“As terms like womanism, intersectionality, and women of color enter the mainstream, it is important to remember that they do not exist in a vacuum. They were created by Black women to address the ways in which we feel excluded from mainstream feminism. Kimberle Crenshaw, Patricia Hill Collins, Loretta Ross, Audre Lorde, and bell hooks are more than names to pluck convenient quotes from when it suits you. They are Black feminists, and they are part of a long tradition that can be traced back to Ida B. Wells-Barnett and beyond. So when your idea of feminism in 2013 harkens back to the racist, sexist rhetoric thrown at Wells-Barnett by Susan B. Anthony and Frances Willard, then what kind of movement are you trying to build? If your definition of feminism is rooted in Mammy myths, what can be built with you? Are you fighting for equality for all, or your right to be equal in oppressing Black women?”—Mikki Kendall (karnythia), "For Black Women, Everything is a Feminist Issue" (via so-treu)
We’re finishing up semester-end reports for the school I used to teach at—apparently, I’ve had OK reviews on the whole, biggest criticism is that I’m too aloof (which I don’t disagree with). Since I’ve taught at this place before, a colleague and I could push the administration to have students…
Ugh omg yes. I remember feedback I got from one of our deans…I needed to make myself more *vulnerable.*. What’s that - MORE vulnerable, you say? How bout I just lie on the floor and expose my throat?
“You’re in classes where you have kids who have never missed a meal, never done a lick of work in their life, going well, I don’t think there’s any racism. And you’re just like ….?
You know, you’re in school with all the thousands of white supremacist microaggressions that happen every day. People who won’t take your fucking card when you’re in the meal hall, students who interrupt you all the time, and a lot of this is kinda crazy. But in the end… We do this struggle because we look at our community and we know that without this struggle, the very few - very few - things we have would be lost, if we didn’t fight the way we fight.”—Junot Diaz at Sixth & I, Politics and Prose Speaker Series [x] (via bananaleaves)
I finished this book a couple of weeks ago and I’ve spent these few days recovering and licking my wounds—which is probably not a good way to start a review, I know. However, saying anything else would be a disservice to the writers and editors who have obviously worked so hard on this anthology;…
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it leads you to…
Student who runs mouth (or texts, or leaves room) while I’m giving DETAILED instructions, when it is time to begin working on assignment (that I am allowing them to begin in class so that if there are questions I can answer then before they get deep into it):
(Snottily, and as if the weight of the world is on their shoulders) “I don’t understand what we’re supposed to do.”
abbie mills is legit everyone’s first priority like we gotta 200 year old white dude crawlin out of the ground and his first baby words are LEFTENANT and then u got hot man police ex boyfriend all like ABBIE and then you got zombie john cho being all like IM A ZOMBIE BUT ALSO A B B I E
i knooowwwwww it’s so nice to see a Black woman get this treatment on tv
“If Jesus, Moses, the Buddha and Mohammed were to bump into each other along the road and go have a cup of tea or whatever, I think we all know they would treat one another far different and far better than a lot of their followers would.”—(via liberamens)
do you ever look around at the big crowds of people around you and realize everyone has a story and memories and family and troubles and achievements and a first kiss and a broken heart but you’ll never know any of it and every human life is really intricate and expansive but oh they’ve walked into a shop and you’ll never see them again and you’ll never know just what they were thinking