The teacher asks:
so did your mother hit you?
did you call the social services?
how hard and where?
can you point to it?
And we laugh, explain away Halima’s
bruise and tell her later on to pull down her
shirt when changing, that whatever it is that
is happening at home, God will fix it.
I’m guilty of buying books and then not finishing them, but that’s normally because I find another book more interesting and read that instead. So I probably finish half the books I start.
I don’t know how anyone goes a year without buying a book. I can’t even go a month.
People believe that little white kids in the suburbs have the right to live. They have the right to be happy. They have the right to peace. When it comes to black babies in urban neighborhoods, people don’t believe these children deserve to have similar rights. When people say things like ‘I can’t believe this would happen here,’ they are effectively saying that there are some neighborhoods where these tragic outcomes are far more acceptable. I reject this notion entirely, and it is reflective of both white supremacy and classism.
—The World Cries for Newtown’s Children, but Few of Us Think About Dead Brown Babies, Dr. Boyce Watkins (via maarnayeri)
It’s easy to say “fuck cultural identities, we’re all human” when your culture is not the one being exploited, marginalized and oppressed. It’s easy to say “fuck borders” when your country is the one who puts up the borders. And it is really fucking easy to say “we all bleed red” when it’s not bodies of your people riddled with bullets because Western capitalism has a price.