Compassion and wisdom are the two wings of the spiritual life. Without one or the other there will be no liberation from suffering. No truly lasting peace. Which is our goal. A sustainable future for each individual and the world as a whole. It's time to follow your heart and do and live as you feel is right. Let's take back the reigns on our lives and live in accordance with all that is true. In love. In peace. In wisdom.
In regards to my race I am white. This is not a colorblind blog, race is integral to the discussion. Intersectional awareness is of utmost importance to the dialogue.
Bring consent out of the bedroom. I think part of the reason we have trouble drawing the line “it’s not okay to force someone into sexual activity” is that in many ways, forcing people to do things is part of our culture in general. Cut that shit out of your life. If someone doesn’t want to go to a party, try a new food, get up and dance, make small talk at the lunchtable—that’s their right. Stop the “aww c’mon” and “just this once” and the games where you playfully force someone to play along. Accept that no means no—all the time.
it’s especially important to practice this with KIDS. Kids need to know it’s ok to say no to giving auntie a hug and kiss. it’s ok to say no to getting up on stage at a children’s show or activity. it’s ok to say no. please teach your children this!
In a ‘post-race’ country like America where nothing and no one is racist, where people are more likely to believe in UFOs than in institutional bias, which does back flips to obfuscate the operations of white hegemonic power and therefore ensure its continuance, anyone seeking to expose white supremacy or battle it is in for some serious uphill. You will be attacked. You will be censured, usually by your own community. People will say that you are obsessed with race and that even mentioning white people in the context of white supremacy is itself racist. These days the average person doesn’t even have to be taught not to bring up white supremacy. Here in our country, as in Mordor, everybody knows not to say the dark lord’s name.
Junot Diaz, Facing Race 2012 (via artactivistnia)
Three years ago today at 2:46 pm on March 11th, 2011, a magnitude 9 earthquake hit the Tohoku area of Japan. 15,000 people died and around 2500 people are still recorded as missing. Please don’t forget the relief efforts that are still continuing to this day. Thousands of people are still living in temporary homes and may never be able to go back to their hometown ever again.
Here’s how you can help.
Here is a list of links offered by the U.S.-Japan Council have for different projects that you can also donate to.
Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.
Daniell Koepke (via copingskillstoolbox)
Several University of Illinois Students gathered on the quad for a silent protest against the oppressive remarks made to Black students.
Anyone who believes 300 years of oppression can be undone in a 50 year span does not have a basic comprehension of how this subjugation can become internalized and normalized, thus continuing to be a serious social issue
This can never be reblogged too many times.
Woman arrested for videotaping speed trap while waiting for bus.
Abie, who was referred to by the arresting officers as “The Nigerian Nightmare”, was dragged by her hair to a squad car, but not before suffering bruises that would keep her out of school for a week. Her bike was confiscated, along with her school books and computer.
Once inside the police car, Ikhinmwin said the officer warned her that she would not see any of her belongings, should she press charges against him. Ikhinmwin did anyway.
you kids these days with your rapidly growing concern for the state of the world and your knowledge of important issues at increasingly younger ages despite having been told your opinions don’t matter by the adults who put you in these situations
The Myth of a Post Racial America
Published on Mar 5, 2014
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Last week, President Obama unveiled his My Brothers Keeper initiative one day after the anniversary of the murder of Trayvon Martin and as the nation still grapples with the hung jury on the murder charge in the Michael Dunn case, the white male in Florida who killed the unarmed African American teenager Jordon Davis after an argument about loud music.
Mychal Denzel Smith, writing about the Dunn verdict in The Nation, lamented:
"We scream "Murder! Lynching!" We desperately reaffirm for ourselves and our children the value of black life in a country that declares us worthless.
The cynic in me starts to believe this is exactly what white people want. It’s as though our cries of “Murder! Lynching!” only make it easier for white America to accept black death.
I want to believe differently. But it’s hard not to see the same scene play out over and over again and not think that there’s a pleasure derived from seeing black suffering, then being berated by black rage. It starts to feel as if we’re trapped in some sadomasochistic fantasy of white American imagination.”
Dennis Trainor, Jr. (host)
The Resistance Report panel; Nicole Carty (The Other 98%) Joel Northam (Acronym TV contributor) and Julianna Forlano (Absurdity Today) and special guest Mychal Denzel Smith (The Nation)
Post Racial, Michael Dunn, Trayvon Martin, race relations,
Post Racial Society, Racial Wealth Gap, Income By Race, Money By Race, Net Worth By Race, Post Racial America, Wealth By Race, Wealth Gap, Mychael Denzel Smith, Nicole Carty, Joel Northam, Julianna Forlano, Acronym TV, Resistance Report, pilot,
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