just doing hw listening to taylor swift’s early work
In all the Western media craze over the young Pakistani activist Malala, there is a key point ignored about her: She is not only a Muslim feminist, she is a socialist with Marxist tendencies. In her own words: “I am convinced Socialism is the only answer and I urge all comrades to take this struggle to a victorious conclusion. Only this will free us from the chains of bigotry and exploitation.”
So there are two programs in social work school, one for people who are just entering the field and will have an unpaid field placement, and one for people who are already working in the field and will use their paying job as their field placement. The schedule results in the two programs not having many classes together. Guess which one is all white people? I’m in the working students program but have one class w two years… in the two year class, there are four students of color. In my working students classes, there are maybe 1-3 white Americans and the rest POC. It concerns me that the ones in the two year program (the white people) get a social work education surrounded by other white people… and may end up more arrogant, more ignorant, and probably getting better jobs when graduate than people who’ve been in the field.
glad to know I can still reach the point of the semester where all my clothes are covered in lint and I’m five mins late to actually everything
Knowing your own darkness is the best method for dealing with the darknesses of other people.
it’s the kind of day where i’m listening to dar williams and my friends are moving but like i just wanna know where do i have to move to become a country musician?
i love the moon but today looking at the full moon and i was like why people always gotta say the moon is feminine. who orbits around who in the universe. sun gives life, boom.
I know that Black creativity has saved your life many times before. I know, because I’ve seen it happen. I’ve listened as non-Black people in my communities raised on Hip Hop talked about how it was the only relatable, empowering culture they found that also educated and radicalized them as a youth. It was formational. I’ve watched people become politicized, shaping their new political identities after bell hooks, Audre Lorde, Assata Shakur, Angela Davis and Frantz Fanon. I’ve watched as folks become activist celebrities using radical ideas from Black Power and Civil Rights movements to shape programs that do not benefit Black people. I’ve watched as people make livings and loads of social capital off of DJing Black music, dancing, walking and dressing like Black people, selling the Black aesthetic to others. I’ve heard that friends use Nina Simone and Sade to sing them back from depression, Rihanna and D’Angelo to get them in the mood. So many people in my communities, lately, have been using Octavia Butler to renew their hope for radical futures. Without Black people, what would your lives be? You might be thinking, you know, it’s so much more complicated than all this, race is complex, we’re all part of the human family, etc., etc…
Black art is not free for all damaged souls. When Nina sang about strange fruit, she was talking about a lynching…of Black people. When Black rappers say Fuck the Police, they speak to a state system of lynching…Black people. Your pain and isolation, however real it may be, is not the same as being Black. Your self-adoption into hip hop and djembe drumming and spoken word, makes our art forms all about you. You, however well meaning, have stolen Black labour and invention and used it for your own purpose. It warps the medium and changes the message, the magic, the healing. From now on, consider how the cost of consuming, appropriating, regurgitating, and getting your life in multiple ways from Black art, Black culture, and Black peoples’ creative genius detrimentally impacts our lives. Being Black in an anti-black world means experiencing daily attacks that threaten our dignity, our happiness, our freedom, and often our lives; and in order to enjoy Black culture, you’re going to have to take action to help get these back.
But because Black people’s labour, language, intelligence, creativity, and survival arts have always been considered free for the taking, you probably didn’t feel ways about using it. You probably didn’t think twice. Black culture is the most pilfered, the most ‘borrowed,’ the most thieved culture, and we’ve seen this happen time and tie again.
you can tell it’s true that technology is superficial substitute for communication because my mother and i can occasionally have civil conversations over text message
jenny calendar technopagan computer teacher giving me reason to live