“There is no one torturing you except yourself. There is nobody except yourself; your whole life is your work—your creation. Once you grasp this, things start changing …transforming. You can play at changing your hell into heaven, or, if you are in love with misery, create as much as you wish.”—Osho (via erosboros)
Hey white folk (myself included): are you angry that people of color are pissed at whites and suspicious of us? Is that where your thoughts lie, about how they should be more understanding?
Well too. fucking. bad.
I’d mistrust whites too - we do and get away with a hell of a lot based on race. Race-based discrimination and violence is fucking real. And even if you are considered an “ally” to people of color, you still fuck up, and you certainly did before you learned. And your fuck ups? They have real consequences. When you abuse your privilege, purposefully or without thought ? People of color get knocked down.
So, don’t be pissed at them for being pissed at us.
People of color aren’t being racist to us (they can’t be); they are being wisely suspicious. And until we stop fucking up, they are still wise to be suspicious of us. It’s our fucking fault.
Be pissed at yourself for causing this shit. And get better. And help your friends get better.
Brazil didn’t boast the ivory and spices of Africa and the East Indies, and the only thing that had interested the Portuguese in the early years after they had found it was a rock-hard tree known as Pau Brasil (brazilwood), which yielded a valuable red dye. Merchants began sending a few ships each year to harvest brazilwood and take it back to Europe, and the colony changed its name to Brazil in tribute to the tree. Alas, the most accessible trees were rapidly depleted, and the Indians soon stopped volunteering their labor. But after colonization in 1531, the settlers soon worked out that Brazil was a place where sugarcane grew well. Sugar came to Brazil in 1532 and hasn’t left since. It was coveted by a hungry European market, which used it for medicinal purposes, to flavor foods and even in wine.
These days sugar is as popular as ever in Brazil. You can sip in the form of a caldo de cana (sugarcane juice), cachaça (white spirit made from sugarcane). You can pour copious amounts into your coffee, as do most Brazilians, and you can even run your car on it.
Perhaps envisaging Brazil’s sugarcoated future, the colonists turned to this new industry. They lacked just one thing: a work force.
Africa’s like that one neighborhood kid that gets invited over to people’s house for dinner and brief play dates but immediately gets kicked out when their presence is no longer wanted or thought of as an inconvenience.
A djembe is a rope-tuned skin-covered drum played with bare hands. According to the Bamana people in Mali, the name of the djembe comes from the saying “Anke djé, anke bé” which translates to “everyone gather together in peace” and defines the drum’s purpose. In the Bambara language, “djé” is the verb for “gather” and “bé” translates as “peace”.
“I think that it is possible for the capitalist system to have a program of full employment, but we have a spiritual and moral problem in America. Our problem is not economic or political, it is that we do not care about each other…..”—Eldridge Cleaver (via wakeupblackpower)
Jason Vicks, a restaurant owner in uptown Charlotte was arrested last week and charged with repeated violations of the city’s noise code. The Kalu Restaurant registered a 74-decibel level on Saturday, 14 decibels over the legal limit according to police, at the time of Vicks’ arrest.
Many do not know this but black people are scattered all around the Arab world - product notably of fourteen centuries of Afro-Arab slavery.
This is why I would like to know why their voices were totally shut down during the Arab spring feted all around the world as the uprising of the people and it even led to a systematical worsening of the situation for black people in Libya and in Egypt.
I am asking myself these questions right now as I am pondering about PoC solidarity. Does it really exist?? Can it be a plinthe solid enough to tackle down white supremacy? Considering the total lack of empathy and concern from non-Afro Arab bloggers and activists for the plight of black/dark-skinned Arabs in their countries, I would have to oppose a firm NO. Yet I can attest that black bloggers and activists have supported and are still supporting not only the Arab resistance against white supremacy in the middle-East but also Arab revolutions. So, once again, we black people are in this situation where we are expected to and we do provide support for other PoC groups, yet said groups NEVER hesitate to engage into (or complicitly ignore) anti-blackness.
For many Africans, Arab anti-blackness and racism represent a higher threat than white supremacy. Most of us still have in memory the horrors of Sudan, where for more than 20 years the Arab government committed a genocide against its black population, yet most ignore that since August 2011 Libyan liberation forces have engaged in the ethnic cleansing of black tribes, such as the Tawerghas and now the Tuaregs. Most also ignore the day to day racism, black people faced in societies that still view them as “Abd” meaning “slaves” in Arab.
For me, Arab revolutions in the Maghreb, especially in Libya will always represent the exhalation of sanguinary anti-black violence. For this reason, as a black person, I refuse to celebrate or support it.
If you are from the Arab world, please do not hesitate to give me your opinion on the matter.
“The onus of teaching racial supremacy and hate, which is the white man’s burden, is pretty hard to bear. Asked if he would accept whites as members of his Organization of Afro-American Unity, Malcolm said he would accept John Brown if he were around today- which certainly is setting the standard high.”—Eldridge Cleaver (via thenativeson)