The African American’s Dilemma
#wearetrayvonmartin #iamtrayvonmartin #justice4trayvon
“NYS Senator Eric Adams and his colleagues memorialize Trayvon Martin during the March 26, 2012 senate legislative session” via Facebook
I LOVE THIS! I LOVE THIS WITH MY ENTIRE HEART!
OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I need to send them letters
You could get rid of every thing that has ever made you feel embarrassed, every black person you ever felt fulfilled a stereotype. It doesn’t matter. Because racism is illogical. Bigotry does not need a reason to fear and act on that fear with violence. There is no different clothing you could wear. There is no different accent you could take on. There is no grades you could get that could change them. Because it doesn’t matter.
We can’t Jackie Robinson our way out of this. Some people just want to hate you. And they don’t want to change. But they really enjoy you going through the gymnastics trying — because it takes the weight off them.
Don’t apologize — Because it doesn’t matter.
Beautiful animals but I stay far away & take pics ^_^ (Taken with instagram)
…up up & awaaaaay… (Taken with instagram)
“An African, 14-year-old, self-taught engineer makes electricity for his village.”
Our beautiful, Black youths are capable of great things. Let’s make them aware of how great they—how great we—are.
Apparently, our young brother reverse-engineered an electricity-generating windmill from a picture in a book. Amazing.
Bumper sticker in Louisiana… try telling this to #Trayvon’s parents 😒 OUR children are hunted for simply existing so please spare me with this bull… (Taken with instagram)
More than a century ago, W.E.B. Dubois observed: “Daily the Negro is coming more and more to look upon law and justice, not as protecting safeguards, but as sources of humiliation and oppression. The laws are made by men who have little interest in him; they are executed by men who have absolutely no motive for treating the black people with courtesy or consideration; and, finally, the accused law-breaker is tried, not by his peers, but too often by men who would rather punish ten innocent Negroes than let one guilty one escape.”
An observation borne out by lynch mobs that killed with impunity and mass tragedies such as a 1920 riot in Ocoee and the 1923 burning by a white mob of Rosewood, an all-black Levy County town, for which no arrests were made. And more recently, with the notorious 1992 acquittal by an all-white jury of four white Los Angeles cops involved in the brutal beating of Rodney King.
The message: black lives have little worth.
ALL OF THIS… and the fact that it still reigns true.(via christel-thoughts)
” I am so tired of having to prove to others that I am Black, that my peoples are from the Motherland, that Puerto Rico, along with Cuba, Panama and the Dominican Republic, are part of the African Diaspora. Did we forget that the slave ships dropped off our people all over the world, hence the word Diaspora? I am not Spanish. Spanish is just another language I speak. I am not a Hispanic. My ancestors are not descendants of Spain, but descendants of Africa. Being Latino is not a cultural identity but rather a political one. Being Puerto Rican is not a racial identity, but rather a cultural and national one. Being Black is my racial identity. Why do I have to consistently explain this to those who are so-called conscious? “
- Rosa Alicia Clemente, is a Black Puerto Rican grassroots organizer, hip-hop activist, journalist, and entrepreneur. She was the vice presidential running mate of Cynthia McKinney in the 2008 U.S. Presidential election.
i don’t know why it’s so hard for people to understand this. like even after you explain it to them they still don’t get it.
^ seriously. its simple as fuck.
MAH PEOPLE FOR DA WIN
this reminds me of this fashion blogger from the dominican republic who was recently profiled somewhere online. she switched between her latina and black identity very smoothly and was being interviewed for a black fashionista piece.
really, i think people forget how much colonialism and the multi-layered identities of nation/race/ethnicity/etc impact an individual’s sense of self. don’t ever doubt people based on how they look— whether they look ‘white’ or black or latina or whatever.
yes!!! THANK YOU!!
people get the side eye deluxe when I say i’m Puerto Rican and then they go
“well you don’t look like it I thought you were black” Nigga what?! since when are they mutually exclusive?!
*side note* I’ve met her in real life she’s cool as fuck and has this huge sweet ass Puerto Rican tatt on her arm aaaaand i have her email and phone number she told me to call her anytime :)
This is what I tell people all the time. So much African blood is mingled with the natives of the islands, Mexico, and South America. I love my Latino cousins*.
*I consider anyone of African descent to be a cousin or relation by default in the same way an older woman who is a friend would be considered an auntie. :)
THANK YOU. I don’t know why people like to act like Black and PR are mutually exclusive.