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Friendship is really important, and it’s important to keep that knowledge that it’s important, otherwise you keep not making a lot of new friends. You end up with the old friends that you’ve had forever. I love the possibility that you could meet someone tomorrow and they could be the most important person you’ve ever met in your life. By dennis cooper, writer (x)

Reblogged from neutralize  878 notes

White children, in the main, and whether they are rich or poor, grow up with a grasp of reality so feeble that they can very accurately be described as deluded – about themselves and about the world they live in. White people have managed to get through entire lifetimes in this euphoric state, but black people have not been so lucky: a black man who sees the world the way John Wayne, for example, sees it would not be an eccentric patriot, but a raving maniac. … People who cling to their delusions find it difficult, if not impossible, to learn anything worth learning: a people under the necessity of creating themselves must examine everything, and soak up learning the way the roots of a tree soak up water. As people still held in bondage must believe that “Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make ye free”. By

James Baldwin (via afrometaphysics)

Lord have mercy. He was a prophet and a vessel for truth.

(via raresenses)

Reblogged from theoppositeofeasy  32,791 notes
odinsblog:

The New Jim Crow
1. Ferguson, Missouri has a population of approximately 21,000 people — roughly 75% of those residents are Black
2. The Ferguson police department has around 530 cops —less than 5 of them are Black
3. Ferguson had *zero* homicides for all of 2014 —until Michael Brown was murdered by Darrin Wilson
4. Things you should know: Five Myths About Black-on-Black Crime
5. Michael Brown was 18yrs old and was about to begin college. Brown had no criminal record, and despite the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign, Mike Brown PAID FOR the cigars —those facts are all important and should be known, but even if Brown was a high school dropout with prior arrests who stole the cigars, 1) it wouldn’t have made his life any less valuable, 2) we have a court system and those are not capital offenses and 3) it doesn’t change the fact that the cop who killed him, Darren Wilson, had no idea about Brown’s personal history when he executed Brown. Wilson saw only a Black teen deemed either “too uppity” or “suspicious” because of his skin color
6. Five examples: The Militarization of the police
7. It’s deeply Institutional: Police view Black Children As Less Innocent

odinsblog:

The New Jim Crow

1. Ferguson, Missouri has a population of approximately 21,000 people — roughly 75% of those residents are Black

2. The Ferguson police department has around 530 cops —less than 5 of them are Black

3. Ferguson had *zero* homicides for all of 2014 —until Michael Brown was murdered by Darrin Wilson

4. Things you should know: Five Myths About Black-on-Black Crime

5. Michael Brown was 18yrs old and was about to begin college. Brown had no criminal record, and despite the Ferguson PD’s smear campaign, Mike Brown PAID FOR the cigars —those facts are all important and should be known, but even if Brown was a high school dropout with prior arrests who stole the cigars, 1) it wouldn’t have made his life any less valuable, 2) we have a court system and those are not capital offenses and 3) it doesn’t change the fact that the cop who killed him, Darren Wilson, had no idea about Brown’s personal history when he executed Brown. Wilson saw only a Black teen deemed either “too uppity” or “suspicious” because of his skin color

6. Five examples: The Militarization of the police

7. It’s deeply Institutional: Police view Black Children As Less Innocent

Reblogged from transcatharsis  66 notes

Older/Experienced trans women, here’s a fun prank you can pull on a younger tall girl who’s just coming out:

transcatharsis:

The Set-Up: Pick someone who seems really shy and nervous. It’ll work especially well if a lot of her awkwardness comes from being intimidated or confused by other trans women, maybe even one that might say things like, “I dunno, I don’t really like most other trans women,” to impress her trans dude friends (which it does, because people love a self-loathing trans woman like a Cinnabon.) Here’s the tricky part, try to be sure she might kinda look up to you or at least know you as a “figure in the community.” Like, the prank works best if she REALLY knows you, but you’ve never really interacted before.

The Punchline: OOOHHH! This is so good. She is NOT gonna see it coming. I’ve got the hiccups from laughing so hard.

Okay, so what you do is walk right up to her, look her in the eye, and just start being super-duper, over the top nice to her for no apparent reason whatsoever. Talk to her for, like, an hour about whatever she wants and tell her she’s cool and funny. Use phrases like “Whoa! That rules!” or “Fuck, yeah, that’s a bummer. I know what you mean.” Have super earnest, “we’re just two people talking, and if you want a little wisdom, I’ve probably got some squirreled away somewhere, but we also don’t have to bother with that,” conversations. Tell her dirty jokes and drink beer with her (or do the things in your culture/geography/experience that might be equivalently bond forming fun)

Hang with her hard and decide that you’re friends and then (this really is what brings the whole prank together!) do the same thing over and over every time you see her. Tell her she’s the best and that she’s cool and invite her to parties and try to hang out with her, cook her dinner, watch movies with her, go to museums and parks and shit and never explain to her why you’re treating her so special. SHE’LL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S GOING ON! hahahahahaha!

(warning: the prank will totally not work if she ever says she doesn’t want to be your friend or if she’s too freaked out. Immediately abort prank if it becomes clear that she doesn’t want to play, but be open to her initiating the game in the future.)

haha this looks like a fun prank