) recently to discuss police violence within the context of anti-Blackness. We discussed the on-going crisis of police brutality and particularly how that persistent violence explains a larger and permanent “social death” imposed on Black people in the U.S. and around the world. Wilderson also made strong and challenging points about how this anti-Blackness disturbs attempts at solidarity with others most often associated with allied struggles for civil and human rights.
The video clips show that the men unsuccessfully sought cover inside and on top of a glass booth in the station used by the Delhi Police, who were notably absent for at least five minutes as the students were beaten with sticks and fists.
Delhi’s ugly face — racist and without a trace of humanity or compassion — was visible at Rajiv Chowk Metro station on Sunday evening,” The Times of India editorialized. “That an entirely avoidable situation with racial overtones was allowed to develop so easily must sit heavy on the conscience of this city.”
As the Indian website Scroll reported, “The video shows what looks startlingly like a lynch mob beating the black men with sticks while yelling, ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai,’ ” or “Victory for Mother India.”
again, antiblackness is a global phenomenon/structuring logic of modernity.