The next four years (at least) of America are going to be run by a man who’s entire campaign was based on hateful/racist rhetoric.
I don’t think we can meet his hate with more hate. I think we all need to follow this quote from Martin Luther King Jr:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
And also this:
Match his hate with your love.
Match his anger with your patience.
Match his darkness with your light.
Be better than him.
Be better than those who voted for him.
Do not let yourself become defined by the negativity which has defined his campaign and in all likelihood will define his presidency.
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“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that” - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I’m still reckoning with my feelings of despair in the wake of the Election. But despite all the darkness that I’m currently feeling, I wanted to put out a message of light:
It is our job as artists, creators, and thinkers to let the light in. To en-light-en. It is also our job to make sure that our work and our light is reaching beyond our bubbles. Cities that attract artists are like bubbles, and one of the things that has become increasingly clear in the past 48 hours is how much that isn’t helping our country at-large. We flock to cities because they protect us. They are big, colorful, iridescent places full of life, culture and they typically promote a more invested protection of our basic human rights. We inhabit these places both as a comfort, and as a defense mechanism.
I love these beautiful swirling rainbows, but they need to be popped. Popping the bubble that surrounds culture & community in our metropolitan safe spaces allows its beauty to ooze into the rest of America (and the world), and into the places that so desperately need to see this color and light. I want to work to dismantle the hierarchies that disillusion outsiders from thinking that art is only for pretentious city folk, and that enlightenment is a privilege. Art is for everyone, and its power is almighty. I am empowered by art’s ability to enrich our lives and our minds, and I want us to work to pop the bubble that surrounds it and keeps it locked away from those who maybe need it the most.
Pop the bubble; let it ooze. Let the light in, and shine your light out. I know it’s hard when we’re facing a dark opposition, but I urge you to not let this darkness put out the light in you.
“There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in” - Leonard Cohen
Hate it or Love it: 50 quotes from MLK that white people can use besides ‘hate cannot drive out hate’
around Martin Luther King Jr. Day everyone likes to drop an inspirational quote
from Dr. King. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a multifaceted philosopher
and an amazing orator with a plethora of accessible speeches, sermons and
books; yet, somewhere along the way it seems as if a rule was created,
restricting white people to one quote in particular:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only
light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”
I don’t know the reason behind the restriction; perhaps
because this is one of the better quotes to try to push the “I don’t see color;
we’re one race – the human race” agenda. Or perhaps the darkness and the light
can be used to represent black and white and thus play into the white savior
movement. Whatever the reason may be! BlackHistoryDay.tumblr.com is here today
to give you 50 quotes from Dr. King that I encourage you to keep in mind for your
1. “No movement of essentially
revolutionary quality can be neat and tidy.”
2. “The only answer that one can give
to those who would question the readiness of the Negro for integration is that
the standards of the Negro lag behind at times not because of an inherent
inferiority, but because of the fact that segregation and discrimination do
3. “There is no more torturous logic
than to use the tragic effects of segregation as an argument for its
is one of the ironies of history that in a nation founded on the principle that
all men are created equal, we’re still arguing over whether the color of a
man’s skin determines the content of his character.”
5. “There comes a time, my friends,
when people get tired of being plunged across the abyss of humiliation, where
they experience the bleakness of nagging despair. There comes a time when
people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July
and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.”
6. “There are some things that we’ve got to learn
to sacrifice for. And we’ve got to come to the point that we are determined not
to accept a lot of things that we have been accepting in the past.”
7. “We can never be satisfied as long
as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality…”
8. “We must see now that the evils of
racism, economic exploitation and militarism are all tied together… you can’t
really get rid of one without getting rid of the others… the whole structure of
American life must be changed. America is a hypocritical nation and [we] must
put [our] own house in order.”
9. “What good is having the right to
sit at a lunch counter if you can’t afford to buy a hamburger?”
10. “Increasingly, by choice or by
accident, this is the role our nation has taken, the role of those who make
peaceful revolution impossible by refusing to give up the privileges and the
pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas investments.”
11. “If we will but make the right choice,
we will be able to speed up the day, all over America and all over the world,
when justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty
12. “That the poor white has been put into
this position, where through blindness and prejudice, he is forced to support
his oppressors. And the only thing he has going for him is the false feeling
that he’s superior because his skin is white—and can’t hardly eat and make his
ends meet week in and week out.”
our scientific and technological developments we have lifted our heads to the skies,
and yet our feet are still firmly planted in the muck of barbarism and racial
hatred. Indeed this is America’s chief moral dilemma.”
keep a group of people confined to nasty slums and dirty hovels is not a State
Right, but a State Wrong.”
15. “It may be true that
morals cannot be legislated, but behavior can be regulated.”
may be true that laws and federal action cannot change bad internal attitudes,
but they can control the external effects of those internal attitudes.”
law may not be able to make a man love me, but it can keep him from lynching me.”
this nation came into being with a massive act of law breaking; for what
implied more civil disobedience than the Boston tea party…there’s nothing new
about law breaking.”
has brought us here for this hour to tell us to save America because our white
brothers is carrying it more and more to destruction and damnation.”
called to do it so that means we can’t stop. This should make us more
determined than ever before.”
they always tell us to cool off and I know that when you get people cooling off
too much they will end up in a deep freeze. They tell us to slow up and some of
them even say that the Negros in Albany out to go home and be quiet because
there’s a political campaign going on and you may help elect some particular
candidate that shouldn’t be in office. Well I don’t know if you have an answer
for them and I don‘t know if I have an absolute answer but I want to say to
those who are telling us to stop merely because a political campaign is going
on that this is a moral issue for us. We’re moving on towards freedom’s land.
We cannot stop our legitimate aspirations for freedom merely because some
immoral person will use this for his own political aggrandizements…”
worked in this very nation 2 centuries without wages. We made cotton king; we
built our homes and the homes of our masters in the midst of injustice and
exploitation. Yet out of a bottomless vitality we continue to grow and to live
and if the inexpressible cruelties of slavery didn’t stop us, the opposition
that we now face cannot stop us.”
absence of brutality and unregenerate evil is not the presence of justice.”
the nation passes from opposing extremist behavior to the deeper and more
pervasive elements of equality, white america reaffirms its bonds to the status
it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate
themselves out of their racial ignorance.”
is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America
believe they have so little to learn.”
find the origins of the Negro problem we must turn to the white man’s problem.”
seems to be a fact of life that human beings cannot continue to do wrong
without eventually reaching out for some rationalization to clothe their acts
in the garments of righteousness.”
greatest blasphemy of the whole ugly process was that the white man ended up
making God his partner in the exploitation of the Negro.”
as the ambivalence of white Americans grows out of their oppressor status, the
predicament of Negro Americans grows out of their oppressed status.”
have grown accustomed now to hearing unfeeling and insensitive whites say:
‘other immigrant groups such as the Irish, the Jews and the Italians started
out with similar handicaps, and yet they made it. Why haven’t the Negroes done
the same?’ These questioners refuse to see that the situation of other
immigrant groups a hundred years ago and the situation of the Negro today
cannot be usefully compared.”
Negro was crushed, battered and brutalized, but he never gave up. He proves
again that life is stronger than death.”
riot is at bottom the language of the unheard. It is the desperate, suicidal
cry of one who is so fed up with the powerlessness of his cave existence that
he asserts that he would rather be dead than ignored.”
is needed today on the part of white America is a committed altruism which
recognizes this truth.”
altruism is more than the capacity to pity; it is the capacity to empathize.
Pity is feeling sorry for someone; empathy is feeling sorry with someone.
Empathy is fellow feeling for the person in need— his pain, agony and burdens.”
can never be who I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the
way our world is made.”
education helps us on the one hand to know truth, but more than that it helps
us to love truth and sacrifice for it. It gives us not only knowledge, which is
power, but wisdom, which is control.”
you can’t fly, run; if you can’t run, walk; if you can’t walk, crawl; but by
all means keep moving.”
will move out of these mountains that have so often impeded our progress, the
mountain of moral and ethical relativism, the mountain of practical
materialism, the mountain of corroding hatred, bitterness and violence, and the
mountain of racial segregation.”
have faith in the possibility of getting over to the Promised Land. Don’t
become a pessimist and feel that we cannot get there; it is difficult
sometimes, it is hard sometimes, but always have faith that the Promised Land
can be achieved and that we can possess this land of brotherhood and peace and
individual who is not concerned about his selfhood and his freedom is at that
moment committing moral and spiritual suicide…”
42. “But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can
you see the stars.”
comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic,
nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”
people fear nothing more terribly than to take a position which stands out
sharply and clearly from the prevailing opinion.”
sincere white people in the south privately oppose segregation and
discrimination, but they are apprehensive lest they be publicly condemned.”
not conform’ is difficult advice in a generation when crowd pressures have
unconsciously conditioned our minds and feet to move to the rhythmic drum beat
of the status quo.”
tragic attempt to give moral sanction to an economically profitable system gave
birth to the doctrine of white supremacy.”
physical blindness that is usually inflicted upon individuals as a result of
natural forces beyond their control, intellectual and moral blindness is a
dilemma which man inflicts upon himself by his tragic misuse of freedom and his
failure to use his mind to its fullest capacity.”
through the bringing together of head and heart-intelligence and goodness shall
man rise to a fulfillment of his true nature.”
50. “Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere
ignorance and conscientious stupidity.”
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” - Martin Luther King
And it made me realize how well it fits Sasuke in relation to team 7.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that.” The darkness can just mean the feeling of loneliness Sasuke feels and nobody being able to understand his pain. “Only light can do that.” We all know who signifies light: Naruto.
“Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”Love is Sakura. She knew Sasuke’s heart was filled with hate, but no matter what she tried to make that hate turn into love. As explained in the Databook, “the one that filled his lonely existence with the emotion called love was Sakura.”
Just a little something I found interesting. I miss my children dearly ;u;
❥ “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.“ - Martin Luther King Jr.
“Yah, sleepyhead! Wake up, we have to get ready and leave as soon as possible.”
Bidding the darkness a goodbye, Jungkook slowly opened his sleepy eyes. He realized that it felt different to wake up in a warm place without the sound of the busy streets and the cold breeze that came with the winter morning.
From little on, he was used to the feeling of waking up alone and the judging glances of the strangers that passed by him every morning in order to get to work. He never had the need to know how it felt like to wake up to a morning that was accompanied by an other person beside himself. He never understood what people found so special about it. Well, that was until he met her. With her, Jungkook learned what it felt like to be at home for the first time. It was her that made him aware of the fact that not every morning was as cold as he thought it would be, since her snuggles were as comforting and warm as the sun. It was her that made him realize that it wasn’t as bad as he thought it would be to have someone by his side every morning. With her, he felt at home. Because for him, she was his home.
“Yah, Jungkook! Are you even listening to me?”
Jungkook snapped out of his thoughts when he saw you standing in front of him, one hand holding a sandwich and the other a cup of tea. You were already dressed in your jacket and boots, ready to leave as soon as possible. “Where are you going-”
Before Jungkook could end his question, you stuffed the sandwich in his mouth and started tugging at his arm. “We need to leave, right now!”
Yanking his arm away, Jungkook glared at you. “Are you crazy?! What are you doing?! I think you forgot what I’m capable of! I could kill you-”
Rolling your eyes, you reached out for his arm for the second time and started tugging him toward the door. “We need to hurry! I want to show you something!”
“Yah, are you stupid? It’s still dark outside! The sun has not even appeared.”
Tugging harder this time, you whispered under your breath. “That’s why we have to hurry, stupid!”
When you told Jungkook that you would show him the good things in life, he didn’t imagine that you would tug him around like a little kid would tug their toys around wherever they would go.
Following your running form in the freezing weather, Jungkook glanced to his side to observe your worried face. Every now and then, you would check the time as if you were in a hurry to not miss something really important that meant a lot to you. He could tell that you were out of breath and really tired the moment you stopped running. Only when you turned your body toward him and smiled brightly at him, did he realize that you both were standing on a high hill where you could almost see the whole city. “We made it!”
He watched how you clapped around with your hands, a wide smile plastered on your face which made him wonder how even a little thing like this could make you this happy. “And why are we here?”
Ignoring his words, he saw you checking the time again. “Yah! I asked you somethin-”
“Close your eyes!”
Confused, Jungkook looked at you. He was definitely not doing something like that. “What? Why should I?”
“Hurry, Jungkook, close them! Now!”
“I don’t want to-”
“Aish!” Before Jungkook could end his sentence, he felt your soft hands on his eyes and your soothing voice near his ear. “3, 2, 1.”
The minute you removed your tiny hands from his eyes, his breath hitched when he saw the scenery in front of him.
The whole city looked like it was floating over the clouds while the first beams of the sun reflected on the buildings.
“It’s beautiful, isn’t it?”
When he heard your voice, he looked at you and again, observed your amazed face. “It is..”
“This scenery only happens for a few seconds. I was so worried that I wouldn’t be able to show you this beautiful moment. But I’m proud and happy that we made it!”
Only when you turned your head to him and said ‘Oh, the dimple appeared again!’, while touching it, did he realize that he was smiling the whole time thanks to you.
You looked at the big ferris wheel in front of you and turned to Jungkook while shaking your head. “No! Never! We can ride everything, but not this one!”
You watched how a smirk formed on his face. “Why? Are you scared?”
Averting your eyes, you mumbled. “I.. don’t like them.”
Shrugging his shoulder, he dragged you toward the empty wagon. “Well, now you do.”
Unwillingly, you stepped into the wagon and sat down in front of him. You could already feel how tiny droplets of cold sweat was forming on your forehead. Right before your wagon reached the top, your whole body started shaking. Not wanting Jungkook to realize this, you gripped your knees and closed your eyes.
“Hey, are you okay?”
Biting your lips in order to avoid your heavy breathing, you nodded with your head.
“Y/N, what’s wrong?”
Before you could answer his question, you felt two strong arms around your body and a hand on your head which was stroking your hair. “Shh. Calm down. Everything is okay. I’m here, don’t be scared. Shh..”
Thanks to his soothing whispers, you were able to control your breath and were able to open your eyes, slowly. Not letting go of him, you nuzzled your head in the crook of his neck and whispered. “Don’t let me go, please..”
“I’m here, and I won’t let go..”
“I-I’m sorry for what happened earlier. And thank you for helping me..”
You were walking around in the amusement park, when suddenly Jungkook stopped walking. Looking up, you saw how his whole body tensed and he looked like he saw a ghost just seconds ago. Worried, you shook his arm. “Jungkook? Hey, what’s wrong?”
Not reacting to your calls, you watched how his face got paler as seconds went by. “Jungkook, you’re scaring me. What’s wrong?”
Shaking his arm again, you tried to meet his gaze. “Hey, wait here. I’ll grab some water. You don’t look good.”
Right when you took a step away from him, you felt a strong grip on your wrist and the next thing you know, you were only mere inches away from his face.