“Calling anyone who protests against the violation of their human and constitutional rights a terrorist can end up becoming a self-fulfilling accusation. When every avenue of non-violent dissent is closed down, should we really be surprised that the forests are filling up with extremists, insurgents, and militants?”—Arundhati Roy, Peace is War
“Strikes at population targets (per se) are likely not only to create a counterproductive wave of revulsion abroad and at home, but greatly to increase the risk of enlarging the war with China and the Soviet Union. Destruction of locks and dams, however - if handled right - might…offer promise. It should be studied. Such destruction does not kill or drown people. By shallow-flooding the rice, it leads after time to widespread starvation (more than a million?) unless food is provided - which we could offer to do ‘at the conference table.’”—John McNaughton, The Pentagon Papers
“Nobody’s going to save you. No one’s going to cut you down, cut the thorns thick around you. No one’s going to storm the castle walls nor kiss awake your birth, climb down your hair, nor mount you onto the white steed. There is no one who will feed the yearning. Face it. You will have to do, do it yourself.”—Gloria E. Anzaldúa (via 2000anhour)
“No nation can slave a race of people for hundreds of years, set them free bedraggled and penniless, pit them, without assistance in a hostile environment, against privileged victimizers, and then reasonably expect the gap between the heirs of the groups to narrow. Lines, begun parallel and left alone, can never touch.”—Randall Robinson (via fernandoacoello)
This is the myth of the “post-racial” United States.
“The arrival of the colonist signified syncretically the death of indigenous society, cultural lethargy, and petrification of the individual. For the colonized, life can only materialize from the rotting cadaver of the colonist.”—
What the FUCK do you think they would do if brown people got up and took to the streets?
You think Occupy would’ve lasted that long if it was a poc movement? Fuck no. It would’ve been CRUSHED.
Motherfuckers want to talk about “oh noes, we got pepper sprayed, we got kettled, they put zip-ties on me”
Turn those crowds brown and it would’ve been dogs and hoses and batons cracked into skulls all over again.
I was arrested during one of these protests. I have relatives who have been harassed and arrested for being brown/black and we were treated like royalty compared to what your average poc experiences with the police.
“White people were, and are, astounded by the Holocaust in Germany. They did not know that they could act that way. But, I very much doubt whether black people were astounded – at least, in the same way. For my part, the fate of the Jews, and the world’s indifference to it, frightened me very much. I could not but feel, in those sorrowful years, that this human indifference, concerning which I knew so much already, would be my portion on the day that the United States decided to murder its Negroes systematically, instead of little by little and catch-as-catch-can.”—James Baldwin “Letter from a Region in My Mind” in The Fire Next Time (1963)
“I do not agree that the dog in a manger has the final right to the manger, even though he may have lain there for a very long time. I do not admit that right. I do not admit, for instance, that a great wrong has been done to the Red Indians of America, or the black people of Australia. I do not admit that a wrong has been done to these people by the fact that a stronger race, a higher grade race, a more worldly wide race, to put it that way, has come in and taken their place.”—Winston Churchill spouting racist-imperialist justification for displacement.
"…I will not sit here and identify as a Democrat when this is the party who convinced its rank and file that promoting the interests of the marginalized who got them into office just isn’t good politics for a President seeking a second term. Now, the argument here becomes that Obama will be a much more honest second term President if we award him with power for 4 more years.
We’ve given into the game. We’ve given into the game where we accept that the priorities of the single Latina mother, working poor black family, transgender folks, the millions of incarcerated people, native peoples, and countless innocent victims of US sponsored violence the world over should just wait until a Democratic President hits their second term to get what they want.
POC, LGBTQ people, wimmin, and other marginalized peoples do have a real interest in voting Democratic: temporary self preservation. The alternative is victory for a party that will actively attack our communities with stand your ground gun laws, racist stop and frisk policies, social policies that criminalize lgbtq people, and the crippling of the safety net for the working poor. However, we are forced to accept the active neglect of the Democrats who have sacrificed their voting base with DOMA, countless free trade agreements which perpetuate the migration of the working poor, welfare reform that penalized the poor, half-hearted healthcare reform, no real immigration reform, the expansion of illegal wars through drone strikes, and the failure to take on tough legislation until it becomes politically expedient…”
I worked a deferred action clinic today. (Deferred Action is a type of relief available to youth (typically DREAMers) that Obama passed through executive order.)
I realized that victories sometimes have to be incremental. And working with a 17 year old Honduran kid to help them understand Deferred Action and qualify to work and stay in the country can be a major victory. And this is good work that needs to be done.
However, I’ve come to feel that I don’t want to spend my life cutting and trimming the limbs of the tree of injustice. I’d much rather be pulling out the whole fucking tree. I need to learn how to reconcile this desire with my reality.