She Rants n Raves

I am a proud WoC. Skeptical of all institutions while accepting that I am constantly navigating many contradictions in my life. Trying to find my way back to my mother tongues. Always decolonizing even from inside institutions. Call me indignant, I prefer it to ignorant.

PoC in Academia

When I see PoC slaying in academia, Im a little jelly. I also get a huuuge ego boost when I get stellar grades.

I just have to side eye for a sec like…what kind of compromises do we have to make to “fit” in this system and excel within its white supremacist bounds? What are we sacrificing when we play by these standards and how does trying to measure up in white academia affect our self-worth?

Started watching Hawthorne on Netflix

warrant4reality:

Why didn’t anyone tell me all my favourite underrated WoC were on this show? No wonder it got cancelled. Networks couldn’t handle the awesome.

Fuck yeah, Hawthorne!

Obviously all these women need to show up on Scandal and get rid of the B613 storyline and Fitz. Just have it be an all woman cast and Olivia and co assist Jada Pinkett-Smith in becoming POTUS.

DO IT, SHONDA!

omg yeahhhhh that random netflix recommendation was a lil gem. ♥ WoC reppinnnn!! #Jada4Lyfe

usatoday:

This 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Meet Kwasi Enin. (Photo via William Floyd School District)

usatoday:

This 17-year-old violinist and aspiring physician was accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Meet Kwasi Enin

(Photo via William Floyd School District)

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white people will love you as long as you make money for them, they’ll love you, they’ll protect you, take care of you as long as you make money for them

—lauryn hill (via highkeygay)

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white people will love you as long as you make money for them, they’ll love you, they’ll protect you, take care of you as long as you make money for them

—lauryn hill (via highkeygay)

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In my head, I had sort of justified it all by saying human beings break down to three categories: You’ve got circles, squares and triangles. Squares are people that are neutral. They live life by knowledge and logic and scientific approach to finding information and truth, and they build people very practical things. So if you go to a square and say, “I’m homeless,” he’ll build you a building. He won’t think anything past that. Squares give us the tools and shelter and grids and roads and blah, blah, blah. And then you have the triangles, who are people that are led by power and money and ego. These things all work on a pyramid structure: You have one person at the top and billions at the bottom. And then you have the circles, who are just led by love. The concept of the universe is built on circles. I think evolution is built on a circular sort of shape, and any natural organisms have circular things in common: If you cut a tree you get circles, natural disasters happen in circular forms, and the planets are circles, our eyes are circles.

-M.I.A.

(“‘I Built The Platform Myself’: M.I.A. On Being Heard”- NPR )

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Power to the people […] it became really cliché and boring and nobody really knew what that meant. Then people thought, maybe that’s about getting a smartphone or a computer or some money or having the right pair of shoes.

My journey on that sentiment is, maybe I was really poor, then I made it and became a rapper, and I got some money, and then I got – I got heard. I don’t know what that means. Or, “Power to the people” means, literally, in the philosophical and spiritual sense, the core power within a human being to think for themselves. You know? Even that is a really fucking hard one these days to get out of people – to meet a person who has that right concept of themselves and the power they have. In that, without anything else materialistic, is how it works.

dakuji:

DBT SHOOTIN 12/04
M.I.A. LEARNIN :)

♥♥♥ my boo. so humble.

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In his Discourse on Colonialism (1951), Aimé Césaire wrote that Hitler slumbers within ‘the very distinguished, very humanistic and very Christian bourgeois of the Twentieth century,’ and yet the European bourgeois cannot forgive Hitler for ‘the fact that he applied to Europe the colonial practices that had previously been applied only to the Arabs of Algeria, the coolies of India and the Negroes of Africa.’

Mahmood Mamdani, from “Modernity and Violence” in Good Muslim, Bad Muslim  (via tzunuun)

It bears repeating that the reason Hitler is a Western symbol for the darkest depth of all evil, is that he broke the pact of whiteness and did things within Europe that white people agree should only be done to non-Europeans in Africa, Asia, America. Genocide in those places is acceptable, even natural, to Europeans; but Hitler brought genocidal brutality to Europe, and for that he’s the epitome of evil.

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