Maybe put it on a canvas instead of someone’s property, and we can all be happy.
My father was a garment contractor in LA. In the late 80s, he owned the building where he had his factory. He thought it would be a cool idea to commission local graffiti artists, usually young Black and Latino men looking to stay out of trouble, to paint murals on his buildings. After all, he runs a garment design/manufacturing company, and creative signage is great advertising.
One day, he showed up to the building and the city just painted over the murals without permission or notice.
First, the city told him he couldn’t have graffiti art on HIS building because it brought down property value. After he complained, then they said: ok you can do this, but you need a permit. After he got the permit, then the city said: ok, but you can only use these artists. Of course, these artists were all White graphic design students from USC, and of course they charged 3x more.
There is a prejudice against this type of art, and it’s racial. Banksy vandalizes folks buildings all the time, and folks treat him like the Messiah. He ain’t doing nothing new that Black and Brown folks haven’t done for decades.
NPR just did an unapologetically graphic piece on the conditions children endure when they flee fucking crime and murder and come to America, only to be crammed into concrete rooms and kicked and yelled at by INS agents. I wanted to throw this in the face of those protesters and be like STILL WANT TO TELL THESE KIDS TO FUCK OFF? but I realized they'd probably double down and say yes. Fuck those people.
What you got to understand is that appealing to the basic humanity of racists like these anti-immigration protesters is like appealing to the basic oxygen content of the goddamn moon.
The problem is that white people see racism as conscious hate, when racism is bigger than that. Racism is a complex system of social and political levers and pulleys set up generations ago to continue working on the behalf of whites at other people’s expense, whether whites know/like it or not. Racism is an insidious cultural disease. It is so insidious that it doesn’t care if you are a white person who likes black people; it’s still going to find a way to infect how you deal with people who don’t look like you. Yes, racism looks like hate, but hate is just one manifestation. Privilege is another. Access is another. Ignorance is another. Apathy is another. And so on. So while I agree with people who say no one is born racist, it remains a powerful system that we’re immediately born into. It’s like being born into air: you take it in as soon as you breathe. It’s not a cold that you can get over. There is no anti-racist certification class. It’s a set of socioeconomic traps and cultural values that are fired up every time we interact with the world. It is a thing you have to keep scooping out of the boat of your life to keep from drowning in it. I know it’s hard work, but it’s the price you pay for owning everything.
Scott Woods (X)
he motherfucking dropped the truth.
THAT’S THE PRICE YOU PAY FOR OWNING EVERYTHING
Jamila Lyiscott: 3 ways to speak English
Stop what you’re doing and watch this. Especially if you have a problem with AAVE or broken English.
This is wonderful
YES YESYES YES
OMFG, yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes
I feel like the people who can’t relate in the audience look so awkward..
She deserves all the snaps
That was amazing and super good and she’s gorgeous lol
watch this before you mock ‘broken’ or ‘ghetto’ english again. and to the english man who once told me ‘you speak good english for a latina’ I say, ya honey, not only do I speak english, but my english is so good I can switch between the colonizing and the colonized, but you stay on the former.
Challenge the Narrative
The real “immigration crisis” began in 1492. We’re still Indigenous, and they’re still settler-colonialists.
Aamer Rahman talks about ‘random’ security tests at the airport.
In a bold comparative analysis of TheNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, Jada Williams, a 13-year old eighth grader at School #3 in Rochester, New York, asserted that in her experience, today’s education system is a modern-day version of slavery. According to the Fredrick Douglass Foundation of New York, the schools’ teachers and administrators were so offended by Williams’ essay that they began a campaign of harassment—kicking her out of class and trying to suspend her—that ultimately forced her parents to withdraw her from the school.
In her essay, which was written for a contest, Williams reflected on what Douglass heard his slave master, Mr. Auld, telling his wife after catching her teaching Douglass how to read. “If you teach that nigger (speaking of myself) how to read, there will be no keeping him,” Auld says. “It will forever unfit him to be a slave. He would at once become unmanageable, and of no value to his master.”
Williams wrote that overcrowded, poorly managed classrooms prevent real learning from happening and thus produces the same results as Mr. Auld’s outright ban. She wrote that her white teachers—the vast majority of Rochester students are black and Hispanic, but very few teachers are people of color—are in a “position of power to dictate what I can, cannot, and will learn, only desiring that I may get bored because of the inconsistency and the mismanagement of the classroom.”
Read more: Education - GOOD
I’m so freaking proud of this child.
“The conservative Frederick Douglass Foundation gave Williams a special award, saying that her essay ‘actually demonstrates that she understood the autobiography.’ They have also reached out to the school for an explanation of the 13-year-old’s treatment.”
She spoke truth to power.
Good job helping make her argument more solid by kicking her out of class and forcing her parents to take her out of school.
Reason # 67422 why I’m homeschooling
Be careful home schooling or allowing highschool kids to go to school online. If the school is not accredited colleges will not accept their diplomas. The kids will have to get their GED’s. Always research who accredits a school and if the accreditation is in good standing.
these teachers kicking her out of school just proves she was deadass right
Why teach the content if they can’t handle critical thought regarding it?