How To Be Black

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‘Mobbed by goats while crossing the desert’ was not a sentence I thought I’d have the chance to say soon, and yet here we are.

Möðrudalur, east Iceland

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Thomas Hamilton Memorial Week | ( Day 3 - Favorite Relationship 1/3 )
↪ Thomas and Miranda
“My husband and I were happy. But in London a happy life can often be a very dangerous thing.”

Okay folks we’re gonna talk about Black Lives Matter in regards to All Lives Matter and why you saying that is NOT OKAY.  I’ll start off with an easy example of what you’re doing when you say “All Lives Matter”.

In recent months the phrase “Blue Lives Matter” has come into play. This phrase as you know is “meant” as a homage to Police in America and the dangers they face in their jobs…but aren’t all jobs dangerous? What about Firefighters? And Park Rangers?  What about late night gas station attendants? They get robbed all the time! SHOULDN’T IT BE ALL JOBS MATTER!

Except no? And why is that? Because when you said Blue Lives Matter you didn’t mean ONLY Blue Lives Matter. And you didn’t mean Blue Lives Matter MORE THAN ANY OTHERS. All you did was take away attention from the Police, who do have more disproportionately dangerous jobs than others, and given it to people who don’t need it in this conversation.

You don’t walk up to someone raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness and start screaming about how ALL CANCERS MATTER do you?

The Black Lives Matter movement formed after the deaths of Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown and it formed to campaign against violence towards black people in American, because I’m gonna let you in on a lil secret, AMERICA HAS A RACE PROBLEM.

I know this might come as a shock to you. And the reason that is so shocking is because when we were kids in school they taught us about slavery and racism and Jim Crow laws like they were all these ancient chapters in America’s history. “Oh yeah we used to be HELLA racist, but then the Civil Rights Movement happened and POOF America no longer has a racism problem!!!XD”

But Institutionalized Racism in America is NOT ancient history, it’s very VERY EXTREMELY CURRENT history!

The Civil Rights Act was only passed fifty-two years ago(The Voting Rights Act was passed a year later). That acts made discrimination based on race illegal in America.

Fifty-two years ago. To put that into perspective Morgan Freeman was 27 years old when it passed. Bernie Sanders was 22, Donald Trump was 18, and Hillary Clinton was 16. Oprah Winfrey was 10. The average current member of congress would have been 6 years old and the average Senator would have been 9 years old. Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe, and Lenny Kravitz were all born in that year. Lyndon B. Johnson was president,

Slavery and The Jim Crow Laws are not ancient history. Racism is America’s very recent, very unfinished history. Our Country spent 246 years with slavery and then another 99 with Jim Crow. I’m sorry but there is no magic wand that can erase 345 of Institutionalized Racism and the affect it has on the American public’s combined psyche about racism. Our grandparents, and some of our parents mind you, were taught that black people were less than them, and a lot of those people still hold positions of power.

Coming up with laws that made racism illegal doesn’t mean people just stopped being racist. In the same way that if the government passed a law against religion, I doubt any of you would just stop being Christians. Racism is a belief system which America literally built itself on top of 397 years ago when the first slaves were imported to Jamestown, Virginia to grow tobacco.

The Jim Crow laws were instituted to ensure that Black Americans as a whole could not achieve economic freedom and the American dream. Fifty-two years ago we told people where they could live (only the shitty places), where their kids could go to school (only the shitty ones), and where they could work (only the shitty jobs or none at all). All Lives didn’t seem to matter 52 years ago when we told black people they had to drink out of certain faucets. The same people who decry things like Affirmative Action seem to forget that Ruby Bridges (the first Black person to attend a white school in America) had to be ESCORTED into her school by the U.S. Marshals because ADULTS were screaming death threats and obscenities at her. She was SIX years old. She is still alive today.

When we say Black Lives Matter, we are not saying Only Black Lives Matter, or that that Black Lives Matter More Than White Lives. If there is any imaginary word that we’re adding it is the word TOO. Black Lives Matter Too. We are calling attention to the fact that due to 345 years of Institutionalized Racism in America, black people are disproportionately held back in our society from achieving their life, liberty, and happiness and that America has to put on her big girl panties and do something about.

Please educate yourselves! If you don’t know where to find information ask. If you’re confused on something find out about it. Use your common sense.

TLDR: When you say All Lives Matter all you are doing is derailing a conversation that America HAS to have about racism.  

anonymous asked:

colorless heart is so good...i kind of wanna cry ??? but then i'm like,,, “wait this is my literal a e s t h e t i c (kill me) ????” srsly what r u tryna do i'm shoo k and it's 5:30 am here 😅

I’m crying bc I haven’t tended to my little fanfic in SO LONG rip//

I promise I’ll have a new chapter up by either thursday or saturday?? We’ll see what time allows~~

Originally posted by gyuhan-17

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San Diego Comic Con, in what is now a great mid-summer tradition, dropped some great announcements this past weekend. Among them, Marvel’s new The World of Wakanda, the new companion series to the current record-breaking Black Panther run.World of Wakanda is going to be written by two Black women authors and drawn by two Black women artists. This is a first all around and worthy of all the excitement it has generated around the Internet. We were lucky enough to steal a few minutes with Roxane Gay, one of the authors for the new series. Gay is new to comics but brings with her a significant writing resume, with novels (An Untamed State), essays (Bad Feminist), and op/ed columns to her name. We talked comics and Marvel, the Dora Milaje, and dream projects. We’re happy that we get to share this with you.

Black Nerd Problems: Needless to say, we’re big fans around here of the work Coates and Stelfreeze on Black Panther. How did Coates bring you on board to write World of Wakanda?

Roxane Gay: Ta-Nehisi and I have been acquainted over the years. We did a reading together at 826 Boston during the AWP conference a few years back and he remembered the story I wrote. A few months ago, he e-mailed me, saying he had a crazy idea. One thing led to another and here we are.

BNP: So I know you’re a new fan. I’ve only been a comics reader for a few years myself, so I know that learning curve is steep. How are you going about researching the universe where the comic will be set?

RG: I am trying to read all the comics I can and I am also, as cheesy as it sounds, reading books on how to write comics. But I also know they brought me in for a reason so I am trying to trust myself and remember that I don’t need to know everything about writing comics. I need to know how to tell stories and that, I can do pretty with you.

@lehlight has more of the interview to share with you here. [x]

I don’t think you guys get it. As a black woman in an interracial relationship I relate to her. You always have a sense on not being good enough no matter how perfect and beautiful you are. Statistically black women are the least preferred Asian and Latina woman are #1 and 2 respectively. This has a huge effect on your mental health.

So when you guys are on here and want to tease Z for being possessive and jealous just relax. You don’t get the entire narrative unless you have been a black woman.

i remember in 2014 when i found out darren wilson was not going to be charged like as soon as tehy said he wasnt i literally fell apart and burst into tears and like everyone who watched me literally just become so weak and vulnerable did not understand they werent black and they just thought i was overreacting like i didnt even feel myself about to cry or anything like it just happened all i remember was saying “oh my god” and just crying and no one understood why like that feeling right there is just when i realized how scary it is to be black in america like how my very existence means nothing and how this continues to happen and like how with freddie gray….we all hoped for the best and expected the worst and we got the worst and i feel sick like i hate this so much like why does god and the world and everyone hate us what did we do besides exist. i cant even cry anymore bc everything thats happening is expected and i hate that im numb to this i hate how this isnt new i hate how sick i feel but simultaneously feel like i knew it was gonna happen. i hate this. 

Black Widow, Fitted Sheet

Because @em2mb is very persuasive. All for you, my dear.

Clintasha Week Day 3: Tropes | Domesticity and Hurt/Comfort


Natasha Romanoff is good at many things. She can kill a man six ways with a spoon without making a sound. She’s toppled dictatorships with the bat of her lashes and the quick of her blade. She disabled the tesseract with Loki’s scepter and closed the Chitauri rift during the Battle of New York.

And yet. And yet, Natasha Romanoff is not a master of all things. She seems to be wrestling with a tarp when Clint hobbles into their bedroom.

“God damn piece of cloth. I oughta just torch the lot…”

He knows she’s distracted by … whatever it is she’s doing when he manages to sneak up without her noticing.

“Need a hand?” he asks loudly, mostly to see how high the fearsome Black Widow can jump when startled.

Clint’s amusement is short-lived when she turns on him with that glare he’s come to know and fear. And find incredibly hot.

“And just what are you laughing about?” she volleys. “I wouldn’t be in this mess if you hadn’t bled all over the sheets in the first place.”

It’s not hard to look sheepish when one is holding the stitches at one’s side.

“Stop makin’ me laugh, Tasha, or I’ll bleed all over those new ones, too,” Clint wheezes.

It’s been a week since he took a knife to the belly on a mission in the Pacific northwest to root out a few Hydra holdouts. The look on Natasha’s face as she took down the bastard was almost worth losing his favorite bow. Clint supposes there are worse ways to go than crushed between that woman’s thighs.

“Stop that.”

Her voice cuts through Clint’s lewd daydream to jolt him back to the present.

“I wasn’t doing anything,” he protests. Half-heartedly. She always could tell when he was lying.

“Yes you were, you’ve got that look on your face like you’re thinking of doing something stupid. Like trying to make a move on me.”

Clint gingerly steps forward and pulls the offending sheet out of her hands (he’ll admit, those puckered corners look tricky) and leans in for a kiss.

“I thought you liked my moves,” he murmurs, closing the remaining gap and brushing her lips with his.

Natasha doesn’t fight him, softly returning the embrace. But all too soon for Clint’s liking she’s backing away.

“That’s enough of that, if I have to take you back to the med ward, I’ll hand over nursing duties to Coulson and he doesn’t fill out my uniform half as well.”

There’s a thought to kill the mood if there ever was one, Clint thinks to himself. He pulls back and instead reaches for Natasha’s hand.

“Fine, you win,” he says. “But I’m going to tell Coulson you insulted his figure.”

All this bantering has taken it’s toll and suddenly, the freshly made bed looks very inviting.

“Go ahead, take a nap, old man,” Natasha whispers. “But if you ruin this set, I’m done.”

Clint carefully climbs into bed and tries to find a comfortable position without pulling his stitches. Natasha turns to pick up the discarded linens, probably to chuck them down the trash shoot, but he reaches out to grab her wrist before she can go.

“Stay,” he pleads, knowing she’s killed men for less. “Even black widows are allowed to take a cat nap.”

He can see it in her eyes the moment she decides to relent, they soften, just a touch, at the corners and he knows he’s won.

“Fine. But move over, you’re on my side,” she mock-grumbles as she shucks her too-tight jeans and crawls in beside him.

“Thank you, Tasha,” he whispers as he breaths in the scent of her in their little haven.

She scoots back into his embrace. “Get some rest. I’ll be here when you wake up.”

Ppl saying vote for Hillary because she’s the lesser of two evils

But like…she’s still pretty fucking evil

Trump is just an incompetent bigot with the media and tons of racists on his side. He doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about and I think his followers know that shit already

Hillary been had plans to fuck shit up and the way she flip flops in regards to serious issues regarding how people of color, especially black people are treated in this country and goes from “bring [black children] to heel” to bringing the mothers of those that had their lives cut short by police brutality to personally vouch for her at the DNC… just seems unrealistic

Either way America is going to hell in a hand basket, and I don’t think anything will truly save it

So yeah, I’m gonna go off if I see another post talking about how auntie Hillary gonna do right by us, fuck. outta. here.

People that dislike Felicity aren’t exclusively Lauriver fans or even die hard Laurel Lance fangirls. A lot of them followed the source material that Arrow originated from and are displeased with how the show is anything but Green Arrow.

People that dislike Black Canary are exclusively O/icity shippers. They don’t care about the source material and some even think that she should be removed in the comic canon as well. Shippers are angry with comic artists that write for Black Canary. That should speak volumes that they only watch the show for relationships and not the overall plot.

anonymous asked:

Braids and dreads or whatever are cultural hair styles, very different from straight and curly hair.. Everyone should do their hair how they want but comparing black girls straightening their hair to white girls wearing braids is incredibly stupid..

Are you trying to tell me that white people didn’t historically braid or dread their hair? That’s bullshit.

toothy-torpedo  asked:

What are your opinion on the works of Wilderson, particularly his philosophies on anti-blackness and afro-pessimism and how they apply to today?

I am not familiar with their work. I was at the Socialism conference earlier this month, and I know the panel on afro-pessimism (which I did not attend) was one of the most talked about panels of the whole weekend. But I’m not familiar with this theory/concept/idea, so I can’t comment on it. 

Which books would you recommend on this topic?

I don’t think there’s a single white person who can truly understand the depth of the trauma Darren Wilson has caused black people and the lasting effects his actions have on black youth especially and how Mike Brown’s murder sparked the liberation movement that we are living right now

so I don’t want to hear a single word in defense of anything that spreads his image

gs-goldstarz  asked:

tbh every time i see your junk tag i just image an art school au where "Ultimate Despair" is just junko's art line that consists of like picture of dead babies or something and everyone is like "well junko, that sure is fucked up of you"

I like to imagine that in the post-Incident world Junko has like her own despair brand of everything, including like those coffee table books you put out to show guests how cultured you are. The entire thing is just like black and white photos of pets being euthanized that she’s made Koizumi take, or weird little drawings/comics in crayon signed by Monokuma, or these elaborate art pieces she’s constructed of torn up rejection notices and scorned love letters.

Hi my name is Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way and I have long ebony black hair (that’s how I got my name) with purple streaks and red tips that reaches my mid-back and icy blue eyes like limpid tears and a lot of people tell me I look like Amy Lee (AN: if u don’t know who she is get da hell out of here!). I’m not related to Gerard Way but I wish I was because he’s a major fucking hottie. I’m a vampire but my teeth are straight and white. I have pale white skin. I’m also a witch, and I go to a magic school called Hogwarts in England where I’m in the seventh year (I’m seventeen). I’m a goth (in case you couldn’t tell) and I wear mostly black. I love Hot Topic and I buy all my clothes from there. For example today I was wearing a black corset with matching lace around it and a black leather miniskirt, pink fishnets and black combat boots. I was wearing black lipstick, white foundation, black eyeliner and red eye shadow. I was walking outside Hogwarts. It was snowing and raining so there was no sun, which I was very happy about. A lot of preps stared at me. I put up my middle finger at them.