There are really fewer things that sadden me more than black women who lose their children to police brutality and release statements about how their son or daughter had academic or career goals they wanted to complete.
Its almost innate to every comment released by the slain’s family, as if they know they have list qualities (that are wholly irrelevant and arbitrary in that particular context) to prove their child deserved life to garner support. As if empathy for murdered black people comes with a list of prerequisites about how they could’ve contributed to society in a capitalistic sense and not that they’re entitled to live without the perpetual danger of being gunned down for the crime of existing while undesired.
Its such an unfortunately dehumanizing and profoundly violent society we live in that victims become the topic of speculation and if they aren’t able to measure up to arbitrary standards, they don’t matter.
Kristine of TrendyCurvy.com, Los Angeles
Photographer: Steve Suavemente
You know, I had no intention of seeing this production because I think James Franco is a personified tribal tattoo, and while Meester’s description of the audience sort of cements that I don’t want to be in that room, I’m glad to see that she Gets It. Leighton, you sound smart. Let’s find you a better show.(via fuckyeahgreatplays)
Alexis / 19 /Los Angeles, CA
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Asked by Anonymous Anonymous
i feel this way because, as the brown-skinned child of immigrants, white americans approach vegetarianism, feminism, and agnosticism with little or no understanding of what culture means and how it shapes brown identities.
my white vegan and vegetarian friends are often derisive of people that eat meat or animal products, calling them lazy or cruel. but my mother’s recipes will die with her if i do not learn them and she has spent a lifetime perfecting them. food is one of the most important ways with which she shows her love. in this nation of white folk who have always looked down on us - and on her particularly - how can she assert her identity? surrounded by people who are actively trying to erase her, how can she be assured that her children will carry on her legacy? as an uneducated brown woman, in what ways can she mark the world and remind her offspring of their roots?
white atheists are disgustingly condescending to religious folk. in an american setting, it becomes more than just simple condescension, it becomes imperialism. my family must mold their beliefs to suit white supremacy or be mocked for being stupid, backwards, and deluded. brown savages with primitive minds.
white feminism is poisonous beyond belief, refusing to accept the intersections of identities (racial, economic, etc.) in the name of a false greater good. you can google it.
"I believe that my opinion matters just as much as a non white woman’s as I see us as equals. I don’t feel that the color of a persons skin should dictate whether or not they get an opinion but their experiences and their respect for others."
listen to me carefully: your opinion is not always necessary. if you want to be an ally to people of color, you must realize that in most cases, you are most helpful when you are silent. the idea that we are equals when my shout is not heard over your whisper is a lie.
Mehdi Sefrioui | Handing a Pink Slip to Fashion’s Black List
Moroccan photographer Mehdi Sefrioui debuts his photographic fashion editorial on Another Africa celebrating the black body, black men and mens’ fashion. A homage to his another Africa, where equality, beauty and agency co-exist. View more images on anotherafrica.net .
Source | anotherafrica.net
All images courtesy of the artist. All rights reserved.
Photography/Retouching: Joseph Alexander
Head Piece Designer/Stylist: Christine Clauson
Makeup: Lena w/ Sokora Vora